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GIG REVIEW: City of Fire/Soulfly

Billboard Melbourne, Australia September 8, 2010 City of Fire – a spin-off of Byron Stroud’s classic late 80s/early 90s thrash band Caustic Thought – put in a rawer rendition of their high-tech metal sound than that found on their debut self-titled CD. While the album boasts hi-fi production and... Billboard Melbourne, Australia September 8, 2010 City of Fire – a spin-off of Byron Stroud’s classic late 80s/ ...

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NEWS: Why Jimi Hendrix made Joe Satriani quit football

Check out my first feature article for Gibson.com. I interviewed Joe Satriani last week (and that interview will be online here on I Heart Guitar on October 8) but I also took the opportunity to ask Satch about the influence of Jimi Hendrix on his music. Here’s an excerpt: September 18, 1970 was... Check out my first feature article for Gibson.com. I interviewed Joe Satriani last week (and that interv ...

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CD REVIEW: Barry Cleveland – Hologramatron

MoonJune Records I’m not entirely sure what a Hologramatron is (although it’d make a great name for a Transformer) but if this album by Barry Cleveland is any indication, it’s surely got something to do with vastly different views of a single point – the single point being Cleveland’s musical... MoonJune Records I’m not entirely sure what a Hologramatron is (although it ...

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COOL GEAR ALERT: Waves C6 Multiband Compressor

Ooooooooooooh. Pretty. For years, the C4 has been a favorite of studio engineers the world over, and in live sound, it’s quickly become a must-have for FOH and monitor professionals as well. To create the C6, we took the tried-and-true functions of the C4, and added two additional floating bands... Ooooooooooooh. Pretty. For years, the C4 has been a favorite of studio engineers the world over, and in live s ...

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NEWS: Dunlop, James Hetfield collaborate on Black Fang picks

After getting my ass kicked eight ways from Sunday by the live Metallica juggernaut last week (with extra lashings of ass-kicking by Fear Factory, I might add), this is quite timely news. Jim Dunlop and James Hetfield have conspired to create the Black Fang pick. Looks like just the thing you’ll... After getting my ass kicked eight ways from Sunday by the live Metallica juggernaut last week (with extr ...

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REVIEW: DR Strings DDT set

DR’s new DDT strings boast special technology designed to enhance their stability at low tunings. The first thing I noticed about these strings, even before I put them on, was that they didn’t feel like regular strings – that is to say, they didn’t have that ‘unfurl from the packaging and whip... DR’s new DDT strings boast special technology designed to enhance their stability at low tunings. The firs ...

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Today’s news on Gibson.com – Reznor, Biffy Clyro, Chad Smith, Tony MacApline

Hey folks! Here are the news items I wrote for Gibson Lifestyle today! Trent Reznor releases free music http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/News/the-social-network-0920/ God and Satan meet in new Biffy Clyro single http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/News/biffy-clyro-0920/ Chad Smith’s... Hey folks! Here are the news items I wrote for Gibson Lifestyle today! Trent Reznor releases free music http://www.g ...

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The Top 10 Best Musical Notes In The History Of The Universe, Ever

10. C 9. Eb 8. G 7. Another G but, like, higher up on the neck 6. B 5. A 4. C# 3. D 2. E 1. F# That’s right, F#. Is your mind blown by my controversial choice for #1? Did I shake up your buttoned-down, F-natural-lovin’ little narrow-minded world? Well suck it, monkeys. [...] 10. C 9. Eb 8. G 7. Another G but, like, higher up on the neck 6. B 5. A 4. C# 3. D 2. E 1. F# That’s right, F#. Is ...

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NEWS: New Joe Matera track, and Geisha/Dragon double bill

My buddy Joe Matera has a new acoustic track out now called Travellin’ West. It’s a bluesier affair than his last release, Starry Night, and you can buy it on iTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/travellin-west/id391984396 Here’s the press release: Travellin’ West is the brand new... My buddy Joe Matera has a new acoustic track out now called Travellin’ West. It’s a bluesier affair than his last re ...

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COOL VIDEO ALERT: Tool’s guitar & bass techs

Here are some very insightful backstage rig tour videos from the chaps who look after Tool’s gear, guitar tech Chris Leahey and bass tech Chris Schyler, courtesy of Jim Dunlop. Check out the DunlopTV YouTube channel here. Here are some very insightful backstage rig tour videos from the chaps who look after Tool’s gear, guitar tech Chris Leahey and bass tech Chris Schyler, courtesy of Jim Dunlop. ...

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