Author: Joseph Dipisa-Fiorenza

Live Gig Review: CALIGULA’S HORSE + I Built the Sky + Branch Arterial, Max Watt’s, Melbourne, 30th September 2017

Right in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, an exceptional audience turnout in Max Watt’s was about to be treated to a night filled with the pure essence of Australian Progressive Metal. Caligula’s Horse were about to play the second show of their In Contact Australian Tour but before we reached that incredible pinnacle Branch Arterial hit the stage to warm us up and deliver a pumping set. I saw Branch Arterial a couple of months prior to this support slot and the thing that stood out to me most this time around was the level of improvement the...

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Live Gig Review: HAKEN + Windwaker + Orsome Welles, 170 Russell, Melbourne, 29th September 2017

As the audience files into 170 Russell for Haken’s very first show in Melbourne, the air of excitement is palpable and most people were unable to wipe the smile from their faces. There was a long wait for the progressive metal giants to hit the stage and this only stood to raise the excitement levels above the stratosphere. First to hit the stage were the local supports, a metalcore band by the name Windwaker. This 5-piece stomped and screamed their way through their set and definitely took the audience by surprise. As a last-minute replacement for Terramaze, who had to...

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Album Review: TOEHIDER – Good

Melbourne based progressive rock band Toehider are about to release their third studio album, titled Good. I was fortunate enough to give the album a listen ahead of its October 19th release and was incredibly impressed by each and every track. Band mastermind Mike Mills demonstrates yet again that his songwriting ability transcends the norm, daring to be different in every conceivable way, from the trippy story-like lyrics all the way to the song structures which feel fresh and creative even to most experienced fan of progressive music. It’s important to note that except for the third track (This...

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Gear Rundown – The Digitech Whammy

Overview The Digitech Whammy is a pitch shifting pedal that allows for a vast array of note-bending options. The player can shift any played note on the guitar upwards to 2 octaves above, or down to 3 octaves below. That’s not all this pedal can do however, it also provides a harmonizer which, while doesn’t use intelligent sensing to select the correct harmony at all times, it certainly gives players an extra dynamic if used correctly. The harmonizer can also be used in conjuction with its namesake whammy effect (pitch-shifter) earning a respectful place on many guitarists boards.  ...

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Gear Rundown – Steve Vai’s Signature Ibanez JEM-JR Guitar

Overview The Ibanez JEM-JR is fantastic low budget alternative for guitarists wishing to get the look of Steve Vai’s iconic JEM guitar, as well as an approximation of the feel. It is relatively reliable for its price range, but requires servicing slightly more frequently than expected for its double locking tremolo system to remain stable. Essentially, to create this guitar, Ibanez took the shape of the JEM and sourced cheaper materials for construction. So, no gold hardware or DiMarzio Evolution pickups found here as you would on the high-end JEM. And definitely no prestige fret edge treatment. Specifications With...

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