• Seen Live

    26. Aug. 2010, 16:48

  • Last.FM Milestones

    3. Apr. 2010, 16:22

    Last.FM Milestonesst track: (20 Feb 2006)
    Cradle of Filth - Tearing the Veil from Grace
    th track: (19 Feb 2007)
    Ensiferum - Tale of Revenge
    th track: (20 Jul 2007)
    Breaking Benjamin - Here We Are
    th track: (05 Nov 2007)
    Machine Head - Aesthetics of Hate
    th track: (27 Jan 2008)
    Compos Mentis - Within Me
    th track: (23 Apr 2008)
    Gardenian - Loss
    th track: (27 Jun 2008)
    The Morningside - The Shadows of the Past
    th track: (15 Aug 2008)
    The Dillinger Escape Plan - Milk Lizard
    th track: (29 Sep 2008)
    Degradead - Resemblance Of The Past
    th track: (08 Dec 2008)
    Catamenia - Coexistence Circle
    th track: (02 Feb 2009)
    Hypocrisy - Inquire Within
    th track: (20 Mar 2009)
    Iced Earth - The Clouding
    th track: (26 Apr 2009)
    Novembre - Nostalgiaplatz
    th track: (02 Jun 2009)
    Cryptopsy - Oh My Fucking God - originally by Strapping Young Lad
    th track: (15 Jul 2009)
    Saint Deamon - The Only One Sane (Nevermore)
    th track: (02 Sep 2009)
    th track: (13 Nov 2009)
    Vulture Industries - The Crumbling Realm
    th track: (11 Feb 2010)
    Strapping Young Lad - Velvet Kevorkian
    Generated on 03 Apr 2010
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  • Albums I'm looking forward to in 2010

    14. Jan. 2010, 20:48

  • Last.FM Survey

    29. Dez. 2009, 8:33

    1. How did you get into 29?
    Legion of The Damned, heard one of their tracks on the Spotify radio feature and loved it.

    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22?
    Sonata Arctica, 'My Land' I think.

    3. What's your favorite lyric by 33?
    Deadlock, probably "you ruined our code of honour, and now we have to live among the dead"

    4. How did you get into 49?
    Faith No More, I have no idea. Loved them since I was about six.

    5. How many albums by 13 do you own?
    Naildown, none.

    6. What is your favorite song by 50?
    Blinded Colony, 'Once Bitten, Twice Shy.'

    7. Is there a song by 39 that makes you sad?
    Mercenary, nope.

    8. What is your favorite song by 15?
    King Diamond, tough question. 'The Girl In The Bloody Dress' at the moment.

    9. What is your favorite song by 5?
    Children of Bodom, gone off them recently but it's 'Lake Bodom.'

    10. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy?
    Evergrey, not really. Their lyrical content doesn't exactly induce happiness.

    11. What is the worst song by 40?
    Edguy, 'Superheroes' probably.

    12. What is your favorite song by 10?
    Hypocrisy, 'Adjusting The Sun.'

    13. What is a good memory you have involving 30?
    Cohhed & Cambria, the sheer epicness of 'Welcome Home.'

    14. What is your favorite song by 38?
    Machine Head, 'Imperium.'

    15. Is there a song by 19 that makes you happy?
    Nevermore, not really.

    16. Is there a song by 25 that makes you sad?
    Green Carnation, 'Sweet Leaf' is a pretty sad song.

    17. What is the first song you ever heard by 23?
    Porcupine Tree, that would be 'Trains.'

    18. What's your favorite lyric by 11?
    Disturbed, the entirety of 'Down With The Sickness'

    19. Who is a favorite member of 1?
    Kalmah, the lead singer Pekka Kokko.

    20. Is there a song by 14 that makes you happy?
    Anathema, and no. Another band that don't sing about happy things.

    21. What is a good memory involving 27?
    Agalloch, probably hearing them for the first time and stopping what I was doing to listen to the entire album.

