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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 New England Metal and Hardcore Fest Recap: 2 Days of Metal…Can’t Go Wrong!

Posted in Concert Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on April 27, 2010 by zach-attack-shaw

If you had told me when I was a senior in high school looking at colleges that I would get to see so many awesome artists in concerts in Worcester, MA as a student at Clark, I would have laughed and walked away. Well wouldn’t you know it, since my freshmen year back in 2007, I’ve gotten to attend some amazing shows by some big time acts. And a majority of them were right down the street from my campus at the Palladium.

This past weekend, thanks to, I got to go to yet another great show down at the Palladium. This time, it was the 12th annual New England Metal and Hardcore Fest. I got to see some really awesome bands that otherwise I might not never have given a chance. Stands outs include Baroness and Between the Buried and Me on the first day (though a band called Grave Maker really impressed me to), while Skeletonwitch, Cattle Decapitation and Swashbuckle stole day two.

I just recently wrote a recap of each day at the festival for So if you are interested, take a look at my coverage/highlights of Day 1 and Day 2. I also took a crap load of pictures of both days, so if you get a chance feel free to check out my pics from the first and second day. (Note: the picture above is of Skeletonwitch during their set on the mainstage).

Big thanks to Bram for getting me into the festival. Also want to say thanks to Justin, Emma, Nathaniel and Melinda (a new writer for for hanging out and enjoying some kick ass metal with me!