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Sunday, May 14th, 2006
11:15 pm
Just a quickie, I know that I am never online, ever.

Got a few details of the upcoming tour:

Tour Poster
23.05.2006 - 04.06.2006
23.05.2006: Birmingham (Uk) - The Medicine Club
24.05.2006: Alkmaar (Nl) - Parkhof
25.05.2006: Luckau (Ger) - Fuck the Commerce Festival
27.05.2006: Luzern (Ch) - Kulturzentrum BOA
30.05.2006: Wien (A) - Movimento
31.05.2006: Zürich (Ch) - Dynamo
01.06.2006: Halle (Ger) - Rockstation
02.06.2006: Chemnitz (Ger) - AJZ Talschock
03.06.2006: Sliedrecht (Nl) - Elektra
04.06.2006: London (Uk) - The Garage

A few more shows to be added.

Got so much college work to complete before we go, but what the hell... only one more week left of being a student. I should relish it.

Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, April 12th, 2006
11:00 pm
Rah... been a while away from the joys of LJ, must admit that I have been tempted by the dark side of the force (ie myspace)! In truth, I declare greater affection for LJ, although I am rarely online nowadays due to time constraints (work, work and college work).

Anyhow, if anyone is interested, I have finally got a new band up and running. I have spent the last year or so jamming and writing with some great musicians, now we are finally ready to actually take the music to the stage. I recorded a few tracks roughly, meant as a taster of what is hopefully to come.

For more details, check our myspace page. The band is called COLD LAZARUS, after Dennis Potter's swansong screenplay.
Tuesday, February 15th, 2005
5:53 pm
Just got a promo copy of the title track of the new Soilwork album 'Stabbing the Drama'.

It really is something quite special!

Current Mood: content
Monday, February 7th, 2005
8:55 pm
Back from London, saw Rammstein on Saturday at the Brixton Academy, 'twas brillig!
I still find it funny that so many industrial fans shun Rammstein in an effort to maintain some rather confusing underground scene elitism... Yes I know that Laibach were doing the same stuff first, but Rammstein do it better now!

This weekend also saw me officially losing all faith in the London public transport system (HOW many tube cancellations?!?), to be nicely augmented by a taxi driver extorting a king's ransom in return for a ride practically three blocks away.

I need to get my car back on the tarmac as soon as is humanly possible.

And now.....

I want to apologise to anyone I may have offended with my last post.

So there. Done. But:

I saw some hilarious fat goth dancing at Rammstein that made me chuckle! I think she had 'Temple of Love' in her head. They are always sooo good for a laugh!

I mean Fat goths, not Rammstein.

Current Mood: amused
Thursday, February 3rd, 2005
5:01 pm
Is someone having a laugh?
Erm, even though I am generally not one to draw attention to the ridiculous, or to poke fun at the afflicted (so to speak), I found this community, and saw the most recent post:


I thought I'd share, as my sides are hurting from laughing so much!

It is made funnier by the fact that the post was submitted in all seriousness, unless someone is having a laugh at the poor girl's expense. Either way, it just reaffirms my lack of faith in humanity.

Take a look anyway.

And before anyone condemns me for this post (and I'm sure I won't make any friends either), I'm only saying what everyone is thinking. And if beauty is only skin deep, then surely that is directly proportional to the amount of skin one has!


Current Mood: mischievous
Wednesday, January 26th, 2005
2:10 pm
Found this on a random LJ...

Kind of like a LJ Amnesty post, here goes:

Give me 200... comments/spam in this entry. Or whatever, really. YOU, in particular, don't have to supply the whole 200..., but a tiny or even a big contribution would be nice. Then post this in your journal and I'll return the favour.

So this is your one and only chance to spam me with anything! Pictures, lyrics, words, icons, something you enjoy, the word spam over and over. Feel free to tell me something about yourself, whatever you want! It's all up to you. all comments/spam will be visible to everyone.

Your turn.

Current Mood: quixotic
Friday, January 21st, 2005
3:50 pm
Watched Dawn of the Dead again, kewl movie indeed! Found this by chance, so thought I'd share:

How long would you last in a zombie movie by zombi357
Weapon of choice
Friend who turned that you had to killalexguinness
Chance you will survive: 86%
Quiz created with MemeGen!

Sorry Alex, but I'd expect you to do the same for me if I turned into the undead!

Current Mood: silly
2:04 am
Festival Madness 2005
Just checked out the bands already confirmed for Summer Breeze in Abtsgmünd, Germany. It seems that Samael have just cancelled their appearance... but there are still many good bands worthy of the journey.

