In a career of over 30 years and counting, Greg Howe has produced, written and arranged nine solo instrumental studio albums (along with two collaboration albums with Richie Kotzen) and contributed to a long list of albums/records by other artists which cemented his reputation as a technical innovator. Famous for his strong utilisation of tapping, unusual time signatures and of course, his "hammer-on from nowhere" legato method, Sam Bell caught up with Greg on the London leg of his current tour to get some insight into the Shrapnel Records alumnus' unique approach to the instrument, as well as to chat about his latest record, 'Wheelhouse.'
You Me At Six marked their return to the international music scene this year with an exceptional brand new sixth studio album in the form of 'VI.' Released in October, 'VI' is not what you might expect a You Me At Six album to sound like as it marks a new direction for the band—switching moods and styles with confidence. Guitar Interactive Magazine editor Jonathan Graham sits down with the band's guitarists Max Helyer and Chris Miller to discuss the latest release, plus we take a closer look at pair's live rig for the band's European leg of the tour.
With an illustrious CV that includes stints with Alice Cooper and Thin Lizzy, plus three recent albums with Lizzy offshoot Black Star Riders, guitarist Damon Johnson is set to reignite his solo career this year with his latest release, ‘Memoirs Of An Uprising.’ We chat with Damon about his latest release ahead of his UK final shows with Black Star Riders.
Also in this issue, we have an awesome Metallica Tech Session from Jamie Humphries that pays tribute to the band responsible for bringing thrash metal to the masses and delves deep into the guitar styles James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett.
Once again it’s been an incredible year for new products in the world of guitar. In this issue’s review section we take a look back at the very best of 2018 with reviews handpicked by Tom Quayle, Sam Bell, Nick Jennison and Gi magazine editor, Jonathan Graham. We hope you enjoy our look back at Guitar Interactive Magazine's best of 2018 and be sure to let us know if you agree with our choices, or if you feel we missed something out.