Sunday, 6 November 2011

Morbid Angel should say 'Thank You Metallica!'

Ya know...if I were Morbid Angel...I would be drafting a letter right now to Metallica and thanking them for putting out 'Lulu', which saves them from having their own album 'Illud Divinum Insanus' going down in history as the worst heavy metal release of 2011.
"Mustaine and Newstead must be laughing their dicks off right now"!

At least Morbid Angel aren't taking anyone else down with them.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Heavy Metal Halloween \m/ The Ultimate Playlist

It's the Heavy Metal holiday, and what better way to spend it than going around and spooking folks with a killer soundtrack.  And here is a great heavy metal soundtrack for Halloween.  This playlist will appear for my heavy metal radio show 'Sleeping in the Fire' on Phoenix FM, Bendigo this Saturday night, the 29th of October. 

1.  Intro and A Cautionary Tale - Sabbat (UK)

 A great atmospheric intro, a spell is being cast, a bell is tolling, and we are immediately being thrown into Halloween.  Then a wholesome tale about Faustus selling his soul to the Devil follows with the intensive thrash that Sabbat had to offer.  Play it loud!

2.  Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

Classic Sabbath with their self-titled song from their self-titled album.  Old Skool evil, perfect for the scary occasion.

3. Welcome to my Nightmare - Alice Cooper

The original shock-rocker may be more at home these days on the golf course, (which is arguably scary), but this classic song deserves to be on every heavy metal Halloween playlist.

4.  Mr. Blackwell - Kiss

This evil little gem appeared on Kiss's least favourite, and worst selling album, 'Music from the Elder', but Gene Simmons was at his demonic best with this classic spook-fest.

5.  Magical Spell - Masters of Reality

A slow, hypnotic desert rock piece.  Yeah yeah, not strictly scary, it's about being caught in the 'spell' of a woman with the 'right ass', but it mentions a 'spell' and it's a great song, so it makes it's own spot right here.

6.  Dracula - Macabre

The title alone is good enough for inclusion to a Halloween playlist, but that intro seals it.  Bring it on!

7.  Evil Spells - Morbid Angel

Classic brutality from one of the the founders of death metal, and another song about spells.  But evil ones this time.  Mwa ha ha...

8.  Left Hand Path - Entombed

Seriously brutality from Sweden's Entombed, and the title needs no explaining, but after the blistering downtuned assault, the song breaks out into Fred Myrow's theme song to 'Phantasm'.

9. Dead Skin Mask - Slayer

Now there's a Halloween mask to scare everyone.  And get you arrested.  And evaluated.  And locked up for a very long time.  But meanwhile, what a great Halloween!  Oh, and the song is killer.  no pun intended.

10. Pit of Zombies - Cannibal Corpse

What Halloween playlist would be complete without a song about zombies.  And be sure that 'Thriller' is not making any kind of appearance here.  With their usual subtelty, Cannibal Corpse wrote this classic about a peril that anyone could all too easily find themselves in in this modern world; inexplicably finding yourself suspended above a pit of zombies and being devoured from the feet up.  Don't you hate it when that happens?

11. Dragula - Rob Zombie

Now that we have that little cliche out of the way...

12. From Here to the Hearse - Wednesday 13

More spooky rock from Wednesday 13, who seem to be attempting to corner the Halloween market.  And why not.

13. Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne

Let's face it, there are any number of Ozzy songs that could comfortably fit into a Halloween playlist, but the dramatic mad organ intro to Mr. Crowley sealed it for me.  And singing about a real life magician certainly adds a little cred to the whole playlist.  Just put the bat down now...

14. Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden

Yep, evil numbers, a song about the Big Man down there, and that Vincent Price-esque intro read from the Book of Revelation is a sealer.  (For the record, the intro was read by Barry Clayton, as the band originally wanted Vincent Price to read the intro, but he wouldn't do it for anything less than 25,000 pounds.)

15. The Siege and Investiture of Baron von Frankenstein's Castle at Weisseria - Blue Oyster Cult

If one had to put a BOC song in a Heavy Metal Halloween playlist, most folk would probably go for their famous 'Don't Fear the Reaper', which is a great song, and a great choice.  But I went with 'The Siege', firstly because it's such a great name for a song, and secondly because it mentions Frankenstein, and finally, it's such a great song.  Winner.

