Matt the Riff Master

Matt the Riff Master in an online phenomenon with his own Youtube, Facebook and Instagram feeds where he regularly showcases his love of all things heavy metal – which means lots of guitars of course! His no-nonsense and highly entertaining review style reveals both Matt’s expertise and his seemingly relentless passion for all things chug.

Dave Bates

Dave Bates is guitarist/songwriter for the modern hard rock band Edge of Paradise. Formed by Margarita Monet and Dave Bates early in 2011, Edge Of paradise released their debut album “Mask” and featured a rhythm section comprised of veteran players including Tony Franklin, Gregg Bissonette and Bjorn Englen. Released in September 2011, “Mask” came in at #6 most added on national CMJ radio, right behind Machine Head and Five Finger Death Punch. Edge Of Paradise’s next album IMMORTAL WALTZ was co-produced by Bob Kulick (Kiss, Motorhead) and Michael Wagener with it being released to a great reception by music critics worldwide, coming in at #12 on national hard rock/metal radio charts! 

“Guitarist, Dave Bates is the epitome of sheer effortless virtuosity; this guy will make all guitar players either Idolize or hate him, as there are very few guitarists on this Earth that can shred like Bates. He has such precision, such feel, tasty licks, rips solos so that every note is meant to be exactly where it is. I honestly can say that I’ve seen the best of guitarists, and he is one of the very best, period.”