Rock and Roll of today

by S.J. Beers on December 10, 2011

KA-POW! THAT’S THE SOUND OF ROCK FRAGMENTING right before your very own ears and eyes. A couple decades ago, you could count the various genres of rock on your fingers. But these days, rock is splintering and mutating at such an alarming rate that you’d need all of Gray’s Anatomy to keep track. Metal alone has enough sub-species and factions to construct a decent Frankenstein.

And while we applaud any artist who has the guts to stake new ground, it’s getting harder and harder to keep track of music’s continuing evolution. We’re often tempted to take the easy way out and ignore all those cult bands, punk outlaws and alternative indies. But hiding our heads in the mainstream sand just won’t do. For one thing, our staff is just loaded with social lepers, feral children and other outcasts and rejects from society, and their tastes run almost exclusively to fringe groups, interesting oddities and the obscure. And so, Gear Vault has recommitted itself to covering all that’s unusual under the sun.

In the last few months alone we’ve brought you stories on the surprisingly large and passionate progressive rock underground; features on avant-garde metal bands like Meshuggah and Cradle of Filth; and in-depth coverage of classic cult heroes like Frank Zappa, Lou Reed, Metallica and Tommy Bolin.

In this blurb, we proudly brave the shadow world of rock to introduce you to the vague and excitingly enigmatic emo scene. An offshoot of the Washington, D.C., punk rock scene, emo-core is particularly interesting to Guitar World because, first and foremost, many of the bands feature brilliant musicians with something new to say.

The fact that these boys are an unusually articulate bunch only adds to their appeal. Even if the music of bands like Braid, the Promise Ring or Burning Airlines does not sound like your cup of tea, you will no doubt be inspired by their unswerving integrity and commitment to their music.

As always, we invite you to contact us via the internet, or the more delightfully archaic mail system, to clue us in on other interesting scenes, bands or unsung heroes you would like to see in our pages. As those of you who’ve bothered to contact us are aware, we do listen.

I KNEW IT WAS TIME FOR A NEW PHOTOGRAPH WHEN a reader came to our office and, with disappointment dripping from his voice, said, “I thought you were gonna be like some big Hell’s Angels dude.” As you can see, I actually look like some rather small Hell’s Angels dude.


Chris Cornell: Jimi Hendrix wouldn’t get radio air time today

July 14, 2011

Chris Cornell, frontman for the reunited Soundgarden, spoke to Ultimate Classic Rock about the state of radio in 2011. And he’s not too thrilled with what’s on the airwaves

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Nirvana ‘Nevermind’ 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Album

June 24, 2011

It’s been two decades since Nirvana changed the face of rock-and-roll with its 1991 album “Nevermind.” To mark the milestone, Universal Records will release a deluxe reissue on Sept. 19. Meantime, we’ll be watching this footage of “Nevermind” producer Butch Vig messing around with the tracks of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for the kerzillionth time.

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Dio: Why Should I Sing Ozzy-Era Songs?

June 23, 2011
Ronnie Jame Dio, black sabbath, signer

U.K.’s Absolute Radio conducted an interview with legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio (Heaven & Hell, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Dio) when Heaven & Hell played the Sonisphere festival on August 1, 2009 at the legendary Knebworth Park, United Kingdom. Watch the 10-minute chat here

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King Snyder Rock Band: REVOLUTION RISING

June 23, 2011

Friends, Rock bands and Countrymen! It was during the fall of the year 2001, when a newborn metal band came into this earth. It was meant to be done. For it is believed that this band will have to come into power and rule the world of metal music. Born to exist, let us give honor to King Snyder Rock/Metal Band

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Acoustic Guitar Songs – Best Acoustic Music

June 22, 2011

Acoustic music is getting some recognition for 2011 – What do we mean by acoustic songs? They are tunes played by non- electric accompaniment. If you’re just a student and want to find out how to generate songs on the acoustic guitar, its important to begin with uncomplicated acoustic guitar music.

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Will there be more to come from Sixx:A.M.?

June 22, 2011

Nikki Sixx, himself, as announced that the band is creating a follow up album to The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack. Both James Michael and Nikki Sixx have told fans that they have been in studio creating new material for the awaited sequel to the soundtrack.

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