Ohio’s metalcore band Miss May I went all out for an extreme video for new single “Lost in the Grey,” which will appear on the band’s upcoming album Shadows Inside, due out June 2.
“The shoot involved an entire forest landscape set, live action volatile weather elements and rodents in mouths,” shared singer Levi Benton with Loud Wire. “We have never had a video like this before. The vibe for the song is really captured well and sets a great image not only for the song, but the record as a whole. Shadows Inside is the most honest record we have ever created and a big part of that was just having the freedom and time to put everything we had into it.”
Benton also explained why “Lost in the Grey” was the perfect choice for the lead single.
“This is a great first track to release to the mass as it represents the effort it takes to get out of the complacent and stale life people live,” he said. “The song is about finding that hope and drive to push you to a new and better life. The lion has always represented hope and ambition and now with this video it’s physical and represented as a mask that one needs to show them there is a better life for everyone, if you push for it.”
Shadows Inside can be pre-ordered here, and look for Miss May I hitting the road in support of the album beginning in May.
Check out the video below, featuring guitarist Justin Aufdemkampe on his custom Charvel axe.
“The crazy German is back,” said famed film composer Hans Zimmer as he again took the outdoor stage Sunday night at Coachella. “Tonight is all about the these people behind me and you. These are amazing musicians.”
A 40-piece orchestra and choir playing and singing some of the most famous movie scores of all-time on the last night of the 3-day festival?
Sounds a bit left of center even for Coachella, and maybe too dizzying of a contrast from other acts on the bill. But, not so. Well done to festival promoter Golden Voice. Well done. It was an inventive choice, and one that offered a truly stunning and mesmerizing moment for the masses.
As cast member and guitarist Guthrie Govan told us before the set, “I like the subversive aspect of it. As Hans himself put it at the last show we did a week ago, it takes a special kind of crazy person to bring an orchestra out into the desert but someone had to do it. The crowd reaction was amazing. I think no one knew what quite to expect. Maybe they gathered out of respect, maybe out of sheer curiosity, but no one knew the type of show they were about to experience and you could feel the enthusiasm in the crowd growing so I think it was a successful experiment.”
The cinematic trip included scores from Inception, Pirates of the Caribbean, Interstellar, Gladiator, The Dark Knight trilogy and crowd-favorite, The Lion King.
A roar to rival that of Mufasa’s went up among the audience when South African composer Lebo M. returned to the Coachella stage to sing his parts from the Academy-award winning animated film.
Govan also enjoyed the spotlight during several songs, including a demonstration of his masterful and face-melting playing on his signature Charvel model during “One Day” from Pirates.
The addition of electric guitar and bass took many of the orchestral arrangements to a new, and if possible, even more grandiose level. Johnny Marr’s son Nile, who Govan said “uncannily has the exact same timing as his father,” traded riffs with Zimmer during the Inception opus, which also included a lengthy drum breakdown.
“It’s going to get considerably darker,” Zimmer warned the audience in an ominous and deep voice before what sounded like an air raid horn and a hair-raising pounding bass line kicked in for the Dark Knight trilogy.
And while, yes, it did get darker, Zimmer’s masterpieces also fed a sea of festival souls with inspiration and a true sense of magic.
Experience some of the thrilling set with a few choice video clips courtesy of Coachella, and click here to get Hans Zimmer Live tour dates!
Rabea Massaad and Pete Honore over at Andertons Music got a workout in with Charvel’s Pro-Mod guitars in a new video gear segment.
After a really peaceful and nice opening jam session that the guys referenced as #thingsthatyoudontthinkispossibletoplayonneonyellowguitars, the guys delve into the versatility (well beyond “80s hair metal”), craftmanship, features, unique colors and reasonable price point of these Charvel Pro-Mod Style 1 San Dimas and So-Cal instruments.
And of course, the segment would not be complete without a bit of shreddage, too.
Check it all out below!
Iced Earth has revealed new details about upcoming album Incorruptible, due out June 16, including a heads up that its first two singles “Seven Headed Whore” and “Raven Wing” will drop at the end of April.
The 10-track album will be available in a variety of formats, including special limited edition vinyl in several colors and a 36-page artbook version with album sketches and comments about each song from guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer.
During a recent interview with Metal Wani, Schaffer shared the writing direction behind Incorruptible.
