Shoutout to all our prog nerds out there – it finally happened! Tool have released the (excruciatingly) long-awaited follow-up to 2006's 10,000 Days – it's called Fear Inoculum, and it's an absolute behemoth of a record – and to celebrate the ultimate early Christmas pressie, we had a quality yarn about it with legendary guitarist Adam Jones. It's the interview we've been waiting a decade for, and we're over the moon to finally share it with you all. Hell, why even wait 'til you've got a copy? Suss out a snippet of our chat right now!
Of course, 2019 has been an enormous year for rock releases all 'round; take for example the groovy new solo album from Oasis icon Liam Gallagher, who we got down to the nitty gritty with, both about the new disc and his wild, storied past. Or the speaker-blowing newie from AlterBridge – we talk to co-frontman Mark Tremonti about how LP6 came together in a way that he and Myles Kennedy had never done before. We also catch up with the one and only Ian Moss to riff on the 30th anniversary of his seminal Matchbook LP, the future of ColdChisel (spoiler alert: they're in the studio right now!) and his eye-raisingly peculiar collection of custom guitars.
And then there's the heavy stuff, which you know we're all about here at AG. We're covering the whole spectrum of metal goodness with our interviews in #136 – there's the old-school nu-metal vibes from Korn, the opulent death metal stylings of Opeth, and the tongue-in-cheek hilarity of glam gods SteelPanther. We also take an in-depth look at the venerable Sunlight Studios, where Tomas Skosberg (the godfather of Swedish death metal) reigns surpreme. And while you might knowDallasGreen as the ball-tearingly brutal shredder behind Alexisonfire, he has a chill new City And Colour record on shelves – we catch up with him about that, plus his impending 2020 Australian tour.
Elsewhere in the mag, you'll find we're on a bit of a comeback kick. '90s favourites Sleater-Kinney and the GooGooDolls both have crash-hot new albums on shelves, and if we do say so ourselves, they're both huge, career-defining meccas that we just had to go deep with. And though they kicked off in the early Aughts, hard-rockers Airbourne capture the sound of '70s and '80s Australiana like none other – ahead of their aptly titled new album Boneshaker hitting shelves, we caught up with frontman Joel O'Keeffe.
Rounding out the interview features in this issue is a quality yarn with US indie-rockers Twin Peaks, plus local legends BusbyMarou (on their jaw-dropping new Great Divide album) Ash Grunwald (on all of his ambitious 2019 projects, which include a new album, a book, a podcast, a merchandise brand, and approximately 900 other endeavours) and JenCloher (on her collaborative epic with MiaDyson and LizStringer, bluntly dubbed DysonStringerCloher).
When we're not talkin' shop with all your favourite guitarists, we're hitting the streets in search of the latest and greatest in the music scene. In this issue, we're hitting you with a massive five-page recap of our adventures at the 2019 MelbourneGuitarShow, where we got our hands around more top-notch gear than our wallets could ever allow. We also hit up the annual BIGSOUND festival in Brisbane to discover what the future of Australian music holds. Spoiler alert: it's a lot of incredible bands, and some much-needed evolutions to the way we discover and celebrate them. Plus in this issue's Axes In Action column, we headed up north for the country's biggest three-day music and arts festival, SplendourInTheGrass.
And as always, we’ve got a stack of hot new gear reviews (see below for the full list) – including the technologically insane Kemper Profiler Stage, the drool-inducing new Legacy Series of acoustics from Faith Guitars, and Fender's spicy new EVH Shark – as well as all the usual lesson and technique columns, album reviews (including our take on the ripping new one from the local luminaries in Press Club) and producer profile (in this issue, an exclusive deep-dive into the magical mind of metal wizard DevinTownsend). Plus, ahead of their ridiculously giant arena tour this November, we present the full tablature to a KISS classic: "Rock And Roll All Nite".
Oh, right – one last thing: we're giving three super lucky readers the chance to win a year's supply (six packs) of premium Black Diamond x Jimi Hendrix Foundation "Music For Life" guitar strings. Could one of them be you?
• Liam Gallagher
• Ian Moss
• Alter Bridge
• City And Colour
• Goo Goo Dolls
• Busby Marou
• Steel Panther
• Ash Grunwald
• Twin Peaks
• Dyson Stringer Cloher
AXES IN ACTION
• Splendour In The Grass
• Backstage Tour: A Night In The Life Of A Concert Photographer
• Tomas Skosberg: The Godfather Of Swedish Death Metal
• BIGSOUND 2019: AG's Guide To The Future Of Australian Music
• Melbourne Guitar Show: The Latest And Greatest From This Year's Edition
• Tablature: KISS - "Rock And Roll All Nite"
• Producer Profile: Recording Techniques with Devin Townsend
• Home Recording: Stereo Miking Techniques – Double Trouble
• Modern Theory with Reg Barber
• Lead Work with Peter Hodgson
• Shredded Metal with Jimmy Lardner-Brown
• Blues And Beyond with Adrian Whyte
• Hot Gear
• CD Reviews
In our first issue of Australian Guitar for the year, we've gone large with a huge retrospective on AC/DC's superb and under-rated axeman Malcolm Young with a few bonus words from Frenzal Rhomb's resident six-stringer, Lindsay McDougall.