Album Release: Danny Muth – Weird Flex

Album Release: Danny Muth – Weird Flex

Danny Muth’s new release “Weird Flex” is an album of instrumental, progressive, experimental, and fingerstyle music that aims to redirect rock guitar and infuse it with elements of free jazz improvisation, post-punk rhythms, and a variety of sonic voices.

The album’s aural vision was inspired by the growing community of experimental jazz and avant-garde rock guitarists (Mike Baggetta, Nick Millevoi, Ava Mendoza, Anthony Pirog, and others), and its overall composition evokes Muth’s experience in various indie, dance, and psychedelic groups.  

On the heels of his 2020 self-titled album (labeled “dissonant…hypnotic…epic… dynamic…versatile” by Divide and Conquer), “Weird Flex” defies typical electric guitar tropes. Although laden with oversized riffs and accessible licks, the album eschews excessive technically preposterous shredding in favor of the unexpected, a nod to Muth’s penchant for fusing free-jazz values into rock foundations. The title track is a near-atonal motif that builds from a simple clean tone into a noisy cacophony of feedback and  vintage effect pedals, notably a boutique ring modulator. “Rub Some Dirt On It” is a more straightforward riff-based piece inspired by avant rock players like Vernon Reid and Chris Haskett. The third track, “Descensus ad Inferos,” showcases Muth’s finger-style ability in an alternate tuning derived from Hawai’ian slack key, augmented with spacey and surfy overdubs. “Green After Green,” is an edgy, angular instrumental reimagining of an older tune originally written for and performed by one of Muth’s earlier Sacramento-area bands, Del Mundo. It’s a short, fast ride down a six-string autobahn to a motorik beat.The final three tracks are unorthodox instrumentals arranged like jazz compositions (head, solo, head) with off-kilter melodies serving as delivery devices for fuzzed-out lead guitar warheads.

The album reflects Muth’s philosophy that rock guitar music must be adventurous, raw, and improvised. 

All instruments- 6 and 12 string electric and acoustic guitars, baritone electric guitar, bass, and drum programming- were performed by Danny Muth. 

“Weird Flex” is scheduled for release on August 24th.

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Quick Questions With Kade Storm

Quick Questions With Kade Storm

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

Many bands and artists to name. It often becomes a futile endeavour that doesn’t even accurately capture the various inspirations involved. To really nail this one, I’d say that the chaotic and aggressive atmosphere that one finds in Extreme Metal – this would be my inspiration; to capture and mould that sound to my design.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?

That’d have to be the guitar, until and unless the rig can go along with it as well, but the guitar is at the top of that list.

3. What’s your favorite album of the year so far?

Again, I’d probably be listing many great offerings that fall under the Extreme Metal umbrella, though much of my focus is still on the releases from last year. As for this year, Heathen Deity’s album that was released a brief while back was an excellent work of Black Metal.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

This would probably be a list in its own right, but if I had to pick one, I’d say Trey Azagthoth; something about his playing style and approach to the guitar has frequently resonated with my own approach, even though there are numerous differences in application.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?

Assuming that we’re talking about the guitar, though I think this could apply to any instrument, this really comes down to two words. Practice regularly. Everything else is secondary because the real challenge of being good at the instrument is developing instinctual familiarity with it, and that requires, above all, regular practice.


I’ve recently released a Black Metal LP titled Ascension, it’s Black Metal in aesthetic and thematic style, but also has some heavy Doom Metal and Death Metal elements. It’s also getting a physical CD release via Narcoleptica Productions.

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Guitarist Recovers 30-Year-Old Lost Demo And Relaunches Metal Career

Guitarist Recovers 30-Year-Old Lost Demo And Relaunches Metal Career

Today we bring you the story of David DerMinasian, the guitarist and mastermind behind Retched who recovered a lost 30-year-old demo and relaunched his career in the metal scene, delivering a true classic in present days.

