18 Bands To See At ArcTanGent 2018

When a festival’s lineup includes an insane number of inevitably epic sets, it’s hard to know where to start – and ArcTanGent 2018 is packed with intriguing prospects. Hopefully, this list will help prog-math-post-whatever fans overcome option paralysis, and start you off on the path to the perfect ATG experience… Read more…

Posted on 03 August 2018

Plini – ‘Sunhead’ (EP Review)

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Plini is one of the most highly respected instrumental guitarists in the world right now. Steve Vai heavily praised Plini’s first (and so far only) long-player Handmade Cities, while the Australian virtuoso’s DIY work ethic landed him on Download Festival’s Dogtooth Stage for the legendary event’s first ever instrumental guitar set. Although Plini first Read more…

Posted on 18 July 2018

Gus G (Interview)

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Parents are handed newborn children, authors are furnished with freshly printed books, and musicians are presented with CDs swaddled in liner notes and shrink-wrapped jewel cases. Just before this interview started, Gus G was given the first of many copies of Fearless – his exceptional new Read more…

Posted on 16 April 2018

Gus G – ‘Fearless’ (Album Review)

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If you play guitar, Gus G will need little introduction. As the founder of power metal masters Firewind, former sideman to none other than Ozzy Osbourne, and shred-ready solo artist in his own right, Gus G’s CV is punctuated with serious achievements. In the world of the six-string, he is a Read more…

Posted on 13 April 2018

Jakub Zytecki (Interview)

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As a prolific solo artist and DispersE axeman-in-chief, Jakub Zytecki is a busy guy. I caught up with one of this generation’s most promising guitarists to chat about his creative process, spirituality, and some solid advice from Plini…

You’re currently in the middle of a very busy period, having released two solo EPs – and an album with DispersE – last year, with a new solo album in the works for 2018, along with even more DispersE work on top of everything else! Damn – I felt tired just saying all that. How’re you feeling?

Yeah man, it was definitely hard to get bored Read more…

Posted on 13 March 2018

Jakub Zytecki – ‘Ladder Head / Feather Bed’ (Album Review)

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Jakub Zytecki Ladder Head Feather Bed Album EP Review Lovetape Letters

There may be countless technically accomplished guitarists in the world, but Jakub Zytecki is one of a kind. The best musicians are not only able to impress using flashy chops and virtuosic gymnastics – they also succeed in making us feel something. With Ladder Head and Feather Bed – two EPs set to be combined into one full-length release – Jakub Zytecki has Read more…

Posted on 20 February 2018

Rabea Massaad – ‘Grinding Gears’ (EP Review)

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As one of the Internet’s leading guitar personalities, Rabea Massaad is widely recognized by six-string aficionados worldwide as…well…a bit fucking good. A total, authoritative master of rock and metal playing with a unique, immediately recognisable style of his own, this guy knows his shit. Bea (pronounced like “beer”) is also a key member of long-term personal favourites Dorje and Toska – a pair of bands already making an impact on the online rock, metal, and instrumental prog scenes Read more…

Posted on 08 February 2018

Animals As Leaders / David Maxim Micic / Nick Johnston (Live Review – Koko, London, July 5 2017)

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As Animals As Leaders’ only UK show of 2017, this gig was literally one of a kind. As is becoming my custom at Koko, I set up camp near the ceiling and prepared for a bird’s eye view of a very special show.

Nick Johnston (95%) was the only act on this bill I hadn’t seen live before, although having reviewed his previous two albums Remarkably Human and Atomic Mind and chatted to him at length about the former for this interview, I knew to expect great things Read more…

Posted on 06 July 2017

CHON – Homey (Album Review)

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As the world struggles with an onslaught of serious issues, it’s nice to be able to take a break every now and again and just have some fun. CHON provide an ideal soundtrack for said festivities; their back catalogue is crammed with cutesy cleans, playful and mostly instrumental math-based tunes, and good vibes aplenty. Up to this point, these guys have emphasised the clean side of instrumental guitar – but on Homey, their focus has firmly shifted Read more…

Posted on 14 June 2017

Andy James (Interview)

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Online guitar connoisseurs will doubtless be familiar with Andy James. Having established himself as one of the Internet’s most fleet-fingered go-to guitar teachers as well as a key member of former outfit Sacred Mother Tongue and current band Wearing Scars, Andy James’ solo output has long been slavered over by legions of six-string fanatics. With his most recent solo outing Exodus available to devour in full – and reviewed here  – I got talking to Andy about the full story behind said long-player’s origins and the assorted intricacies of life in a working band… Read more…

Posted on 04 June 2017

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