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Jackson’s Ultimate Budget 1980s Shred Guitar

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Right now everyone is talking about the new USA Jackson Soloists... it’s impressive, sleek, fast, and a great heritage, but it has a price tag of $2,500. For $500 you can get this incredibly cool 24 fret shred monster… and in all your favorite, totally radical 80s colors! With an upgrade or two, this guitar will crush the competition.


DEMO / REVIEW – Glarry GT-502 Acoustic Guitar ($45!)

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This is the least expensive guitar I’ve ever reviewed! At just $45, this guitar costs less than my monthly phone bill! Incredibly, it’s totally playable and actually quite nice looking. Featuring a laminated spruce top and basswood back and sides, plus a 20 fret rosewood fretboard, this is a rock solid, no-frills, acoustic bargain!

This guitar is available on Ebay, in a few different colors:



or IN RED.

GEAR DEMO – The $170 Chibson Les Paul!


Fake? Counterfeit? Replica? Tribute Guitar? Whatever you might call them, they seem to be here to stay. Our good friends in the east are cranking out “Made in USA” Gibson Les Paul guitars for a fraction of the price of the genuine article. In this Gear Demo / Review, I take a look at a $170 Les Paul, which I ordered directly from China. Just how bad is it? Unsurprisingly… not that bad. Although players often buy these guitars with modifications in mind, for my review, this guitar is completely stock. I go over the specs, playing examples, and talk about the construction and materials. I close the review by asking the viewers some questions about their feelings regarding the ethics of knowingly buying counterfeit products. Take a look!



Max Joins Society 1!


MAXXX PROMO 6Industrial Metal veterans Society 1 have announced Maxxxwell Carlisle (HELLION) as the band’s new guitarist. Carlisle most known for his shredding guitar style and collaboration with world renowned cellist Tina Guo is expanding his musical expression into the realm of industrial rock. The new lineup will debut this Friday at Schecter’s Annual NAMM Indie Party.

“I’m honored, really honored, to be joining a band with such a rich and storied history. Between the deep metal roots of Hellion and now the boundary pushing mentality of Society 1, I feel like I have access to a full array of methods to express myself as a musician. At this
point I’m confident that I can stay committed to both bands and I look forward to challenging myself artistically and meeting new fans”, says Carlisle.

Society 1 will be releasing a new album entitled “Rise From The Dead” in early 2017.

Carlisle and Society 1 frontman Lord Zane previously worked together on the production of several music videos including Carlisle’s solo 
release “Full Metal Thunder”.


Have Yourself a Metal Little Christmas Released!


Max’s brand new, metal version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is available now on iTunes, and all major digital music outlets!


Checkout the music video for the track here:


Happy Holidays to all!


FINAL Maxed Out Metal Hour Show Coming Up Next Week!


promo-ad4Yes, after almost 50 shows, the Maxed Out Metal Hour on Metal Express Radio is coming to an end! Thanks so much to everyone who has listened and supported the show over the past year! We’ve had a great time working on the MOMH, but it’s now time to move on to other projects! Tune in next week on Thursday, November 17th for the FINAL show!!

As always, you can listen at


‘Queen of the Reich’ Tribute to Queensryche Released!



Hellion’s Maxxxwell Carlisle has released his 3rd single for his upcoming covers solo album.
The 3rd single from Carlisle’s upcoming solo album, When The Clock Strikes Metal, has been released. Featuring Frank Casciato (Shades of Crimson, Just Like Priest) on vocals, the track is a cover of Queensryche’s “Queen of the Reich” originally from their 1984 self-titled, debut album.
“I’ve had a great time recording these covers and this track is no exception. Frank Casciato brought his A-game and I think he really did the track justice. Plus, it was great to work with Frank’s brother Andy, who contributed backing vocals. “Queen of the Reich” has been a favorite of mine since the first time I heard it. I think it’s a song that deserves to be recorded again and again, in tribute.” – Maxxxwell Carlisle
The single features cover art by Jozef Klopacka.
“Queen of the Reich” is available on iTunes and and can be streamed on SoundCloud.

“Gravitic Drive” Instrumental Excerpt Released


An excerpt of the upcoming new song, “Gravitic Drive” has been released in a promotional video for Max’s Skype Guitar Lessons. The new instrumental song will be released on the next Maxxxwell Carlisle solo album.

Dan Mumm Releases New “Synchronicity” Music Video


Neoclassical guitarist and Metal Method instructor Dan Mumm has released a video for the track “Synchronicity” off of Mumm’s new Peering Through the Lens of Time release. The album is available now on iTunes, and all major digital music outlets. The video was shot and directed by Maxxxwell Carlisle.