Here’s the backstory: The 1980s were not very kind to DerMinasian and his band Retched, as internal disputes and ill-conceived record deals eventually brought forward the end of a band that was making a name for itself on the West Coast of the United States. Almost three decades later, the guitarist recovered a lost recording from 1988 that could have been a true heavy metal classic and decided to release it. DerMinasian comments on the EP: «The Overlord Messiah was originally recorded in 1988 and we quickly became a headliner band in our hometown of Fresno, California, as well as Hollywood. At the end of 1988, due to some misunderstandings and poor management, we called it quits. Retched had been abandoned for 28 years and I was the only one who had a copy of those recordings.»

The Overlord Messiah EP was finally released in 2016, which encouraged DerMinasian to give a second life to his project. Fast forward to 2021 and we get to see Retched relinquish its heavy metal identity and evolve into a thrash metal outfit with the new single Horrific, a lesson of survival and old-school determination. Horrific is also the title track of the band’s upcoming debut full-length, which DerMinasian hopes to release sometime in 2022. «I never saw my other bandmates again», the guitarist comments on the fate of the other musicians. «Soon after that, I quit playing professionally and just played for fun until I wrote Horrific and wanted to come back to the metal scene again.»

Horrific is available digitally on all major streaming platforms. You can listen to it below:

Guitarist Recovers 30-Year-Old Lost Demo And Relaunches Metal Career


Get in touch with us in order to set up an interview with David.

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Tremonti Unveils Music Video For Debut Single  “If Not For You” From Their Fifth Studio Album  Marching In Time

Tremonti Unveils Music Video For Debut Single “If Not For You” From Their Fifth Studio Album Marching In Time

New Solo Album By Guitarist/Songwriter Mark Tremonti Out  September 24th Via Napalm Records Now Available For Pre-Order:

On the heels of the recent announcements of their fifth studio album as well as tour dates throughout the rest of the year, Tremonti have released their music video for the debut single from Marching In Time scheduled for global release on September 24th via Napalm Records. The track “If Not For You” shows the evolution of the band’s sound in 2021 and the single is now available via all digital streaming platforms. Fans that pre-order the album digitally will receive the new single as an instant download. The music video is a frenetic, high-energy performance video that visually compliments the single that will be impacting radio this month and can be seen here:

Mark Tremonti is no stranger to storytelling. Throughout his years with top-charting bands Alter Bridge and Creed, and most recently his solo band, Mark has never strayed from his love of writing memorable songs. With the upcoming fifth album, Marching In Time, the band looks to continue this trend while exploring their love for heavy music, drawing from current events from the last year to form the basis of each song. While its predecessor, A Dying Machine, was an overall concept album seeped in darker sentiments and story, the vibe of Marching In Time is different – emerging as a charging rock/metal offering that takes the listener on 12 individual journeys. Marching In Time is now available for pre-order here:

From the driving drum beat of opener “A World Away” to the epic closer “Marching In Time,” the new album is a reflective look at the world around us today. Tremonti’s unmatched musicianship bleeds through the album, showcased on tracks like “Thrown Further,” “In One Piece” and the thought provoking “Would You Kill.” Alternatively, the band displays their softer side on pensive tracks “The Last One Of Us” and “Not Afraid to Lose.” Epic title track “Marching In Time” tells the story of a father having a child during a global pandemic and how he prepares for life during that time – something Mark Tremonti recently experienced in his own life. Marching In Time was produced longtime friend and collaborator Michael “Elvis” Baskette – the producer Mark has worked with exclusively since 2007.

