I've finally succeeded in securing my first real, official gig for March 27th. My Band, Homicide Daydream, is playing with national touring act, Future Leaders Of The World. Here's the link to my band's Facebook page:
This is a formal apology to my fan base. I regret to inform you that as of right now, I simply don't have the time anymore to continue the series. Due to my overwhelming work schedule and some personal issues I'm addressing, I'm going to have to discontinue the series until further notice. Again I apologize, but I simply cannot find the time to write in the meantime.
Thanks to everyone who stuck with the series. Hopefully it won't be too much longer before it's back up.
Sorry everyone, but I'm taking a break this week from putting in the next chapter of Jersey Boys. I worked doubles all this week and I'm going to Connecticuit until Monday. It will however be back the following week, so be sure to look for it then.
So apparantly Mayhem Fest is giving away an Ibanez and some other stuff (I believe an amp and a trip or something) for the best video of a cover of one of the songs by one of the artists on the tour. I'm debating which I should do. It has to be simple (I can't solo for shit), yet badass. I'm leaning very heavily towards Lamb Of God's "Omerta" though.
I've decided to start writing some fiction here, along the lines of the Guitargasm! series, with the main character based off myself, and some supporting characters based off my friends, and others just made up entirely. It's going to be based off past experiences I've had while trying to form/maintain a band, along with what my friends and I would have liked our life to pan out like should we ever actually get anything started. Here's the link to the unpublished 1st installment:
I'm now well on my way to learning Metallica's "Through The Never". I got alot of the song down, including that tricky main riff, and mainly today in my free time. The solo's gonna be tricky as hell, as I can't solo for shit.
Here's my list of the world's shittist bands. Don't argue with me as my word is law, and any disagreement shall be deemed heresy, subject to having rabid otters making their home in your lower intestine.
10. Pearl Jam
9. Linkin Park
7. The Jonas brothers
6. Suicide Silence
5. Fallout Boy
4. Insane Clown Posse
2. Lil' Wayne (or any rap "artist" for that matter)
Undeniably the WORST band on the face of the f*cking planet. Chad Kroger needs to have his testicles removed, mixed in a blender with AIDS infected blood and razor blades, then fed back to him and the res of his shitty "band".
Don't hold anything against me, but this is simply my opinion of who the top 12 greatest guitar shredders of all time are (because I couldn't decide on simply 10). Feel free to post rebuttal lists or disagree with mine, but please don't berate me or the list for it. Let's try to keep this civil.
12. Yngwie Malmsteen
Sure, the guy's gone stale and doesn't have any inclination as to what the word "moderation" means, but he's still an insane shredder, and from the early 80's when he 1st started to get popular, he was an instrumental driving force in inspiring people to play what I've dubbed the "super shred" guitar style.
11. Michael Angelo Batio
Like Yngwie, only faster and better. He's been crowned the fastest guitar player on Earth multiple times. He does get stale after a while though.
10. Gus G. (of Firewind and Dream Evil, and now of Ozzy)
One word for this guy- insane. Just listen to Firewind's "The Premonition" album. He's quickly becomeing a rising force (hehe, yngwie reference) in the world of shred guitar. Let's just hope he doesn't butcher Ozzy's classic songs (Ozzfest is back on this year and I'm definitely excited to see him live).
9. Zakk Wylde
The guy's a monster. Almost everything he does anymore just sounds like an extention of BLS, part of the reason why Ozzy gave him the boot, but he's still an awesome player. Disregard that fact, and he's one of the best out there.
8. Michael Romeo (of Symphony X)
If ever there was a person who deserves the title of "Epic", it's this guy right here. He's basically like an infinitely better version of Yngwie (even looks like him, too). Take a listen to their album "Paradise Lost", and you'll see what I mean, especially on the track "Set The World On Fire". Most people couldn't even begin to play that on guitar hero let alone a real guitar.
Pretty much anyone who knows anything about guitar has heard of him by now and if you haven't, you should go and fucking die because you live under a rock. He has possibly the most unique playing style in the world of shredding. I've never heard anyone use the tritone like he does or 4 finger sweep tap that clean.
6. Glen Tipton
Ah yes, the lead guitarist to one of my favorite bands- JUDAS FUCKING PRIEST. The fact that they've been around and doing the shredding thing almost twice as long as I've been alive is testament to their awesomeness. Almost no one can touch this guy (except maybe K.K. Downing).
5. Randy Rhoades
Such a tragedy he died so young, and at his peak even. If he were still alive today, Ozzy might still be ridiculously awesome, but then again we wouldn't have Zakk Wylde. He was one of the original super shredders, but also one of the greatest guitarists period. His death only cemented this fact.
4. Chuck Schuldiner
Also known as "Evil Chuck", this guy pretty much single handedly invented Death Metal and that is a feat no one can or ever will match again. He also indirectly kick started the "real metal" vs. "fake metal" argument between elitist douchebags and normal metal fans, as most of the elitists I know tend to be on the death metal side. Without this guy metal would probably be nowhere near as heavy as it is now.
3. Dave Mustaine
He might be one of the biggest douchebags in metal (Lars Ulrich beats him out by a mile though), but he's one of the greatest guitarists to ever live. Hell, he even had crippling nerve damage to his left hand leaving him unable to play guitar completely for a while, but he recovered and is better than before the injury. Compared to him, James Hetfield and especially Kirk Hammet look like a couple of toddlers just banging on the strings.
2. Paul Gilbert
Nothing bad can be said about him. Out of all the people on my list, usually a few people hate the others, but I still haven't found anyone that dislikes Paul in the least bit. His string skipping ability is unmatched, and he could shred circles around the rest of the list combined. The only person better than him is.........
1. "Dimebag" Darrel Abbot
What? You thought I'd leave him out of this? No fucking way. This man is a fucking legend and always will be. You talk to any metal head, and they'll all say the same thing- he was THE greatest guitarist to have ever lived, and no one has influenced more metal heads than Dimebag to pick up a guitar and shred their faces off. I've never heard anyone put more feeling into absolutely every single note they play, even at ridiculous speeds. Whenever I think of that awful night 6 years ago, all I think is this- what could he have accomplished had he not been murdered? The only good thing about that night was that the guy that killed him got his head blown into little chunks of hamburger meat by the cops.