• Seen Live (WiP)

    Lug 8 2014, 14:31

    I think it's about time I make a list of who I've seen live. This will be a work in progress for now.

    Aerosmith
    - Download 2014
    - Download 2010

    The Black Keys
    - Lattitude 2014 (Sunday Main Stage Headliner)

    John Gomm
    - Download 2014
    * Acoustic

    Lilly Allen
    - Latitude 2014 (Friday Main Stage Headliner
    * Replaced [atist]Two Door Cinema Club. Big surprise, loved her! Colourful stage show, but she has an annoying laugh.

    Metallica
    - Sonisphere 2014
    * Fan chosen set list. Played ...and Justice for All. Cool laser light show.

    Milk Teeth
    - Download 2014
    * Acoustic, only caught a bit.

    Monuments
    - Download 2014

    Nick Oliveri
    - Download 2014
    * Acoustic

    Oxygen Thief
    - Download 2014
    * Solo Acoustic. Chatted to the guy and purchased a couple o CD's.

    Sabaton
    - Download 2014
    - Bloodstock 2013

    Steel Panther
    - Download 2014

    Trash Talk
    - Sonisphere 2014

    Raging Speedhorn
    - Sonisphere 2014
    * First show in 6 years!
    - O2 Academy Oxford 12 November 2007
    * (Supporting DIR EN GREY -was front row, purchased a t-shirt )

    Only Crime
    - Sonisphere 2014

    Alice in Chains
    - Sonisphere 2014
    * Partial set, only stayed for a couple of songs.

    Anti-Nowhere League
    - Sonisphere 2014

    Dropkick Murphys
    - Sonisphere 2014
    - Download Festival 2012

    Mastodon
    - Sonisphere 2014

    Itch
    - Sonisphere 2014

    Reel Big Fish
    - Sonisphere 2014
    * Sound problems, sound dropped out during a whole song. Hillarious banter, especially the "this is the same song..." bit. Played a bit of The Offspring's "Self Esteem" during "Beer"

    Krokodil
    - Sonisphere 2014
    * didn't like the melodic vocals.

    Blaas of Glory
    - Sonisphere 2014
    * Wandered past them playing outside the Satellite stage a couple of times on the Sunday. Very hungover. Good fun.

    Iron Maiden
    - Sonisphere 2014
    * Bruce flew a plane in a dog fight reconstruction earlier in the day. There was a drunk cup collector in front of us, who we kept putting cups behind him and watching as he found them and wondered where they were coming from. Sang like a madman!

    Slayer
    - Sonisphere 2014
    * Wandered past for the last couple of songs.

    Bleed from Within
    - Sonisphere 2014

    The Yo-Yo's
    - Sonisphere 2014
    *Watched a couple of songs and decided to move on towards the main stage.

    Eureka Machines
    - Sonisphere 2014

    Hundred Reasons
    - Sonisphere 2014
    * Playing 'Ideas Above Our Station' Had to miss the begining.

    Frank Turner
    - Sonisphere 2014
    * I know he's massively popular but had never really listened to him much. Very different sound for the festival but really bloody good!

    Stampin' Ground
    - Sonisphere 2014
    * Massive circle pits in the Jaeger tent.

    Carcass
    - Sonisphere 2014

    The Virginmarys
    - Sonisphere 2014

    The Safety Fire
    - Sonisphere 2014
    - Sonisphere 2011

    Blitz Kids
    - Sonisphere 2014

    Chas & Dave
    - Sonisphere 2014

    Baby Metal
    - Sonisphere 2014

    Alestorm
    - Sonisphere 2014

    TesseracT
    - Sonisphere 2014

    65daysofstatic
    - Sonisphere 2014

    Electric Wizard
    - Sonisphere 2014
    * Missed the begining to see Demonic Resurrection
    - Damnation 2012

    Demonic Resurrection
    - Sonisphere 2014
    - Bloodstock 2012

    Scholars
    - Sonisphere 2014

    Carnifex
    - Sonisphere 2014

    Little Matador
    - Sonisphere 2014

    Brutality Will Prevail
    - Sonisphere 2014

    Protafield
    - Sonisphere 2014

    Max Raptor
    - Sonisphere 2014

    October File
    - Sonisphere 2014

    Fort Hope
    - Sonisphere 2014

    TRC
    - Sonisphere 2014
    - Norwich Waterfront Monday 26 November 2012
    - Download Festival 2011

