INTERVIEW: Steve Morse

Among progressive rock fans Flying Colors has gotta be the ultimate supergroup. It features ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, Spock’s Beard keyboard wiz Neal Morse, vocalist Casey McPherson (Alpha Rev) and Dixie Dregs legends Steve Morse (guitar) and Dave LaRue (bass). The band’s first album was released in 2012 to much critical acclaim, The follow-up, Second Nature, has just hit the streets and it finds the band pushing their sound further into each direction, from the Muse-like modern prog of single “Mask Machine” to the 12-minute epic “Cosmic Symphony.”  Read More …

Flying Colors – Second Nature

PRESS RELEASE: Mascot Label Group and Flying Colors have announced a September 29 release date in Australia for the band’s SECOND NATURE album via the Music Theories label, part of the Mascot Label Group. The critics were united in acknowledging the eponymously titled debut album from Flying Colors as among the most fascinating releases of 2012. The UK’s Classic Rock magazine hailed the band’s debut as “fearless”, praising its “Journey- sized choruses” and referencing artists as diverse as The Beatles, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Doors, Muse and even Frank Sinatra. Read More …

New Deep Purple Album With Aussie Bonus Track

Deep PurpleDeep Purple will release their new album NOW What?! here in Australia on May 24, and the Aussie release will feature a bonus track in the form of a live versino of Highway Star. Ah but that’s not all! The digipack version of the album will include a bonus DVD with special audio content including the single All The Time In The World in an alternative radio mix, plus live versions of Perfect Strangers and Rapture Of The Deep. The album was produced by Bob Ezrin, who was already super-cool for producing The Wall but gained extra Cool Points by dressing up like a member of Jane’s Addiction when he produced Strays (it’s on the bonus DVD that came with that album). Read More …

REVIEW: TC Electronic Flashback X4 Delay & Looper

TC Electronic’s TonePrint line of effects ignited a revolution in the way guitarists approach stopboxes. These compact but powerful little pedals give you all sorts of effect parameters which you can set by yourself, but they also reserve a separate memory slot for you to load presets designed by some of the greats, who have access to even more parameter control than the pedals themselves let you tweak. You can beam these presets to your pedal via an iPhone or with a USB cable, and sound like your favourite artist. The Flashback Delay is a very versatile little pedal with six seconds of delay time, multiple delay types and a handy toggle switch for varying between quarter, 16th or dotted 8th notes, but it’s a little too simplified for those with complex delay needs. Enter the new Flashback X4.

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Guitar Center: TC Electronic Flashback X4 Delay & Looper


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