• WACKEN 2007, (english) AWESOME

    8 Aug 2007, 17:54 by Davie_UCF

    Wacken 2007!

    My first time at Wacken and my first time at any major festival!

    Getting there was tricky, once at Lubeck we had to get a taxi which took ages, the damn driver got lost and charged us hell! BUT WE GOT THERE.

    Due to mud we were camped all the way in S, with Dutch friends who were great, my friend
    postmanofdeath somehow lost his ticket as he slept so we managed to get him a new one!

    Bands I saw up close (not including ones i watched from the beer garden on the screen ;)).

    Blitzkrieg (They were okay, British, on the same flight home, they were the first band so I was amused, first festival band for me!)
    TYR (I tried to see them but the tent was so packed I got forced out and got very fed up)

    SuidAkrA (We were waiting for Amorphis next door so saw most of these guys set, I didn't have a chance to get into them on CD but they were cool live, esp when the bagpipes came on stage!)
    Napalm Death (Their was a fire in the arena so Amorphis were canceled until after NP so we watched Napalm death who we had seen 2 weeks before at home on a tiny stage, Barney's odd 'spastic' dancing keeps anyone amused as they play, along with the music!).

    Amorphis(Finally! Amorphis were great, we were just infront of the camera and monitor tower so weren't near the front but saw them well, awesome! kicked off with Leaves Scar!, sadly no songs from the new album, I don't know if they dropped them because they had shorter time or just werent going to play any).

    Grave Digger (Witnessed a bit of Grave Diggers set, towards the end, HEAVY METAL BREAKDOWN! Great song as we laid on the straw resting).

    Turbonegro (We were waiting outside the True Metal stage so witnessed them from the screen and a little view, they were amusing but got boring, the frontman said quite a bit of funny shit!)

    J.B.O (JBO came on stage all pink with their inflatable letters, a German novelty band, we didn't understand it apart from odd words, everyone laughed so we did too, generally we enjoyed it lots beacuse of the atmosphere and general amusement, first dosage of lots lots lots of crowd surfers here).

    Lacuna Coil (Awaiting BG on the True stage we witnessed LC, not bad, I used to be a fan so was glad to hear Heavens a Lie).

    Blind Guardian (Hell yeah, we were near the front, the intro came on and then Boom.. Into the storm. Amazing live, we enjoyed most of the set until Welcome To Dying, where we escaped the madness and crushing, where i seem to have lost my glasses, walking out the dense fans while singing Welcome to Dying was pretty cool. We witnessed the rest of the set from distance.. Awesome live!).

    Afterwards we made our way back to bed, hearing some of Dimmu Borgir, if we weren't so tired we would have stayed and saw Iced Earth..

    Next day!

    Sacred Reich (We got to the arena during the last half of their set, they were actually really good American thrash, much better than the bits we heard of Sodom

    Moonspell (We watched Moonspell from the front row of the True Stage awaiting Stratovarius, I like their stuff but sadly they didn't play the great first two tracks of The Antidote..)

    Stratovarius (AWESOME! Strato came on with Hunting High and low, singing along madly.. They were awesome, they played a new song also.. From what I can remmeber.. (Hunting High and low, Visions, Father time, Distant Skies, Eagleheart, Last day on earth (new song),Paradise, speed of light, Black Diamond)Not in that order!. The new song was great! Like classic Strato! They can't be lying when they say the new album is a 'Return to roots').

    DIR EN GREY (Er.. we wanted to check them out, being Japanese n all.. well they looked like a bunch of kids and were amusing on stage, at least the frontman.. But really sounded terrible, not the quality just the music, gah!).

    Swallow the Sun (After the madness with TYR we got to the WET stage early to get a place for Turisas, these guys were good.. Doomish, great vocals and guitar.. I enjoyed them.)

    Turisas (Wow, this was insane! They were fucking amazing. I got so hot I was topless and dancing with random people, people coated in mud! they did a really good set even though they had a short time! My wacken highlight!)

