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  • Bands Seen Live....

    16 sept. 2008, 22h00m

    Hell is for Heroes
    My Awesome Compilation

    Bullet for my Valentine
    Hawthorne Heights
    Aiden

    Reading Festival 2008
    George Pringle
    Los Campesinos!
    Flogging Molly
    Crystal Castles
    Simian Mobile Disco
    Digitalism
    Jack Penate
    MGMT
    Vampire Weekend
    The Wombats
    Anti-Flag
    Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly
    Taking Back Sunday
    Dizzee Rascal
    Biffy Clyro
    Rage Against the Machine
    Kids in Glass Houses
    British Sea Power
    The Subways
    Mystery Jets
    The Editors
    Justice
    Bloc Party
    Manic Street Preachers
    Hadouken!
    Pendulum
    Tenacious D

    Download Festival 2006
    Metallica
    Guns'n'Roses
    Skindred
    Flyleaf
    Dredg
    Atreyu
    Billy Talent
    Secret Machines
    The All American Rejects
    InMe
    Down
    Arch Enemy
    Korn
    Hatebreed
    Dragonforce
    36 Crazyfists
    In Flames
    Lacuna Coil
    Cradle of Filth
    Lordi

    T4 on the Beach 2006
    All American Rejects
    The Automatic
    Basement Jaxx
    Busta Rhymes
    Dannii Minogue
    Embrace
    The Feeling
    Frank
    Feeder
    Orson
    Lily Allen
    Matt Willis
    McFly
    Ne-Yo
    Pet Shop Boys
    Pussycat Dolls
    Razorlight
    Shayne Ward
    Simon Webbe
    Will Young
    The Zutons

    T4 on the Beach 2007
    Kaiser Chiefs
    Maroon 5
    Manic Street Preachers
    Akon
    Natasha Bedingfield
    Mika
    Amerie
    Girls Aloud
    McFly
    Just Jack
    Calvin Harris
    Mutya Buena
    Dizzee Rascal
    Funeral for a Friend
    Kate Nash
    Super Furry Animals
    Reverend and The Makers
    Sophie Ellis Bextor
    Athlete
    The Pigeon Detectives
    The Twang
  • Play Lost!

    15 jan. 2007, 16h43m

    Theres a huge new internet game called Lost, the idea is to invite as many people as possible. The person who invites the most people wins £500.

    To play go to: http://www.lost.eu/165e8

    Its free to play, and you don't have to leave an email address.


    I'm curerntly listening to the The Fratellis (had to squeeze a tag in somewhere!)
  • Music i forgot i had... Vol.1

    11 sept. 2006, 23h21m

    I often get music and listen to a few tracks and discard it. Then sometime later say weeks or even months i'll come back to it and discover its true beauty.

    This time is Iron Maiden's - A Matter of Life and Death.

    Got it a few weeks ago, had a listen to the first track and forgot about it. Then whilest trundling through some Metal Magazine Sites, i found the video for The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg. What a song! This thus lead me to listening to the album from start to finish and i began to realise that this is a masterpiece of an album.

    Awesome album totally recommend it.
  • domain name help!

    20 jui. 2006, 19h27m

    My domain name expired for my website. My old one was www.lunarville.co.uk but i'm a little bored of that idea now. I want something cool sounding but easy to say to people. The website will probabily have a blog of some kind and some other stuff. Sofar i've got a small short list of domains:

    www.cyanideforall.co.uk
    www.possiblehomicide.co.uk
    www.brokenrocket.co.uk
    www.explodingmachines.co.uk
    www.notforanything.co.uk

    What do you think? Any more suggestions welcome!
  • The Last.fm quiz thingmajig;

    11 jui. 2006, 23h36m

    Name your top 10 bands at last.fm, in order

    Now anwser the questions according to the numbers

    1. Is there a song of 1 that makes you sad?
    Greenday. Yes Good Riddance.

    2. What's your fav album of 2?
    Placebo. Black Market Music

    3. How did you get in to 3?
    The White Stripes. Saw them on TV Playing at Glastonbury.

    4. How many times have you seen 4 live?
    Aiden. Once supporting Bullet for my Valentine.

    5. What's your favorite lyric 5 has sung?
    ACDC.
    "Back in black
    I hit the sack
    I've been too long
    I'm glad to be back"

