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  • Paramore shows and venue sizes

    26 May 2013, 14:31 by onemoregirl

    You can read this old hipster blogpost that I wrote in 2007 here. I still stand by this point of view. Even though I wish the bands that I like nothing but great music careers, sometimes I wish that they would stay small enough to play clubshows, but just big enough to do a European tour. I can explain this, with my history of (attending) Paramore shows. (If you don't want to read the whole post, scroll down to where it says Venue sizes.)

    Paramore shows

    2006
    In the Spring of 2006 Paramore toured the UK and I really, really, wanted to go. Sadly, my parents didn't think this was a good idea since I was 16 years old. Then in the Fall they came to the UK again. I was 17 by then, but still not allowed to go.

    2007
    On June 5th 2007 Paramore finally came to the Heineken Music Hall in the Netherlands. I waited for this for over 1.5 years. They opened for My Chemical Romance and Billy Talent. This was the best thing ever at the time! Even though they only played for approximately half an hour and no camera's were allowed in the venue. There were some other Paramore fans there (maybe 7 or so) and we started talking to them. Later I found out that they actually arranged to meet up with the band after they performed. I'm still sad that they didn't ask us to join them. It's not like two more people could've done any harm.

    Then RIOT! happened and they blew up in the US. When I went to New York City I figured I could plan this around the time Warped Tour was there on August 4th 2007, so I did. The crowd was crazy! But I loved that they played At the Drive-In's One Armed Scissor at the end of Here We Go Again and I was the only one that was singing along where I was standing.

    Not long after, they came back to The Netherlands for a headlining show at 'kleine zaal' (=small room) at the Melkweg on the 30th of August 2007. This was great, since this venue holds about 700 people. However, there were lots and lots of screaming young girls. Which was and will always be annoying. In my opinion, it's great to cheer on the band and sing along, but actually screaming is the worst. Unfortunately, I went here by train and I had to catch the last one back home, so I still wasn't able to meet them.

    In between I became a member of the Paramore fan club, which gave me access to pre-sales and such.

    2008
    Early 2008 Paramore returned to Europe. I really wanted to go to to Cologne, but when I finally convinced my parents (still 17 here) it was sold out. So then I decided to go to Hamburg. I made all the arrangements and then they unfortunately postponed this and other remaining shows of the European tour.

    Luckily, not long after they came back to catch up on the missed shows and decided on different venues that were actually closer! I went to Brussels on June 9th 2008. This was probably the best Paramore show I ever went to. I was all the way up front and I met the band afterwards. They were all so nice and especially Josh talked to us for a long time.

    A few days later, on June 17th 2008, I went to the Melkweg again. This time they were playing at the bigger room (The Max) that holds about 1500 people. This show was great as well. Again I was in the front and met them afterwards! Except for Zac, who didn't come outside.

    2009
    Then came the long wait. In the Spring/Summer of 2009 I seriously wanted to go the the North American Paramore/No Doubt tour with a friend. But we didn't have enough money to pull this one of. So the waiting continued.

    In the Fall of 2009 they did another European tour. I went to the show on December 6th 2009 in Cologne and won an official meet and greet at this one. Because there was another meet and greet group besides the official fan club one, we were let into the venue to late and weren't able to stand in the front. Still a fun show though.

    Two days later, December 8th 2009, they performed in The Netherlands again at the 013 in Tilburg. This venue holds about 2200 people. It was freezing cold and we waited in line forever. We were not in the front, but had a good view. Afterwards we didn't hang around to wait for them, cause again, it was freezing cold and we had to catch the train back home.

    2010/2011/2012
    In the Spring/Summer of 2010 they did some European festivals and a few shows, but unfortunately these were all to far away. And then in the Fall of 2010 some UK shows, which I also couldn't attend. And then again in the Summer of 2011 and 2012 they did some festivals and shows in Europe which were all pretty far away.

    2013
    But now, after not seeing Paramore live for over 3.5 years, they're finally coming back again! First I will see them at Pinkpop on the 14th of June. Then I bought early entry tickets for Amsterdam and Bremen. I'm most excited for Bremen, since this is a smaller venue and this will be my 10th Paramore show.