    Type O Negative (We were in the arena for these guys and I didn't really like it, boring.. noise.).

    Benedictum (Americans with a frontwoman with an amazing voice, I had their first album promo two years ago before it came out and thought it was awesome! We checked the end of their set out and they really were awesome! Her voice! woo!)

    Immortal (We hung around to witness the first of their set, just to see the amusing corpse paint then realised we'd have got bored so far away so set off to see Stormwarrior).

    Stormwarrior with Kai Hansen (I like these guys, its good power metal like old Helloween and Running Wild, the best thing was they played Ride the sky by Helloween and Kai ran on stage with a BOOM and they continued to play old Helloween songs, it was AWESOME, singing along, even though I had to sit down lots because of my legs.. Tons of pyro for that gig!)

    Then... bed.
    To leave the next day.

    Conclusion, I'M DEFF GOING NEXT YEAR, it was AWESOME.. and the lineup can only get better i'm sure.


    Blind Guardian*****
  • Top 20 Coolest Guitar Licks

    3 Jul 2007, 05:18 by TheConfuzed1

    Most of these, I agree with, but I really have to wonder how Green Day made the list.

    I abhor useless lists, but I found this on YouTube, and I thought it was worthy of sharing.

    20. --Kashmir
    19. --Money for Nothing
    18. --Brain Stew
    17. --Zero
    16. --The Beautiful People
    15. Smoke on the Water
    14. --Sweet Child 'o Mine
    13. --Iron Man
    12. --Layla
    11. Back in Black
    10. Are You Gonna Go My Way?
    09. All Along the Watchtower
    08. Mean Street
    07. Bulls on Parade
    06. Under the Bridge
    05. Sweet Home Alabama
    04. Day Tripper
    03. Satisfaction
    02. Smells Like Teen Spirit
    01. Stairway to Heaven
  • The Who, Live in München

    14 Jun 2007, 17:28 by Dicker-Polizist

    Mi., 13. Jun. – The Who, The Cult

    Ca. halb 7 hallenöffnung. Langsam füllt sich die Halle und bis um 8 Uhr ist sie dann auch gut gefüllt doch nicht ausverkauft. Als Vorband fungierte "The Cult" denen das Publikum aber wenig Begeisterung entgegen bringen konnte, was vielleicht an der Eintönigkeit der Musik gelegen haben könnte. Trotzdem war die Musik recht gut, und zum warm machen ganz gut. Nach 15 minütiger unterbrechung kamen dann Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey und der Rest der Tourband auf die Bühne und legten mit "I can't explain" einen super Start hin mit dem sie das Publikum voll und ganz erreichten und die Halle von anfang an am kochen war. Mit gut passenden Bildern im Hintergrund konnte die Musik immer wieder gut untermalt werden. Sie spielten die alten Hits wie "Substitute", "My Generation" oder auch "Won't get fooled again" und schienen in guter Stimmung und Spiellaune gewesen zu sein. Auch Pino Palladino aber vor allem Zak Starkey zeigten einmal wieder was sie drauf haben. Mit schönen kurzen "Soloeinlagen" bewies Starkey sein Können. Vom neuen Album "Endless Wire" spielten sie 3 Lieder: "Fragments", "A man in a purple dress" und als letztes Lied des abends "Tea an Theatre" bei dem Daltrey dann auch langsam die Stimme versagte, es aber trotzdem unglaublich gut rübergebracht wurde.
  • iTunes Star Ratings and Playlists

    6 May 2007, 03:30 by TheConfuzed1

    Some people don't understand why anyone would use the star ratings of iTunes. They figure either you like a song, or you don't, and if you don't like it, it wouldn't be in your library. I used to be one of those people.

    Some people don't use the playlist feature either. I also used to be one of those people.

    At one point though, I had an epiphany. I realized that I was not using iTunes to its full potential. I came up with a system, that I think, is good enough to share. That is why I'm posting this journal--To share my idea with those who may feel as I used to--Those who may be under-utilizing the potential of iTunes.

