• Reviews

    Eluveitie

    Cassie and I went to The Zoo in Brisbane last night to see Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie on their first Australian tour. It was a week night and we were both pretty tired, but we’re delighted we made the effort, because the show was amazing. If you get a…

  • Reviews

    Anthrax

    It’s kind of a nice problem to have – too much good music playing here to afford! I’d love to have seen Opeth next month – and the fact that they’ve now added Katatonia in support is even more tempting – and ZZ Top, and there are a number of…

  • Reviews

    Mason Rack Band – Live In Canada

    I’ve seen the Mason Rack Band twice: once unexpectedly at a concert in Brisbane, then I sought them out at the Byron Bluesfest. Enjoyed their live show enormously both times. They’re playing, free, at our local – the Southport Sharks – at the end of this month. I decided that…

  • Reviews

    Reflecting the Soundwave

    Preamble Alex and I had a big, big day yesterday. In the morning we were in Lismore for the ordination of my brother, Paul, as a pastor. Got to see the family, and will write more about Paul and the ordination later. At one point during the church service when…

  • Reviews

    Progfest Brisbane 2010

    Saw a brief reference in one of the local free rags to ‘Progfest’ at Rosies in Brisbane on Friday night. Lots and lots of Aussie progressive bands, from post-rock to metal. For 15 bucks, at the end of a long week… how bad could it be? The answer, as it…

  • Reviews

    Messin’ With The Recipe

    A friend asked recently in his Facebook status message “Why is it that AC/DC are still credible after all these years and Metallica aren’t?” (Or words to that effect.) My response was that AC/DC have never really messed with the recipe, while Metallica have done nothing but mix it up.…

  • Reviews

    Five Horns Up – ‘Flight 666’ review

    Sam Dunn and Scott McFadyen, who made the metal documentaries ‘Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey’ and ‘Global Metal’ were invited along on Iron Maiden’s incredible ‘Somewhere Back in Time’ world tour – the one Cam and I saw them on last year. The movie ‘Flight 666’ was the result, and Cassie…

  • Musings - Philosophy - Reviews

    Religion and Truth

    I need a big book to take on a big flight, and as I think I mentioned here before, I’m enjoying Neal Stephenson’s ‘Anathem’ on this trip. It’s over 900 pages of fairly small print, so I only read about half of it on the trip up, and have plenty…

  • Reviews

    Carcass

    (apologies for the quality of the cellphone photo) Extreme metal crowds are some of the friendliest and nicest people you’ll meet. Don’t be confused by the long dreads or buzzcuts, the piercings and tattoos – the crowd waiting outside to file into the Arena for the Carcass show was a…

  • Reviews

    Something I’ve never seen before

    This musing was prompted by seeing the movie ‘Southland Tales’. It’s odd and weird, and was booed at Cannes when it premiered. It was recut after that, but it’s still a pretty complex and confusing movie. I think part of the key to enjoying it (as I did) is to…

  • Politics - Reviews

    To love a country

    We stayed up and watched the Oscars last night, after struggling a bit to get a recalcitrant TV tuner card to work properly. Fairly enjoyable as spectacle, we thought, though we’d have loved Juno to win Best Picture… Despite Cate Blanchett’s great achievement in being nominated for both Best Supporting…

  • Reviews

    James Blunt on Top Gear

    Cam gave me a season of BBC car program Top Gear on DVD when he came up last week, knowing we don’t do TV at our place. We’ve been enjoying it a lot – it’s great, entertaining, beautifully shot TV, and the girls are also learning more about cars than…

  • Reviews

    Iron Maiden Live in Brisbane

    Cam and I last saw Iron Maiden live in Sydney in 1985. (They also toured in 1992 but we missed that one.) We were in our early 20s, unmarried, no kids, just getting started in life. And it was one of the top 3 shows I’ve ever been to (the…

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    Maiden!!!

    Words to come, but here are some pics: This shows the angle we were on to the stage, and the platforms around it. From nearest to farthest, Yanick Gers, Steve Harris, Adrian Smith, Bruce Dickinson and Dave Murray. Bruce waving the Union Jack in his Light Horse tunic, with the…

  • Reviews - Science Stuff

    ‘A Comfort for the Bright Child’

    This article from Britain’s ‘Telegraph’ newspaper reports a study of the correlation between being smart and listening to heavy metal: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/03/21/nmetal21.xml Intelligent teenagers often listen to heavy metal music to cope with the pressures associated with being talented, according to research. The results of a study of more than 1,000…

  • Reviews - Technology

    T2X

    Wow. Just finished playing T2X. This is a fan-made, free game set in the Thief universe. It takes place after the events of Thief 2 and before Thief 3, and stars a female thief rather than Garrett, the protagonist of the Thief games. I’ve mentioned the various Fan Missions (FMs)…

  • Reviews

    Dragonforce Review

    When my friend Cam (best mate since Year 9, so for over a quarter century now) suggested that Dragonforce were coming to town and we should go to the show together, a couple of months ago, I initially wasn’t keen. I ‘get’ what the band does, but I used to…