    Venue sizes
    And here I return back to my main point, venue sizes. My ideal venue holds about 500-1500 people. Enough people to party with, but not to much to get lost in the crowd. (Un)fortunately Paramore outgrew this by 2008/2009 in Europe. Again, I wish them the best and biggest music career, but wouldn't it be great if they'd play some smaller shows here and there? Like they did in London a couple of weeks ago.

    I would love for any band (not just Paramore) to play at venues that are just the right size. Where you can hang out with the band afterwards (if they want to) to let them know how much you appreciate them and their music. What do you guys think about this? What's your favorite music venue? :)

    As I briefly mentioned, not just the venue size is important, but also the kind of people that show up. So another question would be what kind of people do like at your ideal show? People who sing along, or not, who like moshpits, or not, who are 12, 20, 40 or anywhere in between?
  • Seen Live List (+videos)

    1 May 2011, 15:44 by VanLaiho

    Aerosmith (2x)
    After Forever
    Alice Cooper
    Amorphis
    Andre Matos (4x)
    Arch Enemy
    Avenged Sevenfold (3x)
    Black Label Society
    Black Sabbath
    Cavalera Conspiracy (2x)
    Chaosfear
    Children of Bodom
    David Lee Roth
    Destruction
    Doro
    Dr. Sin
    Duff Mckagan's Loaded
    Epica (3x)
    Forgotten Boys
    Gamma Ray
    Gloria
    Ghost
    Gotthard
    Guns N' Roses (2x)
    HammerFall
    Helloween (4x)
    Incubus
    Iron Maiden (6x)
    KISS (2x)
    KoЯn
    Krisiun
    Lacrimosa
    Linkin Park (2x)
    Massacration
    Megadeth
    Metallica
    Mindflow
    Nevermore
    Ozzy Osbourne (2x)
    The Parlor Mob
    Paul McCartney
    Pixies
    The Pretty Reckless
    Primal Fear
    Queens of the Stone Age
    Rock Rocket
    Sebastian Bach
    Sepultura (4x)
    Shaaman
    Slayer (2x)
    Stratovarius (4x)
    Tori Amos
    Velvet Revolver
    Viper (2x)
    Yo La Tengo

    Coming up:
    The Birthday Massacre
    Epica
    System of a Down

    Videos:

    A

    AC/DC
    The best concert i ever been so far...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5d_HL--kNI

    Aerosmith 2x
    2007
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF8XfvqPLjo

    2011
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S41yQHPoOiY

    After Forever
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYD2P0jMRF0

    Alice Cooper
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcwJar65rVE

    Amorphis
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj2gAQQp5Jg

    Andre Matos 3x
    2006
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzLCZ5JqpH0

    2008
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0daMG1wocwY

    Arch Enemy
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndwp37vxbMc

    Avenged Sevenfold 3x
    2010
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCGvhGvfRHA

    2011
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeiShSIYJ2M

    2013
    -



    B

    Black Label Society
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FXm-F3OGNk

    Black Sabbath
    2013
    -


    C

    Cavalera Conspiracy 2x
    2010
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWq-LGmBsFc

    2011
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEJzwURF1tA

    Chaosfear
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iD4Zxso4Mk

    Children of Bodom
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaCMIWrQTxk



    D

    David Lee Roth
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2pWF3dlHcs

    Destruction
    -

    Doro
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9p0A3sm9Uk

    Dr. Sin
    -

    Duff McKagan's Loaded
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjYSTceYpE8



    E

    Epica 3x
    2008
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Yj4tj2GSLM

    2011
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7L3baeB9Rs0

    2012
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdB5joTzQ5E



    F

    Forgotten Boys
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqPC1EQRlr0



    G

    Gamma Ray
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFXHGhBwTrM

    Ghost
    2013

    Gloria

    Gotthard
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqK795wWjWY

    Guns N' Roses 2x
    2010
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaYi0rfWQNE

    2011
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56hQXeuVm38



    H

    HammerFall
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or_WPT-vOxI

    Helloween 3x
    2006 - I'm on dvd mothafucka :D
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0HIAU8bXR0

    2008 (feat. Gamma Ray)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqsIgCxvTjI

