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Psychojet

Contrasting players set to soar above the instrumental masses Instrumental rock is constantly building in popularity, but without lyrics, one of the key differentiators between good and bad instrumentals is whether it tells a story. Songs need a narrative, a sense of direction, purpose and structure. Fortunately, Northern Irish post-rockers Psychojet have one hell of … Continue reading

Max Bergen

From humble bass beginnings to eight-string success No matter how a player’s style may change and develop, you can tell a lot about a guitarist’s playing from his origins on the instrument. Max Bergen is one such example. He’s a passionate ambassador of the eight-string guitar, not to mention rhythm over technicality for the sake … Continue reading

Ryan Bruce (fluff191) and Black Metal Bicycle

Meticulous metal axeman gives gear demos a be-spoke twist Over the past few years, YouTube gear demos have become a bit of a big deal, regularly attracting thousands of views. But, while they’re a fantastic resource, these demos have a tendency to showcase the stifled creativity of the demonstrators – there are only so many … Continue reading

Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin

It’s been five years in the making, but Led Zeppelin’s 2007 O2 Arena gig is finally seeing a CD/DVD/Blu-Ray release in the form of Celebration Day. This is exciting news, since anyone who was there (myself included) will tell you that the band were on phenomenal form. Guitarist Jimmy Page, in particular, was certainly playing … Continue reading

Clifton Carr and Grievances

Carving metal with an axe after giving up the sticks Not just content with writing a veritable arsenal of punishingly groove-heavy hardcore riffs, metal axeman Clifton Carr also managed to find his way into his favourite local band, Grievances from Warner Robins, Georgia, USA. “Grievances were around for six months or so and did a … Continue reading

Steev Livingstone, Simon Ward and Errors

Last week, I went to see bright young electro-rock upstarts Errors and thoroughly enjoyed it (as indicated in my review of the evening), not least because of the exquisite guitar tones interspersing some incredibly animated synths. Me being the guitar nerd I am, I took a few photos of guitarists Steev Livingston and Simon Ward and their … Continue reading

Stephen Carpenter and Deftones

Since November 2008, Deftones bassist Chi Cheng has been in a coma but earlier this month came a progress report: Chi is now able to lift his leg on request, demonstrating his ability to understand requests and an increase in brain function. It’s incredible that, over three years on, support is still pouring in via … Continue reading

James Whitehead

So far, EDGG has only featured those gritty, dirty, penny-pinching “songwriting in bands” guitarists. But let us not ignore the session players, who, although playing with the stars of tomorrow, have enough pressures of their own. Sure, they may play less of a hand in composition, but they’re expected to come up with the goods, … Continue reading

EDGG’s 2012 NAMM Show Highlights

It’s the time of season which gear nerds have been positively salivating over: the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show. Every year, these fine purveyors of musical goods congregate to populate one gigantic Californian warehouse with gear porn of the highest, and latest, calibre. EDGG wasn’t there (we can only dream) but we did … Continue reading

Alex Kokawski and Church of Wolves

Church: a place of community, spiritual worship and WOLVES?!? Get ready for a whole new kind of religious education as North Carolina’s finest sledgehammer you in the face with an unholy trinity of groove-laden sludge, heavyweight rhythms and inebriating structures at the hands of Church of Wolves and axe-wielder Alex Kokawski. “I want to punch … Continue reading

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