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Articles by Joe Charupakorn

Zakk Wylde: Still No Rest for the Wicked

May 5, 2016
The ferociously fleet-fingered fretman unveils his new line of guitars, talks about achieving roadrunner speed and composing solos, and delves into his second solo album, Book of Shadows II.
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Allen Eden 1987 Review

April 1, 2016
This entry-level shred machine flirts with greatness at a rock-bottom price.
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The Shrine’s Josh Landau: Psycho Thriller

March 11, 2016
A hallucinogenic and heavy 6-string strangler plumbs the past and blends punk, metal, and classic fuzz tones to define the future of psychedelic rock.
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The New Switcheroo: Three Loop Switchers Reviewed

January 8, 2016
PG tests a trio of powerful new designs—from Carl Martin's plug-and-play Octa-Switch Mk3 to RJM's tricked-out Mastermind PBC and Boss' deep-but-accessibly priced ES-8.
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MXR 5150 Overdrive Review

January 6, 2016
Brown Sound—and a whole lot of other tone colors—in an impressive overdrive stomp.
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Baroness: Sonic Shapeshifters

December 15, 2015
After surviving a harrowing wreck, the band returns to reinvigorate modern metal with Purple, a distinctive two-guitar exploration of partial chord voicings, low tunings, and low-gain amps.
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Jackson SLATXMGQ 3-6 Soloist Review

December 4, 2015
Jackson sets a high standard for affordable shred with an all-round extraordinary axe.
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Cort MBC-1 Matt Bellamy Review

November 22, 2015
Cort delivers an affordable, top-quality version of a Matt Bellamy Manson.
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Pentagram's Victor Griffin: Commandeering the Low Road

November 5, 2015
The early metal innovator talks about dropped-B tuning, heavy tone, building solos, renovating songs, and his pioneering doom outfit’s improbable resurrection.
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Peavey 6505 MH Review

October 16, 2015
One of Peavey’s most iconic amps is reborn as a brutish little beast.
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EC Superswitcher II Review

September 23, 2015
EC’s compact pedal switcher is stacked with routing possibilities at a fair price.
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Soilwork: The Metal Majestic

August 25, 2015
The veteran Swedish melodic death metal band resurfaces with a revised lineup and one of their strongest albums yet.
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Ibanez Tube Screamer Mini Review

August 23, 2015
Honey, I shrunk the Screamer (and it sounds just as freakin’ good).
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PRS S2 Vela Review

July 24, 2015
Paul Reed Smith chases the offset crowd with an expressive and dynamic solidbody.
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Guthrie Govan: New Approaches

July 23, 2015
The maestro on the Aristocrats’ Tres Caballeros, pedal problems, and the other instrument he wants to master.
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Lamb Chops: The Tools and Techniques Behind Lamb of God’s Crushing Comeback Album

June 12, 2015
John Campbell, Mark Morton, and Willie Adler discuss their first release since the tragedy that nearly destroyed their band.
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DV Mark Maragold Review

March 25, 2015
Greg Howe’s signature DV Mark is a wildly adaptable two-channel, 40-watt head.
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Mike Rutherford: Back in the Shop with the Mechanics

March 24, 2015
Genesis’ original guitarist marks the 25th anniversary of his other band’s greatest hit.
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Steven Wilson and Guthrie Govan: To Shred or Not to Shred?

March 12, 2015
Player, producer, and Porcupine Tree frontman Wilson reunites with shred king Govan for another epic concept album.
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Drone Alone: The Savage Soundscapes of Sunn O)))

December 19, 2014
No bass. No drums. No songs. How did this experimental metal-drone band get so darn popular?
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