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Review: Divine Realm – Abyssal Light

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Abyssal Light is the new album from the band Divine Realm, an instrumental progressive Metal album with some fantastic guitar playing and catchy riffs. Divine Realm is the creation of multi-instrumentalist Leo Diensthuber and now is a collaborative effort between Leo D, Marc Roy, Tyler Brayton, Kyle Gaulin and Alex Lysko. Leo Diensthuber is a full time private Guitar and Drum instructor and you can hear the drumming influence on his guitar playing with his ultra tight rhythmic and quite frankly very challenging riffs.

Leo began writing the first self-titled Demo “Divine Realm” in 2010 and Leo continued writing and producing tracks, joining forces with Marc Roy as an official contributing member of Divine Realm, as well as Tyler Brayton (also an ex-member of Silence the Villain) recording/producing and playing bass along with fellow “Team Bass” member Kyle Gaulin (ex-Pysiedius) and now featuring powerhouse drummer Alex Lysko (ex-Pysiedius) for the recording of Abyssal Light.

Abyssal Light contains 6 tracks of instrumental Metal that have a strong emphasis on melodic themes, if you are a fan of instrumental music like John Petrucci (solo album), Chimp Spanner, Pomegranate Tiger etc. you are going to love this album. Leo is a very technically skilled guitar played with blistering precision alternate picking riffs/licks and tapped melodic patterns but this doesn’t interfere with his songwriting, he has a very strong sense of melody which make the tracks enjoyable to listen to without it turning into a shred-fest.

You can hear a couple of tunes taken from the new Divine Realm album Abyssal Light below and you can stream and purchase the album over on their Bandcamp page here – http://divinerealm.bandcamp.com/.

Neptunian Desert:

Sentiments of Fear and Faith:

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Abyssal Light is the new album from the band Divine Realm, an instrumental progressive Metal album with some fantastic guitar playing and catchy riffs. Divine Realm is the creation of multi-instrumentalist Leo Diensthuber and now is a collaborative effort between …

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Mayones Duvell Prototype

  • Mayones Duvell
  • Mayones Duvell back
  • Mayones Duvell headstock

Although Polish guitar company Mayones make a number of different guitar models they are undoubtedly most famous for their Setius and Regius models which, in a pretty crowded landscape of heavy metal guitars they have a unique design that helps them to stand out. The latest model that is due for release is called the Duvell and the guitar was taken to Winter NAMM 2014 where it was instantly snapped up by Periphery’s Misha Mansoor who has long been a supporter of Mayones guitars. As you can see above the guitar is more along the lines of a classic superstrat with very nice figured top and a Wenge/Bubinga neck. Here are some more of the specs:

Mahogany TEW Body (Tone Enhanced Wood; they roast and dry the wood which apparently makes it sound better)
Flamed Maple TEW Top
Wenge/Bubinga Neck
Ebony Fretboard
25.4 inch scale
Bare Knuckle Pickups Juggernaut set with Tyger covers.
Sperzel Locking Tuners
Dunlop Dual Design Straplocks

Misha wasn’t sure about the fretboard radius when posting this information but believes it may be 20″ as it feels very flat. You can see some more photos over on Misha’s facebook page.

Although Polish guitar company Mayones make a number of different guitar models they are undoubtedly most famous for their Setius and Regius models which, in a pretty crowded landscape of heavy metal guitars they have a unique design that helps …

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Moniker Guitars Adds Customizable Guitar Cases

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Austin (TX) based custom guitar shop Moniker Guitars have announced the addition of an electric guitar case customizer to their website. Moniker have already had great success with their online guitar configurator so it makes perfect sense to expand the business to allow for case customisation and I don’t think any other company offers this as a service. Like the guitar builder, the case customization process allows you to choose pre-designed graphics or add your own graphics or logos. The customizable case as well as shipping is included at no additional cost (on domestic orders only).

“We are always looking to give customers an extra level of customization,” said Moniker co-founder Kevin Tully. “We’ve had a lot of demand for personalized cases and we thought it was a great idea to be able to customize a case to match your custom guitar.”

