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Monster Magnet + King of the North @ HiFi Sydney – April 4, 2014


14 Apr

Monster Magnet @ Sydney HiFi - April 4, 2014     Monster Magnet @ Sydney HiFi - April 4, 2014

Monster Magnet @ Sydney HiFi - April 4, 2014     Monster Magnet @ Sydney HiFi - April 4, 2014

Lifemusicmedia.com published our image gallery and review of Monster Magnet‘s headlining gig at Sydney’s HiFi Bar on Friday April 4, 2014 – supported by King of the North and Arrowhead.

CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails to see the entire gallery and read our review below:

To say that we were a little concerned about Monster Magnet’s set upon reaching the HiFi Bar just as the doors were opening would be an understatement. Simply put, there was very little sign of life. Granted, it was a dismal evening with some drizzle and cold Autumn winds blowing through, but there was hot night of raucous rock and roll to be enjoyed inside.

Regardless, Sydney band Arrowhead opened the night’s festivities to an almost empty room, rocking out with an energetic mix of mid-paced stoner/desert/Sabbath vibes. The three-piece made a beautiful racket and the small crowd clearly appreciated their driving, grooving slabs of riffage.

In terms of small outfits making a grand noise, King of the North won’t find many contemporaries coming close to their sonic footprint. The Aussie two-piece (made up of singer/guitarist Andrew Higgs and drummer Danny Leo) utilises a clever guitar rig that channels low frequencies to a bass amp via an octave pedal, creating a thick grind that’s fish-arse tight. It’s a technique put to great use by earlier two-piece groups like Local H, but don’t think for a moment that King of the North are simple clones.

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Live Music: Tosin Abasi of Animals as Leaders in Premier Guitar Magazine


28 Mar

One of our photos of Tosin Abasi from Animals as Leaders performing in Sydney in January made it into the latest issue of Premier Guitar magazine!

Tosin Abasi in Premier Guitar - April 2014

Image Gallery: Alter Bridge + Living Colour @ Sydney HiFi – Feb 25, 2014


16 Mar

Alter Bridge + Living Colour @ Sydney HiFi - Feb 25, 2014     Alter Bridge + Living Colour @ Sydney HiFi - Feb 25, 2014

Alter Bridge + Living Colour @ Sydney HiFi - Feb 25, 2014     Alter Bridge + Living Colour @ Sydney HiFi - Feb 25, 2014

We were fortunate enough to watch Alter Bridge‘s recent headlining side show gig at Sydney’s HiFi Bar, supported by the legendary Living Colour. After photographing the typical first three songs, we then had the privilege of watching the rest of the show from within the photo pit! CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails to view our 33-photo image gallery and read our review below:

It almost seems absurd that a chart-topping US rock band like Alter Bridge should be playing a venue as small as Sydney’s HiFi. So, it makes sense that tonight’s show – a Soundwave sideshow – should be completely sold out. Indeed, the line of punters stretches from the front door, around the side and turns back on itself to the front door. The Tremonti (AB’s guitarist) tattoo taking one guy’s entire lower leg tells us that he’s probably been here most of the day waiting.

Funk rock legends Living Colour open up tonight’s festivities, celebrating 25 years of their iconic album ‘Livid’ with a room already full of eager audience members. Each musical legends in their own right, guitarist Vernon Reid, bassist Doug Wimbish, drummer Will Calhoun and singer Corey Glover are equal parts tight and loose all at the same time in a magical way that makes almost no sense and total sense all at once.  It’s no wonder AB front man Myles Kennedy later proclaimed that one of the primary reasons we were seeing them tonight was so they could play a gig with them and that it “was a dream come true”.

