Lead guitarist Geoff Willingham of Rebel Emergency took the time to tell me about his love for his VOX AC30 and blue Celestion speakers! He was enthusiastic about the shows that he’s played with this amp, and how he’s never faced difficulties in sound. The capacity of sound that this amp holds is immense, and is worth the weight of the equipment (it’s quite heavy). Geoff expressed a strong distaste for modern models of Vox Amplifiers and says that he’s disappointed in their quality in comparison to the 1960’s model. Geoff is devoted to his amp and hopes to use it for as long as possible before it gives out!
Last Call Chernobyl recently released their debut D5R album, Drowning Beneath the Sound Of Change. I also recently asked LCC’s bassist Jason Szeto about his Jim Dunlop MXR D.I.+. Read on to find out about this great piece of equipment and how it affects LCC’s signature sound.
The Agonist drummer Simon McKay has been busy in the studio working on a follow up album to Lullabies For The Dormant Mind and getting ready for some heavy touring. I recently met up with him in Oshawa, Ontario to ask him about his 22 inch Paiste Reflector Bell Ride. Read on to find out why this cymbal helps to define Simon’s sound and can be expected on the upcoming album.
Toronto’s Fatality is helping to bring you some straight up thrash metal, old school! Sexy dancers help amp up their high energy show, but to achieve the sound he needs, guitarist Eytan Gordon thanks his Mesa Boogie Mark V amp head. Check out what he has to say about it.
I recently had a chance to speak with Les Hall, guitarist of the hard rock band Crossfade. The South Carolina based band have just released their latest disc, We All Bleed, and Hall was kind enough to take a moment to speak with me about that one special piece of gear.
Ontario natives, Uplift, have been working their asses off the past few years to bring their brand of positive hardcore to you. Recently guitarist Sam Checchia revealed what piece of equipment he feels helps him bring the energy and crunch behind his riffs. Check out what he had to say.
Guitarist Danny Lapetina recently joined the band In Alcatraz 1962 to help them support their newly released Dream EP. At a recent show I hung out with Danny and the band beside their van and decided to ask Danny a few questions about his Peavey 6506+ Amp Head that he uses for his live shows. Read on as to why this one piece of gear is so important to his sound.
Recently I sat down with A Clever Con guitarist Ryan Marsa to discuss that one piece of gear he uses to obtain his signature sound. These New Jersey rockers play a contagious brand of music that is guaranteed to grab your attention and get you on your feet. Here’s what Marsa had to say about his amplifier.
As I Lay Dying graced the great white north this past weekend for both the Heavy T.O and Heavy MTL festivals. AILD guitarist Phil Sgrosso sat down with me to talk gear and more specifically, what guitars he’s into currently. Though Phil’s accustomed to changing his axes, at the moment he’s rocking PRS. Here’s how the chat went.
Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Rodrigo Hidalgo, guitarist for the Brazilian progressive metal band, MindFlow. The group has toured the world and has released four full-length albums, including their newest, With Bare Hands. Here’s what Hidalgo had to say about the equipment he uses to gain his signature sound.
If you’re in the Montreal metal scene, or at least most places in Eastern Canada, you’ve probably met or are friends with “Big James” Arsenian of Endast. Though most people may think that vocalists may not have an in-depth opinion of the gear they use, James had some interesting things to tell us about his Shure 55SH Series II microphone. Check it out!
Guitarist Jaeson Bardoni has been super-busy touring in support of the latest Arsonists Get All The Girls album Motherland. Recently I hung out with him in Oshawa, Ontario and asked about his Framus Cobra Head. Read on to find out why Jaeson loves this piece of gear and how it helps create the band’s sound.
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Ben Jaeger, guitarist and singer with the Wisconsin based rock band Sunspot. The group definitely has a unique sound that I feel sets them apart from others in the genre and Jaeger was more than happy to speak with me about how he achieves it. Here is what he had to say about his Fender Toronado with P-90 pickups.
I recently caught up with Anders Johansson, drummer of the Swedish power metal band Fullforce to discuss his favorite piece of gear. I feel the band has a unique ability to create fantastic, complex melodies along with really good, high-energy melodic metal that is worth checking out. Here’s what Johansson had to say about his Tama Starphonic snare drum.