    2011
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9ztpnDmlLQ

    2013 (feat. Kai Hansen)
    -



    I

    Incubus
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cyc1X6B3OyE

    Iron Maiden 6x
    2004
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgWgvAnqZ3c

    2008
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnV1pRqrUOg

    2009
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAKsJPpOC9M

    2011
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfq97X3Bkjw

    2013
    -

    2013
    -



    K

    Kiss 2x
    2009
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEBhbLK0rzk

    2012
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1alF-ECPhQ

    KoЯn
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbCEYEutV5M

    Krisiun
    -



    L

    Lacrimosa
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmP9PfaLjVU

    Linkin Park 2x
    2004
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8HJF5JpdDc

    2010
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dCP2qrNqpc



    M

    Massacration
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jmAXDSr9b0

    Megadeth
    2013
    -

    Metallica
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtEl2alMvks

    Mindflow
    -


    N

    Nevermore
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8VynWiJy30



    O

    Ozzy Osbourne 2x
    2008
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad3Ei1S7APg

    2011
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YM3dxK2rrdk



    P

    Paul McCartney
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtEH_SWQBGE

    Pixies
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9TQAhb-mCA

    The Pretty Reckless
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfsiZUeAKbI

    Primal Fear
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjeoUUn3pKk



    Q

    Queens of the Stone Age
    Truly fuckin' awesome!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMqk0FIpoK4



    R

    Rock Rocket



    S

    Sebastian Bach
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waFD-mFyx8E

    Sepultura 4x
    2006
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C19FPVw9Br4

    2010
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OtNYIR1jHo

    2011
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCblSmHMaOs

    Shaaman
    -

    Slayer 2x
    2013 (São Paulo)
    -

    2013 (Rio)

    Stratovarius 4x
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGRCWPi2S3E



    T

    Tori Amos
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMzTOsnWb_4




    V

    Velvet Revolver
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t45O65Y8wTA

    Viper 2x
    -
    -

    2013
    -




    Y

    Yo La Tengo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WMGbu2JCHM







  • 2011 Soundwave Preview - As published in the TERTangala

    26 Feb 2011, 07:09 by final_alert

    There are very few musical events - concerts or festivals – that truly get my engine revving. Sure, Big Day Out, Homebake and the like always pull one or two bands that I absolutely adore, but there is no Australian event that comes close to Soundwave. As a metalhead, this is a one-stop-shop for music that will not only blow my head off, but also have me walking away muttering non-sequiturs about the burning of Norwegian churches (Note: I do NOT endorse this behaviour, but I do love Burzum none the less).

    My previous experience with Soundwave went a little like this:-
    -A giant cue snaking its way through Newtown
    -Dehydration
    -Mud
    -Most importantly, a hill and moshpit full of people going wild to “Wish You Were Here” and “Pretty Fly for a White Guy”

    Now there is absolutely no doubting the pulling power of both Incubus and The Offspring, who are massively successful, highly respected and highly loved bands, but they do not compare to what the promoters of the 2011 Soundwave Festival have got install for us.

    With 69 bands (yes, correct, not just a number pulled for the sake of yet another laugh) set to play the 2011 Soundwave Festival, there are too many to discuss, so instead I have put together a shortlist of bands I am most excited about seeing perform at Soundwave.

    1.Iron Maiden

    Need I talk to this at all? One of – if not the – most recognisable heavy metal bands of all time, now midway through their fourth decade of playing and producing skull-rattling, mind-melting and ear-warping heavy metal, there is nothing that can top Iron Maiden headlining. Having seen them in 2008 when they toured for the first time in 20 years, one of the items on my bucket list was checked off. To have a chance at seeing them again, well, what can I say? With a two hour headlining set planned, this is by far the most amazing thing that will happen at Soundwave.

    Most anticipated track:- Can I Play with Madness

    2.Slayer

    Along with Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax, Slayer pioneered the thrash metal subgenre, which is characterised by unrelenting aggression and fast tempo. The chance to see one of the “big four” thrash metal acts in Australia is something I just cannot pass up (and by doing so, yet another “to do before I die” dot point will be crossed out). There is simply no match for Slayer when it comes to Thrash, and I truly look forward to experience an all out assault on my eardrums by these Metal Messiahs.