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Live Gallery: Korn + Rob Zombie + Mushroomhead @ Luna Park Big Top, Sydney – Feb. 24, 2014


13 Mar

Korn + Rob Zombie @ Luna Park Big Top, Sydney - Feb 24, 2014     Korn + Rob Zombie @ Luna Park Big Top, Sydney - Feb 24, 2014

Korn + Rob Zombie @ Luna Park Big Top, Sydney - Feb 24, 2014     Korn + Rob Zombie @ Luna Park Big Top, Sydney - Feb 24, 2014

Lifemusicmedia.com published our image gallery and live review of the Korn and Rob Zombie double-header at Luna Park’s Big Top in Sydney on Feb 24, 2014 – supported by Mushroomhead. The show was a side show to the annual Soundwave Festival. CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails to check out our gallery of 38 images and read our review below:

What a freakin’ line up! Tonight’s Soundwave sideshow has sold out Luna Park’s Big Top and had punters lining up around the venue since 9am. It’s hardly surprising when you have Nu Metal legends Korn and comic super villain Rob Zombie headlining the same bill.

Opening tonight’s festivities are the masked crazies Mushroomhead. While their sound may not completely live up to their evil image, they offer an interesting three vocal assault, combining rap, screams and melodic vocals over a thickened bed of crushing riffs and soaring choruses. Tonight’s performance quickly whips up the early crowd, with all three singers launching into the crowd at one point.

This reviewer was on hand at the Hordern Pavilion many, many moons ago when Korn first toured this country. They band was a total revelation at the time, leading the way for an army of rip-off nu metal bands. The last time we saw them was on the ‘Life is Peachy’ tour, possibly also before some readers were out of nappies. So, it was with some excitement that we watched them stride onto the spacious Big Top stage to deafening applause and kick right into a career-spanning set that opened with an electric rendition of ‘Falling Away From Me’.

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Live Gallery: Clutch + Don Fernando @ Metro Theatre, Sydney – Feb. 20, 2014


02 Mar

Clutch @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - Feb. 20, 2014     Clutch @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - Feb. 20, 2014

Clutch @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - Feb. 20, 2014     Clutch @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - Feb. 20, 2014

Lifemusicmedia.com recently published our photo gallery and review of the Clutch sideshow at Sydney’s Metro Theatre, as part of the annual Soundwave cavalcade. Check out our 30-image gallery and read the review below. CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails above to jump to the gallery:

It begins… The first Soundwave Sidewave shows hit Sydney’s venues in earnest, with Maryland, USA nitro-charged rockers Clutch getting into the swing of things early at Sydney’s Metro Theatre. Supported by Melbourne four-piece Don Fernando, it’s the first time the rock royalty have visited our shores since 2010 and as vocalist/preacher Neil Fallon and his beard proclaim, “Let’s make up for lost time!”

Having not heard of Melbourne’s Don Fernando previously, it was a nice surprise to find that they more than lived up to their self-proclaimed status as being “tight as fuck, no bullshit”. The band’s taught, driving rock and roll grabbed the early crowd’s attention as they pummeled through a decent 45-minute set of four-to-the-floor tracks. Even their slower, more Kyuss-like moments lost none of the crushing energy of the faster numbers. Be sure to catch them at the Cherry Rock festival in Sydney in May.

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The List: All the Bands We’ve Photographed… So Far


28 Feb

Live Music Photography    Live Music Photography

We were thinking that it may not be that easy to figure out what bands we’d photographed in concert via this blog. So, why not compile a list?! We’re up to 110 performances so far and each can be found by simply clicking on the band name (If the name isn’t hyperlinked, it means we haven’t uploaded the gallery yet – but it’s coming!):












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Live Gallery: Periphery + Animals as Leaders @ Metro Theatre, Sydney – Feb 1, 2014


11 Feb

Periphery + Animals as Leaders @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - Feb 1, 2014     Periphery + Animals as Leaders @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - Feb 1, 2014

Periphery + Animals as Leaders @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - Feb 1, 2014     Periphery + Animals as Leaders @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - Feb 1, 2014

Lifemusicmedia.com recently published our photos and review of Periphery‘s gig at the Metro Theatre in Sydney on February 2, 2014. They were supported by Animals as Leaders. Below is our full review of the show, along with link to our gallery of 26 images on Flickr:

Even before Animals as Leaders take to the Metro stage, the venue is rapidly filling with excited, guitar-crazy punters. There are scores of Periphery shirts circulating and it’s almost impossible to find more than one of the same design – a testament to the band’s proactive approach to merchandise and self promotion.

