PRESS RELEASE: Last night at the Revolver Golden Gods Awardsheld at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles,SLAYER surprised the capacity crowd with an unannounced performance, kicking off the show with a three-song set that included the global premiere of “Implode,” the band’s first new studio recording in five years. Recorded earlier this month at Henson Studios in Los Angeles and produced by Terry Date and co-produced by Greg Fidelman, “Implode” is now available as a free download as a “thank you” to the band’s fans for their continued support. Or, as Kerry King put it, “you have been waiting for us, now we are delivering for you.” Registered members of SLAYER’s fan club were sent an email right around midnight giving them the link to the song and a chance to hear it before it was made public. “Implode” can now be downloaded at www.slayer.net.
Later this year, the two-time Grammy-winningSLAYER will begin recording a new album, tentatively set for an early 2015 release date. The album will make SLAYER history as it will be released on Nuclear Blast Records through the band’s own label imprint, closing out a 28-year relationship with Rick Rubin and American Recordings. No name for the imprint has been decided on yet.
“Rick has played a huge role in our career, we’ve made some great albums with him,” saidSLAYER’s Tom Araya. “But today is a new day, record companies don’t play the kind of role they once did, and we really like the idea of going out on our own, connecting directly with our fans, and Nuclear Blast is fired up about taking on that challenge with us.”
All future recordings on the band’s label imprint will be released worldwide exclusively throughNuclear Blast.
“I was a teenage rebel when ‘Show No Mercy’came out,” said Markus Staiger, owner ofNuclear Blast, “and I identified with that record. It was the most extreme, aggressive thing at the time. They were then and still are the most brutal metal band on the planet! I really cannot express how proud I am that we are able to work with SLAYER to join theNuclear Blast family. We are ready for that next record and, I’m sure it will go into metal history!”
Added Nuclear Blast label manager Gerardo Martinez, “The prospect of helping SLAYER take a leading role in the creative process surrounding their releases, projects and other cross-promotional opportunities is the ultimate honor for me, a metalhead who grew up in Los Angeles listening to SLAYER. Nowhere in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that Nuclear Blast would be making history alongside one of the best bands in metal.”
SLAYER - Tom Araya/vocals, bass, Kerry King/guitar, drummer Paul Bostaph, and Gary Holt who continues to stand in for the band’s founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman - will spend the next few months on the road touring major North American and European festivals as well as headlining dates, sharing the stages withMetallica, Iron Maiden and more (see below), but is expected to be back in the studio in the fall to record the rest of the new album.
Stay connected to www.slayer.net for all the updates.
The Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot wrote that the five-time-nominated, two-time Grammy winning SLAYER is “one of the great American rock bands of the last 30 years, forget about genre.” Their membership in “The Big Four” – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax – the four bands that defined the thrash/metal genre – secures their place in music history. Indeed, few bands come close to matching the intensity that Slayer brings to its live shows, having been named “Best Live Band” by numerous media outlets including Revolver, SPIN, and Metal Hammer. With songs that mirror the turmoil and aberrations of our society – God’s terrifying global genocide, the chaos of our broken political system, chemical warfare, the hideous minds of serial killers, and the way-too-close proximity of world horrors that technology has brought us - SLAYER remains crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the Mainstream.
ABOUT NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS:
Independently owned for 27 years and counting, Nuclear Blast Records is synonymous with the worldwide advancement of heavy metal, extreme music, and hard rock. Founded in Donzdorf, Germany in 1987 by Markus Staiger, Nuclear Blast boasts a roster of over 100 bands representing eighteen countries.
Another video from the Kanengiser-Tennant concert at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon, January 31, 2014. Bryan Johanson was in the audience.
Guthrie Govan recently filmed a demo of the Ditto X2 Looper from TC Electronics using his new signature Charvel guitar.
The Aristocrats axeman wasted no time in creating an amazing loop that built and built for just over two minutes.
Watch Govan in action after the jump.