The track listing for Marching In Time is:
1. A World Away
2. Now And Forever
3. If Not For You
4. Thrown Further
5. Let That Be Us
6. The Last One Of Us
7. In One Piece
8. Under The Sun
9. Not Afraid To Lose
10. Bleak
11. Would You Kill
12. Marching In Time

Marching In Time will be available in the following formats*:
-CD Digipak
-Digital Album
-2LP Gatefold Black
-2LP Gatefold Marbled White / Black + Bonus Track (Band Store Only – limited to 500)
-2LP Gatefold Sun Yellow + Bonus Track (Band Store Only – limited to 500)
-2LP Gatefold Crystal Clear + Bonus Track (Band Store Only – limited to 500)
-2LP Gatefold Pink Transparent (Napalm Mailorder Only – limited to 500)
-Die-Hard Edition: 2LP Marble Transparent Black + Guitar Pick + Print (Napalm Mailorder Only – limited to 500)
-Deluxe Box: Flag, Wristband & More! (Napalm Mailorder Only – limited to 500)
*Additional formats will be available via individual retailers.

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Review – Dan’s Guitar Store Precision Picks

Review – Dan’s Guitar Store Precision Picks

There has been a trend in recent years for handmade, thick guitar picks. I personally own a number of these picks myself so I can understand why. The thought that has gone into the designs always shines through and the increased thickness has a number of benefits. Add in the wide range of materials and there really is something for everyone.

The Precision Pick from Dan’s Guitar Store aims to bridge the gap between mass-produced and handmade picks. Continue reading →

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Two notes expand DynIR Artist Series with Phil X Virtual Cabinets

Two notes expand DynIR Artist Series with Phil X Virtual Cabinets

Two notes expand their Artist Series of DynIR Virtual Cabinets by announcing a partnership with one of the most prolific session players (Chris Cornell, Avril Lavigne, Alice Cooper, and many others) and respected musicians (lead guitar ‘Bon Jovi’ since 2011, frontman / guitarist ‘The Drills’) of modern times, Phil X.

Dynamic Impulse Responses (DynIR) are regarded as one of the most advanced yet easy to use cab sim technologies available for guitarists and can be used with Torpedo hardware, such as Captor X, or the Two notes Wall of Sound Plug-In.

The Phil X Collection captures 5 of Phil’s favorite stage and studio cabinets used throughout his incredible career in DynIR format:

  • Phil X Master of Tone – captured from an open back Magnatone® 1×8″ with a Jensen® “Special Design” speaker
  • Phil X Mars 412 – captured from a closed back Marshall® 4×12″ 1960B with Celestion® G12-75 speakers
  • Phil X MLC – captured from a MLC Custom® closed back 4×12″ with WGS® Veteran 30 speakers since 2011
  • Phil X Mars 212 – captured from a closed back Marshall® 2×12″ P.A. cabinet with Celestion® G12-65 speakers
  • Phil X Super 108 – captured from a closed back Supro® 1×8″ with a Jensen® CBR speaker

The 5 cabinets were meticulously captured with 8 studio microphones through vintage Neve® 1061 preamps at Ocean Way Studios (Nashville) and the Pop Machine (Indianapolis).The 4 DynIRs created at Ocean Way Studios were engineered by Multi-Platinum, Grammy Award winning Producer / Engineer, Ben Fowler.

Phil X
Every once in a while a technology comes around and out of the gate, I’m like NO WAY!!! I want real amps with real speakers. Then Two notes comes along with the Captor X, which has a load box for my amp and a variety of virtual cabinets with tons of parameters, that sounds great. Now that I have my very own 5 favorite cabs in the system, it’s FANTASTIC!! Oh… and I’ll be using them on tour too!


Guillaume Pille, Two notes Audio Engineering CEO

“I am excited to welcome Phil X’s personal collection to our library of DynIR virtual cabinets. People who know Phil understand that he would never settle for anything less than perfection. He loves tone, so he loves the gear that will provide that tone in any situation. Having Captor X in his studio and touring rigs wasn’t enough, he wanted his own collection of DynIRs, the trusted cabinets and microphones that have followed him for so many years. This is what the Artist Series is about: bringing to the whole Two notes community the experience of renowned musicians who devoted their lives to tone chasing.”

For further information visit 

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Quick Questions With Stone Robot

Quick Questions With Stone Robot

Out of the ashes of previous bands like Independent Idiot, Phallic Medallion, Valiant Effort, and My New Shell…a new project is born.

