INTERVIEW: Trivium’s Corey Beaulieu

TriviumVengeanceFAllsTrivium have never been the kind of band that stays still. They’ve always bobbed and weaved, zipped and zoomed around the metal scene: a little metalcore here, a little thrash there, maybe the occasional dip of the toe into the stream of progressive metal. Their 2011 album In Waves pushed their sound into a new atmospheric level and won them plenty of new fans, and it positioned itself as a very difficult album to top. So how would the Florida four-peace approach its follow-up? The answer is Vengeance Falls [Roadrunner]. It’s at once familiar and unlike anything Trivium has done before. The crushing riffs and virtuoso twin guitar solos are still there, as is the finely honed production aesthetic that worked so well on In Waves. But Vengeance Falls finds the band putting Matt Heafy’s vocals in the spotlight like never before. To that end Trivium enlisted the help of Disturbed frontman David Draiman to produce the album. Read More …

Jake Bowen Gets DiMarzio Signature Pickups

TitanPeriphery’s Jake Bowen is the latest artist to be honoured with a signature DiMarzio pickup set. As DiMarzio says on their website, the Titan pickups were developed for Jake’s new signature guitar with Ibanez. “Jake Bowen is one of the new generation of guitarists on the cutting edge of progressive rock,” DiMarzio says, “and the Titan™ Neck and Bridge Model pickups were developed for his new signature guitar by Ibanez. Jake’s bridge pickup is crucial to his sound. It needs to be dynamic, fast, and very tight, and it’s at home with both standard and dropped tunings.” Here’s a killer video of Jake jamming with Dream Theater’s John Petrucci (who is using his own new DiMarzios, the Illuminator set), followed by some info about each pickup. Read More …

INTERVIEW: Every Time I Die’s Andy Williams

andy williamsIt doesn’t matter who you are or what you’re into: you can’t help but like Every Time I Die. Their music is energetic and infectious, their lyrics are that rare combination of smart, funny, deep and light at the same time, and anyone who slathers their album covers with bright pink obviously has a sense of style more akin to Steve Vai circa 1987 than any band they share shelf space with in the metalcore bin. And guitarist Andy Williams is a big part of what makes the band so awesome. Combining technical hardcore, southern metal and mathcore elements, his style (and that of co-guitarist Jordan Buckley) is like an encyclopaedia of post-thrash guitar styles. I caught up with Williams on the eve of the band’s latest Australian tour. Read More …

VIDEO: Megadeth ‘Countdown To Extinction’ Live

Countdown LiveThe mighty Megadeth have just released Countdown To Extinction: Live on Blu-Ray, DVD and CD, chronicling last year’s tour comemmorating that classic album’s 20th anniversary. Countdown was a huge album for me, since it was the first Megadeth album that I was able to anticipate the release of; I became a fan after the release of Rust In Peace. And some of the songs from Countdown are still huge for me. “Symphony Of Destruction,” of course, because who hasn’t sweated over that solo? But especially “Architecture Of Aggression.” I’m not sure what it is about that song that hooked me so much but it’s always been one of my favourites. I always loved the title track too, with that cool guitar/bass interplay. Here’s a clip of them performing it from the DVD/Blu-Ray: Read More …

Victory Amplifiers …what’s all this then?

victoryHmm… in my daily internet-rummaging I came across something that looks like it could be very interesting indeed: a new company called Victory Amplifiers. And according to the YouTube teaser video (below) they’re launching with three all-valve models: V10 (a 10-watt 1X12 combo), V50 (a 50-watt two-channel head) and the V100 (a 100-watt three-channel head). Now, new amp companies are a dime a dozen, but these appear to be handmade in the UK, and I don’t know about you but some incredible amp companies have come out of the UK over the years. They have a Facebook page where they’ve just unveiled pics of these three beauties too (below) and a sneak peek at a V100 circuit board which looks very cool! The Victory Facebook page says the head designer is Martin Kidd, who is well-known in British amplification circles, and word is that Guthrie Govan has been using them lately, so I’m super-excited to hear these amps in action!  Read More …

My Sammy Hagar Interview

SammyI recently had one of those huge ‘career highlight’ things: I interviewed Sammy Hagar about his new album. I’ve always been a bit of a Sammy fan – Van Halen’s For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge was one of the first real rock albums I ever owned – so it was really great to get the chance to spend 20 minutes talking guitar with the Red Rocker himself. In particular I was curious about how Sammy rates himself as a guitarist, because he’s pulled off some pretty impressive shreddage over the years and gone toe-to-toe with the likes of Eddie Van Halen and Joe Satriani. You can read the full interview here, but here’s a snippet: Read More …

Reverend Releases Silver Metal Flake Pete Anderson Models

eastsider_SMF_1 copyPete Anderson is cool. Reverend guitars are cool. Sparkly stuff is cool. Wo what happens when you put all three of them together? Oh lordy, it’s a coolness overload. Anderson is such a ridiculously talented guitarist – did you know that one time I bought a Dwight Yokham album solely to steal Pete Anderson licks? No? Well ya do now. And you should do it too, because he’s a walking encycloedia of guitaristic goodness. Now Reverend’s Pete Anderson PA-1 RT and the Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider models are available in Silver Metal Flake exclusively at Wildwood Guitars in Colorado. Here’s the press release: Read More …

Line 6 Updates POD HD500X: Meet The POD HD Pro X

podhdproxPRESS RELEASE: Line 6, Inc. today introduced the new POD® HD Pro X guitar multi-effects processor and studio interface, replacing the popular POD HD Pro. Like the recently released POD HD500X, POD HD Pro X features more DSP processing power than before, giving musicians even greater flexibility for creating complex signal paths and unique, intricate tones. “POD HD Pro X makes the latest POD available in a rack-mountable form factor,” said Max Gutnik, Vice President of Products, Line 6. “With a world-class collection of amps and effects, plus more DSP power than ever, POD HD Pro X represents the ultimate creative studio tool for guitar players.” Read More …