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Metal

ARTICLES

Iron Maiden: Out of Thin Air

October 19, 2015
Adrian Smith, Dave Murray, and Janick Gers discuss finding magic in the moment on their latest album, The Book of Souls.
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Lamb Chops: The Tools and Techniques Behind Lamb of God’s Crushing Comeback Album

June 12, 2015
John Campbell, Mark Morton, and Willie Adler discuss their first release since the tragedy that nearly destroyed their band.
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Shredmental: Hell-Bent for Rhythm!

December 20, 2014
A brutal primer on heavy metal rhythm guitar.
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Electric Etudes: “Dimebag” Darrell

June 28, 2014
Dig into the rhythm and lead styles of the legendary Texas shredder.
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Future Rock: Two-Handed Tapping and How to Play the Intro to “Atlas Novus”

June 14, 2013
Scale the Summit's Chris Letchford takes you through the basics of two-hand tapping and demonstrates the into to "Atlas Novus."
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Rig Rundown - Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman

June 12, 2013

Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman talks in depth about his upcoming signature model and love for Mesa/Boogie amps.


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Album Review: Black Sabbath - "13"

June 6, 2013
Ozzy & Co.'s latest relies heavily on the sounds of their past, with flickers of hope for the future.
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Interview: Children of Bodom’s Alexi Laiho - Fast and Slow

May 15, 2013
Caption--> Children of Bodom’s eighth release, Halo of Blood, marks the first time the band has recorded an album in their Helsinki, Finland, rehearsal studio. “We got this hall
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Album Review: The Dillinger Escape Plan - "One of Us is the Killer"

May 8, 2013
DEP’s fifth outing incorporates elements of atmospheric prog-rock and ear-relieving jazz fills to buck the musical constraints and genre rigidness rampant in the metal genre.
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Remembering Jeff Hanneman: 1964 - 2013

May 6, 2013
What separated Jeff from the rest of the metal pack was his rhythm technique, his songwriting, and that for which he will be most remembered—his riffs.
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Drop Dead Shred: Sweep City

May 1, 2013
Learn the ins and outs, ups and downs of sweep picking with this lesson by uber-shredder Nita Strauss.
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Interview: Early Graves - Thrash in the Saddle Again

April 15, 2013
After a series of tragic setbacks—including the death of founding vocalist Makh Daniels—Chris Brock and Early Graves charge back into the metal fray and emerge triumphant with a thundering masterpiece.
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Interview: Killswitch Engage: Ironhearts, Redemption, and Big Digits

March 28, 2013
Rejuvenated by the return of original singer Jesse Leach, Killswitch Engage’s Adam Dutkiewicz, Joel Stroetzel, and Mike D’Antonio deliver pummeling riffs and walls of wailing guitar solos on "Disarm the Descent."
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The (Abbreviated) Best Guitar Performances of SXSW 2013

March 27, 2013
In this concentrated land of musical overstimulation, it’d be impossible to give a rundown of every amazing player in Austin’s premier showcase. Here, we offer our discerning highlights.
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Rig Rundown - Between the Buried and Me's Dustie Waring and Paul Waggoner

March 20, 2013
Premier Guitar is on location in Des Moines, Iowa, where PG's Rebecca Dirks talks with Dustie Waring and Paul Waggoner of Between the Buried and Me. In this segment, they discuss how they use both Axe-Fx and traditional amps and pedals in their rigs.
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Interview: Clutch - Riffs In Your Face

March 13, 2013
Guitarist Tim Sult and Producer Machine share Clutch’s “riffs in your face” recipe for the band’s new album “Earth Rocker”
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Rig Rundown - Lamb of God

December 26, 2012
PG's Chris Kies is on location in Des Moines, Iowa, where he catches up with Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton and the band's guitar techs to get the details on Mark's setup, as well as the rigs of guitarist Willie Adler and bassist John Campbell.
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Rig Rundown - Anthrax's Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano

October 30, 2012
PG's Rebecca Dirks is on location at the Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL, where she catches up with Anthrax guitarists Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano. In these segments, the guys walk us through their live rigs.
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Album Review: Baroness - "Yellow & Green"

July 9, 2012
Baroness Yellow & Green Relapse Records Baroness believes in Darwinism. The Southern metal band’s 2007 Red Album was a raw, chest-pounding, bruising debut, whereas 2010’s Blue Record evolved into a
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Interview: Shadows Fall Refuse to Compromise on “Fire From The Sky”

May 9, 2012
Guitarists Jonathan Donais and Matt Bachand give us the lowdown on their new album and their new B.C. Rich signature guitars, as well as what it’s like to navigate the shark-infested waters of the music world.
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