It’s about time I picked things back up…

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Wow, looking at my last post about getting my A7r being from November 2013, I feel almost ashamed knowing it is now early/mid October 2014 as I sit down to write this. Saying that, admittedly I was already starting to fall behind last year… I still have many great shots from a trip to Melbourne in October last year and a second lot from our trip to Margaret river last year amongst others from Nick and Kaylene’s wedding which we shot the video for etc. etc.. haha
I will have to get around to doing belated posts for some of these, I intend to make an effort to get back to more regular content on here.
(as usual click on images to see larger and sharper)

...old man walking;melbourne trip 2013

…old man walking;Melbourne trip 2013 – Nex5n w/voigtlander 35mm f1.4

Nick and Keylene's wedding nov 2013 - Sony A7r w/spiratone 17mm f3.2

Nick and Keylene’s wedding nov 2013 – Sony A7r w/spiratone 17mm f3.2

Winding out 2013 was a turbulent time I remember thinking as I was going through it.

Our Next Show! Support Local Music!!!

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Our next show is this Saturday with some amazing local talent.  Support your local music scene, no matter what you’re into there is a live show for you every weekend, keep it alive and kicking!!


Just a quick update…

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We’ve been so busy lately, had a lot of opportunities thrown our way, a few spanners, a sick dog, a milestone birthday and made a lot of new friends so i apologise for not posting in a while.  There are a lot of articles in the works, music reviews, a lot of live photography as well as some camera reviews (yes i got some new toys!)… but here just a quick update about what we’ve been up to lately.

As you know we live for live heavy music so we’ve provided another promo opportunity for local bands to get their music out to the masses.  The local Artist Mix tape is a feature on our Metal For Fishes Facebook page that showcases tracks and videos for 10 WA bands and 1 interstate band ie. “Someone Else’s Local” for a whole month!  We’re always looking for local bands to be involved so let us know if you’re interested.

Check it out and find your new favourite band!

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We’ve also organised 2 new shows and have expanded to a new venue for the first time.

Next up we have Monsters In The Basement III with Blunt Force Trauma, Dawn Of Leviathan, BloodKlot, Dawn and Severtone on September 8th at the Swan Basement.

Then we have some Core at the Civic Den, it’s the first time we’ve booked a show at this venue but we felt we needed a change and a cheap one at that, they don’t charge too much to book the venue so the bands can still get paid 🙂

It’s one of our best lineups yet!! Storm The Shores, Severtone, Lakeside (From Bunbury), Remember The South and Alizarin Haze.  September 15th, Civic Den, Inglewood.

Some more coming soon… i promise…

 

A guitar play through: A video I made this afternoon…

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I’d been thinking about it for a while, but as of yet had not found the time. So when I found myself twiddling my thumbs and refreshing the internet this afternoon, the thought came to me that I should just go get it done. It was time for me to shoot a guitar play through of my bands latest single, ‘As One’.

Thinking about how I was going to setup as I walked to my camera/lens/tool desk, the first thing I decided was I needed to use an auto lens since I was going to be shooting myself playing the guitar. I figured using the kit 18-55mm was the best choice, as it would make it easier to make frame adjustments as I line the camera up to shoot myself. Next thing I pulled a stool into my home studio ‘Isolation Studios’ and set my small pod stand up on top of the stool with my Nex-5 and 18-55mm kit zoom aimed in the general direction of where I would be playing. Next thing I cued up track on my DAW to play through my PA, setup my amp and tuned my guitar, then did this little trick with my wireless mouse where I place the cursor on top of the play button then carefully lift the mouse up and walk away. Now I can just click the left mouse button to start after I have pushed record on the camera.

It took me a few goes to get the framing right, but I got it in the end. I purposefully chose to chop my head out as I wanted the focus to be on the fretboard and what was being played. I think all in all the final product works for it’s intended purpose, and I am quite proud of it. As I produced the song in my home studio and now I have shot my own guitar play through vid too. I hope you enjoy!

 

You can check out more from my band, ‘From Isolation’ here:
www.facebook.com/fromisolation

 

Cold Fate: Thrash is back… in Perth!

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You see I do not listen to thrash much any more, not since my younger days as a teen worshiping Metallica & Slayer have I really sat through a whole album. I have in my later years focused my listening on the more alternative, some would say “mathy” metals, so it is something I have not done in a long time, sit down and listen to a “thrash” record.

As I listen to Cold Fate’s latest offering, trying to find the right words to begin, the churning, almost train like sample that this intro track builds into is almost mesmerizing with this swirling ominous presence rising in the background, when whack, in kicks the chugging opening to ‘Long Live the King’. I am immediately struck by the high quality of the recording. Very tight, the guitars sound buttery smooth from the chugging rhythms to the sublimely composed lead tones, a complement to both Cameron Nicholas and Josh Fletcher. Matt Carver brings in the low-end while still being audible and complementary to the whole band, something that is often overlooked on many a record, his contribution is definitely note worthy. The drums sound punchy, powerful and precise, delivered in that signature Dave Kilgallon way. Great use of the whole kit, nice quick, full rolls switching feel shifts that seem tack sharp.  The vocal mix sounds clear and crisp, many a chant worthy, thrashy anthem can be found being belted out by Paul Di Scerni on this latest offering ‘Figures in Black’.

Despite all the elements, great they all are, I have to say every time I just keep being drawn back to the amazing lead work on this record. Every track has a face melting moment! I kid you not! Go into listening to this record pre-warned, your face will get melted, right off! From the nostalgic ‘Ashes to Ashes’  & ‘Figures in Black’ to ‘Edge of Hell’ and ‘No Love Lost’ every track showcases a mastery of thrash guitar that I doubt any could deny. But this is a pre-requisite is it not? To play good thrash? Of course it is, just like machine tight pounding bass & drums and commanding vocals, not screamed, not guttural, but commanding. This is, I believe what makes ‘Cold Fate’ such a good thrash band. They understand all the elements and execute them perfectly, everyone performs their set task beautifully and they deliver exactly what they intend to. I am not joking here, I have had the privilege of seeing them live and they deliver, just like the record.

So if you harken back to the good old days, when metal was metal, there was just one genre, metal. And you believe it has all been a downward spiral since, this is definitely the record for you. Hell if you just love face-melting solos this is the record for you… if nothing else, I feel this album would be really good driving music, from it’s pounding grooves, to it’s up-tempo crescendos, to the anthemic chorus’s and acoustic breaks, this is a well executed album which is a tribute to the band… and their producer/engineer who pulled such a great mix.

If you get a chance I definitely recommend you check out ‘Cold Fate’ live, it is definitely a show worth seeing.
For updates and more info check out their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/coldfate