Radium Valley

Tales From the ApocalypseRadium 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 technologyby 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...]

ToonTrack/EZ Drummer 2

NEWS FLASH! EZD2 makes drummers scared and recording gurus CHEER!EZdrummer is gaining a lot of attention with their recent release of EZdrummer 2. Many of today’s more popular drum machines to software utilize more actual sampled phrases and beats instead of the traditional drum note sampling. This allows for the average user to create more … [Read more...]

The Fractal Axe FX II XL

Unlocking Sonic Boundaries AND MOREThe past year has been all about reducing size. I've been eliminating larger amplifiers and 4x12 cabs from weekly gigs while also striving to improve on tone delivery and flexibility in a smaller package.  The quest for the Holy Grail of Tone is never ending, some make it rather simple where others its a much … [Read more...]

Blacklist Union – Til Death Do Us Part

by Brian McKinnyBlacklist Union isn’t really a band so much as it is whatever singer Tony West decides it is. With two previous CDs in the can, and his latest project, “Til Death Do Us Part” just released, Tony has concocted an interesting mix of musicians to round out the roster for this current incarnation of Blacklist Union. The new CD … [Read more...]


Sprung Monkey is an alternative/nu-metal band from San Diego, my own hometown. I grew up there, and have nothing but fond memories of it. I mean, who wouldn’t want to grow up in San Diego? The beaches, the weather, the music, the women … All those things come together to paint a picture of the best place in the world to grow up in.When I think … [Read more...]

Line 6

The King of Virtual Rigsby Gene Baker, editorLine 6 is an interesting company that I feel deserves some attention for a variety of guitarists’ needs. Granted fads come and go, and Line6 came on strong when rack systems were dying miserably. The company knew it needed something new and unique, hence the bean-shaped POD family of amp modeling … [Read more...]


by Brian McKinnyEMPHATIC is a band from – of all the places – Omaha, Nebraska. When one thinks of new rock music and its origins, one doesn’t naturally think of Omaha as a burgeoning hotbed of new rock bands or artists that aren’t country bands or singers. The name Omaha conjures up visions of stockyards full of beef cattle and millions of … [Read more...]