Exclusive: Matt Heafy And John Petrucci Talk Guitar, Part 2

 
Last year, when Trivium and Dream Theater toured North America together, we sat Matt Heafy and John Petrucci down in our New York offices for an extended conversation about guitar technique, playing style, and much more. We showed you the first part yesterday, and now here's Part 2. Trivium are on the road in the US and Canada again right now, supporting their latest album, In Waves; stop by our tour page to find a show near you.
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Exclusive: Trivium's Matt Heafy And Dream Theater's John Petrucci Talk Guitar

 
Last year, when Trivium toured North America with Dream Theater, we sat Matt Heafy down with John Petrucci for an extended conversation about guitar - playing technique, exercises, and much more - which we're presenting now, in four segments. Here's the first one: Trivium are on tour in North America again right now, with In Flames, Veil of Maya and Kyng; click here to find a show near you! To get your copy of their latest album, In Waves, stop by our webstore!.
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Best Metal Album Of 2011: Vote In Hails And Horns' Poll!

 
Hails and Horns Magazine is hosting a readers' poll to determine the best metal albums of 2011 - and among the nominees are Dream Theater's A Dramatic Turn of Events, Machine Head's Unto the Locust, Opeth's Heritage and Trivium's In Waves. You can vote once a day, and vote for up to three bands each time, so head over there and make your voice heard.
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Dream Theater's James LaBrie Talks Grammy Nomination, Life In Canada

 
Dream Theater frontman James LaBrie was recently interviewed by the Canadian website Simcoe.com; in the piece, he talks about living in Canada, learning about the band's first-ever Grammy nomination (for "On the Backs of Angels," from their latest album A Dramatic Turn of Events) and more. Says LaBrie of the nomination, "It will be an educational process for a lot of people who are going to ask, 'Who are these guys?' We’ve sold 12 million albums, but there are still a lot of people who don’t know we exist because we’re not the typical band that’s on radio, MTV or MuchMusic." LaBrie still lives in the town of Midland, where he grew up; he talks about small-town life in the interview, saying, "For the longest time, I could walk around here and nobody would even know I was in a rock ’n’ roll band.
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Special Editions Of Roadrunner Releases Available For Holiday Gift-Giving!

 
If you haven't finished your holiday shopping, allow us to recommend picking up some of the best-reviewed albums of 2011. We've got special deals on the deluxe editions of multiple Roadrunner titles available now - and we'll even gift wrap them if you want! Click here to pick up the CD/DVD deluxe editions of Dream Theater's A Dramatic Turn of Events; Trivium's In Waves; Lenny Kravitz's Black and White America; Black Stone Cherry's Between the Devil & The Deep Blue Sea; and/or a special bundle, including the CD/DVD special edition of Machine Head's Unto the Locust and a T-shirt!.
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A Top Ten From Matt Heafy Of Trivium

 
Trivium's Matt Heafy sent us the following in response to our request for a top ten list; here it is, in full. Top Ten Turmoil, Twenty Twelve My bandmates and I typically prefer to opt out of "top tens." The "top ten albums list" is usually a subject of heavy criticism (and justifiably so) from all angles. One argument against the creation of "a list" is that all contents contained will be subjected to intense scrutiny from multiple parties from multiple stances who will be reading the top ten list. Colorful, classic reactions from the punters will include commentary like: "This list isn't metal enough.
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3 Members of Dream Theater Offer Their Top 10 Albums Of 2011!

 
Our annual roundup of Top 10 lists has been posted, and as usual, it's a mixture of picks from staffers and artists. Three members of Dream Theater offered lists this year, and in case you don't want to dig through the site looking for them, here are some handy links. Guitarist John Petrucci gave the nod to a wide variety of bands and artists, including labelmates Opeth, Trivium and Young the Giant, but also Adele, Bon Iver and comedy glam-rockers Steel Panther.
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