Amongst the 2020 chaos, these long-time friends still satisfy their need to create by virtue of a shared google drive labeled only…Stone Robot. With influences stemming from various genres like Alt-Rock, post-punk, avant-garde, metal, synth-pop, industrial, and hip-hop, the band likes to categorize themselves as a new brand of music- avant-pop. These seasoned musicians pump out content as if they wouldn’t survive without it. And now, they want to share their work with the world.

Formed out of necessity, this group of earthbound misfits were birthed by fire and an unrelenting passion to create. Even if it means they are forced to record an album remotely, and across three state lines, their insatiable thirst for an artistic outlet proves to be too great to be hindered by such petty obstacles. Their sound blends the best of raucous overdrives, dynamically mellifluous drums, crystalline-cavernous synths, and a rollercoaster of soul-piercing vocal melodies to deliver surprises of all textures in perfect timing. They don’t believe in boundaries when they write their songs. If it sounds cool, they lay it down. Genre be damned. Their debut album (available now on all platfforms), “Planned Obsolescence,” is the ultimate culmination of that very philosophy.

Quick Questions With Stone Robot

Quick Questions with Stone Robot

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

JW (guitars): Dave Murray of Iron Maiden via the influence of my childhood neighbor (and later band mate) Eric Franco. We used to listen to Maiden all the time, and when Eric started playing guitar it became inevitable that I would try to pick it up as well. I never got nearly as good as Dave, or Eric for that matter, but I’ll be damned if I don’t keep trying.

JAMessiah Rockwell: My father left his guitars within reach as a child. And he had also been custom-building a Telecaster-Les Paul hybrid with an American Chestnut body while I was in high school, that I very fortunately received as a gift when I graduated. I felt obligated to learn at that point. And for whatever reason, probably the primitive World Wide Web of MIDI and tabs in 1998, I tuned into Robert Johnson and Carlos Santana first. But in full disclosure, my earliest guitar influences were C.C. Deville of Poison and the late, great Prince Nelson Rogers. Since I struggled to sound remotely like the aforementioned greats, I got into bass guitar a quick year after picking up a six string and fell in love. Then I turned to Flea, Claypool, Bill Gould, Trevor Dunn, and all the funk, blues, jazz and soul bass players for guidance.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without? 

JW: When we were playing out a lot, I probably would have said the strap locks on my Les Paul. But since we did the whole Planned Obsolescence record remotely by trading .wav files across three states, I guess I’ll have to say I couldn’t live without my Izotope plug-ins.

JAM: Lately it’s been my Peavey Classic 20 mini tube amp. I use it for anything with strings, for live jamming and recording. But the equipment I really can’t live without are my ears, fingers, and imagination. That’s all a guitarist or bassist really needs to rock anyway.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far? 

JW: Gojira’s “Fortitude” has got to be my favorite major label release, although Royal Blood’s new one is probably a close second. Then again, since Stone Robot’s “Planned Obsolescence” was released in March of 2021, I’ll shamelessly pick that.

JAM: I shamelessly ditto JW! I fell behind the curve during the pandemic. I just recently listened to the Tomahawk’s latest release, Tonic Immobility, thanks to a reminder from my Stone Robot brethren. I think Dunn and Denison did a particularly fantastic job on this album!

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be? 

JW: I would love to learn from Ken Andrews. Not necessarily about the technical side of playing but about the art of sonic layering and music production.

JAM: It would have to be Robert Johnson for me. The intrigue of his early tragedy, mysterious sabbatical, and confident return as the most skilled blues guitarist on the earth (at the time) fascinates me. I’d like to crib from his technique, but I’d love to know what happened at the crossroads.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player? 

JW: Don’t get discouraged when you try to emulate your favorite players but fall short and plateau. You’ll progress and inevitably plateau again, but if you stick with it, you can find your sound.

