Posts Tagged ‘guitarist’

Photo Gallery: Soilwork at Manning Bar – October 22, 2010


25 Oct

I went along to the recent Soilwork concert at the Manning Bar in Sydney last Friday night one behalf of Lifemusicmedia.com. I was there to photograph the Swedish band’s gig with support band Buried in Verona.

Soilwork play a form of metal called melodic death metal and formed in Helsingborg in the 1990s. Their latest album, ‘The Panic Broadcast’ is a killer slab of metal and sees the band really return to form after one or two less impressive releases possibly a result of founding guitarist Peter Wichers’ absence.

Click the link or the thumbnails below to view the entire gallery or CLICK HERE to listen to my interview with Soilwork singer ‘Speed’, also on Lifemusicmedia.com.

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Live Review: Slash @ Hordern Pavilion for Reverb


02 Sep

SlashReverb street press have published my recent review of the Slash concert at the Hordern Pavilion on August 16, 2010.

CLICK HERE to read the review in Reverb, or follow on below to read the longer, unedited version:

“A loud, rumbling bass note shakes the foundations of the iconic Hordern Pavilion, making the hair on the back of your neck stand up. The darkened stage is adorned with little more than a cloth backdrop, painted with the artwork from Slash’s new eponymous solo album.

Originally booked for the Enmore Theatre, ‘The Cat in the Hat’ moved the night’s proceedings to the larger venue; ultimately selling that out too. All the surrounding pubs and cafes were choked with black-clad rockers of all ages and persuasions trying to sink a few before the gig.

Taking to the stage in his trademark top hat and muscle tee, Slash and co. Ripped straight into the opening number, ‘Ghost’ from his new album. Originally sung by Ian Astbury from the Cult, Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy handled the vocal duties admirably. Indeed, he handled the entire two hour set’s worth of tracks – that included Guns and Roses hits like ‘Nightrain’, ‘Civil War’, ‘Rocket Queen’ and ‘Sweet Child ‘O Mine’ – incredibly well.

From afar, Slash doesn’t seem to have aged much in the last 20 years as he bops, sways and stalks across the stage from left to right. It isn’t until the sixth song that he finally addresses the full house with a simple, “How you doin’?”

It’s a diverse set that runs the gamut of Slash’s career to date and keeps the huge audience entertained from start to finish as each solo rings out loud across thousands of fists and devil’s horns thrust high into the air. A number of tracks from his new album are covered including ‘Back from Cali’, ‘Nothing to Say’, ‘By the Sword’ and ‘Starlight’. Despite none of the other guest vocalists from the album versions being present on the night, Kennedy does an excellent job of the material without once trying to parody the other singers. In fact, Kennedy’s stage manner seemed suitably restrained; ensuring all eyes were on Slash on his big night – one that Slash himself later admitted was being recorded for later release.

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Interview: John 5 (Rob Zombie) for Lifemusicmedia.com


02 Sep

Listen to the John 5 interviewLifemusicmedia.com have just published my recent interview with Rob Zombie and noted solo guitarist John 5

There aren’t many guitarists out there displaying as much originality and commitment to their craft as John 5. Long known as the axeman behind such artists as Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, he’s also played with such luminaries as Rob Halford, David Lee Roth and Paul Stanley. When he’s not touring with Zombie, he’s playing session work with artists from a wide range of styles including Ricky Martin and recording his own solo albums; such as his latest effort, ‘The Art of Malice’ which is available now.

CLICK HERE to listen to the entire 20-minute audio interview.

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CD Review: John 5 – ‘The Art of Malice’ for Lifemusicmedia.com


13 Jul

Lifemusicmedia.com have just published my review of John 5’s latest album, ‘The Art of Malice’. An instrumental album, the former Marilyn Manson and current Rob Zombie guitarist adds his own distinct flavour to the art of shred. Read the excerpt of the review and CLICK HERE or on the album cover to read the full review on Lifemusicmedia.com:

‘The Art of Malice’ is a dynamic record that peaks and troughs well throughout its 12 tracks. Just as you get comfy immersing yourself within the drama of slower tracks like ‘Can I live Again’ and the tension of ‘Fractured Mirror’, you’re beaten over the head by thrashy outbursts and millions of notes in tracks like ‘Portrayed as Unremorseful’…

CLICK HERE to read the full review.

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