Get “Synchronicity” in Mp3 format with the complete lead guitar TAB and full backing track here:

Click Here for Dan Mumm’s interview on Metal Express Radio.

11 Amazing Under-The-Radar Shredder Bands


We love our shredders… Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Michael Batio, Paul Gilbert… top names that have forged a lasting legacy in the genre. Today, let’s spend a few minutes diving a bit deeper into the sea of high notes and face melting solos. We’re going to set aside Dream Theater, Dragonforce, Yngwie, Steve Vai and the like, and turn instead to some more underground, under-the-radar, overlooked bands that bring the shred in the biggest of ways.

Galneryus – With the advanced technical prowess and discipline that Japan is famous for, these guys are constantly pushing the limits of melodic technical power metal. Led by guitarist Syu (he only needs one name), along with the equally talented Yuhki on keyboards, Galneryus consistently pump out some of the finest shredding in the universe.

Impellitteri – With 13 studio albums since 1987, Impellitteri has been brilliantly consistent in cranking out expertly written, flawlessly performed shred metal. With guitarist Chris Impellitteri at the helm, the band passes on the typical 10 minute epics and instrumentals that most shredders are known for and instead focus on crafting catchy 4 minute shred metal masterpieces.

Concerto Moon – Another prolific Japanese metal group, but with a more traditional neoclassical flair, guitarist Norifumi Shima takes his influences to heart and then pushes the limits of blazing neoclassical technique even further. Clocking in with 11 studio albums and a generous selection of EPs and live releases, Concerto Moon shows no signs of slowing down since it’s formation in the late 90s.

Heavenly – Hailing from France, while the intense guitar chops of Olivier Lapauze are without a doubt certifiably shred-tastic, there is also no denying the vocal prowess of lead singer Benjamin Sotto. A refreshing mix of ear-splitting high notes, 6 string shredding and unique song and vocal arrangements makes Heavenly a must-listen.

Santa Cruz – There must be something in the water (or ice maybe?) over in Sweden. Considering the country has produced Yngwie Malmsteen, Hammerfall, Lost Horizon, Sabaton, Dream Evil, Falconer, and mainstream pop music mastermind Max Martin… to name a few… it probably comes as a surprise that this next band is actually from Finland! No but seriously, Santa Cruz is an 80’s hair metal throwback band updated with modern production and songwriting styles. Featuring Arttu “Archie” Kuosmanen and Joonas “Johnny” Parkkonen on vocals and guitar, respectively, this twin Les Paul attack duo combines the best of everything that we love about shred guitar.

Crossfire – Israel is rarely considered to be a hotbed of hair metal or shred guitar. Apparently Crossfire never got the memo and they went ahead and put together a seamless blend of Skid Row, Dokken and Vai-era David Lee Roth. Songs about babes, rockin’ out and more babes.

Ring of Fire – This way-too-often-overlooked supergroup is spilling over with virtuoso level chops from vocals to drums and everything in between. The classic lineup features Mark Boals on vocals, Tony MacAlpine on guitar, Vitalij Kuprij on keyboards, Philip Bynoe on bass and Virgil Donati on drums. With 4 albums of material, there’s plenty to enjoy. While Tony MacAlpine is certainly well known in the shred genre, Ring of Fire as a band somehow is often passed over by USA audiences.

Last Tribe – This sonic artifact (get it?) of the early 2000s has 3 albums of material and enough notes to sink the titanic. With Swedish metal mainstay Magnus Karlsson in it’s ranks, the tunes are perfectly balanced and calculated to melt your face.

Melodius Deite – Proving once again that metal has no borders, Thailand based Melodius Deite have constructed a perfect blend of neoclassical shred and euro style power metal. Complete with the requisite dragon and pirate lyrical themes MD comes to the table with the skills to rival the genre’s finest.

Animetal / Animetal USA – Both the Japanese band Animetal and the aptly named USA counterpart Animetal USA, are a bountiful source of mind-numbing shredder tracks. On the surface the blend of Anime theme songs and speed metal might seem counter intuitive, but in the end it just leaves you wondering why it isn’t done more often.

Rob Rock – A vocalist’s solo project isn’t the obvious choice for blazing guitar work, however Rob Rock’s solo albums have featured an array of well-armed shredders such as Roy Z, Carl Grimmark, Gus G, Rick Renstrom and even Jake E. Lee. If you have 12 minutes to burn take a listen to “The Hour of Dawn” from Rock’s 2003 release, Eyes of Eternity. For now, here’s a more bite-sized piece.


Keep shredding! – Max