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Echoes Fall Interview


Metal is not dead. It’s just skint. So what do you do if you are an up and coming band, low on funds and heavy on talent? You play BLOODSTOCK, of course! I caught up with Ipswitch band EHOES FALL after a blistering set at this year’s Bloodstock.

Victoria: So how did you guys get started?
Jamie: Me and Gav were in a band before Echoes Fall, in a band called Supremacy. It didn’t go anywhere so we kinda started Echoes Fall and got Dex in the band. Then we got out new friend Stu whose brought a lot to the band. That’s how it really came together. Just from another band to a gooder band.

Victoria: so what are some of your influences?
Dex: As I Lay Dying
Stu: Black Dahlia Murder
Jamie: Parkway Drive
Gavin: Abigail Williams

Victoria: Basically, none of you are Bee Gee’s fans?
Jamie: I like the Bee Gees.
Stu: Some of the best music to come ever come out.
Jamie: And Michael Jackson

Victoria: Tell me about your new EP, you played a couple tracks off …

EVILE Enter the Grave live from Bloodstock and Interview

OK - I'm gonna shove some EVILE right down your throat! You need it! Yes, you do! I picked up two of their disks at HMV: Infected Nations and Enter the Grave. YOU MUST BUY THESE DISKS!! It's a thrash metal assault on your ears. This will make you most happy! For those of you who don't know, EVILE is: Matt Drake, Ol Drake, Joel Graham, and Ben Carter. A talented bunch of guys who play some totally kick ass thrash metal head-banging shredding music. Did I use enough adjectives? But really, you have to listen to this band. Head to the EVILE website for news on the upcoming USA tour, merchandise, and info on the band. You can also link to them on MySpace and Facebook.

I am admittedly late to the EVILE train. I claim spending the past year in the Middle East. It’s a goodly reason for missing what is arguably the best “new” metal, hard rock, thrash band to come around in ages. For three years, EVILE has been wowing Bloodstock crowds and gaining fans. I got a chance to chat with …

All We Are All We Are We Are We Are All All We Need

Doro totally kicking some serious metal ass at Bloodstock! Her backing band is from New Jersey! Johnny Dee on drums. Bas Maas on guitar (this guy has the most amazing teeth! no lie. it's the first thing i noticed about him. then his hair.) Nick Doughlas on bass. A very tight outfit. "All We Are" is an old Warlock song from the 1987 album TRIUMPH AND AGONY. I swear it just gets better every time I hear it. Live it's totally killer! Check out the Doro website for news and information on tours.

Doro and Sabina Classen singing Celebrate

I recorded this video at Bloodstock. It's Doro and Sabina Classen singing "Celebrate". Doro is one of the best metal front people on the planet! She really gets the crowd going!

Doro Pics from Bloodstock 2010

See more DORO pics from 2011 at the Gramercy in NYC

Thrash Monk Fast Music for Slow People

I ran into these guys at Bloodstock in the queue for the Powerwolf signing. Very articulate bunch of blokes that know what kind of music they like and what kind of music they want to read about. They have a small beef against Metal Hammer and it seems Metal Hammer, or at least one of their writers, has a beef against them. Indeed, before they agreed to be interviewed they made it perfectly clear that they were NOT twats. Far from it, I can only surmise the guy from Metal Hammer that did interview them had some kind of superiority complex or was not secure in his manhood to take to the streets in a short dress, wig, and make up. It doesn't matter what you wear. People like what they like and should be respected for it. Everyone has an opinion on what they want to read in rock mags. I'd like more EVILE, Collapse, VOLBEAT, and Metallica (can never get to much)! Others may want more Opeth, Nevermore, Cannibal Corpse or Blind Guardian. It's what makes the world go round; diffe…


This WARNING came from one of the guys in charge. It was totally justified!

How comfortable is this guy?

Three festival goers on their way to the unsigned band tent for some metal listening pleasures.

Just three dudes! All different, yet enjoying themselves.

