REVIEW: Yamaha THR10C Amplifier

YamahaLike the high gain-oriented THR10X, the Yamaha THR10C is a little 10-watt modelling amp which is designed to take the personal-amp concept to a new level of audio fidelity. It uses Yamaha’s exclusive VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modelling) technology to recreate the response and dynamics of tube amps, combined with a bunch of useful effects which are carefully voiced for maximum flexibility with a minimum of control-fiddling. But unlike the THR10X, the THR10C is aimed at players who require more of a boutique amp approach. Instead of a selection of amps voiced for extreme gain, the THR10C is aimed squarely at players who need boutique-vibed cleans and overdrives. Read More …

INTERVIEW: Alter Bridge’s Mark Tremonti

FortressMark Tremonti lives multiple lives. On the one hand, he’s guitarist for multi-platinum hitmakers Creed, and he helped to keep the guitar visible in the charts during the late 90s and early naughties when the instrument was in a bit of a holding pattern post-grunge and pre-Guitar Hero. On the other hand, he’s guitarist for [geo-out country=”Australia” note=””]Alter Bridge,[/geo-out][geo-in country=”Australia” note=””]Alter Bridge,[/geo-in] a harder-edged rock band which features Tremonti’s Creed bandmates Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips plus vocalist Myles Kennedy. You’d think that with three quarters of the Creed line-up being shared between both bands there would be a lot of crossover, yet Alter Bridge is the band that those of us who heard Creed and thought “Hmm… talented band, not digging the material.” Much more than Creed, Alter Bridge is where you’ll hear Tremonti really pushing the envelope with thrash-influenced rhythms, shred-influenced solos and very dark, complex atmospheres. Seemingly buoyed by the positive reception to his solo album, All I Was, the guitarist has loaded Alter Bridge’s new album Fortress [Roadrunner] with aggressive rhythms, blistering lead chops and some of the greatest heavy guitar tones of the last two decades or so. Read More …

Bluesfest Second Announcement

bluesfestDiehard Bluesfest fans always hang out for the second announcement. The first is usually focused on headliners (this time John Mayer and Dave Matthews Band) and contemporary musicians, while the second announcement is where you’ll hear about the legendary icons and genre hardcores. And Bluesfest 2014 boasts a particularly stellar second round of names: The Doobie Brothers, Aaron Neville, Gregg Allman, Boz Scaggs, India.Arie, Suzanne Vega, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Dr John & The Nite Trippers, Jamaican Legends featuring Ernest Ranglin, Sly & Robbie and Bitty McLean, Jimmie Vaughan, The Wailers, Ozomatli, CW Stoneking, Larry Graham & Graham Central Station, Grandmothers of Invention (featuring alumni of Frank Zappa’s Mothers Of Invention), The Magic Band, Robben Ford and more. Bluesfest Byron Bay is held over the Easter long weekend (April 17-21) at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, north of Byron Bay.

Here’s the press release: Read More …