Sad news, after 47 years one of the most innovative Acoustic Guitar companies until recent years, Ovation Guitars, is closing its factory in the western Connecticut Hills, USA.
The New Hartford factory’s owner, Fender Musical Instruments Corp. of Scottsdale, Ariz., is ceasing U.S. production of Ovation guitars and notified employees Tuesday that production at the factory will end by June, according to a report by the Republican-American of Waterbury.
In 1966 Charlie Kaman created a guitar that combined modern and traditional materials from carbon fiber and Lyrachord® to the finest select woods to create innovative and visually striking guitar designs. Since then artists all over the world have used Ovation guitars on recordings and live. My first memory of spotting an Ovation guitar was seeing Richie Sambora playing, I think, a triple neck (6, 12 and mandolin??) when I saw Bon Jovi back in the early 90′s.
The company is citing “current market conditions and insufficient volume levels.” Factory workers are calling it the end of an iconic American brand.
When you’re talking about a digital piece of gear that replicates a classic of the past, the true test is in how successfully it convinces those who are used to the old-school analog version. When it comes to the Roland RE-20 Space Echo, Monster Magnet’s Dave Wyndorf is convinced: “Roland has a digital Space Echo, which sounds like it would be ridiculous, but they did it,” he said back in 2009. “They actually made it sound really, really awesome.”
Released in 1973, the Roland RE-201 Space Echo is one of the most revered effects ever: it’s an analog delay and reverb unit which records incoming audio to a loop of magnetic tape. This tape passes over several playback heads before it gets erased by the next package of audio. It’s known for its wide range of settings, including the ability to adjust tape speed, repeat pattern (via an 11-position rotary switch), and it’s able to process one instruments and two mics. You can further sculpt the effected sound with bass and treble EQ controls, and there are even dedicated dry and effected output jacks. It’s a great-sounding unit, but there are of course a few drawbacks. For starters, because it uses a loose jumble of magnetic tape which simply sits inside the unit, you’ll eventually have to replace the tape loop. And of course it’s long out of production, so if anything goes wrong with your vintage Space Echo you’re in for a pretty stressful search for parts. Even so, the Space Echo is used and revered by players like Brian Setzer – who uses it for snapback rockabilly sounds – and Radiohead, who exploit its more spacey, experimental tones.
To satisfy the demand for Space Echo tones but with modern convenience, Roland offers the BOSS RE-20 Space Echo, a digital recreation of the venerable old green box. BOSS has long held off from simply jumping on the retro bandwagon, choosing instead to focus on new designs rather than revisit old ones. When they dip back into their history for a piece of gear you know that there’s a sonic reason for it as well as a practical one: the sound may have survived the decades but the mechanics might not have. So with the RE-20, BOSS have gone to extreme lengths to incorporate everything that’s great about the original, but with enhancements that make it more flexible for modern use. And like any good modern recreation of a piece of old gear, it replicates the more unpredictable nature of the vintage design, modelling the tape flutter and magnetic sound head saturation. There’s more control too, with a tap input pedal for setting your tempo (and a cool visual indicator that sort of looks like a cross between a smiley face and a cylon, letting you know where your tempo is at).
There’s an expression pedal input for controlling parameters such as Repeat Rate, Intensity and more, and there are 12 modes including four ‘Repeat’ settings, one ‘Reverb Only’ mode and seven ‘Reverb/Echo’ settings. Each progressive setting gives you a slightly more extreme variation of each effect, and you’ll find that it’s great for everything from gentle Devin Townsend-like atmospherics underneath a clean tone, to utterly outlandish experimental freak-outs. The reverb has a particularly haunting texture, that mysterious ’beamed into the future from the distant past’ vibe that seems to characterise a lot of late 60s/early 70s psychedelia. And the echo textures are always warm and funky, never cold and clinical.
This isn’t necessarily the delay pedal to use when you want to get super-clear, hi-fidelity recreations of your original note. Rather it’s the one you want to reach for when the song requires something distinctive and characterful, whether it’s for a subtle background shimmer or an utterly in-your-face trip into outer space.
