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Concert Reviews

The Ophidian Trek – Meshuggah / Baroness / Decapitated @ The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA The Ophidian Trek – Meshuggah / Baroness / Decapitated @ The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
May 6th, 2012


Vogg of Decapitated Leave it to the world of metal to produce a concert bill where the outfit called Decapitated is the “normal” one. Still, Poland’s death-metal droogs seem the perfect outfit to inaugurate the Ophidian Trek’s local stop at the Fillmore in San Francisco. Their brand of high-velocity... Read More →


Gear Reviews

NAMM 2014: Fender Stratocaster 60th Anniversary NAMM 2014: Fender Stratocaster 60th Anniversary
March 31st, 2014


At this year’s NAMM convention in Anaheim, California, Guitar Messenger was invited to an exclusive media event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster. Ivan Chopik had the opportunity to speak with Fender product specialists Allen Abbassi and Stephen Jackson about Fender’s... Read More →


CD/DVD Reviews

Robert Cray – Nothin’ But Love Robert Cray – Nothin’ But Love
May 16th, 2013


When Muddy Waters sang ‘The Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock and Roll’ in 1977 it was a lesson to the youth of where this loud new sound had originated from just a scant couple decades ago. Few, however, took to mind the parent within the metaphor.  Young as rock and roll still may have been,... Read More →


High On Fire – De Vermis Mysteriis High On Fire – De Vermis Mysteriis
April 29th, 2012


De Vermis Mysteriis album cover. Click to enlarge. Another couple years, another High on Fire LP, and another sturdy contender for album of the year. De Vermis Mysteriis seems at once a staggering achievement and yet somehow inevitable. Matt Pike and company have been churning out reliably high grade... Read More →