    22. What is your favorite song by 16?
    Gardenian, 'Heartless.'

    23. What is the first song you ever heard by 47?
    Agathodaimon, 'The Darkness Inside.'

    24. What is your favorite album by 18?
    Machinae Supremacy, Deus Ex Machinae.

    25. What is your favorite song by 21?
    Dream Theater, 'Through Her Eyes.'

    26. What is the first song you ever heard by 26?
    Novembre, 'Verne' I think.

    27. What is your favorite album by 3?
    Norther, Death Unlimited.

    28. What is you favorite song by 2?
    In Flames, 'December Flower.'

    29. What was the first song you ever heard by 32?
    Fozzy, 'End of Days.'

    30. What is you favorite song by 8?
    Blood Stain Child, easily 'Freedom.'

    31. How many times have you seen 17 live?
    Dagoba, I haven't.

    32. Is there a song by 44 that makes you happy?
    Ensiferum, and yeah. 'Token of Time.'

    33. How did you get into 12?
    Omnium Gatherum, the Last.FM radio.

    34. What is the worst song by 45?
    Alestorm, something off their second album.

    35. What was the first song you ever heard by 34?
    Graveworm, that would be the 'Fear of The Dark' Iron Maiden Cover. It was years before I knew that as well.

    36. What is the first song you ever heard by 48?
    A Skylit Drive, 'Knights of The Round' probably.

    37. How many times have you seen 35 live?
    Opeth, never sadly.

    38. What is you favorite song by 36?
    Charon, either 'As We Die' or 'The Stone.'

    39. What was the first song you ever heard by 28?
    Mudvayne, definitely 'Dig.'

    40. What is you favorite album by 7?
    Katatonia, 'Viva Emptiness.'

    41. Is there a song by 31 that makes you happy?
    Devin Townsend, most of his discography actually.

    42. What is your favorite album by 41?
    Mercenary, The Hours That Remain.

    43. What is your favorite song by 24?
    Strapping Young Lad, 'AAA.'

    44. What is a good memory you have involving 46?
    Alter Bridge, erm, enjoying hearing 'Metalingus' as Edge's theme tune.

    45. What is your favorite song by 42?
    Moonspell, 'Night Eternal.'

    46. Is there a song by 9 that makes you happy?
    Killswitch Engage, not really.

    47. What is your favorite album by 4?
    Dark Tranquillity, can't decide between 'Haven' or 'Damage Done.'

    48. Who is a favorite member of 37?
    Empyrium, no idea who any of them are. The Singer I guess as I like his side projects.

    49. What is the first song you ever heard by 43?
    Alcest, 'Le Secret.'

    50. What is your favorite song by 20?
    Gojira, 'The Heaviest Matter of The Universe.'
  • Review of Soil, 12th November 2009

    13. Nov. 2009, 10:00

    Thu 12 Nov – SOiL

    My first thought upon arriving at the Westcoast Bar in the seaside town of Margate was how damn small the place was. We shuffled in through the double doors after descending down a flight of stairs and found ourselves a small corner fairly near the stage but unfortunately near a set of speakers as well. Local group Sentinel kicked us off bang on time which I was pleased with, and the place quickly filled up at that point.

    To set the scene a little better there were roughly 300 people crammed into an area not much larger than your living room. I do exaggerate slightly but there really was literally no room to manoeuvre as you can see in the pic below, although in fairness the prospect of Soil playing a lowly venue in an absolute shitheap of a town drew what was probably the largest crowd in the venues history. The place got very hot very quickly as well, thanks in part to an energetic performance from the band on stage that got the crowd in the mood. For what it was I did enjoy it, screaming vocals aren't usually my thing but the musicianship was excellent and the vocalist managed to get through the set without collapsing, credit where it's due there. I'm not all that good at placing a lot of music into one specific genre, but I'd say they were a hardcore band with screamo influcences.

    Forever Never were up next, giving themselves a rather cheesy entrance theme of sorts but at the same time whipping up a lot of interest in what was to come. I'll start by saying they were absolutely brilliant, easily the band of the night for me after providing catchy songs, fantastic stage presence and vocals that reminded me a lot of Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria fame. Last.FM users have categorized the band as playing metalcore/groove metal which I think is fairly accurate, although they also showcased a very progressive sound. I was particularly impressed with the drummer of the band, he played his heart out and ended the set with a short but sweet drum solo to finish an extremely enjoyable performance. My friend who was with me was also impressed with the bass playing, but he was practically next to a speaker that was bigger than he is so I doubt he heard much else.