Here’s a video of me flipping through various sounds of the Space Echo in various musical contexts. Hope ya dig it!
The folks over at Reverb.com have put together a run-down of their favourite reverb pedals, after doing a similar article about delay pedals a while ago. There are some obvious (i.e.: classic) choices and some surprising ones as well. From the article: “Given our name, it was only a matter of time before we pulled together our top reverb picks. Styles and technologies have evolved, but going back to the wall-of-sound of the ’60s and the gated snares of the ’80s, reverb has found its way into virtually all forms of popular music. Today, musicians have more reverb tools than ever to explore. Here are some of our favorites.” Go check it out!
“We’ve been creating amp-modelling gear for over 12 years now and you have GOT to hear it to believe us when we say: this is the best one yet – AmpliTube Orange is a real-time mobile Orange amplifier and effects studio featuring digital models of 5 classic and modern Orange guitar amplifiers and one Orange bass amplifier. Each amp and cab model has been meticulously recreated, both visually and in sound to deliver spot-on Orange tone any time, everywhere.”
Prize package #1, $1400 in value:
- Tiny Terror amp head: The original Lunchbox amplifier, Value: $599.99
- AmpliTube Orange for iPhone/iPod touch or AmpliTube Orange for iPad real-time mobile Orange Amps and Effects, Value: $14.99 each
- AmpliTube Orange: The official Orange amp & cab collection for Mac/PC, Value: $99.99
- iLoud: The first studio-quality portable speaker designed for musicians and audiophiles, Value: $299.99
- iLoud Travel Bag: The gig bag for iLoud, Value: $39.99
- iRig HD: High-quality digital guitar interface for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac, Value: $99.99
- iRig BlueBoard: Bluetooth MIDI pedalboard for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac, Value: $99.99
- iRig: Guitar & instrument interface adapter for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, Value: $39.99
- iLine: Mobile music cable kit, Value: $59.99
- Book of Orange: A book about the history of Orange Amplification, Value: $49.99
Secondary Prize Package, over $800 in total value:
- AmpliTube Orange for iPhone/iPod touch or iPad
- AmpliTube Orange for Mac/PC
- iLoud Travel Bag
- iRig HD
- iRig BlueBoard
- Book of Orange
The “Tiny Terror” is an amp for both the studio and the stage; the original “Lunchbox” amp with more than 30,000 units sold. All valve, 15-watt portable guitar head. Featuring a unique two stage preamp which has a massive tonal range using just three controls. When driven, this little amp has almost as much gain as most four stage lead channels! The Tiny Terror puts a lot of high-priced, boutique amps to shame with its clean crunch to full on overdrive sounds. At mid gain settings this valve head has masses of vintage British character; the Tiny Terror has been built to the same rugged specification as the bigger Orange amps and its portability makes it perfect for gigging around town or rehearsing. The Tiny Terror switches from 15 to 7 watts for studio use and recording.
For a chance to win, please visit the IK website entry page. Entries will be accepted no later than April 30, 2014, midnight EST. Winners will randomly be selected on May 2, 2014 and IK Multimedia will notify the winner via email.
For more information about AmpliTube Orange, please visit: www.ikmultimedia.com/orange
For more information about IK’s range of interfaces and accessories for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac/PC, please visitwww.ikmultimedia.com/interfaces
I’ve featured a few of Gig’s carved guitars over the years, I like how he always has a theme for each guitar, in this case Little Red Riding Hood. The guitar is a Warmoth mahogany Strat body with an oil finish.
It seems funny to think that Ibanez - now a high prestige guitar manufacturer - were once just yet another Japanese brand churning out "copy" guitars. Here we see Ibanez copy a British manufacturer with this 1960s-era Ibanez Model 5902 Bass which appears to be an amalgam of several Burns designs, although it is particularly Bison-like in the horns. Quite who "Goldentone" were supposed to be, I couldn't say. It's probably just another random brand name that the Japanese factory thought would look impressive. Note the headstock with its 3+1 tuner layout - yet ANOTHER design pre-dating Music Man but that doesn't stop Ernie Ball thinking it's their intellectual property.
