Best known as the founder and leader of King Crimson, Robert Fripp developed a tape-looping technique eventually dubbed “Frippertronics,” which he used when he worked with Brian Eno in the mid 1970’s. Frippertronics has become Soundscapes, where he creates loops in real time, creating multiple layers, and then improvises solos on top of all of it. The Fernandes Sustainer plays a key part in this, as it provides orchestrated string-like sustain which with Robert's effect units creates astonishing textures. Sustainer can also be heard in his soloing, extending single notes and chords. Fripp set up in the secular cathedral of the World Financial Center for a two-day residency in early December of 2010 and part of a live performance recorded on December 4, along with John Schaefer’s interview, is can be heard at the WNYC New Sounds site.
, also known as Blakkheim, cofounder of Swedish metal band KATATONIA
, is the newest member of the Fernandes family of artists. Anders
is also involved in the songwriting, backing vocals, keyboards, programming, arrangements, art direction and production of KATATONIA
. In addition to his work with KATATONIA
used to be a member of metal band BEWITCHED
from 1995 - 1997, is still together with Jonas Renkse on the death metal project BLOODBATH
, and has released four albums as the one man black metal act DIABOLICAL MASQUERADE
(1993 - 2004). Check out Anders playing his Sustainer
guitar in upcoming shows.
"Together with distortion and delay the Fernandes Sustainer is simply the most brilliant invention ever made in the guitar world! I can now make my defined musical signature whisper, sing, weep or squeal by my own fingers. I'm a Sustainer addict for life!!!" - Anders Nyström
’s side project SPEED\KILL/HATE
released “Out For Blood” on January 25th, the long awaited follow up to “Acts Of Insanity”. For more information, check out speedkillhate.com
OVERKILL has announced a special NYC show at the Best Buy Theater (formerly the Nokia Theater) on April 16th, 2011 with special guests Accept. Along with the NYC show, the band will also perform @ Jaxx in Springfield, VA on April 15th. 2011. Catch Dave Linsk shredding on his Sustainer-loaded Ravelle Elite Tremolo guitars also at upcoming summer festivals this summer.
Fernandes will introduce 5 new guitar models, 6 new Bass models, and 4 new finishes added to existing models. New models: V-Hawk
(Elite, Deluxe, X), Ravelle Steeler
, Tony Campos Signature Tremor
(new version), Atlas Deluxe
(4 & 5 strings), Ravelle Bass X
, Monterey Bass
, X -
4 & 5 Strings) and the return of the Retrospect
(4 & 5 strings) bass. New finishes: Retrorocket Pro Vintage Cream, Revolver X Dark Metallic Red, Retrorocket X Lava Flame, Blue Flame and Snow White. Also presenting new t-shirt and tank top designs. Web update will be available online by the end of January.
Artist appearances and demonstrations will include Mike Clark and Dean Pleasants of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, Dave Linsk of OVERKILL, Tony Campos of ASESINO/PRONG/MINISTRY, Jeff Walker of CARCASS, Jonny Santos of SILENT CIVILIAN/SPINESHANK, Ramon Ortiz of PUYA/ANKLA, and more. All this happening at booth 5690.
, leader of Mesopotamian black/thrash legends MELECHESH,
endorses the Sustainer
-equipped Vortex Elite
. The band just headed for Istanbul, Turkey to shoot the video for “Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin” off their brand new masterpiece “The Epigenesis”. The album has also been recorded and produced in Istanbul at newly built Babajim Studios and is out now on Nuclear Blast Records.
Don't miss Ashmedi shredding on his Vortex on upcoming tours shceduled to start this spring and throughout summer, including European festivals such as Germany's Summer Breeze 2011. melechesh.com
Swiss industrial black metallers SAMAEL have set "Lux Mundi" (which translates as "Light of the World") as title of their forthcoming album, due in the spring via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD, which took almost three years to be completed, was recorded this past summer after the band spent a few days in pre-production in Germany with with longtime collaborator Waldemar Sorychta (MOONSPELL, LACUNA COIL, TIAMAT, GRIP INC.). The actual recordings took place in two different locations in Switzerland and the mix was handled by extreme metal specialist Russ Russell in Kettering, England. "Lux Mundi" will consist of 10 to 12 new songs, including first single "Antigod" and live monster "Soul Invictus" (roughly translates in English as Invincible Soul), which is a word play with the Sol Invictus used by the Romans. The song was played during the latest European tour and it soon turned out to be one of the highlights of the set, becoming a crowd anthem on the spot.
Don't miss Mas Misein's thundering Ravelle Bass on this album and also on Tour in 2011.
We are proud to welcome to our artist family, without doubt one of the hardest working and respected Heavy Metal guitarists of today’s generation, "Metal" Mike Chlasciak
Metal Mike has written and appeared on all HALFORD Sanctuary Records label recordings Resurrection (2000), Live Insurrection (2001), Crucible (2002) and Fourging The Furnace (2003). A member of many musical projects, such as SEBASTIAN BACH's band and a scholarship graduate of Berklee College of Music, Metal Mike has also released 3 solo instrumental albums Grind Textural Abstraction (1996), Territory: Guitar Kill!!, (2000) and The Spilling (2001).
A Vortex Deluxe Limited was seen at recent Fall/Winter HALFORD performances on the hands of Metal Mike.
also picked up a Fernandes instrument for the Anniversary show, this time a Ravelle
which he continues to play in current shows and recordings. Adam
played guitar and wrote many songs for the albums Forest of Equilibrium, Soul Sacrifice, Statik Majik and The Ethereal Mirror. The band's sell thru DVD also features songs mainly taken from Lehan's stint in the band. He also played in UK thrash metal band Acid Reign and cult thrash band Lord Crucifier from Italy. He was guitarist for a rock project he formed with Slammer bassist Russ Burton shortly after leaving Acid Reign but chose to join CATHEDRAL
just prior to the recording of their first demo tape. He now plays in FLIGHT
and BENEATH THE OAK
of British Doom Icon CATHEDRAL
picked up a Gravity
bass for the band's legendary 20th Anniversary show held at the O2 Academy Islington in London on December 3rd 2010, which featured two sets from the band, one of which was a 'Forest of Equilibrium' set, the final section featured songs from their latest albums.
Griff was roadie of CARCASS when he formed CATHEDRAL with grindcore pioneer NAPALM DEATH's founder/singer Lee Dorrian in 1989, establishing himself as a well respected bassist in the Black Sabbath-Influenced Doom scene of the 1990's.
rocked South and North America this Fall and Winter with his Atlas
basses, joining forces with Roy Z
and Metal Mike Chlasciak
, who were also shredding on Fernandes axes.
This historic tour, which ended in Anaheim, California, on December 19th and counted with many other top bands such as Dave Lombardo's Philm, Warbringer and Ozzy Osbourne; featured plenty of iconic classics from Judas Priest, Fight and HALFORD, fronted by "The Metal God" himself, Rob Halford.