Hutchinson Guitar Concepts: Smashing It

Hutchinson Viking Explorer

Y’know how the other day I posted about how Carvin Guitars are, y’know, utterly smashing it lately? Well y’know who else is totally smashing it? Hutchinson Guitar Concepts. The first Hutchinson guitars I saw were mind-blowing, but each successive guitar gets even more mind-blowing, to the point where I’m not sure I have any brain matter left to be exploded by Hutchinson guitars. And yet they keep coming, such as the incredible Viking Explorer, created using an ESP Edwards Explorer as the foundation. Following are three Hutchinson press releases about three new products: the Viking Explorer, the¬†Oxidizer Overdrive and the Cafe Racer. Read More …

Seymour Duncan Releases 7/8-String Black Winter

You asked for it, you got it: Seymour Duncan has launched new 7 and 8-string versions of the Black Winter, the aggressively brootals humbucker set originally designed for¬†extreme metal players of Scandinavia who were looking for more aggression without sacrificing definition and clarity. After consistently being asked to make this pickup available for the rest of the world, Seymour Duncan did so. Now, after being consistently asked to make it available for extended range guitars, here it is! You’ll now be able to get all the heavy saturation, articulation and aggression of the Black Winter in your 6, 7 or 8 string axe. Read More …

INTERVIEW: Every Time I Die’s Andy Williams

andy williamsIt doesn’t matter who you are or what you’re into: you can’t help but like Every Time I Die. Their music is energetic and infectious, their lyrics are that rare combination of smart, funny, deep and light at the same time, and anyone who slathers their album covers with bright pink obviously has a sense of style more akin to Steve Vai circa 1987 than any band they share shelf space with in the metalcore bin. And guitarist Andy Williams is a big part of what makes the band so awesome. Combining technical hardcore, southern metal and mathcore elements, his style (and that of co-guitarist Jordan Buckley) is like an encyclopaedia of post-thrash guitar styles. I caught up with Williams on the eve of the band’s latest Australian tour. Read More …

Seymour Duncan Introduces The Black Winter

blackwinterA few months ago, Seymour Duncan introduced the Black Winter set, a pair of humbuckers designed specifically for for the metal players of Scandanavia. A little thank-you, if you will, to players in that scene and in that part of the world. And these pickups pretty much exploded. When the rest of the world found out about them, everyone wanted them. Everyone. So now they’re making their way out there into the world at large, so everyone may bask in their infinite blackness. Check out the evil video by Keith Merrow below, followed by the press release. Read More …