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  • Sweaty Sweaty "Stoner Rock" - QOTSA At Hammersmith Apollo

    Fev 12 2008, 15h31

    Mon 11 Feb – Queens of the Stone Age, In Case of Fire
    Midway through Queens of the Stone Age's triumphant set Josh Homme, vocalist, guitarist and chief architect of the band, declared, "A lot of people say London is a difficult place to play" and he's quite right, what with some Londoners having the tendency to stand still. He needn't have worried though as if there's one band who can get people jumping and sweating like madmen, it's Queens Of The Stone Age.
    First though were a band called In Case of Fire. The three piece dealt in crunchy riffage, powerful vocals, taut drumming and the odd sample in the background. You could see the headliner's influence in them as well as other alternative bands with similarities to Muse and possibly even Feeder prevalent. They were a good support but I feel they're not quite there yet, what with the singer's vocals staying in the same range. A little more variety could complete them. Their best song was easily Second Revelation, with 65dos programmed kick-drum pattern and the singer flaying about crazily as he soloed away. Watch out for them in the near future.
    After a looong wait, QOTSA arrived with Turnin On The Screw, its grinding riffs and tempo changes lurching like a zombie out of a coffin. Tonight they were tight as leather hot pants and feeling comfortable enough to extend songs into menacing jams. Choosing to play a set prevalent in songs from their latest album Era Vulgaris just went to show what a brilliant album it is.
    Misfit Love and 3's & 7's threw their weight around dangerously and Suture Up Your Future provided a more delicate moment. The final song before the encore Sick, Sick, Sick provoked everyone in the crowd to go apeshit to the juddering music.
    In between Josh felt free to let loose some corkers. A Song for the Deaf was stunning, completed with the bassist's scarily awesome screaming. There was also an extended jam, which was brilliant but a song I didn't recognise. Despite lacking the cowbell that's on the record, Little Sister was awesome and when Josh made a mistake he was deeply apologetic showing the love in the room went both ways.
    Other aspects of the show were brilliant too. The eerie, haunting lights and the creepy metallic chandeliers hanging above the band fitted in with this band, taking you into their desert realm. The encore was short but sweet. You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire built us up before A Song for the Dead brought it to a halt. I ran into the slippery pit, having waited for this song the whole and proceeded to go crazy to its stop-start glory.
    Queens Of The Stone Age are a special band - from their crazy bassist to their monster of a drummer to the domineering yet affable Josh Homme, you can't help but love every member and every song. The lack of two of their biggest songs tonight only shows their confidence as a band and trust in their fans.

    10/10
  • Kerrang! Relentless Tour - Brixton Academy

    Fev 9 2008, 12h11

    Fri 8 Feb – Kerrang! Tour 2008
    It felt like a long time ago now even just five hours after it all started with atmospheric pop rockers Circa Survive. Bursting with energy and enthusiasm I couldn't help feeling detached from the band perhaps due to the excessive smoke and dark lights hiding their faces. Their dense, layered music is reminiscent of The Mars Volta and the singer's former band Saosin. Anthony Green was impressive tonight his voice soaring above the music and The Difference Between Medicine And Poison Is In The Dose was their best song. I can only feel they were slightly let down by the muddy sound the first band on at Brixton always seems to get and the fact that, like Saosin at Alexisonfire last year, they are peddling a slightly tired formula.
    Next up was Fightstar who blew my assumptions away with all the subtlety of a shotgun blast. Peddling the kind of metal you would usually expect from a Kerrang! tour (it supposedly being a metal magazine and all...), Fightstar incited the first proper mosh pits of the opening, a black hole emerging in the centre of the venue. The band, with their huge riffs and soaring, heartraising choruses, sounded MASSIVE. Kudos as well for adding some variety to their songs with nice quiet parts and even a piano-led song. Charlie is an excellent frontman, having honed his skills and even stolen some melodic touches from his former band to really lift Fightstar above your average metal band.
    Third on were Madina Lake. A tad uninspiring musically, I couldn't really appreciate Nathan's Gerard Way-like, barely in-tune vocals but they held my interest by simply enjoying every moment of the experience and showing a deep love for music. Even when things went wrong, which they seemed to do a lot! The guitarist really suffered throughout as his guitar played up throughout and most of the time it was absent from the songs, which was a real shame. The drama continued as the band disappeared to the side of the stage, the singer's twin brother completing a pretty awesome dropkick as a scuffle broke out between the band and Coheed's tour managers. Madina Lake brought the mood back with their best song Here I Stand but the persistant technical problems culminated in the guitarist smashing his guitar in the final song.
    Finally, the wait was over and Coheed and Cambria arrived, sparkly keyboardist and girl backing singers in two. Sanchez's ever growing hair now seemed to consume his entire face but it didn't detract from his dazzling performance, both vocally and on guitar. Songs from the latest album had everyone singing the words and they lay perfectly next to the older songs (the Everything Evil and Devil in Jersey City medley being a prime example). Welcome Home
    proceeded to crush all before it and it was only too soon before they left the stage after a stunning In Keeping Secrets Of A Silent Earth: 3.
    They returned for a two song encore and the final song was, rather suitably The Willing Well IV: The Final Cut, which slowed everything down as Travis and Claudio shared some mind-blowing solos, the former using a funny mouthpiece and the latter using a theremin and his teeth (!). It ended with Chris Pennie's octopus-like drum solo, which concluded a night only Britain's premier metal/punk magazine could arrange.