“There is no concept on this record; it’s just ten individual tracks not related to each other,” he said “We have one called ‘Clear The Way’, which is about the Irish Brigade at the Battle Of Fredericksburg — very tragic, actually — but that’s a big epic (song), like ten minutes; and then we have one called ‘Black Flag’, which is a pirate song. It’s quite a… I think I pulled it off pretty well with the lyrics, to be able to tell such a big story in a very short amount of time. I think it’s gonna be a highlight of the record.”
The band also unveiled the album’s cover artwork, which was created by David Newman-Stump of Skeleton Crew Tattoo and Roy Young.
Stay tuned for more details on Incorruptible as the date draws closer. In the meantime, enjoy fan-filmed footage of Iced Earth’s performance at a show in the Netherlands featuring unreleased track “Great Heathen Army,” with guitarist Jake Dreyer on his Charvel Guthrie Govan Signature Model.
Video of Sepultura’s April 2 interview and performance on Brazil’s TV Cultura has surfaced.
The band kicked off the set with track “Phantom Self” from latest album Machine Messiah, and then between song breaks took turns answering questions about the effort, their long-awaited documentary and their influences.
Check out the performance and interview in the clips below, and hang around long enough to see guitarist Andreas Kisser pull off a playful rendition of Aerosmith’s famous lick “Walk This Way” on his custom Charvel So-Cal.
Get a quick look, listen and spec rundown for the NEW Charvel Joe Duplaniter Signature Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 HH Product as the Gojira singer and guitarist jams on the axe.
Adrenaline Mob has announced that new album We The People will be released on June 2 and will coincide with a supporting world tour. Vocalist Russell Allen and Charvel guitarist Mike Orlando recruited new members in drummer Jordan Cannata and bassist David Zablidowsky to record the follow-up to 2014’s Men Of Honor.
Adrenaline Mob’s music has always been politically charged, and the album’s cover art and title indicates the band will continue to voice their opinion on the subject. The first song Orlando wrote for We the People is a track titled “Blind Leading the Blind,” which expresses his sentiments around the Trump/Clinton presidential campaign.
“The title track is very much inspired by the past election year,” explained Allen. “It touches on our society, here in America. The album title is a reflection of our times.”
And those times don’t solely focus on politics.
“The songs have certain particular stories that stand on their own,” stated Allen. “Many of them are also driven by the climate we live in today and some are about having a good time, being free and loving rock ‘n’ roll. All the tracks have a personality and character to them.”
Stayed tuned for more from Adrenaline Mob as the new album draws closer this summer.
In the meantime, fans of Orlando should also check out the clip below as he plays “Wheels in Motion” from his work with Sonic Stomp. The track will appear on the fall 2017 Sonic Stomp Live in Brazil DVD.
Internationally renowned glam rock act Steel Panther has dropped its latest effort on the masses and despite the album’s title, fans should raise their expectations for Lower the Bar.
“I think we’ve expanded, frontman Michael Starr explained to Billboard. “Our style is still the same formula, I guess, but we’ve changed it up a bit. I could say that we used to sing about pussy and partying; now we’re singing about partying and pussy, but the reality is we did switch up a few things. It’s a really solid, fun, intelligent party record. We’re just maturing as a band after being on the road for years together and living together. It shows.
“It’s hard to put into words without sounding like a typical review, but it feels different to me. It feels like we’re doing some melody lines we normally wouldn’t do on a couple of sings, different kinds of moods and not necessary just ‘Dr. Feelgood’. There’s some different stuff in there, but everything’s open for interpretation.”
Co-produced with longtime collaborator Jay Ruston, the album features 11 new songs with another two tracks available on a Best Buy deluxe edition. In true form for the kings of debauchery, song titles range from “Pussy Ain’t Free” to “Poontang Boomerang” and “Goin’ in the Backdoor.”
Sample the effort below with the new video for “I Got What You Want,” which was filmed during Steel Panther’s sold-out 2016 U.K. arena tour and features Satchel tearing away at his Custom Charvel Dinky Bengal Striped.
Want to buy the album? Boom, get it here!
Brit rock outfit As Lions — fronted by Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson’s son Austin — have dropped a new video for “One By One,” which is featured on debut full-length album Selfish Age.
Helmed by award-winning producer David Bendeth (Of Mice & Men, Paramore) and Kane Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed), Selfish Age is an illustration of the band’s mission to create “the biggest, baddest hard rock we could, and on an almost cinematic scale.”
