It’s that time again! Soundwave line-up announcement – and 2015 will be huge. First of all it’s great to see the return of one of my favourite bands, Faith No More, to Soundwave. And there are plenty of other repeat offenders on the bill: Slipknot, Lamb of God, Marilyn Manson, Slash… plus Judas Priest, Soundgarden, Ministry… aw why don’t ya just read the press release… Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE: A Fret-King Danny Bryant signature model guitar, signed by many great guitar players has raised £1,300 in a benefit raffle to help Walter Trout in his yearlong and successful recovery from a recent Liver Transplant. Through a 25 year long solo career Walter has sought to merge the essence of the blues with relevance for the times we live in. Before his solo career, he played lead guitar for John Mayall, Canned Heat, John Lee Hooker, and many others. Donated by JHS & Co. Ltd, the Fret-King Black Label Danny Bryant signature model was selected as Danny is actually standing in for Walter in his ‘Walter Trout Band’ currently touring the USA and Canada. Continue reading
If there is one name that is synonymous with modern Post Progressive Metal, it would undeniably be Dream Theater. The supreme lords of the genre own their style, best described as mixing the progressive tendencies of bands such as Pink Floyd, Rush and Yes with the metal edge of Metallica and Iron Maiden. With a career spanning close to 30 years, Dream Theater have recorded over 10 million album sales around the world to a fanatical diehard fanbase. Continue reading
Randall Amplifiers has been home to many talented engineers over the years, starting with Gary Sunde and even including Bruce Egnater who invented the MTS modular series. In particular the company has long been an innovator in the world of high-gain amps. So who do you turn to when you want to kick it up to a new level? Randall Brand Director Joe Delaney enlisted the services of world-renowned heavy metal amp engineer Mike Fortin to reinvent Randall for the 21st Century. Coming from the likes of Korg/Marshall USA and Yamaha (and of course his own Fortin brand amps), Mike understands distortion. Randall purchased two of these designs – the NATAS and MEATHEAD – and these are now known as the THRASHER and 667. But that’s not all; Fortin has used those amps as springboards for new designs too, including the SATAN signature model for Six Feet Under/Feared guitarist Ola Englund, the NULLIFIER for Anthrax’s Scott Ian, and the forthcoming CAGE 103 for Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and a new line for Meshuggah’s Fredrik Thordendal. I caught up with Fortin to chat about what makes his amps tick. Continue reading
Epiphone is giving away a Limited Edition G-1275 Doubleneck – yes, the ‘Jimmy Page’ style 6/12-string beast. The giveaway is open to residents 18 years and over from the United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, and select countries in the EU. Visit Epiphone.com for more details, but here’s the press release (and please note that I have nothing to do with this, I’m just sharing the news, so please don’t complain to me if your country is not eligible! Every time I post these I seem to get a torrent of abuse which is really fun).
PRESS RELEASE: Epiphone is home to the world’s best professional instruments on a working musician’s budget and this August, Epiphone continues its monthly giveaways by offering guitar players and Epiphone fans around the world the chance to win the new Limited-Edition G-1275 Doubleneck 6-string and 12-string with a custom hard carrying case.* Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE: Jackson is pleased to announce two new Jackson Custom Shop limited edition guitars and a signature bass guitar charged with new features, and designed for speed and killer looks.
Jackson Custom Select (JCS) Series
Jackson Custom Select Series instruments are Jackson’s top-line best, recalling the time-honored traditions of the ’80s-era Jackson Custom Shop. Nowhere else will you find U.S.-built production-model shred machines of such stellar design, peerless performance and superior craftsmanship, brought to life by the best builders in the business. Continue reading
New on the excellent Roland Australia blog: a really great article on how analog delay works. Here’s a tiny excerpt: “No doubt, you have heard the delay effect before. Delay and rock music have shared a rich history together; from the first slapback effect heard on Elvis’ “That’s All Right” to the current powerful delay machines gracing the pedalboards of the stars. Delay and Roland/BOSS also share a connected past that includes the iconic tape-machine repeats of the Roland RE-201 Space Echo and the dark, warm echoes of the first analog stompbox, the BOSS DM-2 and DM-3. Delay has been a favoured effect for generations of guitarists, with many forming their signature sound around it. But when did delay first appear?” Go here to read the article.
