Belgian occult rocker WIll Z., recently released his album Dark Tales of Will Z. on Headspin Records. The album is a doozy, inspired by the psychedelic world of Syd Barrett and the doomy leanings of early Black Sabbath. Will was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule and talk to us for a gear review. Read on and watch the site for a song stream from Will in the near future!
Hailing from Indianapolis, the four-piece punk band ForeverAtLast are about to begin recording their debut for Victory Records. We checked in with guitarist Jordan Vickers and bassist Zeke Vasquez to learn about some of the gear they'll be using on the new album!
We recently grabbed some time with Donnie Cuzens, one of Spook the Horses' three guitarists, to discern just how these guys get their sweet sound!
We got some exclusive insight from guitarist extraordinaire, Zoltan Bathory, founder and one of the main songwriters of Five Finger Death Punch, into his sick new gear while he was at NAMM 2015 with Jeff Diamant of Diamond Guitars and Amplification.
We chatted with Adrien L, guitarist for the Parisian metallic hardcore/sludge quintet Cowards, to discern just how he's able to get his sound so dark!
I recently had the opportunity to speak with David Corral, the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who performs under the moniker of L.A. Calling, about his favorite piece of gear.
Dean Landry, guitarist for the New York-based hardcore/progressive metal band Tiger Flowers, spoke to me about the 1958 Gibson Les Paul Junior guitar that he uses to achieve his unique tone.
Patrick Hemer is one of the most respected guitarists in the world of hard rock. He has toured the globe, performed with many well-known artists, both on stage and in the studio, and is perhaps best known for his work with the German metal band, Horizon.
Ryan Neff, bassist for the powerhouse metal band Miss May I, recently took a moment out of his incredibly busy schedule to answer a few questions about his gear setup.
Abstracter are getting ready to unleash their new album February 10, 2015. We wanted to learn about Wound Empire's dark sound and as such talked gear with guitarist Robin Kahn.
Oakland, CA-based Dimesland released the 8-track album Psychogenic Atrophy on December 9, 2014 and it's loaded with some furiously-played abstract metal.
After premiering a brand new Sisters Of... song (see below), we decided to catch up with guitarist and bassist Chris Clark and find out a little bit more about his gear.
We checked in with Gale guitarist and vocalist, Wilson Hensleigh, who talked to us about some of his gear.
Miggs frontman and lead songwriter, Don Miggs, chats with us about his 1959 Fender Jazzmaster guitar and how it works into his band Miggs' music, and their latest single "Walls Come Down."
I recently had a moment to sit and chat with guitarist extraordinaire Andy Wood, about the gear he uses to achieve his unique and signature sound. Wood has just competed and released a new double album, Caught Between The Truth and a Lie, that contains both acoustic and electric guitar tunes. Here is how the conversation went.
Marc Lucas Ablasou is the principle songwriter and one of two guitarists for the Montreal-based band, LAE. Combining elements of post-hardcore, punk, noise, prog, indie, metal, stoner, sludge, and so on, LAE have created a unique and appealing sound that will garner them a ton of attention from the rock/metal communities. The band's latest effort, the 13-track affair titled Break The Clasp, was released on November 25, 2014 in a collaborative effort between The Compound and Battleground Records. Sample the music below and learn about some of the key gear which helped Ablasou to shape this recording's sound.
Chicago's infamous American Heritage are set to release their latest piece of murderous metal, Prolapse, on November 24th via Solar Flare Records. The band's sixth full-length is whiplash-inducing and loaded with thundering tracks all ripe with guitarist Scott Shellhamer's mad riffage, meticulously crafted and played with specific pieces of gear. Check out what Shellhammer had to say about his amps, pedals, and... farts?
Usnea recently unveiled the full details of their second full-length LP (and Relapse Records debut), Random Cosmic Violence, a four-song sonic masterpiece that was recorded and mixed by Jared "Fester" See at Haywire Studios (Stoneburner, Rabbits, Drunk Dad) and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Yob, High On Fire, Integrity). Recently we chatted with guitarist and vocalist Justin Cory who helped us to better understand how the band got their sludge-laden funeral doom sound on this new recording!
Guitarist/composer Jon Durant, of the band Burnt Belief, recently sat down to chat with me about his favorite pieces of gear. The instrumental progressive rock outfit has just completed work on their new album, Etymology, and it was released on October 21st through Alchemy Records. Here's how Jon impacted their new recording's sound.
Ghoat is a funeral director. He's also the guitarist and vocalist for the two-man metal band, Encoffination. His partner, Elektrokutioner (drums), and him released their newest album, III - Hear Me, O' Death, on October 21st, 2014. Loaded with death/doom metal, this is music that seems to literally have been birthed in the bowels of a funeral parlour. Having only played 2-3 live shows to-date, mystery surrounds the band... at least outside of the gear Ghoat likes to use. Check it out.