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  • In Memoriam: Wayne Secrest

    In Memoriam: Wayne Secrest

    Wayne Secrest, who founded the Southern rock back Confederate Railroad, has passed away. He was 68 years old. The news was shared on the band’s Facebook page. “It is with profound sorrow we announce that Wayne Secrest has passed away after a long illness,” they wrote “Wayne played bass with Confederate Railroad through the Johnny... »

  • Beetronics Introduces the Royal Jelly Overdrive/Fuzz Blender

    Beetronics Introduces the Royal Jelly Overdrive/Fuzz Blender

    Beetronics has introduced the Royal Jelly, a handmade overdrive and fuzz blender pedal that sits in their Royal series. The unit allows for running two circuits in parallel so you can blend them together or use them like two separate pedals. Two blend presets called the King and Queen give quick access to different sounds.... »

  • Xavier Foley: Irish Fantasy

    Xavier Foley: Irish Fantasy

    Xavier Foley’s virtuosity on the double bass is evident as soon as he starts playing. His amazing composition skills are often on display as well. Here’s a spellbinding performance of his original piece “Irish Fantasy” that takes you on a tour of the Emerald Isle and the bass at the same time. Check out his... »

  • Dimmu Borgir Announces New Bass Player; Tour Dates

    Dimmu Borgir Announces New Bass Player; Tour Dates

    Symphonic black metal outfit Dimmu Borgir has announced a new bass player, and it’s someone that will be familiar fans of the genre. Victor Brandt, formerly of Entombed A.D and Firespawn will be holding down the low end from now on, they stated on Facebook. ”We are very excited to have Victor become a part... »

  • Ibanez Introduces Compact Acoustic Electric Basses

    Ibanez Introduces Compact Acoustic Electric Basses

    Ibanez has launched two new compact acoustic basses with the AVNB1E and the AVNB1FE. The basses, which are fretted and fretless models respectively, feature a 634-millimeter scale with parlor shape body. “Our short-scale parlor basses offer players compact acoustic options which are better suited for small stages, make for easier trips, and do so without... »

  • Kung Fu: Caught Up

    Kung Fu: Caught Up

    Kung Fu is back with another track in their Ninja Cuts series. “Caught Up” is a track written by keyboardist Beau Sasser. “Caught Up is about your typical bad day,” he writes. “I was inspired by the movie ‘The Fifth Element,’ where the main character continually gets caught up in the drama of everyone he... »

  • Tower of Power Celebrate 50 Years with “Soul Side of Town”

    Tower of Power Celebrate 50 Years with “Soul Side of Town”

    Who knew you could be so funky for so long? Tower of Power is celebrating 50 years of making music in 2018 with a new album called Soul Side of Town. While the band’s lineup has changed up through the years, the album includes original saxophonists Emilio Castillo and Stephen “Doc” Kupka as well as... »

  • Electro-Harmonix Introduces the Oceans 11 Reverb Pedal

    Electro-Harmonix Introduces the Oceans 11 Reverb Pedal

    Electro-Harmonix has unveiled the Oceans 11, a pedal that packs in eleven reverb styles into one stompbox. Its effects are described as ranging from essential to exotic. The reverbs include hall, spring, plate, reverse, echo, tremolo, modulated, dynamic, auto-infinite, shimmer, and polyphonic styles. A mode button allows for switching between three variations of many of... »

  • Bass of the Week: Padalka Guitars Neptune Bass No. 125

    Bass of the Week: Padalka Guitars Neptune Bass No. 125

    Padalka Guitars went for something a little different on this particular build of their Neptune bass. To begin, they made it a four-string with a longer 35-inch scale and 26 frets. As with the standard Neptune model, it features a Hipshot headless tuning system. Padalka crafted the bass with a one-piece Black Limba body topped... »

  • Alkaloid Returns with “Liquid Anatomy”

    Alkaloid Returns with “Liquid Anatomy”

    Alkaloid has returned with their sophomore album, entitled Liquid Anatomy. The extreme prog metal band features a killer lineup including former Obscura members Hannes Grossmann and Christian Münzner as well as current Obscura bassist Linus Klausenitzer. Former Aborted guitarist Danny Tunker and Dark Fortress vocalist Morean fill things out. Though he’s known for his killer... »