Feb 21

Angel Vivaldi discussed new album at NAMM 2017

Angel Vivaldi is a young and talented guitar player that started his career as a guitar player in 2004, and since 2008 he has released a total of 5 self-released albums. His playing has been compared with the likes of virtuosos like Steve Vai & Joe Satriani, with a hint of cinematic dramatic flare. Last year Angel Vivaldi revisited his third album The Speed of Dark (2009) which was re-recorded and released later in August. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 21

70000 Tons of Metal 2017 – Day 3

It was a nice four-hour rest until I woke up to some heavy turmoil from the waves of the sea rocking the boat (literally this time) and realized we had arrived at Labadee, Haiti. 

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Feb 20

Kreator – Gods of Violence (2017)

So our favorite German thrash heroes are at it again. After fourteen albums you’d suspect that maybe Kreator might be risking reaching their “shelf life” and going stale like a few others who need not be named, but this album puts that fear to rest. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 18

Felix Martin talked about his new guitar & his new album at NAMM 2017

Venezuelan guitar innovator, Felix Martin is about to release his third studio album titled Mechanical Nations, after the release of his previous album The Scenic Album (2013) and playing successful tours all over the US & Europe, and being part of Mike Portnoy‘s Progressive Nation at Sea 2014, Felix Martin returns with a new album that features his new 16 string guitar and a lot of new jazzy and metallic sounds.  Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 16

David Davidson of Revocation discussed guitar gear, 70000 Tons & touring

Revocation is a 17-year-old band that has gained the respect and love from the metal community by coming from humble origins in Boston, MA to become one of the most notorious metal acts in the world, at the same time it seems that guitar player/vocalist David Davidson has enjoyed a similar treatment as his fame as one of the most skilled guitar players in metal still raising.  Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 15

Herman Li of Dragonforce talked about his new Ibanez guitars & the new album

There is no doubt that Herman Li of Dragonforce is one of the most gifted guitar players on the planet, and he along with Sam Totman are the driving force behind Dragonforce‘s massive and crazy sound. The band that was put in the spotlight with the single Through the Fire and Flames almost 10 years ago as part of the widely popular Guitar Hero III video game has become an important player in the power metal scene ever since. With Dragonforce touring around the world several times and participating in several summer festivals in Europe every year.   Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 14

70000 Tons of Metal 2017 – Day 2

It begins! Our first full metal day at sea, starting off with a breakfast in the Windjammer, of course, to fuel up before all the metal madness starts. Considering the daily lineup, it would be a hasty day for me scrambling between the Pool Deck and Alhambra Theater nearly all day long. Starting off the day to wake up the right way with Orden Ogan in the Alhambra. The crowd was very into this admired German band, singing along and cheering about to their great combination of power and folk metal. Soon thereafter, it was time to grab a drink and move on to the Pool Deck to go check out Saltatio Mortis!

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Feb 13

Mr. Lordi of Lordi discussed US tour, comics and Eurovision.  

After almost 9 years of absence from the American stages, the Finnish monsters of Lordi finally found their way to America. While promoting their new album Monstereophonic: Theaterror vs Demonarchy released last September. The band visited Mesa, AZ last Thursday night (02/09/17) and delivered a monstrous show at Club Red. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 11

70000 Tons of Metal 2017 – Day 1

The day was finally upon us all, the official day one of 70000 Tons of Metal 2017! Having boarded this legendary metal cruise before, I had decided to show up a bit early to Port Everglades knowing that the lines can be tediously long. Within a record time of about 30 minutes in line, I was able to grab my sea pass and was soon on my way to board the ship… only to find everyone in line ahead of me were also still waiting to get on board as well.  Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 09

Jackson Guitars Artist Signature Series overview at NAMM 2017

With over 30 years of experience as one of the leading guitar brands in the world, Jackson Guitars had an impressive booth at NAMM 2017, with over 50 new models across their different series. This year they had an attractive Artists Signature Series, as they had new models featuring, Gus G (Firewind/Ozzy Osbourne), Marty Friedman, Phil Collen (Def Leppard), David Davidson (Revocation), and Misha Mansoor (Periphery) among others.  Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 08

Gene Hoglan talked to us about his new instructional DVD, Galaktikon & Testament

Gene Hoglan is one of the most versatile and accomplished drummers in metal, from his career with Death and Testament to his work with Strapping Young Lad and his collaborations with Dethklok and Galaktikon, Gene Hoglan is one of the most complete extreme drummers out there.  Read the rest of this entry »

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