• Best of 2007 so far...

    Ago 11 2007, 12:19

    Despite not having scrobbled anything for ages, I'm still around, but am (i) looking for a job having graduated and (ii) don't have sustained access to teh 'net. Nevertheless, I thought I'd type out a few records which have stood out for me thus far....

    1. Jesu - Sundown/Sunrise EP
    It's really ridiculous how addictive these two tracks are, and also how much more I prefer this over both the Conqueror LP and the tracks on the Eluvium split. I'm honestly not sure what direction Justin should take Jesu in, but this record has definitely kept me happy for the time being.

    2. Moving Mountains - Pneuma
    What??!?! Emo blended with post-rock? And it's even been done before! Despite all of this, I also find myself impressed by both the songwriting and execution of this album. The lyrics are quite cheesy, but are undoubtedly uplifting and the music itself features other instruments such as horns and the cello.

    3. Cephalic Carnage - Xenosapian
    These guys really impressed me when I saw them live with Akercocke, and although their grindcore fans are probably livid that it's more conventional in song length, etc than albums like Lucid Interval, for me it's a perfect summing up of all they've accomplish so far.

    4. Mistress - The Glory Bitches of Doghead
    I don't really have an excuse for having not checked out these guys till a few months ago, as I've been familiar with Annal Nathrakh for a few years. Grimey, dirty and thouroughly wrong, this is the ideal record to listen to when wanting to get worked up and then suddenly murder someone by beating them senseless with a lead pipe. In all seriousness, it's simply a great record.

    5. Slow Dancing Society - The Sound of the Lights When Dim
    Recommended by some of the good folks at afterthepostrock.com, this album currently occupies the spot of personal favourite ambient record. Despite the minimalism typical of the genre, there is a surprising amount of melody to be found here, but not to the extent that it becomes to overt.

    A few others:

    6. Neurosis - Given to the Rising

    7. Torche - In Return (and the remixed s/t album too)

    8. Alcest - Souvenirs d'un autre monde

    9. Crippled Black Phoenix - A Love of Shared Disasters

    10. Bloody Panda - Pheromone
  • How do you listen to music?

    Feb 23 2007, 1:05

    Just curious to know how other people out there in music-addict-land take their drugs. I'm wondering 'cause I'm quite unimaginative/apathetic myself: I usually go with the good ol' pick an album and play it through. Playlist creation scares me, due to the fact that I'll end up spending all my dissertation time, social time, sleeping time, etc trying to work on one. I've tried putting my whole music library on shuffle, but hearing Suffocation after The Arcade Fire (for example) is a tad unsettling. Letting friends choose is also a no-no... I'm not really interested in hearing a 20 minute tirade on how crap my music taste is (even if they're right). So what's your method?

    Random artist connections:
    Joy Division
    Explosions in the Sky
    Bad Religion
    DJ Shadow
    The Black Keys
  • Dragonforce @ Leeds Uni

    Dic 2 2006, 12:10

    The plan was simple: we'd go to Leeds early, go 'round our mate's house for a bit, go and attend the gig then have a pint before going home. Damn you John Steinbeck!

    We managed to catch the second support band, All That Remains, who were basically a metalcore band who managed to get the crowd warmed up nicely. I was disappointed at their attempt at: 'the closest we get to death metal,' but I was impressed by the vocalist.

    After they finished up, some parts of the crowd seemed to get 'over-enthusiastic.' Basically the crush from the back as we were waiting for DragonForce was ridiculous: I mean breathing was seriously difficult at points, plus I'm not into finding out what shampoo the guy in front's used close up.

    When Dragonforce appeared, the shoving got even worse, somehow. I appreciate people aren't going to treat each other with kid gloves at gigs, but jesus, I swear some people must've been taking running shoulder barges into each side! After the second song, I thought 'bugger it' and squeezed my way to the far right-hand side, where there was a relative abundance of non-humid air and space to move.

    Unfortunately I haven't got loads to say about the Dragonforce themselves, as I mainly went 'cause some friends of mine plus my cousin were up for going. The band played well enough, but sometimes the guitars got lost in the mix, plus at one point the right side speakers cut out completely. I wasn't entirely sure whether the banter between the band members was just an act, or whether they were actually getting pissed off with each other, but it all added to the entertainment. And strangely enough, I did enjoy the show overall, although I probably wouldn't bother to see them again.

