interviews:
J Mascis: 'I Was a Big Record Collector as a Kid and Went Through All Different Phases of Rock'
Dinosaur Jr. founder talks about his second solo effort and one of the dark days in his life.

POSTED: 07/29/2014 - 09:48 am

 
Rob Caggiano: 'Back Then I Just Put a Lot of Hours Into Playing the Guitar and Getting My Fingers Working'
Here, Caggiano talks about how he joined Volbeat, also about working in both Volbeat and Anthrax.

POSTED: 07/22/2014 - 10:50 am

 
Bjorn Gelotte: 'I've Always Been Interested in Drums'
In Flames axeman goes deeper in this conversation about Siren Charms, his approach to guitar, and selling hamburgers.

POSTED: 07/17/2014 - 09:28 am

 
Marten Hagstrom: 'I Picked Up the Guitar and I Was an Obnoxious Little F--k Running Around Making Life Miserable for Everyone'
Meshuggah guitarist is running as fast as he can just to stand still, but has no complains.

POSTED: 07/15/2014 - 08:58 am

 
Lzzy Hale: 'We Didn't Realize We Were Gonna Take It This Far'
Halestorm leader constantly erupts in joyful giggles and it's easy to tell she is digging the new album making.

POSTED: 07/10/2014 - 09:39 am

 
Ben Bruce: 'I Never Wanted to Be the Lead Singer Because I Can't Scream'
Asking Alexandria guitarist may done his share of partying in the past but this interview was handled by a serious and focused young guitar player with some very illuminating - and honest - observations about the metal world.

POSTED: 07/03/2014 - 01:02 pm

 
Bill Kelliher: 'To Me It's Actually Harder to Write Music That Makes Sense'
Mastodon axeman talks about the discipline it took to refine the music on "Once More 'Round the Sun" in order that the songs be distilled down to their purest form.

POSTED: 07/03/2014 - 09:01 am

 
Michael Amott: 'It Wasn't a Surprise When Angela Left, but It Still Put Us in a Difficult Position'
Arch Enemy guitarist had to move mountains to see the band's most recent album "War Eternal" finally released, but now that it's done, he can breathe easier and talk about the process.

POSTED: 07/02/2014 - 05:27 am

 
Jake Pitts: 'I've Heard the Guitar Tone on the 'Black Album' and I Was Like, 'Oh, I Want to Sound Like That'
This conversation with Black Veil Brides guitarist Jake Pitts almost didn't happen - twice. Finally, the third call was made and Jake picked up on the first ring.

POSTED: 07/01/2014 - 11:40 am

 
Mark Heylmun: 'When You Hit the Bottom, Anything Is Better Than Where You Were'
Suicide Silence guitarist opens up about the earlier records and how the band survived losing their bandmate and friend Mitch Lucker.

POSTED: 07/01/2014 - 09:01 am

 
Taylor Hawkins: 'I Don't Like People Recording on Computers Especially if It's a Rock Band'
Foo Fighters drummer discusses his solo project Birds of Satan, modern rock and analog recording.

POSTED: 07/01/2014 - 07:38 am

 
Taylor Momsen: 'Sexuality Is Just a Part of Human Nature'
Pretty Reckless singer talks about her music, image and songwriting process behind the band's most recent album "Going to Hell."

POSTED: 07/01/2014 - 03:37 am

 
Michael Wilton: 'You Think That 'Queensryche' Was Heavy? Wait 'Til You Hear the New One'
Queensrÿche guitarist and co-founder sat down with UG to talk about life without Geoff Tate, feeling reenergized and a new album.

POSTED: 06/27/2014 - 05:29 am

 
Ben Weinman: 'Guitarists Are Not Creative Anymore - They're Playing Around With Presets'
DEP guitarist has a degree in psychology, which may explain why he likes to dig into stuff - but in this interview Ben let us dig into his brain instead to expose some of the things you may not have known about him.

POSTED: 06/23/2014 - 03:30 am

 
Marco 'Maus' Biazzi: 'Everybody Chooses Different Things, I Think It's Normal'
Lacuna Coil guitarist sat down with UG to talk about the left members, working on "Broken Crown Halo" and his gear.

POSTED: 06/20/2014 - 11:16 am

 
Jonathan Davis: 'It's Just Sick to See All the Kids Coming Out and See Us All Back Together'
Korn singer talks about reuniting with his bandmate Head, working on "The Paradigm Shift" and what it's like to be back on the road again.

POSTED: 06/18/2014 - 10:47 am

 
Gary Holt: 'Solos Are Always the Thing I Have the Least Time to Dedicate to'
Just hours before he'll begin laying down guitar tracks, he talks with UG about working with Exodus, Slayer and numerous side projects with which he's been involved - though he's not exactly sure which ones.

