Newly Discovered Guitarist of the Month “Teemu Mäntysaari”


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You might be asking who the hell is Teemu Mäntysaari? He is one of the guitarists for epic Finnish power/folk metal group Wiintersun.  The other guitarist being Jari Mäenpää.  Although Wintersun originates from Finland, they are not well-known when contrasted to other Finnish metal groups including Children of Bodom and Nightwish.  However, they bring rich power metal elements of music with fast tremolo picking on guitar into the arena.   What is even more amazing is Teemu’s music tastes as a musician.  In the interview below, he mentions that big influences include Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, and Shawn Lane.  He does not limit his taste of exploring more music.  Hopefully Wintersun will create more albums in the future to get more noticeable.

Heavy metal midlife crisis? Led Zeppelin’s ‘Physical Graffiti’ turns 40 in the digital age


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Tuesday marks the 40th anniversary of Led Zeppelin’s “Physical Graffiti” album. When it was released in 1975, vinyl records ruled supreme, and this particular one would eventually reach platinum sales status sixteen times over.

Oh, but how times have changed. Artists who are almost entirely guitar-free top the Billboard charts now, and downloading and streaming seem to be the dominant methods of music consumption. Vinyl did see an increase in sales of more than 50% in 2014, but overall album sales fell by 11% that year, including digital album sales. It all adds up to bad news for a guitar-slinging band that embodies the vinyl era.

Despite this daunting fact, the Led Zeppelin back catalog is in the middle of a deluxe reissue campaign that began in June 2014. All of its albums are in the process of being re-released on vinyl, compact disc and digital download…

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Geddy Lee on Rush’s “R40” Tour


Frontman Geddy Lee of Rush said the group’s upcoming “R40” tour will be “the last big tour that we’re going to do for a while.” The tour is not a “farewell.”  “R40” will hit 34 North American cities beginning May 8 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and ending Aug. 1 in Los Angeles.

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