[Cover] Synlakross – Colony (In Flames)

I enjoy looking for cool covers by metal bands and cool covers of metal songs. Beginning today I will try to share some of the things that I did come across.

The first cover in the series takes us back almost 20 years, to “Colony” by In Flames. The video below features Synlakross, a melodic death metal band from Spain, covering the title track “Colony” of that very album. The cover version is very true to the original, but it has a refreshing brighter and clearer sound that I enjoy very much. 

[Pedals: Distortion] Rock Fabrik Effects Mind Abuse

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Mind Abuse is a high gain distortion pedal manufactured by the Turkish effects builder Rock Fabrik Effects. According to the manufacturer the pedal is “designed to create high gain distortion tones with very low noise level […] for every hard rock and extreme metal music genre”.

Rockfabrik Effects Mind Abuse

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Devin Townsend Project – Deadhead

While I was aware of Devin Townsend and Strapping Young Lad I didn’t really listen to any albums. Recently some older Devin Townsend videos from EMGtv appared in my youtube timeline (“Kingdom“, “More“). After skipping through these clips I finally started listening to a few more songs. Some of these I skipped fairly soon, others I listend to a bit longer. This one I kept returning to, I find that dark wall of sound rather enjoyable.

[New Album] Divine Ascension – Liberator (2014)

Artist:             Divine Ascension (Australia) 
Album:              Liberator (2014) 
Genre:              Progressive Metal / Power Metal
Similar Artists:    -
Official Website:   divine-ascension.com / Facebook

Ususally I’m fairly impatient when listening to new albums. This was one of the rare occasions where I recognized that I was well into track 4 or 5 and hadn’t touched any buttons yet.

Divine Ascension is a female fronted metal band from Australia. Genre wise I would classify the music as power metal with strong progressive influences, but nothing overly complex. The vocal style is different from most modern female fronted metal that comes to my mind. I’d say it’s more or less a traditional singing style which I think is a refreshing departure from operatic or growling feale voices.

The album “Liberator” is the second album recorded by the band. It includes 11 tracks with no real disappointment. My biggest gripe with the album is that I believe that the vocals could be a little bit wider and more up front in the mix, if that makes any sense.

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It’s been a while…

What started as a few weeks off ended up becoming a several months long hiatus. In the mean time I got another job and moved to another city. Now that I have settled in a bit, a couple of days ago I felt it was time to mark the occasion with some new gear. So I went and took home two blondes:

Fender American Professional Strat and Victory V40H “The Duchess”

  • The Stratocaster is a current model of the Fender American Professional series. With the three single coils and maple fretboard it’s good company to my black Double Fat Strat.
  • The Victory V40H is a pretty straightforward amplifier. It features a single channel with lots of clean headroom, a serial effects loop and a builtin digital reverb. It’s a great platform for pedals and effects, but also sounds nice on it’s own.

I’ve prepared some bits and pieces in the background, so I expect to get back into a regular posting schedule now. Topics will still be guitars, effects, music but also what I have learned from playing around with all that gear throughout the years.

Real Life and more Concerts

The so called “real life” is quite a bitch right now. My job is currently overwhelming me with work. While “more work” is usually good, it also means that my work life takes up more than expected of the 24 hours I have available on a regular day. To make things worse, I had to postpone my summer vacation until mid-September.

Today I walked by an ad for an upcoming show featuring “Dirkschneider” and “Doro” and thig lightened up my mood. This evening I went on a ticket shopping spree and ended up with the following shows I’m going to see in the next couple of months:

  • Dirkschneider” and “Doro“: I’ve grown up listening to Accept (feat. Udo Dirkschneider) and Warlock (Doro) back in the 1980s. I haven’t seen Mr. Dirkschneider live since Accepts “Objection Overruled” tour in the early 1990s. The last Doro concert I have seen was just few years ago and it was quite an event.
  • Paradise Lost“: This is the band that got me started on Gothic or Death Metal. This is actually going to be the first time that I will actually see them live.
  • Arch Enemy“: I am a big fan of this band and I have been to one of their concerts earlier this year. That was quite an amzing lineup (“The Haunted” / “Lacuna Coil” / “Arch Enemy”) and a great performance.
  • W.A.S.P.“: This is going to be another “first time”. W.A.S.P. is one of the bands that did grow on me in the last 10+ years. On this tour they are going to perform the full “Crimson Idol” album as well as a set of other classics.
  • The Iron Maidens“: I like Iron Maiden, I like good cover bands and I like boobs. So here we go. Sorry, couldn’t resist. 😉
  • Manowar“:Is this the first “farewell” tour Manowar is doing? I’m not sure, but I’m not going to miss this chance to see them live for the first time

Pedal Board 2.1-ish

Last year I started building pedal board with guitar effects (Pedal Board 1.0). That evolved quickly and I had to move to a larger board (Pedal Board 2.0). It all started because at that time I was moving away from software simulated amplification to a real tube amplifier. While in a digital workflow there is a convenient way to add different effects with a click of the button, in a “real world” signal chain a new devices have to be added.

Work in Progress

Once I got started I was quickly intrigued by the vast range of all the different effects available. It didn’t take long until I developed serious G.A.S. resulting in a growing pile of pedals to mess around with.

At the moment I am trying to build a new pedal board based on the larger PedalTrain that I used for the Pedal Board 2.0. Below is an overwie of the current status if the board and my thoughts of the effects included. Continue reading