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In the first of a two-part series of guest lessons, ROB ZOMBIE and ex-MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5 (real name: John William Lowery) takes U.K.’s Total Guitar magazine on a shortcut to shred mastery. Check out the footage below.

John 5 recently spoke to Artisan News about his forthcoming solo album, an all-star affair which is tentatively due in 2014.

Rob Zombie is obviously my priority, and everything I do is just when he’s doing a movie or something like that,” he said. “And you know, I never play live with anyone else, I never tour, ’cause I never wanna confuse anyone. I’m just a writer. So as soon as they see a credit — ‘Oh, John 5 wrote on this Ricky Martin song,’ or whatever like that — then that will… So it doesn’t really get in the way. But I love doing my instrumental records and people really enjoy ’em, so I’m always working on those. I’m working on one right now. I’ve got Elton John‘s bass player doing stuff. I mean, I have a bunch of guest stars on this one, so it’s gonna be really good.”

Regarding how his upcoming album will be different from his last effort, 2012’s “God Told Me To”, John 5 said: “The last one was half acoustic, half electric and I always like to change it up, so this one, I’m just gonna have a bunch of guest stars. So I’m gonna start asking my friends for favors and all this stuff. ‘Hey, come on in. I watched your house and I let your dog out that one time, so come play on my record.’ So I’m gonna start my long list of people to come and play. I think it’s fun.”

He continued: “These albums are a lot of fun. I just do ’em for the love of guitar and to inspire a couple of people on the way… I just really enjoy doing that. It’s great. It was one of the smartest things I’ve ever done. Right when I left MANSON, I was, like, ‘OK, so I guess I’ll finally make my instrumental record.’ And it did really well, and I’m on my sixth one. And I don’t do them for money or anything — I just do them for the love of the guitar — and I think the audience really can see that. I’ll do something like a Chet Atkins song and then some crazy death metal-type song. So it’s a very wide range of music; there’s no format and there’s no rules.”

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U.K.’s Total Guitar magazine recently conducted an interview with KORN guitarists James “Munky” Shaffer and “Brian “Head” Welch. You can now watch the chat below.

KORN‘s 11th studio album, “The Paradigm Shift”, is the first to feature original Welch in more than eight years. Welch rejoined the group permanently earlier this year after leaving in 2005.

KORN will release “The Paradigm Shift” on October 8. A deluxe edition will feature two bonus tracks and a documentary DVD called “Reconciliation”.

In an interview with AltSounds, KORN singer Jonathan Davis was asked if “The Paradigm Shift” was the band’s way of trying to appease KORN‘s hardcore fans after the dubstep influence on the last CD. “We wanted to do what we do best,” he said. “Yes, we love our fans, but we’re not trying to make the same record over and over. Sure, when we write certain parts we say to each other, ‘The fans are gonna go crazy here,’ but the fans that are the most vocal about it, if we paid attention to that all the time, we’d just be making the same thing over and over.”

Speaking about Welch‘s return to the group, Davis said: “It was good to have him back, and it opened up the opportunity for Head and Munky to do what they’re so good at. You know, playing off each other. So, it just clicked as if no time had passed. It was great to have our brother back again. With him being back and everything… it really worked.”

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U.K.’s Total Guitar magazine met up with Mark Tremonti and Myles Kennedy of ALTER BRIDGE for an in-depth interview on the guitar playing behind all 12 songs on the band’s fourth studio album, titled “Fortress”. Check out the chat below.

“Fortress” will be released on October 8 via EMI Label Services. The CD was helmed by longtime ALTER BRIDGE producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette, known for his work with FALLING IN REVERSE, STORY OF THE YEAR and INCUBUS, to name a few.

Kennedy told The Pulse Of Radio that the band took a different approach to writing and recording this time around. “I think that ‘Fortress’ is probably the most musically adventurous record we’ve made to date,” he said. “There was definitely an awareness when we went into this of what we would not do, which was to touch on approaches that we’d used in the past a number of times. So I think that people will hear that we took some chances on this album.”

