Month: December 2015

2015 in review—My five favourite guitar moments

This is a top-five style list. But it’s my top-five list. This is the list of my five favourite guitar moments from 2015. This is the Scarebear 2015 in review article I never thought I’d do. What can I say, I’ve rediscovered the blogging bug.

I’m pretty sure there’s a cure for that. I just don’t care to take it.

My favourite five new albums from 2015

Let me start by saying that I’m not suggesting this list is some kind of top list in any way. This is not the top five metal albums of the year. This is not the top five guitar albums of the year. No, this is simply my favourite five new albums from 2015. I’ll hopefully explain why as I summarise each album. I’d also like to say that 2015 was an amazing year for new releases. You need only check out the list of albums released in 2015 on Wikipedia to see that.

Marilyn Manson, Periphery, Slayer, Lamb of God, Joe Satriani, Motorhead … It was a good year for metal releases. For me though, there were five albums that made me very happy. These are those albums (in no particular order).

52 pedals—the summary

I’ll be honest with you. I didn’t know how much harder 52 pedal manufacturers was going to be when compared to last year’s 52 amplifiers. I fell behind on my weekly posting schedule—the real world can be such a needy thing—and finding so many different manufacturers who were all providing something that appealed to me in a way no other pedal manufacturer was proved to be a lot more time consuming than I had anticipated. Having said all of that, I’m glad I persevered. I’ve put together a list I’m proud of that is hopefully going to be of use to other guitar gear addicts.

So, 52 different pedal manufacturers all offering that something special in an attempt to gain access to your valuable pedalboard real estate. If you had to choose one new pedal, what company would you choose a pedal from? What pedal would you go for first? Me, I’d certainly make it one of the following 52 pedals. At least one …

SilQ—quite the sexy little iOS EQ app

For a while now I’ve been lucky enough to have access to the SilQ app that the talented TonApp As created. You may know TonApp As through their handy little Guitar Capo+ app—which is also quite a sexy little app. Perhaps they’re cornering the market on sexy iOS apps. I’m sure that’s a niche market.

Anyhow, I’ve been playing around with SilQ and I have to say … I love it! There are EQ apps and then there’s SilQ—quite simply the best EQ app I’ve come across. I’m rethinking my opinion on EQ effects in a signal chain now—my previous opinion was not very high.

52 pedals, week 52—Wren and Cuff Mercy Phuk

Oh, you have no idea how much I’ve been waiting for this entry to the 52 Pedals series. This is the last entry so I had to end on a high. That could have been tricky though. All of this research and writing tires me so. I’m worn out. I feel under-appreciated. I need something to make me feel once again motivated, powerful and loved. Clearly, I need someone to give me a Mercy Phuk.

You have no idea how much I’ve been looking forward to that last sentence.