Posts Tagged ‘Metal’

Hello, howdy, howzit goin?

Ok, i’ve been away for a bit, but it’s all been for a good cause. I was at Sonisphere watching the Big Four, Biffy and the ‘Knot to name but a few (I’m still in festival recovery mode), and i’ve had a few gigs to go to before that such as Suicide Silence, After the Burial & co, so over the next week or so i’ve a fair bit to waffle on about!

Coupled with the fact that i’ve got some groovy new tunes to listen to courtesy of Limp Bizkit and Unearth will see me, fingers crossed, back on here with vengeance!

Keep an eye out for at least my memories of the Cavalera Conspiracy w/ Sylosis gig in Wrexham, which will be very few given that i was wrecked off my face (cheers again for the Jager, Ross).

..and i’ll have a glowing review of next thursdays Slash gig in manchester. By glowing, i mean i’ll likely be sobbing like a child as he plays Sweet Child O’Mine. So very, very effing excited.

…and slightly off the subject of music, i’m gonna check out the new Batman Live show on Friday too! Heard there was a bit of an incident earlier this week where Bats himself was carted off on a stretcher. I don’t think it was due to the Riddler laying the smackdown on him either!!

ah well, It’s all fun!

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So last week, I was fortunate enough to find myself in possession of a ticket to see the return of Rob Zombie to the UK.

I’d kinda lost touch with what he’d been doing over the past few years musically, (I have Halloween 2 on the planner to watch!) but given that he’d likely be churning out a few solo tracks from ‘Hellbilly Deluxe’ and ‘The Sinister Urge’ and, fingers crossed, a few White Zombie numbers, I was pretty hyped for the show.

I ordered the deluxe version of Hellbilly Deluxe 2 but it didn’t arrive til the day of the gig, so I did all my prep on the way there in the car in the way to Manchester. It’s a pretty good album. Not a patch on the first Hellbilly album but it has some classic Rob Zombie sounding tunes on it like ‘Mars Needs Women’ and ‘Sick Bubblegum’. Unfortunately, my copy of ‘Educated Horses arrived the day after. No homework for that!

Anyway, the gig was ace.

First up were Revoker. To be honest, they didn’t do a lot for me. Spent more time Tweeting and updating my Facebook profile while they were on, so I waited it out knowing Skindred were up next. Sorry guys, just not my cup of tea!

I love Skindred. They’re a really unique sounding band. Good riffs, catchy choruses and great sing-along moments. It always helps a band when they have a frontman the calibre of Benji Webbe to add to the fantastic music. Anyway, they blazed through a decent set of tunes including ‘Trouble’, ’Nobody’, ‘Pressure’, ‘Destroy the Dancefloor’ and ‘Stand for Something’ and improved the night no end!

…and then for the main event. Rob Zombie. Not been over for 13 years and it was probably that tour I saw him last too!

Rob Zombie & Co 2011

Rob Zombie & Co

His live band now consisting of himself, Piggy D on bass, Murderdolls/Slipknot man Joey Jordison on drums and ex-Marilyn Manson man John 5 on guitar. It was quite a show, and something a lot of bands should pay attention to. If you’re gonna make a spectacle of your live show with gimmicks, do it properly like this! It was a zombie graveyard full of props and different backdrops, fire and smoke throughout. Giant monsters, robots and the like walking across the stage while the band played and what I can only describe as World War II looking Warhammer Space Marines shining spotlights into the crowd.

They opened with ‘Jesus Frankenstein’ and powered into the classic ‘Superbeast’ and it was top stuff from there on in. Playing solo numbers like ‘Demon Speeding’, ‘Living Dead Girl’, ‘Never Gonna Stop’, ‘Sick Bubblegum’ and ‘Werewolf Women of the SS’ (Backed up by a movie trailer for the same titled film starring Nicholas Cage – funny, but a spoof I hope!). I was never happier than when they broke into the occasional White Zombie track. They did my fave ‘More Human Than Human’, ‘Supercharger Heaven’ and the classic ‘Thunderkiss 65’, which sounded really meaty! Midway through Thunderkiss, Rob Zombie did a lap of the Apollo with a torch while John 5 soloed away on stage. More lightshows, explosions, videos of naked women, zombies and the Munsters later and they ended on ‘Dragula’.

I was glad I caught the show. It was a good one to see after such a long hiatus from eth UK. He’s back over for Download, but we’re only doing one festival this year, and it’s looking like Sonisphere, so I’ll miss it!