Filmed underground in Manchester, the footage for its track “One By One” alternates between the band performing live and a blindfolded ballerina.
1980s glam metal legends RATT have announced a summer reunion tour featuring three of the original members, including singer Stephen Pearcy, bassist Juan Croucier and guitarist and Charvel signature artist Warren DeMartini.
Guitarist Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot) and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (White Lion, Megadeth) have joined forces with the reunited trio to complete the lineup, and played their first official show at Treasure Island in Welch, Minn., last month. Fan-filmed footage of the concert can be viewed below to get a preview of the band back in action.
RATT will hit select cities in America and Japan, and will also make an appearance at Sweden Rock Festival in June. Get the complete list of tour dates here.
Every time we post new products on social, we tend to see comments asking “What about the lefties?” Well, this post is just for the southpaws! New for 2017, here are three new left-handed models.
San Dimas Style 2 HH FR LH M
Pro-Mod Style 2’s are brand new for 2017, offering a familiar and classic single-cut shape with all the high-performance features and appointments you’ve come to love from Charvel.
The San Dimas® Style 2 HH FR LH M features an alder body, maple neck and fingerboard, Floyd Rose double-locking trem, Seymour Duncan JB TB-4 bridge pickup and Seymour Duncan ’59 SH-1N neck pickup, volume control with a push/pull coil split, tone control with a push/pull activation and beveled output jack and a truss rod adjustment thumbwheel at the butt end of the neck. Comes in Black with matching black hardware and is topped off with a licensed Fender Strat headstock.
So-Cal Style 1 HH FR LH M
The So-Cal Style 1 HH FR LH M comes in Black with a black pickguard and features an alder body, maple neck and fingerboard, 12″-16″ compound radius, Seymour Duncan TB-6 Distortion bridge pickup and Seymour Duncan SH-6N Distortion neck pickup, Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo, volume control with a push/pull coil split and a tone control with a push/pull activation.
San Dimas Style 1 HH FR M LH
Available in Gloss Black with black hardware, this San Dimas Style 1 lefty features an alder body, bolt-on maple neck with 12″-16″ compound radius maple fingerboard with comfortable rolled edges, Seymour Duncan JB TB-4 bridge pickup and Seymour Duncan ’59 SH-1N neck pickup, volume control with a push/pull coil split, tone control with a push/pull activation and beveled output jack and a Floyd Rose double-locking trem.
Gear Gods visited the Charvel booth at the 2017 NAMM show to learn more about the brand new models in the lineup.
In the clip below, Charvel Product Manager Peter Wichers gives a detailed look at the Joe Duplantier Signature Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 2 HH, the Guthrie Govan Signature HSH Flame Maple, the Guthrie Govan Signature HSH Caramelized Ash and the all-new Pro-Mod Style 2’s.
Check out the video below to discover more.
Experience the six pack of sound in this video demo featuring guitarist Jordan Ziff on the NEW Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 HH FR M in Transparent Red. Firstly, Ziff runs through pickup positions 1, 2 and 3 with the volume knob in standard position. He then splits the coils by pulling the volume knob and again runs through all three pickup positions.
Watch below …
French metallers Gojira recently appeared on Quotidien, the most viewed television show in France.
While we couldn’t make heads or tails of the conversation leading into the performance, we sure did enjoy watching the band forcefully power through “Stranded” and “The Shooting Star.”
Check out both clips below, featuring singer/guitarist Joe Duplantier on his signature Charvel models.
In 2016, Charvel introduced an upgraded collection of amped up Pro-Mod Style 1 guitars that shook up the lineup with all-new features. This year, Charvel continues to wreak havoc with a new lineup of all-new Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 guitars featuring a variety of finishes with options including ash, alder or okoume bodies, hardtail or Floyd Rose® bridges, 6-or 7-strings, rosewood or maple fingerboards and a left-handed version.
Here’s a quick breakdown of all 10 variations:
Showing off the beauty of the ash wood in a Natural finish, this guitar features a two-piece bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement rods, a 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and offset dot inlays, a convenient thumbwheel truss rod butt-adjust, Seymour Duncan humbucking pickups, a push/pull coil split volume control, No-Load tone control, a Charvel® HT6 string-through-body hardtail bridge and a licensed Fender® Stratocaster® headstock.
