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INTERVIEW: Stone Sour’s Jim Root

Jim Root is one of the most versatile guitarists in rock. He gets to explore the darkest corners of metal – thrash, death, grind – in Slipknot, and he stretches out even further in Stone Sour. The band was formed in 1992 by future Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor – Root joined in 1995 – and... Jim Root is one of the most versatile guitarists in rock. He gets to explore the darkest corn ...

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New Joe Satriani track – Light Years Away

  Light Years Away by joesatriani First of all thank you to Mark McGuigan for spotting that Joe Satriani is not only using the excellent SoundCloud service but has posted a track from the forthcoming album “Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards” which you can check out above. As you can hear as I...   Light Years Away by joesatriani First of all thank you to Mark McGuigan for spotting that ...

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Review: MI Effects Compressor

MI Effects (sister company to MI Amplification) are boutique effects manufacturer based in Sydney, Australia and they’re effects are popular all over the world due to their range of top quality overdrive and distortion pedals such as the Tube Zone, Crunch Box and Neo Fuzz. Now MI Effects are... MI Effects (sister company to MI Amplification) are boutique effects manufacturer based in Sydney, Australia ...

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Interview: The Monkey Lord – Rob “Chappers” Chapman

I recently posted about the new collaboratively designed Chapman Guitars ML2 and I was so impressed with not only the idea of a collaboratively designed guitar but also how Rob has managed to gain such a following by the use of his YouTube channel and forum (www.monkeylord.co.uk/forum/) that I... I recently posted about the new collaboratively designed Chapman Guitars ML2 and I was so impressed with not onl ...

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REVIEW: Catalinbread Formula No.5

Catalinbread first caught my eye when I stumbled across the Ottava Magus at Pony Music a few years ago. I’ve always been into the octave thang, and the Ottava Magus has got to be one of the coolest-looking pedals ever. The Formula No. 5 is inspired by vintage tweed amps including the Fender 5E3... Catalinbread first caught my eye when I stumbled across the Ottava Magus at Pony Music a few years ago. I ...

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REVIEW: MXR Micro Flanger

The flanger is an odd little effect. It’s not the kind of thing you can leave on all the time, like a chorus or delay pedal, but used in the right place – a fill, a solo, an intro. MXR flangers have helped shape the sound of rock since the 70s. Their original M117 Flanger [...] The flanger is an odd little effect. It’s not the kind of thing you can leave on all the time, like a chorus or d ...

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Say hello to your new drummer! – DrummerTracks for AmpliTube®

Now this looks interesting, IK Multimedia and Sonic Reality have announced DrummerTracks for Amplitube which is a series of style-based full-length drum backing tracks performed by top studio drummers. Unlike loops, DrummerTracks are full song drum tracks, recorded in world-class studios by... Now this looks interesting, IK Multimedia and Sonic Reality have announced DrummerTracks for Amplitube which is a s ...

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Review: Paul Gilbert – Fuzz Universe

“This is my third guitar instrumental album. It nearly drove me crazy on many occasions. Do you hear all those notes? First I had to find them, And then I had to put them all together in the right order. It literally took me Months. What a job. But I love notes, so I’m happy to show up for... “This is my third guitar instrumental album. It nearly drove me crazy on many occasions. Do you he ...

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Rick Graham Insideout Backing Tracks now available

I recently reviewed Rick Graham’s solo album Insideout here on Guitar Noize which is a great album with incredible virtuosic guitar playing and drawing from many different styles and genres. Rick has just announced that he is now selling backing tracks for the entire album through his site <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow"... I recently reviewed Rick Graham’s solo album In ...

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INTERVIEW: Zakk Wylde

Black Label Society’s new CD, Order Of The Black, is one of the ass-kickin-est albums of Zakk Wylde’s long career of ass-kicking. Whether with Black Label, Ozzy or Pride and Glory, Zakk’s never been one to hold back a killer riff or searing lead line, but Order of the Black has really hit it out... Black Label Society’s new CD, Order Of The Black, is one of the ass-kickin-est albums ...

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