Rockin’ the riffs on the Google Les Paul tribute.

Have you figured out any riffs using the Google Les Paul tribute logo yet? Chris from Riot provides this

3-7-3-5, 1-7-1-5, 3-7-3-5, 1-7-1-5-8

And you can also try this:

2-2, 2-3-4, 4-4-3-3

And

6-7-8, 6-7-8, 6-7-8
4-5-6, 4-5-6, 4-8-7

And

3-5, 5-6-6
8-7-8-7-8
5-5-6-6

And

6, 8-6-5, 3-5
6, 8-6-9-8-6
5-6.
5-8-6

And

4-3,3
4-3,3
4-5-4-4-3,3

Can you come up with any more?

REVIEW: Vox Time Machine Joe Satriani delay

Joe Satriani has always been a fine proponent of great-sounding delay – where would a track like ‘The Forgotten Pt. 2’ or, well, “Time Machine,” be without those haunting echos? Or, for that matter, the song “Echoes”? Satch has used all sorts of different devices to generate his delays throughout the years before designing the Time Machine with Vox. It’s part of a series of Joe Satriani effects by Vox which currently includes the Ice 9 Overdrive, Big Bad Wah, and the one that started it all, the Satchurator Distortion.

The Time Machine is a large-ish pedal (in a groovy metallic green finish with creme chickenhead knobs – cool) which may take up a decent amount of space on your pedalboard. It contains four knobs: Level, Delay Range (abbreviated to “D. Range” – geddit?), Time and Feedback, as well as a Hi-Fi/Lo-Fi switch. The D. Range control offers four (maximum) settings: 125ms, 250ms, 500ms and 1000ms, which you can fine tune with the Time control. Or you can get up to a whopping 5800ms via the Tap Tempo switch. The minimum delay time is 30ms, which makes for a cool doubling effect.

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NEWS: Periphery announces Oz tour

Periphery are heading back to Australia (home of I Heart Guitar and some of the most deadly creatures you ever heard of) with their ‘The League Of Extraordinary Djentlement’ tour with Tesseract, courtesy of Soundwave Touring. More info on the tour here. Check out my interview with Periphery’s Misha Mansoor from May 2010 here.

PRESS RELEASE:

The League of Extraordinary Djentlemen tour

In just a few short years, PERIPHERY have blazed a trail of originality that has sent a shockwave throughout the metal world.

Exploring the complex uncharacteristic rhythms and technical precision of math rock with the brutality of progressive metal PERIPHERY have defied the boundaries of conventionality. Breathing life into the metal scene, Absolutepunk.net proclaims “From beginning to end, Periphery’s self titled debut is a wonder to behold, and will inspire modern metal for the next decade” paving the way for PERIPHERY‘s meteoric rise to the upper echelons of the metal world.

This July sees PERIPHERY heading to Australia as part of the ‘The League of Extraordinary Djentlemen’ tour and joining the bill are fellow metallers TESSERACT. Embracing their experimental and prog sensibility garnered with a reputation for delivering jaw-dropping live performances has seen them catapulted into the forefront of the metal movement. Their debut album ‘One’, whilst intense, deep and complicated is incredibly transcendent and melodic and “It’s hard to find fault with an album this complete…powerful stuff!” – Rock Sound

PERIPHERY and TESSERACT will be hitting Australia for three extraordinary intimate performances this July.

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 17 JUNE, 9AM

FRIDAY 29 JULY
BRISBANE, THE ZOO – 18+
www.oztix.com.au & Outlets

SATURDAY 30 JULY
SYDNEY, THE ANNANDALE – 18+
www.annandalehotel.com

SUNDAY 31 JULY
MELBOURNE, NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB – 18+
www.northcotesocialclub.com, 9486 1677
& Corner Box Office (57 Swan St, Richmond)

REVIEW: Line 6 POD HD300


The Line 6 POD is as much a classic line as the Gibson Les Paul or the Fender Stratocaster – the original was groundbreaking on its own, while various adaptations and refinements over the years have kept each in line with the expectations of modern musicians. PODs have been heard on thousands of recordings concert stages, from the original red bean-shaped desktop model to later floor-based units and POD Farm software. The HD series takes the POD sounds and philosophy we know and love, and rebuilds them from the ground up with even higher sound quality.

As it arrives in the box, the HD300 includes 16 amp models. However, a few days before the unit arrived for review, Line 6 announced an expansive downloadable firmware upgrade including six new amps and access to five new amp parameters: Sag, Hum, Bias, Bias Excursion and Master Volume. These additional parameters give you the ability to really fine-tune the character of the amp’s response, especially in terms of note attack and overall warmth, and they add a whole new layer of realism. For instance, the ‘hum’ parameter lets you actually select between 50 and 60 cycle hum (depending on whether you’re modelling the experience of playing in the USA or Australia – seriously!), and vary the amount of that hum, from zero to “oh dear, that’s quite a bit of hum” and any point in between.

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NEWS: Trivium ‘In Waves’ free download

PRESS RELEASE

DOWNLOAD THE New Single ‘In Waves’ ON TRIVIUM’S OFFICIAL FACEBOOK:

http://www.facebook.com/TriviumOfficial?sk=app_178091127385

Early this morning Trivium uploaded a FREE MP3 as a giveaway of their brand new track ‘In Waves’. Make sure you head over there now to pick it up!

‘In Waves’ is the current track from Trivium’s forthcoming studio album, also called In Waves, out on August 5, 2011 through Roadrunner Records.

The band is releasing their fifth studio album, In Waves, on August 5, 2011.  In Waves was recorded at Paint It Black Studios in Altamonte Springs, Florida and Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida.  The album was produced and mixed by Colin Richardson and Martyn “Ginge” Ford for Real Productions.

Trivium is Matthew Heafy (vocals, guitar), Corey Beaulieu (guitar, vocals), Paolo Gregoletto (bass guitar) and Nick Augusto (drums).

For further information on Trivium visit www.trivium.org, www.roadrunnerrecords.com.au

In Waves out August 5 through Roadrunner Records.

 

NEWS: Evan Seinfeld leaves Biohazard

PRESS RELEASE

The members of seminal NYC Platinum hardcore/metal band Biohazard have announced that bassist/co-vocalist Evan Seinfeld has left the line-up. “We have a long history together, but it’s time for a change,” said guitarist/co-founder Bobby Hambel. “We wish Evan well.”

Scott Roberts, who played on the band’s 2005 Means to an End album and has been part of the Biohazard extended family since, will step in for Seinfeld when Biohazard plays the UK’s Download Festival on June 12, and again on June 13 at the Metal Hammer “Golden Gods Awards” in London. Hambel, guitarist/vocalist Billy Graziadei and drummer Danny Schuler will begin scouting for a permanent replacement when they return to the U.S.

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