    Most anticipated track:- Reign in Blood (cliché, yet so amazing)

    3.Terror

    It surprises me that Terror have pulled such an early set-time, considering the pulling power of the LAHC powerhouses in the hardcore scene. While not the greatest of fans of their music, I am excited to once again be a part of an amazing crowd experience – with Terror renowned for their wild moshpits and fun onstage banter.

    Most Anticipated track:- Out of My Face

    4.Rob Zombie

    Many people will have heard the name, yet very few will realise that the man behind the remake of Halloween is actually the front man of the highly successful metal outfit of the same name. The band are known for their wild lyrical content (bordering on insane at points) and funky yet impossible to label style of heavy metal. With a range from groove metal to industrial metal, this is a set that will please a range of metalheads, and will keep me talking for months.

    Most anticipated track:- Iron Head

    5.Slash

    Have 5 characters come together to form such perfection any other time in musical history? I can’t think of a time.

    6.Sum 41

    I am willing to delve into the nu-age punk scene on occasions, and have been caught on numerous occasions rocking out the pop-punk tracks that Sum 41 are known to produce. There is one reason that above all else that Sum 41 are so successful – they tour like crazy. It is good to see a band so devoted to its fans whilst continuing to produce music that doesn’t sound as though it is coming from my neighbour’s doghouse. Of course, it will also be fun to yell “sk8rboi” at the band throughout the set.

    Most anticipated track: In Too Deep

    7.Dimmu Borgir

    It is rare that Australia is blessed with high-quality black metal acts gracing our shores. With the arrival of Dimmu Borgir comes the end of a black metal drought. With piercing screams that rival those produced by Maria Sharapova, and corpse paint that is almost as attractive as that worn by Gene Simmons, this is a set not for the faint-hearted. Black metal in general scares a lot of people, and only those who truly love the genre are recommended to witness this ear destroying set.

    Most anticipated track: The Serpentine Offering

    8.The yet to be announced local act

    On top of the aforementioned bands, there are a host of other huge acts that could just as easily be headlining the festival – New Found Glory, Stone Sour, Sevendust, MxPx just to name a few – but one of the most impressive things about the Soundwave festival is their commitment to supporting local talent. More importantly, many fans that make it through the gates in time are straight to the stage to support the band and get right behind them. Not only are the promoters bringing in the best of the best, they are also supporting the grassroots. A win for the band and for the fans.

    There are of course, other things to look forward to for the 2011 Soundwave festival: a great new venue (Olympic Park), a timetable with very few clashes (for me at least, but who cares about anyone else’s timetable), the bringing together of the old (Saxon, The Sword, Slayer) and the new (Mayday Parade, Foxy Shazam) and a day full of amazing metal and hardcore.

    There isn’t much more that this metalhead could ask for (except maybe for Judas Priest as well).
  • Song (and Video!) of The Day: Agonoize - Bis Das Blut Gefriert

    9 Jun 2010, 01:11 by final_alert

    So, the first edition of song of the day is - as the title suggests - Agonoize's Bis Das Blut Gefriert (loosely translates to To freeze the blood). Appears as Track One on the 2009 album Hexakosioihexekontahexa



    Now, this song - most of the album infact - never rated too highly for me (I was far more interested in Evil Gets an Upgrade). But BDBG has been getting more and more airtime, and holy shit, it's an amazing track.

    The only way to make this better, was to create an absolutely wicked film clip. It's renewed my desire to own monk robes.

  • Tarot in the UK

    12 Mar 2010, 17:55 by thegaymetaller

    Tarot has a staunch fanbase in the UK, and some diehard fans. I e-mailed Zakku to ask him if he'd thought of playing in the UK before. I am prepared to bust a gut to get them to play over here, be it petitions, e-mailing venues, King Foo, whatever.

    Who thinks trying to get the legends that are Tarot to play in the UK is a good idea?