This sums up Bloodstock weekend!

Bloodstock Day 3

Day three was a nice light work load for me. After two days of hectic shooting and interviewing I was looking forward to just enjoying the festival. I only had two things on tap to do today: Doro and The Prophecy. Sunday morning saw me wandering between the main stage and the unsigned stage. Both had respectable crowds. My choices were a female fronted, plodding, cookie monster growling, stock metal band and a pubescent Iron Maiden inspired just above garage band. I was equally bored with both sets. Luckily the respective fans of both bands were fist pumping and throwing devil horns. BLOODSTOCK indeed has something for everyone!

For those whose only dealings with Bloodstock are thru my blog or someone else's blog or reading about it in a magazine, Bloodstock takes place in Derbyshire. It's in the ass middle of nowhere England. You need a car to get there. There is nothing around for miles except grass and trees and more grass. No lie, the car park is next to a rather large flo…

You Really Like Me!


Here's hoping you caught EVILE when they were in the states in March and April... What? No? You missed them? For shame! For they are a truly kick ass band! I caught them at Bloodstock on Saturday the 14th. This was the 3rd time they've played Bloodstock and have made the move up to the main stage. It was well warranted. An amazing set from start to finish! Some serious shredding happens. Luckily, you can catch them in the states this fall when they return. Most notably December 12 and 13 in Anaheim and Las Vegas respectively!


The four frontmen on Meshuggah: Jens Kidman, Fredrik Thordendal, Marten Hagstrom, and Dick Lovgren

Ensiferum photos from 2010 Bloodstock

Some awesome shots of the Finnish band ENSIFERUM from Friday August 13, 2010 at Bloodstock.

Can you spot the Viking in this next picture? That would be Sami Hinkka. I definitely want him on MY side when I take the neighbouring village.

Ensiferum in the studio 2012!! Updated news.

Petri Lindroos

Markus Toivonen

And what is a band without it's fans? Why nothing. Nothing at all. Luckily Enisferum has some loyal fans. Here are a few!

And this is what our Finnish heros look like with clothes on!
Very lovely blokes.

Shrapnel and Collapse

This was fun to shoot. I ended up double booked and pressed for time. I had the signing tent for Ensulferum and Shrapnel at the same time. Lucky the sining was running late and the pit security for Shrapnel let me shoot for as long as I wanted. I ran back to the signing tent then over to catch Collapse. I'm very glad the distances are short and the boots are comfy. Unfortunately, the uploader is being a bugger bear for pictures. Check out photographs of Bloodstock 2010 bands on my Facebook page. Be sure to "like" or become a "fan" or whatever it is you have to do: JUST DO IT!!!!!!

Labouring under the bad lighting of the “New Blood Stage”, I had the pleasure of catching the band SHRAPNEL. They were awesome, raw, and full of energy. Good old fashioned heavy metal or thrash (what ever you’d like to call it). Not a lot of talking between songs. They didn’t need to. They let the music do the talking. Shrapnel has quite a following as the tent was crowded, but…

I Like Viking Metal

I had the pleasure of viewing and listening to Ensiferum. When a bunch of blokes take the stage in kilts and a bevy of flesh, you can not go wrong! This music is brutal in a very old timey way. It makes you want to grab a large ax, don headgear made of horns, pull your longboat into the sea and go plundering. The music drives you at a rampant pace. It's unrelenting. Petri Lindroos on vocals. Markus Toivonen on guitar and vocals. Sami Hinkka on bass and vocals. Janne Parvianinen on drums. Emmi Silvennoinen (who looked liked she wanted to be anywhere but here) on keyboards. The bloodlust flowed off the stage and into the crowd with waves that rivaled the North Sea.



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It isn't a festival unless there are technical difficulties. Trying to find a place to batch upload pictures is a chore. I have several sites, none of which feel like working at stupid o'clock in the morning USA time! LOL But it's only day 1 and the kinks will get worked out... slowly... slowly....

