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Periphery announce new album!

Periphery have just announced details of their new album, Periphery II, which features  lots of face-melting playing, as well as guest spots from Guthrie Govan, Wes Hauch and John Petrucci. I’ve had the pleasure of listening to the new album and interviewing Misha and Jake about it (to be published closer to the release date) and it’s utterly killer. All the shreddage and great tones we all love but even more melody, more colour, more variety, more depth, more epic modes and scales… just more!

Here’s the press release:

PERIPHERY Announce New Album & Official Track Listing

Combing the complex atypical rhythms and technical precision of math rock with the sensational brutality of progressive metal, PERIPHERY have redefined the boundaries of progressive music.

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Rising West: 4/5 of Queensryche form new band


There have been rumours of dyschord within Queensryche for a while, with reports that the rest of the band aren’t so comfortable with some of the creative decisions of Geoff Tate (the Cabaret tours, cruise ship gigs, Dedicated To Chaos, etc). So it’s no big surprise that four of the band’s members – guitarists Michael Wilton and Parker Lundgren, drummer Scott Rockenfield and bass player Eddie Jackson – have decided to form another band while Tate works on his next solo album. What is a surprise is that the singer they’ve chosen is Todd La Torre of Crimson Glory, who is capable of perhaps the most spot-on Geoff Tate impersonation I’ve ever heard.

See?

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I’m just posting this here so I can gaze at it…

Simply looking at this guitar makes me feel like this:

Sweet & Lowdown screening in June

Since I Heart Guitar has such a widespread readership I don’t often post news that’s so very city-specific, but here in Melbourne the fourth annual Jazz On Film season is almost upon us at acmi (the Australian Centre for the Moving Image). This year the programme is based on the works of two artists: composer Terence Blanchard and writer/director/actor Woody Allen. Among the films selected is Sweet and Lowdown, which tells the story of fictional gypsy jazz guitarist Emmett Ray, who forever lives in the shadow of Django Reinhardt. It’s one of Allen’s lesser-known movies but it’s well worth watching (if you can stand a bit of not-quite-accurate guitar-miming from star Sean Penn, who does a pretty good job all things considered). All of the guitar solos are actually played by guitarist Howard Alden, who also coached Penn on playing the guitar for his role in the film. If you’re in Melbourne (or will be on June 8), book your tickets here. If not, you can get the film on Amazon.com.

More info on Jazz On Film here.

Reeves Gabrels playing with The Cure

The legendary Reeves Gabrels is one of the most unique, creative and altogether interesting guitarists on the planet. Check out his work with Bowie (solo and with Tin Machine), his solo albums and his latest project, Sonic Mining Company (which you can buy from Bandcamp by clicking on this link). Sonic Mining Company is a collaboration with Frank Swart (Norah Jones, Patty Griffin, Morphine), and naughty drummer Adam Abrashoff (Funkwrench, SIMO) and it’s brilliant.

And now Reeves is playing with The Cure, performing at festivals throughout the northern Summer. Cool huh?

Reeves and Reverend Guitars also just unveiled the Reeves Gabrels II, a new version of his signature guitar featuring the Railhammer Chisel bridge and neck pickups, solid Korina body with flame maple top, tone control with stealth push-pull phase switch, Wilkinson trem with back rout, and a rotatable pickup selector toggle switch which can be easily angled to suit the individual player.

Here’s a video of Reeves playing with The Cure at the Pinkpop festival.

REVIEW: EBS OctaBass octave divider

The octave pedal is an often overlooked tool which can fill in the lower range while a funk or fusion bass player explores higher regions of the neck. It’s also a great way for rock and metal players to add some extended rumble and grind to their sound, or for R&B players to tap into some of the multi-octave vibe that their organ-playing bandmates enjoy. The EBS OctaBass offers a little more control for most, in a robust, reliable package.

There are two control pots on the OctaBass: Normal and Octave. This allows you to blend precise levels of both the octave and natural notes, from a little octave to nothing but, and anything in between. Sure, EBS could have gotten away with a single ‘blend’ pot, but this gives you finer control. There’s also a three-position Range switch which gives you three modes: High (synth), Mid (Classic divider) and Low (low, low low).

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Ugly Kid Joe – they’re back!

Here’s the first new Ugly Kid Joe music in about a billion years. If you’re not familiar with UKJ, here’s the gist: they were one of the last hard rock bands to sneak through a hit before grunge tore a hole through the world of pointy headstocks and lyrics about partyin’ that didn’t involve heroin. So here’s “Devil’s Paradise,” the first video from their forthcoming EP, Stairway to Hell. Enjoy!

Slash’s ‘Apocalyptic Love’ out now!

Slash’s new album Apocalyptic Love is out now and it’s a cracker. Not as prettied-up as his last one, and with only one vocalist this time (the wildly talented Myles Kennedy). Here’s the first single, “You’re A Lie.”

And for those of us here int he Antipodes, here’s a press release about Slash’s Australian tour. Great to see him playing arenas!

PRESS RELEASE

Recent Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee and one of the greatest exponents of the electric guitar, SLASH, returns this August for an unmissable tour in support of his new album ‘Apocalyptic Love’.

