It’s time for an update. Protas V1.2 & 3/4

Out & About, Photography Discussion, Ramblings

So, I felt it was about time our little sight had an upgrade in appearance…
…What do you guys think?

I’m still ironing out a few bugs so bare with us while I try to iron out said bugs.

I think the new layout is great and has a new spacious feel to it. haha
I think I can get used to this for a while.

I have also added more mobile functionality to the site. It should be much easier to view from Mobile phones now, as well as the all new Desktop site visual upgrade.
Please do let me know your thoughts.

This is just a quick update for now, but I do have a lot of great articles coming up for you.
For the Photography buffs, I have been playing with the all new Pentax K30 and the not so new but equally matched Sony Nex5n since I got these for my birthday just past. Great presents… if not a little quirky. I have also been having a play with a few HDR software packages with varying success.

However this Sony 16mp sensor that is in each is quite a nice performer.
I have been taking plenty of test shots so hope to have a review of each for you soon.
(As usual please click on images to see larger and sharper)

Lisa took this on my Pentax K30 using my Pentax SMC-F 35-135mm zoom lens

I took this on Pentax K30 using my Pentax SMC-F 35-135mm zoom, this is actually a stitch of 17 images

I took this on Sony Nex5n using my Meyer Gorlitz 29mm f2.8 manual focus lens

I took this of my favourite beer shop using my Sony Nex5n using my Carl Zeiss Felktagon macro 35mm f2.8 manual focus lens

I took this on Nex5n using my Miida 35mm f2.8 manual focus lens

I have also started a new group here in Perth called: 1 Day in 1 Roll
The idea being that everyone who is interested joins our little Facebook group then goes out and shoots and entire roll of film on a date each month decided upon by the group.
The idea being we get a day in the life of Perth as shot by different photographers, using different gear on different films, whilst also supporting the local film developers.
Tomorrow Saturday the 27th is our first day out, I really look forward to seeing everyones shots.
If you feel you may be interested in this please join our little group here:
…on a side note the leaderville camera markets are on again this Sunday. Any camera buff should check it out.

We also have lots of interviews coming up, namely Perth heavyweight Tusk will be up next. Along with some great reviews of some great new material being released by some great bands.

It’s all looking up here at PROTAS so make sure you keep checking back to see what is going on.
Till next time,
Have a good one my friends.

Just a quick update…


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!


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…


Interview: Left To Die


So we caught up with down south death metallers Left To Die.. We spoke to Mat (bass), Aiden (vocals), Wog (Drums), Jordan (Guitar) and Alex (Guitar) about their fav bands and venues and what they think of the local scene…



So tell us  a bit about the band, how did you all meet? When did the band form?
Jordan: The band started with 3 boys. Myself, my brother Warwick (Wog) and Mat in January 2011 until Aiden and our former guitarist Josh joined in June later that year. The line up changed again in Feb 2012 when Alex joined the band.

What other bands/artists have influenced your sound and how?
Mat & Aiden: Six feet under, Amon Amarth, Cannibal Corpse and Gojira

Which one of your songs are you most proud of, and why?
Wog:  My fav. would have to be ‘Destroyer’, Cause its hectic and heavy!
Mat: Whatever i can hear my bass in really. haha

Which song really goes off live and gets the crowd going?
Aiden: Definitely ‘Chains’!

What is your favourite local venue to play at and what do you like about it?
The Prince of Wales, Bunbury. It has always, and will always bring fresh new live material to the masses. Great set-up (Big pit zone).

Here’s your chance to get all techy for the gear heads out there, what equipment do you use?
Randal, ESP, Orange Bass Head’s, Peace, Paiste, Sabian, Cort, Fender, Shure Mics

Describe the best gig moment the band has had so far…
Fungalore July 2011, because the circle put went off. Beer’s everywhere, couple of bruises. Cigarette burn’s, you get it.