16. White Witch - Savatage

Catchy as hell, a solid song, and it's about a witch.  I rest my case.

17. Tommy Knockers - Blind Guardian

A song about Tommy Knockers?  Oh, let's have that.

18. Trick or Treat - Fastway

Yep, there's no escaping this song for a Halloween playlist.  The memorable track from the OST from the cult movie, it's the '80's all over again.  And that's probably the scariest part.  

19. Halloween - King Diamond

Another must have inclusion from the spookiest guy on the planet.  We don't want to know how he sings that high, just keep pounding out concept album after concept album about horror.  You could probably play just about anything from King Diamond for Halloween, but he has made it easy for all of us with the title of this song.

20. Halloween - Helloween

Yep, another no-brainer.  Good song from these crazy German boys, an iconic and epic 13 minute plus song covers all the bases.  And given the band's pumpkin fetish, you could probably prop up nearly any of their album covers in the front window and boom!  instant Halloween decoration!  FTW

21.  Mr. Scary - Dokken

An instrumental, but the name says it all, and it's a great song to keep things at a good solid pace.  Play it loud!

22. Monsterman - Accept

Monsterman?  Yeah. baby!  A classic metal singalong to scare the neighbours with.  And a great song as well!  Remember...LOUD!

23. Freddy Kruger - S.O.D.

A song about Freddy Kruger?  oh let's do that! 

24. Angel Witch - Angel Witch

Classic NWOBHM about a witch.  Who is an angel.  An Angel Witch!  Who cares what it's about, it has witch in the title, and it's a classic song.  Play it loud!

25. Runnin' with the Devil - Van Halen

Yep, another song about the Devil.  And running with him.  Presumably to get out there and grab some Halloween sweets. 

26.  The Call of Ktulu - Metallica

A great instrumental to finish up with, and loosely associated with Halloween, as the title is a mongrel mis-spelling of the classic H. P. Lovecraft tale of cosmic horror.  Horror, I say!  And if the party isn't over, go the hell back to the first song and play them all over again!

Happy Halloween you ghastly creatures you!

Sunday, 16 October 2011

The Pinnacles, Western Australia photo set

I have just uploaded a dozen or so photos on Redbubble that I took when I was over in Western Australia at the beginning of this year, taken at the Pinnacles.  Share and Enjoy!

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Harajuku Girls

Those crazy, crazy Harajuku girls!  They dress up, they congregate near Harajuku Station, Tokyo, they pose, they outrage old folk.  And they are great photo material.  They collect pictures of themselves, and each other, dressed up in often self-made costumes of their favourite manga or anime characters.  It's a great, free day out in expensive Tokyo if you like to take photos, or just like to watch Cosplay, or even just watching creepy old men taking pictures of outrageously dressed young girls. 

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Sunday, 4 September 2011

Playlist for last night's show (3/9/11) The Hell Special

Spinal Tap  Hellhole  Tragically Good!

The Gates Of Hell - Black Sabbath
To Heaven From Hell - Diamond Head
Alison Hell - Annihilator
Welcome To Hell - Running Wild
Born To Raise Hell - Motorhead
Hell's On Fire - Steel Panther
Neverending Hell - Centinex
Helleluyah! (God Is Dead) - Vader
Go To Hell - Carcass
Full Of Hell - Entombed
Hell Awaits - Slayer
What Hell Can Create - Sodom
Into The Lungs Of Hell - Megadeth
Servant In Heaven King In Hell - Kreator
Hell Hole - Spinal Tap
Last Caress / Green Hell - Metallica
Hellbent For Jesus - Tankard
Hellbent For Leather - Judas Priest
Silence Of Northern Hell - Blood Stain Child
Hermod's Ride To Hell (Loke's Treachery Part 1) - Amon Amarth
Planet Hell - Voivod
Commanding The Legions Of Hell - Goatwhore
Send Them To Hell - Toxic Holocaust
Burn In Hell - Merciless Death
Master Of Hell - Witchburner
Hell Trucker - Gama Bomb
Bullets From Hell - Destruction
Cajun Hell - Exodus

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Playlist for last night's show (27/8/11)

Kyuss - Asteroid.  Stupidly Epic!

