In case you were wondering if Japan is truly more metal than the U.S., look no further than this photo from Fujigen Guitars (a Japanese guitar manufacturer). (more…)
FUCK YES! It looks like this guy took a look at the 10 Genres of Metal video or the much sloppier 100 Famous Guitar Riffs video and decided to up it in a very big way, because this might be the greatest guitar web video I've ever seen next to the comedic rendition of John Petrucci's Psycho Exercises, which I love for a completely different reason.
Guitarist Ben Higgins not only mimics 30 of the greatest metal guitar players with ease, he hones in on exactly what makes each of them truly unique from one another while using their signature style as part of his own crazy solo. This is obviously not a simple YouTube video, but a true love for his craft and the metal guitar greats that inspire others to pick up the instrument. If you stick around after the solo, you'll find an hour long instructional video that details the style of each guitar player you'll find within the solo. Whether you play guitar or not, this is a must watch. (more…)
I've always found the practice of naming such a strange and fascinating concept. Today more than ever we put such a huge importance on finding the right name for things be it a nick name, stage name, band name, or even a profile user name. I'm sure at some point in your life you've even thought about changing your own birth name to something cooler.
I started wondering about all the names in metal history we've come to know and love, who they started out as, and more importantly how their new names came to be. After several nights of research I was legitimately shocked to learn how many names in metal aren't birth names at all, this list barely even scratches the surface. But for the sake of keeping things interesting, I included only the names that had a back story I can write about.
In this piece, we will reveal the real identies of, and navigate the origins of Alice Cooper, King Diamond, Avengened Sevenfold, Korn, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, Nergal of Behemoth, Cronos of Venom and many more. (more…)
There is so much to love about the artwork to the new Yngwie Malmsteen album, Spellbound, that I don't even know where to begin. (more…)
Guitar virtuoso, and Thor Shredsteen's mortal enemy, Yngwie Malmsteen has launched a new guitar instructional website called RelentlessShred.com. The site has various membership levels, starting at $34.99 a month, promising "exclusive, never-before-seen content" showing you scales, nodes and arpeggios. The site sort of looks like it was built on Geocities, so I don't know how much I trust giving my money to it, heck it kind of looks like Thor's site. Here is a teaser video Yngwie released for the website: (more…)
Yngwie Malmsteen is a guitar virtuoso, who, like many musicians, is very much against illegal file sharing. For some reason, this topic has come back into the news cycle, with the recent revelation that Century Media plans to sue people who downloaded some albums illegally. Anyway, Yngwie was asked recently about his thoughts on illegal downloading, and shocker, he's not too happy about it. Here's what he told Classic Rock Magazine: (more…)
There is no doubt that band tattoos are the ultimate sign of appreciation and loyalty for your favorite artists, it's like a band T-shirt you can't get off. I also have no doubt that metal heads are some of the most passionate group of music enthusiasts out there, so it came as no surprise that I could find thousands of band tats out there ranging from a tiny mark to a full sleeve. The only problem with this awesome combination is tattoo artists in the world are much like the bands themselves, some are good, some are simply amazing, and others… well here is a list of some of the others guys. (more…)
We just got a furious email from the desk of Jersey guitar god, Thor Shredsteen, known for his series of behind the scenes videos here on Metal Injection. Mr. Shredsteen was recently made aware of an interview that his self-professed arch nemesis Yngwie Malmsteen gave, in which Thor claims Yngwie ripped him off "yet again." Here is the quote in question: (more…)
Renowned guitar god, and Thor Shredsteen's mortal enemy, Yngwie Malmsteen is reportedly going to be sitting in on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, February 3rd. This actually sounds really cool. The Roots are the best house band in show-business and it will be interesting to see how Yngwie jams it out with Questlove and company.
Metal Insider reports Yngwie will be sitting in with the band for the duration of that evening's episode, leaving plenty of moments to witness the shred in glorious HD. We'll make sure to post some recap clips after the episode airs.
I am a far bigger fan of Yngwie Malmsteen, the character, than I am Yngwie the musician. The guy is hilarious. He is fully aware of how absurd his image is, and he does everything to play that up. Take this above interview he recently did with Revolver, which includes some incredible soundbites. Funny enough, him mentioning that there are only two man made creations seen from outer space, the Great Wall of China and Yngwie's stack of Marshalls sounds very familiar. It sounds almost like what Thor Shredsteen was getting pissed off about when he was recording his album.