    6. What was the first song you ever heard by 6?
    Moby. Natural Blues.

    7. What is your fav song by 7?
    Goldfrapp. Strict Machine.

    8. What's your favorite lyric that 8 has sung?
    No Idea.

    9. What's your fave song by 9?
    Smashing Pumpkins. Everlasting Gaze.

    10.What's a good memory you have considering the music of 10?
    The Arcade Fire. Don't have one.
  • My favourite 20 Albums of the Last 10yrs

    11 jui. 2006, 23h21m

    I couldn't be bothered to rank them. So in
    no-particular order:


    1. Black Label Society - Mafia (2005)
    2. Goo Goo Dolls - Dizzy Up the Girl (1998)
    3. Placebo - Black Market Music (2001)
    4. Arch Enemy - Doomsday Machine (2005)
    5. Children of Bodom - Are you Dead Yet? (2005)
    6. Killswitch Enage - End of Heartache (2004)
    7. Billy Talent - Billy Talent (2005?)
    8. Slayer - God Hates Us All (2001)
    9. Lost Prophets - Lost sound of Progress (2001)
    10. dredg - Catch without Arms (2005)
    11. Cradle of Filth - Nymphetamine (2004)
    12. Greenday - American Idiot (2004)
    13. Foo Fighters - In Your Honour (2005)
    14. Evanescence - Fallen (2003)
    15. Muse - Absolution (2003)
    16. The White Stripes - White Blood Cells (2001)
    17. Garbage - Bleed Like Me(2005)
    18. In Flames - Colony (2004)
    19. Opeth - Deliverance (2002)
    20. DragonForce - Inhuman Rampage (2006)

    There you have it. Comment/Spam at will.
  • Download review

    13 juin 2006, 22h31m

    I went to Download Festival 2006.

    I'm not going to comment on the riots or state of the toliets

    I just thought i'd tell everyone about who I saw and what i thought.

    Friday I saw:

    Wicked Wisdom
    Everyone i know what expecting them to be rubbish. And some people on my camp were saying "they'll definately be boo'ed off stage". All I can say is they missed out on a great show to kick off the event. One of the songs the band played that seemed to get the crowd excited was Yesturday Don't mean shit today. However the crowd weren't enthuastic enough to start a mosh pit going. After the performance Will Smith who is married to Jada Pinkett Smith. Disapointing Will didn't say anything but came out to wave at the crowd and got us to cheer.

    dredg
    They're a very interesting band anyways, I'd describe them as a heavy prog rock kind of band. Similar to Incubus if anything. I love the song Ode to the sun and they opened with that exact song. Interestingly there seemed to be quite a small crowd there that were all singing along. The performance for me was awesome, the singer kept moving around and danced around to the music. They also liked trashing their instruments too, and at the end of the last song the drummer kept drumming until they took his last symbol away. He then decided to bash the living hell out of the keyboard. It was awesome show very energetic.

    Coheed And Cambra
    I don't particularly know Coheed and Cambria that well and I wasn't particularly paying much attension tho I recall them playing Welcome Home. Which was about the only track i knew/reconized, and they performed it well with quite a large crowd on the main stage.

    InMe
    I've never heard InMe before, never managed to find their albums on torrent to have a listen to. So i was curious to what they were like. What an awesome performance. The Snickers tent was packed, the crowd sang every word. I have to say I quite like InMe, just on the basis of their performance. I also got the impression the band were blown away by their reception and turn out.

    Atreyu
    Emo music I know but for me theres something I like about Atreyu's sound. Its heavier than usual emo music, and i believe a few mosh pits started. I listened to a couple of songs left the tent, as i was starting to get irritated by the amount of 14yr old emo kids that had turned up.

    So I only saw a few acts on the Friday, but i made up for it on Saturday.

    Down
    I can't say i was blown away, their performance was "okay". I hadn't heard of Down before. It was just generic heavy metal from what I recall. Tho i was looking for a friend through most of their performance.