    The first part of this system, is playlists. To be more specific, smart playlists. Smart playlists are incredible! I realized that I could create custom playlists, of music that I want to listen to, that automatically recreate themselves in order not to become stale!

    I'll explain with an example. These were the rules of my first experimental smart playlist:

    1. Tracks that have only been played within the last 30 days.
    This keeps everything current. The playlist will consist of only music that I have recently listened to.

    2. Tracks that have not been played within the last 3 days.
    This keeps everything fresh. You won't hear the same stuff over and over again.

    3. Tracks with a rating of three stars, or better.
    This ensures that only tracks that I actually want to hear, play (more on this to come).

    4. Limit the playlist to three hours.
    I chose a limit, but you may choose to do differently

    5. Enable 'Live Updating.'
    With this option turned on, as soon as a track plays all the way through, it will be removed from the playlist, due to rule number two, and it will be replaced by a song of the appropriate length due to rule number three!

    I named this playlist "3 Random Hours."
    I intentionally used the number '3,' in order to force the playlist to the top of the list.

    Now for the stars--

    I decided on the following rating system:

    --One Star--
    This rating is only use under two circumstances:

    Either I don't like the track, and I will delete it from my library (for obvious reasons, I only end up with this when I am rating from my iPod), or I consider it to be "filler." A filler track is when an artists has a track of random sounds, or sometimes spoken words, that can not be considered a song by its own merit, but an album would be incomplete without it. An example of artists who do this are Nine Inch Nails, and Tool.

    --Two Stars--
    This is a rating that I use for a track that I am not particularly fond of, by an artist that I like well enough that I wouldn't want an incomplete album, such as in the above example.

    --Three Stars--
    This is a neutral rating. When I am judging a track for ratings purposes, I start every track as three stars mentally. Then, as I listen, I will either go up, or down from there. These are tracks that I would not mind listening to, if they were to appear in a playlist that I have set to randomly generate.

    --Four Stars--
    One notch above three stars, four stars is approaching "favorite" status. This is a song that I may be likely to choose to play, rather than just listen to it at random.

    --Five Stars--
    These are my favorites. In a playlist of all five star songs, there are no songs that I would get tired of hearing, with the playlist on repeat.

    Advanced Methodology:

    If you're with me so far, you're ready for the final lesson. I have some very creative playlists.

    For example, I have a playlist titled, "Least Played Favorites." This is a list of 20 five-star tracks, sorted by playcount, by the lowest number of plays.

    Get creative, and have fun with it!

    And then finally, "1 Playlist to Rule Them All." This playlist is a compilation of all of the other playlists!

    In other words, the rules work this way:

    1. Playlist is "A."


    2. Playlist is "B."


    3. Playlist is "C."


    You too, can be an iTunes master in no time! ;)
  • John 5

    30 Apr 2007, 11:13 by Captain_Stubert

    If you like good instrumental hard rock music, you need to listen to John 5, former guitarist for Marilyn Manson. His latest album,

    I especially recommend his latest album, The Devil Knows My Name, to my fellow Buckethead fans, very similar styles. A collaboration here would be most interesting indeed.

  • New Blues CD

    17 Apr 2007, 23:15 by pwcarr

    Pat's new CD "Some Kind of Blues" contains 13 tracks of electric and acoustic blues and some rootsy blues-rock. Check the PWCarr Music website for more info.

    Some quotes:
    "hot, biting guitar licks"
    "excellent, strong vocal"
    "solidly crafted in the classic blues vein"
    "Swamp feel...clean, excellent lead guitar playing"
    "great evocation of classic sound"
    "memorable songs...powerful and sincere lyrics"

    Pat Carr
    Some Kind of Blues
  • Did you know .... TIERSEN PLAYS POST-ROCK? (concert review)

    19 Mar 2007, 21:56 by Salvator

    Oh yes, that's right. Yesterday I was on Yann Tiersen marvelous concert at Wrocław Music Theater "Capitol". I watched the shock on girls sweet faces that expected Amelie-like soft piano and violin, while the music played was a breathtaking composition of different Tiersen's themes sewed together just to form something like , that was with no doubt and mostly :) Let me just mention playing guitar using drill or guitar-loudspeaker coupling :)

    Since today, people not tagging Tiersen as are by law punished to death sentence.