From the beginning Moniker has differentiated itself from other custom electric guitar manufacturers by offering an easy customization process, an affordable price, and faster turnaround times — about four weeks — compared to the months it typically takes at other shops.

https://monikerguitars.com

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Austin (TX) based custom guitar shop Moniker Guitars have announced the addition of an electric guitar case customizer to their website. Moniker have already had great success with their online guitar configurator so it makes perfect sense to expand the …

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Guitar Lesson: Building riffs from exercises

I was reading a comment from Misha Mansoor of Periphery the other day, he was talking about working with Tosin Abasi on the latest Animals As Leaders album ‘The Joy Of Motion’ and said how Tosin had an amazing knack of turning exercises into riffs, well his exact words were “[Tosin] manages to turn technique exercises into beautiful riffs and passages, which in my opinion is a gift. Although he has a deep understanding of theory, and may use it as the basis for riffs, he still trusts his ear over everything.” This reminded me of another story, I was reading Slash’s biography and he talks about how one day he was noodling on his guitar playing a pentatonic exercise he’d come up with and someone (Izzy maybe?) said that’s great, what is that? Next thing you know it becomes the intro to ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ and a classic rock song is born.

Exercises are usually designed to work on a particular area of technique, it may be to strengthen and improve dexterity of certain fingers or finger combinations, it may be to improve your hybrid picking, it may just be to warm up your fingers before playing a tricky song. Now I’m not expecting you to immediately grab your guitar and start creating challenging exercises, that is almost as difficult as writing great riffs, it takes practice and a lot of experimentation. However, there are loads of resources online and in guitar mags so why not let someone else do some of the work for you? Find an exercise that interests you sonically that you can make some rhythmic or melodic changes to in order to turn it into a riff.

You can’t just play an exercise over a drum beat and expect it to sound good but by using an exercise as a springboard you might just be able to create something really cool. Let’s give it a try by taking a scalar exercise and altering notes and changing the rhythm.

Alternate-picking-exercise

Pretty dull huh? Let’s make some changes to make it more interesting. Let’s keep the first 12 notes the same then play the 8th fret 3 times, 5th fret 3 times, 7th fret 3 times and 8th fret 3 times. Now lets repeat that pattern for the second half of the exercise that starts on the 7th fret.

Alternate-picking-riff

By making this relatively small change to the exercise we have turned it into a riff! Now let’s add some rhythmic variation to the riff, remove the 2nd and 7th notes from the start and the section where you shift down to the 7th fret, in place of these notes we will add a rest or silence.

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Now that’s more like it! Just by making a couple of small changes to what started as a pretty ordinary exercise we have a cool sounding riff. So now it is your turn, search for an exercise online (just google “guitar exercises”) and grab a portion of an exercise you like then experiment with changing the rhythm or like I did in my example repeating notes. It’s a fun and easy way to start creating your own riffs that may eventually turn into songs.

I was reading a comment from Misha Mansoor of Periphery the other day, he was talking about working with Tosin Abasi on the latest Animals As Leaders album ‘The Joy Of Motion’ and said how Tosin had an amazing knack …

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Improve your guitar playing by focussing on your achievements

In my recent article ‘5 Steps Toward Guitar Success Part 2‘ I talked about setting small achievable goals and judging your own achievements rather than listening all the time to the criticism of others. Today I want to take that a little further by discussing how to focus on your achievements, not your failures.

Today I was mowing the lawn, not a task I particularly enjoy, but when I was finished I looked at what I had achieved in the heat of the midday sun (yeah stupid time to do it I know!) and realised my garden looked amazing in comparison to half an hour prior. This memory will serve well as motivation in a couple of weeks when I need to do it all over again. So what on earth does that have to do with playing guitar I hear you say, well bear with me there is a point to that story I promise…

It is very easy to lose motivation when learning to play guitar, sometimes it feels like you can go days or even weeks without any real noticeable improvement. The thing is every time you practice guitar you are improving you just need a way to focus on what exactly you have achieved each practice session rather than feeling disheartened and that you are failing to become the next .

Here is a simple idea, every time you have finished playing guitar and put it back in the case think about what you have achieved that day. Maybe you were learning a song and you have commit the whole song’s chord sequences to memory, maybe you have just focused on the guitar solo and have been able to play it up to speed…

But maybe this is trying to achieve too much? Maybe you haven’t been able to play through the song yet as hoped but you can now play the intro riff and within a few days expect to have that totally perfect? You see you don’t have to put too much pressure on yourself, just think about what you HAVE achieved rather than what you consider to have failed to achieve.

