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  • iTunes Survey

    22 Feb 2011, 1:55

    The last time I did this was almost three years ago. Shocking stuff.

    Library size: 132.07GB
    No. of songs: 16687
    Total length: 53 days, 10 hours, 1 minute and 53 seconds

    First song by title: A-Ten
    Last song by title:
    Shortest song: Dead, 0:05
    Longest song: Delìrium Còrdia, 1:14:17
    Most tracks by same artist: Iron Maiden, 486
    Most albums by same artist: Iron Maiden, 33
    First track by album title: Intro from A'Live And Kickin'
    Last track by album title: Popplagið from ( )

    First 5 songs on shuffle:
    1. Knuckleduster (Radio 2-B)
    2. Helicopter
    3. Slave Labor
    4. Jelly Jelly
    5. Japan

    "sex", how many songs come up?: 90
    "love", how many songs come up?: 469
    "dead", how many songs come up?: 346
    "hate", how many songs come up?: 98
    "wish" how many songs come up?: 31
    "random", how many songs come up?: 16

    Hmmm, wasted a few minutes.
  • Bands I've seen live [As of Oct '14]

    10 Mar 2009, 16:41

    SP: Supporting
    HD: Headlining

    65daysofstatic (HD x2)
    Alba Gu Bràth (SP x1)
    Alburn (SP x1)
    Airbourne (SP x1)
    Alcest (HD x1)
    Algernon Doll (SP x1)
    The Algorithm (SP x1)
    Animals as Leaders (HD x1, SP x1)
    Arch Enemy (HD x1)
    Alestorm (SP x1, HD x1)
    Alexisonfire (HD x1)
    Altar of Plagues (SP x1)
    Anaal Nathrakh (HD x1)
    Amusement Parks On Fire (SP x1)
    Bacchus Baracus (SP x1)
    Baroness (HD x1)
    Bear (SP x1)
    Between the Buried and Me (HD x1)
    Bigelf (SP x1)
    The Black Dahlia Murder (HD x2)
    Blood Command (SP x1)
    Blood Thread (SP x1)
    The Boy Who Trapped The Sun (SP x1)
    Brutai (SP x1)
    Burning Earth (SP x1)
    Concept Of Time (SP x1)
    Crackity Flynn (SP x2)
    Destiny Potato (SP x1)
    DevilDriver (SP x1)
    The Devin Townsend Project (HD x2)
    The Dillinger Escape Plan (HD x2, SP x1)
    Dimmu Borgir (HD x1)
    Down (HD x1)
    Dream Theater (HD x1)
    Drewsif Stalin's Musical Endeavors (SP x1)
    Driven By Entropy (SP x1)
    Enemies Of the State (SP x1)
    Falloch (SP x1)
    The Fall of Troy (HD x2)
    Fear Factory (HD x1, SP x1)
    Felix Martin (SP x1)
    Fleshgod Apocalypse (SP x2)
    Flobots (HD x1)
    The Ghost of a Thousand (SP x1)
    Heart of a Coward (SP x1)
    Heavy Metal Ninjas (SP x1)
    Human Greed (SP x1)
    Hush (SP x1)
    Hypno5e (SP x1)
    Intervals (SP x1)
    Iron Maiden (HD x1)
    Jesu (HD x1)
    John Butler Trio (HD x2)
    Judas Priest (HD x1)
    Kylesa (HD x1)
    The LaFontaines (SP x1)
    Lamb of God (HD x1)
    Leprous (SP x1)
    Les Discretes (SP x1)
    Long Distance Calling (SP x1)
    Lords of Bastard (SP x1)
    Mastodon (HD x2, SP x1)
    Maybeshewill (SP x2)
    Megadeth (HD x1)
    Meshuggah (HD x2)
    Mickey 9's (SP x1)
    Mike Dawes (SP x1)
    The Mirimar Disaster (SP x1)
    Monuments (SP x1)
    Norther (SP x1)
    Of Spire & Throne (SP x1)
    Opeth (SP x1, HD x1)
    Periphery (SP x1)
    Perturbator (SP x1)
    Pilgrim Fathers (SP x1)
    Project Serendipity (SP x1)
    Poor Things (SP x1)
    Popolo (SP x1)
    Protest the Hero (HD x2)
    Red Fang (SP x1)
    Red Seas Fire (SP x1)
    Saosin (SP x1)
    The Safety Fire (SP x2)
    Sikth (HD x1)
    Skeletonwitch (SP x2)
    Solor Dolorosa (SP x1)
    Sylosis (SP x1)
    TesseracT (HD x1, SP x2)
    Testament (SP x1)
    Three Trapped Tigers (SP x2)
    Threshold Sicks (SP x1)
    Tool (HD x1)
    Totimoshi (SP x1)
    Trigger The Bloodshed (SP x1)
    True Arcadian (SP x1)
    Turisas (HD x1)
    Uneven Structure (SP x2)
    Unexpect (SP x1)
    Vasa (SP x1)
    Vildhjarta (SP x1)
    WeCameFromWolves (HD x6, SP x2)
    Winterfylleth (SP x1)
    Wolves At Heart (SP x1)
    Wraiths (SP x1)

