In his first-ever instructional program, Gary Hoey reveals the secrets that have helped him amass 16 albums, five top 20 Billboard® hits and a spot on the list of top 100 greatest guitar players of all time. Learn his favorite scales, patterns, blues scales and the modes he uses to create soulful leads that grab the audience. Gary shows how he uses bends, hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides and reveals how he developed his signature vibrato. He covers his tricks for fretboard visualization, syncopated timings, melodic phrasing, string skipping intervals and the elements that give him command of a variety of musical genres.
Empire released their fourth album "Chasing Shadows" in November, with White handling all vocal duties. Doogie White replaced Tony Martin as the frontman of the German band Empire. This is consistent hard rock with great melodies and hooks wrapped in a hard driving performance. Mr. White appears to have been born to sing these songs.
The 25th Hour is Vision Divine’s third concept album in a row and it is here where their slow but steady climb in the Power Metal ranks has been halted. While never uttered in the same breath as other Italian metal greats such as Labyrinth or Secret Sphere, Vision Divine have managed to release two quality albums upon the arrival of Michele Luppi behind the mic. Stream Of Conciousness has some of the band’s best individual songs such as Colours Of My World, La Vitta Fugge, and Versions Of The Same….
When one thinks about the early days of the NWOBHM, a couple of bands spring to mind Iron Maiden, Saxon, Def Leppard, Diamondhead, and Praying Mantis. Praying Mantis' 1981 debut Time Tells No Lies is a minor New Wave of British Heavy Metal classic. The album showcases the band's effective use of harmony vocals and guitars, as well as their knack for catchy hooks and choruses. The only album released by the band in there 1st run Voted 91st Heavy Metal. Album of all time in Kerrang magazine Oct 81.
The first Eclipse album was a big favourite among our staff, and I believe that this one will be just as well. The band hasn't drastically changed their sound, although one could argue that this album is even more contemporary sounding.There's been a few albums that have been hailed as the "bridge" between 80'ies hard rock and modern rock, and I would say that "Second To None" is another good attempt to do just that. Take opener "Always Standing" for example: hard hitting riffs that remind me of a more hard rocking Metallica mixed with a strong AOR chorus. "All I Do" and "Second To None" are more traditional melodic rock, both excellent songs with big hooks. "Streets Of Gold" is again a bit heavier, European styled hard rock in the vein of the most melodic songs of Pink Cream 69.
"A Conspiracy Of Stars" breathes that typically British easy-going confidence for which this band has been known for over 45 years. A strong release consisting of eleven songs which combine everything that the group surrounding frontman Phil Mogg stands for: meaty riffs, distinctive hooks, diverse songwriting, intelligent lyrics and that generally laid-back attitude which we have associated with UFO from the start.