Big gig update

I have five gigs to attend this week. In fact, I’m just in from the first (Machine Head at the SECC). However, due to this silly “work” thing I have to go to each day I’m going to struggle to get the reviews up shortly afterwards, so expect a deluge over the weekend.

In addition, I got a new toy – a Panasonic Lumix TZ20. It has a cracking zoom and the photos from the gig tonight are definitely a step above what I’ve been getting in the past. Not professional level by any shot, but definitely more “keepers” than “chuckers” out of the 200+ I took. This means more upload time to Flickr, but what the heck. It’s all fun!

I also promise that I’ll try my best to get back to some general posts on here rather than the constant film and gig reviews.

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Random 15 Music Meme

I got this one from Beth (awesome blog – please check it out!) via facebook. I’m popping it on there and also on this blog for those of you who have not yet succumbed to Zuckerberg‘s evil invention.

1. Turn on your mp3 player, ipod or the music player on your computer.

2. Go to shuffle songs mode.

3. Write down the first 15 songs that come up, song title and artist, no editing/cheating please

4. Choose 15 people to be tagged.

Either drop me a note/link to your list on your blog in the comments, or do the facebook version. That is, go to the “Notes” tab on your profile page, click “Write a note”,  paste these instructions in the body of the note, enter your 15 shuffle songs, tag 15 people under the post then click publish.

  1. Paradise Lost – Your Own Reality
  2. Kiss/Peter Criss – You Matter To Me
  3. System Of A Down – Attack
  4. The Wildhearts – Splattermania
  5. Megadeth – Disconnect
  6. Cavalera Conspiracy – Must Kill
  7. The Calling – Unstoppable
  8. Megadeth – Symphony of Destruction
  9. Hayseed Dixie – Donkeys in Morocco
  10. Death – Killing Spree
  11. REO Speedwagon – Ridin’ The Storm Out
  12. T’Pau – Heart and Soul
  13. Slipknot – Liberate (live)
  14. Norther – **** You
  15. Kiss – No No No
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When will people learn?

Congrats Finland

Finland trounced the Eurovision Song Contest a couple of years back with Lordi‘s amazing Rock and Roll Hallelujah. They tried again this year, but fell for the “they’ve done this before” attitude and their vastly superior act was rejected in favour of some trash from Russia voted for by all the ex-colonies/ states/ gulags/ whatever.

Australia’s version of Pop Idol (or is it Fame Academy? Same ****, different channel)is routinely filled with people singing the likes of Nickelback and RHCP rather than Bros.

And now Pop Idol Bulgaria has been won by a self-confessed metaller singing renditions of songs by Whitesnake and Deep Purple. The video’s below – watch out for the judge who looks like an old Maiden roadie.

So when will people learn? Metal ******* rules over that boring pop *****.

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Vocal metal!

Came across this lot through a random posting on the Metal Hammer news pages. Van Canto are from Germany. They consist of 5 vocalists (1 hot female, four men – you judge if they’re hot or not, I don’t swing that way) and a drummer.

They’re a metal band.

With no bass, guitars, keyboards… They’ve done a cover of Metallica’s “Battery” (below), while the (better) video for “The Mission” is on their web page. And it’s superb.

Who’d-a thunk it? Rank them up there with Apocalyptica as “it shouldn’t work… but bloody hell, it does”.