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6SS Year One: Setting Fire To Stacey – Rising Stars of NZ Hard Rock

6SS Year One: Setting Fire To Stacey – Rising Stars of NZ Hard Rock

Apr 29, 2013

Continuing 6SS Year One Birthday Week coverage, we’re bringing you a bit more coverage of homegrown NZ talent. Read on! Setting Fire To Stacey is an emerging hard rock band, arisen from the rubble of Christchurch City through sheer force of will and stubborn determination. Their brand of driving hard rock recalls diverse influences such as Tool, System of...

6SS Year One: The Heavy Metal Ninjas – Richie Allan and Brandon Reihana Interviewed!!

6SS Year One: The Heavy Metal Ninjas – Richie Allan and Brandon Reihana Interviewed!!

Apr 28, 2013

Hell yeah. It’s our birthday! Hey you know what?! I got an email reminder saying that I had to renew my ownership of the Six-String Samurai domain… because it’s officially been ONE YEAR that we’ve been going!! I’m just totally psyched with the way the site’s been growing, and the massive support we’ve had from the...

6SS Year One: Blackstar ID: Series – “Louder than Valve”?

6SS Year One: Blackstar ID: Series – “Louder than Valve”?

Apr 28, 2013

The ID: Series represents the culmination of more than seven years technical research and development by the same team that designed Series One, Artisan and HT Venue. The unique controls allow you to custom design your own sound, store it and then have the confidence that the amp will perform in a live environment. By using the unique Voice control, patented...

Life on tour in the USA with Ross McDougall

Life on tour in the USA with Ross McDougall

Apr 26, 2013

Hi guys! My band Saving Grace is currently on tour in America for a month and I thought it would be fun to share our experience and show you some cool things we have been doing. We’ve been extremely fortunate to have support from some great companies and brands, so I thought first off it would be fun to go through the back line and gear we picked up when...

The Winery Dogs official video out now!!!

Remember the huge buzz we got awhile back about the supergroup featuring Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan and Mike Portnoy? Well, they’ve christened themselves The Winery Dogs, the album is slated for release in Japan in May… and here’s the motherfrakking video for their first single! The Winery Dogs Official Music Video [Elevate] Watch this video...

Krank Amplification Kicks the Bucket?

This statement (without much substantiation at the moment, I’ll admit) has been floating around the net: On March 22nd, Krank Amplification closed its doors. Ownership decided to not fulfill existing contracts and basically exit the amp business. Repairs under the Lifetime Warranty are being handled by Krank’s parent company, Kinetico Quality Water...

My first gig as an Aucklander – Coheed and Cambria, The Heavy Metal Ninjas and Devilskin

My first gig as an Aucklander – Coheed and Cambria, The Heavy Metal Ninjas and Devilskin

Apr 18, 2013

As many of you may know, I recently up and moved halfway across the country to a brand new city… to the bright lights of Auckland.   So I figured, what better way to start exploring the city than to go do one of my favourite things as a musician – go see some rocking live music! As luck would have it, I got an email from one of the...

Jeff Loomis Band – Robbed on the Road! :(

Hey guys… this is an important message from Jeff Loomis and his band: Last night after our show in St. Louis, our tour van was broken into as we were grabbing a bite to eat before our drive to Dallas. We were parked in a well-lit area in front of the restaurant. In the ten to fifteen minutes that it took for us to order our food and eat, all of our...

New 7-string: Ibanez JEM7V7 – is Steve Vai out of ideas?

Steve Vai has always been an innovator and a showman, not to mention a great musician. Not just guitar player - musician. He was one of the pioneers of instrumental guitar rock, alongside his one-time mentor Joe Satriani, and he was also the first person to bring the 7-string electric guitar to the masses, in the form of the Ibanez Universe. In many ways Steve...

Break Through Consciousness with Brandon Reihana – Harmonic Minor Chaos Order

Break Through Consciousness with Brandon Reihana – Harmonic Minor Chaos Order

Apr 5, 2013

Brandon Reihana is an Ibanez endorsed guitarist who is perhaps best known for his contribution to the band Blindspott, as part of the line-up that produced the certified Platinum album End The Silence. He has toured and played alongside internationally acclaimed acts such as Metallica, Linkin Park, Tool and Deftones. Since then, he has been a member of the...

Mooer Pitch Box – Pitches Be Crazy!

Mooer Pitch Box – Pitches Be Crazy!

Apr 5, 2013

Hello Samurai friends! Apologies for my tardiness in writing, but lately I’ve been busy hauling all my worldly possessions up from Wellington to Auckland. I hope everyone had a great Easter break – don’t forget to be thankful to both Jesus and the Easter Bunny for the public holiday. A few weeks back we did a double feature on some cool little...

Gibson Chris Cornell ES335 announced

If you’ve fallen on black days and sure don’t mind a change from your normal ES335 – Chris Cornell and Gibson have teamed up to bring you something that’ll make you want to break your rusty cage and run to the shops! Okay, enough Soundgarden puns. Sorry. The new, and very limited edition, as I understand it, Gibson Chris Cornell ES335...


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