INTERVIEW: Ben Weinman of Dillinger Escape Plan

one-of-us-is-the-killerThe Revolver magazine Golden Gods awards are always a huge highlight on the metal calendar. It’s a chance for the heavy music community to get together over a few drinks – okay, a lot of drinks – remember a few fallen comrades (this year’s event took place just hours after the announcement of the death of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hannemann) and to just generally celebrate heaviness in the same way that the mainstream music celebrates itself at the Grammys, or the film industry celebrates itself at the Oscars, or the theatre scene does with the Tonys. Of course, with the exception of the Bret Michaels incident a few years ago, the typical Tonys telecast doesn’t involve screaming, or bleeding copiously from the head – which is what happened when Dillinger Escape Plan took the stage at this year’s Golden Gods, with the added bonus of fire. Lots of it. “Aaha. There was certainly a lot of confused faces in the crowd,” laughs guitarist Ben Weinman. “I think that’s why they asked us to do the job.” Read More …

Aww. TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster

mini booster boxAww, look at this little cutie: the TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster. I reviewed its big brother, the Spark Booster, last year and pretty much instantly fell in love with it. And I experienced a similar thing with the Spark Mini Booster as soon as I saw the box it ships in,  because it’s o-so-teensy and cute. Y’know, like when you see a little kitten or puppy and you’re like ‘awww.’ The Spark Mini Booster is designed to combine the very best qualities of the original Spark Booster – including its clean boost and dirty drive capabilities – with a miniature footprint. Review coming soon, but in the meantime here’s the press release.  Read More …