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18 minutes | May 7, 2020
Each time Firewind released an album over the last 20 years, it wasn’t just the brilliancy of exceptional guitarist Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne, Arch Enemy, Dream Evil) that fans were in awe of, but also the skills of every one of the band’s vocalists. Fantastic riffs, hooks and solos by the gifted hands of guitarist Gus aside, it’s the great vocal melody – an integral part of every Firewind song – that’s causing a stir. In that respect nothing has changed in their newest album, simply titled Firewind, quite the contrary: with his charismatic voice new member Herbie Langhans (Avantasia, Radiant, Seventh Avenue, amongst others) refines each and every last one of the ten new songs and infuses them with an expressive force that is remarkable. “With Herbie I feel like we’re doing a relaunch of the original Firewind cast, because his singing style bears a certain resemblance to that of Stephen Fredrick, our firstvocalist,” comments Gus. “I’m proud and happy that we can continue with the tradition of great Firewind vocalists thanks to Herbie.” On 15 May 2020 at the latest, when Firewind will be released via AFM, the public will hear just how competently new band member Langhans has stepped up to this challenge.Gus G and Herbie Langhans got to know each other back in the autumn of 2019, when the Firewind leader was looking for a suitable replacement for Henning Basse after the tour with Queensrÿche. “I remembered Herbie singing for Sinbreed and how amazed I always was by his vocal performance”, he recalls. “So I did some research on YouTube, had my record company reach out to him and got right down to it: ‚Hi Herbie, here are ten new songs, can you help us? Deadline is mid of January.‘ Luckily, Herbie agreed immediately and got familiarised with everything in no time.” Just a few weeks later the recordings for Firewind were a done deal, ready for Swedish sound engineer Tobias Lindell (Europe, Avatar, H.E.A.T.) to mix them in ‚Lindell Audio Studios‘.The result is impressive indeed. Firewind boasts 11 prime examples of Melodic Metal songs. The skill, craftsmanship and power bleeds through every note, a passion you can almost taste, with hymnal melodies as a particularly outstanding feature. Stylewise, the band actually broadened their range compared to earlier releases: With 'Welcome To The Empire' and ‘Rising Fire’ you’ll get your typical Firewind blend. Whereas ‘Overdrive’ dressed in a groovy rhythm and reminiscent of Dio/Black Sabbath (Gus: “That was a new direction for me. The song was supposed to be just a little bonus number but it took on a life on its own and was doing so well that it just had to be on the album”) and ‘Space Cowboy’ in all its retro flair glory will take you by surprise. But there’s still more: ‘Orbitual Sunrise’, ‘Longing To Know You’ and the above-mentioned ‘Space Cowboy’ are connected through their lyrics. ”It’s kind of a Sci-Fi story about the overexploitation of nature seen through the eyes of a lonely astronaut, orbiting earth in his space capsule,” Gus explains.It`s official: The band has once again brought their full potential, making Firewind a more than worthy successor of their 2017 concept work Immortals. “The new album is an exciting and fashionable mix of Hard Rock and Power Metal. These songs are fresh but tough and melodious at the same time. In my opinion the record sounds exactly as a band in our genre is supposed to in the year 2020. But of course, the key feature lies with the qualityof the composition, which has been our main focus again,” comments Gus. There’s nothing more to add to this succinct assessment!
