Saturday, April 29, 2006
Andy ponders the problems of daylight gigs midst playing Nowhere. No, the song - he wasn't playing nowhere, he was playing the song Nowhere, somewhere called HMV!
One Happy looking bouncer...a closet Therapy? fan or just delighted to be on BelfastMetalheads Reunited? We may never know.
CCTV later confirmed they were a well known Larne rock band, not two badly dressed guitar thiefs...
So Michael this is in 'e'? Are you sure....
National Day of Slayer, LLC, which is described as "a non-profit corporation in the State of Wyoming," has launched a web site urging as many SLAYER followers as possible to take part in "the National Day of Slayer" on June 6, 2006.
A posting on the site reads in part, "6.6.06 isn't a date that comes around very often (once per century, to be exact), and while plenty of stupid horror movies and terrible albums will be released for the hype value of the day that bears 'the number of the beast,' we here at NDoS decided that this would be a perfect day for Hessians across the country to come together and engage in something upon which we can all agree — listening to SLAYER!
Also, do you really want those evangelicals to have all the fun with their 'National Day of Prayer'?"
For more information, visit www.nationaldayofslayer.org \m/ for slayer day \m/
Friday, April 28, 2006
A fine set it was too, with Nowhere, Die Laughing, Rock You Monkeys, among old faves, with a smattering of tracks from the new album unveiled to about 100 devotees. Andy's normal growl was replaced with, wait for it, a hint of melody. Mind you being Therapy? it was melody with menace :) and Michael's acoustic bass was laying it down 'good and proper'!
Props to the guys for spending so much time signing posters, albums and various other assembled bits and pieces and....for confirming that their next Belfast date is at the Spring and Airbrake on June 4th, and promising to see if it was going to be an all ages gig.
Let's see now...Therapy? June 4th, Rottfest June 6th, Gunners, June 9th, 'Tallica June 11th - shit! IT'S A WEEK OF RAAWWWKKKK 'N' FECKIN' ROLLL!
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
On the Doom decks tonight:
Cradle of Filth - Nymphetamine
Iron Maiden - Killers
Def Leppard - Pyromania
The media hysteria over Rottfest is proving a welcome boost - with all the fuss and furore hopefully more people will get to hear about the festival! So far it's been covered in the Irish News, BBC Radio Ulster News, the Nolan Show and dozens of web sites!
Here's the Irish News article
And the full official press release is below:
For immediate release
Belfast goes metal!
First ever open air heavy metal festival in city
NORTHERN Ireland’s thousands of heavy metal fans are set to flock to Barrow Square, Clarendon, Belfast, on June 6th to witness the city’s first ever open air heavy metal festival.
Six bands will take to the stage in a packed line-up, headlined by leading US metal act, Devildriver.
Festival promoter, Dean Stevens said the one-day festival was a feast of metal for heavy rock fans.
“This is an amazing event for metal fans,” he said. “Devildriver are a top act. And we’re excited that the outrageous US act – Nevermore has joined the bill.
“Everyone involved in Rottfest is ecstatic that the city can now lay claim to its own metal festival.”
Also on the bill are four up and coming local rock and metal acts: Stand-Up Guy, Honey for Christ, Bad Boat and Residual Effect.
The concert is being promoted by the Rotterdam Bar, backed by Laganside and sponsored by the Rotterdam and Jagermeister.
Tickets priced £20 are available now from the usual Ticketmaster outlets or from www.ticketmaster.ie
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Monday, April 24, 2006
This weekend Therapy? are doing 'acoustic in-stores' in the HMV Belfast at 5pm on Friday (28th April )- plus a DJ set that night in Lavery's.
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Thursday, April 20, 2006
FFS Devildriver, Nevermore and 10 Years - four local acts - that works out at less than £3 a band!!!
Rottfest 666! Can't wait \m/
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
A brief calculation on the cost of beer tokens and merch cash for forthcoming Belfast concerts and the Dublin Download extravaganza shows the cost is equivalent to the GDP of Guatamela. So if you know the owner of Guatamela can you ask him if I can sell off his Third World country to finance my addiction to metal ...
On the Doom Decks tonight:
Satyricon - Now Diabolical
Dio - Holy Diver Live
Placebo - Meds
Coheed & Cambria - In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
PS don't forget, apart from Download in Dub with 'tallica, A7x and Gunners, Robert Plant, Stevie Vai, Alice Cooper, Opeth all playing in coming months....well you get the picture!
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Also, Slayer look set for an autumn European tour - Ulster Hall date may be in the offing if a certain promoter can be persuaded....
And don't forget Rottfest 666 - if this one goes well it could be an annual event. With its closeness in date to Dowonload future dates could see Download acts make the trip to l'il ol' Belfast - let's make sure this first ever Belfast Metal Open Air Festival is a success!
Friday, April 14, 2006
Thursday, April 13, 2006
And if you thought the one on the CD was tight this one is a killer!
On the Doom Deck tonight:
Glyder, Devil Driver and Satyricon (plus a little Leonard Cohen - go figure!)
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
On the Doom Deck now: Molly Hatchet - Double Trouble Live
And while talking about albums (you might not have been, but I was) I intend to sign off each post on this blog with what I am currently listening to - sort of like Kerrang's old 'Decks of Doom' but more confusing.
On the Doom Decks (!) tonight are:
- Operation Mindcrime II
- ReMastered Master of Puppets Tribute and
- Slide It In
What's rocking your world tonight?
Monday, April 10, 2006
Sunday, April 09, 2006
This had the potential to be a complete waste of space, despite the good intentions of paying homage to one of the greatest albums of all time. And the varying production and engineering standards make it too erratic in terms of mix to make it truly great.
But - the tracks:
Battery - Machinehead turn in an energetic and faithful cover - capturing the energy and Robb Flynn really sounds like he is enjoying himself.
Master - Trivium try to be too faithful - almost too respectful the sheer exuberance of their playing has been lost; maybe they were too much in awe
The Thing - Mendeed are one of the few bands who try to give their own interpretation of a song off Master. It takes a lot of swallowing to listen (excuse the mixed metaphor) to someone doing this differently; but after their average showing on the Trivium guest slot, this was a wee bit refreshing. It's not great and barely manages good, but brave try.
Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - You'll love this 'Slinger - actually no you'll love my comment - Bullet for My Valentine don't do a particularly good cover of this. Again more workmanlike than inspired.
Disposable Heroes - Chimaira are one of those bands forever bubbling under - but here they blast through Heroes. The vocal style takes some getting used to - a cross between Araya, Hetfield, Lemmy and Howard Johnson (of Killswitch Engage). It won't be too everyone's taste (you'll hate it Baal :) ) but it is a good cover.
Leper Messiah - The REAL SURPRISE! Let's face it Fightstar are a joke hardcore band formed by Charlie Simpson of Busted, but this is probably the second best cover on the album!!
Orion - Mastodon prove they are simply one of the best of the new generation of metal. You can almost imagine Cliff looking down past those enormous bell bottoms and headbanging in approval!
Damage Inc - Errm, Funeral for a Friend have produced some good songs and some average songs - they have murdered this classic!
In summary - I would have rated all of the bands, with the exception of Fightstar and Chimaira as either good or potentially great, but only Fightstar and Mastodon ended up capturing the spirit of Master of Puppets, an album that mixed technical perfection with metallic aggression.
For the rest of the bands - stick to your own material; you have paid homage - now move on!