    Anti-Flag
    - Sonisphere 2014

    Malefice
    - Sonisphere 2014

    LostAlone
    - Sonisphere 2014

    Canterbury
    - Sonisphere 2014

    Hounds
    - Sonisphere 2014

    Polar
    - Download Festival 2014
    - Norwich Waterfront Monday 26 November 2012
    * Supporting TRC

    DIR EN GREY
    - Download Festival 2013
    - Sonisphere 2011
    - Download Festival 2009
    - O2 Academy Oxford 12 November 2007
    * Stayed in a hostel above a nightclub overnight.
    - O2 Academy Islington Wednesday 1 August 2007
    * Stayed in Islington overnight.
    - O2 Academy Islington Thursday 2 August 2007
    * Played Obscure on this second show!



  • Download Festival 2014

    Giu 17 2014, 15:01

    Fri 13 Jun – Download Festival 2014

    This was me and my brothers' 10th year at Download, and it was an awesome way to celebrate a decade of Download!

    The first 2 days were great fun. There was a cool atmosphere in the campsite all weekend.

    Watched Kunt and the Gang on Thursday! As funny as ever.



    This year I seemed to spend a lot more time at the Main Stage, which is unusual for me, but there were some great bands on all weekend.



    So friday started with Miss May I opening the main stage. They sounded great live and I enjoyed their set.

    Next were Crossfaith who were quite simply one of the best of the weekend! It takes a lot to get me bouncing up and down, but Crossfaith did it! Such a great show, and it was evident that they were loving it on stage.

    A highlight for my weekend was always going to be seeing Powerman 5000 live. I never got a chance in the past, and so I was majorly excited to finally see them. They lived up to expectations and played a great set, the new songs sounded great live as well.

    Moved to the 2nd stage for The Answer[/answer]. They're one of those bands that I see live and love, and come away meaning to listen to them but don't. Great performance.

    Caught the end of
    Page 44 over on the Redbull stage. Sounded so good, and I caught the song that made me want to see them live. Definitely a band I would like to see properly.

    Then to the Pepsi stage for the mighty Quicksand who were awesome!

    Caught up with my brother again at the 2nd Stage and watched a bit of Flogging Molly who were amazing! I wish I could have stayed, but I couldn't resist seeing Rob Zombie live again! It was an interesting decision to leave the giant robots etc. at home when performing on the main stage but was still a great show.

    While I hated missing out on seeing Opeth I couldn't pass up finally seeing The Offspring live- and performing an album I loved as a kid --- SMASH! They were simply amazing! A great way to end the 1st night of music, with lots of dancing and singing.



    Saturday kicked off with the mysterious Iceman Thesis on the Redbull stage. I'd liked the song that was played on the rock show, and good thing to as they literally just played that one song! Very good.

    Part of me was glad they were on so briefly, because it meant we could go watch some Dying Fetus who were just insanely good.

    Fozzy continued the fun on the Main Stage with a great performance. Always happy to see them live.

    We headed over to the 2nd stage to catch Chevelle who were really good.

    This was followed by sticking around to check out The Boss Hoss out of curiosity... and I was damn happy we did! Because they turned out to be a big highlight of the weekend!

    At this pont we headed to the Pepsi stage -via some full contact medievil battles- to catch a little bit of Marmozets before going to the main stage for the mighty Bowling for Soup! So much fun! A lot of banter from the guys as usual. A giant inflatable sheep on stage, which was killed by a random knight that showed up! Mad fun.

    Caught a bit of Lonely The Brave who sounded real good, before watching Arcane Roots who were great.

    Then go to see Vamps who were just awesome! Great to see a Japanese legend on that stage!

    Then got to see Monster Magnet on the 2nd stage. So good to see them again, after seeing them so many years ago at my 1st (oneday) festival in Milton Keynes. While they didn't literally set the stage on fire, as they did that 1st time I saw them, they were damn good!