20 minutes | Apr 5, 2020
Al Di Meola
World-renowned guitar hero Al Di Meola welcomes a new decade with an ambitious follow-up to his 2013 studio recording All Your Life: A Tribute to the Beatles with a sophomore homage to the Beatles, entitled Across The Universe, due out on earMUSIC on March 13, 2020. Al Di Meola’s exquisite mastery of the fretboard is equal only to his appreciation of the Beatles’ legacy that has inspired generations of both musicians and music fans with their famed recording catalog. A retrospective of Al Di Meola’s nearly 50-year acclaimed career expressed through his virtuosic arrangements of 14 Beatles songs, Across The Universe journeys alongside one of America’s foremost guitarists as he revisits classic hits and more obscure tunes written by the ingenious Fab Four who have helped define the man he is today. Adding to his lauded recording collection of more than 30 solo albums and numerous acclaimed collaborations with the likes of Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Stanley Clarke, Paco De Lucia and many others, Across The Universe is yet another masterpiece showcasing Al Di Meola’s fascination with complex rhythmic syncopation combined with provocative lyrical melodies and intricate harmonies. Beatles fans, guitar-heads, and music lovers alike can expect the unexpected upon venturing into the world put forth by Across The Universe. To commemorate the singular life of John Lennon, Al Di Meola reenacts the famous Lennon cover for his 1975 solo album Rock ‘n’ Roll for the artwork for Across The Universe. Al Di Meola is a living legend celebrated for pioneering a unique style of impeccable guitar technique combined with a sophisticated global musical language that’s captured the hearts of audiences across the world. A GRAMMY Award-winner, he’s garnered three gold albums while selling more than six million albums in worldwide sales. His collaborations with artists such as Paul Simon, Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Page, Santana, Steve Winwood, Herbie Hancock, Frank Zappa, Luciano Pavarotti, and others have elevated Al Di Meola to become a household name. Traversing divinely across multiple genres including flamenco, Latin, fusion, jazz, rock, and world music, Al Di Meola is a vivacious tour de force always redefining the boundaries of what’s possible on a six-stringed instrument. Across The Universe is no different than his most decorated recordings with his arsenal of a large ensemble bringing creative reinterpretations of Beatles songs to astounding heights. “I really credit the Beatles for the reason why I play guitar,” says Al Di Meola. “That was a major catalyst for me to want to learn music, so their impact was pretty strong.” Al Di Meola employs a wide lens on Across The Universe with lightening-speed electric guitar orchestrations balanced with lavish acoustic arrangements. The debut single Strawberry Fields Forever from Across The Universe (released today, January 17) is a fiery electric guitar fueled stunner backed by a red-hot rock band. Epic rock ‘n’ roll covers are sprinkled throughout the album, including the visionary take on the album opener Here Comes The Sun, as well as a riveting Hey Jude and Golden Slumbers Medley. Al Di Meola’s acoustic fingerpicking soars on Dear Prudence and Norwegian Wood, while he ventures to a jazz fusion aesthetic on Till There Was You. Across The Universe simmers to a diverse set of mid-tempo grooves on Mother Nature’s Son, Yesterday, Your Mother Should Know, I’ll Follow The Sun, and Julia. Al Di Meola features a lovely solo performance on Here, There And Everywhere. Across The Universe finishes with a short, but very sweet melodic version of Octopus’s Garden. Across The Universe will be released as a CD Digipak, 2LP and Digital on March 13, 2020 on earMUSIC.
15 minutes | Jan 31, 2020
Songwriter Andrew Farriss offers up a funky country groove 'Good Momma Bad' as the second single from his highly anticipated forthcoming self-titled debut album. I caught up with Andrew to talk about the record, guitars, and the challenges of stepping into the spotlight.Photographer credit: David Christopher Banks
12 minutes | Jan 2, 2020
John 5 is about to begin his first ever solo tour of Australia. We geeked out a bit because of course we did. Full tour details here! https://silverbacktouring.com.au/john5-2019/
23 minutes | Nov 29, 2019
Pinnacle Music Group are absolutely thrilled to announce that the legendary guitar virtuoso MARTY FRIEDMAN will be returning to Australia, for the first time with his full “Super Band” across four VERY intimate venues.With a career of over thirty years with some of the world’s biggest heavy metal acts on top of an absolutely monumental solo career, Marty Friedman is a household name for guitarists across the world, and Australian fans get the chance to see the legendary shredder himself tear it up onstage in four incredibly intimate venues, giving fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Friedman’s guitar wizardry closer than ever beforeULTIMATE VIP PACKAGES AVAILABLE! You all have heard how great the VIP packages were for Marty`s US and Europe tours-this time will top even that! What you get with this great package:– Meet Marty and have ALL your items signed – no limit– Photo with Marty – with your own camera– Chat with Marty – no rush through– Exclusive Marty Friedman guitar pick – the exact same one he uses– And the rarest of the rare—the VIP only CD, “Marty`s Vault 4: Wicked Sh*t From Japan” If you know anything about the previous VIP packages, you will know that participants all received “Marty`s Vault 1, 2 & 3” Those are not available anywhere anymore. The new 75 minute Marty`s Vault “4” cd continues in a series of Marty`s recordings that he has done in Japan that have not been heard outside of Japan and contain some of Marty`s finest and favorite playing of his career. This is a must have for any Marty collector and is not for sale anywhere and ONLY available with the VIP package. VIP packages are limited. To get yours now, please send an empty email to: firstname.lastname@example.orgTOUR DATESWednesday, December 11: Crowbar, SydneyThursday, December 12: Crowbar, BrisbaneFriday, December 13: Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne SOLD OUTSaturday, December 14: The Basement, CanberraSunday, December 15: The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne NEW SHOWTickets on sale now via Oztix orwww.pinnaclemusic.eventbrite.com