    We had a quick drink in a nearby pub, before getting on the train home. That is, the wrong train to York instead of Manc... we had to wait an hour there (and had a pint in a pretty cool pace called Dusk) before getting the last train from York at 0226. Time of arrival in Manchester: 0356. Then went to a party where most of my mates there were either on E or acid and ended up leaving around 10 in the morning. Time for me to get some kip now and to stop playing that annoyingly-catchy Less Than Jake track!
  • Red Sparowes gig

    Ott 22 2006, 18:26

    Let's just say my first trip to Sheffield was a tad bizarre... on approaching the Corporation, I saw some kids waiting outside and thought 'well they're a bit young, but at least they've got good music taste.' A few minutes later, loads more kids pour out of the venue, all looking somewhat worried or concerned. Apparently a big bunch of chavs had gone in and started causing trouble or something, so they were all cleared out and asked to go home. Luckily when talking to a guy who seemed to work there, he told me the gig was still on.

    The first band up were Brenda, who seemed to be a rock band that used electronics and loads of echo on the vocals. Not bad, but it didn't really stick with me.

    Una Corda were on next and apparently they're a post-rock band from Birmingham. Frankly they were amazing... some really nice sections, but more importantly 'twas really cinematic. They dedicated their set to a member of their group, Earl, who was ill, so they only had one bassist. Not that it seemed to show that much as they seemed to really impress the crowd. Needless to say, right after their set, I got their CD and t-shirt for a(n excellent) combined price of £8.

    What can you say about Red Sparowes? I loved the first half of At the Soundless Dawn, but the second half seemed to be of a lower standard. Every Red Heart... however is much more consistant, has a theme and even longer track names! A Message of Avarice... was probably my favourite track, which correlates nicely with what seamountainsky mentioned to me. Alone and unaware... obviously drew most of the applause out of the crowd but it was nice to hear them play material off their old album. I hate to say it, but I was relieved when the gig finished: it was clearly too crowded for the number of people there and I could've really done with a seat! At the end I got a nice t-shirt with an awesome print on the side and the live benefit CD.

    On a sidenote, I missed the last train back to Manchester, which left around 2215 (damn you Central trains...). In the end, I had to call a mate who goes to Sheffield uni but went to my school, and he was kind enough to give me a bed to crash for the night.
  • The ME ME ME Journal Entry!

    Ott 13 2006, 18:01

    (Well ok, they're all connected to myself, but this one's about my journey through music blah blah blah. There's quite a lot of text ahead so I don't blame you if you give up reading :p )

    As always, it starts with parents' music. Well not my mum's, as she listens to awful chinese music with horrible wailing. I can accept that that's what music she was brought up with so she enjoys hearing it, but nothing bar radical brain surgery will make me like it.

    My dad had better taste for the most part. I'd describe it as 'populist,' in that a lot of the stuff he liked is seen as 'quintessentially good music,' i.e. The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, Queen, loads of classical vinyl (that I still need to investigate), etc and music from the 70s that could easily sound like a Heartbeat soundtrack.

    At the time, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel and Pink Floyd were the only bands I appreciated, especially the laid-back nature of Wish You Were Here. I soon started listening to the radio and off the back of hearing Stan got my dad to get me his album. Needless to say, I was thoroughly disgusted. If this was what rap music was really about, I reasoned, it could go rape itself. Repeatedly.

    Having followed that path to a cul-de-sac, I started listening to dance, specifically anthemic trance, courtesy of Dave Pearce: (not exactly the best DJ, but amusing sayings) Safri Duo, Ian Van Dahl, System F and more. Which led to the first album that was bought by myself: Behind The Sun. Whilst I usually now only enjoy hearing trance on a pill-filled night out, that album will always remain a classic.

    I'm not sure why, but at some point I picked up Progression Sessions 6: Live in America, which recorded another LTJ Bukem set along with MC Conrad and loved it. Basically I ended up staying up 'til 2am for Fabio & Grooverider once a week, pressing 'record' on the tape player, flipping it over 45mins later and going back to sleep. Total Science, Calibre, DJ Zinc, etc... I listened to an absurd amount of drum'n'bass.

    A guy in my class who I hadn't really spoken to before learnt that I was into d'n'b and we started lending each other CDs. The first CDs he gave me were Endtroducing... and Solid Steel Presents DJ Food & DK: "Now, Listen!" but the wierd thing (retrospectively of course) was how I seemed to enjoy the Solid Steel mix more than the seminal electronica record... anyway Owen had led me to music on labels like Ninja Tune, Tru Thought and Grand Central: The Herbaliser, The Cinematic Orchestra, Aim, the mighty Amon Tobin, Quantic and all sorts of other great stuff.