    Then I headed over to see the Bowling for Soup acoustic performance, which was more fun! Before going to catch American Head Charge who were bloody awesome!

    Caught a bit of Status Quo on the 2nd stage before heading to see Sikth headline the Redbull stage. Absolutely amazing!



    Sunday began with a massive hangover. Missed out on Viza because I ended up in the wrong stage. But I did catch a bit of Dead City Streets, followed by the awesome Arthemis! A real metal treat! And another band who seemed genuinely stoked to be playing!

    Caught a bit of Kill Devil Hill, who were really good and ended with a Pantera cover - complete with Phil on vocals!

    Then it was time for Skillet, who I loved and was very excited to see live - they did not dissapoint! So damn good.

    Headed to the Pepsi stage and decided against staying for Thy Art Is Murder and headed to the main stage for a bit of Buck Cherry followed by a little bit of Richie Sambora.

    Then it was time for the awesome Feed the Rhino!

    Watched a bit of Emmure and the first song of Sepultura before going to see some Crazytown. I wonder if it would have been so packed at the Pepsi stage if it wasn't for the "secret band" - but CXT were really good!

    It was back to the 2nd stage for the mighty Sabaton! So damn good, and was glad they weren't plagued by the technical problems they had last time I saw them.

    Caught the end of VerseChorusVerse on the acoustic stage, as well as a bit of Milk Teeth.

    Really enjoyed what I saw of Steel Panther - genuinely funny. Then I headed back to 2nd for a couple of Seether tracks.

    Then it was back to the acoustic for the solo Oxygen Theif who was bloody amazing! Had a short chat with him and baught a couple of CD's after the simply amazing John Gomm. Stuck around the aocustic stage for some [artist[Nick Oliveri who was really good. Also caught some Polar and Monuments while there.

    Only caught a tiny bit of Alter Bridge between bands, but I will see them properly one day!

    Aerosmith were awesome! I was glad to see them again, but snuck off to catch some Zebrahead.



    Overall it was an awesome weekend. Had loads of fun, way too much to drink, and some some amazing bands. Still feeling the effects today, and dreading work tomorrow, but can't wait until the next festival - Sonisphere!!!
  • Beyond the Redshift

    Mag 12 2014, 20:11

    I don't want my last.fm to become completely abandoned just because my iPod hasn't scrobbled in years, so I'm going to make use of it for posting memories of gigs a bit more often.

    Sat 10 May – Beyond the Redshift

    Beyond the Redshift was a great one-day event. I liked the set-up, though a little bit more time between bands for the walk to-and-from The Forum would have been nice. Still, it worked well, the lineup was immense, and the crowd was great.

    First up, caught pg.lost who I've never really listened to before but enjoyed immensely.

    Had to pop and check into my hotel, but got back in time for the mighty Amenra! Just amazing! So early in the day and bar was set so high. I couldn't have expected more rom seeing them live, nice stage projection as well.
    I picked up an Amenra patch and got a bunch of stickers with it.
    £4.90 for a pint of Stella! BARGAIN! Thankfully it was a little better at the other venues!

    Headed over to see Esben and the Witch who were just brilliant! I'm glad I will see them again at Latitude festival!

    The legendary Jesu was next! Apart from having to move back a bit because thebass was killing my ears, it was another great set!

    Got some food, and then went to see God Is An Astronaut. These guys were so damn good!

    Then it was time for Bossk and I'm glad to say this was my third time seeing them now! Just as good as ever!

    Decided to stay in the are and check out some random bands. The first of which was Thought Forms who I really enjoyed. They seemed to have an at times psychedilic influence in their sound. Or I was just very drunk!

    Then came that beautiful moment when you take a chance on some random bands and see something like Sleepmakeswaves who were just phenominal! Had to shake the vocalist/guitarists hand afterwards because I was so blown away by their perfect sound! Grabbed a CD and eagerly await another chance to see them live.

    Was able to catch a bit of Amplifier who sounded pretty cool, but wasn't the kind of thing I wanted to hear that day I guess?

    Then it was time for the mighty Cult of Luna. Seeing them at Damnation was one thing, but this was a whole nother level! Intense, amazing! It was perfection.

