New Queensryche song – ‘Redemption’

Check out the new song ‘Redemption,’ the first full track released by Queensryche from their forthcoming album in the video below. Just to be clear, that’s the Todd La Torre-fronted version of the band featuring original members Michael Wilton, Scott Rockenfield and Eddie Jackson along with Parker Lundgren. Geoff Tate’s version of Queensryche is also releasing an album soon, but… okay, Geoff, I quite liked both your solo albums, but… preview clips from the Tate version’s forthcoming album Frequency Unknown are available on iTunes, and how do I say this…

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The Wilton/Rockenfield/Jackson/Lundgren/La Torre version’s new stuff though… well… let’s let it speak for itself. Turn up yer speakers and dig into this:

REVIEW: Marshall JVM410HJS Joe Satriani amp

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Joe Satriani needs his amps to cover a lot of ground during the course of a single gig, from vintage bluesy sweetness to chunky rock to screaming harmonically overstimulated lead. For years he’s (generally) used clean amps and distortion pedals for his tone, but when it came time to lay down some riffage with his supergroup Chickenfoot, Joe realised only Marshall would do. So they worked together on an amp based on the JVM410. Let’s let Joe explain: “It’s got four channels and three modes per channel, and we just set the thing up in the control room when we were doing overdubs (for Chickenfoot III) and we went from channel to channel, and I think the only time we used a different amp was when we plugged in a ’59 Fender Twin amp to add a little something to a ballad. Everything else was done through that amp. I never felt like I wasn’t punching enough or I never had enough gain or I wasn’t clean enough. It’s really an outstanding amp.” Read More …

Hutchinson Viking V, Cybertech & Bronze Top

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After last years success with three unique guitars designed and modified for James Hetfield of Metallica, Hutchinson Guitar Concepts summons up Norse mythology for the latest concept: the Viking V.

According to myth, Fenrir is a monstrous wolf who prophecies foretell as being destined to harm the gods. The gods prepared three fetters to restrain Fenrir. The first two: Leyding and Dromi were great iron fetters but could not bind Fenrir. The third was Gleipnir constructed by dwarfs from six mythical ingredients and while it appeared like silken ribbon it fully bound the mighty wolf and the gods fastened it to a great stone slab called Gjöll and anchored it in the ground by a rock. Read More …

Cool Gear Alert: EHX Epitome

I always love getting emails from Bill Ruppert – Mr. Effectology – because it means my mind is about to be melted by hiterto-unexplored worlds of guitaristic colour. The latest such email reads simply: “Bill Ruppert, Mr. Effectology, fires up EHX’s newest multi-effect pedal: the Epitome. Bill takes full advantage of its Micro POG Polyphonic Octave Generator, Stereo Electric Mistress Flanger/Chorus, Holy Grail Plus Reverb and the new Shimmer effect to take you on a voyage of sonic exploration. Come along as this master of effects charts a course of discovery!” But that doesn’t really give you any real indication of what the Epitome is capable of. This video does a much better job, and you should probably turn your speakers up super loud first: Read More …

Cool Band Alert: The Dead Daisies

deaddaisiesAussie rock supergroup The Dead Daisies are gonna be big news in the coming months. They’re already playing with ZZ Top, and they’ll also be special guests on the upcoming Aerosmith Australian and New Zealand dates. The band consists of vocalist Jon Stevens (Noiseworks, INXS); guitarist Richard Fortus (Guns N Roses); drummer Charley Drayton(The Divinyls, Cold Chisel); bass  (and sax) player Jim Hilbun (The Angels, The Divinyls); guitarist David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink, The Angels), and keyboard player Alan Mansfield (Robert Palmer, Dragon). And they’re collaborating with none other than Slash on a track too.  Read More …

INTERVIEW: Steve Stevens

Photo: Hristo Shindow

Steve Stevens is about to hit Australia for a clinic tour (an earlier scheduled tour was cancelled when Allans Billy Hyde went under – don’t worry, they’ve been bought by new owners now, but that’s another story). Stevens will be showcasing the latest and greatest gear from Roland and BOSS, including the Roland G-5 VG Stratocaster and Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer, as well as offering insights into guitar playing and generally sharing his decades of knowledge and experience. I Heart Guitar caught up with Stevens to talk clinics, gear and his new project with Sebastian Bach.

I Heart Guitar has two tickets to give away in Melbourne and two in Brisbane. Enter by emailing iheartguitarblog AT gmail dot com with STEVENS in the subject line and answer this question: which 80s rocker did Stevens work with in 1993?

Every clinic is different: what can we expect from yours?

Well Roland are bringing me to Australia, and I’ll be demoing the new GR-55 as well as their new G-5  which is made by Fender, and also their Virtual Guitar, the VG Guitar. Regardless of the whole electronics side of it, the guitars themselves are really great. You’re going to get a great Fender Stratocaster, to begin with, and all the other stuff is like an added bonus. I’ve found that touring with it I end up carrying a lot less guitars with me because one guitar can replicate a 12-string, a Dobro and all these other things. So it’s been really handy for me.

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That technology has really come of age recently. I remember trying some stuff about 20 years ago that was cool for the time, but you look back on it and it’s like “…Oh.”

Yeah. I was actually the first person to bring the GR-700 into the States. I was in Japan to do press for Rebel Yell and they brought me up to this very secretive room at Roland and they had the GR-700 there. I convinced them to let me bring it with me because we were getting ready to do the Flesh For Fantasy video. That was like the first guitar synthesiser I had from them. Read More …