“Learn to expect, not to doubt. In so doing, you bring everything into the realm of possibility.” — Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

When I was younger I had a pretty defeatist attitude toward guitar playing, if something was too challenging such as an Yngwie solo I’d just accept that I was never going to be good enough to play it. The thing is everybody is capable of learning to play an Yngwie solo as long as they are willing to spend enough time working on the various techniques, fingering and picking patterns and breaking down the solo into bite size sections to work on. Granted this could be months or even years rather than hours or days, but you CAN get there in the end if you have the determination and continue to focus on your achievements along the way.

Just remember that by picking up the guitar again tomorrow, next week, whenever, you have already overcome failure. Keep playing and most of all remind yourself regularly why it is you wanted to learn guitar in the first place, it is meant to be fun and it is something you can spend a lifetime improving on, so don’t put so much pressure on yourself!

In my recent article ‘5 Steps Toward Guitar Success Part 2‘ I talked about setting small achievable goals and judging your own achievements rather than listening all the time to the criticism of others. Today I want to …

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Gear Demo: D’Addario NS Artist Capo


The new NS Artist Capo from D’Addario/Planet Waves has been designed to improve upon regular Capo designs by utilizing a patented tri-action geometry which reduces the force required to open and close the capo while applying even tension regardless of neck profile. The micrometer tension adjustment and direct horizontal pressure means that the NS Artist Capo virtually eliminates pulling the strings side to side and the need to retune during use. But just in case you do, the Capo comes with a mounting bracket for the D’Addario/Planet Waves Micro Tuner which, one attached, is hidden from view around the back of the neck and can be adjusted to be in direct line of sight for quick and easy tuning adjustments.

Something I failed to mention in my demonstration above is that the NS Artist Capo also includes an integrated pick holder so while you have the Capo attached if you drop your pick you can quickly grab a backup pick from the top of the attached Capo. You can see this demonstrated in the photo below:
D'Addario ns artist capo

The main feature for me is how easy this Capo is to attach to your guitar, as you can see in my video demonstration it is possible to open and close the NS Artist Capo fully using just thumb and forefinger, with my other Capo’s this is impossible and requires a full grip, even then you are in danger of it springing open and damaging your guitar with some devices.

Features

  • Designed for use on 6-string electric and acoustic guitars
  • Micrometer tension adjustment assures buzz-free in-tune performance at every fret
  • Patented Tri-Action geometry offers easy use and even clamping tension
  • Lightweight aircraft-grade aluminum construction
  • Integrated pick holder
  • Includes NS Micro Tuner mounting bracket

For more information including links to online dealers check out PlanetWaves.com.


The new NS Artist Capo from D’Addario/Planet Waves has been designed to improve upon regular Capo designs by utilizing a patented tri-action geometry which reduces the force required to open and close the capo while applying even tension regardless of …

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Mesa Boogie “Spirit of Art” Plant Tour






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Conquering Dystopia (Jeff Loomis & KeithMerrow) – Guitar Clinic @ Nevada Music


Check out these two videos taken from the Nevada Music (Portsmouth, UK) Conquering Dystopia Clinic Tour, where the lucky folk able to attend were treated to some live performances from Jeff Loomis and Keith Merrow from their new Conquering Dystopia album as well as a Q&A session.

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Check out these two videos taken from the Nevada Music (Portsmouth, UK) Conquering Dystopia Clinic Tour, where the lucky folk able to attend were treated to some live performances from Jeff Loomis and Keith Merrow from their new Conquering Dystopia …

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Marty Friedman & Gus G. Guitar Universe 2014 European Tour


With the imminent release of probably the most anticipated Marty Friedman to date Friedman has announced plans to tour Europe visiting Scandanavia for the first time as a solo artist. The tour is a co-headline event called Guitar Universe 2014 with Ozzy Osbourne and Firewind guitarist Gus G.