    Events:
    Tool, SECC, 25/11/06
    The Fall of Troy, King Tut's, 24/09/07
    Alexisonfire, Ironworks, 21/11/07
    Turisas, Studio 24, 04/03/08
    Down, Carling Academy, 08/04/08
    Defenders of the Faith, Barrowlands, 24/04/08
    65daysofstatic, King Tut's, 29/04/08
    Alestorm, Ivory Blacks, 29/08/08
    Meshuggah, The Garage, 08/09/08
    Defenders of the Faith II, o2 Academy, 15/02/09
    Priest Feast, SECC, 16/02/09
    65daysofstatic, King Tut's, 22/04/09
    Cocoon Fest, The GRV, 12/09/09
    Progressive Nation 2009, SECC, 11/10/09
    The Fall of Troy, King Tut's, 16/11/09
    Fear Factory, The Garage, 18/02/10
    Mastodon, Barrowlands, 19/02/10
    John Butler Trio, o2 Academy, 09/04/10
    The Devin Townsend Project, The Garage, 07/03/11
    Flobots, o2 abc2, 17/04/11
    Iron Maiden, AECC, 21/07/11
    Candlefest 2011. Ivory Blacks, 20/11/11
    The Black Dahlia Murder, Cathouse, 22/01/12
    The Black Dahlia Murder, Beat Generator, 23/01/12
    Mastodon, Barrowlands, 07/02/12
    Alcest, Stereo, 20/02/12
    Protest the Hero, o2 abc2, 08/03/12
    Meshuggah, The Garage, 15/03/12
    Baroness, Stereo, 10/07/12
    Kylesa, Ivory Blacks, 08/08/12
    Between the Buried and Me, The Garage, 03/10/12
    The Devin Townsend Project, o2 abc, 14/12/12
    WECAMEFROMWOLVES, The Art School, 03/11/13
    The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Garage (Aberdeen), 04/11/13
    WECAMEFROMWOLVES, Cellar 35, 04/11/13
    The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Garage (Glasgow), 05/11/13
    Protest the Hero/Tesseract, Classic Grand, 05/02/14
    WECAMEFROMWOLVES, Broadcast, 13/03/14
    WECAMEFROMWOLVES, Twa Tams, 14/03/14
    WECAMEFROMWOLVES, Hootananny's, 25/04/14
    John Butler Trio, o2 Academy, 26/04/14
    goNORTH Festival, Inverness, 04/06/14
    WECAMEFROMWOLVES, King Tut's, 30/08/14
    Euroblast Festival X, Essigfabrik, 02-04/10/14
    WECAMEFROMWOLVES, Nice 'n Sleazy, 31/01/15
  • The inevitable end of year 'Best Of'!

    16 Dic 2008, 4:16

    Don't have time to write reviews, so here we go, just the bare essentials...

