Senin, 11 Februari 2008

George Lynch

George Lynch (b. September 28, 1954) is a Hard rock guitarist best known as a member of the band Dokken.
Lynch was born in Spokane, Washington and raised near Sacramento, California. He is a highly respected modern guitarist often compared with other guitar heroes such as Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Yngwie J. Malmsteen.
Lynch is well known for his famous legato technique and common use of the scale he calls the 'Gothic Octave'. Guitarist Mark Kendall claims George started two hand tapping before Eddie Van Halen did.[1] Twice Lynch auditioned for the position of Ozzy Osbourne's lead guitarist, once in 1979 – losing to Randy Rhoads – and another time in 1982 to replace Brad Gillis. According to Lynch, he was hired for three days before Ozzy changed his mind and decided to go with Jake E. Lee. Lee, however claims that Lynch "got the gig, but only went on the road for two weeks to watch the show, and never actually played with Ozzy." Lynch looks back on the situation positively though, he has said "I won the consolation prize, Randy got to tour with Ozzy...and I got to teach at his mom's school."
Lynch came to fame in the 1980s through his work as the lead guitarist in the band Dokken (of which he had been a member since 1980). Dokken had a string of successful platinum albums such as "Under Lock And Key" and "Back For The Attack", that prominently featured Lynch's inventive lead guitar work and cemented his reputation as a bonafide guitar hero. The instrumental track "Mr. Scary" on Back For The Attack contributed to his popularity among guitar players. The band earned a grammy nomination for the "best rock instrumental" in 1989.

Minggu, 10 Februari 2008

Bullet for My Valentine

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Bullet for My Valentine are a four-piece metalcore band from Bridgend, South Wales. Originally known as Jeff Killed John, the band formed in 1997 and covered songs by Metallica and Nirvana. Financial difficulties marked a change in music direction and name for the band. Bullet for My Valentine were formed in 2003, and were offered a record deal by Roadrunner Records. The offer was turned down, and the band later secured a five album deal with Sony BMG. Bullet for My Valentine's debut album The Poison was released on October 3, 2005 in the United Kingdom and February 14, 2006 in the United States. The album entered the Billboard 200 at number 128, and the Top Heatseekers chart at number 1, and has sold 375,000 copies in the U.S. as of February 6, 2008. Bullet released a live DVD(Live at Brixton)when they played the poison live. The album received mixed reviews and was criticised for being "predictable", but was praised for its synchronised song structures. Embarking on several tours to support the album, the band made appearances at the Download Festival, Kerrang! XXV, and a United States tour with Rob Zombie, which the band were ultimately kicked off due to vocalist Matthew Tuck's comments on the band's message board. Bullet for My Valentine's second studio album Scream Aim Fire debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 53,000.
Bullet for My Valentine are influenced by bands such as Metallica, Annihilator, Pantera, Machine Head, Iron Maiden, Testament, Slayer, Stuck Mojo, Judas Priest and Megadeth. Paget classifies these influences as "old school thrash". These bands inspire Bullet for My Valentine's "catchy vocals, aggressive riffs and melodies". Reviewing The Poison, reviewer Scott Alisoglu described the band's sound as "predictable" and the album as a "made-for-MTVIn Flames. However, Alisoglu praised songs such as "Tears Don't Fall" for incorporating "twin lead work, thrashy romps, galloping tempos, and a hot solo". breakout hit" comparing the harmonies to Swedish metal band The members are not interested in modern music as Padget described it as "just about noise and smashing people's faces off for seven minutes, we're not into that just being loud for the sake of it". Members of the band have stated they would not change their sound or image for a commercial approach. Tuck commented "Without sounding harsh, we're more interested in what our music sounds like than what our fucking hair looks like". Kirk Miller of Decibel magazine praised the band for the effort in synchronised song structures.

Skid Row

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Skid Row is an American heavy metal band, formed in 1986 in Toms River, New Jersey. They are named after Gary Moore's first band. Their current line-up consists of Johnny Solinger (vocals), Dave "The Snake" Sabo, Scotti Hill (guitar), Rachel Bolan (bass) and Dave Gara (drums). As of 2008, Skid Row has released five full-length albums, an EP, a compilation album, and a live album.
For album and single sales information, see the Skid Row discography page. They became popular with their first two albums, Skid Row and Slave to the Grind, which are often considered their best-known works to date. Their last full-length studio album, Revolutions Per Minute, came out on October 24, 2006. The group has sold over 20 million albums worldwide, according to former lead vocalist Sebastian Bach.[citation needed] They are often associated with glam metal, partly due to their appearance and their sound on their debut album, Skid Row, which spawned the hits "18 and Life", "Youth Gone Wild", and "I Remember You" for the band. They would eventually go on to make music more akin to thrash metal with hard rock leanings.