Preorder The New Tony MacAlpine Album

Tony MacAlpine’s new album Concrete Gardens will be released on April 21, and you can now pre-order it in Digital DownloadStandard Edition CD, and Special Edition CD/DVD versions at http://tonymacalpine.spinshop.com. In addition to Tony on guitars and keys, Concrete Gardens features Aquiles Priester on drums, a guest guitar solo from Jeff Loomis, and bass duties divided between Tony, Pete Griffin, Lucky Islam and Sean Delson.

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Ibanez Premium Universe & Jem Reissues!

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Whoa! Christmas came early to subscribers to Steve Vai’s newsletter! In 2015 Ibanez will be releasing reissues of the blue floral Jem and the white Universe. The blue Jem – eh, I can take or leave that one – but the white Universe? Vai recorded “For The Love Of God” on a white Universe! And Korn fans are going to flip out over these too. Vai also announced that the super-affordable Jem Jr (previously only available in certain markets to combat counterfeits) will now be available worldwide! Read More …

INTERVIEW: Unearth’s Buz McGrath

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Unearth have been slogging it out on the metal scene for 15 years now and have proven themselves to be real stayers, helping to remind folks that seven-string guitars can be used for more than just open-string chugging and showing that you can combine the punishing groove of Pantera with the melodic sense of Sweden’s Gothenberg sound and the power of traditional metal, all filtered through an aggressive metalcore lens. New album Watchers of Rule (3Wise) is a consistently brutal chunk of metal by anyone’s standards. But this far into Unearth’s career, it’s almost exhilarating to hear them continuing to release vital albums full of songs that are destined to live on in the setlist. I caught up with guitarist Buz McGrath right after the album’s release.

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Let’s start with the guitar stuff. What did you use on this album?

We used a Rhodes amp. I don’t know what it is. And I think we used one of Ken’s old custom Ibanez RGs that won the shoot-out. Usually what happens is we go through a stack of about 15 guitars and we record the same piece of music, the same riff, with each guitar, and you go through and listen to which guitar is sounding the best with what you’ve got, and that one won. It was between that one and, Ken had a custom three-pickup Ibanez Iceman with EMGs in it. That thing weighed a fucking tonne but it sounded sick. But the other one just beat it out by a little bit. We recorded with a Kemper via DI, and then [producer] Mark Lewis took it back to his studio and re-amped it through various amps, which I wasn’t a part of the process for. He would send me mixes with different amps and I’d say ‘this one sounds good.’ So I never even saw the amp. It’s a real weird way of doing it but it worked out good. Read More …

Ibanez Dino Cazares DCM100

Ibanez DCM100 Dino Cazares

If anyone deserves an Ibanez signature guitar, it’s Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares. He’s been flying the flag for Ibanez seven-strings for a long time, and his inventive parts on Fear Factory songs like “Descent” in the late 90s were instrumental in showing folks that there was another way to use seven-strings beyond chugging out on the lowest string like everyone else was doing at the time. And now you can hear Dino’s influence all over modern metal. So Dino’s new signature model, the DCM100, is long overdue but very welcome. It features a mahogany body with KTS TITANIUM-reinforced maple/bubinga neck, rosewood fretboard with mother-of-pearl offset dots, Lo-Pro Edge 7 tremolo bridge, 26.5″ scale length, and Dino’s new signature Seymour Duncan Retribution active humbucker. Dino helped develop the EMG 707 and then the Seymour Duncan Blackout, so he has a lot of experience in voicing active pickups for metal. Look for more info on the Retribution pickups very soon. Click here to see Ibanez guitars on eBay.

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