Everyone’s perspective of what they enjoy while watching a live performance is subjective. Some like to have that big splash of energy being thrown at them, others simply like to watch a well-played performance by their favorite musicians. In rare cases, you get to have both moods in the same set, particularly when we talk about instrumental music and that is precisely what The Aristocrats bring in their latest live album Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. The trio composed of Marco Minnemann on drums, Guthrie Govan on guitars, and Bryan Beller on bass released a live album that showcases perfectly what is “The Aristocrats live experience” is. The combination of comical glimpses in their jamming sessions, lots of musical influences, and the extreme dexterity of each of the musicians in their instruments is the order of the day in their live performances and you can listen to all of this in this album.
Ghost Cult had the honor of catching up with world-renowned guitarist and composer Guthrie Govan recently over Skype for a Ghost Cult Podcast interview. We chatted about the brand new album from Govan’s band The Aristocrats, You Know What…? The Aristocrats also features equally talented and legendary members Marco Minemann on drums and Bryan Beller on bass. You Know What…? features a new composing style from the band, which Guthrie explained, also commenting on how the band continues to push each other to greatness, The Aristocamp, his warm-up regimen, his solo tour, collaborating with other artists, and much more. Continue reading
Progressive music supergroup The Aristocrats have announced their new album, their fourth, You Know What…?, due out on June 28th. The band features guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Bryan Beller and drummer Marco Minnemann and like their previous albums, we expect You Know What…? to be full of surprises. Each band member wrote three songs each and produced the album themselves at Brotheryn Studios, Ojai, California. Continue reading
As we previously reported, Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess is releasing his next solo album Wired For Madness via April 19 via Music Theories Recordings / Mascot Label Group. Guests on the album include drummer Marco Minnemann, fellow Dream Theater bandmates James LaBrie and John Petrucci, guitarists Vinnie Moore, Guthrie Govan, and Joe Bonamassa, as well as drummers Rod Morgenstein and Elijah Wood. Check out the lyric video for the title track right now!Continue reading
“Tool and Meshuggah on the Lateralus tour. For me, this was a perfect lineup. No filler; just two bands that I love.”
“Meshuggah and Strapping Young Lad. Strapping Young Lad was opening for Meshuggah and touring for the SYL album. A great crowd crush with lots of booze.”
“Steven Wilson on the Raven that Refused to Sing tour. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more dynamic band. Marco Minnemann expanded and contracted the entire band at will. Guthrie Govan is probably the best modern electric guitarist. It ruled.”
Black Crown Initiate just wrapped up touring with Deicide and is still supporting their release from earlier in 2015, Wreckage of the Stars (eOne).
Progressive music giant Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, Storm Corrosion) released his new album Hand. Cannot. Erase. (Kscope) back in March, it was a further exploration of storytelling in his art, but on a grander scale. No stranger to putting down amazing concept albums, Wilson’s best recorded work feels like a book; it envelopes you and you cannot put it down. Touring the USA, Wilson’s performances are always a marvel of high musicianship and class. He has a first class touring band behind him as well consisting of Nick Beggs (bass), Adam Holzman (keyboard), Guthrie Govan (guitar), David Kilminster (guitar) and Craig Blundell (drums). Stopping off at the Mesa Arts Center in Arizona, the band played the new album in its entirety, as well as some Porcupine Tree cuts such as ‘Lazarus’ and ‘Sleep Together’. Closing out with the title track from The Raven That Refused To Sing, Wilson left the stage with the audience enthralled. Shot here by Melina Dellamarggio of Melina D Photography, we get to peek into a window of what the performance felt like in person:
Guitarist extraordinaire Guthrie Govan may not be the most prolific musician around, but he’s one of the most respected and in demand players around. He recently toured with Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) in support of The Raven Who Refused To Sing album and he is also about to release a new album with The Aristocrats, his other musical project with fellow musical mavericks Bryan Beller (Dethklok, James LaBrie) and Marco Minnemann (Adrian Belew Power Trio, Kreator). Ghost Cult caught up with Guthrie as he returns from a clinic tour in Brazil..Continue reading