Sunday, September 21, 2014

Nachtmystium: The World We Left Behind


This is Blake Judd's farewell gift to the world. To begin with, I'd say it's a deserving conclusion. After his latest conviction, he's spending time with family. On a personal note, this implies the coming of age- when you hit rock bottom in life, family time is the way to go. 

I'm not one to glorify substance abuse & hedonism but The World We Left Behind is, upon close listening, a reflection of an individual's life journey; an an honest account quite devoid of material worship. I was expecting an Instinct: Decay conclusion because The Silencing Machine went that way despite the successful psychedelia of Assasins & Addicts. To put it simply, TWWLB is an intelligent brew of the traditional & psychedelic, perhaps it's Judd's best effort in terms of musicianship. I'm also giving it a thumbs up in terms of production. There is ample gloss to mark quality & that signature lo-fi black metal livery is present but in trickle amounts. While tracks such as Fireheart & Voyager invokes the essence of Darkthrone & Burzum respectively, the rest of TWWLB are Nachtmystium's own. Yes, they sound familiar because they are treading the black metal path, just like jazz album sounding jazzy- there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. 

It is fair to hope that Blake Judd would muster enough sense along the way to revive Nachtmystium should the situations permit. I consider them to be an essential USBM establishment, people with enough courage to look away from the hype while dwelling on grounds that do not pave way for fertile development.

Selling: Pearl Fun box (junior size cajon)

Clearing percussion, this is one of them:
  • Selling: Pearl Fun Box (Jr size cajon)
  • No bag
  • Self-collect: CCK mrt stn
  • No reservations/ trades
  • Queries/ confirmation: subversion.sg@gmail.com
  • Condition: 8/10
  • Price: $69 (final)
Thanks :-)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Selling: ENO TC-31 (Analog Delay)

Slightly more than a month old, it's a mini pedal so works with an adapter only.
  • Selling: ENO TC-31 (analog delay)
  • Box included)
  • Condition: 9/10
  • Self-collect: CCK mrt stn
  • Confirmation/ queries: subversion.sg@gmail.com
  • Price: $49 (final)
Thanks :-)

Mesa/ Boogie: MARK V 25W


Naturally, if you are a high gain fan, you'd like that crushing drive tones coming from a Mesa Boogie Dual/ Triple rectifier. The amp simply offers another perspective to the ferocious American-type aggression. After a personal audition, the Dual/ Triple rectifiers were more hype than impressive (to me). I wasn't into what these amps had to offer; they sound like something wasn't turned up right, it lacks the terrifying bite of a VHT/ Peavey 5150 (those were the standards back then). Upon close listening, the only Mesa/ Boogie tone I liked was that of John Petrucci's early Dream Theater releases but those were not Dual/ Triple rectifiers doing the job, it's the bigger brother of the amp you see here.

The Mark IV/ V had always been the definitive Mesa Boogie drive tone but it wasn't in the limelight. Everyone who's been with the Mark V kept it their little secret; it's a worthy discovery & shouldn't be something to shout about. The prices were arguably prohibitive anyway. This fall, the Mark V is re-introduced as a little menace (25W + 10W option available) by the manufacturer with some extras to boot. For instance, it has its siblings tone gutters in there to make it a worthy value-for-money purchase- you get the amazing cleans from the Mark IIC as well as the tasty crunch from a Mark IV. The Mark V channel completes the amp in terms of aggression (the most extreme coming from the amp). The key attraction to the 'Mark's is its slider EQ section which was lifted off the bigger brother unadulterated (go ahead & measure the dimensions). Hear this one in action & understand why the Mesa/ Boogie drive is one of the most sought after in terms of amp overdrive:


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fender: Classic Player HH Strat


Yet another freshie by Fender: Classic Player HH Strat. It's, em... another Strat but deliciously equipped with a pair of Wide Range humbucker. Pair with that alder body, how would it sound like? Here:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PRS: SEA10E

We know that the SE range by PRS is the manufacturer's more affordable take on its USA range. We may adore the PRS guitars out there but ownership will be a hindrance to many of us & it's all about the price. We also know that the SE standard of production is not a compromise by any means. It's not about putting that 'PRS' tag at stake & that's the quality assurance we get which is why getting a PRS SE is a pleasant experience for many of us. The SE range had just seen a mahogany addition, a gorgeous solid top instrument to say the least. We do not quite look up to PRS for a distinguished acoustic experience unlike some Martin, Taylor or Takamine instruments with tremendous history backing them up but I've played some SE acoustics & I must say that the accounts are as intriguing as the solid body counterparts. PRS has joined the mahogany camp so it gives variety to the range & it's a wise move.