Ten years on from their self titled debut's mix of hardcore and doom, Xibalba have finally made the transition to a full on death doom band with the release of their new record, Años En Infierno. I spent some time with guitarist Brian Ortiz, talking about metal, throwing away guitar strings, and the diversity of California's hardcore and metal scenes.
AC/DC's Angus Young has one of the most famous picking sounds in the world - you hear Angus, you know it's Angus. In an age when people are trying to pick as little as possible, Angus strikes every note. We talk about the picks that Angus uses to get his sound, along with the rest of his signal chain.
Gibson's VOS line represents the custom shop's passionate tribute to the golden era of Gibson guitars. We walk you through all of the aspects of the VOS line that make it so special.
Agathis wood is the web's least popular wood. Some say it's a step up from plywood, but only barely. We look closer at why it's so hated, and reveal some instances where having an agathis wood guitar is just fine.
James Hetfield has used hundreds of picks over the years. We walk you through his current picks of choice - the Black Fang and the White Fang - as well as walking through the picks he and Kirk Hammet used to build the Metallica sound.
The Celestion G12M-70 is often spoken of as a cheap-but-not-cheerful alternative to, greenbacks, creambacks and the G12K-75, but there are some instances where it's the right tool for the job.
Remember Guitar Center's String Club? We go over the history of the offer, and place it in time within GC's long financial struggles.