BIAS Desktop Gets Amp Match Presets

PRESS RELEASE: Now some of the best and most requested artists amp tones are available as a free download for all BIAS Desktop users. Positive Grid (www.positivegrid.com) updated today the recently launched guitar amp plug-in with amp matched presets personally created and engineered by artists such as Mark Holcomb from Periphery, Ola Englund, Rusty Cooley, and other professional recording artists. All these presets we created using the same amp, cab, and mic configuration as they use in the studio for album recordings. Read More …

Aristides Instruments Refines the Guitar With the New 060

PRESS RELEASE: Utilizing an exoskeleton design made of a semi-monocoque construction, the latest guitar from Aristides Instruments expands on the companies innovations regarding body design, components and mechanics. The new 060 provides plenty of horsepower and performance to deliver whatever a guitarist might want play. Prototypes have made an appearance at the Aristides Instrument Open House event earlier this year and Ola Englund has posted a video demo. Now available to the masses, customers can place orders through authorized dealers or direct from the factory. Read More …

INTERVIEW: Mike Fortin of Randall Amplifiers

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. Read More …

Ola Englund Gets Washburn Signature Model

WashburnWashburn has announced that monster guitarist, gear expert and all-round nice guy Ola Englund (Feared, Six Feet Under and now The Haunted) is being honoured with his own Washburn signature line called the Parallaxe Solar Series. Ola posted a pic to Facebook the other day of one of these in-development axes, with a Seymour Duncan TB-6 Duncan Distortion trembucker in the bridge position, an SH-2 Jazz at the neck and a Stephen’s Extended Cutaway. This is bound to be a high-performance guitar of the greatest quality and I can’t wait to check them out in person when they’re launched next year. Here’s the press release: Read More …

COOL VIDEO ALERT: Ola Englund – METAL!!!

Turn up your speakers and check out this brutals Ola Englund video using the Seymour Duncan Distortion humbucker in his Stricty7 guitar and his Randall Satan amp.

I’ve noticed a lot of love for the Distortion lately. Kinda pondering popping one in one of my Ibanez seven-strings and riffing out. I especially like the lead tones Ola’s pulling in this video.