Guitarist of the Month (Kurt Cobain)


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Why not choose Kurt Cobain?  Because he was a good God damn musician.  Highly achieving Nirvana’s fame in the 1990s and beyond, he rose up the chart with release of the group’s three studio albums, “Bleach” (1989), “Nevermind” (1991), and “In Utero” (1993).  The two last albums were key to pushing Nirvana as a leader to Grunge, along with other groups including Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, and Soundgarden.  Kurt’s shocking death on April 5, 1994 left many fans questioning why he shot himself.  He is also a member of the “Big 27” club, an area that displays musicians who died at the age 27 including Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Amy Winehouse.

Album Review: “Ah Via Musicom” by Eric Johnson


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Listening to blues guitarist Eric Johnson could not have been more exciting.  Not a true metal guy, but a highly remarkable rock melodic kind of guitarist.  The epic song “Cliffs of Dover” shows off Eric’s style of bluesy instrumental playing.  This song has undoubtedly become one of the greatest instrumental pieces ever created.  True virtuosic music at my ears with Eric’s arpeggios.  “Desert Rose” and “High Landrons,” infused with some Jimi Hendrix riffs and Aerosmith as well.  “Steve’s Boogie” is a tasteful instrumental country song that Johnson performs.  Simply put it, Johnson’s diverse music background makes him an awesome guitarist that proves this album’s worthiness.  [B]

“Cliffs of Dover” by Eric Johnson

Album Review: “Revenge of the Shredlord” Joe Stump


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What indeed a shredlord Joe Stump is.  For one thing, he has gained attention as one of the fastest playing guitarists.  In latest album “Revenge of the Shredlord,” Stump brings his audience a true artistic shredder ready for performing music.  Being influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore, classical music, and largely Yngwie Malmsteen, Joe is able to provide technical demanding neoclassical music in the air.  Songs like “Man Your Battlestations” and “Shredlord’s Sonata” both have the Malmsteen element sound that is key for Joe’s guitar playing.  The enormous speed of Yngwie’s style of playing has earned Stump the spot of a highly respected shredder along with other guitarists including John Petrucci of Dream Theater and Alex Skolnick (Testament), both of which Malmsteen influenced.  For anyone into the shred guitarists, this album will make you smile if you especially are into Malmsteen influenced players. [B]

“The Ritual,” “Man Your Battlestations,” and “Shredlord’s Sonata” by Joe Stump

Thursday Instrumental Cookie


The greatest moment of Jimi Hendrix.  “The Star Spangled Banner,” designed with heavy feedback, made one of the greatest guitarists memorable today.  Even Hendrix playing this great song of America, created Woodstock of 1969 as one of the greatest music festivals to occur.  Check out the mighty Hendrix performing the song.  Are you ready for memory of late 1960’s music?  Get ready!

Guitarist of the Month


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A huge influence to many great musicians, Jimmy Page has become one of the most recognized guitarists.  His years were spent with the English blues group Yardbirds, along with other big named musicians Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck.  He was also a member of former heavy metal pioneers Led Zeppelin that have become one of the best-selling groups.  Led Zeppelin along with Van Halen, Aerosmith, and Kiss, popularized heavy metal and rock that has been a foundation in music for over 40 years.  “Stairway to Heaven” carries the best solo that Page created to make Zeppelin popular in mainstream culture.  The group has gone on to influence groups like the Ramones, Nirvana, Dream Theater, Symphony X, Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Pantera, etc.  Page definitely belongs in the list of top 10 guitarists along with other great ones, especially Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Dimebag Darrell, Clapton, and many others.  Happy belated birthday to Page by the way and check out “Stairway to Heaven” below.

Album Review: “Not Of This Earth” Joe Satriani


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Joe Satriani tested out his first studio album release back in 1986 to the general public to display his guitar virtuosity.  It was a big jump for him, especially in a time period when you had growing popularity among guitar shredders like Dave Mustaine, Kirk Hammett (One of Satriani’s music students), Marty Friedman, and Yngwie Malmsteen.  “Driving at Night”  has a mixture of Jimi Hendrix instrumental riffs infused with Malmsteen and Hammett shredding.  “Hordes of Locusts” provide the fast picking that Satriani is known for.  This album is a huge importance that would be just the beginning of his guitar instrumental ripping artwork. [B]

“Driving at Night” by Joe Satriani

Guitarist of the Month (Kirk Hammett)


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That is right! Kirk Hammett of Metallica is the chosen one.  Hammett who has been a metaller member with the group since the beginning of Metallica, he has gone on to be one of the greatest guitarist.  Having influences from Jim Hendrix to Johnny Ramone, his style of playing would become universal for Metallica.  Hammett constantly puts together fast punk rock riffs with power chord progressions that would raise your hands of cheer in the air.  Upon that, sprinkling tons of notes in shredding, with of course whammy bar usage, constructed Hammett’s profile as a true axeman.  Songs like “Ride the Lightning” and “Enter Sandman” proves Metallica’s initial ability to creat music that still revolutionize many people to get into their music.  A video of Hammett shredding is available below.