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Rusty Cooley’s Day of Reckoning Performs in Florida

By Andrew Catania

Rusty Cooley and Day of Reckoning performed in the Orlando, Florida area last night.  DOR performed the songs from their first EP, Into The Fire Part 1, and played two songs from their forthcoming record, Into The Fire Part 2, should be released in December.

Below is some of their performance from last night’s show.

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Day of Reckoning has three headliner shows coming up:

Corpus Christi, TX
San Antonio, TX

For more information or ticket information, please go to www.rustycooley.com

ARCH ENEMY Reveal Cover Art & Further Details On New Album, “Will To Power”, Out September 8 Via Century Media Records

Metal powerhouse ARCH ENEMY is ready to bring their fierce brand of metal to audiences worldwide as they announce details on their upcoming album, “Will To Power“, out September 8, 2017, via Century Media Records. The band is excited to reveal the album’s captivating cover artwork, as shown above, designed by Alex Reisfar.

Guitarist Michael Amott commented on the artwork:

“It was a pleasure working with Alex Reisfar on the ‘Will to Power’ cover artwork, he immediately grasped the concept and atmosphere we were looking for with this album. We talked about the double-edged sword that is human ambition, how it can be outstandingly creative and beautiful but can also be turned into something dark and powerful. Alex proceeded to masterfully paint a strong image that evokes a lot of feelings. The human skull as a central focal point, the flesh sort of falling off into the circular pattern. The snake Ouroboros weaving in and out of the mouths and throats of the severed heads of a wolf, a goat, and a vampire bat… All representing self-determination and a predatory, almost parasitic will to power”

Co-produced by Amott and drummer Daniel Erlandsson, the album was sent to long time collaborator and friend Jens Bogren (Opeth, At The Gates, Dimmu Borgir) for mixing and mastering and marks legendary guitarist Jeff Loomis‘ (Nevermore) first recording with the band.

Following in the steps of their most acclaimed album to date, “War Eternal“, which saw the band reach their highest charts in the US and Germany to date, “Will To Power” will continue to smash records worldwide.

While full details and pre-order information on “Will To Power” will be made available in the coming weeks, fans can currently take part in a special campaign which will allow them to sign up and have their name featured in the “Will To Power” Deluxe Box Set Edition. For further details and to have your name included, please visit: http://willtopower.centurymedia.com/

Having performed over 200 shows in more than 40 countries in support of their previous effort, ARCH ENEMY will continue fervently bringing their show to ever-growing audiences worldwide across the European festival market this summer. They are also excited to announce the first leg of their international “Will To Power Tour 2017” which will commence from September 15 through October 11 across Eastern Europe and will feature special guests, Jinjer. A full list of their upcoming appearances can be found below. There will be a US tour coming this fall as well. Stay tuned for further tour dates!


ARCH ENEMY @ Summer festivals 2017
06.07.2017 Rock Harz Festival, Ballenstedt, Germany
08.07.2017 Resurrection Fest, Viveiro, Spain
12.07.2017 Rockmarathon, Dunaújváros, Hungary
15.07.2017 Gefle Metal Festival, Gavle, Sweden
04.08.2017 Rock Pod Kamenom Festival, Snina, Slovakia
05.08.2017 Ostrave v Plamenech, Ostrava, Czech Republic
07.08.2017 Festival Di Majano, Majano, Itlay
08.08.2017 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria
10.08.2017 Leyendas Del Rock, Villena, Spain
11.08.2017 Vagos Metal Fest, Vagos, Portugal
12.08.2017 Into The Grave, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
13.08.2017 Bloodstock Open Air, Walton-On-Trent, UK

