Ne Obliviscaris announce 2019 tour with Caligula's Horse

Prog-Juggernauts Announce Five-Act Extravaganza

Prog-metal heavyweights Ne Obliviscaris have announced 2019 Australian dates on their Painting Progression tour, taking locals Caligula's Horse and international-proggers in tow.

The monster tour continues the group's breathless touring schedule since the release of their 2017 record Urn, and marks their first shows on Australian soil for over a year. Ne Obliviscaris have decided to commemorate the occasion by taking four stellar prog-acts with them: Calilugla's Horse, Beyond Creation, Allegaeon and Rivers of Nihil.



Reviewed: Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay Special

CMC Music | | Expect to Pay: From $3795

An update to the much loved StingRay – is that playing with fire? The guys at Music Man know how to knock out a quality instrument and have the impeccable track record to go with it, so I’m guessing the answer is no. From funk to rock and pop to country, the StingRay is an iconic instrument that has held down the low end on many a classic (and not so classic) album.

Firstly, the new Music Man finishes and colour combos are great. This particular example is Cruz Teal, which is in the Seafoam/Green/Surf realm and really pops out nicely at first glance (and many further reaffirming glances thereafter). The Special features an ash body, roasted maple neck, maple/rosewood/ebony fingerboard depending on body colour (this one has ebony), and stainless steel frets. In the electronics department, you’ll find either a single humbuckers or dual humbuckers.


Hits and Misses


Feel, range of tones

Updated looks and specs




Tropical Fuck Storm announce 2019 national tour

Hitting the Road Next March

Australia’s favourite supergroup Tropical Fuck Storm have announced plans to take their live show on the road with a huge national tour in 2019.

Hitting the road in support of their mammoth debut LP A Laughing Death in Meatspace, TFS will grace Byron Bay, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney and Wollongong with headline shows, plus an appearance at Perth’s City Limits Festival.




Oreo has released a cookie turntable that actually plays music

Putting Technology to Good Use

Today is National Cookie Day, and Oreo has made the most of the occasion by releasing what has to be one of the most unique gifts we’ve ever come across.

The Oreo Music Box is exactly what you think it is, only far more capable than you’d expect. While a cookie turntable is great in theory, Oreo has put the idea into practice by creating a biscuit music box that is entirely functional.


Simply place an Oreo on the turntable, slide the record arm into place and listen to the music that plays. If you find yourself in need of a snack mid-song, feel free to take a bite of the Oreo/record and hear the music box change tunes accordingly – yes, really.



sE Electronics V3 Microphone Giveaway

The sE Electronics V3 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone is a true workhorse, offering supreme sound and a road-ready design at an affordable price, all without compromising on quality. Thanks to our friends at Sound & Music, we’re giving away one of these incredible microphones to one lucky reader.

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Ron Avant Masterclass Ticket Giveaway

Abbey Road Institute in Melbourne and Studios 301 in Sydney are set to host three-time Grammy Award nominee Ron Avant (Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Fergie) for two exclusive, three-hour workshops next month. Thanks to our friends at Amber Technology, we have a ticket to give away for each masterclass absolutely free.

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Mayday Parade are paying it forward

Spinning Sunnyland for the hundredth time, it’s clear that this is some of Mayday Parade’s best work. The sixth studio album from the alt-rock outfit, Sunnyland is very much an album of nostalgia for Mayday Parade – for their youthful antics and for exploring love and loss. Naturally fans will ascribe their own experiences to the music and remember their own past, with vocalist Derek Sanders already having heard a few of fan stories himself.

“What’s kind of crazy is we’ve been a band for so long – 13 years – that now when we go on a tour, we see people we’ve known for ten years or more, who’ve been with us many, many years,” he says. “A lot of people have grown up with us. A lot of people have talked about how this album is looking back on the last 13 years of this band, [on] everything we’ve done, and it’s been amazing to hear people’s stories, ‘I heard this band 11 years ago, all this stuff has changed in my life since then,’ how we’ve helped them get through tough times. It comes around full circle.


Gibson reveals Alpine White B.B. King Lucille ES-355 signature guitar

Long Live the King

Gibson has debuted a new version of B.B. King’s Lucille ES-355 guitar, this time offering the signature instrument in a striking Alpine White finish.

The updated guitar was produced in collaboration with the B.B. King Family Trust and features a host of high-end appointments. A custom B.B. King “signature” is engraved on the bridge pickup cover, while brass truss rod covers feature an engraved “Lucille”.


Elsewhere, the design ensures the guitar remains an authentic tribute to B.B. King’s original specs and tone through a Stereo Varitone paired to Gibson 490R and 490T humbucking pickups, a TP-6 tailpiece, mother of pearl inlay fingerboard, and semi-hollow body.



Reviewed: Adam Audio Studio Pro SP-5 Headphones

Federal Audio | | Expect to Pay: $895

Berlin-based studio monitor company Adam Audio sports a fanatical commitment to audio utilitarianism. Their products rely less on aesthetic design, and instead stun with an unimpeachable high fidelity. The Studio-Pro 5 or SP-5, their latest offering in this vein, is a sets a new benchmark for consumer monitor headphones, albeit at an uncomfortably high price.

Out of the box, the SP-5 is a modest sight. Packed in a moulded hard-leather travel case, it has a simple black look that doesn’t aspire to let you know it retails for $895. The bare black isolated padding fits the closed-back circumaural headphones well and provides a comfortable fit that doesn’t constrict, although does give slight sound leakage. Impressively, the phones weigh just 290 grams – approximately the same as Audio- Technica MX-50’s – and have smooth folding joints to make them very travel-friendly.

Hits and Misses


Near flawless sound-staging via the Ultrasone S-Logic Plus technology

Excellent subversion of ear fatigue

Secure but not constricting fit

True neutrality

Brilliant for house music


$895 is far too much for most consumers

Dedication to neutrality is detrimental to some recreational listening


Electro-Harmonix is bringing a trio of new effects to your pedalboard

The EHX Trifecta

Electro-Harmonix have opened the final month of 2018 with the announcement of not one, but three new pedals to join their ever-popular range: the Flatiron Fuzz, Nano Battalion Bass Preamp and Overdrive, and the Sovtek Deluxe Muff Pi.

Flatiron Fuzz

This versatile pedal is a powered fuzz/distortion unit offering a distinctive sound thanks to late ‘70s-style circuitry and symmetrical hard clipping. With three controls for volume, drive and filter, the Flatiron Fuzz is easy to operate and can produce everything from mild distortion to dense drive tones.


Nano Battalion Bass Preamp and Overdrive