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Below is our complete The Alien Blakk news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

The Alien Blakk Front Man Releasing New Book

The Alien Blakk frontman, Joshua Craig Podolsky, is releasing a new book on acoustic virtuoso shredding, which can be found at this location.

K. K. Downing (Lead guitarist, Judas Priest) comments on the book:"Joshua Craig Podolsky's book gives players at all levels the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of theory and also discover some new things. Josh's book will play an important roll in helping young guitarists to develop their own unique style as players and songwriters."

David Ellefson (Bassist, Megadeth) also adds: "Josh is an extremely versatile guitarist and captivating songwriter. This book lays out the methods he uses to help guitarists at any stage become more proficient at their craft."

The Alien Blakk released latest full-length "Bekoming" back in 2010 (reviewed here). More...

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The Alien Blakk To Record New EP

The Alien Blakk has checked in with the following brief announcement about beginning work on an upcoming new EP:

"New band recording EP beginning in April 2012 in New York. Summer 2012 Guitar Clinic tour beginning in May being announced soon, new book coming July 2012, and new product line coming August 2012."

Further details on the EP, which will be the follow-up to the "Bekoming" album (reviewed here), will be announced as they are made available. For further details on The Alien Blakk, head over to the band's official website.

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Joshua Craig Announces Guitar Clinic

The Alien Blakk frontman Joshua Craig has an upcoming guitar clinic at Berklee College Of Music in Boston, Massachusetts on Tuesday, September 27th, 2011.

The clinic will involve Joshua playing 5 songs from The Alien Blakk's offerings, including "Bekoming" (reviewed here), with special insight into the guitarist/writer/producers technique.

Following the guitar clinic will be a question and answer with the artist. More information on the guitar clinic with the location and time are available at this location.

You can also check out The Alien Blakk's music by heading over to the band's official website here.

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Joshua Craig Checks In With Activity Update

Since the release of The Alien Blakk's sophomore album "Bekoming" (reviewed here), front man Joshua Craig has been remaining relatively low key. A new posting has been made on the home page for The Alien Blakk and a new solo video clip from the guitarist has been posted online, which can be viewed below. The update from Joshua reads:

"Whats up! Been a minute so I thought I would drop in here and throw you some 411. I have been busy working on a lot of video game music and putting together new music for many projects. I also am putting together a new band. A few things I am doing are playing in Bend, Oregon doing a solo acoustic show on Saturday, July, 16. I am also doing a clinic at Berklee College Of Music in Boston at the end of September.

"I will post a date when it has been confirmed. I also just did a story for their magazine which comes out in July. I am also doing an east and a west coast clinic tour scheduled for September and October. Dates to be announced soon. Most likely G C stores and a few Indy spots as well. News on new signature products to come, but in the meantime, feel free to check out a clip I did last night…until we meet again!"

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The Alien Blakk Recruits New Bassist

The Alien Blakk, the group fronted by guitarist/producer Joshua Craig, has announced today that former Death bassist Kelly Conlon has joined the group. Conlon, best known for his work on the Death album "Symbolic," is said to be "hard at work putting his touch on the groups material. Kelly has had a unique impact on the bands music and has a great approach to the new Alien tunes and interpreting Dave's playing approach. He has made the tunes his own" stated Craig.

"The songs are coming along really well, Dave always writes interesting bass lines. I think collaborating with Josh will be fun and challenging. His writing style is unpredictable and should keep me on my toes. " said Conlon on being part of The Alien Blakk.

Conlon will make his live debut at the free live show on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 6 p.m. in Chandler, Arizona along side a healthy dose of other special guest musicians. Conlon is also making the transition to all North American touring commitments that have availed themselves to The Alien Blakk as well, so keep tuned for upcoming U.S. dates in May and June.

The band's new album "Bekoming" is due on April 6 and the track listing is as follows: More...

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The Alien Blakk Announces Special Edition Album

Century Media is offering a special limited edition package deal on the new release from The Alien Blakk, entitled "Bekoming." The package will include a special pick pack with the new recording as well as a limited edition (50) pick pack that includes five different double sided guitar picks that have art that will never be offered again. There is also a special limited number of reissue CDs of "Modes Of Alienation," the debut release from The Alien Blakk (previously only available as a European only release).

CM Distro buyer Eric Williams commented: "I’ve known Josh [Alien Blakk founder Joshua Craig] for many years and I’m very happy and excited to work with him in this way. The Alien Blakk are a great metal band. The music, line-up and musicians featured are top notch and this band deserves your attention."

The Alien Blakk is also playing a free concert to celebrate the release of their new offering on Tueday, April 6 in Chandler, Arizona with David Ellefson of Megadeth. "Bekoming" is due on April 6 via retail outlets in North America through Alien Records and via this location (all copies purchased from the web site will include an autograph). The CD will feature additional guest appearances by Deron Miller (CKY), Eric A.K. (FLOTSAM AND JETSAM), Kevin Talley (DAATH), Donnie Hamby (DOUBLE DRIVE) as well as contributions from Ellefson and Craig Nielsen (drums; FLOTSAM AND JETSAM).

The "Bekoming" track listing is as follows: More...

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The Alien Blakk Frontman To Release Guitar Book

Joshua Craig Podolsky, front man for The Alien Blakk, is set to release his new instructional book this month titled "Advanced Lead Guitar Concepts: Mindset & Theologies In Improvisation." Having played on dozens of top 10 recordings in the pop rock and rap/R&B genres, Podolsky took many years to pen his new book. The book comes with a play along metal CD as well as an instructional DVD for chapter reference. "Advanced Lead Guitar Concepts" focuses on the left and right brain though when you are playing music. The book is 140 pages and features manuscript and tablature as well as chapters on Sequences, Upper Structured Arpeggios, Thought Process, Mindset, and many other advanced concepts.

The Alien Blakk also issued the following statement about the instructional book:

"From his prolific solo work as a Producer, Writer, Video Game Music Composer and Author, to his prominent memberships in many influential hard rock and metal groups, Joshua Craig Podolsky of The Alien Blakk has displayed one of the most fiery creative personas and influential approaches to lead guitar playing ever. Joshua has continually affirmed his stance in the upper echelon of contemporary super guitarists with accolades that include his work with Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Xzibit, Motograter, Christina Aguilera, Coolio, Dr. Dre, Mark Hamill as well as members of Megadeth, Fear Factory, Testament, KISS, White Zombie, Whitesnake, CKY, Flotsam & Jetsam, Soulfly, Fight, Methods Of Mayhem, Black Dahlia Murder, Death and Cypress Hill to name a few. More...

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