    From Shadow, trip-hop/chillout naturally followed and although to my shame I'm only finally seeing both Shadow and Zero 7 in the upcoming months, I do recall Bonobo was excellent at this year's Womad festival.

    Rap was back in the picture too in the form of 'decent' stuff: Company Flow, Blackalicious, Madvillain, cLOUDDEAD, etc. Anticon especially appealled to me with the lyrics being more introspective than those found in commercial hip-hop. Finding music like this made me realise that it's all too easy to dismiss a certain genre or type of music without fully investigating its various permutations.

    The switch back to guitar-based music occured in my first year of uni at Manchester, when I was in the same halls as three of my mates from school in Reading. Two of them had fairly extensive music libraries which were 'shared' using a combination of iTunes and myTunes (ah memories). With this considerable amount of free new music to explore, I stumbled across the greatness of bands like Eels, Bad Religion, Megadeth, Def Leppard, Fear Factory, The Datsuns and more. A glance at my imaginary last.fm charts back in 2003 would have seen Sepultura, Interpol, Anthrax and Nine Inch Nails high up there.

    Hmmm mentioning Interpol, I do owe that band much loved by indie fans for sparking my forey into post-punk and goth. I'm ashamed to admit it, but in copy of NME I picked up in the bar at the halls, they mentioned a list of five 'must-have' goth albums alongside a review of Antics. I think this was it:

    Serpent's Egg
    First and Last and Always
    Unknown Pleasures
    1979-1983, Volume 1

    Which I have to say are all gems (though I comfort myself in that NME ruthlessly destroyed most of these bands in their reviews at the time)

    The next great tool which ultimately led me to the music I adore was the almighty allmusic. Bands like Sepultura had given me a taste of metal and in searching for more on the site, I stumbled on an intriging description of Blackwater Park. Off to play.com eith the debit card! On the very first listen, I was hooked. Unlike many people, I was never put off by growled vocals: it was just that I hadn't listened to extreme metal before. But listening to Mr. Akerfeldt's awesome vocals, it seemed that utilising both vocal techniques was the ideal way of doing things. Opeth immediately become my favourite band, and they were basically the gateway to extreme metal: Darkthrone, Bolt Thrower, Children of Bodom, the mighty mighty Dark Tranquillity, etc and prog rock: Porcupine Tree, Yes, Camel, Soft Machine and more recently, Van der Graaf Generator.

    I had always been aware of post-rock like Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, but bands like Pelican and Red Sparowes bascially forced me to listen to more of that stuff... (it's sooooo good!) I'm surprised I didn't come across Explosions in the Sky the first time 'round, as they're now easily on of my favourite bands.

    And to sum up: I'm a musical mess, although the reason why primarily metal shows up on my charts is 'cause I love it so much. Perhaps at some point I'l get sick of it and start listening to new age of something, but for now that's how it's going to stay

    If you read all that, YOU'RE LYING! ;) I mean if you did, you easily deserve a tube of jaffa cakes. And a free mug or something. And I apologise for the spelling mistakes/grammatical errors/mass artist linkage.
  • Reading Festival 2006

    Ago 30 2006, 9:08

    Ok a quick overview:


    Send More Paramedics Enjoyed seeing them but thrown off by power cut 6/10
    Municipal Waste Headbang-central. My neck was hurting as much as in the aftermath of the Vreid set at W:O:A 9/10
    Lightyear Probably the band I most wanted to see at the festival, these UK ska punk hereoes didn't disappoint, and their antics were predictably hilarious 10/10
    Eagles of Death Metal Surprise quality act of the festival.. the crowd adored them too 10/10
    Twilight Singers Feat Mark Lanegean. Not bad chilled out rock [7/10]
    Bedouin Soundclash Oh the bass! Had to escape this one early as I couldn't be arsed with being pushed around anymore but still very good 8/10

    So a pretty good first day, although I really should have got off my lazy behind to see the Secret Machines again and also Gogol Bordello. I'm sticking with my decision not to venture to the main stage on that day though (urgh), although I would've liked to have seen the Panic! at the Disco get hit by that bottle (and to have given him kudos for staying on too)


    Wolfmother Hugely hyped-up, they didn't quite make the grade for me, but at least I saw them 6/10
    The Automatic Thought I'd go to see one of those 'in' rock bands. Big mistake 4/10
    The Fall Aside from Mark E Smith's mic-stealing antics, pretty cool 8/10
    Feeder Not really good, not really bad 7/10
    Flogging Molly These guys were amazing and I didn't know a single track. heaving in the centre, dancing further out 9/10
    Millencolin Enjoyable, but not as much as I hoped mainly due to being knackered from Flogging Molly's set 7/10

    Foolishly made the mistake of going to bed at 7am from the previous night so I basically used the Muse set to grab some much-needed shut eye. Maybe should have seen Clap Your Hands Say Yeah instead of Feeder and I was told Tilly and the Wall were worth seeing.