ARCH ENEMY “Will To Power Tour 2017” w/ special guest Jinjer
15.09.2017 Music Hall, Innsbruck, Austria
16.09.2017 Posthof, Linz, Austria
17.09.2017 Cvetlicarna, Ljubljana, Slovenia
18.09.2017 Dom Omladine, Belgrade, Serbia
20.09.2017 Quantic Club Open Air Stage, Bucharest, Romania
21.09.2017 Universiada Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria
22.09.2017 Piraeus 117 Academy, Athens, Greece
23.09.2017 Principal Club Theater Thessaloniki, Greece
25.09.2017 Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
26.09.2017 Progresja, Warsaw, Poland
27.09.2017 Loftas, Vilnius, Lithuania
29.09.2017 Melna Piektdiena, Riga, Latvia
30.09.2017 Rock Café, Tallinn, Estonia
01.10.2017 The Circus, Helsinki, Finland
03.10.2017 Re:Public, Minsk, Belarus *
04.10.2017 Aurora, St. Petersburg, Russia *
06.10.2017 Otdyh, Novosibirsk, Russia *
08.10.2017 Tele Club, Yekaterinburg, Russia *
10.10.2017 Yotaspace, Moscow, Russia *
11.10.2017 Zvezda, Samara, Russia *
*without Jinjer

Tickets for all shows are available here: www.archenemy.net

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Jacky Vincent Talks Guitars, Power Metal and Genre Elitists

By Andrew Catania

Jacky Vincent is a famous name in the present-age music industry who is receiving a constant influx of product endorsements and brand ambassadorships, has released his personal hit solo album, is equipped with his signature Dean guitar, and writes a monthly column titled ‘United Stringdom’ in the Guitar World Magazine.

All these feats combined and a roster heavily punctuated with years’ tours in advance – Jacky Vincent, at the young age of 27, has bagged more accomplished feats and accolades to his professional profile than most of his compatriots. This is a sure-tell sign that he is going places, and that the present age celebrity is a burgeoning legend of the future generations.

Jacky Vincent is the present-age music sensation that has exploded onto the musical horizon, jolting the contemporary trends through his expeditious, reverberating, and swift-sweeping playing techniques. His style stems from its core, and this is precisely what accentuates his music’s originality.

His technique is an amalgam of nuances and extremity, with blistering effects and chiming sweeps. Besides that, his true discontentment towards the common trends and humdrum techniques compels him to experiment and play his magic.

His sweep picking, infused with taps that he introduced in his solos, has received a tremendous applaud from the audience’s and the critics’ camps alike. While many of his coevals are still in their learning phase, Jacky Vincent has already mastered his signature technique and has engraved his name in the list of the most promising musicians of the present and the future.

A look back at his career is an innuendo of his extraordinary brilliance. Whatever he has been into, he has come out of it by acing it. Incepting his professional career at the platform of ‘Falling in Reverse,’ a band formed by a controversial musician, was a quite risky feat. It turned out to be just the right decision since the group gained significant prominence in the music industry.

Jacky Vincent’s association with ‘Falling in Reverse’ spans over half-a-decade, from 2008 to 2013, and is punctuated with his contribution as the lead guitarist and backup vocalist. Vincent has managed to infuse his magic that takes ‘Falling in Reverse’ from its initial striving years and landed him at a stature where its hardcore, metal, pop, punk and glam-blended music is blazing through the modern age music spheres.

Last year, the ‘Axe-Man’ of ‘Falling in Reverse’ announced that he was bidding farewell to the band on good terms and with consent, and is intending to focus more on building his solo résumé. His debut solo album, titled ‘Star X Speed Story,’ was released in 2013, under the Shrapnel Records Label.

His portfolio entails three studio albums, titled ‘The Drug in Me is You,’ ‘Fashionably Late’ and ‘Just Like You,’ under the label of ‘Falling in Reverse.’ Aside from working on his solo feats, he is also playing the guitar for the acclaimed ‘Cry Venom.’ Jacky was awarded as the ‘Guitarist of the Year’ in 2012 by the Alternative Press. Jacky Vincent, with all these feats, is a promising talent that is destined to set new milestones and raise the bar for the rest to come.  Jacky was gracious enough to sit in the Shreds lounge and answer some questions.


When did you first pick up a guitar?  Was there a particular artist that influenced you?

I started playing around age 6 or 7 after I heard Guns N’ Roses and Joe Satriani. My dad had these albums around the house, and he is a great guitar player. My older brother too.

While growing up, did you take any lessons or were you self-taught?

I took lessons as much as I could at school and taught myself Iron Maiden songs when I got home. I was lucky enough to study at music school when I got older.

