ALBUM REVIEW: Nita Strauss – The Call Of The Void


She came, she saw, she conquered. “VIC-TOR-IOUS.” The Call Of The Void (Sumerian Records) is two albums in one – a superior instrumental guitar album, full of class and charisma, setting off sparks of shredded steel and nickel – and an above average, rock/blues rock/modern metal album, with one foot in the past and two eyes looking to the future, graced by some fine guest stars, including Alice Cooper, David Draiman, and Anders Friden.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Outlanders – Outlanders


When an album features Al Di Meola, Trevor Rabin, Vernon Reid, Joe Satriani, and Marty Friedman you know it’s going to be a corker. To make this reviewer squeeze with joy is that Outlanders is actually Tarja Turunen. Tarja is accompanied by Torsten Stenzel.


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CONCERT REVIEW: Queensryche – Marty Friedman – Trauma Live at The Marquee Theatre

Queensrÿche brought their Digital Noise Alliance tour to The Marquee Theatre in Tempe, with fellow metal legends shredder Marty Friedman, and Bay Area thrash/heavy metallers Trauma (the original band Cliff Burton was in before he joined Metallica). Locals Show N Tell and Spiritual Suicide opened. Continue reading

Watch Fan-Filmed Footage of Megadeth Playing Their First Show with Marty Friedman Since 2000 in Japan

Megadeth performed in Japan this weekend, their first time back in the country for a tour since 2017. In a worldwide livestream event, the band played at the prestigious Nippon Budokan venue, made famous for performances by Cheap Trick, Ozzy Osburne, KISS, and others. Joined by former lead guitarist Mary Friedman, who is a huge celebrity host and artist in Japan, they performed three classic Friedman-era tracks “Countdown to Extinction” (first time since 2013), “Tornado of Souls” and “Symphony of Destruction!” Marty was a member of Megadeth for 10 years and five albums and on EP, several hits from movie soundtracks, and the band had 10 million records sold in that era. The live stream was a pro-shot multi-angle concert experience with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the reunion with Friedman, and much more. You can still watch the rebroadcast for a few days at the link below. Watch the fan-filmed clips now:

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Megadeth Announces “They Only Come Out at Night” – Live at Budokan Livestream



Megadeth has announced “They Only Come Out at Night’ – Live at Budokan – A Global Livestream Event! Taking place on February 27th 2023, 6pm JST / 9am GMT, the event will be viewable on-demand for 2 days after the live stream. The On-demand window is Tues 28 Feb 7.30am GMT – Thur 2 Mar 7.30am GMT. Tickets are on sale now at the link below. Produced by Driift & Wowow, the fully-live performance will be streamed worldwide at 6.00 pm Tokyo-time (JST) / 9:00 am London (GMT). The show will then be re-broadcast so fans around the world can watch at a more convenient time. The show has been heavily rumored to feature former Megadeth lead guitarist Marty Friedman as a guest performer.

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Tarja and Torsten Stenzel’s Project Outlanders Shares a New Music Video for “Closer To The Sky”

Outlanders, launched by Finnish soprano legend Tarja Turunen and EDM pioneer Torsten Stenzel, have released the official music video to “Closer to the Sky.” The track features guitarist Trevor Rabin, best known as guitarist of prog rock icons Yes (“Owner of a Lonely Heart”), as well as a top Hollywood blockbuster movies score composer. Their next planned single is “The Cruellest Goodbye,” due out January 28th. It will be released as a limited edition 7″ vinyl exclusively at Tarja’s online store and digitally at earMUSIC. A full album will be due later in 2022 and features guest stars such as Al Di Meola, Joe Satriani, Jennifer Batten, Steve Rothery, Mike Oldfield, Walter Giardino, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Vernon Reid, and Marty Friedman. Watch the mind blowing video for “Closer To The Sky’ right now!

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Jason Becker’s Three Most Important Guitars Are Going to Auction

Legendary guitarist/composer Jason Becker (solo, David Lee Roth Band, Cacaphony) will offer three of his most important and rare guitars through Guernsey’s Auctions, the prestigious New York auction house renowned for offering unique memorabilia and artifacts. These guitars are being sold as part of a fundraiser, co-organized by DragonForce guitarist Herman Li, to provide funds for Jason’s ongoing battle with ALS. Guernsey’s Auctions will offer the following in its ‘A Century of Music’ auction:

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ALBUM REVIEW: Ayreon – Transitus

Arjen Lucassen, the mastermind behind Ayreon, has been hard at work again. In this year full of turmoil and unexpected events, he has bestowed upon us a new multi-media project called Transitus (Mascot Label Group). You see, this is not merely an expertly composed progressive rock-opera with a cast of famous and talented performers. No, this time, we have a visual! Illustrated by Felix Vega, the 25-page comic complements the music and lyrics of the double album and gives the characters more personality.Continue reading

New Dave Mustaine Megadeth-based Memoir Due in September, With a Foreword by Slash

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has announced his next book will be Rust In Peace: The Inside Story Of The Megadeth Masterpiece (formerly “Building The Perfect Beast”), on September 8th via Hachette Books. Dave was the original lead guitarist of Metallica, and the author of The New York Times bestseller Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir. Slash of Guns N Roses has penned the forward of the book. Continue reading

Megadeth To Perform Entire “Youthanasia” Album Next Halloween

Megadeth will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their Youthansia album on Halloween, October 31st by playing the record in its entirety on October 31 at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, Colorado. The album, released on November 1st 1994 via Capitol Records, was certified platinum in an age when physical albums, specifically CD’s drove sales. Continue reading