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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…

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…

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…

Max Joins Society 1!


Industrial 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…

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!


Yes, 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…

‘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,…

“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…

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…