U.K’.s Guitarist magazine video demo with Guthrie Govan on his Charvel prototype guitar already has more than 17,000 views.
The new prototype has custom pickups in an H/S/H configuration made by Michael Frank-Braun, who designed the pickups on Eric Johnson’s Fender signature Stratocaster.
“I just told him I want a certain kind of honesty in the pickups,” Govan told Guitarist. “I want them to reflect all the different ways you can hit a note, which is the opposite of the flattering pickup. I want the pickup to hear every subtlety, even if it’s a mistake, and also transmit the natural sound of the wood. They’re not ultra-high output.”
Enjoy the clip and stay tuned for the April issue of Guitarist for more details about this prototype.
Boston hardcore band Ice Nine Kills’ recently-released EP The Predator reached No. 9 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and No. 38 on the Independent label chart with first week sales of 1,476 copies.
The Predator EP was only available digitally and through their MerchNow store, and was funded by the band’s recently fulfilled Kickstarter campaign, which raised more than double their initial $10,000 goal (500 backers contributed $21,258 total funds). Additionally, The Predator was No. 15 on the iTunes rock chart and was Revolver Magazine’s album of the week.
“Our incredibly loyal fans continue to impress us in every way possible. From literally funding this recording to landing us on the charts, they have yet to let us down,” vocalist Spencer Charnas said in a statement. ”We cannot thank them enough for their unwavering support.” (more…)
By the conclusion of Gojira’s epic set at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre, the French metallers offered up another example as to why they should be included in the conversation of the world’s heaviest bands.
On the heels of their strong 2012 album is L’Enfant Sauvage, Gojira played a set that drew from their entire catalog and had the pit going full-blast.
A sold out crowd greeted the band when the guys walked out on stage one by one. Frontman Joe Duplantier houted “Are you alive!?” That question elicited a throaty roar over the feedback coming from the band’s huge amp stacks.
Having dropped L’Enfant Sauvage earlier this year, French metal mavens Gojira have been furiously touring around the world, and the band captured the feel of their brutal live show with their latest mucis video for “Explosia.”
The clip was filmed live on Aug. 14 at the Studio at Webster Hall in New York City. (more…)