    I hope this happens again! Even if CoL were to just curate, rather than perform, this was a great day of exciting music.

    I stayed at Kings Cross Hotel, which was basic but comfortable and most importantly just a couple of stops away from the venue.
  • Skindred @ The Railway Ipswich 18/12/12

    Dic 19 2012, 0:17

    Tue 18 Dec – Skindred

    The Railway is a pub venue and not a big one so it made for an interesting setting for a band like Skindred that I've seen play various festival stages.

    Security was tight, with sniffer dogs and searching on the door. Interesting.

    Took way too long for the doors to open and it was obvious this wasn't going to be a confortable experience, but who cares. The place was way oversold, but it made for a fun time.

    The other support couldn't play tonight, so we only had Idiom to warm up the throbbing crowd, and I thought they were pretty damn good! They didn't sound like anything new, but it worked and I'll be checking them out.

    Then came Skindred and it was an experience! They put on a great show, with Benji being an amazing frontman. It was hot and sweaty, there were lots of elbows (especially towards some dumb cunt moshing against the bar), but it was great fun. The set was what was expected, and the packed little pub made for a fun show with a bit of Christmas cheer.

    This venue isn't the future of music in Ipswich, but if they keep pulling in bands like this it is a great start for a more exciting music scene. It's just a shame more people can't be arsed to support places like The Royal Oak that put on top notch shows all the time.

    Good times!
  • Rancid @ Norwich UEA 10/12/12

    Dic 17 2012, 10:59

    Mon 10 Dec – Rancid

    First up were London punks Argy Bargy. Really impressed with these guys, they had some awesome songs and put on a great performance!

    Legends Infa Riot were on next. They did their best to rouse the crowd and were another band I cam away wanting to hear more of.

    When Rancid started the pit was insane fun, getting lost in a mass of sweaty bodies. Haha, sounds a bit dodgy, but a pit for a legendry modern punk band like Rancid is something you have to experience. The perforamce was great and a brilliant set list full of material old and new.

    Also, I wish I had money so I could have baught one of the ltd. edition shirts with the tour poster on... and, well, Rancid have a shit load of merch!

    Don't know if something happened, but there were a lot of cops hanging about afterwards.

    Great show!
  • Last 7 Days - 17/12/12

    Dic 17 2012, 10:43

    Not much on the charts this week. Main reason is my desktop dying, but thankfully I have since fixed it. Also, of course, my iPod is being lame and not scrobbling again. I'll try and figure it out, but lost lots of plays. Special mention of Metallica as I've listened to Kill 'em All and ...and Justice for All a lot recently.

    1
    Meadows
    Plays: 15
    Just can't get enough! Really looking forward to the next time I get to see them, which should be early 2013!
    2
    Big Boi
    Plays: 14
    Checked out his new album. I used to be really into OutKast, but haven't really followed their solo endeavours too well. I didn't go into this expecting much, but it is a damn good album! With more listens it could be a contender for the end of year list.

    3
    Torche
    Plays: 13
    A band I don't listen to enough, so I'm trying to make an effort to listen to them. they are awesome, as is the album Harmonicraft!

    4
    Pulled Apart By Horses
    Plays: 11
    Tough Love! What an album! I discovered these guys at one of the Latitude festivals I went to and they were of course one of the only really heavy things on that lineup.

    4
    Yankee Brutal
    Plays: 11
    Literally just discovered them via a video on blank.tv. They grabbed my attention with their mixture of punk and metal and I loved my 1st listen of their album!

    6
    God Is An Astronaut
    Plays: 9
    Such beautiful music.

    6
    Oathbreaker
    Plays: 9
    Haha, of course!

    8
    Sky:Lark
    Plays: 7
    As I said before, they really jumped out at me as something special.

    9
    Kerouac
    Plays: 6
    Recommended because I listen to Rolo Tomassi. A bit late, as I think they've broken up, but damn I liked what I heard and will be listening to them more!

