Nucleust guitarist Max Palizban loves his gear. Over several years, Max has developed his signature sound through his experience with many different pieces of equipment, guitars, amps, pedals, and much more. In this article, Max dives right into the guts of his live rig, including a brief history of his Nucleust rigs, and what he has been using currently! Check it out below!
"I have always been fascinated with music gear and how much difference it could make to your sound by just switching to a new pickup or even using a different wood for the body of your guitar. I have used many different guitars and amps since I have been playing in bands, however for the sake of this short article, I have mentioned only my favourites ones.
My First ever live rig was an Ibanez RG570, a Marshall combo Amp 100 watts, a Tube screamer and a Noise gate, plus I was using Boss GT-8 effect processor as a collaboration with the Amp’s Two Channels. After this, I moved to a way better rig and have managed to push my sound to a new level. I used to have an ESP Eclipse 6 string which I was using with many different pedals, mostly Boss pedals at that time, such as Phaser, Flanger, Chorus and etc, in front of a Marshall Mode Four playing through a Marshall Mode Four 4x12 cab. Interestingly, I stopped liking Marshall amps’ tone after this period and instead tried to find a more modern and aggressive amp, therefore I moved to Peavey 6505 as my main Amp and minimised the use of pedals in front of my amp, just to get a simple but punchy and extreme tone. A bit after that, I started playing with 7 string guitars and ESP Horizon NT7 Black was my first 7 string axe. I used 5 different pickups on this guitar which were EMG, Bare knuckle Aftermath and Juggernauts, Di Marzio Liquid Fire and Crunch lab and finally Lundgren M7. My current choice of pickup is Seymour Duncan Nazgul and Solar. I have always been a massive John Petrucci fan and have been in love with the Mesa Boogie Mark V amp since forever. I finally managed to buy myself a Mesa Mark V around 3 years ago. Absolutely the best amp in the world!!! Meanwhile, I added the Rocktron Patchmate loop 8 floor as my midi controller which enabled me to control and switch between my pedals and amp channels by pushing only one switch. In the same time, I moved from ESP to Schecter KM7 as I really needed to use an extended scale guitar due to down tunning setup. I can surely confess that Schecter KM7 is an absolute amazing guitar, especially considering the price and the quality.
For the past two years, I have been using Kemper and have profiled my own Mark V tones into it. Kemper is an amazing device and have brought both convenience and quality to our live shows. I am using a Kemper Powerrack which is loaded with 600-Watt power amp, however I was not overly impressed with the power amp, therefore I have powered my Kemper with a Matrix gt1600fx power amp which has given me heaps of power and great tonality.
My current live rig is Kemper, Matrix GT1600fx Power Amp, Mesa boogie profiles, Shure GTXD16 wireless system and Solar A1.7 Artist LTD Black Open Pore. Having Evertune on my new Solar guitar has been an amazing experience and I highly recommend this amazing locking bridge to especially Metal guitarists who use Drop tunning.
My choice of Pick: Dunlop 0.88mm Tortex Jazz III XL and my favourite set of Strings: Ernie Ball E 2625 Electric Guitar Strings 10 to 74 8-String. I skip the 64 gauge and instead use the 74 one for my 7 string."
So who likes getting free stuff?
Perhaps a silly question.
To celebrate the launch of their re-imagined website, Nucleust will be giving away merchandise from their bandcamp web store to a lucky winner. The winner will be given the option of any three of the above six items! To go in the draw to win, all you have to do is sign up for the band's Newsletter below.
Nucleust will be touring Japan in April of 2019 alongside Obscura and Jinjer.
The Japanese tour is in support of Obscura's latest release "Diluvium"; the final part of a massive four album concept series. The tour also marks the first time Nucleust will perform on Japanese soil for dedicated fans and an ever growing audience.
Shows are booked for Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo including two straight nights of metal and relentless live performance at the venue "Cyclone". Other venues where Nucleust will appear on tour include "Fan J Twice" and "Imaike 3Star" renowned for heavy music.
Further information can be found under "Shows and Touring"
2018 has been a huge year for Nucleust. The evolution in the band's sound and development as a whole has been so profound that they have dubbed their new shift musically as "The New Era"; an exciting and captivating progression in Nucleust's career. Each member of the band has played a massive role in shaping the sound of the upcoming releases with unparalleled attention to detail and passion.
Max Palizban (Guitar and Vocal) originally fired up Nucleust back in 2013, after which he soon unleashed the bands debut EP "Fractured Equilibrium" alongside original members of the band in 2014. Since then, the band has released several other albums, toured both nationally and internationally on several occasions, and provided support for some of metal's best acts including Twelve Foot Ninja, Six Feet Under, Haken, Lacuna Coil, Soilwork and many more.
Jayden (Vocal) Walker not only handles vocal duties within the band and on the upcoming release, but has also been responsible accordingly for majority of the work towards our social media presence, as well as the variety of cinematic teaser videos you may have seen throughout Facebook and Instagram.
Grom Lofthouse (Bass) has made a major impact with his bass work on the upcoming release. Bass was tracked and composed by Grom. His playing showcases a variety of techniques, some of which have never previously been used amongst Nucleust's bass playing.
With a solid team and highly anticipated new release on the horizon, fans can be guaranteed their hunger for more Nucleust will not remain unfed and they will soon be seeing some huge things outside of the ordinary coming from the band.