This Style 2 stands out with gorgeous quilt maple top on an alder body that emphasizes the complementary turquoise to deep ocean gradient Chlorine Burst finish. Other features include a two-piece bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement, a 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and offset dot inlays, as well as a convenient thumbwheel truss rod butt-adjust. It’s also equipped with a pair of high-output Seymour Duncan® humbucking pickups, a push/pull coil split volume control, No-Load tone control, a Charvel® HT6 string-through-body hardtail bridge, and a licensed Fender® Stratocaster® headstock.
This 7-string model is a unique creature fit for modern players looking to expand their sonic palette. The Charcoal Gray stain over the natural ash body looks meticulously charred to perfection, accentuating the grain of the wood with highlights of a light gray/nearly white crackling throughout.
Features include a two-piece bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement rods, a 12”-16” compound radius rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and offset dot inlays, and a convenient thumbwheel truss rod butt-adjust for easy access. It’s also equipped with a high-output Seymour Duncan® Nazgûl humbucking bridge pickup and a Seymour Duncan Sentient humbucking neck pickup, controlled with a three-way blade switch. The Charvel® HT7 string-through-body hardtail bridge provides endless sustain with laser intonation.
For players that prefer a more raw look, this 7-string offers a gorgeous okoume body with a Natural finish and a maple fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and offset dot inlays. Like its darker ash counterpart, it includes high-output Seymour Duncan® Nazgûl and Sentient humbucking pickups, a push/pull coil split volume control, No-Load tone control and a Charvel® HT7 string-through-body hardtail bridge.
The Style 2’s are also available with a Floyd Rose® double-locking recessed tremolo. This Metallic Black beauty is constructed with an alder body and a two-piece bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement rods for rock-solid stability. It also features a 12”-16” compound radius dark rosewood fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and white dot inlays, as well as a convenient thumbwheel truss rod butt-adjust. It’s powered by high-output Seymour Duncan® JB TB-4 and ’59 SH-1N humbucking pickups, which are controlled by a three-way blade switch. A push/pull coil split volume control and No-Load tone control contribute to its “Six Pack of Sound” capabilities.
With the same great features as the Style 2 HH FR, this model stands apart with a maple fingerboard with black dot inlays. The Style 2 HH FR M is also equipped with a Floyd Rose® double-locking tremolo bridge, high-output Seymour Duncan® humbucking pickups, a push/pull coil split volume control and No-Load tone control.
Available in Satin Red with black hardware or Satin Silver with chrome hardware.
So nice, we made it twice. The Natural Ash finish is such a stunner, it was also created with a Floyd Rose® double-locking tremolo bridge to complement the hardtail version. The Style 2 HH FR Ash includes a 12”-16” compound radius dark rosewood fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and white dot inlays, a convenient thumbwheel truss rod butt-adjust, high-output Seymour Duncan® JB™ TB-4 and ‘59™ SH-1N humbucking pickups, a push/pull coil split volume control and No-Load tone control. Black hardware adds a bold contrast for a classic finishing touch.
For fans that clamor for quilt maple tops, this Floyd Rose model delivers in a striking Transparent Red Burst or Transparent Blue Burst finish. Premium features include a 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and black dot inlays, a convenient thumbwheel truss rod butt-adjust, high-output Seymour Duncan® JB™ TB-4 and ‘59™ SH-1N humbucking pickups, a push/pull coil split volume control and No-Load tone control.
The Style 2 HH FR QM includes the same great features as the Style 2 HH FR M QM, with the exception of a dark rosewood fingerboard with white dot inlays in a classic Transparent Black finish. This sleek and slightly more subtle addition offers an alder body with a quilt maple top, two-piece bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement rods, high-output Seymour Duncan® JB™ TB-4 and ‘59™ SH-1N humbucking pickups, a push/pull coil split volume control, No-Load tone control and a Floyd Rose® double-locking recessed tremolo bridge.
Southpaws, rejoice! This left-handed Pro-Mod Style 2 is available in a classic Black finish will all-black hardware. Features include an alder body, two-piece bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement rods, 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and black dot inlays, and a convenient thumbwheel truss rod butt-adjust. It’s also equipped with Seymour Duncan® JB™ TB-4 and ‘59™ SH-1N humbucking pickups, a push/pull coil split volume control and a Floyd Rose® double-locking recessed tremolo bridge.
