NEWS: Queensryche reveals Dedicated To Chaos details

Queensryche’s new album, Dedicated To Chaos, will be released through Roadrunner/Loud & Proud on June 28. Here’s the cover and tracklisting.

01. Get Started
02. Hot Spot Junkie
03. Got It Bad
04. Around The World
05. Higher
06. Retail Therapy
07. At The Edge
08. Broken
09. Hard Times
10. Drive
11. I Believe
12. Luvnu
13. Wot We Do
14. I Take You
15. The Lie
16. Big Noize

NEWS: Who Cares (Iommi, Gillan & friends) release charity single


WHO CARES — the renewed musical union between legendary DEEP PURPLE singer Ian Gillan and none other than BLACK SABBATH’s Tony Iommi: the undisputed master of heavy guitar riffs — will release its debut digital single on May 6th via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The physical cd/dvd single will be made available in Europe on May 24 through earMUSIC and June 27th in North America via Eagle Rock Entertainment.

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1991: Nirvana and Metallica change rock forever

Here’s this week’s feature for This is a topic I’ve been thinking of writing about since I was a kid and I noticed the clear divide between kids who played Nirvana songs and kids who played Metallica songs. Here’s a teaser:

“It’s generally held that 1967 was a landmark year for rock music. Jimi Hendrix’s Are You Experienced, Cream’s Disraeli Gears, The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – all of those albums were released that year and they all had an instant and jarring effect on music history, with particular impact on guitarists. A similar impact was felt around the world in 1991 with the release of several extremely influential albums – U2’s Achtung Baby, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Pearl Jam’s Ten, My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless, Primal Scream’s Screamadelica). Among this elite crop were a pair of very different but equally epoch-changing records: Nirvana’s Nevermind and Metallica’s self-titled album (often referred to as theBlack Album due to its distinctive monochromatic cover).”

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REVIEW: Sterling By Music Man JP100

Ernie Ball Music Man scored quite the coup in the late 90s when they wooed Dream Theater’s John Petrucci over from Ibanez. Here was a guy who was strongly identified with another brand and had a well-established and well-selling signature model, jumping ship for a whole different signature axe that was very different in style from his ‘Picasso’ graphic Ibanii. The resulting EBMM JP models have gone through a few changes over the years (like the ultra-cool JPX, the 7-string version of which is right at the very top of my personal wish list). The Sterling By Music Man brand now has several Petrucci models available: the original, stripped back JP50 which was introduced a couple of years ago and, new for 2011, the JP60 (which has the inlays of the EBMM models, right down to the JP shield at the first fret position) and JP100. Read More …