    (In order of release, not preference)

    Alestorm - Captain Morgan's Revenge


    Meshuggah - ObZen


    Opeth - Watershed


    Ihsahn - angL


    ...and that's it. The only four albums I was blown away with this year. 2008 was pretty shit, huh?
  • Oh My Fucking God!

    19 Nov 2008, 18:52

    Tool have just been knocked off the top of my charts for the first time in... ever!

    And by Strapping Young Lad no less. All hail the new flesh and all hail Devy!
  • iPod Survey

    17 Jul 2008, 13:47

    Last time I did this was over a year ago, so there should be some major changes...

    Total space: 58.38GB
    Remaining: 14.2GB
    Total number of tracks: 7025

    Sort by song title
    First Song: Megadeth - À Tout le Monde
    Last Song: Nine Inch Nails - 999,999
    Shortest Song: The Mighty Boosh - Captain Cabinet (Crimp)
    Longest Song: Red Sparrowes - Finally, as That Blazing Sun Shone Down Upon Us, Did We Know That True Enemy Was the Voice of Blind Idolatry; and Only Then Did We Begin to Think for Ourselves

    Smallest file size: Napalm Death - Dead (138.9KB)
    Largest file size: The Smashing Pumpkins - Silverfuck (Live at the final Metro show) (57.6MB)

    Most tracks by the same artist: Bill Hicks - 204
    Most albums by the same artist: Black Sabbath - 18

    Sort by album:
    First Song: Devin Townsend - Depth Charge
    Last Song: Devin Townsend - Tall Latte

    First 5 song that come up on Shuffle:
    1. Dream Theater - Only a Matter of Time
    2. Machine Head - Take My Scars
    3. AC/DC - Rock 'n' Roll Singer
    4. Coheed and Cambria - Second Stage Turbine Blade
    5. Nine Inch Nails - Sunspots

    "sex", how many songs come up?: 42
    "love", how many songs come up?: 168
    "dead", how many songs come up?: 126
    "hate", how many songs come up?: 45
    "wish" how many songs come up?: 10
  • Albums I want, but can't find

    8 Jul 2008, 22:36

    This'll be updated as and when I find them, or when I decide to add something to the list.

    Devin Townsend:
    Christeen + 4 Songs
    Ass-Sordid Demos
    Ass-Sordid Demos II

    Gojira:
    The Link

    Punky Bruster:
    Cooked on Phonics

    Tool:
    Salival DVD
  • Major Surveyage...

    21 Jun 2008, 13:12

    1. What are you listening to right now?
    Judas Priest - Conquest

    2. What song makes you sad?
    Coheed and Cambria - The Final Cut or pretty much anything by Sigur Ros.

    3. What is the most annoying song in the world?
    Any dance track with a squeaky fucking voice.

    4. Your all time favorite band?
    Tool

    5. Your newly discovered band is?
    Jesu

    6. Best female voice?
    Tough one... hmm... probably Amy Lee from Evanescence.

    7. Best male voice?
    Can't decide between Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree, Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth) or MJ Keenan of Tool.

    8. Music type you find yourself listening to most?
    Progressive metal

    9. What do you listen to, to hype you up?
    Anything by Alestorm.

    10. What do you listen to, to calm down?
    Sigur Ros or Jesu.

    11. Last gig/concert you went to?
    65daysofstatic at King Tut's in Glasgow.

    12. Band you find yourself listening to the most right now?
    Rush or Porcupine Tree

    13. Most hated band?
    Fall Out Boy or My Chemical Romance (no way they're getting tagged :D)

    14. Song that makes you think?
    Way Out of Here by Porcupine Tree or Red Barchetta by Rush.

    15. Band that you think the world should love as much as you do?
    Tool

    16. Coolest music video?
    Tool - Parabol/a

    17. Music video with the most babe watch?
    Any rap video... or Love in an Elevator by Aerosmith :D.

    18. What do you play/would you play in the bedroom to spice things up?
    No idea, usually don't have anything on.

    19. Can you play a musical instrument?
    Bass, a little guitar and even less keyboards.

    20. Ever been in a mosh pit?
    A couple, Arch Enemy at the Barrowlands was probably the best.

    21. Are you in a band?
    Kind of (got a couple of stagnant solo projects as well).

    22. If yes, what kind of music does your band play and what is your role in it?
    Incubus-style metal/funk hybrid. Solo stuff is electronic progressive metal.