Check out the Charvel booth from the 2017 NAMM show in Anaheim, Calif., offering a glimpse of the latest and greatest products for the year, including new Pro-Mod Style 2′s and signature models from Joe Duplantier and Guthrie Govan. Charvel artist and Stone Sour guitarist Christian Martucci and Revocation’s Dave Davidson also stopped by the showroom for an up-close look at what Charvel has to offer.
The Charvel Custom Shop unveiled some magnificent beauties during the 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif. Here’s a look at 7 by Master Builder “Red” Dave Nichols.
So-Cal Scallop Relic Black
Pulling from the more classic and conservative side of Charvel, this custom So-Cal Scallop axe looks like it’s been slung around for the last 25 years with its black finish, white pickguard and excellent relic job on both the finish and hardware.
The guitar features an alder body with a bolt-on quartersawn maple neck, scallop maple fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets, a reverse headstock, Seymour Duncan pickups, Original Floyd Rose® and Gotoh tuners.
Surfcaster Dart Swinger Brown
This offset gem features an alder body with a bolt-on maple neck, a rosewood fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and bass sidebar inlay. Powered by Seymour Duncan P-90 Soapbar pickups, this axe also has a Tonepros Tune-O-Matic bridge and Gotoh tuners.
Its Dart Swinger Brown finish is set off nicely with vintage white binding around the body, neck and headstock, which features the Charvel script logo.
San Dimas Sandblast
A pair of San Dimas Style 1 ash bodies were sandblasted for a raw and edgy-vibe.
The San Dimas HSH Sandblast model features a black body with neon green satin grainfill finish. A bolt-on quartersawn maple neck features an ebony fingerboard, while the DiMarzio pickups are finished with matching neon green covers for a truly spectacular combo. Also offers a Floyd Rose Lo Pro Bridge.
The San Dimas Sandblast sticks with a basic monochromatic color palette, and yet is equally remarkable in looks, complete with a pair of Bare Knuckle Holy Driver pickups and a Hipshot hard tail bridge.
Sometimes you just need the bare essentials. The Custom Dinky Poplar is as natural as it gets, featuring a poplar body and a bolt-on quartersawn maple neck with a scallop fingerboard and reverse headstock. Powered by a Bill Lawrence L-500XL bridge pickup and a Seymour Duncan SH1 pickup, this high-performance axe also offers a spokewheel truss rod adjust at the butt-end of the neck, an Original Floyd Rose bridge, Gotoh tuners and chrome hardware.
San Dimas Big Mouth
For those who like to run their mouth, this San Dimas alder body got a sick and vivid custom graphic paint job featuring some sharp canines with tongue hanging out Miley Cyrus style. Its bolt-on quartersawn maple neck features a maple fingerboard with black dot inlays and 22 jumbo frets.
Also features Seymour Duncan pickups, a Charvel brass trem hardtail bridge and Gotoh Tuners.
Style 2 Cherry Burst
Simple yet stunning. That’s what comes to mind when taking a close look at this Style 2 guitar featuring an ash body with a Cherry Burst finish, a bolt-on caramelized flame maple neck and black six in line reverse headstock with a script Charvel logo.
Also features a pair of DiMarzio DP-184 Chopper pickups, a Hipshot USA Tele bridge in black and a convenient thumbwheel truss rod adjustment at the butt-end of the neck.
Although Joe Duplantier’s new signature Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 HH model is just now about to start shipping to dealers, Duplantier has been using his prototype since recording 2016′s Magma, and it’s held up rather admirably throughout a heavy touring cycle in support of the album.
“I’ve been using my signature model on the road and it’s very solid,” said Duplantier. “I’m pounding the guitar every night. I pound the strings and I need a guitar that’s solid and can handle this for touring.”
It also proved to be studio worthy, too.
“When I started working on the new record I wanted to find the perfect tone for what I was doing,” said Duplantier. “I usually use several guitars because in the studio you can’t make any mistakes and you have to pick the right guitar and this guitar was the winner. I called Charvel right away and was like, ‘Aah this is the guitar in the studio too!,’ which is pretty rare for a guitar to be the ultimate weapon on stage and in the studio. This guitar has both.”
Watch below as Duplantier demos some of its key features and explains why he chose them.