16 minutes | Nov 29, 2019
Matty T Wall
How does a musician, who happens to be pretty handy on the guitar, but lives in the most isolated capital city in the world, get some of the finest Blues guitarists on the international music scene to take part in his latest project? Simple. He asks them. Australian blues-rock barnstormer, Matty T Wall has been on a rapidly rising career trajectory since his 2016 debut release Blue Skies was nominated as Best Blues Album (International) at the 15th Annual Independent Music Awards. Wall’s 2018 follow-up Sidewinder proved the success was no one-off - the album subsequently reaching the upper echelons of blues airplay charts in Australia, the US and Europe, and opening plenty of doors all around for this firebrand singer-songwriter and fearsomely talented guitarist. While Wall’s latest release may be a tad unexpected, it’s sure to be very welcome for blues lovers. With a roll call of guests including Eric Gales, Walter Trout, Kirk Fletcher, Kid Ramos and fellow West Australian Dave Hole featured, the aptly titled Transpacific Blues Vol. 1 will be a must-have for lovers of classic blues numbers and amazing guitar skills. With his abiding love of blues traditions combined with a thirst for new and different approaches to the genre, not to mention an adventurous and enthusiastic approach to his craft, Wall reached across the oceans to invite some of the greatest blues players to trade licks for him – resulting in an album of classic blues songs with plenty of creative twists. “I’ve wanted to do a collaborative release for quite a while, but my initial idea was to do something with Australian artists,” Wall says of the project’s origins. “However, I’d always been inspired by what Gary Moore did with Still Got The Blues, he had Albert King, Albert Collins and even George Harrison playing on it. The seeds of inspiration sown – Wall’s initial idea became more ambitious. As he explains “I just thought, wouldn’t it be amazing to see if I can interest some of my absolute idols - some of the very best guitarists in the world - to participate in this project – they can only say no right? So, I just thought – well, why not ask them? ” Why not indeed. While Wall was focussed on the album being an internationally angled release, the first cab off the rank enabled Wall to think act local and think global. “Dave Hole is a huge blues name at home as well as in the US and Europe,” he states. “He ticked all the boxes right from the start, plus he’s just a wonderful guy – so generous and wise -.he was actually the inspiration for me taking my version of blues & music to the rest of the world! I wouldn’t have thought that possible to do were it not for Dave’s breakthrough success.” “From there I wanted to see if I could get some gun guitar players from the US. So Kid Ramos was the next guy. He’s an incredible guitarist who is very much like Brian Setzer (Stray Cats), he’s got that sort of vibe going on, and he’s a former Fabulous Thunderbirds guitar-slinger. I was then talking to a friend in the States about Eric Gales, who is absolutely my favourite guitar player at the moment and probably will be one of them forever. He’s like Stevie Ray Vaughan or Jimi Hendrix, the solos just flow out of him. Virtuosic, incredible solos. He listened to some of my stuff and he really liked it and wanted to go ahead, so it was really great to get that approval.” Next up on Wall’s blues hitlist was one Walter Trout. The great blues master and former Bluesbreaker is very much in demand, headlining major festivals and dominating international blues charts. But, Wall’s call was answered, and then some... MATTY T WALL SOCIAL MEDIA https://www.mattytwall.com/https://www.facebook.com/mattytwall/https://twitter.com/mattytwall/
15 minutes | Oct 30, 2019
I Built The Sky
Melbourne Australia's progressive instrumental project I Built The Sky will release their third album, The Zenith Rise, on November 1.I Built The Sky is led by guitar wizard Rohan 'Ro Han’ Stevenson and has been slowly climbing the ranks of the progressive shred guitar community for some time now with high level supports, headlining slots and international praise for their previous releases all going towards building an impressive global fanbase.The new album features a few upgrades from previous releases with some impressive artwork courtesy of artist Pat Fox who has worked with artists such as Tash Sultana, Northlane, The Amity Affliction and many more, and the contribution of ARIA nominated producer and mixer Forrester Savell who has been involved in a Mixing and Mastering capacity. The new additions to the album see's Rohan's music achieve a new level of presentation and sonic perfection to go along with the insanity of the guitar riffs, musicality and well crafted songs.The first single 'Up Into The Ether' launches the first taste of the new album with a spectacular video which depicts the real life situation of Rohan as he moves on from a safe career into the unknown of the music industry. The video starts off with a message to explain that he is pursing I Built The Sky full time and that life is too short to wait in doing what you love. The song has all