gear review


Marc Lucas Ablasou is the principle songwriter and one of two guitarists for the Montreal-based band, LAE. Combining elements of post-hardcore, punk, noise, prog, indie, metal, stoner, sludge, and so on, LAE have created a unique and appealing sound that will garner them a ton of attention from the rock/metal communities. The band’s latest effort, the 13-track affair titled Break The Clasp, was released on November 25, 2014 in a collaborative effort between The Compound and Battleground Records. Sample the music below and learn about some of the key gear which helped Ablasou to shape this recording’s sound.

Chicago’s infamous American Heritage are set to release their latest piece of murderous metal, Prolapse, on November 24th via Solar Flare Records. The band’s sixth full-length is whiplash-inducing and loaded with thundering tracks all ripe with guitarist Scott Shellhamer’s mad riffage, meticulously crafted and played with specific pieces of gear. Check out what Shellhammer had to say about his amps, pedals, and… farts?

Usnea recently unveiled the full details of their second full-length LP (and Relapse Records debut), Random Cosmic Violence, a four-song sonic masterpiece that was recorded and mixed by Jared “Fester” See at Haywire Studios (Stoneburner, Rabbits, Drunk Dad) and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Yob, High On Fire, Integrity). Recently we chatted with guitarist and vocalist Justin Cory who helped us to better understand how the band got their sludge-laden funeral doom sound on this new recording!

Ghoat is a funeral director. He’s also the guitarist and vocalist for the two-man metal band, Encoffination. His partner, Elektrokutioner (drums), and him released their newest album, III – Hear Me, O’ Death, on October 21st, 2014. Loaded with death/doom metal, this is music that seems to literally have been birthed in the bowels of a funeral parlour. Having only played 2-3 live shows to-date, mystery surrounds the band… at least outside of the gear Ghoat likes to use. Check it out.

The Grayces are a three-piece rock band from Nashville, Tennessee who, on October 14, 2014, released their latest full-length album titled, Westing. Featuring 12 gritty, Southern-tinged rock songs, the new recording demonstrates members Iz Stone (vocals, guitar), Patrick Ward (bass), and Chas Cantrell (drums), hitting their stride and laying down some memorable music. We recently chatted gear with the entire band, check it out!

Rabbits… cuddly woodland creatures or loud, ear-piercing rockers from Portland, OR? Technically both are accurate, but we only really care about the latter. This pulverising trio of metal/punk/hardcore/noise musicians released their latest offering, Untoward, on August 12, 2014. The 6-song album was tracked live to tape in Portland at Type Foundry and is balls-out loud. So as to get a better idea where these noisemakers get their sound, we spoke with vocalist and guitarist Joshua Hughes (ex-VSS, Angel Hair) about some of his gear.