What was your first guitar? 

I had a Tiny 12 fret nylon strings acoustic kid’s guitar that my brother and sister had used before me. My first electric was a tangle wood Stratocaster. It was pretty much my best friend for many years.

What was your practice regime like? 

It’s changed a lot over the years. Right now, I split five areas into little 20 min training sessions throughout the day. I will interchange these periodically to introduce new learning material.

As you got older, who were some of your influences? 

As I’m getting older, I’m starting to love more blues style players. Andy Timmons is a big one for me lately. My core influences have remained the same. Some of my favorites are Shawn Lane, Alan Holdsworth, Greg Howe, Scott Henderson, Derryl Gabel, Rick Graham, Frank Gambale, Paul Gilbert and Jason Becker. But that list can go on for hours, so I’ll leave it there.

I know Falling in Reverse found you on Myspace, and I watched on your DVD that you were staying in contact with Ronnie while he was serving prison time.  Did you play guitar for him over the phone?

Yeah, that’s an actual story. I played some arpeggios over the phone, and he thought we were pranking him, and it wasn’t true ha-ha. I was happy about that.

When you came to the US,  Was there any cultural shock coming from England?

I came by myself. It was a huge culture shock coming from a small town to Vegas. But I love America.

You were with FIR from 2009-2015.  You have a very diverse fan base.  You have your FIR fans, and you have fans of your solo stuff.  I’ve heard people say you should be in a heavier band than FIR.  What are your feelings about that?

I joined in 2009. I think a lot of people could tell I was influenced by a lot of genres outside of that world. I don’t know about heavier, but I went on to start a fast melodic metal band, Cry Venom. I’m not really into a lot of heavy music. I like it sometimes. But I love the melodic stuff. I listen to a lot of X Japan, Galneryus, Angra, etc.


Your solo album, Star X Speed Story, has received incredible reviews.  I haven’t seen one bad one.  I gave it 9 out of 10 stars.  How does it feel to get praise from such veterans as Joe Satriani, Michael Angelo Batio, Vinnie Moore and others?

It makes me happy when someone gets a kick out of the album. It was supposed to be a fun guitar record.

Your new band, Cry Venom, you say has more of a “power metal” sound to it than FIR.  Is this new band going to fit your style of playing better than FIR?  Or both bands fit your style?

I’ll be able to express myself a lot more in Cry Venom as I’m the primary songwriter. But my style is pretty free. I’ll jam over anything.

The stereotypes of music, does it bother you that one person might not like another genre of music you play?

In the words of Jimi Hendrix “All I’m going to do is just go on and do what I feel.” I never worried about whether someone would like my music or not. It doesn’t change what I am.

How would you describe your style of playing?

I’d say it’s like Kenny G meets neo-classical ha-ha. I try to sound almost like a futuristic saxophone/synthesizer mix. My goal is to not sound like a guitar at all. I would probably be a keyboardist if I had taken to it like I did with the guitar.

With the praise, you’ve gotten on your playing from veteran players, excellent reviews, I wrote an article calling you the next Yngwie Malmsteen of the new genre of rock/metal guitarists.  How does it feel hearing all of that?

That is very flattering! Although I don’t see myself in that league whatsoever. I am a huge lover of Yngwie’s music and playing.

Your Dean Jacky Vincent Signature Guitar, how much input did you have in the development of it?

I told them everything I wanted from scratch. I flew out to Tampa to have the neck shaved down to how I wanted it. I love super Strats, and I was going for that 80s vibe. What amazing guitars Dean makes. I am I love with my JCVX.

Will we see another solo album on Shrapnel Records from you?

The 2nd solo record is definitely in the works. I haven’t spoken to Shrapnel about it yet, but I would love to put it out with them. Being a Shrapnel artist has to be one of the greatest achievements of my life, and what a cool/ influential guy Mike Varney is. I love Shrapnel.




