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INTERVIEW: Shelsmusic’s Mehdi Safa (Part 2)

Two weeks ago, we ran the first part of our interview with Shelsmusic’s Mehdi Safa in which we discussed, among other things, how he finds bands and his label’s history with vinyl (you can read that here). In the concluding half of our interview, find out about Shelsmusic Studios, Safa’s views on streaming services like Rdio and Spotify and more. And while you’re perusing his answers ...

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Interview: Guitarist and Songwriter John Parr Discusses His New Album, ‘The Mission’

John Parr, best known for his Stars and Stripes Gibson Les Paul and 1980s hits “Naughty Naughty” and "St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)," has just released The Mission, an album dedicated to the men and women who have served in our armed forces. In addition to his regular tour stops, Parr makes it his mission to donate his time and perform for the troops and their families. Guitar World spoke with Parr from h ...

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Excerpt: Steve Vai and Tosin Abasi on Why Six Strings Isn’t Enough

The following in an excerpt taken from the September 2012 issue of Guitar World. For the full story, as well as features on Rush, Meshuggah, Periphery and more, pick up the issue on newsstands now, or in our online store. To ask the devil’s advocate question, why ain’t six strings enough? ABASI: It’s a weird question. If you had a five-string guitar, you would produce music on that. VAI: Six is enough, and ...

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Interview: MARDUK’s Morgan “Evil” Håkansson on “Serpent Sermon” and jogging to black metal

Twelve albums in on a 22-year-old career and Swedish black metallers Marduk can still be relied upon 100 per cent to stick to the program and deliver a typically iconoclastic tour de force, touching upon all the genre essentials, anti-hymns to send toes curling in the Vatican and throughout Christendom. Serpent Sermon is pound for pound the most scabrous piece of BM orthodoxy that twelve bucks can buy. Here ...

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The Myth of the Peaceville Three

This piece is a long lost companion section to Decibel #92 cover story Paradise Lost. It explores and debunks the myth of the Peaceville Three—Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, and Anathema—connecting and riffing off one another in the early to mid-’90s. Think of it as an updated version of fellow Decibel contributor Greg Moffitt’s UK doom explorations in the Masters of Misery expose, a ...

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