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METAL: Emperor finally introduce their amp heads

Founded in 2006 by Kris Milkent, Dylan Patterson, Craig Thompson, and Sean Patton, Chicago gear company Emperor Music specializes in handmade hardwood guitar and bass cabinets, drum kits, and instrument cases, all designed with the needs of the underground metal scene in mind. Every cab is road tested to make sure it can withstand bowel-­loosening low end, endurance-testing drones, and screeching electronic noise—and the drums are built to be played so hard there's a risk they'll inch off the stage midset.

Emperor has been promising (or threatening) to roll out a line of amp heads for close to three years, and Patton—the noise maker in Indian by night—was pretty stoked to talk to me about it, the day before he left for Wisconsin to deliver one to King Buzzo for Melvins testing. He says a few prototypes have been in circulation for a while: Duane Denison of Tomahawk has one, as do Scott Shriner of Weezer and Mike Sullivan of Russian Circles. An initial run of heads will go on sale at the end of October, and the company will begin taking custom orders in the new year. 

Monica Kendrick

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