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More Tickets from the Past

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2013 by Lightning Slim

Hi all. More tickets to show off – of particular interest this time is an old stub from Operation Rock & Roll from 1991. That’s the Toronto show where Rob Halford beaned himself riding out on the Hog during “Hell Bent For Leather” and decided after the show to leave Priest. Teenaged me almost lost his mind!

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I Show You My Stubs

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2013 by Lightning Slim

…from my concert tickets. A lot of metalheads save up their gig tix for trophy value. Especially in the days before cellphone cameras, they were a great way to say “I was there!” Back then, bands and venues would confiscate pocket cameras and recording devices; now of course everybody wants you to tweet their names far and wide.

I’ve never been very organized, so I’ve lost a lot of my stubs over the years. Recently I was cleaning house and found a stack of them which were very faded, so I decided to throw them on the scanner before consigning them to the circular file. Check it out:

Concert Tix

A fun walk down memory lane. What do you do with your old stubs?

Album Review – Dimmu Borgir “Abrahadabra” 2010

Posted in Album Reviews, Sevens to Nines with tags , , , , on November 28, 2010 by Lightning Slim

   Abrahadabra finds Dimmu Borgir in a relaxed and looser mood than previous outing In Sorte Diaboli, an album which was much more conceptually dependant and lyrically dense. While this will never be mistaken for the Monkees, Abrahadabra is as close as DB might get to a romp, with simpler arrangements and a replayable catchiness on display throughout. Single “Gateways” even has them putting an entire symphony and choir to work and getting their Nightwish on with favourable results. The three remaining members (Mustis and Vortex got the sack last year) are having fun and it shows.

Ah, fun, the ultimate F-word in black and death metal circles. Both Dimmu Borgir and Anglo-Saxon soul mates Cradle of Filth are routinely raked over the coals for their flirtations with more mainstream forms of metal, something which I’m sure doesn’t cross their minds as they choose between Dom and Krug at their club table. Your snob-o-meter might know the difference between Abrahadabra and something recorded in the true black metal fashion*, but your ears will enjoy it just the same, if not more. 7.5 out of 10

*shitty, possibly from prison

Deals and Steals: Industrial Backfill

Posted in Deals & Steals with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 8, 2010 by Lightning Slim

My Second Spin order just came in, and I wanted to share some of the awesome. The theme of this one seems to be me filling in my industrial collection, with three records each from Noise Unit and Chemlab. Real drummers lose the war against the  machines today! So here’s what I got, in order of bargainity:

Manowar – Gods of War $7.19. ’nuff said about the record, and it’s so damned expensive new.

Dimmu Borgir – In Sorte Diaboli $7.19. See above.

Overkill – Necroshine $5.59. Not their best effort, but Overkill is close to my heart, via my denim vest.

Noise Unit – Voyeur $6.39, Drill $5.59 and Decoder $6.39. I’m a total junkie for anything Leeb/Fulber, so even the fact that I know Decoder is boring and I’ve never even heard of Voyeur didn’t stop me.

Chemlab – East Side Militia $1.59, Suture $3.90 and Oxidizer $6.39. Killer price on the first one (Mortal Kombat, anyone?) the second is a remix record containing the entire 10 Ton Pressure EP and the third is one Jared put out after anyone stopped caring. I’ll be reviewing that one, as it’s a new surprise to me.

It’s a tie for my favourite deal of the bunch:

Godflesh – In All Languages $6.39. A double CD with the first being a remastered career retrospective and the second some rarities. Hard to find now (typical Earache). Great stuff from one of the heaviest bands in the world. 

Skrew – Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame $1.50. Is it good? Kind of! Is it worth a buck fitty? Definitely! The argument can be made that Skrew’s three-guitar layering echoes the big noise made by Godflesh, in a southern-fried Summer of Hate way. Who are we kidding? No industrial metal without them – Godflesh FTW!

All prices $US and I paid the big donut for shipping this time around. Online coupons, I lurve you!

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