So, I went to a Testament show last night and I have to say that it was absolutely amazing. Skorched played first and they did really well, then some band from Toronto called Remain played and completely dominated. They were really good. Cryptopsy came next and did pretty good, although I couldn't discern very much because of the speed they play at, they put on a great show. Heavy as fuck. Then came Testament...
If any of you love Testament or have been to a Testament show before, you know how awesome they are. They played all their amazing songs. Best set list ever. Songs like: Into The Pit, Alone In the Dark, D.N.R., Apocalyptic City, The Preacher, Practice What You Preach, Over The Wall, The New Order, Disciples Of The Watch... etc.
I squeezed my way up to the bar during the first band so I could have a good spot for Testament and boy was I glad I had that spot. During Practice What You Preach, Chuck (Singer) passed the mic down to me and I got to sing backup vocals during the chorus! Holy shit right? I even got a high five later in the set. It was amazing, best concert of my life. All the guys were right in front of me the whole time. Every solo, Alex came over an shredded right in front of us. It was awesome. I can't remember all the songs they played right now. But they played some off the new album. Henchmen Ride, More Than Meets The Eye, and the title track, The Formation Of Damnation. They played a 2 hour set and by the end I was exhausted. I have bruises all over my ribs and hips from the stupid bar. lol
Oh by the way, some like 50 year old drunk dude was down the bar from us and since he was drinking all night, he had to piss. So he sees a cup and decides "That'll do!" He whips it out and starts taking a piss in the cup. Security was all over it in a few seconds and they kicked him out right away. But he dropped his cup on the way out...
But anyways, It's supper time and I'm starving so I'm gonna fill up and go listen to some more TESTAMENT!
[EDIT] I found a set list on the internet that looks to be the exact same as what they played last night. There is a picture at the bottom of the page
Alrighty, so some of you might know by now but I've recently purchased a new amplifier. I've already got the head, I'm just waiting for Randall to get stock on their XL cabs. I should have the cab in about 2 weeks or so. Give or take.
But yeah, I bought the Randall V2 Ninja... Its absolutely insane. I've never heard gain like that come out of a head without boosts or pedals. I dont even have it maxed out. Michael Amott sure has high standards when it comes to tone and amps and you sure as hell can hear that quality with this head. I mean, i've never heard such crystal clear gain in my life. Pick definition is impeccable. I'm never going to need to buy an overdrive stompbox for this amp. The solid state channels (Clean-Overdrive) are superb. The clean has a gain setting so you can get a little bit of breakup without cranking your amp. Handy tool. The SS overdrive is Crispier and crunchier than a burnt piece of toast. Great classic tones. There is a Sustain Boost knob you can pull out to get more gain. When it's pulled out, you get extra gain and a lot more sustain obviously. Approximately the same amount of gain as a Metallica album. Which is a nice and heavy level of gain. Now... The Ninja overdrive channel (Also called the TUBE channel) is a whole world apart from the SS channels. If you have listened to Arch Enemy before... you'll know what i'm talking about. The tone is godlike. Marshall or Mesa have nothing on this. (I know because i shopped around before buying) This is THE high gain channel of ALL high gain channels. Believe me. I was blown away and i am one gain hungry bastard and it takes a lot to please my appetite. Did I mention clarity? I think i did, but if not here goes... You would think with a gain channel like this, you would get a bit of sloppiness, right? WRONG. This channel is clean and tight just like... well, you figure it out. LOL. There are 2 settings. "Loose" for fluid lead playing. And "Tight" for your favourite riffs and chugs. Obviously, like any high gain amplifier, there is some noise that gets dragged along. that's the only bad thing about this amp but it shouldn't even be classified as "Bad" because it's no big problem. I picked up a Boss NS-2 from my local music store "Melody Music Center" and problem solved. Overall, this is the best investment i have ever made in my life. If you guys/girls like heavy, this is your Amplifier. I know, it is very expensive but i happened to come across an amazing deal on eBay. I bought the head for only $959.99CDN it came up to $1,009.99 after shipping. Badass deal right? Especially since the Retail in the states for this head is $1,799.99... Yeah that's right, like 800$ off. I saw it and i was like "... holy FACK!!!" But I digress...
If anyone has the money to burn and wants an amazing amplifier, don't waste the extra money on a Marshall or Mesa, because you'll have to buy a pedal to boost them anyways if you want the same gain as this amp. Plus, you spend an extra week's salary just paying for the name. This amp is the same quality if not better for a LOT cheaper. Randall doesn't dish out the bullshit like some other companies do.
I'm going to go play some guitar now. I'll post some pictures of me with the head as soon as i find my camera.
Hey everybody, i've been having some trouble recently with my microphone. When i record, it has a tendency to fade in :S
No sound is going to the mic yet(not playing)but then, when i start playing, it fades in instead of kicking in right away. i have a feeling the soundcard on my computer is feeling like it needs to adjust to the input from the mic.
Its not my amp fading in, it's the input from my mic. I use Ableton Live 6 for my recordings so its definitely not the program. i can see on the screen that my signal is fading in instead of kicking in right away.
Okayy, when i first read this... i was like WTF?! Slayer opening a show? when does this happen? so i'm wondering here, what does the world's UG population think of this? If you went to one of the shows, please tell me what you thought of it. people told me that a lot of slayer fans left after they finished their set. is this truee? or are people just laying it on thick?
anyways, post your opinions about this plz, i would like to hear them