Beneath The Remains - Sepultura
Maximum Overchill - Cross Examination
Zombie Blood Nightmare - Gama Bomb
Revenge Is A Vulture - 3 Inches Of Blood
Strangled By Unseen Hands - Skeletonwitch
State Of Insurgency - HeXeN
Kill Your Guts Out - Lich King
Thrasher - Evile
Born Of The Ruins - Warbringer
Dragonaut - Sleep
Saruman's Wish - Orange Goblin
Funeralopolis - Electric Wizard
Asteroid - Kyuss
Total Death - Kreator
Thrash Till Death - Tankard
Metal Law - Vendetta
Perilous Nation - Testament
Metallic Crucifixion - Toxic Holocaust
It's Not A Tumor - Austrian Death Machine
War Metal Battle Master - Lair Of The Minotaur
Die In Pain - Fastkill
Lying And Weak - Decapitated
Target Dimension XII - Centinex
Duplicity - Silent Descent
Blood Of Faith (Stains My Hands) - Eternal Tears Of Sorrow
Alaskan Flounder Basket - iwrestledabearonce
Feed The Beast - Bonded By Blood

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Playlist for last night's show Guest programmers Simon and Tim from Abreact

Abreact - Sharks in my mouth live

Remnants - Abreact
Home - Sevendust
For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) - AC/DC
Crackerman - Stone Temple Pilots
Friends & Traitors - Raised Fist
Sharks In My Mouth - Abreact
Jerk Off - Tool
Come Alive - Doomriders
4 Words (to choke upon) - Bullet 4 My Valentine
The New Rule - Abreact
Dig - Mudvayne
New Noise - Refused
Day 1 - Abreact
Mauseum - Karnivool
Dark Horse - Converge
People Of The Sun - Rage Against The Machine
Grind - Alice In Chains
Cmnd Ctrl - Deftones

Sunday, 14 August 2011

The 19th annual Victorian Underground Mine Rescue Competition

The 19th annual Victorian Underground Mine Rescue Competition was held in and around my hometown this weekend just gone, and I was lucky enough to be invited along with other photographers to photograph the event.  I was able to photograph the Stawell team as they attempted a simulation rope rescue event for the competition held at the Fosterville Mine in Central Victoria.  It was my first time in a large mine, and it was a great event to capture.

The team inspecting their gear before going in

In the mine and unloading the gear

Planning for the simulated rescue

These tunnels are big enough to drive around in

Opening the shaft cover

The rescuer descends

The tension builds.  (The teams are racing against the clock in this event)

Hauling up the 'victim'

And she's safe

Some of the trophies available for the competition awards ceremony

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Playlist for last night's show (13/8/11)

The Revolution will be digitized!

Barmy Army - Acid Drinkers
Revolution Decimation - Axis of Advance
Revolution Begins - Arch Enemy
Revolution of the Mind - Mortal Sin
Revolutionary's Hell - Phobia
Revolution - Running Wild
Heavy Metal Revolution - Metalucifer
London Leatherboys - Accept
Think Back and Lie of England - Skyclad
Run Riot - Def Leppard
All England's Eyes - Magnum
Kairos - Sepultura
Abolish Government / Superficial Love - Slayer
Uprising - Sabaton
Lindisfarne - Svartsot
Riot of Violence - Kreator
Deliver Me fromn Sanity - Autopsy
The Act of Rebellion - Coroner
Revolution Calling - Queensryche
Revolution - KMFDM
Battle Against Time - Wintersun
The Revolution Exodus - Deathstars
Under Surveillance - Destruction
The Uprising - Rebellion

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Playlist for last night's show (06/08/11) 1st year anniversary show!

