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Learn to Play with Mark Holcomb

Mark Holcomb of Periphery made a name for himself as one of the top guitarists in prog metal by way of jumpy arpeggios and creative alternate tunings.

This Learn to Play segment lays out how he came up with the guitar for “The Way the News Goes…” and how to use chord progressions to make your own signature parts.

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Shredder Guitars Under $500

The pickups are hot, the necks are fast, and the looks are mean in this set of affordable models from Ibanez, ESP, Kramer, and more.

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High-End High-Gain: Pro Level Metal Amps

This horde of roaring beasts rounds up top-shelf heads from industry staples like Mesa Boogie and custom shops like Diezel.

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High-Output Guitar Pickups

The humbuckers from this collection will add a hotter bite to your rig while keeping your amp's natural tone intact.

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Must-Have Metal Gear

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ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar

One of the company's most popular guitars, this set-neck workhorse packs a pair of EMGs for aggressive tone from the first note.

Empress Heavy Distortion

A three-position gate switch and precision control over mid frequencies allow command over a kingdom of grit.

Verellen Amplifiers

This company's high-gain mentality and hand-wired construction have made it a top contender in the boutique amplification game.

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Learn To Play: Riffs In The Key Of Tony Iommi

Black Sabbath are the undisputed godfathers of heavy metal, basically creating a new genre when they released their self-titled album in 1970. Nearly 50 years later, their presence is felt everywhere from Iron Maiden to High on Fire.

While Ozzy Osbourne played the role of gothic frontman, Tony Iommi acted as Black Sabbath’s chief composer and longest-running member. This lesson runs through three licks from the man that made guitar heavy.


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Sterling Winfield on Recording With Pantera and Modern Metal

Sterling Winfield is an iconic metal engineer and producer best known for his work with Pantera on some of their Grammy-nominated albums.

A staple in his field since the early ‘90s when he worked at the renowned Dallas Studios, Winfield has seen decades of recording trends in the genre. Find out what he what he thinks about metal albums back then versus metal albums now.


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