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REVIEW: TC-Helicon VoiceLive Play GTX

Vocal effects and harmonies can really add to the professionalism of a live performance, but they’re hard to implement, especially for the singing guitarist. It’s difficult to get harmonies happening between band members sometimes: bad monitor mix, one or more vocalists having an off night – and that’s before you start to think about how this will all sound to the audience. Well just like on one of those infomercials that show someone struggling with some particularly mundane and cumbersome housework chore, TC-Helicon has taken the idea of the singing guitarist and simplified it so even a so-so singer like myself can make listenable music with it.

VoiceLive Play GTX is a multi-effects unit dedicated the singing guitarist, whether they play electric or acoustic guitar, solo or in a band or duo. It features professional-level TC-Helicon effects, including state-of-the-art harmony processing. And let’s not forget that TC-Helicon is associated with TC Electronic, one of the finest guitar effect makers in the business and the company behind legendary units like Stereo Chorus Flanger, TC 2290 Digital Delay and G-System. So Play GTX is also overflowing with guitar effects and amp simulations. It features more than 200 presets which include both a vocal and a guitar component, many of which are inspired by popular songs (with subtle and not-so-subtle preset names to hint at what songs they’re based on). And every preset can be enhanced with the dedicated HIT button, which adds additional vocal effects as you need them. For instance, if you only need a harmony in the chorus, or if you need a megaphone effect for three words in a verse, you can add those effects to your existing sound via the HIT button without having to dial in an entirely new preset. And you can store selected presets as ‘favorites’ to make setup easy.

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Paul Gilbert Australian Master Class tour

Paul Gilbert is coming to Oz for a master class tour! Paul is a great instructor (as you’ll soon see if you check out his ArtistWorks course) and he’s full of advice for players of every level.

More info over at Thump Music, but here are the essentials:

Dates & Times

1. Brisbane – Monday 8th of October 2012 – 7.30 pm till late – Book now
2. Sydney – Wednesday 10th of October 2012 – 7.30 pm till late – Book now
3. Melbourne – Thursday 11th October 2012 – 7.30 pm till late – Book now
4. Hobart – Saturday 13th October 2012 – 10am till 12.45pm – Book now
5. Adelaide – Monday 15th October 2012 – 7.30 pm till late – Book now
6. Perth – Wednesday 17th October 2012 – 7.30 pm till late – Book now

Standard ticket pricing is $80 per person. However for Thump’s loyal clinic attendants they are opening up an early bird price of $69.00 per person. A Thump Music Show Bag will be supplied to all pre-paying customers, with over $50.00 worth of goodies, which judging from the pic below includes the Pickmaster Plectrum Cutter (which I review here) and Australian Guitar magazine (which I write for).

Check out the guest post Paul wrote for I Heart Guitar in 2009.

Learn to rock with Paul Gilbert & ArtistWorks!

Can’t make it to Paul Gilbert’s Australian Master Class tour? Or maybe you can, but you want a little extra instruction? Howzabout this?

DOORS OPEN FOR INTERACTIVE ONLINE ROCK GUITAR SCHOOL FROM LEGENDARY SHREDDER PAUL GILBERT

Students of All Ages and Ability Levels to Watch, Question, Respond, and Learn With Legendary Mr. Big/Racer X/G3Guitarist

(May 23, 2012: Los Angeles) ArtistWorks, the first collaborative global learning community comprised of master artists and ambitious amateurs, announces the May 23rd launch of the online, interactive Rock Guitar School with Paul Gilbert. Most noted as a member acclaimed Heavy Metal band Racer X, platinum-selling Hard Rock band Mr. Big and a recent member of the G3 guitar super tour, “guitar deity” Paul Gilbert’s distinctive playing has influenced and inspired an entire generation of guitar players across the globe. Gilbert’s new Rock Guitar School will feature a complete course of beginner-to-advanced guitar lessons – ranging from classic riffs and guitar licks to Paul’s signature blazing arpeggios and string skipping.

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New Steve Vai song – “Gravity Storm”

Check it out! Here’s your first taste of a completed track from Steve Vai’s forthcoming album, The Story Of Light. Preorder it from his site! According to Noisecreep, 12-song, mostly-instrumental The Story Of Light continues the conceptual and narrative arc that began with Real Illusions: Reflections in 2005.

Vai will begin a tour of North America on August 15 in Fort Lauderdale Florida. His band will include Dave Weiner (guitar), Jeremy Colson (drums), Philip Bynoe (bass), and Deborah Hensen (harp, vocals, keyboards).

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Peter Hodgson Hi! I'm Peter Hodgson. I write for Gibson.com, Australian Guitar, Australian Musician, Mixdown Magazine (including my instructional column, 'Unleash Your Inner Rock God,' which has been running since 2007), BluntBeat (including their weekly hard rock/metal column Crunch) and The Brag. And I'm Assistant Social Coordinator with Seymour Duncan. I've been playing guitar since I was 8 years old, and I've been writing for magazines since I was 18. I've also worked as a guitar teacher (up to 50 students a week), a setup tech, a newspaper editor, and I've also dabbled in radio a little bit. I live in Melbourne, Australia, and my hobbies include drinking way too much coffee, and eating way too much Mexican food. You can check out my guitar playing at Bandcamp or on YouTube, and feel free to email me at iheartguitarblog@gmail.com

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