Not that I need an excuse to drag this classic out...Twilight of the Thunder God  Amon Amarth

Dea Artio - Wolves in the Throne Room
Vastness and Sorrow - Wolves in the Throne Room
Twilight of the Thunder God - Amon Amarth
Pit of Zombies - Cannibal Corpse
The Lake Ladoge Massacre - Hail of Bullets
Yellow King - Anaal Nathrakh
Dusk Falls Upon The Temple Of The Serpent On the Mount of Sunrise - Nile
Cast Down The Heretic - Nile
Intrusion - Red Harvest
Ad Noctum - Red Harvest
The Principles And Practices Of Embalming - The Berzerker
Subtle Manipulation - Zyklon
Double Ahhnold - Austrian Death Machine
I Need Your Clothes, Your Boots, Your Motorcycle - Austrian Death Machine
To Holmgard And Beyond - Turisas
Nancy The Tavern Wench - Alestorm
Kaktens Tid - Finntroll
Vargr Theme/Confrontation (Genetic Prophecy) - The Lord Weird Slough Feg
Trial Spiral - Blood Stain Child
Tastes Like Kevin Bacon - Iwrestledabearonce
Glimmer - Pelican
Weight - Isis
Mocking Solemnity - Sunn O)))

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Playlist for last night's show (30/7/11)

Messiah Marcolin...alone in a world he totally made. In one respect, I wish I had never seen this film-clip. Weirdly compelling, like a bus going off a cliff in slow-motion, only with bad hair and robes. Great song but...
The Candle - King Diamond
Traveller in Time - Uriah Heep
Do You Close Your Eyes - Rainbow
Sunset Superman - Dio
Slam The Hammer Down - Slade
Tattoo Vampire - Blue Oyster Cult
Fire In The Sky - Ozzy Osbourne
Dangerous But Worth The Risk - Ratt
Open Secrets - Rush
Bind, Torture, Kill - Suffocation
Holocaust - Bathory
Lobotomy - Sepultura
Instruments Of Torture - Warbringer
Cantico/Drought - Martiria
Midnight Highway - Accept
Hell's On Fire - Steel Panther
Living On Your Own - Budgie
Speedfreak - Motorhead
Bewitched - Candlemass
Saturday Night Special - Armoured Angel
Suffering The Tyrants - Satyricon
God Of Thunder - Entombed
Securicon (Police State 2000) - Fear Factory

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Playlist for last night's show (Wolf theme)

Playlist for last night's show (Wolf theme)
Sleeping in the Fire 10 pm - 12am Saturday nights Phoenix FM, Bendigo, Australia

 Subway to Sally - Wolfstraum

Wolfshade (A Werewolf Masquerade) - Moonspell
Run With The Wolf - Rainbow
Night Wolf - Krokus
Lock Up The Wolves - Dio
The Wolf - Motorhead
Wolfsong In Moonlight (Fenris Unbound) - Folkearth
Running With Wolves - Korplikaani
Wolfstraum - Subway To Sally
Wolves Of The Sea - Alestorm
Thrown To The Wolves - Death Angel
Wolf Among The Flock - Immolation
Centuries Of Wolven Hunger - Hecate Enthroned
Of Carnage And A Gathering Of The Wolves - Bal Sagoth
Wolftribe - Vader
The Sea Wolf - The Lord Weird Slough Feg
Follow The Wolf - King Diamond
The Wolf And The Lamb - Sodom
She-Wolf - Megadeth
I'm Cold And There Are Wolves After Me - Iwrestledabearonce
Lone Wolf Winter - Destroyer 666
The Wolf Is Loose - Mastadon
Wolverine Blues - Entombed
Wolf Man - Metalucifer
Naked Among Wolves - Heaven Shall Burn
Red Wolves Of Stalin - Hail Of Bullets

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Halloween in Roppongi (Tokyo) (2009)

While I'm trawling through some old photos, these put a smile on my face.
Halloween in Roppongi is simply outrageous.  Well, having said that, most things in Roppongi are outrageous, even if you don't know where to look.  But Halloween is great in Roppongi.  The main drag is shut off, and there is one giant cosplay party.  Japan doesn't give a crap about traditional Halloween costumes.  You will see a few scary ones about, but anything goes, as far as a costume goes.  And the vibe is awesome!  It's a great night to be out and about with a camera, ort just to be out and about full stop.
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Kiss in Japan?!?

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