POSTED: 06/16/2014 - 12:41 pm

 
Chris Broderick: 'I'm Sure Some of My Stuff May Have Sounded Horrible But I Liked It'
In this conversation, the axeman runs down his earlier work and examines the trials and joys of joining Megadeth.

POSTED: 06/09/2014 - 12:45 pm

 
UG Special: Exclusive Interview With Chris Cornell and Kim Thayil of Soundgarden
UG readers united to interview the grunge legends - read what Chris and Kim answered here.

POSTED: 06/05/2014 - 07:41 am

 
Alex Skolnick: 'When I First Heard Music and Saw Musical Performers on Television and Live, I Was Completely Transfixed'
Here, the guitarist talks us through his life from gawky adolescent to highly-regarded rock and jazz instrumentalist.

POSTED: 05/29/2014 - 01:03 pm

 
Anthrax's Frank Bello: 'Once I Tried the Bass, It Was a Natural Click and Just All Made Sense After That'
Here's us, chatting with Frank Bello about his bassist experience and starting his career in Anthrax.

POSTED: 05/26/2014 - 01:13 pm

 
Corey Taylor: 'I Just Love the Irony of Me Doing an Interview in Ultimate-Guitar'
Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman discusses his contribution to "This Is Your Life" Ronnie James Dio tribute and what is it - to be a singer.

POSTED: 05/21/2014 - 04:46 am

 
Synyster Gates: 'When We Started Writing, We All Liked the Dueling Guitars'
We caught up with the Avenged Sevenfold axeman and talked to him about playing guitar, playing in the band and where he finds inspiration.

POSTED: 05/14/2014 - 03:21 am

 
Joey Santiago: 'I'm Still Making Music to Make Music'
You've asked the questions to the Pixies axeman - he answered!

POSTED: 05/07/2014 - 10:59 am

 
Max Cavalera: 'For Me Music Is a Never-Ending Journey'
Though time of our chat was cut short, Max did fill us in on the various new projects he's been working on.

POSTED: 04/28/2014 - 11:59 am

 
Mikael Akerfeldt: 'This Record Is More Melodic, Slightly Heavier and a Bit More Schizophrenic'
Opeth frontman was caught by UG and opened up about the upcoming album, "Pale Communion," also about working with Steven Wilson and visiting the studio where "Bohemian Rhapsody" was born.

POSTED: 04/21/2014 - 09:29 am

 
Skwisgaar Skwigelf: 'I Thinks Somes Players May Be Fasters Den Me but They Makes Less Moneyso There Ams Somes Tradeoffs'
Ultimate-Guitar caught up to the blond riffmaster one recent afternoon when he was doing nothing and asked him some questions.

POSTED: 04/01/2014 - 10:49 am

 
Lee Malia: 'I Stopped Listening to as Much Metal Because I'm Touring With a Metal Band'
Guitarist and co-founder Lee Malia stopped by Epiphone to talk about the band, the tour, and especially his new Epiphone Lee Malia Signature Les Paul.

POSTED: 03/31/2014 - 10:51 am

 
Lamb of God's Willie Adler: 'I Wish I Could Be an Awesome Guitarist'
In this exclusive interview, the band axeman talked about the "As the Palaces Burn" documentary, his friend, his guitar and his love for metal.

POSTED: 03/25/2014 - 10:36 am

 
Killswitch Engage's Joel Stroetzel: 'Obviously I Wasn't Really Sure What I Wanted to Do Out of High School'
Killswitch Engage guitarist talks about the band's history, lineup changes and the Download Festival.

POSTED: 03/19/2014 - 11:46 am

 
Of Mice and Men's Phil Manansala: 'We Wanted to Give 'Em 11 Different Songs That Totally Sound Different Than Anything We've Done'
Metalcore five-piece's axeman talks about working with Bendeth and what a pivotal piece he was in helping the band realize their potential.

POSTED: 03/07/2014 - 08:45 am

 
Motley Crue: 'We Wanna Call It a Day and Be Proud'
Here Motley described what they were feeling and what they expected in the final days of their remarkable career.

POSTED: 02/25/2014 - 07:29 am

 
Zakk Wylde: 'I Remember Seeing Somebody Who Could Really Play, It Was a Whole World Unto Itself'
The iconic axeman was caught by UG to talk about his major influences and the way he writes his stuff.

