Cranes Music Blog

  • An Interview with Hark

    In the 1990s, multi-talented James 'Jimbob' Isaac began a very important part of his musical journey when forming the epic juggernaut of a band, Taint. He then spent the following years applying unwavering hard work and dedication to his artistry both musically and graphically (Jimbob is also a very accomplished graphic designer). Hark formed in 2012 and released their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Crystalline’, which they supported by touring relentlessly throughout Europe. With the evolution of their line-up and subsequently the dynamics of their intoxicatingly thunderous sound, we felt it was our duty as fellow South Wales natives to catch up with Jimbob as Hark were on the eve of releasing their widely praised second album 'Machinations'.

    What was the first guitar you owned and what guitars do currently enjoy playing?

    JB: I'm currently favouring my Gibson SG (1995, black, standard), with my First Act Custom Shop Lola as back up. There's an ama…

  • An Interview with Killswitch Engage

    Coming from the melting pot of Massachusetts Metal and Hardcore in the late 90’s, Killswitch Engage started out as a supergroup of local musicians with a passion and drive to create their unmistakable sound. It’s a powerful, tight, uncompromising heaviness born from the Heavy Metal that proceeded it, seasoned with incredible passages of melodic relief.  It was a sound labelled as The New Wave of American Heavy Metal or Metalcore.

    Fast forward seventeen years, seven albums, countless world tours, millions of record sales and Killswitch Engage have become one of the most influential bands in modern Heavy Metal.  They continue to create incredibly relevant, influential music and whilst photographing/talking to them at the Newport Centre show recently, it was evident why.  After all of this success, they still have an energy and a passion for their music, keeping them amazingly humble and hungry to create and perform.  I had the pleasure of interviewing two …

  • New Arrivals | Blackstar HT Effects Pedals | Pt.2

    Welcome to part two of the Blackstar edition of our "New Arrivals" blog!  If you remember, we have just acquired a great treasure trove of classic and contemporary fx pedals and in this two part special, we'll be chronicling the collection of the valve driven HT BlackStar FX that have just arrived in-store.  So for part two, let's briefly break down the Blackstar HT-BOOST and HT-MODULATION we now have in Cranes.



    The power of two extra hot valve stages added to your amp? You may have come across other battery powered pedals that have boasted (or boosted.. sorry, I couldn't help myself) something similar, but they've probably cut at your dynamics and tone. That's why adding the purely valve HT-Boost to your set-up gives you a pedal that's designed to drive your valve amp hard! It has a 'Boost' knob designed to control the amount of gain given to the guitar's signal, with lower levels that offer a boosted clean tone, making your amplifier s…

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