Posts Tagged “Guitar Sound”

Swedish heavy rockers GRAND MAGUS have entered the studio to begin recording the follow-up to last year’s “The Hunt” for an early 2014 release via Nuclear Blast. The band is once again working with producer Nico Elgstrand and engineer Staffan Karlsson (ARCH ENEMY, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS) at Studio Sweetspot in Halmstad.

Commented GRAND MAGUS drummer Ludwig “Ludde” Witt: “The time has come! Warriors! Things have been quiet around here recently, you know us well enough to know that we haven’t been sitting around idly though… We have finished writing our new album and we enter the studio!!! Monday the 2 of September marks the start of our new journey. The result will be something to behold. That is a promise. You want something heavy? You’ll get it. This will be our strongest album to date.”

Added the entire band: “The MAGUS have been busy bees with an elaborate pre-production phase, meaning that we have demoed all the tracks and it certainly pays off now. The recordings proper started off this Monday and we already have some killer basic tracks brewing. We are working simultaneously on several tracks to ensure flow and proper impact. It feels like it’s going to be something extremely powerful this time… The drums are killer and with the perfect touch we’ve learned to expect from Ludwig, there will be a wall of ferocious guitars and grinding bass guitar that will shake the bowels. Among other things we worked today on ‘Holmgång’, which has a lot of riffing going on and we think the guitar sound is the best we’ve ever had on a recording. Pure power!”

“The Hunt” was released in Europe on May 25, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD’s cover artwork was created by Arik Roper (CATHEDRAL, HIGH ON FIRE, SLEEP), who also handled the art on GRAND MAGUS“Iron Will” LP.

Due to family obligations and work commitments, drummer Sebastian “Seb” Sippola left GRAND MAGUS last year.

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With her signature Gibson Explorer at hand, singer and frontwoman of the Grammy Award-winning band HALESTORM, Lzzy Hale, talked to about the origins of her distinct sound and the current pieces of her constantly evolving signal chain. Check out the clip below.

HALESTORM has issued an official music video for the song “Here’s To Us”, the latest single off the band’s 2012 sophomore album, “The Strange Case Of…”

The band recently recorded an alternate version of the track featuring guest appearances from Slash, SHINEDOWN‘s Brent Smith, ALTER BRIDGE‘s Myles Kennedy, DEVICE‘s David Draiman and others.

“Here’s To Us” was previously covered on a February 2012 episode of the hit television show “Glee”.

The song is the fourth single from “The Strange Case Of…” , following “Love Bites (So Do I)” , “I Miss The Misery” and “Freak Like Me”. HALESTORM won the Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance in February for the chart-topping “Love Bites (So Do I)” .

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Former NIGHTWISH singer Anette Olzon has praised the new solo effort from her NIGHTWISH predecessor, Tarja Turunen, calling it “[Tarja‘s] best album so far.”

In an August 24 posting on her official blog, Anette wrote: “I am sitting listening to a great album together with my morning coffee and the album is Tarja‘s new album, ‘Colours In The Dark’. I can say that if you like Tarja, go and get this album on August 30th. It’s really her best album so far, even if I like them all, but she has definitely found her own style and this album is really great! I especially like the beautiful choirs and her voice is just perfect in all the songs and the guitar sound is great!”

Turunen was fired from NIGHTWISH at the end of the band’s 2005 tour by being presented with an open letter which was published on the NIGHTWISH web site at the same time. In the letter, the other members of NIGHTWISH wrote: “To you, unfortunately, business, money, and things that have nothing to do with emotions have become much more important.”

When a female fan commented on Anette‘s blog posting by saying that she was proud of Olzon for writing about Tarja “so beautifully considering [the] circumstances [under which Anette] became NIGHTWISH‘s new vocalist,” Anette repied, “I have never ever had anything against Tarja and have her albums at home. What the men in NIGHTWISH do and did has never been supported by me.”

Olzon abruptly left NIGHTWISH last September in the middle of the band’s North American tour. She has since been replaced on the road by former AFTER FOREVER and current REVAMP singer Floor Jansen.

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“Exotic Guitar” is a new loop library option for adding a live guitar sound to a variety of genres.

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Ghost, featuring some Nameless Ghouls.