Don’t leave it so long next time, eh Mr Zombie???

Alright, alright…. Where to begin….

Firstly, Hi!  Welcome to the small corner of the world that is mine.  Now on to the main reason I’m here… and hopefully, you too.

For a while now, I’ve wanted to put something together like a blog or resource about the one thing that interests me more than anything.  And thought “what better place than here, what better time than now!” to quote a Rage Against The Machine line.

I’m a metalhead.  I love rock and metal, and most variations on the theme.  I grew up in the sunny(?) U.K. on a diet of Whitesnake, Iron Maiden and Bon Jovi, thanks to influence from my older brother, but like so many others, school and my peers lead me down a different, very dark path for a while.  It wasn’t til I was about 14/15ish that I ‘got into it’ again, courtesy of a friend singing GN’R at me on a school trip.  He, Slash and Guns N’ Roses have a lot to answer for since.

So what am I trying to do. I’m passionate about rock / metal music. I love it. I listen to it every day and go to a show a few times a month if not more. I was in a metal band for 10 years. We were unsigned, yeah, but we achieved more than I ever thought we would.

The point is, I want to write about the things I like. Beats writing about things I don’t like, yeah? …and work! I want to put pen to paper, then finger to keyboard and write about the songs that make me throw the horns, the gigs that make me dive in the pit, great new albums from top bands, some of the fantastic unsigned bands I’ve seen and heard. I just want to pass on my view, my opinion on what I see, and have seen, out there in the metal world.

I want to be able to pick up a new album and tell you what I think. Not a fluffy magazine review that is kissing arse when it should be saying “actually, this ain’t the heaviest thing they’ve written, it’s a bit mellow, really” and I wont be reviewing music I don’t like so you get an uninformed view of it. Like when people into stoner rock review a thrash album and say its shit! I’ll tell you my thoughts on the music I like, just like my mates give me their opinions.

Some people might find it informative. Some won’t. If you agree or find something here that you like then yay! If not, then what the hell, we can still be friends, yeah? Its not like all your mates have the same opinion. I listen to music that a few of my mates will just say “that’s gay” too, but I don’t think they’re dicks for it. (the fact that they are dicks does that quite well without any help! :-p) Anyway, I digress…

I’ll give you reviews of new albums (when I get them), new bands, etc. If I find myself listening to something old that’s still cool, I’ll tell you why I like it! There are bands out there that have been going for years that I’ve only just picked up on. So if I mention something like its brand spanking new, don’t message me saying “ dude, you’re waaaaaaay behind the times, XX has 3 albums out”, I’ve only done it cause I just found em myself and want to share. I know there are others who miss out on stuff to. I mean, it took me a while before I got to listen to Testament. Now there’s something I should have done sooner!!

Unsigned bands too. I’ve been on the UK metal circuit and seen some shit hot unsigned bands that are worthy of mention. To be honest, I’ve seen some bloody terrifying ones too! But if you have something you want me to listen to, then cool – send me a link! I’ve been on the end of bad press, so you won’t get slated if it’s not my cup of tea. If its not, then I’m not a fair judge, so I won’t say anything! We got slated by a magazine for looking like “a stereotypical metal band” and didn’t even rate us on the music. Apologies for dressing like so many of my peers. Twats.

I’ve also got a fair few ‘tales from the unsigned road’ and do’s and don’ts that we learned the hard way that might be cool to write about. God knows, if I’d have found some hints n tips when we were gigging, we’d have saved some money and time. Might have cost a few laughs though! I’ve been to hundreds of gigs and festivals that I’d like to reminisce about, that I’m sure some of you might have been at (Korn in Liverpool Krazy House, Slayer in Nottingham Rock City, Donington 95, etc..) and I’ll be going to loads more, so pop along to here and see what I thought of em.

I’m not claiming to be the be-all and end-all of metal or some rock god fountain of rock musical knowledge. I know what I know, and like what I like. I’m just a guy who hates his job and loves some heavy tunes with a few beers. (usually Hatebreed if I’ve had a few).

So think of this blog/twitter thing I’m doing as another mate of yours who you wanna share new music with and find out about new music from. I want to expand my archive of quality bands and let you know about some of the hidden gems I’ve been passed. I have friends who come around, throw new bands at each other and we both find something we like. Usually.

So, Thanks for listening and enjoy our feature presentation….