    After a 20 minute beer break The Defiled took the stage, again with a cheesy entrance theme to accompany them. The guys looked like cast-offs from Marilyn Manson's Spooky Kids auditions, and from looking at the silly hairstyles they had, one guitarist spitting all over the stage and another sporting a goofy facial mask I knew from the start that it wasn't going to be pretty. As it turned out I was right, I was less than impressed by what I was listening to at first although I did gradually change my opinion towards the end. At one point they demanded two circle pits to get going on either side of the room what I wasn't all that enthusiastic about, it might be down to me getting older but I wanted to enjoy the music rather than attempt to kill myself and/or other people in a venue where you couldn't swing a cat if you tried. Fortunately the people on our side either couldn't be bothered or realised it simply wasn't possible, I didn't really care either way as we avoided a battering. On the whole I did enjoy one or two songs but ultimately I was less than impressed by this band. Again it's hard to place them in any one genre, according to their artist page here it suggests they're a gothic metal band but to me they sounded like they were playing, erm, industrial screamo I guess.

    After a change in sound guys and a few last minute adjustments to their instruments SOiL took to the stage, much to the delight of a very excited crowd. I'll be honest and say I wasn't a fan during their heyday and I'm certainly not now, but my girlfriend is into them so I said I'd take her. With that being said they started out with a couple of heavy songs causing a mosh pit to erupt early, but with the size of the venue nobody was safe from it. After the second song a few people started a chant for their most popular hit Halo, to which the singer responded "ok, shall we just play that song and get the fuck outta here?" The audience seemed pretty happy with that idea which was a shame, Soil have had a lot of difficulty following up on what's become a classic in the hard rock industry and it was obvious that most people had come just for that one song. Still, the band handled it nicely, the singer stating "we've got a long night of hearing my voice first!" One thing I noticed about the band at this point was their lack of any real stage presence. Sure, they sounded excellent but they sort of... stood there. I quickly realised that I'd probably be less than enthusiastic about performing in a run-down glorified basement in a God-forsaken corner of England in mid-November if I were in their shoes, not too many years after most likely selling out big arenas across the world - every single person only giving a shit about Halo back then too I reckon, ouch. Having said that the singer did seem genuinely happy to be there, although how much of that was "I'm lying because I don't want to be booed off stage for insulting your home town" or not I don't know. He was fascinated by the ghost-town feel of Margate above all else, and to give you a brief history on that the recession, local youths terrorizing the streets at night along with a vastly superior shopping centre recently built nearby has rendered Margate completely useless as a town, one which once thrived as a result of its seaside attractions. Most of it has been closed down and left to rot, basically. Anyway, after that piece of banter with the audience it was back to business, and again I have to reiterate the fact that I'm not a Soil fan because I have no idea what songs they played for the most part (although I have since found the setlist). They played a decent mix of old and new songs, and I must admit I did enjoy the slower more mellow songs like Picture Perfect taken from the new album of the same name. Eventually of course they ended with Halo and I had to keep drunk guys from battering my missus throughout that one by giving them a hearty shove whenever they came within breathing distance. Good stuff on the whole though, certain songs were a little 'samey' but Soil were enjoyable enough on the night as was the entire night on the whole.

    Tickets were £10 for the gig which I thought was fantastic value. For that I got three decent bands and one average one, but I think four out of four would have been too much to ask for that price. Soil did say that they'd like to come back again after being pleased by the "fucking awesome" crowd they played to, but again only he knows whether he meant that or not. I wouldn't blame him if he didn't come back, but I'd definitely see them again if they did.
  • Doom metal

    12. Jun. 2008, 11:59

    A few weeks ago on the GameFAQs Metal Board some guy basically ripped me a new one because of what I primarily listen to on Last.FM - melodic death metal, which according to my Open Mind Index is what I listen to around 40% of the time. I decided to do something about it and explore a genre I've never given much thought in recent years - doom metal.

    The stuff I'm currently listening to mixes a few genres, mainly gothic stuff mixed with some black. I liked a few doom bands a few years ago like Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride and Anathema, but now bands like Virgin Black, The Foreshadowing, Daylight Dies, Novembre and lots more are really keeping me hooked on the genre.