Author: Joseph Dipisa-Fiorenza

Live Gig Review: Steve Hackett, 170 Russell, Melbourne, 6th August 2017

“An intimate night of service to the fans, the perfect end to Steve Hackett’s three show run in Melbourne.” Compared to Steve Hackett’s show the night before, the atmosphere was completely different in the dimly lit 170 Russell. The air was relaxed and the audience filing in down the stairs had the look of people who are seeing the legendary guitarist for the third time in two days. Once the lights go down Steve makes his way onto the stage, backed by the same musicians as the rest of the tour; Nad Sylvan, Roger King, Rob Townsend, Nick Beggs...

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LIVE REVIEW: Steve Hackett, Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia, 5 August 2017

The air in the Palais Theatre is palpably electrified as fans of progressive rock begin to take their seats on the night of the 5th of August. When the lights go down at 8:30 the charged atmosphere explodes into applause as the legendary musician Steve Hackett makes his way onto stage for the first time ever in Melbourne, his golden guitar suspended in front of him and dazzling the audience’s eyes as the light gleams off it. Accompanying him for the first set of his solo material are Roger King on keyboards, Nick Beggs on bass, Rob Townsend on sax,...

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“I never thought that we’d still be a band and doing successful shows, ten years down the road”- An Interview with Haken’s Ross Jennings

A little bit over a month ago, we here at OVERDRIVE were given the chance to chat with Diego Tejeida of mighty progressive metal band Haken, and very recently struck gold again and Ross Jennings who handles all of Haken’s vocals was gracious enough to sit down and receive a call from me. Ever the humble man, we discuss what he was up to before it came to interview time and he informs me that he was preparing merchandise for the upcoming tour and placing orders and “doing all the back-office stuff that no one sees behind the scenes...

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Album Review: Haken – Affinity

Despite being over a year old, Affinity by progressive metal powerhouse Haken remains a record that still sounds fresh and draws you back time and time again for repeated listens. All six performers shine here in their respective fields of expertise whilst pushing the boundaries of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic ideas, doing exactly what any progressive music sets out to do. Affinity.exe is the perfect introductory track to the rest of the album. Perfectly atmospheric and consisting of barely audible mutterings and overdubbed computer sounds, meshing perfectly into the first real track via a rhythmic pattern which blends the...

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Gear Rundown: LTD EC-1000 Electric Guitar

In this week’s gear rundown, we will be checking out the incredible LTD EC-1000 series of guitars by The ESP Guitar Company; an incredible axe sure to please any guitarist out there who values great playability and great tone. Specification Overview The EC-1000 guitars once utilized a set-neck design which already provided great tonal projection and resonance as well as sustain. However, recently the design has been upgraded and swapped to neck-through which has improved these areas even further. The guitars boast an active set of EMG pick-ups, the 80 in the bridge position and the 61 in the...

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