    It's crazy, but the worst that can happen is that people say no. Or it all goes horribly wrong. xD
  • Insert witty Heathen-related title here

    11 Mar 2010, 14:55 by thegaymetaller

    Mon 8 Mar – PaganFest

    Paganfest 2010 review


    Paganfest has been a huge success worldwide amongst heathen meatheads and their kin, and so at last the celebrated tour came to London- after disappointingly missing a stop in England in 2009- with a renewed passion and vengeance! On the bill this evening were patriotic Russian metallers Arkona, Bavarian Varg, Dornenreich, Eluveitie (making a welcome return to our shores) and headliners Finntroll, who were back surprisingly soon after touring the UK only a matter of months ago.

    The 02 Islington venue, parked oddly in the middle of a shopping complex, provided a welcome relief from standing in the freezing air whilst queuing, and an excellent spot to pitch a camp or two and nestle down with a bottle of mead whilst waiting for the evening to begin. Which of course diligently and in true pagan style, my clan and I did! What’s the legendary Paganfest without some traditional pagan drink at your elbow, and braving the freezing winds (ahem, of England) in a hardy manner, keeping an eye out for attacking Gauls?

    After some documented trouble at the border, the tourbuses rolled in at little past noon. Finnish giants and Paganfest regulars Finntroll, as ever, were lovely guys, hanging around the doors on a very prolonged and hungover fag break and being very warm and affable- even for trolls (even though, bless him, Sami had ‘just woken up’. At that point, it was 4pm). Eluveitie, too, were hanging around the venue, and I was lucky enough to jam with Chrigel (an extremely nice man, and seemed very, very happy at me and Mazza’s Swiss flag- hell, she got a marriage proposal. I however, got a blank look and the notification that I lack tits. Ah well). All in all, the only band to be arses was Arkona- Masha was in a right old huff and very unapproachable; we put it down to PMT. Many fags, pictures and hugs later, doors opened!

    Doors opened promptly, despite the apparent trouble with Customs, and the gig went underway smoothly. Arkona, despite being extremely unapproachable outside the venue unlike the other bands, put on a relatively good show and it was clear that the audience definitely appreciated Masha’s strong female vocals as a contrast to the nearly all-male line-up within the other bands. For the more Finntroll-orientated crowd, Arkona’s upbeat folk metal was well received, the costumes and dancing all adding to the theatrical element. [6]

    Varg next, and while they were a ‘good’ band, like Dornenreich who followed, they were no where near outstanding. To my eyes, the costumes were painfully ripped off from Turisas, even though the music was blacker and less melodic. Not boring, and certainly kept the crowd’s momentum up, but nothing to write home about. [5] Similarly, despite having a small fanbase of staunch fans, Dornenreich’s set did nothing for me. Arguments I have to agree with is that they didn’t have the ‘X’ factor to them, that spark that can keep duos captivating the audience, and in my opinion had they any longer on stage, half of the audience would have drooped under the blandness of it all. Certainly a more original ‘style’ within the folk metal base, but their desire for difference couldn’t stave off our heathen lust for some real drinking music. [5]

    On to the co-headliner of the night, the Swiss opus that is Eluveitie! Their set began with the ethereal opening track of their new album ‘Everything Remains (As it Never Was)’; Otherworld, and as Chrigel has stated, gave off a mystical ‘Galadriel-esque’ aura (for those Lord of the Rings fans amongst you). Bringing the real dancing music back to Paganfest was track after track of, must I say, a far more metal-orientated Eluveitie. But it is clear that they’ve not forgotten their roots, and folk instrumentation, especially excellent hurdy-gurdy work, was prevalent and consistent throughout each new song. From delectable tune and new single Thousandfold, to immense crowd-pleaser (and bagpipe’d) Inis Mona and acoustic track Omnos, Eluveitie’s performance was a showcase of what the pinnacle of folk metal achievement is: uplifting, wild and just damn addictive. [9]

    After that performance, Finntroll, the certified headliners, just couldn’t cut the mustard. Indeed, I might say that they were (gasp!) overshadowed by Eluveitie that night. Many people were just too exhausted to go crazy for their performance, and even myself, a diehard member of Team Troll, couldn’t exert myself much further. That being said, Finntroll’s performance as ever was powerful, and included behemoths from their latest album ‘Nifelvind’ (a masterpiece combining a satanic carnival, troll punk and black metal), including atmospheric opener Dråp, bouncy traditional Finntroll-esque Under Bergets Rot (the acoustic of which features a quote: ‘kazoo army’) and Solsagan- whose chorus is a garble of joiky nonsense. In a good way. Highlight of the set was frontman Mathias receiving a ‘present’ from the crew, which turned out to be a box of Disney princess items- an in-joke I’m not sure I want to know about… [7.5]

    On the whole, this wasn’t the best Paganfest line-up. But with two sterling headliners, and with Eluveitie’s earth-moving performance, it was definitely worth it.