POSTED: 02/13/2014 - 07:32 am

 
Jim Root: 'Somebody Once Told Me, 'You Can't Play a Strat in Metal' and I Was, 'So What Iron Maiden Isn't Metal?''
Slipknot guitarist has been writing like a madman and says he has tapped into new ways of expressing himself musically. UG has caught the axeman for a few words.

POSTED: 02/06/2014 - 10:22 am

 
Robin Finck: 'I've Been Very Blessed With the Opportunities and I've Enjoyed Saying 'Yes' to Them'
On a rare day off, Finck found an hour to talk about life as Axl Rose's guitar player and what it's been being a Nine Inch Nail.

POSTED: 01/17/2014 - 04:33 am

 
Matt Heafy: 'We Always Push to Change Not Only Formulas and Patterns of Ourselves, But of Music'
Trivium frontman talks touring with his Les Paul Customs and future plans.

POSTED: 01/08/2014 - 06:15 am

 
Sharon den Adel: 'You Can't Make the Same Kind of Music Every Time'
In a transatlantic call to her home in the Netherlands, Within Temptation singer talked about the new album and how the band recorded and conceived the previous five releases.

POSTED: 01/03/2014 - 04:25 am

 
Tenacious D: 'There's Nothing Like a Big Truck to Make You Feel Like a Man'
The band's Kyle Glass and John Konesky sheds some light on the future plans for The D, the demise of Trainwreck, the formation of the Kyle Gass Band, and the current happenings in Kyle Gass' acting career.

POSTED: 12/10/2013 - 10:31 am

 
Gavin Harrisson: 'The Best Place I Can Be Is Relaxed and Concentrated'
Here, he talks about who he is as a player and how he sees the world around him.

POSTED: 11/24/2013 - 06:17 am

 
Myles Kennedy: 'We've Really Worked Hard and It's Nice to See It All Starting to Pay Off'
Alter Bridge frontman found an open window of time to talk about "Fortress," how it was made and how unbelievably good it felt to finally be acknowledged for the music he's made with this band this past decade.

POSTED: 11/13/2013 - 09:29 am

 
Stone Temple Pilots' Dean DeLeo: 'One Day I Just Said, 'Chester Is the Person to Do This''
Back home after a four-week tour to road test the new lineup, guitarist talked about "High Rise" and what it's been like to work with and without Scott Weiland.

POSTED: 10/20/2013 - 06:41 am

 
Rickenbacker's John Hall: 'The Only Way to Compete Against That Is Using Various Forms of Automation and Working Smart'
UG privately talked to John Hall on Rickenbacker's cooperation with the Beatles, the relatonship with Fender and the company's famous endorsees.

POSTED: 10/04/2013 - 11:45 am

 
Korn's James 'Munky' Shaffer Talks to UG Readers
UG readers united to interview the nu metal veterans' axeman - read what did Munky answer here.

POSTED: 09/30/2013 - 02:23 am

 
Zakk Wylde: 'Every Record I've Had, I Have Great Memories Connected With Every One of 'Em That I've Done'
UG had a friendly chat with Black Label Society mainman about "Unblackened" DVD and the challenges of rock band playing mellow songs.

POSTED: 09/23/2013 - 04:29 am

 
Schecter's Michael Ciravolo: 'If You Don't Try Different Things You'll Become a One-Trick Pony'
Schecter's president talks about the art of guitar building and the tactics required in surviving the guitar wars.

POSTED: 09/13/2013 - 12:27 pm

 
Halestorm's Joe Hottinger: 'Now I Can Surround Myself With My Guitars'
In the exclusive UG interview Halestorm axeman talks about band's future plans and takes a deeper look into the Guitar Acquisition Syndrome (GAS).

POSTED: 09/03/2013 - 10:59 am

 
Jason Newsted: 'A Lot of People Can Play but It Doesn't Mean They're Cool'
Legendary bassist had a chat with UG about his way of a musician, his different bands and what "Heavy Metal Music" is really about.

POSTED: 08/23/2013 - 10:26 am

 
Dream Theater's John Petrucci: 'You Don't Have to Be Afraid'
Legendary progressive metal axeman had a chat with UG about the Dream Theater's sound improvement, making the music and his gear.

POSTED: 08/12/2013 - 10:49 am

 
Five Finger Death Punch's Jason Hook: 'I Just Wanted to Rock'
Five Finger Death Punch axeman sat down with UG to chat about the band's origins, his influences and making of FFDP's most recent album.

POSTED: 08/08/2013 - 10:35 am

 
Phil Anselmo: 'The Brain Is Always Tickin''
Legendary metal frontman chatted with UG about his newest band the Illegals and making their first record "Walk Through Exits Only."

POSTED: 07/29/2013 - 07:46 am