Sneak Preview: Rodrigo y Gabriela's New Album

Gabriela y Rodrigo
Anna Hyclak

For Rodrigo y Gabriela, 11:11 isn't just a time for making wishes -- it's a way of saying "thanks."

The Mexican guitar duo -- known for fusing flamenco with metal styles by playing fast-paced, high-energy tunes on Spanish guitars -- will release their much-anticipated second album, 11:11, on September 8. It features 11 brand-new original songs and a personal "thank you" to 11 artists, past and present, who have inspired their work.

These artists have yet to be named, but in the past Rodrigo y Gabriela have listed metal bands Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Pantera among their influences. The duo even covered Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" on their 2006 self-titled debut.

Meanwhile, Rodrigo y Gabriela have revealed some of the album's collaborators. Mixed by Colin Richardson (who's also worked with Slipknot and Trivium), 11:11 features guest appearances by Alex Skolnick of the metal band Testament and another dynamic flamenco guitar duo, the Grammy-nominated Strunz & Farah.

Rodrigo y Gabriela recently performed at Tennessee's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and gave fans a sneak preview of a track from the new album. Check out the video below -- which lacks in quality but abounds in awesome guitar work -- and comment to let us know what you think!

LISTEN: Rodrigo y Gabriela Play an Untitled New Song

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  • 1 KLOË — Grip " 03:24
  • 2 Dead Right! — Rising Tide (Saint Motel Remix) " 03:17
  • 3 The-Dream — Fruition " 04:33
  • 4 A. G. Cook — What I Mean " 04:06
  • 5 Howardian — Be Fruitful " 02:03
  • 6 The Suffers — Make Some Room " 04:34
  • 7 Adventures — Your Sweetness " 04:10

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