    JG
  • AC/DC at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne – 11/2/2010

    12 Feb 2010, 02:04 by synultima

    Thu 11 Feb – AC/DC, Wolfmother, Calling All Cars

    It has been 9 years since AC/DC has played in Australia, so this was my first chance to see the legends of my childhood in the live arena.

    Expectations were extremely high, this band has a plethora of true hits, and a number of Aussie rock anthems.

    Supporting AC/DC at Etihad Stadium, formerly Telstra Dome, was Calling all Cars, a horrible attempt at child-friendly radio rock. Rubbish, don’t even bother.

    Following their dismal set was Wolfmother, a band known for their one shitty hit “Joker and the Thief”. These guys acted as if they were superstars, but in reality played a set comprising 10 or so Joker rip-offs. I really don’t understand what people see in this shit form of music. Yes, it’s easy and fun, but really, it’s fucking TRASH. They’re not talented whatsoever. The lead dude should avoid attempting to shred, he looks like the biggest amateur. This brings me to my next point; the crowd. 70% bogans, 25% teeny boppers, 5% metal. Need I say more?

    AC/DC came on at about 9PM, and with an animated “Rock n’ Roll Train” intro, they shot into their hit single from their new album, Black Ice. The cheese level was high, but that’s what you have to love about AC/DC. They’ve earnt their spot and now they can do what they want with it. They choose to play cheesy, simple, nontechnical songs and they pull it off.

    And they pulled it off all night. The setlist went something like:

    1. Rock N’ Roll Train
    2. Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be
    3. Back in Black
    4. Big Jack
    5. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
    6. Shot Down in Flames
    7. Thunderstruck
    8. Black Ice
    9. The Jack (featuring 15 year old girls lifting their tops up on the big screen)
    10. Hells Bells
    11. Shoot to Thrill
    12. War Machine
    13. High Voltage
    14. You Shook Me All Night Long
    15. T.N.T.
    16. Whole Lotta Rosie
    17. Let There Be Rock
    18. Highway to Hell
    19. For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)

    Just looking at that list makes me dizzy; as a 13-14 year old I loved those songs, I remember hearing Hell’s Bells for the first time as a kid and being blown away by the lyric “I’m coming on like a hurricane” – that lyric alone probably got me into the world of metal, and even though now I have moved on to more technical and heavier things, this band was a must-see.

    There was one thing that kinda pissed me off, and that was watching Angus jerk off his guitar for a good 10-15 minutes. He’s technically not a great guitarist. I agree that he’s an icon, of course he fucking is. But to watch him play the same shitty runs up and down the neck was ridiculously pointless. Despite the knowledge that most of this crowd weren’t serious metalheads or even musicheads, I was still surprised how much they loved said solos. They were pathetic, let’s face it.

    Other than that, it was a mostly flawless night. The band were tight albeit slightly sloppy at times (see: Thunderstruck intro). Angus Young commanded the crowd as expected, but Brian Johnson was a standout for me, he still has “the” voice – while it’s not an amazing style, it’s iconic and he can still do it live. Malcolm Young and the boys spent the whole time at the back of the set just jamming along while the two frontmen ran around the stage and up the excessively long ego ramp.

    In the end, I went home satisfied. I probably wouldn’t need to see them again, they fulfilled my expectations.

    7/10
  • Mastodon at the Palace Theatre, Melbourne – 28/1/2010

    29 Jan 2010, 07:30 by synultima

    Thu 28 Jan – Mastodon, The Day Everything Became Nothing
    This has been my first chance to see Mastodon since being blown away by the Progressive Metal masterpiece that is Crack the Skye.

    My expectations were high, but were they met? Just.

    Firstly, the support band, The Day Everything Became Nothing were definitely not my thing. I can’t enjoy Grindcore for the life of me.

