Audio Assault is giving away Grind Machine II metal amp simulation until July 13th

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Here’s a great giveaway for all you metalheads: Audio Assault is giving away its metal amp simulation Grind Machine II. But only till tomorrow (July 13th), so be quick! Grind Machine II free for a short time Audio Assault recently released its new Grind Machine II, a derivative of its “legendary Tone Monster.” This beast packs a […]

Mercuriall Audio MT-A: A free Boss Metal Zone MT-2 plugin emulation

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Mercuriall Audio make some absolutely fantastic plug-in emulations of classic guitar gear. This time the firm has chosen to tackle the classic Boss Metal Zone MT-2 pedal. The new Metal Area MT-A is – hold on to your hats – a free download! Mercuriall Audio Metal Area MT-A   The Boss MT-2 is a bit of […]

Can you smash Yngwie’s “unbreakable” guitar? It’s up for auction!

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Last month I wrote an article about a guitar that was supposed to be ‘unbreakable’. Its maker, Swedish industrial manufacturer Sandvik, was so proud of its resilience that they challenged Yngwie Malmsteen to smash it – and he failed. Now the guitar is up for auction. Could you break it? Own it and find out. Smash-Proof […]

Watch Yngwie Malmsteen try to break the world’s first smash-proof guitar!

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Swedish industrial manufacturer Sandvik says it has made the world’s first smash-proof guitar! To test it, they got Yngwie Malmsteen to try and smash the hell out of it. Did he manage? Check out the video below. Sandvik smash-proof guitar This 3D printed guitar is made from titanium and stainless steel and was designed to […]

Matt Heafy and Richter launch the Double Strap on April 1st – turns out its legit!

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German company Richter Straps and Matt Heafy of Trivium chose April 1st to launch a new double guitar strap. Everyone thought it was a huge joke at first. Turns out, this is for real! You can now order one for your favourite ‘boat anchor’ guitar! Richter Matt Heafy Double Strap Matt Heafy has collaborated with […]

Joyo O.M.B – A One Man Band with looper and drum pattern generator!

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Joyo’s war on TC and other brands at the cheaper end of the pedal market continues unabated! The company has just announced its new O.M.B pedal, a versatile looper aimed at the aspiring one-person bands among you – or those looking to jam or find a new way to work out new song ideas.  Joyo […]

AtomoSynth Asterion: a chunky modular synthesizer with an enormous patch bay

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On first inspection you’re fooled into thinking this is a regular sort of desktop and Eurorack compatible synthesizer. Nope, this thing is huge! All those patch points – they are 1/4″ jacks. None of your piddling 3.5mm Eurorack cables here. Asterion is a full-on modular analogue synthesizer with no internal connections that you need to […]

Roland’s AX-Edge keytar with custom blades couldn’t be more metal

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In a sort of back-to-the-80’s and yet futuristic lurch into the world of big hair and loud guitars Roland introduces the AX-Edge. It’s a scythe-shaped keytar with a swappable blade for cutting through on those synth solos. AX-Edge Equals parts nuts and awesome this is the coolest thing I’ve seen in ages. I mean any normal […]

Solar Guitars adds eight new cool models to their lineup

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Solar Guitars is Ola Englund’s foray into his own guitar company and it is one that has many guitarists attention, as Ola has a great reputation. His guitar designs look contemporary, well made and built to high standards. Now they have added eight new models to the lineup for 2018. Solar Guitars Ola Englund built […]

Swedish Death Metal guitar sound explained – Ola England and a Boss HM-2

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Ola Englund has taken time to show the world via his YouTube channel the distinct voice of Swedish Death Metal. The ubiquitous Boss HM-2 pedal, that ’80s black and orange distortion pedal the rest of the world forgot, but Sweden embraced. Boss HM-2 It is true, that back in the 1980s the Boss HM-2 was […]