Currently listed on eBay UK with a starting bid of £400 and a Buy It Now price of £599.
G L Wilson
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By: Rob Cavuoto
Disciples of the Christian rock band Stryper congregated in full force on Saturday April 12th to Stage 48 in New York to hear the gospel of rock!
This was a rescheduled show from early February when the northeast was hit with just one of many apocalyptic storms and the band had to cancel.
On this warm April evening, Armageddon was looming inside rather than outside. A wall of amps lined the alter of worship to anoint the band’s fans with their unique brand of hard driving commercial metal, with a spiritual message, a style of music that they have waved the flag for almost 30 years.
A giant plasma screen above the band flashed their logo along with the psalm; Isaiah 53:5 – “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed”.
In the pulpit was one of rock’s most charismatic and energetic frontman; Michael Sweet on vocals and guitar, Oz Fox on second guitar, Tim Gaines on bass, and Robert Sweet on drums.
The band took the stage and crushed the audience with a 90 minutes set, performing all of their classics like “Calling You”, “Soldiers Under Command”, “To Hell with the Devil”, as well as new songs off of their latest CD like the title track “No More Hell to Pay”, as well as “Legacy” and “Marching into Battle”.
I’m not sure who was having more fun, the band or the crowd.
No matter where you stood in the venue the sound was balanced and well controlled. Stryper sound fantastic. The mix was perfect and you could hear every instrument and vocal, even through Michael initially had some feedback issues in his ear piece, that wasn’t very noticeable. The band tossed guitar picks and Bibles to the crowd, played a cover of Kiss’s “Shout it Out Loud” and even Richard Christie of the Howard Stern Show / Iced Earth hopped on stage to play drums for “Sing-Along Song”.
Stryper’s musical skills after all these years of touring and recording are simply epic. The guys know how to play and they know how to play and stick together. They’re one of the few bands still around with all their founding members. They are as rock solid and tight a band as you will ever hear.
Michael is a powerhouse vocalist with tremendous range and his guitar playing is equally impressive. Oz Fox kept a dangerous look on his face as he assaulted his silver and black striped custom made GMW guitar. All eyes were transfixed on Michael and Oz when they dueled it out on their axes, showcasing their fire and brimstone shredding abilities. Many guitarists in the crowd were left scratching their heads wondering whether they should have been at home practicing, instead of at the show.
By the end of the night the crowd was delirious between Michael’s surging vocals and Robert’s thunderous drumming. What lacked in stage lighting or visual effects was more than made up with pure energy. It was raw and unbridled.
The band played like the veterans that they are. They played like they still cared about the music and thrived on their live performance. Styrper gifted their fans with exceptional musicianship and a performance that was both fun and inspirational for all.
PRESS RELEASE: To celebrate 40 years of crafting exceptional guitars, Taylor Guitars has teamed with Ultimate Ears, the leader in custom in-ear monitors used by musicians around the globe, to offer one lucky fan the chance of a lifetime: to build their own custom Taylor guitar at the Taylor Guitars factory in Southern California, matched with special edition custom in-ear monitors from Ultimate Ears, adorned with ebony wood supplied by Taylor. The winner of the Ultimate Custom Taylor Sweepstakes and a guest will experience the intricacies of Taylor’s guitar-building processes through an exclusive behind-the-scenes factory tour, work with Taylor’s custom guitar experts to select wood for their custom guitar, and enjoy a meet-and-greet with company co-founder Bob Taylor.
The sweepstakes prize package also includes roundtrip airfare and accommodations in San Diego, Taylor and Ultimate Ears merchandise, and a visit to Ultimate Ears in Irvine, Calif. One runner-up will receive a pack of Ultimate Ears 900s Noise-Isolating Earphones and a prize pack featuring Taylor Guitars and Ultimate Ears merchandise.
