Samick Motherlode

December 2014

Articles by Joe Charupakorn

Headbangers Brawl: Four Metal Machines for $750 or Less Reviewed

November 26, 2014
B.C. Rich, Blakhart, EVH, and PRS prove you can get heavy—and surprisingly refined—on a budget.
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Black Veil Brides’ Jinxx and Jake Pitts: Brides of Bob

November 24, 2014
The hair-metal revivalists recruit legendary producer Bob Rock for their shred-emo release, Black Veil Brides IV.
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Ogre Thunderclap Review

October 31, 2014
This devilish distortion is dirty yet civilized.
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A Lesson in Violence: Exodus' Gary Holt & Lee Altus

October 23, 2014
The Bay Area thrash legends on their moonshine-vs.-wine riff-writing styles, reuniting (again) with vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza, and founding guitarist Kirk Hammett’s cameo on Blood In, Blood Out.
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Line 6 AMPLIFi 150 Review

October 16, 2014
It’s an amp! It’s home audio system! It’s both!
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Pettyjohn Electronics PreDrive Review

October 14, 2014
A high-end preamp that delivers surgically precise tone-shaping power.
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Sunsine Audio Harmonic Decoder Review

September 7, 2014
This pitch-shifting, tone-twisting box of controlled chaos is a potent compositional tool.
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Ace Frehley: Cosmic Space Invasion

September 2, 2014
With a new label and several pending projects in the works, the former Kiss legend is still rocking the riffs.
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DLS Reckless Driver Review

August 18, 2014
This 2-channel OD/distortion delivers a wide range of dirty colors.
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Mastodon: A Year in the Life of the Sludge Metal Lords

August 1, 2014
Riffmeisters Bill Kelliher and Brent Hinds play for the song on the quartet’s sixth album, Once More ’Round the Sun.
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