    23. Ever dated a musician?
    No

    24. If yes, what kind of music did he/she/they play/instrument/band?

    27. If no, would you consider?
    Definitely

    28. Do you wish yourself that you were a musician?
    I am, so that's a kinda moot question.

    29. Best chick band you know of?
    The Iron Maidens or Girlschool.

    30. Best guy band you know of?
    Every single band on my charts.

    31. Last song that you heard on the radio/...etc...?
    Probably some generic pop.

    32. What do you think of Classical music?
    Most of it is shite, but some stuff is fantastic.

    33. What do you think of Country music?
    Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash are alright... the rest is pretty much shite IMHO.

    34. What do you think of Death metal?
    Absolutely hilarious :) Love it!

    35. Last BIG band that you saw live?
    Opeth

    36. Are you a groupie?
    No...

    37. Do you listen to music in foreign languages?
    Kind of... not really.

    38. What famous musician would you like to have sex with?
    Guy or girl? Joking.

    39. Worst concert moment?
    Missed most of Alestorm's set in Edinburgh due to the doors not being open until 20 mintues after they went on.

    40. Funny Concert moment?
    A guy banged into this chick at Tool during Wings for Marie and her boyfriend just turned round and cunted him in the face. He dropped. Rapidly.

    41. Sad Concert moment?
    Saddest? Do you go to concerts to be sad?

    42. Best local act you can think of?
    Alestorm or Friday First although they're not really my cup o' tea.

    43. If you were a musical instrument what would you be?
    A triangle.

    44. Do you listen to the radio?
    Nope.

    45. Do you watch music TV?
    Nope.

    46. Do you follow the music charts, like the top 40?
    Yeah, to complain at the state of music in this country.

    47. Have you meet any famous musicians?
    Thom Erak and Tim Ward from The Fall of Troy and the guys from Alestorm (although they're not really famous... yet).

    48. Are any of your friends/family etc musicians?
    Most (if not all) of my friends. My brother used to play drums and my sister plays french horn and fiddle.

    49. Song that best describes your feelings right now?
    Normal by Porcupine Tree.

    50. Song that describes your life?
    Hush by Tool

    51. Do you know the names of all the band members that you listen to?
    Mostly.

    52. Does a musician’s physical attractiveness play a role in the music that you listen to?
    Nope.

    53. What famous musician do you want to marry?
    I'd rather get to know one first :)

    54. Favourite movie sound track?
    Headbanger's Journey. What? That doesn't count? Devil's Rejects or Sin City.

    55. Any musician pet hates?
    People in music videos who are giving it laldy and obviously don't have their instruments plugged in. eg. Slash in November Rain.

    56. What do your parents listen to?
    Mum listens to pop mostly, my Dad used to be into loads of NWOBHM stuff but now he listens to Rush mainly.

    57. What are you listening to right NOW?
    Alone by Judas Priest.

    58. Do you wear band etc T-shirts?
    My entire wardrobe is made up of band T-shirt :D.

    59. What do you think of people who do?
    Not interested, I do my own thing.

    60. What music sub-culture do you feel like you belong to?
    I'd rather not pigeonhole myself as I've got a bit of a random taste, but... a progger or metalhead.

    61. What song is stuck in your head right now?
    The lounge version of Rancid Amputation by Cannibal Corpse or Lazy Town's You Are a Pirate!.

    62. Do you sing in the shower?
    Nope.

    63. If so, what? If not, why not?
    Because I still sound terrible, even in the shower.

    64. Would you rather marry a musician or be one yourself?
    Be one myself.

    65. What is in your walkman/discman right now?
    What's a Walkman!? Too young for that shit! Erm... Porcupine Tree's Fear of a Blank Planet/Nil Recurring is probably my most played at the moment.