    Mastodon Really happy to see these guys here and the new songs sounded cool too 8/10
    Killswitch Engage Left half way through. I mean the audience interaction was good and the guys played like they had something to prove, but the singing-thing really isn't for me when paired with melodeath riffs 4/10
    Less Than Jake Excellent, especially when they got the crowd to tale off their t-shirts and wave them around 9/10
    Hope of the States Recommended to me by a mate, I loved their first track but found the others to be too generically-indie 6/10
    Coldcut Not quite as good as their Womad performance but still essential 8/10
    Slayer Let's just say that Fantomas has hugely improved Dave's drumming and while Tom's voice has (predictably) gone down hill, the others were on top form 9/10
    Niteversions Good warm-up for the main event 7/10
    2 Many DJ's Oh my god. Admittedly I was off my tits on pills, but these guys were the perfect end to the festival for me. When they played abit of Rebellion (Lies), I had a huge urge to jump through the roof and dance on the top all night. Must see them again 10/10

    I have to be honest, I wasn't overly optimistic with regard to having a good time at this year's Reading, but boy: was i proved wrong. A friend who shared my thoughts about the event both before and after said on Sunday night that he may have to buy a ticket to 2007 regardless of the mine-up. Think I might join him...
  • Summer Burn 2006

    Giu 6 2006, 16:30

    Ok thought I'd write one to preempt the rest of the bandwagon... here's the link:


    With thanks to rxtx whose journal I read to get the info... also desolat who'd just posted her journal too.

    Anyway there's no way I can fit all my summer tunes on one CD so two sorry people are gonna get two! I thought you had to do two in the first place, read the instructions correctly and deleted the playlist for the 2nd >.< But here's the tracklist thus far:

    El Capitan
    Mordet i Grottan
    The Dream Of Old Boats
    True Faith ('94)
    Blight Takes All
    The Shadow Knows
    Make You Feel That Way
    Dumb Day
    Blackest Eyes
    Saltwater (The Thrillseekers mix)
    The World Is Our...
    Tell the Truth
    Sirius although Autumn into Summer would perhaps be more appropriate...
    Pack of Dogs
    Secrets Of The World

    Two points: I have no clue about fading or track placement etc so I unfortunately the track transitions will most likely be terrible. Secondly I have the art & design skills of a 1989 smashed-up AMD pc so it's not gonna be pretty. Er, apart from that, it'll be brilliant! =P
  • Ok I give in

    Mag 27 2006, 23:04

    One of those populist journal questionaire thingies:

    Edit: oh lord I shouldn't have underlined the questions

    1. What are you listening to right now?
    Sugar Hiccup
    Haven't listened to this track (and album) for ages...

    2. What song makes you sad?
    Cemetery Gates party cause it reminds me of DGD and partly becasue it reminds me of a painful personal experience

    3. What is the most annoying song in the world?
    Gotta be that 'annoying thing' song or something like that... THAT should make people depressed, not listening to emo

    4. You all time favourite band?
    Tough one... probably Joy Division by a whisker over Opeth and DJ Shadow

    5. Your newly discovered band is?
    Enslaved Got the new album and was hugely impressed by it and started working through their back catalogue. I love their older, more conventional black metal stuff too. Russian Circles Love their new album too... not particularly innovative, but it still seems perfect to me.

    6. Best Female Voice?
    Lisa Gerrard... but I adore Kate Rogers' voice too

    7. Best Male Voice?
    Mikael Akerfeldt from Opeth predictably

    8. Music type you find yourself listening to most?
    Metal. I was into other genres initially but it seems to have sucked me in =/. I'm trying to get into math/noise rock stuff like Don Caballero now but avoiding the music I already like is hard

    9. What do you listen to, to hype you up?
    Napalm Death, fast-tempo Amon Tobin, thrash artists like Death Angel

    10. What do you listen to when you want to calm down?
    I bought the new Jesu EP recently and found it's good to chill to. Also Herbie Hancock free-jazz stuff and anything by Boards of Canada

    11. Last gig/concert you went to?
    Decapitated with Biomechanical

    12. Band you find yourself listening to the most right now?
    Ruun. And again. And again. And again... etc

    13. Most hated band?
    There isn't a most hated band per se, but I strongly dislike mainstream rap artists

    14. Song that makes you think?
    Anthing by Neurosis. I don't have to as much as when I first listened to them, but that first time I thought: 'Er.... what?'

