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Interview: Billy Duffy of The Cult Answers Readers’ Questions on Gear, Songwriting and More

As the only constant members of the Cult, you and [singer] Ian [Astbury] are the heart and soul of the band. What is that partnership like? How does Ian complement your creativity? — Kelly Youngblood We’re both the same birth sign, and there are a lot of similarities between us. We provide each other with the creative tension we need to create better art than if we were working independently. We have a spec ...

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Steve Vai – Illuminating The Story of Light

By: Robert Cavuoto “Every song has something in it that pushed my buttons!” said guitarist Steve, and it’s clearly evident on each song on his latest CD release, The Story of Light. This CD is the second installment in the pending trilogy, where we follow the cosmic journey of a man driven mad by grief, intertwining tragedy, revelation, enlightenment, and redemption. It continues a narrative arc begun on hi ...

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Decibrity Playlist: Grave

It’s obvious that we have quite a lot of love for Grave around these parts. Don’t believe me? Just check out Greg Moffitt’s review or Jonathan Horsley’s profile in our September and October issues, respectively. While the Swedish death metallers just released their new album Endless Procession Of Souls last week, guitarist/vocalist Ola Lindgren had other ideas about what direction to ...

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Inside The Shredder’s Studio #2: Mike Hill’s Favorite Riffs

We’re chuffed to have a dB album of the year award winner take over the shredder’s studio this Wednesday. In this second installment, Tombs guitarist and vocalist Mike Hill tells us about the riffs that led him on a musical path of totality. While you are at it make sure to check out the new Tombs track “Ashes,” available exclusively as a blue flexi disc in the October issue. Take it ...

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Interview: Five Questions with Guitarist Dimitri Coats of OFF!

Hardcore punk supergroup OFF! released their self-titled sophomore album May 8 through Vice Records (Buy it at Amazon.com). The band, which features Dimitri Coats (guitar), Keith Morris (vocals), Steven McDonald (bass) and Mario Rubalcaba (drums), is preparing to hit the road this month with a string of shows kicking off September 14 in Scottsdale, Arizona. We recently hit Coats with five questions about ev ...

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Interview: The ‘Pride’ of Mike Tramp

Twenty-five years ago, White Lion released their breakthrough album, Pride. The album, which featured two Top 10 hits, peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard charts and sold more than two million copies in the U.S. alone. Pride became one of the most-heralded pop-metal albums of the 1980s with Vito Bratta’s signature melodic guitar work and the heartfelt lyrics and vocals of Mike Tramp. From his days in White Li ...

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Decibrity Playlist: Anders Nyström (Katatonia) (Part 2)

To celebrate Tuesday’s release of Dead End Kings, we asked Katatonia guitarist Anders Nyström to a pick a non-Katatonia record that related in some way to each of his band’s nine full-length records. Last week, Anders’ entries took us from 1993′s Dance Of December Souls up through and including 1999′s Tonight’s Decision. Now, starting with 2001′s Last Fair Deal Gone Down—our number six album of ...

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Interview: Eddie Van Halen Talks ‘A Different Kind of Truth’

On the first leg of Van Halen’s A Different Kind of Truth tour, toward the end of the band’s set, there was a moment during the middle of Eddie Van Halen’s solo spot in the show where the world seemed to stop spinning. Even the techs, security staff and backstage production personnel would stop what they were doing to focus on the celestial sounds emanating from the stage, with huge smiles on their faces th ...

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Interview: Metal Method’s Dee J Nelson Discusses ‘It’s Alive’ and ‘Lead Guitar DNA’

Guitarist Dee J Nelson is making a name for himself. The Chicago-based southpaw shredder, whose DVDs, Monster Power Chords and Lead Guitar DNA, have become hugely popular on Metal Method, has recently released It’s Alive, an album of guitar wizardry that will have players everywhere asking, “How’d he do that?” Dee J credits some of his early influences to the Sex Pistols and Naked Ray Gun. But it wasn’t unt ...

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