Friday, June 5, 2009
Domination - Pantera
Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin,
and even more tough leads like
Hate Me - Children Of Bodom
Sea Of Lies - Symphony X
Its All about practice and the time you can manage to give to ur guitar lessons(not from a teacher mind you!). I have been playing guitars for over 4 years now and i dont find it quite difficult to learn new songs. Its all about time, thinking, and determination. I have been using a software called "Guitar Pro" since i started playing and i must say it is the best software for learning for begginer aswell as professional guitar players.
Its unique interface and display enables you to easily adopt and learn the method of reading tabs and it gives you the liberty to learn all the instruments along with just guitars. The tempo and precision of every note can be perfected by playing along with this software. You can mute the guitars and play along with all of the other instruments which makes it even more enjoyable and easy to learn.
The method of starting guitars according to me would be that Learn Easier Songs In The Beggining! This enables a player to explore the guitars capabilities step by step and learn the difficult songs later on with more ease and less time. But the main Thing about this whole thing is that you should never feel that you cant play something. You Should think that you can play everything and keep going until you do perfectly. Thats the attitude i have been playing with and i hope it helps you aswel!!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
As we all know. Many Artists and Bands influenced by the genre of Metal have started to believe that solos in there songs are suppose to be fast and they believe that its all about speed. But many of them disagree and state "There Should Be Some Feel Solos Aswell". By that as far as my analysis is concerned, I have seen bands play a couple of notes, then shred, then repeat this sequence over and over again to ruin a song and its atmosphere. I have even heard guitar solos that are 1.5min long! And this same technique, with a little bit of variation, not much, little, is used and a solo is complete? Is that it? What metalheads and many "Rockstars" have forgotten is that metal in not only about speed and technique and skill, but its also about melody and feel.
Playing a solo that is 5mins long is easy. But to maintain the melody and feel for those 5mins is a big deal. And its not that simple. We have heard solos by David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Steve Vai. And they have something unique. Which many guitarists claiming that "We can play Every Freaking song" fail to deliver. The thing that is missing is determination and emotion. We dont want shreds only. We want melody and feel.
Feel for me is that when a person creates a certain emotion that attracts the listeners. We can find that in many leads namely:
"Stairway to Heaven" By Led Zeppelin
"Comfortably Numb" By Pink Floyd
"Heaven And Hell" By Black Sabbath
"Pain Killer" By Judas Priest
And still many which i cant remember! But the point is, Not all, Mind you, but many of the bands have lost this melody. Call It intentional or whatever. But yes, It is True!
My Advice Would Be:"Play If You Can Play With Feel And Show Skill! Otherwise, Dont Play At All!!!!!"
Friday, May 8, 2009
An Interview with Pestilence Main Man Patrick Mameli.
Metal Discovery: Did you have any reservations or apprehensions initially about resurrecting the PESTILENCE name in terms of how long time fans would react, or was there a demand for PESTILENCE to return?
Patrick Mameli: Well, you know, we were never into the scene that much and we still are not. We don't know what's going on in the scene; we don't know what's going on really, so that's really easy for us just to make an album and it's just what we do. It's like being PESTILENCE. But I do understand that people have, I guess, big expectations after the "Spheres" album which wasn't received very well, so people might expect something like a "Spheres Part 2" but, you know, of course, "Resurrection Macabre" is something where we left off the "Testimony of the Ancients" album so it's like a response to that album. And I guess that everybody's pretty much surprised that we're going in that direction but, then again, nothing really has changed about us. I guess only just me having a better understanding about what the fans are all about and what they want. Instead of just like me trying to portray, or being more egotistical and trying to show off what I can do, it's more about the fans now.
Metal Discovery: Do you see "Spheres" as ahead of its time when it was released?
Patrick Mameli: Oh, yeah, definitely. And I don't even want to go there again. That is something that has been done in the past for us because we're so, you know, kind of hooked up on ourselves trying to make sure that we're portrayed as the good musicians that we are, and let the fans…you know…
Metal Discovery: What do you think of the new CYNIC album out of interest? Is that an album you've listened to much?
Patrick Mameli: What, CYNIC? Oh yeah, well, you know, it's not CYNIC. For me, it's not CYNIC. If you go way back to the old days with Tony Choy on bass — that was CYNIC to me because I love Tony Choy. That's my brother, so if I listen to that shit I'm like, dude, that was CYNIC, you know! Paul was doing some fucking kick-ass grunts and shit, and it was all high-tech, but I think, like PESTILENCE, they've evolved in the right direction. But, you know, the fans, for some reason, they don't like that stuff. So I don't think the new CYNIC is gonna cover a lot of new ground. Just because of that, you know. But they're great musicians.
Metal Discovery: Have you continued to write music over the years during your long break from the scene?
Patrick Mameli: No. No, I just quit music.
Metal Discovery: And playing guitar as well?