the characteristics of previous I Built The Sky releases but... Better, from the depth of the songwriting, the dynamic variation and the quality of the production and caliber of the musicianship leaves a lasting impression on even seasoned music lovers.The Up Into The Ether video features live members Sam Tan and Rob Brens who have been working along with Rohan to create a live band with an impressive performance resume to date.Last year the trio toured Europe, UK and headlined two shows in New Zealand which saw raving reviews from fans and media alike."Everything you need in an instrumental song - slippery riffs and big feels!" - Plini (On 'Up Into The Ether')Watch Up Into The Ether here: youtu.be/OTBdO18zmxQ2020 will no doubt see more international shows across UK and Europe as Rohan has now signed with highly reputable booking agency Atonal Agency (Animals As Leaders, Intervals, Plini, Sikth, Monuments)The Zenith Rise is available for Pre order Now!https://listen.ibuiltthesky.com/tzrI Built The Sky Street Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX7vNEE91tI&t=396s
18 minutes | Oct 23, 2019
After two solo records and work with several guitar legends, Nili Brosh (Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil, Tony MacAlpine) is no stranger to instrumental guitar albums. However, her latest effort Spectrum steps beyond the expected and into a global exploration of musical genres. A literal spectrum, the album seamlessly blends from one genre to the next, starting in one place and ending up in a completely different one; all the while suggesting that music - much like humans - is all the same. Opening with the Spanish flavor of “Cartagena” and “Andalusian Fantasy”, Brosh effortlessly demonstrates the gentle power of conveying melodies on a nylon string guitar. Fusing into the European folk-inspired “Circus Wedding” and Parisian flavored “Rachel in Paris”, accordionist Hubert Gall makes a guest appearance and takes us further into the stylistic journey. What was Parisian blends into the chill R&B inspired “Solace”, which is where we first hear Brosh’s electric guitar versatility and soaring solos. The transition to a more fusion-esque and progressive sound occurs with ‘Retractable Intent’ and ‘Desert déjà vu', before finally moving toward the screaming dance-inspired heavy leads of “Djentrification” and “Primal Feels”. Listening in one sitting, one may feel the transitions sneak up on them, at the end arriving at the question “how did I get here?”. The official music video for the single “Primal Feels”, released September 3, follows a similar concept of diversity and comprises a multi-ethnic cast of male dancers joining Brosh to visually enhance the song melodies. With dazzling film-like cinematography, the dancers mimic Brosh’s musical vocabulary in a style reminiscent of those classic ‘80s and ‘90s music videos. With their visual interpretation of the strong melodic hooks of “Primal Feels”, the dancers remind us once again that people - like music - are all the same. “Primal Feels” music video is performed by Angel Xplosion Anaya, Amaleke Kidd Bradley, Nili Brosh, Manine Kim, Gabi Torres. Shot and directed by A&G Productions, Choreography by Gabi Torres Spectrum is performed by Alex Argento, Nili Brosh, Mariko Friend, Hubert Gall, Pete Lockett, Eli Marcus, Alon Mei-Tal, Gretchen Menn, Ray Rojo. Track Listing: 1. Cartagena 2. Andalusian Fantasy 3. Circus Wedding 4. Rachel In Paris 5. Solace 6. Retractable Intent 7. Desert Deja Vu 8. Djentrification 9. Primal Feels 10. Resistance Piece Spectrum will be available on CD and digital download via Nili Brosh’s webstore and all major online retailers (Previous releases are also available through the same outlets): https://www.hellomerch.com/collections/nili-broshFor more information, visit Nili Brosh on: · Official Website: http://www.nilibrosh.com· Official Store: https://www.hellomerch.com/collections/nilibrosh · Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/NiliBroshMusic· Instagram:http://www.instagram.com/nilibrosh
49 minutes | Sep 16, 2019
Live Episode: Jeremy Barnes & James Norbert Ivanyi
Recorded live at the 2019 Melbourne Guitar Show, my guests are James Norbert Ivanyi and Jeremy Barnes as we discuss the state of modern guitar.James Norbert Ivanyi: https://jamesnorbertivanyi.bandcamp.comJeremy Barnes: https://www.facebook.com/jeremybarnesmusicWant more live episodes like this but wish the sound quality was better? Subscribe to Patreon so I can afford to get a nice Rode Rodecaster Pro and start putting on dedicated live podcast interview events! https://www.patreon.com/iheartguitar
23 minutes | Sep 4, 2019
Andy Gill (Gang of Four)
GANG OF FOUR Australian and New Zealand November 2019 Tour DatesSaturday November 2nd PERTH RosemountTuesday 5th November ADELAIDE Lion Arts FactoryThursday 7th November BRISBANE The ZooFriday 8th November SYDNEY Manning BarSaturday 9th November MELBOURNE CroxtonTuesday 12th November AUCKLAND Tuning ForkWednesday 13th November WELLINGTON San Fran Tickets: On sale now:From: https://metropolistouring.com/tours/gang-of-four/NZ Tickets: https://metropolistouring.com/tours/gang-of-four-nz-2019/
58 minutes | Aug 14, 2019
Bryan Beller's new album, "Scenes From The Flood" (out September 13) was many years in the making. It represents a huge leap in Beller's already considerable compositional confidence, and is packed full of so, so, SO many guitar legends. Hear Bryan talk about the album, the personnel, the gear and more in this long-form interview. And watch the video for “Volunteer State," featuring Joe Satriani, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ptMLlkfYew
17 minutes | Jul 26, 2019
Stryper's Michael Sweet calls in for a chat about his November Australian acoustic tour, his Washburn guitars and other matters of guitaristic importance.