    Very work, eclectic synthesis of multiple genres played with strong commitment. Poor you all narrow-minded disgusted Amelie-only fans. Too bad you didn't notice the amount of Yann's genius that exploded yesterdays evening ;)

    someone gave me:
  • Eric Clapton and Robert Cray, Denver concert, 3/7/07

    10 Mar 2007, 16:28 by pwcarr

    My mini review of the Clapton and Cray concert.

    Robert Cray's band was 4 pieces - just him, bass, drums, keys. They sounded great. Started with "In A Phone Booth". Also did "Bad Influence" and some newer stuff like "Twenty". Only complaint - too short a set - only 6 or 7 songs. He was in top form, though. Great guitar playing and vocals.

    Clapton's band was 7 pieces - 3 guitars (Eric, Doyle Bramhall, and Derek Trucks doing a Great job on slide), 2 keyboards (including Chris Stainton on elec. piano -- he really does look a bit like Eric Idle), bass, and drums, plus 2 ladies doing backing vocals.
    They opened with a great version of "Tell The Truth" and did a Derek and the Dominoes set, including "Any Day", "Key to the Highway" and "Little Wing".
    The band is HOT, and TIGHT. You would almost think you're really listening to Derek and the Dominoes.
    ...maybe I was :-)

    Then, a really nice sit-down acoustic set. He did a solo acoustic version of "Driftin' Blues", then added the core band back for a few more acoustic tunes, including "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" and "Outside Woman Blues".

    Gradually built the intensity back up with full electric group, doing Clapton standards like "Motherless Children" (with all 3 guitars playing slide - incredible!), Robert Johnson's "Little Queen of Spades", "Further On Up the Road", "Wonderful Tonight", and finishing with a rousing Dominoes-style version of "Layla".

    The encore was an extended version of "Cocaine" with everyone taking a solo. Then Robert Cray came out and played a great version of "Crossroads" with them to end the show. And what a GREAT way to end!

    All in all, a fantastic show, with Eric letting Doyle and Derek have plenty of solos.
    I did not know that Doyle plays a right-handed guitar flipped over -- not restrung left-handed.
    My only complaint: sometimes the guitars were so loud they drowned out everything else. Not always a good balance in the sound.
    The funny thing: Cray's band was white, and Eric's was black (except for Derek, Doyle, and Chris).

    find the complete set list, band roster, and some reviews here:

    Eric Clapton on Tour

    Eric Clapton Robert Cray Derek Trucks Doyle Bramhall II
  • Omnium Gatherum - My story of discovery. Melodic Death metal. New Album!

    27 Feb 2007, 15:35 by Davie_UCF

    "Adult Orientated Death Metal"

    This is part 1, my story of finding OG, part2 will be the new albums review

    My OG story

    OG play what you would call , but in an overcrowded genre of bands they are rather unique, playing a slightly more technical and less power metal'ly sound

    Omnium Gatherum are not like all other bands I listen to, in a personal sense. I have known them some years now which is quite something for me.
    I do not know the year exactly but some of you who have known me quite a while may remember someone also called David known as Figgybee/Pikkabird, from the Trainz community (the person who made the 3D model of Dukey), i'm sure Izzy remembers him.
    Once upon A time I was on Trainz in the early morning while talking to Pikka, he somehow googled his nick 'pikka' and ended up finding this band which from the site sounded very interesting, yes it was Omnium gatherum and this was because the guitarist and drummer's last names are both Pikka (Brothers I believe!), describing them as Melodic Death metal, almost a mix of At the Gates + Children of Bodom (although CoB being melodeth is highly debated now). They appeared to be quite an unknown band, although being around for quite a while but only having 1 studio album and an EP (the later album to be released that year I believe).

