Steve Vai Signs with Round Hill Music For Back Catalogue and New Albums

Guitar legend Steve Vai has signed a new deal with Round Hill Music for a North American/UK Administration Deal. This covers Steve’s back catalog as well as future new releases. Among Vai’s three decades in music, Vai took lessons at an early age from Joe Satriani, attending Berklee College of Music, at 18 he began his professional music career transcribing for, and then playing with Frank Zappa, playing in David Lee Roth’s band, and countless solo albums and guest appearances. Continue reading

Lee McKinney – Infinite Mind

Instrumental music is an incredibly niche market, to say the least. For the vast majority of the music-listening population, instrumental music sounds incomplete and lacking that human touch in a way that only the human voice can provide. In the Metal genre in particular, guitar-led instrumental music can often come across as showing off how virtuosic the guitarist is without any care given to musical creation and taste in general. There are a few exceptions to this rule with Steve Vai’s Sex and Religion (Relativity) and Buckethead’s Electric Tears (Metastation) coming to mind. Continue reading

Devin Townsend – Empath

Many words have been used to describe Devin Townsend over the years. Oddball. Eccentric. Quirky. Canadian. To name but a few. Since exploding into the confused consciousness of metal fans around the world on Steve Vai‘s ‘Down Deep Into the Pain’ video in 1993, Townsend has gone on to create a musical legacy so uniquely unconventional that his career almost defies description. Continue reading

Ultimate Namm Night 2019 to Feature 80 Top Names In Rock And Metal

The long-running community oriented all-star jam show, Ultimate Jam Night, in residency at the Whisky A Go Go presents will hold its second annual show during The NAMM Show entitled “Ultimate NAMM Night – The Power of Music” on Saturday, January 26, 2018, at the Hilton Anaheim California Ballroom. The show will feature performances by an All-Star artist list that includes Steve Vai, Billy Sheehan, Tony Franklin, Doug Aldrich, Phil X, Stu Hamm, Charlie Benate, Rikki Rockett and many many more. Also included in will be full band performances by Flotsam & Jetsam, Sweet, and Marco Mendoza’s El Trio. Check out the sweet poster below with all the talent and additional performers will be added right up until showtime. The show is offered free-of-charge with tickets available at select times during the NAMM convention, with the info at the link below.

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REVIEWS ROUND-UP: Ghost, Lovebites, Babylon Fire, HammerFall and more…

 

The beauty to last weeks’ beast, the Ghost Cult album round-up is back for your vulgar delectation, and our final compilation of 2017 captures albums most Metal and most Melodic, shining a light on last-minute stocking fillers that St. Anne, rather than St Nick, would approve of… Continue reading

Alice Cooper – Paranormal

After a gap of six years, legendary shock rocker Alice Cooper is back once again to give today’s youngsters a gentle, but purposeful reminder of how it’s done. At the age of 69, just a few months shy of joining the ranks of the septuagenarians, Alice is clearly in no mood to relax Continue reading