    Mastodon’s setup was pretty cool, with a pretty rad lighting rig that was nerdy enough to suit the progressiveness of their latest album, yet badass enough to suit their overall heavyness.

    They opened with Oblivion, which was a good sign as I’d heard rumours they’d play their entire album from start to finish, and considering it’s a concept album in story-form, I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

    I got shivers all over during the intro drum fills, and then for generally the entire second half of the song. One thing was apparently early is that the sound was suffering. There was a lot of feedback and the vocals were drowned out in a wall of sound.

    That said, the entire Crack the Skye set was fantastic. The crowd seemed to love it, and personally I loved watching Brann Dailor successfully tackling his insane drum sections while singing at the same time, and also Brent Hinds dominating every one of his insanely 70’s inspired guitar solos. The Czar and The Last Baron were utter perfection.

    I enjoyed the second half of the set, but nowhere near as much as the CTS section. Their earlier stuff doesn’t excite me as much.

    Special mention has to go to the girl who Brent called back up onstage for some “dancing”. Thanks for ruining the whole awesome vibe!

    Unfortunately because of my work commitments I had to stand back and take it all in, rather than get into the mosh and really be a part of it, which somewhat dampened it for me.

    So all in all, it was a very heavy, but intricate and tight gig. I will give it 7/10, only because the sound was just so appalling.
  • Dream Theater at the Palais Theatre, Melbourne 2009

    16 Dec 2009, 06:51 by synultima

    Mon 7 Dec – Dream Theater, Pain of Salvation
    Tue 8 Dec – Dream Theater, Pain of Salvation
    Well, when dealing with a topic like Dream Theater, one doesn’t know where to start!

    So… I’ll start from the start! We got tickets to both gigs – the 7th and 8th of December.

    The first night we were seated in the stalls, about 3/4 back and to the side. Not a great seat by any stretch of the imagination.

    Pain of Salvation sucked. I was hoping for progressive masterpieces but all I got was repeditive pop-rock with ear-splitting wailing from an incredible vocalist, but it still sounded shit.

    Dream Theater came on a touch before 9 I guess, and played an average setlist. I say average in the best way possible; it still rocked!!

    1. A Nightmare To Remember
    2. A Rite Of Passage
    3. Hollow Years
    4. Keyboard Solo
    5. Erotomania
    6. Voices
    7. Forsaken
    8. Solitary Shell
    9. In The Name Of God
    10. The Count Of Tuscany

    Highlights were the proggy riff in Nightmare, all of Erotomania, Voices and Count.

    The second night we were promised “a whole different show” and that’s exactly what we got. Well, apart from the opening/closing song, but they both rule anyway so I didn’t mind!

    If you’re a Dream Theater or Progressive Metal fan, this was the gig to be at. While there were a lot less people despite the more than 50% drop in price a few weeks before the gig, the band were in top form. Seeing the band behind the curtain in power-stances for the intro to Nightmare was pretty awesome, before a hail of drums and cymbals hit and we entered one of their heavier pieces. Portnoy was in absolute top form, playing mostly standing up and hitting the snare and letting go of the stick as it flew almost in slow motion in the air, while playing on with one hand and both feet, then still managing to catch it just in time for a technical fill. John Petrucci’s guitar solo was immaculate, I even caught this one on camera and will upload shortly. The Mirror and Lie combination was absolutely perfect. These are two of my favourite Dream Theater songs and played in succession like that was exactly what the doctor ordered. Jordan Rudess did a really cool (albeit nerdy) keyboard duel with an animated version of himself on the big screen. Wither was a bit of a downer but a fun sing-along nonetheless. It’s a weak song about writing weak songs… how ironic!

    Nothing could beat what followed it though, DANCE OF ETERNITY. This song is basically the biggest progressive technical metal instrumentalist jerk off to exist. It’s 6 minutes of insane time signatures and solos. The fact that it doesn’t feature James Labrie was perfect, that guy cannot sing, or command an audience, at ALL.

    After One Last Time I was sure they were going to play My Spirit Carries On, pretty much the most homosexual religious wank of a song to exist, but fortunately this was not to be! As I Am is a song I traditionally don’t like, but it really was a hit live, despite Labrie’s atrocious singing.

