Hello and welcome to issue 66 of Guitar Interactive Magazine!
Artistry is rarely about conformity and straight lines. It's about taking risks and pushing boundaries to a point where the sheer impossible suddenly seems a little more like reality. Such has been the career of Devin Townsend, one of the most uniquely insightful musicians of the 21st Century, and nowhere is that more evident than with his latest release, 'Empath.' We catch up with the metal icon during his most recent run of shows in the UK and talk about the new record, his touring plans for 2019 and his signature pedal with Mooer Audio, which you could win in this issues’ competition, signed by the man himself.
Following the release of a new self-titled studio album in 2018 (the band's seventh album and first with new lead singer Jeff Gutt), Stone Temple Pilots were back on UK shores for the 2019 edition of the Download Festival and Guitar Interactive Magazine was on hand to catch up with STP's founding member and guitarist Dean DeLeo.
The finest acts in hard rock and metal descended to the hallowed grounds of Donington Park once again, across the 2nd weekend in June for the 17th annual Download Festival. As well as the 80,000 fans in attendance, the Guitar Interactive team were on-site to capture all the action and backstage interviews from across the weekend's amazing live event.
Also this issue, don’t miss the latest Guitar Interactive Tech Session, where Nick Jennison breaks down the ferocious power and subtle nuances of the Black Sabbath's riff lord, Tony Iommi.
As usual, with every issue, we have a whole host of the latest and best gear reviews from around the world of guitar, with our team of world-class gear reviewers offering their unique insight, expertise, and personality which as always, I hope you will enjoy However, if that’s not enough, don’t forget all of our exclusive lessons from Tom Quayle, Nick Jennison, Sam Bell and Giorgio Serci to keep you busy until issue 67.