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Top Ten Underrated Guitarists: Overlooked No Longer

Posted in Assignments with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2010 by zach-attack-shaw

For my Writing For Magazines course, our final assignment was to write a feature article for a magazine of our choice. I decided to write an countdown list about the top ten most underrated guitarists in rock for Guitar World Magazine. I know that many of you may disagree with my list or feel I left some off (I definitely struggle with a few I had to leave off). So after reading my piece, jot down some guitarists you feel don’t receive fair recognition in the comment section. This way we can further shine a light on more unsung guitar gods! But first, take a look at the feature article I wrote (as well as the sidebar about underrated songs). Read the intro first then read the list after the hit.

Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton or Slash: these are a few of the guitarists who always dominate the covers of magazines. Media outlets are constantly praising their influence and talent. Yet whenever the discussion of guitar idols arises, there always seem to be a few names that don’t get fair acknowledgement. While these guitarists are given honorable mentions and modest placements on count-down lists, they still fail to receive rightful admiration despite their remarkable approach to the guitar.

Well not any more. It’s time to countdown ten guitarists or duos, both current and established, which too often get overlooked.
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My Top Five Bands Of The Decade

Posted in Top Five Bands Of Decade with tags , , , , , on January 10, 2010 by zach-attack-shaw

It’s not just the end of another year. 2009 also marks the end of another decade of great music. Thus with another ten years gone, “best of” lists that recall everything that was great about the past decade are being published. Most magazines, websites and blogs have done…..except for me. Why am I not partaking in creating such a list? Well while I have no issue listing my favorite albums of a certain year (click here to see my favs of 2009), I find myself struggling to compile such a list for this past decade. I feel as if it is too daunting of a task to scan through an entire ten years of music. To simply put it, THERE IS JUST TOO MANY TO NAME! I also didn’t want to write up a list that will leave people puzzled and enraged like Rolling Stone’s most recent countdown (check out their top songs and albums lists if you want to become as frustrated as I was). Thus, I decided to instead write a piece on five bands that had the biggest impact on me personally within the past decade. These are bands that for one reason or another had an impact on how I viewed music as well as with life.

Since I am sharing my top five with you, I propose that you do the same as well. Instead of arguing over my personal choices, take a moment to highlight your own favorites. In the comment section, reveal which bands had the biggest impact on you personally during the past decade and why. This way we can celebrate the past decade rather than debate over it.

So without further ado, here are the five bands (in no particular order) that had the biggest impact on me during the 2000’s decade:

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A Sad Day…RIP Rev

Posted in Opinion with tags , , on December 29, 2009 by zach-attack-shaw

I woke up feeling good, excited for the new year…….until I heard the news about drummer The Rev (Avenged Sevenfold).

It has been reported that The Rev has passed away. He was 28 years old. This death has left me extremely devastated. Not only is this because Avenged Sevenfold one of my ALL TIME favorite bands (City Of Evil is one of the albums that has heavily influenced me as a guitarist and song writer), but also because of the talent that has been lost. The Rev’s drumming is truly amazing and gave the music an edge. The Rev was also a key player in the song writing, giving songs a unique twist that other metal bands of today failed to capture. One of the highlights of the band’s self-titled release was hearing Rev’s backing vocals on such songs as “Critical Acclaim” and “A Little Piece of Heaven”. He was a musical force to be reckoned with, an individual who along with the rest of Avenged Sevenfold was going to rule the rock world for years to come. While I pray that A7X continue on (my condolences go out to the rest of the band), it still kills me that The Rev wont be able to march on with them.

RIP Rev. I cannot explain how much you will be missed.