RadioDrone – The Truth Syndicate Diaries

Huntington Beach, California’s RadioDrone came together as a four-piece band in the beginning of 2014. Described as being “part schizoid Five Finger Death Punch on the heavy edge, part Foo Fighters rock with the commercial aspects, and part ‘hard grooves’ (Nu-Metal)” — the perfect trifecta for their particular brand of music. To top it off, a … [Read more...]

Extended Range Guitars

ERG is a term I hadn’t heard until about a year ago, which is an acronym for a fast-growing underground network of guitars with a wider sonic range than your typical six-string guitar as we know it. The ERG requires more strings and longer scale lengths than its six-string predecessor, which extends the instrument’s range into baritone guitar or … [Read more...]

Arcane Saints – In the Shade of the Juniper

Arcane Saints are one of the most exciting new rock bands to come out of Australia since Silver Chair, Electric Mary, Midnight Oil, and INXS. Their latest EP, “In the Shade of The Juniper” being released worldwide on March 21, 2015, continues the Aussie legacy of musically diverse, hard hitting rock and roll; a legacy that is safe in the hands of … [Read more...]

PreSonus Studio Live RM-series Mixers

by Gene BakerElectronic gear market technology seems to take off faster than consumers have time to absorb. Flash back to my article on PreSonus Studio Live mixers that embraced the first release of the Studio Live digital mixers. I had picked up a 24.4.2 mixer which handled larger gigs and a lot of home recording, while the 16.0.2 mixer was … [Read more...]

Gear Review: Cort Acoustic and Bass Guitars

by Bill Doty I recently had the opportunity to review an acoustic guitar and a bass guitar from Cort, and as a professional guitarist, I think they are both worthy instruments for several reasons. Cort Earth300V Acoustic GuitarThe Cort Earth300V has a solid Adirondack spruce top, mahogany back and Adirondack scalloped bracing. When I … [Read more...]

Radium Valley

Tales From the Apocalypse Radium Valley are a French industrial rock band that, with their latest album, “Tales from the Apocalypse,” has released what I am happy to call a very well-produced, interesting amalgam of songs that are not only intelligently written, but are quite melodic and original as well. From the opening notes of “Song of Rain,” … [Read more...]

FRFR Speaker Cabs

Trailblazing Atomic Amplification technology by Gene Baker Flat response, full frequency aka FRFR isn’t necessarily new technology for speaker cabs, as recording reference speakers and PA speakers have always focused on delivering flat response, full frequency sound from 20 hertz to 20 kilahertz without the speakers coloring or enhancing the … [Read more...]

Bells into Machines

Bells into Machines, an “industrial/electronic/rock alliance, is a collaboration between singer Chris Connelly and bassist/programmer Paul Barker (Ministry, Pigface, and several other Wax Trax! Records from the late 80s- early 90s), and they have been writing and recording new music together as Bells Into Machines, a project billed as an … [Read more...]