PRESS RELEASE: Epiphone is proud to present two new Les Paul packages endorsed and promoted by Slash himself – the “AFD” (Appetite for Destruction) Les Paul Performance Pack and the Slash “AFD” LP Special-II Guitar Outfit. The Epiphone Slash “AFD” Les Paul Performance Pack is the premium combination for guitar players featuring an incredible all-inclusive, all-pro package for beginners and experts alike. The Slash “AFD” Performance Pack includes a Slash-designed Les Paul Special-II in classic Appetite Amber finish with a premium gig bag, plus a 15-watt Slash “Snakepit’ amp with 2-channels and a full EQ section with headphone output, custom Slash signature picks and free online lessons from eMedia. The Slash “AFD” LP-Special Guitar Outfit includes the same Slash-designed Les Paul Special II in Appetite Amber plus a premium gigbag, picks and eMedia guitar lessons. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE: Charvel is proud to announce the release of the new Pro Mod Series Super Stock SD1 FR Special Edition. Charvel’s limited-run Super Stock SD1 FR wraps a radiant Sunset Orange Flake gloss finish around a classic San Dimas body, lending a brilliant look to a powerful tone machine built for the harder side of rock. Other premium features include a quartersawn maple neck with an oil finish and comfortable Pro Mod profile, fast and smooth compound-radius maple fingerboard (12”-16”) with 22 jumbo frets, Seymour Duncan ’59 (neck) and JB (bridge) humbucking pickups with cream bezels, three position chrome-tip toggle pickup switch and single knurled control knob (master volume), top-mount Floyd Rose FRTO1000 double-locking tremolo bridge and locking nut, and non-locking Charvel tuners.
For more information, go to www.charvelguitars.com.
Shihad worship at the altar of The Riff. Few bands this side of AC/DC have managed a knack for instantly identifiable, eminently air-guitarable riffs. But although they’ve enjoyed a consistent career of killer albums and shows, new album FVEY stands above their immense catalog as The One That Will Probably Move Them Up A Notch. Produced by Killing Joke’s Jaz Coleman, this album encapsulates everything everyone has always loved about Shihad – the riffs, the song craft, the energetic performance, the melody, the thought-provoking lyrics. But there’s something more happening on this one. I caught up with vocalist/guitarist/riffmeister Jon Toogood to talk about it.
First thing we all want to know is ‘Where the hell do these riffs come from?’
Okay, we’ve been experimenting with this tuning which is basically standard E with the bottom string dropped to a bass-register A. So you’re doing the A, an octave A, and then the rest of the guitar is tuned normally. And it’s quite hard to play because the low string is really floppy but once you get used to it it makes this wall of sound. You get a decent amp and turn it up loud, and then you play with a great bass player like Karl and a great guitar player like Phil, and when you all play in unison and are in tune it sounds like Satan’s bass player. Continue reading
“Casualties Of Cool is one of my favourite things, if not my favourite thing I’ve done to date. It’s pretty left of centre, and now that my big Z2 project and all its chaos is nearing completion, it means even more to me. A dark and quiet place to go.
Finally, its available for people who didn’t order through Pledge, and I’m proud to present the video for ‘Flight’, done by long-time friend and collaborator Konrad Palkeiwicz. Konrad moved to an Island and filmed his interpretation of the song and I think it’s beautiful.
We have been rehearsing for our upcoming shows at Union Chapel and Savoy Teatteri in Finland, and it’s really a pleasure to have the ability to do this type of music. Thank you for the support!