19 minutes | Jul 10, 2019
Tal Wilkenfeld has a brilliant new album called Love Remains, packed full of great songs and incredible musicianship. You should totally get it. Wanna support I Heart Guitar (and by extension my little family and our dreams of getting another dog soon)? patreon.com/iheartguitar or paypal.me/iheartguitar, my friend.
11 minutes | Jul 3, 2019
Help Christian Martucci find his lost BC Rich!Stone Sour/Black Star Riders guitarist Christian Martucci is looking for the BC Rich Mockingbird he lost when he was 16. He’s been searching for this unique and sentimentally important instrument for years with no luck. Do you have a lead on this guitar? Contact Christian via Instagram at instagram.com/christianmartucci and help him get his baby back!Wanna support I Heart Guitar (and by extension my little family and our dreams of getting another dog soon)? patreon.com/iheartguitar or paypal.me/iheartguitar, my friend.
21 minutes | Jul 3, 2019
Join my guest Mr. Steve Vai as we discuss the new Generation Axe live album (Vai, Zakk Wylde, Nuno Bettencourt, Yngwie Malmsteen and Tosin Abasi) plus magical thinking, spiritual questing and Vai's current guitar obsession, Synergy Amps.Wanna support I Heart Guitar (and by extension my little family and our dreams of getting another dog soon)? patreon.com/iheartguitar or paypal.me/iheartguitar, my friend.
28 minutes | Jun 27, 2019
Devin Townsend talks about his new record Empath, the load-lightening joys of acoustic tours, his new Prestige signature guitar and the importance of accepting the silly with the epic. Wanna support I Heart Guitar (and by extension my little family and our dreams of getting another dog soon)? patreon.com/iheartguitar or paypal.me/iheartguitar, my friend.An Evening With Devin Townsend Australian Tour DatesThornbury Theatre, Melbourne Sunday September 8New Show AddedGovernor Hindmarsh, AdelaideTuesday September 10Old Museum, BrisbaneWednesday September 11York Theatre, SydneyFriday September 13Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne Saturday September 14Sold OutFreo Social, PerthSunday September 15 Tickets On Sale Now From Troubadour-Music.ComAlso Includes Fan Q&A After The Show
16 minutes | Jun 12, 2019
Stuart Chatwood (The Tea Party)
18 minutes | Jun 9, 2019
Tommy Thayer (KISS)
KISS is doing one last lap of the world before hanging up their dragon boots. On this episode my guest is KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer, who talks about what the iconic Spaceman character means to him, plus plenty of good old-fashioned guitar geekery. For KISS tour dates, go here: https://www.kissonline.com/tour
23 minutes | Jun 2, 2019
Peter chats with Duff McKagan about his new Fender bass and his even newer solo album, Tenderness.And hey, check out The Cure performing Disintegration live in Sydney! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9uSPf9WDbwIf you'd like to help support I Heart Guitar, visit patreon.com/iheartguitar or donate to paypal.me/iheartguitar
31 minutes | Jan 29, 2019
Dave Leslie (Baby Animals)
Dave Leslie is about to conduct his first ever guitar clinic extravaganza and he wants you to know about it!
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