    9/10
  • What's Been Going On In My Head? Mix CD 2

    Dez 31 2007, 0h37

    This is the second mix CD I've made for my friend and fellow bandmember Nick.
    I've worked quite hard to try and get a flow through the album but the sound changes much more regularly than the last CD and covers more genres (dance, emo, pop-punk, alternative, acoustic, dubstep/garage and true screamo :) . All these songs are ace. Check them out.

    1. Minutemen - Do You Want New Wave (Or Do You Want the Truth?)
    2. The Fall of Troy - F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X
    3. Test Icicles - Sharks
    4. Elle Milano - Wonderfully Wonderful
    5. Sunny Day Real Estate - 48
    6. The Xcerts - Aberdeen 1987
    7. Sunny Day Real Estate - Shadows
    8. Test Icicles - Your Biggest Mistake
    9. You Me at Six - You've Made Your Bed
    10. Liars - It Fit When I Was A Kid (Crystal Castles Remix)
    11. Burial - Ghost Hardware
    12. dan le sac Vs. Scroobius Pip - Angles
    13. Sunny Day Real Estate - Grendel
    14. I Would Set Myself on Fire for You - The First Word That Comes to Mind
  • What's Been Going On In My Head? Mix CD

    Dez 2 2007, 15h01

    Today I made a mix CD for my friend Nick to show him music that has been inspiring me for a while (mainly shoegaze and grunge with a touch of post-rock) .
    I'm pretty pleased with it as the order runs pretty smoothly and the tracks get longer as the CD goes on. My only regret is that I had to clip the Liars song to 10 minutes as it was so big.
    Hope you like it.

    1. Pearl Jam-Go
    2.The Jesus and Mary Chain-Teenage Lust
    3. Yeasayer-2080
    4. The Jesus And Mary Chain - Reverence
    5. Pearl Jam - Animal
    6. Nirvana - Aero Zeppelin
    7. My Bloody Valentine - Soon
    8. Yeasayer - Sunrise
    9. Mogwai - Tracy
    10. Explosions in the Sky - The Only Moment We Were Alone
    11. Liars - This Dust Makes That Mud
  • WOW

    Fev 20 2007, 8h20

    This website is amazing.
    I've never listened to Sigur Ros before but I've heard their name bandied around a lot.
    Nevertheless I decided to listen to their similar artists and was greeted by some awe-inspiring music.
    Broken Social Scene, The Flaming Lips and the amazing TV on the Radio are all alternative wonders that make so much sense at this very moment.
    WOW
  • Music Is The Best

    Fev 17 2007, 21h24

    I love music.
    More than I love my mum.
    well mayb not.
    i sure love music though.
    I like lots of music.
    From Dirty Pretty Things-style indie to the angsty style of Bloc Party, to the trancecore of Enter Shikari through to the metalcore screams of Bring Me The Horizon and the screamo sounds of Drop Dead, Gorgeous to basically anything. Well...
    Things I don't like:
    Sadly I have inherited a distaste of Oasis from my parents.
    And some bands such as The Feeling & Snow Patrol annoy me... just slightly... a lot.
    Mika is another fellow who annoys me just because his Grace Kelly song gets in my head if I listen to but 10 seconds of it.
    And seriously, who likes Pussycat Dolls or 50 cent or any of the other ppl who make their kind of music. seriously.
    sorry if u do like any of these artists I have mentioned. I mean no offence. I just knw the music that I don't like.