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.


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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

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!


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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