    Anyhow I downloaded samples from their site and thought they were reasonable being the uneducated and less mature metal fan I was back then.

    Sometime maybe within a year of the first discovery I was in London, maybe with Izzy, i'm not sure, maybe whoever it was will remember. In Resurrection Records an underground (literately) music store which has mostly metal and sub genres, albums you wouldn't find anywhere else.. I managed to find both Omnium gatherum albums, one being their first album and EP together (Spirits & August Light/Steal the Light), the other being the later album (Years In Waste). In such madness I bought them and really didn't get much into OG appart from ocassional listens, but didn't get into them as much as other artists, finding them a bit boring.

    Omnium Gatherum - Writhen (From their first album)

    Omnium Gatherum live experience, rekindle the flame

    Events page

    In 2006 a strange thing happened (in my opinion). After Enslaved, 1349, Zyklon gig in my very own town (Event
    ), not a place that many real bands play at! flyers were handed out afterwards, one being OMNIUM GATHERUM, excitement alert, I was shocked and amazed at this and just had to go. The funny thing is they were touring the UK as head liners, at mostly small venues, a low profile tour, the funnier thing is they played The Twist (not the Arts Centre). The Twist is a tiny venue, an ex pub and still really feels like a pub with a stage.
    I went along with my girlfriend Iona (who really was dragged along to things she probably wouldn't like) Excitement alert, by this time Omnium Gatherum had dumped the vocalist from the first albums and got a new one, although every poster still had them with the original lineup.

    The gig was great, to be in front of such an amazing band I already knew of, at such a tiny tiny venue, just a stage and us, most of the people in attendance weren't standing in front of the stage, just at the bar of 6ft away from the stage, (That sums up The Twist and it being more like a pub I think).
    It was amazing to say the least, for me anyway, the band were great, I was amazed at the guitar playing and felt really bad for the band playing such a tiny venue and no one giving them attention. The new vocalist was amazing, like he was dying almost, he gave it his best in my opinion, if hes like this at such a tiny gig what the hell is he like at a more high profile playing?
    They played two new tracks which said their was a new album coming, excitement alert plus 1. One being 'Undertaker' and other being at the end of the set, almost a duet between the vocalist and some random guy from another band, entitled 'Spiritual'

    After the gig I got more and more into their albums, hearing what I didn't before, the technicality I may not have understood in my less mature music days, the great vocals although completely not understandable even though in English.

    I've grown to love this band yet noone seems to hear what I do, or finds them boring'ish maybe they suffer from the same syndrome as me? Listening to an album twice then putting it down, not really giving it proper time.

    Their new album is due in April but as always it leaked and the excitement was upon me, a most awaited album. I lit candles and tried to get into an even better mood to digest it the first time, sadly all the beer had ran out.... the album began.

    Review coming up.

    (Fans of: Insomnium, Children of Bodom, Norther,Kalmah,Skyfire, Mors Principium Est,Eternal Tears of Sorrow,Dark Tranquility,At the Gates,Wintersun,Black River Project,Darkane

  • Musical Survey

    7 Feb 2007, 02:23 by GodlyMoose

    1. What are you listening to right now?
    "Universal Mind" by Liquid Tension Experiment.

    2. What song makes you sad?
    "Sketches of Spain" by Buckethead

    3. What is the most annoying song in the world?
    Sugar We're Goin' Down by Fallout Boy

    4. Your all time favorite band?
    Band? Liquid Tension Experiment. Artist? Steve Vai.

    5. Your newly discovered band is?

    6. Best female voice?
    Um, Salena? Sorry, can't think of any at the moment really.

    7. Best male voice?
    Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden.

    8. Music type you find yourself listening to most?
    Jazz, Fusion, Progressive, Metal(Of all genres), Classical, Baroque, Experimental, Instrumental, Shred.

    9. What do you listen to, to hype you up?
    Daft Punk

    10. What do you listen to when you want to calm down?
    Depends what type of music I want to listen too, in general the album, "Electric Tears" by Buckethead, or lots of the slower tempo stuff by Vai.