    9
    Phantogram
    Plays: 6
    A couple of standout tracks on the Big Boi album prompted me to check these guys out and I'm glad I did!
  • Last 7 Days - 10/12/12

    Dic 10 2012, 14:21

    1
    65daysofstatic
    Plays: 63
    Despite liking them, and having seen them live, I've never gotten overly into this band until this past week. Something drew me back to them and I just couldn't stop listening!

    2
    Toundra
    Plays: 54
    Shaun introduced me to this band whose 3 releases are available as free downloads, and I'm loving them! Great music, and like all the best it makes a great soundtrack to wandering around in the countryside and forests!

    3
    Grimes
    Plays: 35
    Love Grimes, and seeing her live not so long ago was a highlight of the year.

    4
    Meadows
    Plays: 26
    Meadows are too fucking good. A great local independent band who do a lot for the independent scene in the country. So heavy and so good, they were ace at Wallop!fest and the MeaTburster performance (on a much smaller stage than when supporting Napalm Death!) was intense! Nothing heavier!

    5
    Crystal Castles
    Plays: 25
    Once again, a highlight of the year. Not listening to the albums much, but putting tracks in playlists.

    6
    Maybeshewill
    Plays: 22
    A bad I found via 6daysofstatic, and I'm glad I did! I'm getting into more of their music, but the track He Films the Clouds Pt. 2 has become an instant favorite!

    7
    St. Lucia
    Plays: 21
    Loving the EP! Something about it really work for me, and I know that this and the album will make for essential listening next summer!

    8
    Wiz Khalifa
    Plays: 17
    Checked out his new album and it's rather good! Love the production, and I like something about his voice and flow. Some good tracks on it.

    9
    Pure Love
    Plays: 16
    Purchased my tickets for next years tour alongside the signed album preoder. Having been a big Gallows fan, Pure Love is a very different animal. I understand the criticism, and maybe if it wasn't for Franks involvement I wouldn't have given htem a chance, but I'm loving the songs that are out there.

    9
    Chestburster
    Plays: 16
    Another band from Wallop! and other half of MeaTburster. Awesome grind/thrash. Had fun seeing them yesterday night and the zombie circle pit was hillarious!

    11
    Sky:Lark
    Plays: 15
    More Wallops! interesting set, seeing as they had numerous problems, but I still like them a lot! The S/T album is too good!

    12
    Gardens & Villa
    Plays: 10
    Stef recommended this to me, and it is great! Very mellow, but funky. Only had the one listen so far (last night while still durnk) but there will be more!

    13
    God Is An Astronaut
    Plays: 9
    Another I got into via 6daysofstatic. Only had the one listen of the album, but loved it.

    13
    Oathbreaker
    Plays: 9
    You know the deal.

    13
    Kendrick Lamar
    Plays: 9
    There's a song I really like from the album, but I havne't listened to the whole album properly yet. Sounds great though.

    16
    ID3
    Plays: 7
    The latest EP is grand!
  • The Last 7 Days 3/12/12

    Dic 3 2012, 10:36

    It's strange the things you end up doing when you should be studying! So here goes...

    1
    Sky:Lark
    Plays: 61
    Been listening to a lot of the bands playing the WINTER WALLOP! FEST all-dayer next Sunday. These guys really jumped out at me as being rather awesome.

    2
    Chestburster
    Plays: 49
    Local guys also playing WINTER WALLOP! FEST. I love horror, and I love music, so grindcore goodness that celebrate horror is good by me!

    3
    Meadows
    Plays: 46
    Also a local band. These guys are so damn good and heavy. They'll be at WINTER WALLOP! FEST. When both Chestburster and Meadows supported Napalm Death the bands came together on stage as MeaTburster and it was some of the heaviest shit I've ever seen, so good and they'll be doing that again!

    4
    Obscene Entity
    Plays: 39
    Another local band, from up the road at Bury, who I've seen live a couple of time and was just so impressed with. They also supported the same Napalm Death gig with Meadows and Chesterburster. They've put together such an epic debut EP it's almost unbelievable. Just an awesome slice of Death metal that is so damn good! Can't wait to see them live again, I just wish I could afford the Anaal Nathrakh gig on Tuesday!!! With a CD this strong, and better and better support slots, I can see these guys getting really big! and they sure as hell deserve it!