Fuck You Black Spiders

Black Spiders have become my new favourite band. Loud. Crude. In Yer Face. It’s good old fashioned rock and roll at it’s best. It’s hard and heavy and has a bite! The lead singer is totally into crowd participation. At one point asking for everyone to give the middle finger, which the crowd definite obliged. “Just Like a Woman” was said to be a summer song! I guess dedicated to the ladies in the audience. LOL Black Spiders have a wicked groove; sometimes funky, sometimes blistering, all the time true metal. Do yourself a favour and pick up their latest release No Goats in the Omen. If you haven’t caught them yet, no worries. They are opening for VOLBEAT in the UK in November and December.

Snakebite at Bloodstock 2010

Day one of the Bloodstock festival. Getting in was a muddy mess. But I'm well sorted with hiking boots, jeans, and a waterproof jacket. Had just enough time to get in, set up, and hit the pit for the first band.

This is the perfect way to start the morning. On a gloomy Friday the 13th, over cast, cloudy, wet - Snake Bite hit the stage at 1030. . . stupid o’clock! They blistered thru their set making sure the crowd was wide awake. If they weren’t, they soon would be! In twenty minutes they got the blood flowing thru the veins of the erstwhile heavy metal fans that forsook sleep to begin the carnage of the coming weekend.

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the Stooges at Sonisphere 2010

Iggy of course blew contemporaries off the stage. He's psychotic. I love him. He scares me!
They played Raw Power, Search and Destroy, 1970, Fun House, I Got a Right, I Wanna Be Your Dog, and No Fun among others.

What was disturbing to me was the amount of children being pulled from the pit. I've taken my nephew to concerts and to be sure, he's even seen the Stooges. But he was a sight more than 7,8, or 9 which was the age of some of the kids being pulled out of the throbbing masses who were pushing forward and moshing. Their parents were pulled out as well along with someone who looked suspiciously like a grand parent.

The bass player, Mike Watt is my new "hero". He did the entire set in a frankenstein knee brace. That sucker went from his groin to his ankle! I know he had to be in some kind of pain but he was in the pocket their entire set! He was carried off at one point. Returned!!!! Finished the set and then they brought out crutches for him. Fucking Mental!…

Sweet Savage

Sweet Savage doing Killing Time in Dublin, July 31st, 2010. Now you can hear where Metallica get some of their riffs from. They played a hella good show and I was able to catch them again August 1st at Sonisphere. It was a three piece and the drummer, Marty McClosky had his debut in Dublin.

Blaas of Glory

I actually saw these guys while I was wandering around Sonisphere. That seems to be the popular retort! LOL They wander around a lot! Their set is barely 20 minutes long. They are amusing as hell to watch! But they have fun and are really tight! The clothing and costuming and wigs are fokking hysterical! But if you can find the, sit a spell and watch. True entertainers they are. From Finland (of course! Those crazy Fin's). Here they are doing an Iron Maiden medly. Recorded on my Nikon Coolpix (shite sound and shite quality). Blaas of Glory website you gotta check it out!

My Sonisphere Weekend

Can you get a more generic title? I know. It's sophomoric. But it's taken a week to get the pictures and video sorted. I didn't camp. Are you nuts? I stayed in Enfield Chase. My mates stayed in Stevenage. If you are planning to go next year and want comfort but don't want to pay Stevenage prices. Look for hotels in Finsbury Park area. The trains run from Stevenage to Finsbury Park late at night and it's a darn sight closer than staying in Kings Cross. But the hotel prices won't gouge you. Easy enough to get from either place to Stevenage.

I had a weekend ticket even though I only went Saturday and Sunday. I spent Friday in Dublin at Maiden. On the rail. Making goo-goo eyes at Adrian Smith *******swoon********* But that's another story for another time.

The only camera I took was a small Nikon Coolpix. I don't particularly like this camera. It only has pictures - no numbers. I can't set the shutter speed or aperture. It was an impulse buy based on s…