Elixir Optiweb Guitar Strings Review

Elixir Optiweb Guitar Strings Review

Optiweb is Elixir’s latest string coating and they claim it gives the most natural sound and feel of any coated guitar string. I remember trying coated strings when they first came out and I wasn’t hugely impressed. Have Elixir nailed the recipe?

Elixir Optiweb Guitar Strings

I must admit, after my experiences with coated guitar strings in the past I was a little reluctant to try them again. I do tend to eat through strings at a pretty rapid rate though so the idea of longer lasting strings definitely appeals to me so I ordered a set of Elixir Optiweb 10-46 and fitted them to my Solar S1.6FR when they arrived.

I picked that guitar for a few of reasons. Continue reading →

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Klone Reveal First Single “Yonder” From Forthcoming Album Le Grand Voyage

Klone Reveal First Single “Yonder” From Forthcoming Album Le Grand Voyage

Introspective And Atmospheric Rock From Poitiers, France

“We want our music to resonate in the cosmos”

“You have to be possessed by something stronger and deeper”

In recent years, French atmospheric rockers Klone have built their name on making music that’s as deeply introspective as it is sonically powerful. Le Grand Voyage, the band’s first release for UK post-progressive specialists Kscope on 20th September, is an album brimming with that sense of searching and self-discovery, its 10 tracks living up to its name in unabashed no-stone-unturned existential exploration. Continue reading →

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Quick Questions With Tarah Who?

Quick Questions With Tarah Who?

Tarah Who? Well, “she” equals “they,” and “they’re” a band masterminded by grunge-punk sage Tarah Carpenter, a firebrand frontwoman who channels explosive emotionality into rousing anthems.

Tarah Who? is a power trio in every sense of the phrase, bonded together by telepathic musical interplay and profound interpersonal connections. In addition to Tarah, the three-piece band also features bassist/backing vocalist Joey Southern, and drummer/backing vocalist Coralie Hervé.
Previously, Tarah Who? has released two full-lengths, two EPs, and one single of raw punky rock n’ roll. The band’s output has garnered plaudits and earned feature-story coverage from GIG Radar, Kill The Music, La Grosse Radio, Loud Stuff, Moshville, Music Connection, Muzak, and The Ring Master, among other outlets.
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Astrosaur Announce New Album Obscuroscope / Listen To New Single Now

Astrosaur Announce New Album Obscuroscope / Listen To New Single Now

Astrosaur’s virtuous necro-nautic universe consists of equal parts instrumental rock and post-metal, studded with lavish prog, jazz, mathrock and black metal ornaments.
“The general public perceives academia and heavy metal as rivals, but Astrosaur, whose members studied at the Conservatory of Music in Kristiansand, lean toward the intellectual without sacrificing any authenticity“, Invisible Oranges said about the Oslo 3-piece. Virtuoso guitarist and main song writer Eirik Kråkenes has filled in as a session musician for Norwegian acts Leprous and Ihsahn, among many others… he is one of those people you meet at literally every European metal festival, but always with a different band. Continue reading →

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Revv Amplification Unveils New G2 Overdrive Pedal

Revv Amplification Unveils New G2 Overdrive Pedal

The new G-Series pedal is their most versatile yet

Revv Amplification’s G-Series pedals quickly gained a reputation for serious big amp tones in a small stompbox & they’re not done yet! The G2 brings the final gain channel from their boutique amplifiers, the crunchy & responsive green channel, to a pedal format. The G2 excels at everything from almost-clean to classic rock distortion. Continue reading →

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The Shaking Sensations To Release New Album On 4th October

The Shaking Sensations To Release New Album On 4th October

Copenhagen-based instrumental 5-piece The Shaking Sensations are finally back with a follow up to their critically acclaimed 2013 album Start Stop Worrying. October 4th will see the release of ‘How Are We To Fight The Blight?’ via Pelagic Records, an album that has been 6 years in the making. Continue reading →

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Donner Noise Killer Gate Pedal Review

Donner Noise Killer Gate Pedal Review

They might not be a household name but if you are looking at effects pedals on Amazon you’re likely to see Donner branded pedals popping up in the search results. Although they’re on the budget end price-wise, they usually get pretty good reviews so I decided to give their Noise Killer a try. Continue reading →

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Guitar Summit 2019 – Round Three For Europe’s Biggest Guitar Show!

Guitar Summit 2019 – Round Three For Europe’s Biggest Guitar Show!

The third Guitar Summit will take place on the weekend of the 27th to 29th of September 2019 to make Mannheiḿs Rosengarten the epicenter of the national and international guitar scene. Visitors of Europe’s biggest guitar event can look forward to more than 450 exhibiting brands and more than 100 workshops, clinics, masterclasses and concerts in 2019. Continue reading →

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ammoon American Sound Pedal Review

ammoon American Sound Pedal Review

Amp simulators have come a long way in recent years and most have a huge amount of options available within them. Sometimes, all you want is a simple solution and that’s exactly what ammoon aim to provide with their American Sound pedal.

ammoon American Sound Pedal

Whilst most amp simulators are digital, ammoon have taken a different approach with this pedal and used an analogue circuit. You’re never going to find a million different options within an analogue pedal like this but at times it definitely makes sense to use this technology instead of going digital. One of the big bonuses of this pedal is the simplicity. Continue reading →

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