2014 Inferno Tour Dates
May 01 Klubi Tampere, Finland
May 02 Nosturi Helsinki, Finland
May 03 Stockholm Rocks Stockholm, Sweden
May 07 KB Malmö, Sweden
May 11 Le GRILLEN Colmar, France
May 12 Backstage Munich, Germany
May 15 Turock Essen, Germany
May 16 De Boerderij Zoetermeer, Netherlands
May 17 Muziekodroom Hasselt, Belgium
May 20 L’Empreinte Savigny Le Temple, France
May 21 O2 Academy Islington London, United Kingdom
May 22 Queens Hall Nuneaton, United Kingdom

For a full list of dates and to purchase tickets both now and for future dates visit and bookmark Marty’s Bandsintown page – http://www.bandsintown.com/martyfriedman

Guitar Universe 2014 Marty Friedman & Gus G


With the imminent release of probably the most anticipated Marty Friedman to date Friedman has announced plans to tour Europe visiting Scandanavia for the first time as a solo artist. The tour is a co-headline event called Guitar Universe 2014 …

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Owen Campbell Debut Album Release & Australian Tour


After recently returning to Australia and signing to US label Reckless Grace. Owen Campbell is touring the east coast of Australia to promote the second single of his debut album ‘The Pilgrim‘. The new track is called “Remember to Breathe” (check out the video here). Owen’s new album was produced by the legendary Mark Opitz who has worked with some of the best talent that Australia has churned out. Artists including ACDC, Cold Chisel, INXS and Jeff Lang to name a few.

I’ve actually included the video to Sunshine Road above because I think it has some great acoustic slide playing that you will enjoy. You can check out some more previews from his album over at his website here – http://owencampbell.com.au/. I think you’ll agree Owen has a great bluesy voice and vibe so if you live in Australia get along to one of the dates below!

Remember To Breathe – Tour Dates

WED 16 APRIL – Lizotte’s, CENTRAL COAST NSW
www.lizottes.com.au / (02) 4368 2017
Tix: $20.00 + BF
8:00 PM

THUR 17 APRIL – Old Manly Boatshed, MANLY NSW
FREE ENTRY
8:30 PM

SAT 19 APRIL – Deni Blues & Roots Festival, DENILIQUIN NSW
www.denibluesfestival.com

WED 23 APRIL – Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, MELBOURNE VIC
www.bennettslane.com
Tix: $15.00 + BF / $20.00 Door
8:00 PM

THUR 24 APRIL – Beavs Bar, GEELONG VIC
www.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545
Tix: $15.00 + BF / $20.00 Door
8:00 PM

SAT 26 APRIL – Babushka Lounge, BALLARAT VIC
Tickets Available At The Door
$15.00 Door
8:00 PM

SUN 27 APRIL – Gerogery Hotel, GEROGERY NSW
FREE ENTRY
3:30 PM

FRI 2 MAY – The Abbey, CANBERRA ACT
www.theabbey.com.au / (02) 6230 2905 or Songland (02) 6293 4677
$20.00 + BF / $25.00
8:00 PM

SAT 3 MAY – Camelot Lounge, SYDNEY NSW
www.camelotlounge.wordpress.com
Tix: $15.00 + BF / $20.00 Door
8:00 PM

SUN 4 MAY – Lizotte’s, NEWCASTLE NSW
http://www.lizottes.com.au/ (02) 4956 2066
Tix: $20.00 + BF
8:00 PM

FRI 9 MAY – Mudgee Brewing Company, MUDGEE NSW **
FREE ENTRY
5:00 PM

SAT 10 MAY – Garden Hotel, DUBBO NSW
FREE ENTRY
8:00 PM

SUN 11 MAY – Towradgi Beach Hotel, TOWRADGI NSW
FREE ENTRY
3:30 PM

THUR 15 MAY – Armidale Club, ARMIDALE NSW
www.thearmidaleclub.com
Tix: $15.00 + BF / $20.00 Door
8:30 PM

FRI 16 MAY + SAT 17 MAY – Goondiwindi River Jam, GOONDIWINDI QLD
FREE ENTRY

SAT 17 MAY – Queensland Hotel, GOONDIWINDI QLD (evening)
FREE ENTRY
9:00 PM

SUN 18 MAY – The Royal Mail Hotel, GOODNA QLD
FREE ENTRY
2:00 PM

WED 21 MAY – The Joynt, BRISBANE QLD
Tickets Available At The Door
$5.00
8:00 PM

THUR 22 – SUN 25 MAY – Blues On Broadbeach Festival, GOLD COAST QLD
http://www.bluesonbroadbeach.com/ FREE ENTRY


After recently returning to Australia and signing to US label Reckless Grace. Owen Campbell is touring the east coast of Australia to promote the second single of his debut album ‘The Pilgrim‘. The new track is called “Remember …

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