Robert Plant – “Little Maggie” at Glastonbury 2014

Man, I love Robert Plant so hard. He’s one of my favourite singers ever. And not Young Led Zeppelin Robert Plant. That guy was great. But I like 40s-And-Beyond Robert Plant even more. There’s a texture and character to his voice that taps into a vulnerability and nuance that even the great Young Led Zeppelin Robert Plant couldn’t muster. I hear it on material from Fate Of Nations onwards. Plant has never been scared to explore new territory, from song to song and album to album, and it really feels like he’s truly expressing himself with his voice rather than simply repeating the songs the audience want to hear. I don’t want to hear Robert Plant replicating what he’s done on record (not that he’d do that anyway). I want to hear him take it somewhere else that I can’t get sitting at home in a beanbag. If you’ve ever seen him live you know what I’m talking about. He’ll play a song like “Black Dog” but it’ll be an utterly different track to the Led Zeppelin version in every way but lyrically. And I frigging love that. The song above, “Little Maggie,” will be on his new album Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar, which will be released September 9 on Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records.

New Shihad Album Announced

Shihad FVEYPRESS RELEASE: Shihad have announced the release of their brand new album, FVEY (pronounced, Five Eyes), on Friday, August 15.Recorded in December last year at Auckland’s legendary York Street Studio with Killing Joke frontman, Jaz Coleman at the production helm, FVEY sounds unlike anything Shihad have done before. When frontman Jon Toogood, drummer Tom Larkin, bass payer Karl Kippenberger and guitarist Phil Knight reconvened in Melbourne during the winter of 2013 for a lock down writing session it was a natural move to conjure up a brutal set of songs. “Total brutality from start to finish,” says Larkin.  Read More …

Behold! The Mighty Bass VI

Squier Vintage Modified Bass VIBack in the early days of the electric bass, nobody quite knew what the hell a bass should be. Should it be an electric version of an upright? No, not everyone has the lower back strength to really, truly rock out on stage with one of those things. Leo Fender’s Precision Bass set a precedent that was followed by pretty much everyone pretty much instantly, and almost all basses today are descendants of that design. But in the late 50s a few companies started messing around with something else. Some call it the bass guitar. Some just call it a six-string bass. But although Danelectro were the first to bring one to the mass market, Fender also took the idea and ran with it. Picture this: an oversized guitar with six strings, but tuned a full octave down, and with string spacing that’s much more guitar-like than bass-like.

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REVIEW: Seymour Duncan Jason Becker Perpetual Burn Humbucker

Seymour Duncan jason becker perpetual burn humbuckerThe story of the Seymour Duncan Jason Becker Perpetual Burn humbucker is a very interesting one. Back in the day, a young Jason Becker became taken with the tone of a Gibson Les Paul loaded with a Seymour Duncan JB humbucker. The guitar belonged to Bob Rock, who was producer of David Lee Roth’s A Little Ain’t Enough album, and Jason used it on the title track. He was so intrigued by the tone of the JB that he started talking with Seymour Duncan about this pickup needs. Some prototypes were developing and the project was well on its way when Jason had to call a halt due to his progressively worsening ALS. But recently, while listening to friends play his guitars through prototypes of a possible signature amp, Jason was blown away by the tone of the prototype pickup. So he reached out to Seymour Duncan to finish was started. The Jason Becker Perpetual Burn bridge humbucker is the result.

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INTERVIEW: Nergal of Behemoth

Behemoth The SatanistThere was a time when it looked like we might not get another Behemoth album. Frontman Adam ‘Nergal’ Darski was diagnosed with leukaemia in August 2010, and an urgent bone marrow transplant was needed. The surgery was ultimately successful, but Nergal was re-admitted after developing an infection. Then when the band finally returned to the road, he found himself exhausted, pushed to the brink by the exertion and intensity required to play a Behemoth show. “I knew I was pretty much fucked and there was a battle to be won, and I had no fucking idea if it was going to take six months or twelve months or maybe four years, because with cancer you never know,” Nergal says. “I learned from being in the hospital that there are things in life that you can control and things that you can’t control. The sooner you realize which is which it’s going to make your life so much easier, and since then I started to focus on the right things. I could be determined, I could have discipline, I could have faith, but everything else is not under my control, and it really was a case of just crossing fingers for the best possible outcome.” Read More …

Phil Collen’s Jackson X-STROYER

Phil Collen with new signature model Jackson PC XSTROYER (2)Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen’s Ibanez Destroyer from the “Photograph” video is iconic, and but these days Phil is a Jackson dude, so what does one do when one wants to tap into the spirit of that guitar but with much more customised features? Well, one turns to the folks at Jackson to build a custom Kelly with appointments inspired by that Destroyer! Phil is using this new axe on the band’s current co-headlining tour with KISS. Of course, if you want a real Ibanez Destroyer, you’ve gotta check out THIS bad boy (one of my dream guitars) or these guys.

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Positive Grid Announces BIAS Desktop!

Wow! The folks at Positive Grid have done it again, and HOW! They’ve just announced BIAS Desktop, for those of us who utterly love their BIAS app but wish they could use it with their recording software. And they’ve nailed exactly what I was hoping these guys would do: amp matching. Not only will BIAS Desktop let you create killer tones of its own accord, it can also listen to a real or recorded amp and create a digital replica of its tone. BIAS Desktop is planned for a Q3 launch, and you can sign up to be one of the pre-release testers. Info below in the press release.

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Introducing The Gear Show

Those magnificent folks over at Guitarist, Total Guitar and Guitar Techniques magazines and MusicRadar.com present The Gear Show, a new monthly helping of guitar goodness featuring the hottest new product demos, killer tone from pro players and much more. The first episode is embedded below or you can click here to open it in a new window. In episode one, you’ll find a Mesa/Boogie Recto Verb 25 demo; Yamaha LL16D ARE, LS16M ARE & LJ6 ARE acoustic demo; What’s In Store with GAK (Gibson 1959 ES-335 Dot Reissue and, later, Wampler Ace Thirty); Simon McBride on his PRS 408; Tone King Royalist demo; Fender Jim Root Jazzmaster; Meet Your Maker with Taylor Guitars; Single-pickup guitar round up; and Me & My Guitar with Max Helyer from You Me At Six. The production values are awesome, the tone is relaxed but informative, and I can think of very few better ways to spend an hour.