Note: This piece first appeared in Australian Guitar #135. Subscribe to our print edition here!
Album #13 sees metal titans Opeth take an extravagant leap forward.
Words by Matt Doria.
According to fretboard warrior Fredrik Åkesson, the impetus behind Opeth’s titanic 13th album – the bold and barbarous In Cauda Venenum (Latin for ‘Poison In The Tail’, FYI) – was to make the Swedish death metal titans’ most epic album yet. And spanning over an hour of some of the band’s most bloodcurdling, yet melodic and cerebral material, it only takes one playthrough to see how well they’ve pulled it off. … Read the full article
[This article is co-authored by David Blumenstein]
Bit-Perfect Playback…and why you should care
David Snyder: By the time you read this, the new Amazon Music HD streaming service, promising “High Definition” audio to the masses, will have been available in the US and several other markets for a month or two. The initial subscription offering hits the wallet $5 to $10/month lighter than comparable services from TIDAL and Qobuz.
But is Amazon’s offering really comparable? A library that’s 50 million tracks strong is impressive, but what concerns me is the quality of delivery via available platforms.… Read the full article
Famous Danish loudspeaker manufacturer Dali has introduced the iO-4 Bluetooth headphones, a lower-cost version of its top-line iO-6 model, with the cost-saving achieved by omitting Active Noise Cancellation circuitry. [Click on image to enlarge]
The Bluetooth 5.0 aptX technology inside the Dali iO-4 includes CVC (Clear Voice Communication) which is designed to ensure anyone you’re talking to using your mobile can hear you clearly, under all noise situations. Dali claims 60-hours of wireless operation before the batteries require re-charging, but the headphones can also be used without any power at all, via a wired connection.… Read the full article
There's been no shortage of great Philips TVs deals for Black Friday, but this TV and soundbar bundle – available today only – is one of the best we've seen.
For just £699, you can now buy a truly massive 70-inch television at Amazon – with over £300 off the original RRP. Not in the UK? Check out some other TV deals at the bottom of this article.
For that money you'll get 4K resolution, HDR support for both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, as well as a Bluetooth soundbar to expand the soundstage beyond the TV's meagre built-in speakers.… Read the full article
When we began the big countdown to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend, one thing we felt sure we wouldn't be seeing was a all-singing, all-dancing Google Pixel 4 deal – it only came out in October! And yet here we are now, with an offer almost too good to refuse.
Pulling the monthly bills down to £29, the upfront cost to a comforting £9.99 and kicking the data cap up to 20GB, this offer from Mobiles.co.uk came along to top any Pixel deal before it.… Read the full article
Still haven't picked up Death Stranding yet? Well, the best way to play Kojima's epic is on a PS4 Pro – the game is optimized to run at 4K and with HDR support, after all. Not got one of those either? Then you're in luck. Game is offering £50 off this limited edition Death Stranding PS4 Pro bundle, taking the price down from £379 to £329. (Not in the UK? Scroll down for the best Death Stranding prices in your region.)
This limited edition bundle includes a Death Stranding themed 1TB PS4 Pro, a physical edition of Death Stranding and a translucent, urine-coloured Death Stranding PS4 controller – but there's no B.B.… Read the full article
It's an All-Digital Edition console with three games but, if you're not after the cheapest deal and you'd like a 1TB version of the console that can play discs, you'll like another deal we've found more.