Follow Jacky at http://www.jackyvincentofficial.com/ and on Twitter @ https://twitter.com/JackyCVincent

Rusty Cooley – The Leading Light of Post Malmsteen Shredvolution

By Andrew Catania

Rusty Cooley is one of those few names of the metal shredding genre who have proven themselves as an eligible and worthy heir to the legacy of eternal metal legends such as Yngwie Malmsteen and Randy Rhoads. An honor and acclaim of this significance never come as complementary though. It should require immense talents, some exceptional command and penchant for non-conformity on a musician’s part to not just make a mark, but a breakthrough to demolish the status quo of the industry.

In the particular realm of rock and metal music sphere, many musicians have emerged since the mighty era of the 1980s, as a likely addition to the genre. Equipped with speed, techniques and making waves with their unique style, some musicians of the modern era of metal are making an encouraging reassurance that the future of the genre is in safe hands. However, among all the shred metal maestros of the modern era, Rusty Cooley’s name rests a par above the rest.

It should cost an exceptional talent, and a massive dose of efforts to a metal musician to be called as the ‘Leading Light of Post-Malmsteen Shredvolution and Rusty Cooley has proven his mettle and expertise to be rendered as worthy of the title. That is not all Rusty Cooley possesses to his claim.

The Leading Light of Post Malmsteen Shredvolution is also known as ‘The Master Shredder’ and as one of ‘The Fastest Guitarists in the World.’ All these titles and awards and that too at the age of 47 tell a lot about the strength, status and the credibility of a musician like Rusty.

Rusty Cooley

Completely owning the genre that brought him this fame, Rusty has not only contributed to the progress of the genre, he has also been imparting his acumen and expertise for the benefit of the current and coming generations of metal musicians.

Rusty playing technique is pure and highly refined. His tones are well-structured, finely articulated to the core and stands a class apart regarding the flow, speed, depth, nuances and versatility. It is interesting to note that these unique attributes that have become his signature characteristics primarily stem from his self-taught learning approach.

Rusty Cooley was never satisfied in learning from the instructors and opted instead for his high road. Plunging headlong in the pursuit of his passion, Rusty tried his hands on a variety of instruments, playing styles, techniques, and that too in a multitude of genres and sub-genres.

This extensive learning has allowed him to build a strong grasp of rock and metal music. Being well-versed with the tact and intricacies of the chords, it has become a cake walk for him to squeeze out tones, with extreme clarity, exuberant audacity and at an extreme speed.

Talking about his ideals and role models, Rusty claims to be inspired by some eminent musicians of the 1970s and 1980s decade. Some of his prime influences and inspirations include prominent names such as Vinnie Moore, Randy Rhoads, Tony McAlpine, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, and of course, Yngwie Malmsteen.

Follow Rusty @ http://rustycooley.com/

Autograph’s Steve Lynch – Still Turning Up The Radio

By Andrew Catania

Turn Up the Radio, the anthem for hard rock band Autograph back in the mid-1980’s.  Autograph toured with every band you could think of back in the 1980’s.  After a 22 year hiatus, founding member Steve Lynch decided to resurrect Autograph in 2011.  Since then, Autograph has toured the world.  With a concert at the M3 Music Festival this weekend, I had a quick chat with Steve Lynch about his playing, Autograph’s new record, and his current rig.


At what age did you start playing guitar?

SL:  I began playing at age nine but didn’t get serious about it until 1970 when Jimi Hendrix passed away.

What was your first guitar?

SL: A $9 Stella acoustic guitar in 1964.

What were some of your early influences?

SL: The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds…and of course Led Zepplin, Jeff Beck and Pink Floyd

What was your first band you joined?

SL: Yellow Dog in 1970 but the first band I played in professionally was Outlawed in 1973.

Did you write any music in your younger years?

SL: Yes I did, but at the time it didn’t make much sense. Later on, I grew to like what I had written though

How did you join Autograph?

SL:  We were all guys who had played in different bands together. So in 1983, we started jamming together at Victory Rehearsal Studios in North Hollywood. It was just a jam session every weekend, but we actually started enjoying the way we played together in this lineup of mishap projects we had been together in the past. The chemistry seemed to work very well.

During these years, have you changed any of your guitar playing or styles?

SL: It has consistently been an evolutionary process for me

Who are you endorsed by now?

SL:  Dean Guitars. They are making my signature model right now.

How is it playing now than say, 25-30 years ago?

