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Sometimes Goodbye Is A Second Chance

Posted in Music with tags , on April 25, 2013 by sosideways

Tuesday Throwback

Posted in Music with tags , , , on May 22, 2012 by sosideways

Turn up your speakers and spend the next 5 minutes or so head banging.

Over Now

Posted in Music with tags , on April 28, 2012 by sosideways

Thank god this week’s over.

Love this cover

Posted in Music with tags , , , on March 8, 2012 by sosideways

Solitude Aeturnus.

Proud like a god

Posted in Music with tags , , on March 7, 2012 by sosideways

Old school.

Friday Throwback

Posted in Music with tags , , on October 1, 2010 by sosideways

Today’s throwback music comes courtesy of England’s most sibling rivalry affected group, Oasis.

Kamelot’s New Single – The Great Pandemonium

Posted in Music with tags , , on September 1, 2010 by sosideways

OMG that guitar solo was amazing.

Shit the whole song was amazing.

Music Review – Design Your Universe by Epica

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , on May 10, 2010 by sosideways

I was emailed by my best friend with a song in it a few months ago, and I liked it so much that I eventually got a hold of the entire album, and was blown away by how good it was.

The songs have very catchy melodies, and to the trained musicians, there are things going on everywhere all the time, which makes for an album that gets played over, and over, and over…  Just to give you an idea, I’ve probably played this album back to back on my playlist for a couple of months now, with a few other albums cutting in maybe here and there; at the end of the day, I always end up coming back to this album.

Simone Simmons, a very well known front woman in the metal world, known for her powerful operatic vocals that cuts right through the thick and heavy metal guitars and double bass blasts from the rest of the band, did a perfect job delivering her signature style vocals on this album.

The guitar solos were amazing, and the guitar tone sounds real good on here.  I guess the main rhythm guitars’ tones were derived from using both a Mesa and a Marshall amp doubling up.  I don’t think all the songs were played through 7-string guitars, but quite a few were, which had a great heavy, tight tone to them, not sloppy and run together like some other bands that use tuned down 6-strings instead.

The songs are complex, but very listenable.  There are some prog influences here and there, but they are not prominent like on Dream Theater’s songs.

The keyboard parts are amazing, reminds me a little bit of Tuomas Holopainen from Nightwish’s style, but distinctly unique to Epica’s own music.

The album starts off with a sort of overture that leads into the 2nd song, and from there, you’re taken through a musical ride for the rest of the album.  A few of the songs on here are tied in with songs from their previous albums to form the story of “A New Age Dawns”, and one song in particular, even has some voice acting thrown in to make the story more vivid than just lyrics.

There are some political songs on here as well, but as I do not like political statements made through songs, I will not comment on them other than musically, they were awesome songs.

There were even a couple of ballads on here, which really showcases Simone’s beautiful voice.

Overall, if you’re into epic metal songs, with a little bit of operatic feel to the vocals, this album is for you.

Here’s the official video of Unleashed, the song that I was first shown by my friend through the email.

The amp

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , on October 16, 2009 by sosideways

Ok, so I’ve talked about one of my main guitars, let’s talk about the amp now.

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That would be a Mesa Boogie Single Rectifier combo amp, aka the Single Rectifier Rect-0-Verb.  This is the “Series-1″ version.

It is a 50 watt all tube amp, with built in reverb and a 12” Mesa spec’d Black Widow 90 watt speaker on it, so it gets pretty loud.

It’s got 2 channels: a clean (or rhythm) channel, and a lead channel.

The clean channel has 2 modes, clean and pushed, while the lead channel also have 2 modes, vintage and modern.

In the clean mode of the clean channel, the sound is pretty awesome, but if you have some high gain pickups, it will be tough to get a sparkling clean sound out of it.  In the pushed mode, it gives you a warm and smooth, dirty clean tone, good for blues type playing.

In the vintage mode of the lead channel, it gives you a bit more gain than the pushed mode on the clean channel, but if you want the most gain you can get out of this amp, you will have to use the modern mode.

The modern mode in the lead channel is the reason why people buy this amp, as it will give you the world renowned Mesa Boogie Rectifier distortion tone, and boy is it a glorious sound.

Another perk about this amp is that there is a “solo” boost, for when you need that extra boost in volume to cut through the rest of the band for those ripping guitar solos.  It is not a separate channel, as it retains all the tonal characteristics that you have dialed in via the separate gain, treble, mid, bass, and presence knobs of each channel, it simply just gives you an extra volume boost.

The reverb is adjusted via the back panel, where extra jacks are provided for FX loop in/out, as well as 4 ohm and 8 ohm speaker outs (2 4 ohm outs and 1 8 ohm out.  The combo speaker uses the 8 ohm out and is already hooked up from the factory).

There is also a foot switch that comes with this combo amp, with a button each for channel switching, reverb on or off, and solo boost on or off.  If you look through the back of the amp, on the cab to the left of the speaker, there is a pouch that’s there for the amp’s owner to put the foot switch in, either for storing or ease of transporting the amp.

From my experience with this amp, it is plenty loud for playing in a room by yourself as a practice amp, or simply jamming with another guitar player.  However, if you are jamming with a drummer, and you play heavy metal, this combo amp will not be able to cut through the drums without having to dial the gain back, and depending on how the tone knobs are dialed in, you might get some nasty tones out of an over worked speaker.

My advice is, if you want a killer metal tone and actually play with a full band, then at least get a Rectifier 4×12 cab to give yourself a little more headroom.  For anything else, get a 2×12 cab for the extra headroom, whether it be a Rectifier Cab or a Road King Cab, or whatever kind of cab that would suit your style better.

I will post about my Ibanez when I get it back.

Les Paul Studio

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , on October 15, 2009 by sosideways

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This is my 1993 Les Paul Studio.

IIRC it was the last year where Gibson actually made the LP Studio basically the real Les Paul with the exception of the bindings and the bling.  It has the same mahogany body and glued on neck as the real Les Paul, and it also has the more rounded neck that the older Les Pauls have, which makes it a real bargain.

I’ve put Schaller “Security Lock” strap locks on a black nylon Fender strap, but I am probably going to get another strap for this thing, as it’s quite heavy, and hurts my shoulders after having it on for like a half an hour.

The pickups on there are what came on the guitar, and same with the tuning machines.

The pick guard was removed before I got the guitar, which is fine by me because I would have taken it off too.

The strings on there are Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinky strings, .009-.046 gauge.  Basically the top 3 strings are from a set of 9 gauge, and the bottom 3 are from a 10 gauge.

Currently the guitar’s tuned to the standard E tuning.  Don’t really have any plans to detune it.

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