    15. Band that you think the world should love as much as you do?
    Porcupine Tree. Without a shadow of a doubt. I mean their material is hardly inaccessible both in terms of the listening experience and in terms of availiblilty

    16. Coolest music video?
    I don't watch them. MTV et al is one of my pet hates *feels a mini rant coming on*

    17. Music video with the most babe watch?
    See answer above

    18. What do you play/would you play in the bedroom to spice things up?
    Knowing my ability to wow women, something by Type O Negative >.<

    19. Can you play a musical instrument?
    Nope... my parents got me a junior drum kit when I was younger, but I wasn't into music then so I only used ti for a few years then got bored (doh!)

    20. Ever been in a mosh pit?
    Yep, too many to mention. Too many bruises to mention too (though I do remember getting a huge one on my leg after a Fear Factory gig)

    21. Are you in a band?

    23. Ever dated a musician?

    24. Do you wish yourself that you were a musician?
    Yes, but then I think I'd get confused with what music I'd make, given the types of music I like

    25. Best chick band you know of?
    Uh, Octavia?

    26. Last song that you heard on the radio/cd etc?
    I gave up listening to music radio years ago as well as using a CD player. I guess you can count Enter (The Transformed God Basement) as I listened to it off the CD while I was ripping it onto my HDD

    27. What do you think of Classical music?
    I'd enjoyed the stuff my dad used to play when I was younger, Bach, Wagner, etc. Pretty obvious stuff really but I haven't had the time to get more into it

    28. What do you think of Country music?
    Another untried experience really

    29. What do you think of Death metal?
    Love it! =D

    30. Last BIG band that you saw live?
    Saxon. If you mean big as in commercial success then it would have to be Iron Maiden at Reading Festival last year O.o

    31. Are you a groupie?
    Nah. Too lazy

    32. Do you listen to music in foreign languages?
    Some black and folk metal in their native language... heh also that one (excellent track) by Sorskogen

    33. What famous musician would you like to fuck!?
    Er.. none. I want a nice quiet girl and we could live somewhere in the country with a nice cottage and grow our own food and have three kids and...

    34. Worst concert moment?
    Seeing the mighty Dark Tranquillity and having to put up with a bunch of damn kids calling for the next band, Chimaira. I have to admit I've never got that angry at a gig before: I wanted to drag them out of the crowd, chuck them out of the gig room and say 'F**k off if you can't appreciate a band as good as DT'

    35. Funny concert moment?
    Seeing the funny expression on Laurant from Pelican's face as he contemplates using the mic

    36. Sad concert moment?

    37. Best local act you can think of?
    I don't go to local band nights, regrettably

    38. If you were a musical instrument what would you be?
    Probably a drum kit. I deserve it.....

    39. Do you listen to the radio?
    see answer to 26.

    40. Do you watch music TV?
    see answer to 16

    41. Do you follow the music charts, like the top 40?

    42. Have you ever met any famous musicians?
    Does Carmelo, Massimiliano and Giuseppe from Novembre count?

    43. Are any of your friends/family/etc. musicians?
    My youngest sister has an acoustic guitar and is getting lessons, much to the annoyance of my other sister and myself (who weren't allowed them)

    44. Song that best describes your feelings right now?
    Silver Positive in a kind of separated way

    45. Song that describes your life?
    Smoke and Mirrors

    46. Do you know the names of all the band members that you listen to?
    Only for the bands I like alot

    47. Does a musician’s physical attractiveness play a role in the music that you listen to?

    48. What famous musician do you want to marry?
    Uh, see answer to 33 I guess

    49. Favourite movie sound track?
    Fight Club. The Dust Brothers do a fine job.

    50. Any musician pet peeves?
    i can't think of any at the mo

    51. What do your parents listen to?
    My mum listens to awful Chinese pop with the singer wailing. My dad listens to old popular stuff (Pink Floyd, The Who, Simon and Garfunkel and classical