Now through June 10, fans can enter-to-win by visiting the Taylor Guitars website atwww.taylorguitars.com/promotions/ultimate-taylor. For a complete list of rules and regulations, please visit www.taylorguitars.com/promotions/ultimate-taylor
From the latest Mike Keneally ‘Keneallist’ email: It’s me. Hey! I’m pleased as peanut to present the vital details for the Keneally-Bendian-Lunn May 2014 Tour. Dates and all info are below. We shall build boldly upon lessons learned and visions glimpsed. We will leave no stone unturned in providing you good people with a stupidly memorable musical experience. I’m dag excited to have the opportunity to explore with Gregg and Doug over a series of gigs lasting a couple of weeks. I know things are going to get nuts out there, in a good way.
As always, our ability to do tours such as these in the future rests squarely on the success of tours such as these in the present… if you were inclined to spread the word about these tour dates, our arrows of gratitude will fly in your name.
We shall speak more of things soon!
Many o’thank ye,
Keneally-Bendian-Lunn May 2014 U.S. Tour
Thursday, May 15
2106 8th Ave S.
Nashville, TN 37204
Friday, May 16
Firebird (The Demo)
2706 Olive Ave
St. Louis, MO 63103
Saturday, May 17
Reggie’s (Music Joint)
2105 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60616
Sunday, May 18
996 South Indiana 135
Greenwood, IN 46134
Tuesday, May 20
2507 Summit St.
Columbus, OH 43202
Thursday, May 22
2903 Whittington Ave #C
Baltimore, MD 21230
Friday, May 23
1100 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Saturday, May 24
The Cutting Room
44 East 32nd Street
(between Park Ave and Madison Ave)
New York, NY 10016
$15 tix advance, $20 at the door
Sunday, May 25
242 Pettit Ave.
Bellmore, NY 11710
Monday, May 26
Roxy & Dukes
745 Bound Brook Rd.
Dunellen, NJ 08812
$27 advance tix, $35 at the door
Tuesday, May 27
The Middle East (upstairs)
472-480 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Wednesday, May 28
291 Tinker Street (Route 212)
Woodstock, NY 12498
Friday, May 30
The Empty Glass
410 Elizabeth St.
Charleston, WV 25311
Sunday, May 31
Arts on Main Pavilion
201 E Main St.
Scottsville, KY 42164
From Pledgemusic: Throughout 2013, Gay Paris toured The Last Good Party like it was a religious experience – lives were changed, memories were made and lost and the world will never be the same. In the aftermath of their self-aggrandising Odyssey, the band regrouped, poured drinks and got back to doing what they’re best at (arguably after getting the party started): writing songs. Gay Paris are hitting the studio for album number three – and this time, it’s international. Everyone’s favourite party boys will be heading to San Francisco to revisit their work/drink relationship with super-producer Sam Pura on his home turf – Panda Studios. Whilst the guys have promised that “they’re all heavy songs”, the new writing direction will see our brave heroes reaching into Pandora’s box and leaving no intimate untouched. Things are going to get weird.
“Hail Satan!” was what W.H and Slim were screaming at each and every show in 2013, and now, as they kick back in the riff factory under the stern tutelage of Blacktooth and sage cadence of Six Guns, they’re still screaming…. that’s right, it’s time to get spiritual. As you already know, Gay Paris believe that nothing comes to the pure at heart and they’re about to get down and dirty in the pursuit of your sweet, sweet soul. Everything has a price, music, t-shirts, pub crawls and dignity: and it all gotta go – even one of Blacktooth’s ensorcelled guitars, blessed by Satan himself!
Be involved!! It’s as simple as that, and it has never been easier to grab a smile from the future: Faustian pacts just got sexy! Pre-order a download, CD or vinyl and know that there will be no grim future wherein The Last Good Party was taken far too literally. Need to look cooler or just want shirt to wear until you pop that top? Hook yourself up with a limited edition T-shirt and get a sweet poster and sticker as part of the deal: mark your territory. Hey, Gay Paris have style to spread around.
