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Flight Training with Max – Landing With No Control Tower!

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This video is from the new Heavy Metal Horizons channel and features some of Max’s flight training at The Flight Academy at Van Nuys airport. Here Max is working on performing take-offs and landings at non-towered airports! This is at the beautiful, Agua Dulce airport in California.



New Instructional Video, GUITAR 1988, Released!

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Do you want to learn that classic, totally awesome, 1980’s guitar style? Get GUITAR 1988 now and start shredding today!

Return to the days of big hair, T-top camaros, and neverending guitar solos!

This full program includes instructional videos + TABs + Backing Tracks!

This is the latest instructional program from Max Carlisle of the Guitar MAX YouTube channel. This program is designed to develop the techniques and style that defined 1980s guitar playing. Fans of guitarists like George Lynch, Warren Demartini, John Sykes, Paul Stanley, Slash, Glen Tipton, K.K. Downing, Akira Takasaki, Eddie Van Halen, Gary Moore, Michael Schenker, and other iconic 80s guitarists will love this program!

Videos can be downloaded or streamed!



Dokken “Tooth and Nail” cover with Deakon Lekross and Fang VonWrathenstein!

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Shredder extraordinaire Deakon Lekross has joined forces with Fang VonWrathenstein (Lords of the Trident / Raptor Command), and Guitar MAX, to release a ripping cover of Dokken’s classic track “Tooth and Nail”!


Watch it here:




The NEW Wolf S1 – Built For Speed!

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The new and heavily upgrade S1 from Wolf Guitars features an incredible blend of maple, walnut, rosewood, and ash in its construction. This neck-through, 24 fret, Floyd Rose Special equipped super-strat is built for speed and ready to shred!



Available from All In One Guitars

Max Launches 2nd YouTube Channel: HEAVY METAL HORIZONS

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Max has launched a 2nd YouTube channel called Heavy Metal Horizons. This channel will feature videos about aviation and cars, with a heavy metal soundtrack. More specifically, Max has begun flight training to get a pilot’s license and this channel will be used to document his training adventures and progress.

Here’s the video announcing the new channel:

Link to the new channel HERE.




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GUITAR SCALE COMMAND is a new instructional program designed for guitarists who want to improve their skill and knowledge of scales!

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If you want to massively expand your knowledge of scales and finally break out of being trapped in single positions on the fretboard, then this is the program for you! Guitar Scale Command teaches you a wide variety of scales, and how to play them all over the guitar fretboard.

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This NEW instructional program is available for download on Sellfy, RIGHT HERE!


New Single and Music Video! “Death On The Iron Mountain”

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Here’s the new single, “Death on the Iron Mountain”. This instrumental track was filmed by Matt Boyer, on location at the Iron Goat Trail in Washington State. The video features the Halo Clarus scalloped neck guitar.

This track is available on all major digital music platforms.




Full Length Instructional Video Released!

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Finally, Max has released a full-length instructional video! Guitar Solo Essentials contains an instructional video, guitar TABs, and backing tracks! This program is split into 5 chapters and contains tons of classic, hard rock and metal licks and techniques! These are the kinds of licks that will transform your playing into that classic “guitar hero” style that everyone loves!


Get it here!

Dan Mumm Releases “Omega” Music Video

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Neoclassical virtuoso Dan Mumm has released his latest music video for “Omega”, a new single from his forthcoming EP of neoclassical instrument songs. This is the 2nd Dan Mumm video directed by Max Carlisle. The video can be seen below:

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