However, Graspop looks also like a serious contender too. Iron Maiden, Megadeth and Gravedigger... YES GRAVEDIGGER! (bagpipers play the tunes of war etc).

Anyone else up for going? If we can get a few of us together, might consider getting a minibus.

Current Mood: awake
Thursday, January 13th, 2005
12:05 pm
Stuff to get done.
So, in order to keep myself busy, here is a list of resolutions/things I hope I can accomplish in 2005:

  • Buy a bike (not a motorbike, a push bike).
  • Stop getting sucked into using eBay when I can buy exactly the same stuff in shops for less.
  • Make an appointment to go to the dentist, instead of waiting until I am in so much pain that I can't think about anything other than how bad it hurts, and then having to phone the emergency dentist on a Sunday, and getting him to temporarily fix my tooth so that I can at least get some sleep, and be able to eat something other than soup.
  • Learn to prioritise.
  • Use a bike to get around, instead of a car.
  • Buy a new car.
  • Stop shopping in Sainsbury's. Tescos is cheaper and the checkout staff don't act like automatons.
  • Don't rely on the goodwill of strangers. They are all shitheads.
  • Learn to speak French properly, just so that I can feel smug when I watch Luc Besson films on DVD with the subtitles turned off. At the moment when I do that I just get confused.
  • Buy a DVD player.
  • Finish reading Stephen King's 'The Stand', all 1421 pages of it, BEFORE I watch the film (that I have just bought off eBay). I must be the only person I know who hasn't seen it yet.
  • Don't believe BBC news. The BBC is in the service of the government, and the government is evil. I know, I had a friend at school whose uncle used to work with some guy who used to know a contract killer who worked for MI5. No shit. Apparently Jaz Coleman (from Killing Joke) used to live with a contract killer, perhaps it was the same guy? Maybe not, there is probably more than one contract killer working for HM Government.
  • Go on holiday. Going away with the band does not count as a holiday. I always end up coming home feeling worse than when I left. And hungry. And poor.
  • Stop spending so much time on the internet.
  • Stop worrying about the price of petrol. I can't do anything about it, and I know that everyone's in the same boat. Figuratively speaking.
  • Don't give in to smoking when I'm down the pub, after a few drinks thinking that smoking wasn't so bad, and why did I give up in the first place, only to wake up the following morning with a hangover made worse by a mouth tasting of ashtray.
  • Go to the Lake District or walk the Pennine Way. Something involving walking outside in the mountains. Very Black Metal.
  • Ressurect Hornmaster: Essex's premier underground Pagan Black Metal band. Serious.
  • Eat more vegetables.
I'm sure there is probably more stuff that is more pressing for me to do, but this is the stuff that gives me insomnia.
Thursday, January 6th, 2005
5:55 pm
Hehe, just happened upon this image, stolen from These crazy people...

 Cringer became the mighty Battlecat!

It seems that someone indeed raised aloft their magic sword, and said:


Or perhaps there is some twisted fool putting growth hormone in the poor animal's drinking water, if so he's heading for a world of pain...

Current Mood: weird
Sunday, January 2nd, 2005
3:17 pm
Four injections

Three (count 'em) drills

1 litre of mouthwash

Thursday, December 30th, 2004
8:09 pm
Great Christmas up to now...  though I am now suffering with a bloody  TOOTHACHE that is really pissing me off. My mate Rob has just given me a bottle of BRANDY that will help to numb the pain.

Breakthrough with band stuff today, suprise phone call from an old friend with a promising prospect... looks like 2005 will be the YEAR OF THE ROAD.


Current Mood: devious
Friday, December 17th, 2004
8:07 pm
Dimebag has been matyred, but the downside is that now we have scores of spotty little pretender-metallers coming out of the woodwork, proudly sporting their older sibling's Pantera t-shirts, swearing supposed devotion as fans of the band from day one.


This is vaguely reminiscent of Kurt Cobain's death over a decade ago.
Wednesday, December 1st, 2004
5:36 pm
Tuesday, November 30th, 2004
11:33 pm
Just got back from the Art Centre, was swayed into going by alex_guiness and Staff. Was worth it, as I saw Rameses, the new band of Electric Wizard guys. More Doom than Stoner now, very good.

Saw an old mate there whose been travelling for a couple of years. Darren had only just got back to the UK, and is heading off to scouseland tomorrow, so it was a bit of a fluke that I caught up with him. He's part of the old guard in the Colchester Metal Scene, and it was good to see him.

