• Dead Press! Live Review // Download Festival 2012

    19 Jun 2012, 21:27

  • Dead Press! Live Review // 06 Feb 12 // Reel Big Fish @ Princess Pavilion, Falmouth

    9 Feb 2012, 21:38

  • Dead Press! Live Review // 04 Feb 12 // Alestorm @ White Rabbit

    7 Feb 2012, 14:30

    Sat 4 Feb – Useless Drunken Bastards Tour

    Plymouth appears to be the only place in the UK that isn’t snowed under, and that actually turns out to be lucky for the first date of Alestorm‘s “Useless Drunken Bastards” tour. Now on their third album of pirate themed folky power metal, they are renowned for their party atmosphere at gigs. As it is, everyone loves dressing up as a pirate for some reason, so they’ve managed to build on a niché that is always gonna be successful. Luckily, they can back it up with good song writing skills and catchy drinking anthems that are easy to sing along to. Even if every song pretty much sounds the same.

    We are greeted by a huge queue, the longest that I’ve ever seen at the White Rabbit that must contain 200+ people. Many of them are wearing Huron t-shirts; the Plymouth-based band were supposed to be opening the gig, but sadly just end up playing to an empty room as nobody is let through the doors. A fuck up on the part of Advance Promotions, it seems.

    Luckily, the rest of the night goes without hitch and it’s Darkest Era (***) who come out to an absolutely rammed room. The Belfast natives play folk metal much along the lines of Primordial and Mael Mordha, maybe lacking as much oomph as those bands though. Nonetheless, they play a solid half hour and appear to go down well amongst the crowd. They should have gained a few fans at least, and will no doubt gather more as the tour goes on.

    Continuing the international taste are Australians Claim The Throne (***). Sounding kinda like a heavier version of Alestorm (vocals wise anyway), the accordion mozies out and causes spontaneous jigs to break out in places. Frontman Baronaxe pleads with the crowd “Make some noise, ya nerds” true Aussie style, and gets a good reaction as servings of melodeath are thrown into the mix.

    But, Alestorm (****) are who everyone are really here to see, and they whip up the crowd into a puddle of sweat to combat the cold outside. Opening with ‘Shipwrecked’ and the excellent ‘Wenches And Mead’, they effortlessly conjure the crowd into singalongs. They’re the sort of band that when you’re tiring reaching the end of the gig are able to bring out another brilliant song to call on that last ounce of energy that you have. Just when you think it’s all over, they bring out ‘Captain Morgan’s Revenge’ and ‘Death Throes Of The Terrorsquid’ with a black metal section that would rival Immortal themselves. They end by giving the crowd a choice between ‘Rum’ and ‘Set Sail And Conquer’. It’s obvious which one wins out, so the night ends with a hardy singalong of “rum, rum, rum, aaaarrgghh”.

    Written by Martin Savage
  • Dead Press! Live Review // 16 Oct 11 // Evile @ White Rabbit

    21 Oct 2011, 19:23

  • lolgig 02/04/08 [Gogol Bordello, Skindred]

    2 Abr 2008, 22:00

    Tue 1 Apr – Gogol Bordello, Skindred

    Fecking awesome gig! Was on the barrier the whole time, first gig I've done that for (I usually mosh). Skindred, starting with STAR WARS was brilliant, and their set was great.

    Gogol Bordello played 20 songs for like, 2 hours I think, and they were really good as well. Eugene fucking stood on me haha xD Before standing on the barrier and giving me and my mate the mic! I think it was for Romania or Baro Faro...I dont know how we sounded! Shook (slapped) hands with most of the bands afterwards as well, that was really good of them.

    When Eugene tried to grab the girl from security! xD Was lollin. Destroying the mic in the fire bucket as well, hah.

    Many an injury now...I can feel my food go down =( And my arms and knees are shot to pieces. Have to say though, was SO WORTH IT!

    Also, I HAD TO WEE MYSELF. I had NO CHOICE! Otherwise I would have lost my spot on the front row. To anyone who is reading this and was near me, surprise =D SUUUURE WASNT BEER.