    11. Last gig/concert you went to?
    Primus last December

    12. Band you find yourself listening to the most right now?
    Necrophagist, Guthrie Govan, and Muse.

    13. Most hated band?
    Umm... Cradle of Filth or Insane Clown Posse.

    14. Song that makes you think?
    Gray Pianos Flying by Shawn Lane.

    15. Band that you think the world should love as much as you do?
    Guthrie Govan.

    16. Coolest music video?
    Um, Ballad of Buckethead not really sure.

    17. Music video with the most babe watch?

    18. What do you play/would you play in the bedroom to spice things up?
    Um, Welcome to funky town?

    19. Can you play a musical instrument?
    The electric guitar, the acoustic guitar. Soon hoping to add the classical guitar, the bass guitar, any other type of bass instrument, and all forms of the piano.

    20. Ever been in a mosh pit?
    I don't think so.

    21. Are you in a band?
    I'm trying to get good enough, and learn more music theory to play in a band.

    23. Ever dated a musician?

    28. Do you wish yourself that you were a musician?
    lol I think I is?

    29. Best chick band you know of?
    Um, can't think of anything of the top of my head.

    31. Last song that you heard on the radio/cd...etc...?
    Cd. "Smoke and Mirrors" by Symphony X.

    32. What do you think of Classical music?
    I love it.

    33. What do you think of Country music?
    I like some of it.

    34. What do you think of Death metal?
    I like it.

    35. Last BIG band that you saw live?

    36. Are you a groupie?

    37. Do you listen to music in foreign languages?

    38. What famous musician would you like to fuck!?

    39. Worst concert moment?
    Some crowd surfer land on top of my head, and bent my neck at a weird angle.

    40. Funny concert moment?
    A guy who flipped off the opening band for Buckethead, and held it up for around 2 hours.

    41. Sad concert moment?
    Both of my friends being pulled out by security for being drunk, then one of them getting arrested. :(

    42. Best local act you can think of?
    None I believe.

    43. If you were a musical instrument what would you be?
    An electric guitar.

    44. Do you listen to the radio?
    Just the morning talk show on the rock station.

    45. Do you watch music TV?

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

    47. Have you meet any famous musicians?
    Um, I forget.

    48. Are any of your friends/family/etc. musicians?
    I'm related through an incredible long chain of family members to both the drummer of Slayer, and Carlos Santana.

    49. Song that best describes your feelings right now?
    "Guitars SUCK," by Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal

    50. Song that describes your life?

    51. Do you know the names of all the band members that you listen to?
    About 80% of them.

    52. Does a musician’s physical attractiveness play a role in the music that you listen to?
    Nope, ti's all about the music.

    53. What famous musician do you want to marry?

    53. Favourite movie sound track?
    Probably Lord of the Rings.

    55. Any musician pet hates?

    56. What do your parents listen to?
    Mom listens to spanish speaking stuff. My dad listens to metal and jazz. Step-dad listens to nu-metal, rap, some classical rock, other stuff.

    57. What are you listening to right NOW?
    The Mighty Ride of the Firelord by Rhapsody

    58. Do you wear band etc T-shirts?

    59. What do you think of people who do?
    Thumbs up for supporting something they like.

    60. What music sub-culture do you feel like you belong to?
    Um, shred-head?

    61. What song is stuck in your head right now?
    A song I wrote on the acoustic last week.

    62. Do you sing in the shower?
    I sure do.

    63. If so, what? If not, why not?
    Usually opera-eqsue stuff, because it's fun! =p

    64. Would you rather marry a musician or be one yourself?

    66. How important is your partners taste in music to you?
    It would be awesome if we liked a lot of the same things.

    67. Hanson moves in next door to you, do you go introduce yourself, or do you arrange to beat them up?
    Introduce myself. I liked the, "Mmmbop" song when I was in some grade in primary school.

    68. Sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll, yes?

    69. Do you cook to music?
    Of course. I try to do everything to music.

    70. Do you sing in the toilet?
    If I have my iPod.