SL: More confident. Less pressure. And appreciative of the fans who have hung in there all these years.

What do you think about the record industry today such as online streaming?

SL:  It’s suitable for exposure in the downloading format, but at the same time it’s tough to make a profit due to everyone’s capability to share material on social media.

What’s your rig consist of?

SL: I just play through Marshall 2000’s with a Boss ME-80 Multi Effects pedal.

Does Autograph have plans of releasing new music?

SL: Yes, we have a completed new album set for release. We are in the process of negotiating with different labels now for an international release platform.

Do you improvise while playing?

SL: To a certain extent. But I’ve realized most people want to hear songs as they were recorded…especially solos.

Do you have input writing the music?

SL: Yes, it’s all a balanced input and output.

What are your plans for 2017?

SL: New album release and many more live shows!!

Follow Autograph @ http://www.autographband.com/

All That Shreds New Logo!

By Andrew Catania

When I was looking at changing my logo, I wanted to feature a guitar that was different and had great looks.  I choose the Dean Guitars USA Rusty Cooley Limited Edition RC8 with fanned frets.

Rusty’s dedication to the fretboard and his amazing playing had a lot to do with incorporating his guitar into my new logo.

Check out Rusty’s Signature Series Guitars from Dean.  They’re made to Rusty’s demanding specifications for superior playing.  All of Rusty’s Signature Series Guitars are made to his specifications.

All That Shreds is proud to feature the 7 and 8 string dominator Rusty Cooley’s Signature Series Guitars made by Dean in our logo.  For information on Dean Guitars and the Rusty Cooley Signature Series, please visit http://www.deanguitars.com/artist?uid=98 and http://www.deanguitars.com


The Icon That is Uli Jon Roth

By Andrew Catania

Uli Jon Roth has had an amazing musical career which comprised over 40+ years of dominance in the rock guitarist’s music industry. He had been an icon for all the metal guitarists and the younger generation. What a magic he has in his fingers which bends the strings in such a way that it emanates breathtaking tunes from his finger tip. Don’t you believe?

Trust me, listen to this The sails of Charon – from the album and feel how master this man is in playing the intricate nuances of the guitar.

Being a German guitarist, at a very early age, he became famous after taking the charge of Scorpions as lead guitarist. It was a very sudden decision when two lead guitarists of Scorpions band (at that time) left the band for joining UFO. Then the remaining band members merge with them to in order to sustain the band. Uli Jon Roth had a band with the name of Dawn Road at that time which he had to end the existence of Scorpions. In reality, Scorpions gave him more space and chance to explore himself as a lead guitarist, songwriter, and occasional singer. ‘Tokyo Tapes’ was there major hit, which was recorded in Japan and sold nearly 1 million copies all around the world.

By 1978, he left Scorpions and formed his own band by the name of ‘Electric Sun’. He released three albums through this band and all of them were dedicated to renowned public and social personalities. Then, later on, he started a new phase of his music journey as a solo career in which performed at various concerts such as at London Wembley Arena in 1998, Castle Donington in 2001, Wacken Open Air festival in 2006, Rock am Ring Festival Germany in 2007 and 2008. All of these concerts were mega hits and were leased on DVDs as well. In the meanwhile, he also worked on his exclusive full-length studio album as well named as ‘Under a Dark Sky’ and released it in 2007. Recently in 2015, he released a studio album by the name of ‘Scorpions Revisited’ which was recorded in Germany. The special thing about this album is that he added all his personal favorites from old Scorpions songs. This album was a huge success which led to a world musical tour as well for the electrical rock band music. After seeing this success and getting a too much positive response from the audience Uli Jon Roth initiated a second tour named as ‘The Ultimate Guitar Experience’ with his previous fellow guitarists. This tour again had a much positive feedback and response from the critics as well.

Apart from being a lead guitarist and songwriter, in the 1980’s Uli Jon Roth initiated towards the construction of custom guitars named as ‘Sky Guitars’. It had some additional frets in its construction for emulating the high notes of violin from the bass of the guitar. The first Sky Guitar, they used had almost 30 frets. They were quite popular and made in different shapes, sizes and with a number of frets according to the desired need