Posts Tagged ‘strings’

1990s Revival: Zimmer’s Hole – Bound By Fire (c1997)


17 Aug

Forget extreme sports; this is extreme FUN! Zimmer’s Hole is one of the side projects of Strapping Young Lad. No, Devin isn’t directly involved; it was the other guy’s project and the band member’s names read like this: El Smooche – Lorde of Electric Winde; Banglsey Starnipples – Lorde of Strobe Lighting; Sickie Moochmaster – Lorde of Greased Thunder and Dr Heathen Hooch – Lorde of Ass-Fire.

Now, if you can’t tell that this is going to be fun from the names of the band members, why not try some of the track names: Pork Rind Toes, Two-Headed Anal Baby, Hell Comes to Breakfast, This is Metal and Gospel Sodomy Boy on Blow! Funny enough for ya? Now, one warning, the music depicted on this disc ranges from heavy rock to death metal, with the more extreme styles being the main theme. So, it isn’t for the squeamish. Another thing that sets this apart from other satirical metal recordings is that all the musicians involved can actually play: the singer has an incredible range, the drummer is super fast and the guitars and bass never miss a note. Add to that the fact that Bound By Fire is well produced and this is simply miles apart from anything vaguely like it.

4/5
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Live Review: Helmet @ Manning Bar – Images and Words


01 Jul

Ask anyone who knows me well and they’ll probably be able to tell you that Helmet is my all-time favourite band. Page Hamilton has been a huge influence on me musically. We even share the same haircut!

I got the chance to photograph Helmet’s live show at the Manning Bar in Sydney on June 24, 2011 as well as review the gig for theAUreview.com. I naturally jumped at the chance, given that would mean I got to see the show from right up the front. Any closer and I would have been groping him.

They were supported by old 1990s group Pangaea. I wasn’t even aware they were still around or had regrouped. Certainly, their discography seems to indicate nothing since around 1997. Correct me if I’m wrong.

You can read the review BY CLICKING HERE. It’s a relatively long review as far as online live reviews go, but I like to add some historical context and background. So kill me.

You can see the image gallery of live photos BY CLICKING HERE or on the thumbnails below:

Helmet - Manning Bar, Sydney

Helmet - Manning Bar, Sydney Helmet - Manning Bar, Sydney

Live Photos: No Sleep Til Sydney Festival – Dec. 18, 2010


21 Dec

I attended the No Sleep Til Sydney festival at the Sydney Entertainment Quarter on Saturday December 18, 2010 on behalf of theAureview.com (check over there for my full review soon). No Sleep Til Sydney was a big one-day metal and punk show held on three stages, including the main stage within the Hordern Pavilion.

Notable acts performing on the day included Megadeth, Atreyu, NOFX, GWAR, Katatonia, Dropkick Murphys, Frenzal Rhomb, Suicide Silence, Parkway Drive, Alkaline Trio, the Descendents and many more.

CLICK HERE or the thumbnails below to view the entire 190-odd image gallery!

No Sleep Til Sydney 2010 No Sleep Til Sydney 2010
No Sleep Til Sydney 2010 No Sleep Til Sydney 2010
No Sleep Til Sydney 2010 No Sleep Til Sydney 2010

CD Review: Dimmu Borgir – Abrahadabra


02 Nov

Dimmu Borgir - AbrahadabraAny connections that Dimmu Borgir had left to the Black metal scene have been ripped to shreds with the release of their latest album, ‘Abrahadabra’. The Norwegian group has been both loved and hated for their willingness – nay, compulsion – to continually push the boundaries of what makes up the black metal genre.

With this, their ninth studio album, Dimmu Borgir stretch their creative mettle to the point where they can now no longer be convincingly linked to the blackened realms of Norwegian black metal. ‘Abrahadabra’ is a 50-minute journey full of bombast, pomp and ridiculous levels of texture – no doubt helped by a 100-piece orchestra and choir that the band have put to good use.
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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.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix4kpCElgVk

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.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix4kpCElgVk

CD Review: Steve Vai – Where the Other Wild Things Are


13 Jul

Lifemusicmedia.com have just published my review of Steve Vai’s latest live album, ‘Where the Other Wild Things Are’ – recorded during his ‘Sound Theories’ tour in 2009, with this performance taking place at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. Read the excerpt below and CLICK HERE to read the entire review or click the album cover:

…As usual, the performances are perfect – Vai’s choice of backing musician is always spot on. The set list was well paced; including classics like ‘The Audience is Listening’, ‘Liberty’ and ‘For the Love of God’ from his groundbreaking 1990 album ‘Passion and Warfare’. But for the most part, it all just feels a little dead…

CLICK HERE to read the full review.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDZuNM3HmU4

FREE Wallpaper: Ibanez RGA121 Prestige Electric Guitar


11 Jul

I’ve been messing about with my new flash head a lot lately, shooting almost everything around the house from different angles and pointing the flash in different directions. Today I took a few shots of a couple of my guitars hanging up in my office.

You guys are the lucky ones, as I liked a few of the shots and turned one into a desktop wallpaper image that you can download for FREE! Just CLICK HERE or on the thumbnail image and you’ll be treated to a 1280×1024 wallpaper.

Just don’t go reselling, repackaging or redistributing the image. We break thumbs… seriously!

Live Music Photography: Train @ Enmore Theatre


22 Jun

I went and saw American pop/rock group Train at the Enmore Theatre (Sydney) last night for lifemusicmedia.com. Again, not my kind of music, but they were consumate professionals who delivered a very slick performance to a relatively full house. The audience was made up of a lot of women, of all ages and apparent backgrounds. I suppose that’s because of their chart-friendly vibe – but don’t they realise they’re all old men?

I’ll be scribbling up a review of the show for LMM soon, but suffice it to say that the show seemed to mainly revolve around the singer and the bald guitarist, with the other musicians hiding in the shadows behind. It often reeked of cabaret, with a lot of banter to the audience, interaction and even a moment when the singer brought six young women onto the stage to sing along to one of their hits.

I’ve uploaded a selection of images that I took on the night to my flickr page. CLICK HERE to see more. A selection of images exclusive to lifemusicmedia.com will be online shortly.

 
 

Painting with Light: Ben’s Guitars


17 Jun

Here’s an example of my work, using only a single LED torch as a light source. I lit each guitar individually before importing them into Photoshop and pasting all the different images together into one, perfectly lit image.

There’s actually one guitar missing, which is an Ibanez RGT42FX; currently getting some pickups changed.

Shown here is: ESP LTD SC607 7-string, ESP LTD V500, Ibanez RGA121 Prestige, Ibanez MTM1, Ibanez GR320 Ghostrider, Ibanez TC420 Talman and a Fender Strat copy that has been ‘Frankensteined’.

Shot on a Canon 7D with 10-22mm EF-S super-wide. 25sec @ f9.