JAM: I’d second J-Dub’s tips and add a little something about creation. Never count out a little idea, record your noodling and review it with a friend/musical co-creator. Me and B.Steels (Stone Robot’s lead vocalist) would create new songs together about 3 per week on average just by bouncing lyrical and musical content off each other. I feel like I progressed the most as a bass player by this partnership, but just as importantly by jamming hours on end, mostly improv, with a human drummer. Nothing can develop critical timing and feel like improv with a percussionist, whether you play guitar or bass.


You can find all of our collective work on our website at

Our debut album, “Planned Obsolescence” is available for purchase both physically and digitally on our website or just digitally on apple music: 

Or Stream us everywhere on:

or any other streaming station!

Also, if you want to see some of our music videos you can check out our youtube channel, which we continue to update, at

Then look us up on social Media:

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Guitar Icon George Lynch Releases Blazing First Single “Death By A Thousand Licks” From First-Ever Instrumental Album Seamless

Guitar Icon George Lynch Releases Blazing First Single “Death By A Thousand Licks” From First-Ever Instrumental Album Seamless

Album Now Available For Pre-Order Via Rat Pak Records

On the heels of the announcement of his first-ever full-length instrumental album Seamless, guitar icon George Lynch has released the album’s debut single “Death By A Thousand Licks.”  George opens the track with firecracker guitar licks that seem to emanate from another galaxy. With drum and bass then quickly entering the fold, George takes the listener speeding down a sonic highway full of guitar tricks and acrobatics, arguably packing more licks than the song title suggests. Fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will receive an instant download of “Death By A Thousand Licks.” Listen to George shred on “Death By A Thousand Licks” at the link here:
“‘Death By A Thousand Licks’ was the last piece I wrote for Seamless,” George Lynch explains. “I decided to do something that was maniacal and shooting from the hip, completely improvised. It isn’t really intended to be a fully developed composition but more of a vehicle for solo insanity. I think at least half of what I played is in the right key.”
Pre-order Seamless on iTunes here:
Guitar Icon George Lynch Releases Blazing First Single "Death By A Thousand Licks" From First-Ever Instrumental Album Seamless
With over 40 years playing guitar and songwriting as a professional musician, George gets to add yet another highlight to his storied career. Seamless, out on August 20th via Rat Pak Records, features nine brand new tracks and three bonus tracks from Lynch who is backed by drummer Jimmy D’Anda and bassist Eric Loiselle on the album. Seamless is produced by Lynch and is now available for pre-order in various configurations here:
From the driving guitar riff of album opener “Quiver” to the haunting outro of album closer “Falling Apart,” it is clear George Lynch was looking to explore his writing and love for the guitar. Songs like “Cola,” “Sharks With Laser Beams,” and “Supersonic Hypnotic Groove Thing” explore the various musical styles George likes to play while giving him room to experiment with new sounds alongside his signature tone. Check out the lead single “Death By A Thousand Licks” here: The album on all formats includes three bonus tracks that were added to the album after the extra tracks were presented to the label. “Blue Light Effect,” House Of Eternal Return” and “The Weight” also show the musical diversity that only George Lynch as a trio can create.
The track listing for Seamless is:
1.   Quiver
2.   Cola
3.   TJ69
4.   Death By A Thousand Licks
5.   iThink
6.   Sharks With Laser Beams
7.   Octavia
8.   Supersonic Hypnotic Groove Thing
9.   Falling Apart
10. Blue Light Effect
11. House Of Eternal Return
12. The Weight
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Nembrini Audio Launches Their Studio Grade Acoustic Voice Guitar Preamp Plugin

Nembrini Audio Launches Their Studio Grade Acoustic Voice Guitar Preamp Plugin

Create state-of-the-art acoustic soundscapes

Guitar amp plugin specialist, Nembrini Audio, is proud to launch Acoustic Voice, a preamp plugin which combines guitar and microphone simulation with studio preamp, modulation, delay and reverb controls. See the plugin in action at and hear it here.