    Satyricon
    I only saw half of their performance and again i wan't impressed. I left half way through to locate the screen for the football, and to try some Brother's Cider. However i heard a rumour later that Satyricon left mid-set because they were unhappy with the sound of their instruments. Not sure how true this is. Anyone want to explain that one then comment!

    Arch Enemy
    Enemy! chanted the crowd. Great performance they opened with Nemsis, the blonde female singer was head banging the whole time. Such a great performance. Some true Metal at last! A big turn out aswell. One of the best act's of the day for me.

    Flyleaf
    They were only playing on the small Myspace/Gibson tent, but when i arrived at the tent there were only a small group sat down watching Manic, then the tent seemed to fill from no where, obviously i wasn't the only one who took a shine to Flyleaf. The performance was simply electric the lead guitarist with long black hair and bigger chops than me was a complete nutter. Jumping and spinning around, even jumping off the speaks and amps on stage. They started with a few mellow numbers from their album then had to stop due to problems with one of guitars weren't sounding right. However lead singer (not sure of name) managed to improvise and introduced each member of the band. She explained they were a small Texas band that still perform in a garage, and live in a small community. She then played So I thought and explained the inspiration for the song. Which was to do with the shootings of two christian girls, and she ended in a slightly cheesy but touching "stand up for your beliefs" moral. They finished with I'm so sick". During the performance the female singer would drop to the floor gracefully during the heavier parts and would rise again to sing her lines. What a great show! I seriously think they could go all the way over here in the UK.

    Billy Talent
    How can you not like Billy Talent? They're soo catchy, and their music is very punk. There was for soem reason i guy throwing Billy Talent badges into the crowd, sounds safe with safety pins. Anyways great performance. Enjoyable start to finish, they ended with one of my favourite tracks too Try Honest. I'm gonna keep an eye on Billy talent, an it wouldn't suprise me to see them playing the main stage next year.

    Secret Machines
    There must have been 50 people in the snickers tent for them. Thats probabliy two things, a) people preferred Trivium on the main stage, or b) they'd never heard of Secret Machines. However some way through the performance quite alot of people came to see them. I was quite looking forward to seeing this band, due to the highly ambient and prog rock style. They used lots of smoke effects, and there were a few of us who were happily singing along. They opened with Alone, Jealous and Stoned one of my favourite tracks off of the Ten Silver Drops, they then played a b-side off the album which i couldn't reconize for the life of me. Then disapointingly someone off stage pointed to his watch and spoke to the guy on keyboard. They then told the crowd this was their last song because their songs are too damned long. So they only played 3 songs for their set, and depressingly for me, i was hoping fo them to play Lightning Blue Eyes instead they finished with Daddy's in the doldrums. So a huge let down for me, as Lightning Blue Eyes is a favourite of mine.

    Korn
    I then headed back to the main stage to have a look at Korn and Metallica the headlining acts for the night. However when Korn were introduced they came on and gathered around a Mic to tell the crowd that Jon Davis (lead singer) had been hospitalized and was unable to play the show. However they said they still planned to perform tonight, and they had spoken to a few of the guys who had played sets eariler in the day, and have managed to get a few people to sing in place of Jon. The crowd then enjoyed a rather celebrity packed show instead. With Cory from Slipknot/Stone Sour, Dez from DevilDriver, Jesse from Ten Years, Benji and Skindred, Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold, and Matt from Trivium. Cory performed the most of the Korn songs such as Clown, Freak, and Blind. For me i thought Benjo from Skindred did a very good performance, his voice was well suited for the songs.

    Metallica
    The korn set finished early, however Metallica were late on if i recall. Now I was a bit of a Metallica skeptic before i went, i didn't wan't to buy into the whole Metallica are the daddy thing. And i thought some of their stuff was over rated. I had only listened to Master of puppets which i thought was an amazing album, but based on Ride the lightning which i thought was crap album and i made the assumption that Master of puppets was a one off. Then just before the festival i got Black, there were a few tracks on this album that i reconized. They were Nothing Else Matters and Unforgiven, and i love these two songs however I just assumed metallica being such a big band had such a vast catalog that these two songs were probabily the only two that stood out, until i got the Black. After the performance my opinion had totally changed of them. I am now a Metallica fan. They started with Creeping death and then later announced they were going to play the entire Master of Puppets Album for its 20th birthday. The crowd went wild. It was an awesome set. I loved the album anyway. Later they played One which i reconized but didn't know what it was called or what album it was from. Later they played the few tracks off of Black, such as Enter Sandman, Nothing Else Matters, and Unforgiven. The whole thing kicked ass. Later in the encore they did Seek and Destroy, and a cover of a misfits song. It felt like Metallica enjoyed the show and soo did the crowd.