    5
    Oathbreaker
    Plays: 27
    Once again, I love them! I hope it's not too long before they come back to the UK!

    6
    Crystal Castles
    Plays: 16
    Can't get enough and still buzzing after seeing them live again!

    7
    Future of the Left
    Plays: 15
    A friend sent me a spotify link to their latest album. I had listened to half of it earlier in the year after reading a glowing review in Terrorizer, but since then I'd forgotten about it! So glad I got this link, because it is an awesome album I'll be putting on again soon!

    8
    St. Lucia
    Plays: 14
    I just got into them! One track last night, and came back for more this morning. Loving them!

    9
    David Cross
    Plays: 12
    I passed out drunk after seeing Demented Are Go! while listening to one of his comedy albums. He is one of my all time favorite comedians, maybe my favorite.

    9
    Foals
    Plays: 12
    Going to be seeing them next year! SO EXCITED! So of course I'll be listening to them a bit more.

    9
    Flat Earth
    Plays: 12
    Another band at WINTER WALLOP! FEST. They only have a demo atm, but it's great and I'm stoked that I might finally see them!

    9
    Jackals
    Plays: 12
    More WINTER WALLOP! FEST goodness!

    13
    Cursive
    Plays: 11
    Revisiting The Ugly Organ for the first time in a long time! WHAT AN ALBUM!

    13
    The Brian Jonestown Massacre
    Plays: 11
    Something about them I've fallen for. I never really got into them before, but now I'm trying to listen to them often.

    13 Play
    The pAper chAse
    Plays: 11
    One of my all time favorites! Especially Hide the Kitchen Knives. So many good memories of picking that CD up in Norwich and then listening to it religiously, especially while playing Phantasy Star on the Dreamcast! haha, memories!
  • Kunt and the Gang @ The Royal Oak 2/12/12

    Dic 2 2012, 23:38

    Sun 2 Dec – Kunt and the Gang

    It's quite contrasting having seen Kunt play both the massive Download festival to a massive sellout and crowd, and the local punk pub The Royal Oak to a crowd of jovial locals. This was my 5th time seeing the man, the myth, the legend, live and either setting works just fine.

    This is the 3rd time I've seen Kunt and the Gang play the Oak and it was the usual game of 2 halfs. The set incorprated both new and old material. Old tracks like Chips or Tits and Fucksticks get the crowd singing along and laughing out loud, while new tracks like Savile or one of the Christmas numbers invoke a fresh round of laughs. The guys= handles the odd cock-up well, and puts on a great show. I cant wait to see him again because he is hillarious!
  • Alabama 3 OR TRC @ Norwich 26/11/12

    Dic 2 2012, 14:14

    Mon 26 Nov – Alabama 3
    Mon 26 Nov – TRC, Polar

    OK, so it's a double review of sorts. I went to Norwich that night to see Alabama 3 with my family. I'd seen them before and really enjoyed them so was looking forward to it. Problem was, TRC were also playing upstairs at the same time! I caught TRC at Download last year (I think it was '11) and loved them and have really wanted to see them again ever since!

    So, starting downstairs with the Alabama 3 concert. The support act was The Jar Family. They look very folk, and they are but with an ever so slight rock edge. There's a nice energy to them, especially with the collective trading roles for different songs. I really enjoyed them, and if I would have had some money would have picked up their CD. It's not my normal thing, but I liked it a lot!

    Then came headliners Alabama 3 and when they came on, I was dissapointed. They sounded off, and after a couple of songs I just wasn't feeling it so I heade upstairs. Sure it was £9, but I was happy to trade a couple of beers for the chance to see something I was oging to enjoy.

    I got upstairs just in time to catch the end of Polar who were really good. I definitely missed out, and will have to see them properly sometime.

    Back downstairs for a few minutes and I still wasn't feeling the vibe.

    TRC came on and you could instantly feel the energy increase. Their straight-up hardcore works so good live. Their songs are simple and to the point, but the band carry it all well on stage. A lot of people shrug them off because of their image, but you do yourself a diservice if you don't at least give them a chance.

    It was a great night, but a bit odd floating between the two contrasting shows. I don't think I'm quite ready to spend my nights at gigs where the average age is 50.