What’s the most embarrasing moment?
Wog: I forgot how to play the drums for ‘Thirst’ at a show! (Early on, don’t worry)
Alex: Once got extremely drunk and ran naked through a hotel. The elevator shaft was never the same haha.
Jordan: Usual party related moments. Spewing, missing the toilet, but getting the whole bathroom.(Lasagna mind you)
Mat: Tequila, then walking into Aiden’s room naked thinking it was the toilet. Or the McDonald’s incident. (Don’t ask)
Aiden: Nothing to report as yet. (But we are sure it’s coming)

If you could play alongside any other band/artist ”dead or alive”, who would it be and why?
Mat: Iron Maiden (No reason needed), Devin Townsend (Look to the left)
Jordan: Behemoth
Aiden: Gojira

What local bands get your thumbs up?
All This Filth, Broken Silence, Dethlahem, Bloodklot, From Isolation, Devour The Martyr, Arbitage, Septillon, Dawn and probably a bunch more we forgot to name. There is so much great talent in Perth.

Which up and coming local band should we keeping an eye out for?
Wog: Definitely Broken Silence.
Mat: Dawn have ball’s and great song writing, i think it’s needed. Especially (like them) a band being from Bunbury. Or any town down south from Perth, you need something more original and more different. Just so some people take you seriously (although it’s just fun and games) haha… But seriously 🙂

Tell us something about a band member that we wouldn’t already know…
Alex: has a fetish he’d rather not share with you!
Mat: I went to Soundwave (Killed it). Woke up, went to macca’s. Ate. Lit a smoke and sharded all down my leg (with no undie’s). Rad. The boy’s thought it was great though…

One day you’ll be able to demand a rider, you’ll be given anything you want, what would you demand?       1,000 Brown M&M’s or we wouldn’t play the show, 3x Cask’s of Fruit Elixir (the cheaper the better), Over 1,000 Iron Maiden t-shirt’s (To piss off Steve Hughes), Metallica and Lou Reed’s (Spew-Lu) to kill after we get off stage to calm us down, 2X bottles of FINLANDIA, 5x copies of Immortal’s- “At the heart of winter” (So i shall de-virginise them one by one) Get it!! And one bottle of water for the roadie (INSERT NO NAME HERE)

Do you worry about whether people like you for the ‘real’ you or because you’re a stud muffin and musical genius?
Alex: Because I’m a Musical genius.
Mat: Who writes these question’s haha (Sorry guy’s)

What are the future plans for the band? Got any releases coming out soon?… or do you plan to lock yourselves away to record?
Wog & Jordan: Well, we are planning recording for June onwards and hopefully a release later this year.

What do you think about the current state of the local heavy scene?
Aiden: People tell me they want to see more metal, but there I think there is not enough exposure of local metal to the general public. That and there is a lack of motivation from the public to get out and see something they haven’t heard before from an upcoming band. If you Support it, there will be more of it!

Anything else you wanna tell your fans and admirers?
Get down to Fungalore, Bunbury!
Also get out and support upcoming bands and if you haven’t see us yet… get your ass out to Your Civic Duty, on June 23rd nice and early to see us open up the day with some brutal music! We even have a new song to debut, so come and have a listen and let us know what you think!

“Live by the sword, Die by the fucker!!”

Thanks to P.R.O.T.A.S and Metal For Fishes for the interview and the exposure, and to Josh and Lisa for all your help and to Tammie our booking agent for all her hard work.

Serial Killer Smile: The Elephant in the Room…


Ever since the breaking of ‘Silverchair’ with ‘Frog Stomp’ in 1995, we have had a steady succession of heavy alternative acts in this country that have achieved national and even international fame in their time. Especially in this last decade with bands such as ‘Karnivool’, ‘Cog’ & ‘The Butterfly Effect’ coming to the fore and playing a huge influence on a whole generation of young musicians idolising their records. This has I believe, made it hard for new bands of this genre to stand up and have a sound that is uniquely their own, as many fall trap to emulating their idols a little too closely. After a few listens to the disc that is sitting in front of me, I am happy to report this is not the case here.