    Sunday brought on a lot of awesome bands too...

    DragonForce
    I was going to see Evergrey but they were running late and i decided Dragonforce was a must see. I was only familar with a few Dragonforce songs such as Valley of dragons and Through the fire and flames, a great performance and it looked like the band were overwhelmed by the sheer number of people there. There was also alot of people in the crowd with plastic swords and knights helmets. However for me a small let down was that one of the guitars wasn't sound right, and the vocals couldn't be heard that well over the music.

    36 Crazyfists
    I sat in the grass waiting for In Flames to come on. I wasn't paying much attension tho it looks like the people who were there had a great time. Personally 36 Crazyfists wasn't my cup of tea.

    In Flames
    The sh*t is right here. This is what Metal is about. Some proper heavy metal with screaming and roaring. The performance was awesome, I also loved the lead singer's mention about the world cup. He was hoping England would win that way one Swede would at least touch the cup and then dedicated Take this life to Sven. He also took the piss out of the people on hill asked how the picnic was XD! Love it.

    Lacuna Coil
    I've only listened to Karmacode, and thought it was a cool album and the band had a unique sound. Somewhere between Evanesence and Nightwish i spose in terms of vocals. The live set tho was alot heavier than anticipated, which was cool. The guy behind me kept shouting "Get your tits out" which started to get on my tits after a while! They performmed some of their older stuff which i didn't know but they also performed alot of their new stuff off of Karmacode, such as Fragile, Our Truth,and finally Enjoy the Silence the Depeche Mode cover they will be releasing. Everyone was singing along to that one was an awesome performance and a song everyone knew even if they didn't know Lacuna Coil.

    Cradle of Filth
    This performance blew me away. Awesome start to finish. It was the first time ever seeing CoF and was blewn away and i thought Dani Filth was an awesome guy. They played all of my favourite songs Her Ghost in the Fog, Nymphetamine, and Cradle to Enslave Whats more their performance was made more interesting by the extras they had. Danny came on stage with a guy dressed in a golem like costume on a leash. Later they had a rather nice blonde lady swinging from drapes on top of the stage during Nymphetamine. On the last track a different girl with a metal plate on her chest was using a grinder to create sparks. The whole thing was also helped by Danny's sense of humour, quite a few bottles and random things were thrown at Danny and he just taunted the crowd saying "at least fu*cking hit me". He also made the crowd cheer over and over again until it was loud enough and then said "axl said to me if they don't cheer for you i'll going back on my plane to LA and rebraiding my hair along the way" which got a few chuckles.


    Skindred
    An unusual sound, its a combination of Drum'n'Bass/Reggae Rock and its not Ska-punkish either sa that combination might picture. The Myspace tent was packed there were people stood outside just listening. Benji was awesome and pushed the crowd to their limits, and to be fair the crowd was i think getting tired after 3 days, but he still pushed it so the crowd made noise. And even got them to sing-a-long. A very interesting band, and it wouldn't suprise me to see them do well in the UK top-ten charts because they would appeal to such a wide variety.

    Lordi
    The Euro-vision Rock Monsters were back again this year, I only had the chance to see a few tracks as I had to look for a friend and wanted to go see GnR. However I was hoping to hear Would you love a monster man? and Hard Rock Hallejuah, but i didn't get too. There were quite a few younger kids there in the audience tho, and because of the large number of people who had turned out, it was EXTREMELY hot in the tent.