Last band 5ive (Continuum Research Project) were hampered by a crappy sound, so I said my goodbyes and headed home.

Current Mood: awake
Sunday, November 28th, 2004
9:07 pm
It's been a while since I last posted a journal, and a stupid amount of stuff has happened since then. I have a new job with a courier company, delivering parcels to the countryside villages west of Colchester. I am not really a morning person, but I have to be at the depot in Ipswich for 7am... 7 BLOODY AM!

I didn't know that 7am time existed in real life. Sure, I have heard mention of 7am in conversation, but I thought that it was some sort of myth, like the rat arse found in a Mcdonalds burger...

My house mate just told me that KFC genetically manipulate their chickens, so that they have eight legs... thus fulfilling the family bucket requirement from one source animal.


Anyhow, I have to deliver around 90 parcels a day. That does not sound like a lot, sure would be easy too if all the delivery addresses were on the same road, but my round covers a distance of 10 square miles, most of which is only accessible by stupidly narrow country roads.

Can't wait for the winter, snow and ice will make my job sooooo much fun...

Looking forward to getting back to College in February.
Monday, November 8th, 2004
9:02 pm
You know I hate to ask, but are friends electric?
Saturday, October 30th, 2004
1:53 am
Just got a free moment to sit down wit' ol compooter to check messages... been as busy as a bank robber in a power cut.

Erm, ENT shows went well, good number of people went to both the London Garage and the Colchester AC. Adam couldn't make the London show, so John from Raging Speedhorn filled in at the last minute. All of you reading this who did not attend missed blistering performances by both bands, especially Nasum... Swedish Grindcore mayhem. Nasum nearly didn't make the Colchester gig as their tourbus was wheelclamped in Highbury after the Garage gig!!!

Caught up with a load of mates at both shows, realised how antisocial I am being by being really behind with the news. Ended up running the ENT merch stand at the garage by default, as no-one seemed to be doing it when the doors opened. Rob and Emu kept me company though, so I wasn't bored. I also had a great view of the stage for the show.

I sold all the tshirts and vinyl that ENT brought to sell, and had to take contact details for people who wanted to get the new stuff before the distributors!!! Dean and Woody both promised me payment in beer, but they knew bloody well that I was their sodding driver!!!

Well, one beer didn't hurt.

Dean seemed really choked up about the death of JP, and dedicated "Carry on Screaming" to his memory. Nasum did the same, although it seemed highly dubious as to whether they knew of him prior to coming to the UK. It is easy to get caught up in the hysteria though, and they obviously recognised that the crowd were very supportive of ENT's dedication.

Saw Paul, the old guitarist from mine and chaos_minion's band at the AC last night. It was great to catch up with him, and we promised to meet up soon in London for a drink. He was disappointed that his band were not the support, as they are also grindcore... but they are apparently on hiatus at the mo.

In short, a pretty good week so far.
Wednesday, October 27th, 2004
1:53 am
John Peel
Heard the news today that John Peel passed away yesterday from a heart attack. Although I had never met the guy, I feel a sense of loss as if he was a family friend. His voice was so familiar, I used to listen to his evening show whilst I was studying as a kid, and more recently whilst driving home from an evening out.

His radio show introduced me to Carcass, Sisters of Mercy, Senser, Napalm Death, Atari Teenage Riot and a thousand other bands and artists. I cannot help but worry what will happen to the state of the alternative music scene in the UK in light of this tradegy, as who can indeed fill the great man's shoes???

Just been round Staff's flat, and we were listening to the tributes on the radio, all the peel sessions from over the years. ENT have a gig in London tomorrow night, and I am sure that Mr P will be tuning in wherever he is now.

Feel washed out.

Current Mood: gloomy
Monday, October 18th, 2004
3:03 am
Evening all...

Thought I'd share with you a picture of my parents new puppy, Nancy. I believe she has got a bit bigger since the picture was taken but, hey, that's what puppies do. She is likely to grow much bigger than most of the other dogs in Grenada, mainly due to the fact that she actually gets fed.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

They also had a male puppy from the same litter called Sid (Sid and Nancy... geddit???) but he died only a month after they got him. I hear that my cat (Loki) and Nancy were getting on really well, that was before hurricane Ivan the Terrible turned my parents house into an ex house. Now my cat won't go anywhere near people.

Well, he was outside during a category five hurricane... we can allow him to act a little eccentric!

Can't wait to get back out to Grenada, but I would miss the fresh autumnal winds and frosty mornings if I left now.

Or not.
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