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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!

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.

August Burns Red are getting ready to release their fourth studio album Leveler on SolidState Records. Having such great music and a steller live performance, guitarist Brent Rambler needs an amp head that can deliver the right sound and not break down during an intense performance. Read on as to why the Peavey 5150 Amp Head is the right piece of equipment for Brent and his killer riffs and breakdowns.

Secrettes is making a name for themselves in the Toronto music scene and have just released their self-titled debut EP. Tickling the ivories, for lack of a better phrase, is Dan Miller aka “Wolf”. Wolf recently took sometime to tell us, and you, all about his Roland JP-8000. Check out what he thinks of this crazy music box and why he uses it!

Anthony Sestito has been performing and helping to record local acts in and around Toronto and the GTA for a while now. With his knowledge of the local scene and experience as a performance artist, he’s assisted these locals to achieve success around in our surrounding area. Scroll down to check out what Anthony has to say about his favourite gear.

Sal Abruscato is a busy man. Not only was he a co-founder of Type O Negative and the drummer for Life Agony, but he’s also now the lead vocalist and guitarist for his new metal outfit, A Pale Horse Named Death. I recently caught up with Sal to discuss the key gear he uses to obtain his killer guitar sounds. Here’s how the conversation went and why Sal loves Orange Amps.