    Pull Me Under was a song I always thought of as repeditive and boring, but live it was GREAT! Half way through they increased the tempo exponentially over about 30 seconds before going straight into Metropolis Pt.1, which sealed the night for me. Halfway through that they did extended solos, which turned an amazing technical song into something even crazier. I also got a bit of footage of this which I plan to upload shortly.

    They finished with Count of Tuscany and that just about put me to sleep. What a song, only thing that had the potential to ruin it was James Labrie’s shocking singing… you’ve got to understand the guy can’t hit any of the high notes and the ones he can hit he sounds like a dying pig on, but he decides to go up an octave for the chorus. WHAT A TERRIBLE IDEA, why do this when you can’t even sing the regular chorus!?!?! Fortunately Jack, Ian and I managed to sing louder than him which drowned him out pretty well.

    1. A Nightmare To Remember
    2. The Mirror
    3. Lie
    4. Keyboard Solo
    5. Prophets of War
    6. Wither
    7. The Dance of Eternity
    8. One Last Time
    9. Sacrificed Sons
    10. As I Am
    11. Pull Me Under / Metropolis Pt. 1
    12. The Count Of Tuscany
    First night would be 6/10, second 8/10.
  • Opeth - Melbourne 25/11/2009

    29 Nov 2009, 05:45 by synultima

    Wed 25 Nov – Opeth, Contrive


    Opeth
    are a band that I had only recently discovered (maybe a year or so) and ever since hearing Watershed I have been dying to see them play live.

    When the tour was announced I quickly snatched up some tickets for Jack and I and ever since have listened to them non-stop; at work, in the car and at home.

    The amount of skill displayed on all of their albums is astonishing, so both Jack and I agreed that they’d probably be able to “do it live”.

    We weren’t let down at all.

    They opened with Windowpane, one of their slower, softer songs from the almost completely acoustic album Damnation. The crowd loved it and sang along all the way through.

    After a quick “hello” Mikael Åkerfeldt launched straight into Ghost of Perdition, a song that bounces between heavy and soft, brutal and delicate. This is one of their “hits” and it was magnificent to see the crowd get so involved.

    The whole night was a bit of a blur, with no real loss of momentum despite the slower acoustic parts of songs, so I can’t place where Mikael joked around between songs, but man, he was pretty funny. He managed to have a go at James Hetfield, ABBA, AC/DC, Manowar and others. I didn’t realise he was such a great frontman. Despite being very “out-there” you got the vibe the he – and the rest of the band – were very down to Earth people.

    The middle of the set was a bit of a blur for me, but the setlist went something like, The Lotus Eater (a classic prog song from Watershed), The Leper Affinity (heavy as fuck featuring an awesome proggy riff), Hessian Peel (one of my favourite songs, which went down an absolute treat, especially the heavy part), April Ethereal.

    After a bit of banter Mikael introduced Face of Melinda, which was probably the “moment” for me, where I realised how amazing these guys really are. His voice was just phenomenal in this one!

    This was followed up with one of my favourite drum-heavy songs, Reverie/Harlequin Forest – to me if there is the “galloping guitars”, this song features the galloping drums. Love them.

    We were informed that the “last song” of the night would be Hex Omega, and while that was one of my least favourite songs off Watershed, this was probably my favourite of the gig. The soft part 2/3 through suited the gig completely. Couldn’t have been more happy with that song choice, especially with those varied drum rolls at the end!

    The crowd went absolutely mental for about 3 minutes before Opeth came back out and Mikael introduced all of the band members, and Per Wilberg ripped a really cool keyboard solo, then Fredrik Åkesson pulled off (I hate this cliche but it really was) a face melting solo. I hadn’t realised how good that guy can shred!

    The crowd demanded that Mikael do a solo, but for about a minute he kept repeating, “I don’t do solos!” The crowd didn’t give up so he decided to do an A cappella version of a number of Whitesnake songs before joking around some more. The guy had the entire audience in his hand. Not many frontmen can do that.

    They finished the gig with Deliverance, which is a perfect song for that, especially the double kick drums at the end. What a gig.

    9/10