Issue #86

In most regards, the last year has easily been another one to forget. However, in the world of guitar, it’s once again been an impressive 12 months when it comes to new and innovative products for us guitarists. In this issue’s review section, we take a look back at the very best of 2021 with reviews handpicked by expert reviewers, Nick Jennison, Tom Quayle, Sam Bell and Gi magazine editor Jonathan Graham. We hope you enjoy our look back at Guitar Interactive Magazine's best of 2021 and be sure to let us know if you agree with our choices, or if you feel we missed something out.

Of course, that’s not all, as Guitar Interactive Magazine catches up with Steve Vai as he unveils his latest album ‘Inviolate.’ Over the course of a more than 40-year career, Steve has routinely transformed what would appear to be outrageously impossible into something very, very possible—and still also pretty outrageous. Nowhere is that more realized than on his latest full-length release.

Late last year, Mastodon returned with an incredible new album titled 'Hushed and Grim.' Forged over the past 12 months in Mastodon's hometown, it's a lengthy, ambitious effort from the sludge-ridden titans, and one that has been influenced by the loss of their friend and longtime manager Nick John, who passed away in 2018. Guitar Interactive Magazine talks with one half of Mastodon's guitar-wielding duo, Bill Kelliher, about the new record, the art of the riff and more.

As usual, with every issue, we have an exclusive Tech Session. In this edition, Jamie Humphries takes a detailed look at this edition’s cover artist, Steve Vai, while Nick Jennison, Tom Quayle, Sam Bell and Giorgio Serci offer some more incredible lessons that we hope you will enjoy.

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