Dustie Waring’s Signature PRS

Way to represent for the North Carolina Dustie. Finally the people at PRS are giving due credit to more metal players. There are plenty of metal-heads with signature models, but Dustie is neither mainstream nor overrated in the least.

Let’s talk about the guitar. It’s surprising that they went with an American made custom model instead of one of the PRS Se line. His guitar is subtly beautiful. I love the purple matte quilted maple top. That’s not something that you see every day. I am not much of a matte finish guy myself, but this guitar totally pulls it off. I would buy this guitar today if I had the money lying around. Black hardware complements it perfectly. Also…The Original Floyd Rose. If there is anything that makes this guitar look like a lean, mean, metal machine it is the Floyd. Paul Reed Smith introduced the Custom 24 Floyd, but this guitar looks like the Floyd really belongs on it. I have never played one of the PRS guitars with a Floyd Rose, but I am guessing that it is heaven. That is if heaven was made out of mahogany and maple.

I am just wondering why this is a limited run. Why in the world would they stop making a guitar that can handle everything from metal to jazz and all genres in between with equal grace? The closest “Metal” instrument they have is the Tremonti signature. I know that Paul doesn’t think of his guitars as instruments made for heavier music, but there is definitely a market that is looking for exactly what the Dustie Waring signature model offers. And they want to limit them? I understand that they are probably aiming to make the instrument appear special and exclusive. Who know? PRS may just decide to continue the guitar. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.


The Contortionist-Language Review

Language is a fantastic marriage of ethereal cleans, brutal riffs, and brand new sounds that make up their latest effort to create a really strong album from start to finish. The Contortionist have really gone in a newer direction, but it pays off if you are willing to give it a change. After hearing the two singles: “Language I” and “Primordial Sound” I was expecting for a really abstract album with nearly all guitars playing on the clean channel. While there is more clean guitar with long delay than Exoplanet or Intrinsic, Language comes with heavy riffs that we have come to expect from The Contortionist. Language I champions the ethereal and ambient clean passages that are used by nearly all progressive metal bands. While most of their peers use these passages as breaks from brutal onslaughts of guitar riffs, Language I sees The Contortionist writing the songs based on the emotions and mood of the songs themselves.

If you were a big fan of Intrinsic, then chances are that you will really like Language. With Intrinsic, The Contortionist moved in a more progressive direction with even more ambience and dynamics than their first album, Exoplanet. Personally I thought that Exoplanet was among the strongest albums that I have heard in the past few years, but I guess that all artists need to evolve. The riffs that come up towards the middle of Language are just as brutal as you could imagine coming from the Contortionist. In fact, the songs in the middle are my favorite because they serve as something of a climax for the entire experience. Because of this the album feels like the listener goes on a sort of journey instead of just ten or so songs being placed together. By the time you get around to “Ebb and Flow” and “Parable,” you are put in a great finale to this piece of art that the Djent masters have created. I think that the end is probably the strongest part of the album. Honestly I love it all.

I would highly recommend this album to anyone who considers themselves a real Contortionist fan. That is, if you liked both Exoplanet and Intrinsic, you will probably love this album. However, if you thought that The Contortionist didn’t live up to your expectations with their second album Language is probably not for you.

Starting a Band

I started a band. I managed to meet someone on Craigslist who I didn’t regret jamming with. I met with another guitarist who is in to the same music as me and sees eye to eye on many of the same goals. He also wants to play Prog Rock/Metal. He has been playing for twelve years and I thought that we would be a little more unmatched in the skill department. I am glad that I was wrong. He can play faster and has a much better ear than me. However, he doesn’t seem to mind in the least. In fact he is supportive and encouraging. Also great is his optimism about writing songs and playing in the future. We have really good chemistry which is probably the most important factor in finding a writing partner. At this point we are learning a lot of Opeth and Porcupine Tree songs, but we will manage to expand our repertoire before long. He is really into Korn and Disturbed both of which I would be more than stoked to cover. I hope that we can jam with some other members before too long.

We are both interested in making Progressive Music that draws from a wide range of influences and captures a vast array of themes, emotions, and experiences. We haven’t entirely looked at getting new members quite yet, but it is only a matter of time before we get this train rolling. My friend is in the right headspace. He doesn’t have some lofty ambition of “making it” or signing a record deal before we have even played a show. We are also entering the third week of our endeavor. We are sounding better and better with each practice.

I am really excited to see where this will go and I believe that this could be something truly special.