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  • “Akróasis” is Obscura’s Complex 4th Album

    “Akróasis” is Obscura’s Complex 4th Album

    German progressive death metal band Obscura has released its fourth studio album, Akróasis. The album title is Greek for “listening” or “hearing” and features virtuosic bassist Linus Klausenitzer (Noneuclid, Alkaloid).”Without question, Akróasis is the heaviest, most complex record we have made to date,” says the band’s frontman, Steffen Kummerer in Blabbermouth. Check out the title... »

  • Nothing But Thieves Offers Debut Album

    Nothing But Thieves Offers Debut Album

    The self-titled debut album from British band Nothing But Thieves has been released in the United States. The group, with Philip Blake on bass, draws inspiration from bands like Muse and Arcade Fire. According to Musical Merchandise Review, Blake uses Rotosound’s classic Swing Bass 66 strings in 45, 65, 80 and 110 gauges. The band... »

  • Songbook for Beginner Bassists Offers Wide Variety

    Songbook for Beginner Bassists Offers Wide Variety

    Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start, especially if you’re new to playing bass. Hal Leonard Corp.’s First 50 Songs You Should Play On Bass aims to help. The book features easy arrangements (tab) of songs bassists often want to play. Check out the song list: American Girl Billie Jean Black Dog Blister In... »

  • Janek Gwizdala Releases Solo Bass Album

    Janek Gwizdala Releases Solo Bass Album

    Jazz bassist Janek Gwizdala released his latest solo bass album, American Elm, less than a month after recording it. Gwizdala, featured on the latest Peter Erskine release Dr. Um, recorded American Elm in one day – Dec. 27, 2015 – at Los Feliz Sound in Los Angeles, California. He uses his Fodera Signature 5-string bass,... »

  • More Than 60 Songs/Riffs Included in Bass Tab Method Book

    More Than 60 Songs/Riffs Included in Bass Tab Method Book

    Looking for a little extra help in learning songs you’ve always loved? Hal Leonard Corp. has released its Bass Tab Method – Book Two. The second book helps you learn more notes up the fretboard, scales, and beginner slap bass technique. The book also comes with online audio featuring demos of the riffs/songs covered in... »

  • Primal Fear Releases “Rulebreaker”

    Primal Fear Releases “Rulebreaker”

    German metal band Primal Fear has released its 11th studio album, Rulebreaker. The album was produced by the band’s bassist, Mat Sinner, who says on Blabbermouth that the album’s opening track, “Angels of Mercy,” “represents the entire album in a great way.” Here’s what he’s talking about: Rulebreaker is available on and as a digital... »

  • Tedeschi Trucks Band Releases “Let Me Get By”

    Tedeschi Trucks Band Releases “Let Me Get By”

    The Tedeschi Trucks Band’s third studio album, Let Me Get By, is also the group’s first with bassist Tim Lefebvre, known for his work in jazz and funk circles and on David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar. Let Me Get By is the first featuring all band-penned songs, and the first album for co-bandleader Derek Trucks,... »

  • Dream Theater’s Latest Album Goes Epic

    Dream Theater’s Latest Album Goes Epic

    Dream Theater’s latest album, The Astonishing, is a double-CD prog-metal extravaganza. As always, band co-founder John Myung handles bass duties on the album, which also employs the talents of prolific choral/orchestral arranger and conductor David Campbell, who is also known as the father of rock artist Beck. With a cast of characters, map and complete... »

  • Savages Releases Second Album

    Savages Releases Second Album

    Post-punk band Savages, with Ayşe Hassan on bass, has released its sophomore effort, Adore Life. Adore Life is a bit of a different animal from the band’s 2013 debut, Silence Yourself. “This record came out of us being on the road together and learning how to be with each other over the last three years... »

  • Lush Releases Box Set, Reunites for Select 2016 Gigs

    Lush Releases Box Set, Reunites for Select 2016 Gigs

    Fans of the band Lush have reason to celebrate in 2016. The band is reuniting for its first live shows since 1996 – two in May in London, one in April in Manchester, and one in September in New York City – and it has released a five-disc retrospective box set. The set, called Chorus,... »