Despite this, it’s clear that just as many of the assembled throng are here to see Tosin Abasi and co. perform their unique brand of instrumental, 8-string rock fusion. For what is really an odd instrumental line-up (both Abasi and fellow guitarist Javier Reyes playing 8-string Ibanez guitars and drummer Matt Garstka), the mix rings true and clear and the band do an excellent job of recreating tracks from their first two albums – announcing to the eager crowd that they’ve just finished work on album number three. Watching Abasi and Reyes navigate their large fret boards with such ease and confidence definitely makes you feel insignificant – Reyes’ incredible, simultaneous bass line and melody counterpoint work was particularly breathtaking.

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Cover Shot: Gojira for Heavy Magazine


06 Feb

We just got the cover art for HEAVY magazine, issue 9, with our photo of French metal band Gojira on the front cover!

These photos were taken for another Aussie music magazine in 2012 and never run, mainly due to some poor planning and incompetence on their behalf (still a little bitter about it, after spending all day at the venue setting up, waiting and for nothing). I thought they’d never get run as a result, but here they are – AND on the front! Happy days! The Gojira guys were very polite and easy going. Amazing show, too. Be sure to catch them at Soundwave or with Mastodon and Baroness at the Sidewave in late Feb.

Gojira for Heavy Magazine - Issue 9

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Live Gallery: Helmet + Melvins @ HiFi, Sydney – Dec. 15, 2013


30 Jan

Helmet + Melvins @ Sydney HiFi - Dec 15, 2013     Helmet + Melvins @ Sydney HiFi - Dec 15, 2013

Helmet + Melvins @ Sydney HiFi - Dec 15, 2013     Helmet + Melvins @ Sydney HiFi - Dec 15, 2013

Oops! We totally forgot about our image gallery and live review from the Helmet and Melvins show at Sydney’s HiFi on December 15, 2013! being Ben’s favourite band of all time, it’s pretty hard to believe that one slipped under the radar. Originally published via lifemusicmedia.com, you can now find the image gallery in a larger resolution by CLICKING HERE or on the thumbnails below and enjoy the review!

We were shocked to see no line up for tonight’s show, just moments before opening time. There were literally 15 people waiting patiently in front of Sydney’s HiFi, with crowds of soccer fans streaming past at from Allianz Stadium wondering what these scruffy metal heads were doing out in public on a Sunday evening. Thankfully though, all this lack of early enthusiasm proved to be was a more mature, clever kind of music fan that clearly hates waiting in lines.

By the time Sydney’s own Nunchukka Superfly were around half way through their crunching set of jam-room super grooves the HiFi was more than half full – as if a couple of busloads of punters had miraculously all arrived at once. Their insistent, explosive riffing got the early crowd moving, with spasmodic, jagged physical contortions on stage reinforcing the powerful movements of the music. Be sure to look for the band’s forthcoming album “Open Your Eyes to Smoke” being launched at Valve on December 21 – their first since 2008.

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Live Gallery: Steel Panther + Buckcherry + Fozzy @ Hordern Pavilion, Sydney – Dec 7, 2013


16 Dec

Steel Panther @ Hordern Pavilion, Sydney - Dec 7, 2013     Steel Panther @ Hordern Pavilion, Sydney - Dec 7, 2013

Steel Panther @ Hordern Pavilion, Sydney - Dec 7, 2013     Steel Panther @ Hordern Pavilion, Sydney - Dec 7, 2013

Lifemusicmedia.com recently published our live photo gallery and review of Steel Panther’s headlining gig at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion, on December 7, 2013. They were supported by fellow US bands Buckcherry and Fozzy. Read our review below and CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails above to check out 41 images from the show.

Steel Panther have graced Australian shores numerous times over the last handful of years, each time moving to larger and larger stages around the country. However, when we first heard about the mock-hair metal band’s move to Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion for their ‘Spread the Disease’ tour, we thought it might have been a little optimistic.

But arriving just in time to see first support act Fozzy take to the large Hordern stage, fronted by WWE wrestler Chris Jericho, with a line of people waiting to get into the venue that seemed to stretch on forever, it was obvious that filling the big shed would prove no problem tonight. With their southern-tinged brand of high energy rock ‘n’ metal, Fozzy easily whips the early punters into a frenzy of sweaty bodies despite the venue being half empty.

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