    Guns'N'Roses
    I used to like 'em before reading about them on Wikipedia. Axl Rose sounds like a complete tw*t. And he is. He threw a paddy because the stage was too slippery. Someone threw a bottle of piss at one of the guitarists, (from what i gather) he kicked into a camera man. After Sweet Child o'Mine the Guitarist apologized and said he was there for a good time and not to have bottles thrown at him. This was met with some boo'ing. And to be honest all the other bands that day too bottle throwing without much offence. For me the performance was ruined by Axl running of stage. I can just imagine him shouting at his PR backstage during guitar solos. Speaking of which there were too many guitar solos, 5minute solos before practically every song, was he trying to prove his new line up could play guitar as good as Slash? The show was even stopped midway through for technicans to carpet the slippery stage. All in all i was left rather disapointed and a bitter taste in my mouth from the performance. Lots of the crowd left aswell.

    Later that night the infamous Riots occured, anything to do with GnR's performance or just too many drunken yobbs? Then again 1988 GnR performed and two people were killed in a crush coincidence? Who knows.

    Comments welcome. Apologies for: Spelling Mistakes, Misinformation, or poor tagging. I had to write this in notepad due to firefox crashing.
  • Just out of pure interest i wonder how much of a metal head I am?

    13 juin 2006, 20h32m

    I took the standard method of finding this out on Last.fm. By visiting the tags page of each of the artists in my overal top ten. I then set about adding all the values for the "" tag. This came to 887.

    1. The White Stripes 71
    2. Green Day 143
    3. Placebo 87
    4. Aiden 14
    5. AC/DC 354
    6. Moby 22
    7. Goldfrapp 12
    8. Doves 11
    9. The Smashing Pumpkins 154
    10. The Arcade Fire 19

    71+143+87+14+354+22+12+11+154+19 = 887


    To make into an average we divide by Ten (our data range)

    88.7 = 887/10

    Now we need to know the average metal tag, regardless of what artists it maybe.
    http://www.last.fm/tag/metal

    In this case:

    1. Metallica 2505
    2. System of a Down 2420
    3. Iron Maiden 1527
    4. Rammstein 1506
    5. In Flames 1264
    6. Slipknot 1203
    7. KoЯn 1129
    8. Pantera 1108
    9. Nightwish 1105
    10. Children of Bodom 1102


    Adding up the first ten gives us:
    14869

    We now need to make that into an average so we do:
    1486.9 = 14869/10

    Now comes the final bit we divide our average by the tag's average:

    0.0596 = 88.7/1486.9

    Now we have our average we need to make it into a percentage. We multiply by 100.

    5.9% = 0.596*100

    This shows i'm not exactly a hardcore metal fan, however I listen to a moderate amount of metal I spose.
  • Ashton Court Festival Lineup Announced

    5 juin 2006, 23h52m

    For £9 you can't really go wrong with the Ashton Court festival. It seems to be getting better and better each year with the announcement that Simple Minds will be headlining! I went last year and had an absolute blast, the Super Fury Animals and Lemon Jelly were headlining. It was also the first year they have ever done it over two days aswell! Its just a shame its not a camping festival, trooping in the dark over uneven ground down a hill into Bristol wasn't exactly fun when theres 50,000 other people on the same trail.

    I can't wait till 22nd/23rd of July!

    So whos is playing this year?

    This year's headline acts on the Orange Main Stage will be:

    Simple Minds
    The Go! Team
    BlackBud
    The Cheaters

    and on the Relentless Amphitheatre Stage:

    Planet Pendulum
    Dreadzone
    Plan B
    Nathan Fake
  • Interesting Covers

    2 juin 2006, 17h43m

    A List of Interesting Covers...

    1. Fear Factory - Cars
    (Gary Newman)
    2. Disburbed - Land of Confusion
    (Genesis)
    3. Megadeth - Anarchy in the UK
    (Sex Pistols)
    4. Arch Enemy - Aces High
    (Iron Maiden)
    5. Lacuna Coil - Enjoy the Silence
    (Depeche Mode)
    6. AFI - Head Like a Hole
    (Nine-Inch-Nails)
    7. Cradle of Filth - Fear of the Dark
    (Iron Maiden)
    8. Children of Bodom - Opps I Did It Again
    (Britney Spears)
    9. Korn - Another Brick in the Wall
    (Pink Floyd)
    10. Orgy - Blue Monday
    (New Order)
    11. Tori Amos - Smells like teen spirit
    (Nirvana)