    52. What are you listening to right NOW?
    Gloom, Beauty and Despair Cheery stuff, eh?

    53. Do you wear band T-shirts?
    Yup, although I'm annoyed as I can't find my Joy Divison LWTUA t-shirt

    54 What do you think of people who do?
    Nothing wrong with being proud to show what music artist you like, even if I (or others) don't like them

    55. What music sub-culture do you feel like you belong to?
    None, really. My friends are into different music types so I dont' group together with others who are just into the same music. Anyway some metalheads probably wouldn't like the fact that I'm a huge Coldcut and Horace Silver fan

    56. What song is stuck in your head right now?
    I've Lived On The Dirt Road All My Life I love Dan Snaith's vocals... I guess I can see why I'd like Jesu's stuff too

    57. Do you sing in the shower?
    I certainly wouldn't do that, let alone subject otehrs to my singing too.

    58. If so, what? If not, why not?
    My voice is so deep I once fell into it and couldn't get out for five hours.

    59. Would you rather marry a musician or be one yourself?
    Rather be once I guess

    60. How important is your partner's/friend's taste in music to you?
    A few common liked-artists is good enough for me! At the end of the day, friendship > music (+1 cheese pt)

    61. Hanson moves in next door to you, do you go introduce yourself, or do you arrange to beat them up?
    Neither. I'm insular like that. Nah... I'd introduce myself but wouldn't lend them anything ^__^

    62. Sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll, you dig?
    Would that require being loud, rude and scary? If so, count me out

    63. Do you cook to music?
    Yeah, just something instrumental like Explosions in the Sky to help past the time. Same goes for when I wash up the dishes
  • Upcoming Events

    Mag 21 2006, 16:02

    This is mainly because of my own absent-mindedness. Yesterday late on I panicked because I saw the date was the 21st and that I had therefore missed the Decapitated gig. Of course what I hadn't realised is that it was around 0130hrs on the day >.< Whilst that mistake wouldn't be prevented by me writing this, I feel I should anyway: I can't trust my own brain I'm afraid.

    20/06 Joe Satriani Hammersmith Apollo*
    23/07 Isis Koko*
    28/07 Womad Festival fest. Gotan Project, DJ Patife and Coldcut
    03-05/08 Wacken Open Air*
    19/08 Cryptopsy/She Said Destroy Underworld
    25-27/08 Reading Festival*
    12/09 Enslaved/Zyklon/1349/Keep of Kalessin Mean Fiddler
    20/09 The Cult Manc Apollo
    29/09 Mogwai
    30/09 Porcupine Tree
    10/09 Opeth
    Hopefully sometime i[n September: Pelican

    * denotes tickets already bought (SO I BETTER NOT BLOODY FORGET!)

    To be honest, I think I'll only be able to afford the Enslaved gig out of the yet-to-buy gigs just because my parents will go berserk if they find out how much I've spent on live events as it is :/ Oh and I must see Coldcut. Ah well a guy can dream...

    Edit: removed Suffocation and Necrophagist date due to cancellation mentioned below, added Jesu date!
  • Slayer and Mastodon added to Carling Weekend lineup!

    Apr 30 2006, 13:01

    Well after last year's lineup and the thus confirmed bands for 2006 I thought this would be a real disappointment. Well despite it appearing that rumours about Tool being there are untrue, these two bands personally heighten the appeal of Sunday.

    What I find amusing is where the bands have been placed on the bill. Mastodon have been put at the foot in a similar manner to Turbonegro last year as it seems like two metal bands high up on the bill is too much for Mean Fiddler. I guess noting that the two following bands are Taking Back Sunday and Dashboard Confessional dosen nothing to dispel that. [artist]Slayer meanwhile have been put before My Chemical Romance, so it will be quite amusing to see their fans in the mosh pit. I don't even hate emo or pop-punk/rock or whatever, although it does strike me that the whole emo 'look' is a cheaper, crapper looking version of the old '80s goths.

    But to be fair Reading is above all a rock festival so I shouldn't complain too much about the lack of metal acts, plus there will of course be a few rock acts that I'll be wanting to see like the Secret Machines, Audioslave and Muse. And thinking about how the two metal acts could be better placed, although I think Mastoden should be higher up the bill, I can't imagine Slayer being further up, if only because of Pearl Jam being the headliner for the day, but that's the problem when there isn't a dedicated metal stage. I think the dance stage should be on one day, the punk one on another and a metal one on the third, which to my mind would make seeing those bands easier. But Slayer in a tent?!?!?!??!?!

    It goes without saying that I'm going to enjoy Wacken Open Air 2006 a heck of alot more than Reading, but at least it's not looking too bad now.