Before Glasgow’s Bleed From Within are set to play on the Pepsi Max stage, a surprisingly modest-sized crowd has gathered in the tent – but when Scott Kennedy and co start making their brutal racket more and more people rush to join in the headbanging. And so they should. The young lads have three albums under their belt already, the latest being this year’s ‘Uprising’, and possess energy and raw talent in spades. Their relentlessly aggro sound and ribcage-rattling low end might be a bit much for some still nursing a hangover, but if all you want to do is mosh, you could do worse than check these guys out.

Over on the Zippo Encore stage, the Nameless Ghouls of the enigmatic Swedish band Ghost emerge under cloudy skies to the strains of their latest album’s title track, Infestissumam, before being joined by frontman Papa Emeritus II and segueing into Per Aspera Ad Inferi. As with Graveyard whose muddy, retro guitar sound got a little bit lost out in the open earlier today, there’s a similar risk that Ghost’s relatively thin, stripped-back tunes will do the same; however, they are saved by their impressively sized audience who’ve clearly had a flick through their old GCSE Latin textbooks in order to chant along the words. It’s a shame that they don’t have enough time to play more songs of their excellent sophomore effort like Secular Haze or the expansive, proggy Ghuleh/Zombie Queen, but they stick to the firm live favourites like Prime Mover and Ritual to get everyone moving. Papa E is as oddly charming and charismatic as he is mysterious, but unfortunately has taken to speaking in a fake-ass Italian accent in between songs and making vaguely flamboyant hand gestures as part of his Satanic cardinal act. Still, it doesn’t detract from the fun, and when they end their set with Monstrance Clock, to which the audience sings the refrain of ‘Come together/together as one…’ as the clouds finally part and the sun comes out, we’re all wanting more, completely under the spell of Ghost.

Catherine Morris

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Of all the bands to come out of the recent wave of Scandinavian retro rock, Sweden’s Graveyard are one that have stuck around, proving they’re not just a fad and coming out with the killer album Lights Out last year. Today, despite the decent-sized crowd they’ve attracted, it seems that the Zippo Stage may not be the best place for them as the murky guitar sound gets a bit lost outdoors – the Pepsi Max tent would have been a far more suitable setting for their hazy, atmospheric rock ‘n’ roll. Regardless, songs like the mellowed-out Slow Motion Countdown travel well across a sea of Download punters lazing on the (miraculously, rather dry) grass and nodding their heads, beers in hand – perfect background noise, but in an indoor setting it could have been so much more.

“You either love us or hate us,” says Hacktivist’s Timfy James when the band hit the Pepsi Max stage in the afternoon. Judging by the sheer amount of people headbanging in the tent to every song, the Download audience loves Hacktivist. While the ‘rap metal’ label may evoke the image of whiny backwards-baseball-capped white boys and cause diehard metallers to shudder, Hacktivist’s sound is more like a mix of UK grime and technical metal, with everything from screams to melodic clean vocals to the fast and furious rapping of J Hurley. It’s heavy, aggressive, progressive, with scathing lyrics – what’s not to love? While filming the whole set, the boys even cover Jay-Z and Kanye West, giving them a metal-over, and who else could pull that off without getting bottled? Nicely done, lads.

Catherine Morris


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Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie has released a video for his track Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown – check it out below.

It’s taken from upcoming album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, due out on April 22.

Zombie recently explained: “I wanted it to be just different. We really went out of our way with the sounds – every song has a very different guitar sound, drum sound, just everything. The actual sound becomes very important.

“After all these years you want to still try to feel that you can break through new, creative areas in your own mind, and that’s really what we’re just trying to do.”


01. Teenage Nosferatu Pussy
02. Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown
03. Revelation Revolution
04. Theme For The Rat Vendor
05. Gong Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga
06. Rock And Roll (In A Black Hole)
07. Behold! The Pretty Filthy Creatures
08. White Trash Freaks
09. We’re An American Band
11. The Girl Who Loved The Monsters
12. Trade In Your Guns For A Coffin

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The Edge and his brother Dick had built their own guitar that they would take turns playing. It took a while for The Edge to develop what is now the classic U2 guitar sound.

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Imagem Music USA (IMU) has signed a worldwide, multi-year administration agreement with songwriter and MÖTLEY CRÜE member Mick Mars, whose signature guitar sound has become a staple of American rock music.

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Farmer’s Mill is the first in the world guitar pedal to let you take the control over the infinite musical potential of the broken sound idea.

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