    Anyway yeah, great gig, I've been convinced to go back and see Skindred in May, dunno about anyone else!
  • lolgig 29/02/08 [RBF, SM, SBS]

    1 Mar 2008, 13:02

    Sat 1 Mar – Reel Big Fish, Streetlight Manifesto, Sonic Boom Six

    Well, it wasnt as good as I thought it would be, but I wasnt generally sure how it was going to be anyway. I still had a good time.

    Sonic Boom Six - I turned up too late to catch them unfortunately =(

    Streetlight Manifesto - They were great, was a fucking EFFORT to skank though, people just wanted to push. So I helped.

    Reel Big Fish - I got really tired in the crowd for this. Whether thats because I'm unfit, iono, but I had to go and grab a Red Bull about half way through =P They played tons of songs, including The Many Versions of S.R. which was loltastic, and The Set Up (My fav song), also ended with Take On Me (Another great song). Oh yeah, and the cover of Enter Sandman was brilliant. =D

    There were SO MANY crowdsurfers! =O I wanted to myself, but I was skins after hiding my shirt under a bench and my pants were dangerously close to falling down. xD

    Maybe it just wasnt my kind of gig, I dunno, but I just kept wanting to mosh, but then I remembered it was a ska punk gig. *shrug* I'd definitely see them again though, hopefully they'd play the Academy though; the crowd was too cramped at the Keller and there wasnt much of a view.

    Overall, I'd give it a 7/10.
  • lolgig 22/02/08

    23 Feb 2008, 22:46

    Fri 22 Feb – The Dillinger Escape Plan, Between the Buried and Me, Stolen Babies

    Stolen Babies = lolerriffic, also I kept getting hit by drumsticks. I THOUGHT they were good.

    BTBAM = Not really my sorta shit, also i was dying for a wee, so I ran out 20 minutes into the million minute song.

    Dillinger = Well, they were great. I cant lie on my left anymore, and my fists were bleeding from punching, but it was loltastic. Only shit bit was the faggy guitarist doing a crowdsurf for like, one row.

    But yeah, it was probably one of the best gigs I've been to.
  • How varied is your music taste? (LOOK THIS ONES DIFFERENT!!!)

    20 Abr 2007, 19:15

    Nah its not really, but I made you look didnt I =) Ah well, first entry, what the hell were you expecting?! I didnt link all those bottom ones mind, cos ill be EVERYWHERE otherwise.

    First, make a list of your top-20 artists overall. Then, for each of these artists, add the 8 most similar artists to your list. Delete any duplicates, count up the number of entries on your list and this will give you some idea of how eclectic your listening habits are. A score of 9 represents an extremely unvaried musical taste while a 160 represents an extremely varied one.

    Top 20
    System of a Down
    Reel Big Fish
    Children of Bodom
    Pig Destroyer
    Anal Cunt
    Breaking Benjamin
    Napalm Death
    Fear Factory
    All That Remains
    Lamb of God
    Carpathian Forest

    Similar Artists
    A Perfect Circle
    Agoraphobic Nosebleed
    Amon Amarth
    Anal Blast
    Arch Enemy
    As I Lay Dying
    Bleeding Through
    Cannibal Corpse
    Catch 22
    Cephalic Carnage
    Circle of Dead Children
    Cradle of Flith
    Dark Tranquility
    Dimmu Borgir
    Discordance Axis
    Drowning Pool
    Dying Fetus
    Eve 6
    Fuck…I'm Dead
    Ill Nino
    In Flames
    Iron Maiden
    It Dies Today
    Killswitch Engage
    Less Than Jake
    Machine Head
    Mad Caddies
    Morbid Angel
    Nine Inch Nails
    Papa Roach
    Rage Against The Machine
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Rob Zombie
    Shadows Fall
    Sonata Arctica
    Strapping Young Lad
    Streetlight Manifesto
    Team Sleep
    The Aquabats
    The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
    The Offspring
    The Red Chord
    Three Days Grace
    Total:95 - Not too bad, I expected higher tbh.