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Des Rocs on Queen's "We Will Rock You" | Hooked

Daniel Rocco explains how the News of the World track deconstructed the rock-song formula, compares the opening to Jaws, and praises Brian May's wizardry.

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Jason Richardson on Lamb of God's "Laid to Rest" and Dream Theater's "Train of Thought" | Hooked

The All That Remains shredster details two technically challenging riffs that leveled-up his playing and he shouts out the latter for springboarding him into 7-strings.

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Trivium's Matt Heafy on In Flames' “Artifacts of the Black Rain" | Hooked

The heavy metal maven details how music made more sense to him after digesting the swift Swedes coupling of "raw, intense screaming vocals with such beautiful guitar melodies."

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Bartees Strange on Jimi Hendrix's "Hey Joe" | Hooked

The guitar-playing songwriter compares the emotions of "the spirit entering the church" and first hearing the guitar god's hypnotic, ragged cover. (And he admits "the steps" riff has seeped into his own jams.)

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