INTERVIEW: Periphery’s Mark Holcomb

Mark Holcomb

The release of a new Periphery album is always like Christmas for fans of heavy guitar. There’s always so much to digest: unpredictable riffs, challenging solos, soaring melodies, complex chords. Every record is like a challenge to all of us to lift our game. And Periphery III: Select Difficulty really throws down the challenge. Although some parts of the record are more melodic and direct than anything the band has done before, there’s also some brutally heavy, insanely complex material for us all to bust our fingers learning, and then stretch our necks headbanging to. I caught up with guitarist Mark Holcomb to chat about the record and his new guitar. Read More …

Meet m.e.

KAI Technology, Inc. has unveiled a new music/audio accessory called the m.e.™ (master enhancer) that will dramatically improve the sound quality and audio experience from any set of headphones or speakers. The new gadget from KAI Technology, which launched earlier today on Kickstarter, has many uses, is about the size of a matchbook and aimed at those consumers, audiophiles and musicians “who are ready for a better music/audio experience that is tuned to what the human ear wants to hear.” Read More …

Dave Nassie Melts Faces Off With The Forza

Damn Dave Nassie of Bleeding Through can play. If you’ve been lucky enough to catch him playing at the Seymour Duncan booth at NAMM you’d know what I mean, but this great video from Chicago Music Exchange certainly highlights Dave’s considerable skills on the ‘ol gee-tar. He’s demoing the new Seymour Duncan Forza overdrive, which is exclusive to CME. You can pick up yours here.

Jackson Welcomes Slipknot’’s Mick Thomson 

Mick Thomson

PRESS RELEASE: Jackson is proud to announce a forceful new addition to its stellar artist roster in Slipknot lead guitarist Mick Thomson. Thomson’s arrival heralds the induction of one of metal’s most successful and revered players into the Jackson fold.

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““Jackson is exceptionally honored to have Mick Thomson joining our family,”” states Artist Relations Manager Mike Taft. ““His game changing, take-no-prisoners approach to metal guitar has influenced countless musicians worldwide, which makes him an ideal ambassador for the Jackson brand. As Slipknot continues to build on their metal legacy, we look forward to working closely with Mick to provide him the instruments he needs to deliver both on stage and in the studio.”” Read More …