    66. How important is your partners taste in music to you?
    Very, I couldn't be with someone who doesn't have at least a vaugely similar taste.

    67. Hanson moves in next door to you, do you go introduce yourself, or do you arrange to beat them up?
    Play Cannibal Corpse or Decapitated at full volume 24/7.

    68. Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll, you dig?
    Of course.

    69. Do you cook to music?
    Well I've pretty much always got music on so, yeah, I suppose.

    70. Do you sing in the toilet?
    No, for the same reason that I don't sing in the shower.
  • 'New' music?

    1 Jun 2008, 13:04

    I realised the other day how little 'new' music I listen to (as opposed to new albums by 'old' bands). In fact, only six of my top 25 bands have been around for less than ten years. Nine have been around for between ten and twenty; seven for between twenty and thirty; and three for between thirty and forty. Can anyone recommend some awesome 'new' bands?

    1. Tool - 1990 (18 years)
    2. Strapping Young Lad - 1995 (13 years)
    3. Iron Maiden - 1975 (33 years)
    4. Pantera - 1981 (27 years)
    5. Coheed and Cambria - 1995 (13 years)
    6. Devin Townsend - 1993 (15 years)
    7. The Fall of Troy - 2002 (6 years)
    8. Porcupine Tree - 1987 (21 years)
    9. Nine Inch Nails - 1988 (20 years)
    10. The Smashing Pumpkins - 1988 (20 years)
    11. Rush - 1968 (40 years)
    12. Metallica - 1981 (27 years)
    13. Judas Priest - 1970 (38 years)
    14. Alestorm - 2004 (4 years)
    15. Mastodon - 1999 (9 years)
    16. Megadeth - 1983 (25 years)
    17. Faith No More - 1982 (26 years)
    18. Incubus - 1991 (17 years)
    19. Dethklok - 2006 (2 years)
    20. Alexisonfire - 2001 (7 years)
    21. Opeth - 1990 (18 years)
    22. Meshuggah - 1987 (21 years)
    23. The Devin Townsend Band - 2003 (5 years)
    24. Alice in Chains - 1987 (21 years)
    25. Down - 1991 (17 years)
  • Defenders of the Faith 2008

    25 Abr 2008, 15:17

    Thu 24 Apr – Metal Hammer Defenders of the Faith Tour

    First time at the Barrowlands, I was pretty impressed.
    We weren't too fussed about seeing 3 Inches of Blood so we decided to walk at a leisurely pace rather than run two miles to get there in time.
    Arrived about halfway through DevilDriver's set. Sound was very good and Dez's vocals were excellent, not so sure about the rest of the band though.
    After a gargantuan wait, surprisingly Opeth came on before Arch Enemy (guess they must be co-headlining and taking turn about). Mikael was on good form, his banter with the crowd was pretty funny and of course the band were incredibly tight. It was good to hear some of the oldies as opposed to loads of Ghost Reveries (although I would've loved Grand Conjuration).
    After propping up the bar for fifteen-odd minutes, we dondered into the middle for Arch Enemy. Their set was pretty good although I'm not very familiar with them. Angela said something about "pissing razor blades", and (apparently) her recent contraction of the clap, which I thought was a strange thing to share with an audience with an average age of about 14. Daniel Erlandsson's drum solo was also quite impressive.

    All in all, a good night.
  • 2007 Roundup

    30 Dic 2007, 16:34

    Best album - Ziltoid the Omniscient by Devin Townsend

    Best live band - The Fall of Troy

    Best song - No World For Tomorrow by Coheed and Cambria

    Most overrated album - Zeitgeist by The Smashing Pumpkins (In Rainbows by Radiohead was a very close second)

    Worst album - Avenged Sevenfold by Avenged Sevenfold

    Band I would most have liked seen break up - Fall Out Boy

    Money spent on albums - £176.73

    Best film - Transformers