Want more? Great – Gay Paris want to give it to you. Feeling adventurous? Gay Paris will be organising a wide range of recreational activities guaranteed to expand your mind – Dungeons and Dragons with Slim and W.H, a BBQ and Pub Crawl with the whole band, house party and club DJ sets, – Hell, the band will take you on fucking tour with them: will you drink cheap wine with W.H or the actual rider with the other three fancy boys? Life is so much better at the bottom of the barrel.
Not brave enough to tour with these notorious party dudes? Cool, read about the inspiration for their adventures in W.H’s lyric book (unedited and unauthorised!) or grab Golden Tickets that will get you into any gig for a year….. and yes, once again, the idiot-savant front-man is putting his body on the line and will get a tattoo of your choice. Be tasteful, or don’t. It’s only your soul at stake.
I shot this with my iPhone this afternoon, and after several takes I got what I was after.
Now, if I could only make time to practice on a regular basis, I might do this guitar justice.
It really is a fine guitar-good separation and evenness of notes, a wonderful singing voice - this is the kind of guitar that makes you want to practice on a daily basis.
This guitar received a wonderful reception from Alex Komodore, guitar professor at Metropolitan State University, Denver, Colorado; Warren Haskell, guitar educator and former director of the guitar program at California State University, Chico; and the members of the Boulder Guitar Society, Boulder, Colorado.
Here are some photographs of the guitar.
If you would like any information about this guitar, or others that you see in the side bar on the right side of my blog, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESS RELEASE: Mastodon has unveiled a brand new song “High Road” from their forthcoming album, ONCE MORE ‘ROUND THE SUN, produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Alice In Chains, Deftones). Go to: www.mastodonrocks.com to listen now. Mastodon band members had this to say about the new song: “I wrote that on a day off while we were on tour in Luxembourg. I was sitting in this rainy city on a Sunday, and nothing was open. I felt like I needed to write something to reflect how I was feeling. I started banging on a guitar. I was thinking Neurosis and The Melvins low-tuned with a little more pop sensibility for the chorus.” – Bill Kelliher
“You can headbang to that one for days. I love the simplicity of it. Lyrically, it’s an angry number where you want to see someone destroyed. It’s heavy-handed in that sense, but it’s the fantasy I felt at the time.” – Brann Dailor
More information to be revealed soon. Keep an eye on www.mastodonrocks.com
I have a Patrick Eggle Berlin, I wish Rory had played mine because this limited edition Patrick Eggle Berlin Legend just sold at auction for $42,000! Gallagher’s guitar was number 30 of a limited edition of 150 JS Berlin Legend guitars built by the British guitar company. Rory’s guitar had the initials RG on the 12th fret.
Of course this guitar was not the guitar Rory was really known for, that would be a 1961 Fender Stratocaster that I believe is still owned by the Gallagher family, maybe by Donal? Imagine how much that would fetch at auction!
Here is the Rory Gallagher Patrick Eggle Berlin Legend being demonstrated by the auctioneers:
And of course if you want a 1994 Patrick Eggle Berlin I’ll sell you mine for $32,000
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Although there has been an unofficial ENGL Powerball called the German Gain model in the IK Multimedia Amplitube Custom Shop for some time it is now an officially licensed ENGL Model along with the ES650 which can create classic rock to high gain tones.
Here is my demo of the German Gain model but using a 3rd party cabinet emulator: http://youtu.be/02QOJpp8NKY, as you can hear it is a bit of a beast!
For more info check out http://ikmultimedia.com.
Guitarz before, but I have a soft spot for 1960s Italian-made guitars and basses and always enjoy a bass design that owes very little to Fender's Precision or Jazz Bass. Their short scale and very thin, almost parallel along the length, necks don't make basses like this play anything like a contemporary instrument. Personally I wouldn't think a bass like this would be perform particularly well for live work, unless you're trying to play a crazy fuzz bass lead part or something. I'm not denying its coolness factor; as a former vintage Eko bass owner I will readily admit that for recording there are some very interesting tones to be had, but generally speaking I'd say this was one for the collectors.
Currently listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of US $495.
G L Wilson
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