Spectacular parting gift from Beat typesetter

Ok, so one of my many freelance jobs is with Beat Magazine. I write their rock/metal column (called Crunch) and do the occasional interview.

Last week longtime graphic designer Luke Benge finished up work and flew out to New York. Somewhere along the line, he allegedly swapped out the actual cover (reported to be Kaiser Chiefs) without anybody knowing, and replaced it with this.

I’ve censored the line drawing of the meat and potatoes for those who don’t wish to see wangs alongside whammy bars on I Heart Guitar, but you can see the whole kit and kaboole, as it were, on The Vine. There are 35,000 copies of this on the streets of Melbourne this week.

Bon Voyage, Captain Luke Benge!

Majik Box announces Munky signature distortion pedal


Majik Box signs pact with Korn’s Munky for the signature Krush distortion pedal.

May 2, 2012 – Torrance, CA – Majik Box, the developer of the Paul Gilbert Fuzz Universe and Doug Aldrich Rocket Fuel pedals have signed a pact with Munky, guitarist of the iconic metal band Korn to market the Majik Box Krush distortion, a pedal that will produce Munky’s signature distortion tones.  The Krush Distortion will begin shipping  this week.

The idea came to Majik Box founders Rob Nishida and David Simpson, when they were in the sound development phase of the company’s first metal oriented distortion pedal.  The two had decided early on that they did not want to develop another typical “metal” pedal already being marketed other pedal makers.  “We wanted to make something for drop tuned and 7-string guitar players that was bigger and more organic sounding than what was already out there,” says Simpson.

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