Patrick Mameli: Well, yeah, playing guitar; anything. Anything that has to do with music. I was just fed up with that crap. It's like hanging out in the scene and then you have the record company, and all these people that expect so much of you. Like I felt I was being led by everybody else, you know, I just wanted to be normal. So in this fifteen year span I married, I got two children, and I'm a happy father. So, for me, going back into the music scene was like C-187 but for me that was something valid as I wanted to do that. And then it kinda like fucked me off because…that was a mind trip because I thought I was doing something good and then people didn't like it, and I was like fuck off again! You know, I'm just gonna fucking leave for another fucking thirty years and not do anything but…well, here I am.
Read the entire interview from Metal Discovery webzine.
Quality video footage of PESTILENCE's April 25, 2009 concert at P3 in Purmerend, The Netherlands, can be viewed below (clip shot and uploaded by "letthemetalflow").
The Band Dying Humanity To Release their New Album "Fragments Of An Incomplete Puzzle" On 5th Of June Through Maintain Records. The CD was recorded at the Fortefortissimo Recordings in Coburg.
"Fragments Of An Incomplete Puzzle" track listing:
01. Catch The Puzzles
02. Internal Decay
03. Worth Of Human Life
04. Sick Desire - Dead Aim
06. Make Them Forgotten
07. Perversion For Defenceless Victims
08. Fragments Of An Incomplete Puzzle
09. Failing Existence
11. Vicious Silence
12. A Sleaze And A Shame
13. Annul The Fragments
The track "Internal Decay" is available for streaming at this location.
Children of Bodom's official fansite Scythes of Bodom has issued the following statement about Alexi Laiho breaking his arm:
"Oops!... I did it again
"In the middle of Children Of Bodom's current North American tour with Lamb of God, Alexi's well-known tendency to break bones has struck again. In his latest twitter update, K-Man reports that the Wildchild has broken his arm after falling from his top bunk. Apparently Alexi is still able to perform but he's having to take strong painkillers and to wear a sling when he's not playing. Rock 'n' roll or what! Let's hope the break heals quickly."
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Monday, April 27, 2009 HEAVEN & HELL's 'Dress Rehearsal' In Van Nuys: Report, Photos Available - Apr. 26, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
HEAVEN & HELL — the band featuring BLACK SABBATH members Tony Iommi (guitar), Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Geezer Butler (bass) and Vinny Appice (drums) — played a final "dress rehearsal" for its upcoming South American tour earlier today (Sunday, April 26) at a "secet" location in Van Nuys, California. According to one one of 50-80 people (including radio station contest winners) that attended the special showcase, "They had their full arena stage setup they're taking to South America. Everything aside from the drum riser was at ground level so I was looking Geezer in the eyes and looking down at Ronnie while they were playing 15 feet away from me.
"They only did four songs... which they'd apparently not done for an audience before that they were rehearsing for the tour. Of course, I was wanting a full set, but 30 minutes that close and that comfortable was still more than amazing."
Another person who attended the event added, "The power was raw, everyone was on game and energetic, and Dio was singing like the RAINBOW days. I was blown away."
HEAVEN & HELL's short set consisted of the following tracks:
01. Bible Black
03. Follow the Tears
04. Time Machine
Check out photos of the rehearsal:
The video for "Bible Black", the first single from HEAVEN & HELL's highly anticipated new album, "The Devil You Know", made its worldwide debut this past Saturday night, April 25 on VH1 Classic. The animated clip, produced by 23d Films, aired following the premiere of the newest episode of "That Metal Show", which featured HEAVEN & HELL's Ronnie James Dio and Geezer Butler.
Yahoo! Music will have the exclusive online premiere of the video starting tomorrow (Monday, April 27).
The "Bible Black" video was produced by Joseph A. Russo II and James A. Fino from 23d Films, Inc. and was directed byBen Ceccarelli. The epic song was one of the first songs written for the new album and finds the quartet of Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Vinny Appice in top form. "When you start off with a blockbuster like that, it makes the rest of the album so much easier because it gives you a benchmark to measure the other songs against," says Dio.
HEAVEN & HELL will make a rare in-store appearance at Best Buy in San Bernadino, California on Saturday, May 2. All four members of the group will be on hand to celebrate the release of "The Devil You Know". Best Buy stores will offer an exclusive version of the album featuring a bonus DVD with unreleased video of the band recording the album including studio performances, interviews, and other behind-the-scenes content. Fans who buy "The Devil You Know" at the San Bernadino Best Buy beginning on April 28 will get a wristband which will grant them access to get their copy signed by the band. Fans can also get wristbands for the event by purchasing the album at Best Buy stores in Burbank, Rancho Cucamonga and Riverside.
The details are as follows:
Saturday, May 2 at 2:00 p.m.
888 Harriman Place
San Bernadino, CA 92480
"The Devil You Know" is available for streaming in its entirety on VH1.com's The Leak.
"The Devil You Know" track listing:
01. Atom And Evil (5:15)
02. Fear (4:48)
03. Bible Black (6:29)
04. Double The Pain (5:25)
05. Rock And Roll Angel (6:25)
06. The Turn Of The Screw (5:02)
07. Eating The Cannibals (3:37)
08. Follow The Tears (6:12)
09. Neverwhere (4:35)
10. Breaking Into Heaven (7:03)