“I care about my guitar’s wellbeing, but they’re meant to be sacrificed”: Knocked Loose’s Isaac Hale on how his new “hell tone”, a custom Ibanez and ancient mathematics helped the Slipknot support picks reinvent heavy guitar for 2024

Knocked Loose guitarist Isaac Hale, playing an Ibanez Iceman electric guitar onstage
(Image credit: Ed Mason)

There’s an unwritten rule that says when bands grow, they should lose the sharpest edges of their sound in favour of something altogether more palatable. But Knocked Loose aren’t that kind of band.

Sure, the Kentucky outfit – who cut their teeth on a bone-breaking blend of hardcore, death and prog metal – are exploring more melodious avenues on third album You Won’t Go Before You’re Supposed To. But they’re still avenues you wouldn’t dare venture down on your own at night. 

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.