Tremonti told Music Radar that the quartet did everything they could to make the new disc as unpredictable as possible, explaining, “The last thing we wanted was verse-chorus, verse-chorus and all that. We messed with time signatures, tones, key changes. Everything we could throw at these songs, we did. They have you never knowing what you’re getting next.”

The first single from the new album is called “Addicted To Pain”.

The arrival of the album will be accompanied by a single U.S. live date, on October 4 in Orlando, Florida, before the band jets off to Europe for a month of shows starting on October 16.

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U.K.’s Total Guitar magazine recently conducted a “Me And My Guitar” interview with Anders Nyström of Swedish dark rockers KATATONIA. You can now watch the chat below.

KATATONIA has announced a co-headlining North American tour, “Uncrowned & Vertikal Tour”, with CULT OF LUNA plus special guests INTRONAUT and TESSERACT. The two-week run will commence September 23 in Boston, Massachusetts.

The upcoming North American tour will coincide with the release of “Dethroned And Uncrowned”, KATATONIA‘s debut album on Kscope (sister label of Peaceville), home to ANATHEMA, AMPLIFIER, STEVEN WILSON and most recently, WISDOM OF CROWDS, the new project from Bruce Soord of THE PINEAPPLE THIEF and KATATONIA‘s very own Jonas Renkse.

“Dethroned And Uncrowned” will be release on September 10 in North America to celebrate Kscope‘s fifth anniversary.

The album was funded by a successful PledgeMusic campaign that helped make the recording possible.

Nyström commented, “The synopsis is simple and album title won’t lie; the drums will be dethroned and the distorted rhythm guitars will be uncrowned! Instead, we’ll place the emphasis on the many layers of ambience, with the melodies staying central and the vocal harmonies representing the heart of the album.

“Think of the album like a person’s face in the hands of a surgeon, whose appearance is gonna change, but it’s still the same person behind that face and we guess an important factor, in this case, would be that the surgeon itself is obviously KATATONIA, not a stranger! If there’s one album in our repertoire that’s suited for a thing like this, it’s ‘Dead End Kings’.”

KATATONIA will support PARADISE LOST on the “Tragic Illusion” 25th-anniversary tour in October alongside LACUNA COIL.

Concurrently, also celebrating their own 10th anniversary for their masterful sixth album “Viva Emptiness”, KATATONIA will perform the album in its entirety each night to make these shows even more special.

Originally released in 2003, “Viva Emptiness” is regarded by many, including the bandmembers themselves, as being among KATATONIA‘s finest albums. The CD cemented the band’s reputation as a major force, combining refined metal with doom and gloom angst-laden rock.

To coincide with the shows and the album’s 10th anniversary, “Viva Emptiness” will be entirely remixed and remastered by David Castillo, plus enhanced with new artwork courtesy of Travis Smith, for a re-release on November 4 via Peaceville.

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Video footage of KORN guitarists James “Munky” Shaffer and Brian “Head” Welch talking to U.K.’s Total Guitar magazine about some of their early albums can be seen below.

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Shortly after FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH played the U.K.’s Download festival this past June, guitarists Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook talked Total Guitar magazine through their latest Dean and Gibson signature models; the Dean AR-6 and Gibson M4 Sherman Explorer.

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Ahead of taking the stage to headline the first day of the 2013 Download festival last month with SLIPKNOT, Mick Thomson showed U.K.’s Total Guitar magazine his custom signature Ibanez guitar.

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OZZY OSBOURNE and FIREWIND axeman Gus G.

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U.K.’s Total Guitar magazine has created Play Guitar Like Dimebag Darrell, a brand-new app for iPad designed to help players looking for an introduction to late PANTERA guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott’s style and approach.

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THE DARKNESS frontman Justin Hawkins has revealed to U.K.’s Total Guitar magazine that the band’s third album is almost complete.

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