For years now the industrial metal act Klank has been pounding out molten metal and deeply infectious grooves. Their music splices the mosh pit with the dance hall and really packs a punch. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with drummer Eric Wilkins to discuss the gear he uses to obtain and maintain the grooving beat that is the backbone of the band's sound.
Luc Hess has been drumming in The Ocean for a short time now. Recently I got the chance to sit down with him in Toronto and ask about his Meinl Byzance traditional ride cymbal. Luc unfortunately wasn't able to bring this cymbal overseas, but he did tell us about this wonder baby of his. Read on to find out how Luc is able to use this cymbal to create the sounds heard on The Ocean's work.
As the originators of guitarcore, it's no surprise that LoNero take their guitar sounds and tones seriously. The band has been hard at work in the studio putting the finishing touches on their newest release J.F.L. which is due in stores on May 24th. Recently we were able to catch up with lead guitarist Bill Lonero recently to ask him some questions about his equipment and the gear behind his signature sound.
Guitarist and vocalist Masaki Murashita of the Arizona based metal band Hemoptysis spoke with me recently about that one piece of gear he uses to obtain his signature sound. Hemoptysis has been creating quite a buzz in the business as of late, based mostly on their hard work ethic and monster metal sound. Here's what Masaki had to say about his favorite piece of gear - his Providence cables.
Job For A Cowboy have been dominating the deathmetal/core scene for the past few years, during which they've been on some of the biggest tours imaginable, playing in support of their album Ruination (which reached number 42 on The Billboard 200 chart). Also, they just recorded their newest EP Gloom on which drummer Jon "The Charn" Rice had to ensure he had the perfect gear to get that "right" sound. Read on to find out why the Yamaha Mike Bordin Signature Snare Drum is Jon's go-to piece of gear.
Since 1989 the Swedish death metal band Vomitory has been punishing their listeners with a vicious and brutal metallic assault. In order to obtain the bands trademark sound drummer Tobias Gustafsson uses a Pearl Free Floating Brass 5”x14" snare drum. Here's what Gustafsson had to say about his special piece of gear.
Nixon Cutz is the sole guitarist for rock band Mary And The Black Lamb. As such, he's had to make sure he always uses the right guitar in order to create a strong, sharp and rich sound. Read this gear review to see why the Epiphone Guitar cried out to him as the one to get the job done.
Sean Mackin, violinist and vocalist for the pop punk/alternative rock band Yellowcard, recently took some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions for PureGrainAudio about his favorite piece of gear, his violin. Whether on tour or in the studio, this is the gear that helps Sean obtain that sweet, Yellowcard sound.
Friends With The Enemy guitarist Stu Petrie is a hard-working Australian axeman known for his sweet punk rock licks. As a punk musician, Stu strives for that perfection of distorted and clear sound. Read on to see why he the 120 Watt Peavey JSX amp head is what he needs to get the job done.
The beats provided by Jean-Jacques Tartaglia, aka JJ, have been a major part in providing a distinguishable sound for the hip hop-tinged metal act, Final Trigger. JJ recently took the time to talk about his favourite piece of gear, his Ahead TC drumsticks. Check it out!
If you're looking for a hardcore band with poppy choruses and super-heavy riffs, look no further than Dancing With Paris. The band achieves their heavy tones with the help of some 8-string guitars; check out what guitarist Andrew Wilson had to say about his Ibanez RG2228 Prestige 8-String axe.
Randell Stringer's band King Cobra are calling it quits, but they're going out with a band, playing Barrie, ON one last time. To aid with this show, the string section are going to be using their Emperor Guitar Cabs to blow the roof of the poor venue. Read on to find out how this cab will accomplish King Cobra's aforementioned sound goal.
Guitarist and producer Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal spoke with me recently about that one piece of gear he uses to obtain his signature sound. Ron is a very versatile musician and the list of people he's played with reads like a veritable who’s who in the rock/metal world. As the current guitarist for Guns N’ Roses and his solo project, Bumblefoot, Ron relies on his gear to get the job done. Here's what he had to say about his Vigier Fretless guitar.
Canadian rockers, Inner City Elegance, are beginning to make a name for themselves throughout the industry. Providing the bass lines for these up-and-comers is Justin Parsons and his Fender Jazz Bass. Check out what he thinks of his weapon of choice in the gear review below.
Mike Marsh brings the 'rock' for the Canadian alternative rock band Isle Of Thieves. As a lead guitarist he needs to make sure the guitar is easy to play so he can jump around and also sound great. Read the review on why his Les Paul Studio is that right six string. "He needs 6 good strings to carry his sound, down the isle of the venue!"
Jeannie Saiz, guitarist and vocalist for the stoner/sludge metal band Shroud Eater, chatted with me recently about that one piece of gear she relies on to obtain the band's trademark raw, fuzzy sound. Here's what she had to say about her Ampeg V4.
Christian Donaldson is known both as a producer or musician throughout the metal scene. As a musician, he loves his guitar riffs heavy as f*ck, but how do you achieve such a sound? Check out Christian's review of his custom Guerilla Guitar.
Though Ivy Vujic is not an original member, since 2007 she's been providing the bass lines for Canadian heavy metal act, Kittie. According to Ivy, she has her Warwick Corvette $$ to thank for her sound. Check out her review of the bass guitar below and if you haven't already, check out this all female quartet.
"Diamond" Jim Greer is no stranger to the recording studio. As part of the Rondo Brothers duo, he's been involved with over 70 records to date. He was the lead writer on Galactic's "Heart of Steel", sung by Irma Thomas and listed by NY Times' as one of the "Top Ten Songs of 2010". Other notable projects to which he has contributed include: Yoko Ono, Tipsy, Dr. Octagon, New York Dolls, and more. With this much experience it goes without saying that Jim would have certain gear to help him achieve his trademark sound.