Nembrini Audio has expertly profiled six iconic acoustic guitars and three professional mics for their new plugin, Acoustic Voice. The plugin features high quality modelling of the following classic, sought after guitars: Martin 0028ec*, Gibson L00*, Landola J80E*, Guild D140CE*, Ayers DSR* and the Taylor 814CEDLX*. Acoustic Voice also contains three tried and tested studio mics emulations with different placements based on the following mics: the Audix ADX 51*, Beyerdynamic M201* and the Shure SM57*.

The controls of the new plugin, based on the creative techniques developed by studio engineers and producers, allow guitarists to create and explore state of the art acoustic soundscapes.

Nembrini Audio Launches Their Studio Grade Acoustic Voice Guitar Preamp Plugin

Acoustic Voice’s PREAMP let users fine-tune their tone using a comprehensive range of controls which can compress input signals, progressively add distortion, mix input signal and mic’d acoustic guitar simulations, choose different pickups, adjust low frequency bass notes, boost trebles, work with or remove high and low frequencies and deal with problem frequencies.

The speed, synchronisation and intensity MODULATION controls offer users limitless opportunities to move their tone into the ultimate dimensional experience. Plus, the totally tweakable DELAY and REVERB controls combine to further assist Acoustic Voice users in the creation of acoustic music.

Talking about the Acoustic Voice plugin Igor Nembrini, founder and creator of Nembrini Audio said: ‘the plugin turns your under saddle pickup into a studio-grade, pro-sounding full body elite instrument.’

For an introductory period only, Acoustic Voice  (as an iLok-protected** AAX-, AU-, VST2-, and VST3-supporting plug-in) for MAC OS1.9 and above or Windows 7 and above, is available to purchase for only $39.00 USD (normally $99.00 USD) until 8th August 2021. The AuV3 format for iOS can be purchased for $9.99USD (normally $14.99 USD).

To find out more about Nembrini Audio’s Acoustic Voice please go to

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Quick Questions With Stonebrother

Quick Questions With Stonebrother

Zach and Ethan Smith join Leo Cox to form a hard-hitting, hard rocking group from the East Coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. Combining the raw energy of 70s punk rock with the shredding solos and thundering bass of Van Halen and Metallica with influences ranging from heavy metal, to grunge to pop, this trio is the adrenaline-fuelled head-banging shot to the serotonin boosters you’ve been looking for.

Quick Questions With Stonebrother

Quick Questions With Stonebrother

1. Who inspired you to start playing? 

(Zach) When I first started really playing my favourite guitar player was Slash, and I still think he’s amazing. I would try to take a bunch of his techniques and incorporate them into my own playing. 

(Leo) Hendrix got me started for guitar. Geddy Lee or Geezer Butler inspired me to play bass though. 

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without? 

(Zach) A tuner pedal. A musician should definitely be able to tune by ear, but if you’re planning on playing live, where there are multiple sources of noise and you can’t hear anything anyways, a tuner is absolutely essential. 

(Leo) None of it, probably surprisingly because I’m the biggest gear-head in the band. As much as I care about the equipment I use, I’m such a huge fan of “getting a sound out of anything” I don’t care about what gear I’m using if it’s in a pinch. 

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far? 

(Zach) Mammoth WVH. What a killer rock album. Wolfgang Van Halen plays all the instruments, and it’s clear he is extremely skilled at all of them. 

(Leo) The new Greta Van Fleet album, The Battle at Garden’s Gate, is pretty awesome. 

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be? 

(Zach) Paul Gilbert. One of the best guitarists ever, plus he’s actually a guitar teacher. His solos are always incredible, and I’d love to talk to him about how he comes up with such complicated but awesome riffs like ‘Green Tinted Sixties Mind’ or ‘Addicted To That Rush’.

(Leo) Jaco Pastorius. 

5. What is your number one tip for any new player? 

(Zach) Play with other people, it will help you become a better player in so many ways. You can pick up tips from different people you play with, and apply them to your own playing. 

(Leo) Stay open minded to every genre of music, but don’t ever play music you don’t want to because you think it’ll make you “better.” Play whatever genre inspires you to play, man.



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