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INTERVIEW: The Mylene Sheath’s Lindsay and Joel (Part 1)

We spend a lot of time talking to artists—whether in blog posts or in each month’s issue—and rightfully so. After all, they put their blood, sweat and tears into making the music that brings us together. We haven’t necessarily dedicated a lot of space to the people actually putting out those releases, however, so we figured we’d pick the brains of the men and women behind some of our favorite record l ...

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Randall Smith & The MESA/Boogie Story Part Two

MESA/Boogie Founder, Designer and President, Randall Smith, tells a few more stories from the early days of the original boutique amplifier company. Randall talks about how the names MESA/Boogie and Mesa Engineering came to be and how Carlos Santana helped with the naming of the company. We also hear the story of Carlos’ first experience with what was originally intended as a practical joke and went o ...

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Interview: Seether Frontman Shaun Morgan Hopes to Save Lives with Rise Above Fest

On September 3, Seether and a host of other bands will gather in Gilford, New Hampshire, to rock the inaugural Rise Above Fest, the brainchild of Seether frontman Shaun Morgan. The festival is designed to raise awareness of the world’s teen-suicide epidemic. The festival, which is named after Seether’s 2008 hit “Rise Above This” (which Morgan wrote for his brother, who took his own life in 2007), also will ...

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Interview: 30 Years of ‘Metal Method’ — a Conversation With Guitarist Doug Marks

Most guitar players have, at the very least, heard the name: Metal Method. For three decades, instructor Doug Marks has been teaching guitarists the foundation of hard rock/heavy metal guitar playing. What started out as a supplement to help achieve his dream of taking on the metal world with his own band quickly became one of the most enduring and successful mail-order guitar lesson courses in history. Fro ...

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Interview – Night Terrain

Out of New Mexico’s oft-speculated desert sky flies the darkly evocative Night Terrain. The band members describe their particular style of racket as “equal parts space rock, doom metal, and stoner rock… riffs go from slow, sludgy and droning to uplifting, manic…” On July 24th, Night Terrain self-released their debut album, American Dream, which manages to paint twilit frontier landscapes with its precise b ...

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Excerpt: Meshuggah Discuss Their New Album, ‘Koloss’

The following in an excerpt taken from the September 2012 issue of Guitar World. For the full story, as well as features on Steve Vai and Tosin Abasi, Rush, Periphery and more, pick up the issue on newsstands now, or in our online store. The scene at the House of Blues backstage lounge is not unlike a typical Saturday afternoon in many living rooms across the States. The band members are casually sprawled a ...

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Decibrity Playlist: Nachtmystium

We’d been waiting to see what direction Blake Judd and company would take after the Black Meddle duology, and we finally found out this week when Nachtmystium released its sixth full-length album Silencing Machine (check out Jeff Treppel’s review in our August issue). To celebrate, we recently asked the Illinoisan—whose band is the inspiration for this piece of deliciousness—to tell us about fiv ...

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