Rush’s Vapor Trails Gets Much-Needed Remix

Rush_VaporTrails_Remix_Cover-800x800Rush’s Vapor Trails is a great album …but it kinda sounds like crap. Harsh, abrasive, cluttered… it’s a real shame that the mix let it down so badly, because the material and the performances deserve to be heard in their best light, and they’re just …not. But David Bottrill to the rescue! He’s given the album the remix treatment, better framing the sonic nuances of the band as they returned to recording after a rough few years on the personal front. The new version will be available either separately or within the new RUSH: THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1989-2007 boxed set. They’re both due for release on October 1 in the USA and October 4 here in Australia. Here’s the press release: Read More …

ADA Announces New Cabinet Simulator

gcsADA has always been a company that created things guitarists didn’t even realise they needed, but then couldn’t live without. Their pioneering flanger and phaser pedals and the MP-1 preamp are perfect examples. The company has been back in action for a while now, and the APP-1 preamp is a great example of what they’re up to now. The new GCS-3 Cabinet Simulator looks like the perfect partner to the APP-1 – much like the GCS-2 – but it adds a headphone output as well as a power amp direct connection which lets you take the signal from your power amp and feed it through the unit and on to the mixing console without needing to mic a cab – while still using your cab onstage for all the benefits like controllable feedback and lookin’ cool. Read More …

DOD Classics Return!

DOD_250_TOPIn 1974, before “boutique pedal” meant anything, two friends started building pedals between gigs to make some extra money. Their band never got signed but the pedals they built became the signature tones of their generation, inspiring the music that changed the world. Forty years later, the original boutique pedal line – DOD – triumphantly returns with a new the Overdrive Preamp 250 and Phasor 201. They feature a lighter aluminum chassis, true analog bypass, modern power supply, and crisp LED. These pedals wiil only be available for a limited time only. Want more info? Read on! Read More …

EXCLUSIVE: Stream The New Dream Theater Album!

dream theaterI Heart Guitar is proud to present the Australian-exclusive stream of the new Dream Theater album, thanks to Roadrunner Records Australia and Dream Theater. The self-titled album is the band’s twelfth, and the second to feature Mike Mangini on drums. You can listen to it in the player below. And while you’re doing that, why not read my interview with Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci? Click here and it’ll open in a new window. If you’re not in Australia, click on this smartlink which will take you to the site for your region. Either way, crank your speakers up and get ready to be blown away!

Here’s the player. Hope you dig it.

Alex Skolnick Joins The ESP Family

alexespTestament’s Alex Skolnick has just announced that he’s joined forces with ESP Guitars for a new signature model. Available in January 2014, the ESP Alex Skolnick EC and the LTD AS-600 will be offered in two finishes: Silver Sunburst (SSB) and Lemonburst (LB). Based on ESPʼs popular Eclipse body style, the guitars feature a set-neck design at 24.75” scale, with a full-thickness mahogany body, mahogany neck, a custom headstock, rosewood fingerboard with custom inlays, Grover tuners, TonePros locking TOM bridge with stop tailpiece, and an Alex Skolnick signature Seymour Duncan pickup set.

Here are some words from Alex about ESP: Read More …

INTERVIEW: Dream Theater’s John Petrucci

john petrucciDream Theater’s new, self-titled album is their twelfth, and it amounts to something of a resetting of the idea of what Dream Theater can be. 2010’s A Dramatic Turn Of Events was a big test for the band: could they survive without co-founder Mike Portnoy behind the drum kit? The answer to this question was a resounding “Yes!” ADTOE played up the band’s many strengths – epic melodies, virtuosic interludes, intricate solos, odd-but-natural time signature shifts – and it did so in a way that was clearly Dream Theater, even with new drummer Mike Mangini in the engine room. But it was a very safe interpretation of what Dream Theater could be. Parallels were drawn between the album and 1992’s Images & Words, for instance. And now with Dream Theater [Roadrunner], the band doesn’t have anything to prove. They don’t need to show you that they can continue to make albums that sound like Dream Theater. Instead they’re free once more to make albums that are Dream Theater, that present the band as an evolving entity exploring what it can do. Dream Theater is perhaps the most naturally representative example of what the band can do since 1999’s Scenes From A Memory, in that nothing seems forced. Read More …

Black Sabbath Melbourne Gigs Coming To DVD

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Is there anything sweeter than when one of your favourite bands releases a live DVD? Well, maybe when one of your favourite bands releases a live DVD of a concert that you yourself went to! While I can’t guarantee that this applies to your personal situation, if you’re like me and the other 30,000 or so people who saw Black Sabbath when they played in Melbourne, Australia a few months ago, you’re going to relive the experience on their new DVD, Gathered In Their Masses! Due for release on on November 26 via Vertigo/Republic, Gathered In Their Masses contains footage from Sabbath’s April 29 and May 1, 2013 concerts here in Melbourne. And it’s going to kick ass. Here’s the trailer. Read More …

John Petrucci Demonstrates New DiMarzio Illuminators

JP13Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci’s most recent Ernie Ball Music Man guitar, the JP13, features a unique DiMarzio pickup set called Illuminator. These pickups are based on his existing signature models – the Crunch Lab and LiquiFire – but with a bit of a twist. As John explains in my new interview with him: “This pickup set is building upon the Crunch Lab and the LiquiFire, so we’re starting there, and most of it – really all of it – is the work of Steve Blucher at DiMarzio. In the case of this one, knowing that the guitar was going to have a preamp in it and everything, he was able to predict what would be necessary to make the guitar be more open-sounding and able to breathe more. He did a fantastic job, and I’ve been working with him so long that I barely have to say much. He just instinctively knows. It’s wonderful.”

DiMarzio has full specs on each pickup: 6-string bridge and neck, and 7-string bridge and neck.

Here’s a video of the Illuminators in action in Petrucci’s capable hands… Read More …