Right from the moment the first groovy guitar riff of ‘The Baker’ crunches in, backed by the syncopated drums, you find yourself bopping your head almost unconsciously. You can tell you are in for something special here. I am immediately struck by the high quality of this recording, the string arrangement towards the end of ‘The Baker’ is amazing. Ben Bowden’s vocals sound clear and airy, floating on a cloud of melody above the groovy, chunky, math laden riffs being laid down by guitarist Richard Lant. Mark Degebrodt’s drumming is sublime, from big pounding beats with huge Danny Carey’esq rolls, to off beat patterns that carry you the whole way through the record with-out once becoming repetitive or ‘stock’ in anyway. ..but what would the drums be with-out big fat, rolling bass lines? Matt Snow’s contribution is excellent. Tight, fat and a great dirty tone to the bass when needed. No sweeping this giant bass sound under the mix, no his lines stand out crisp and clear always providing perfect complement and groove in their own right.

From the very first line ‘I could’a killed someone’ of ‘The Irrepressible’ you can tell this is the stand-out single of this Ep. Not that this song is unusually good compared to the rest of the disc, not so, each song could stand out on it’s own individually. And that is where the strength of this record lies. Not from one great stand out track, but 5 tracks of solid groove, melody and hooks. I dare you to try and not bop your head along to this record. I dare you. It is just simply not possible. There is just too much groove, great guitar tones, huge hooking choruses, interesting and pounding drum beats for you not to. This is a record these four musicians should be very proud of. The song writing is mature, every song is perfectly crafted, leaving you, by the time the 5 songs are finished, just wanting more.

If you are into any kind of heavy music you will appreciate this record, but if you are into heavy music but not so into heavy vocals, you will absolutely love this record! If you haven’t already checked out ‘Serial Killer Smile’ you can do so on their Facebook page here:

The band will be releasing their record ‘The Elephant in The Room’ on the 17th of February at the The Rosemount Hotel. They will be supported by Further Earth, Copious & This Other Eden. This is shaping up to be an excellent launch, for an amazing disc, by a great Perth band that has a bright future. I hope you take the time to check out ‘Serial Killer Smile’ and purchase their debut Ep ‘The Elephant in The Room’, you will not be disappointed.


From Isolation – Metal from the isolated reaches of Oz…


It feels like I have been wracking my brain for weeks about where I should start my first post for the music section.
I started writing speals about my history in the music scene and how I’d like to start doing gear and band reviews etc. however when I read it back it was un-inspiring. So after having a chat with Lisa she said ‘well why not just start by introducing your current band?’ and I thought ‘hell she’s right! Why not start with my band? It will help to show where my passion comes from.’
Not wanting to turn this into just a band bio, I will try to keep it short.

So with out further ado, I would like to introduce to you all, ‘From Isolation’.

‘From Isolation’ formed in early 2009. After a few line-up shuffles during the early days while starting out, the current line-up featuring ex-members of Defect Notice, The Last & Hairy Buffalo has been together ever since.

Releasing our first demo ep (produced in our ‘Isolation Studios’) to rave reviews in 2010

“…these guys probably could take on any so-called “Technical Brutal Death Metal” act” – Spirit Of Metal Webzine

it featured the track listing:

  1. Hypnotic Consciousness Sublime
  2. No Reason (BBDS)
  3. Isolated Propaganda Machine
  4. Born From Rape (the Fritzle song)

The band has gigged solidly since first breaking in March of 2010 and has not looked back, not just relying on getting asked to play others shows, but actively promoting and organising shows.

Having not been entirely happy with how the previous recording turned out (what band ever is?) we have since returned to the studio to re-record ‘No Reason (BBDS)’ which was released in October of 2011 to great fanfare for the new recorded quality, even gaining some air time on The Pit fm. Also having re-mastered our previous demos and released them as a bonus for this single release.
Not wanting to ever stop, the band has since returned to the studio to record 2 all new tracks, the first ‘As One’ was completed and released as a Christmas present to you all in late December of 2011. This track is the bands greatest feat to date and was exclusively debuted on the Pit Fm. With the second track of the two well and truly underway, but not yet ready to release, I thought it would be great to share with you all the brand new track (before Christmas 2011) ‘As One’, because after all, shouldn’t we all be closer in the new year?

We hope you enjoy the track, as there is plenty more to come from us in the future.
If you’d like to check out some more tracks or pics or anything, you can check out our Facebook page here: