...from a whisper to a SCREAM is currently on hiatus. You can follow Zja Noir on Instagram for photos of the gigs she attends.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Hottest 100 Of All Time! My list

As part of Triple J's Hottest 100 Of All Time

1. Forty-Six & 2 - Tool
2. Winter - Tori Amos
3. Windowpane - Opeth
4. Closer - Nine Inch Nails
5. Last Goodbye - Jeff Buckley
6. War Pigs - Black Sabbath
7. Lightning Crashes - Live
8. Enter Sandman - Metallica
9. Mad World - Gary Jules
10. White Wedding - Billy Idol

I was tempted to put Street Spirit (Fade Out) by Radiohead as number 10, but White Wedding has more emotional attachment to me....

Here are my next 100, in alphabetic order. I originally had a list of 500 and counting, so I decided to just start crossing things out. The following are the songs I just couldn't bring myself to loose.

Abuse Me - Silverchair
Aerials - System Of A Down
All I Want - Sarah Blaskco
Battle For The Sun - Placebo
Before I forget - Slipknot
Better Man - Pearl Jam
Black Hole Sun - Sound Garden
Blue Sky Mine - Midnight Oil
Brick In The Wall - Pink Floyd
Building A Mystery - Sarah MacLachlan
Candy - Iggy Pop & Kate Pierson
Chop Suey - System Of A Down
Coat of Many Colours - Dolly Parton
Come As You Are - Nirvana
Cowboys From Hell - Pantera
Cruicfy - Tori Amos
Daniel - Bat For Lashes
Death Whispered A Lullaby - Opeth
Deliverance - Opeth
Devil Gate Drive - Suzi Quatro
Euology - Tool
Go With The Flow - Queens of the Stone Age
Gobbledigook - Sigur Rós
Grace - Jeff Buckley
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
Heart Shaped Box - Nirvana
Icarus - Ani DiFranco
Into My Arms - Nick Cave and the Badseeds
Iron Man - Black Sabbath
Israel's Son - Silverchair
Jóga - Björk
Karma Police - Radiohead
Killing In The Name Of - Rage Against The Machine
Knuckle Down - Ani DiFranco
Lady d'Arbanville - Cat Stevens
Last Kiss - Pearl Jam
Little Earthquakes - Tori Amos
Living Dead Girl - Rob Zombie
London Calling - The Clash
Long Forgotten Sons - Rise Against
Love Shack - The B-52s
Manhole - Ani DiFranco
Maps - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Media - John Butler Trio
Meds - Placebo
Mutter - Rammstein
No One Knows - Queens of the Stone Age
Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
Pagan Poetry - Björk
Parabol - Tool
Paranoid - Black Sabbath
Precious things - Tori Amos
Quest for Resistance - Heaven Shall Burn
Rock lobster - The B-52s
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Black Sabbath
Same Ol' Road - Dredg
Schism - Tool
Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon
Sihouettic - Birds of Tokyo
Silence - Delerium ft Sarah McLachlan
Silent all These years - Tori Amos
Skinny Love - Bon Iver
Slide - Ani DiFranco
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
Sober - Tool
Sound of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
Special K - Placebo
Special Needs - Placebo
Steet Spirit (Fade Out) - Radiohead
Svefn-g-Englar - Sigur Rós
Take - John Butler Trio
Taste in Men - Placebo
Teardrop - Jose Gonzalez
Ten Thousand Fists - Disturbed
The Beauty of Gray - Live
The Blister Exists - Slipknot
The Day That Never Comes - Metallica
The Day You Come - Powderfinger
The Door - Silverchair
The Fate of Norns - Amon Amarth
The Grudge - Tool
The Trooper - Iron Maiden
Thriller - Michael Jackson
Today - Smashing Pumpkins
Tomorrow - Silverchair
Touch - Vast
Turn My Head - Live
Untouchable Face - Ani DiFranco
Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
Vermilion - Slipknot
Við spilum endalaust - Sigur Rós
Wait And Bleed - Slipknot
We Call Upon The Author - Nick Cave and the Badseeds
West End Riot - The Living End
When You Were Young - The Killers
Where Is My Mind - The Pixies
Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush
Zero - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Zombie - The Cranberries

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Live Gigs

Last updated 28/07/2011

I thought it was time I kept a tally on the artists I've seen live, as I now cannot remember all the acts I've seen... This list will be updated, and linked on the side menu for future reference.

From 2009, I am posting the month/year I saw them play.

  • Lanie Lane (March 2011)
  • Ngaiire (March 2011)
  • Jonathan Boulet (March 2011)
  • Jinja Safari (March 2011)
  • Deep Sea Arcade (March 2011)
  • Iron Maiden (February 2011)
  • Rob Zombie (February 2011)
  • Devil Driver (February 2011)
  • Dimmu Borgir (February 2011)
  • Kylesa (February 2011)
  • Social Distortion (February 2011)
  • Queens of the Stone Age (February 2011)
  • Stone Sour (February 2011)
  • Sevendust (February 2011)
  • Amanda Palmer (January 2011 x2)
  • Jane Austen Argument (January 2011)
  • Tom Dickens (January 2011)
  • Mikelangelo and The Black Sea Gentlemen (January 2011)
  • Miaow Miaow (January 2011)
  • Kim Boekbinder (January 2011)
  • Tijuana Cartel (January 2011)
  • King Tide (January 2011)
  • Metallica (November 2010)
  • Baroness (November 2010)
  • Lamb of God (November 2010)
  • Mz Ann Thropik (October 2010)
  • Horrorwood Mannequins (October 2010)
  • The Holy Soul (October 2010)
  • SHIV-R (October 2010)
  • Psych Carni (October 2010)
  • The Jukebox Zombies (October 2010)
  • Lunar Module (October 2010)
  • Pom Pom (October 2010)
  • The Murder of Crow (October 2010)
  • The Snowdroppers (August 2010)
  • Bertie Blackman (May 2010)
  • Deep Sea Arcade (May 2010)
  • Jonathan Boulet (May 2010)
  • Fergus Brown (May 2010)
  • Whitley (May 2010)
  • The Creepshow (February 2010)
  • Placebo (February 2010)
  • Alexisonfire (February 2010)
  • Isis (February 2010)
  • Trivium (February 2010)
  • Faith No More (February 2010)
  • Jimmy Eat World (February 2010)
  • Amanda Palmer (February 2010)
  • Katie Noonan and The Captains (January 2010)
  • Bane of Isildur (January 2010)
  • Templestowe (January 2010)
  • Code of Lies (January 2010)
  • Rampage (January 2010)
  • Opeth (November 2009)
  • Contrive (November 2009)
  • A Secret Death (November 2009)
  • Ouroboros (November 2009)
  • Chaos Divine (November 2009)
  • Five Star Prison Cell (November 2009)
  • Eyefear (November 2009)
  • Death Audio (November 2009)
  • Bane of Isildur (November 2009)
  • Opeth (November 2009)
  • Contrive (November 2009)
  • The Mansons (October 2009)
  • Chaingang (October 2009)
  • Horrorwood Mannequins (October 2009)
  • Juke Baritone (October 2009)
  • The Art (October 2009)
  • GPKISM (October 2009)
  • Aaron Symonds (September 2009 x2)
  • Chris Neto (September 2009)
  • aCRUISEtic (September 2009)
  • Ben Osmo & Mario Gabrieli (September 2009)
  • Merilyn Steele + 5 piece band (September 2009)
  • Naomi Merciai (September 2009 x2)
  • Nathan McKenna (September 2009 x2)
  • Ben Osmo (September 2009)
  • Imogen Dean (September 2009)
  • Mai Ann (September 2009)
  • Under the Purple Tree (September 2009)
  • From Winters Grace (August 2009)
  • Darker Half (August 2009)
  • Be'lakor (August 2009)
  • Switchblade (August 2009)
  • Yves Klein Blue (July 2009)
  • Philadelphia Grand (July 2009)
  • Deep Sea Arcade (July 2009)
  • Morbid Angel (June 2009)
  • Daemon Foetal Harvest (June 2009)
  • Infinitum (June 2009)
  • Jeff Lang (January 2009)
  • Ash Grunwald (January 2009)
  • Bertie Blackman (January 2009)
  • Dappled Cities (January 2009)
  • Aaron Symonds (early 2009 multiple times)
  • Chris Neto (early 2009 multiple times)

Pre-2009: The "Not-Heavy" stuff I remember the years I saw them and have noted them down. For the heavy music, I’ve seen so much, and a lot of the acts more than once, and may have involved alcohol. I could tell you I saw TBE three times and when, but others, like Prey, I’ve seen so many times, I can’t remember every gig.... For this reason, I have decided to start 2009 with a clean slate, and will only note them down if it is current... instead, for the rest, I will just tally it if its more than once..
  • The Butterfly Effect (3 times)
  • Vendetta Symphony (4 times)
  • Eyeless Youth (2 times)
  • Melodyssey (2 times)
  • Japunga (2 times)
  • Cog (2008)
  • This Collision (2 times)
  • I Nation (2 times)
  • Each Revolving Door (2 times)
  • Prey (infinity! Saw them repeatedly in 2005-6, and then they supported Cog in 2008)
  • Shiftlock (waaaaay too many times to count)
  • Phalanx (3 times)
  • Evolvar
  • Dred (now Ouroboros)
  • Gene Defect
  • Suebba Skies
  • Recoil
  • Worse Case Scenario
  • All the random metal, hardcore, punk and hardrock bands I saw at The Exchange in Townsville over the 5 years I lived there..
Not heavy:
  • Any act I saw that played at The Strawberry Hills Hotel jam night - including Aaron Symonds (Emcee) and Chris Neto..
  • Something For Kate (2008)
  • Evermore
  • Taxiride
  • Jimmy Barnes
  • George
  • Guy Webster
  • You Am I
  • Rhubarb
  • Yothu Yindi

Pre-2009 Events:
  • Triple J Hottest 100, 2008/2009
  • V Festival, Townsville 2005(?)
  • Various music festivals at The Rocks and Darling Harbour, Sydney

Monday, June 15, 2009

Morbid Angel (Live 5/6/09)

Seeing Morbid Angel live in concert was a wondrous and awe-inspiring experience. (I’m not layering this on too thick am I?) God, they just blew me away... It's been a week already (I've been too busy to find time to blog.. I haven’t even reviewed my photos!!) and I am still not over it... When it finished at midnight, i wanted it to start over.. For those big red velvet curtains to open again, and for them to pick up their instruments and keep on performing! The last time they were here was 13 years ago... I wonder when they will tour Australia again? I might have to go overseas to get a hit... *laughs* yeah right, this is the girl who couldn’t afford their $70 hoodie! haha but I still got the tshirt, so its okay ;-p

The support acts were good. The first band, Infinitum, from Canberra was pretty mediocre, in my opinion... Like every other death metal band on the circuit... I liked them, but they didn’t pack a punch. The other band was Daemon Foetal Harvest from Wollongong. And people? they blew me away! I loved them! it was a wall of sound!! If I hadn't have had other plans for my money that weekend, I would have grabbed one of their cds... As it is, I will be sussing out their myspace! And keeping an eye out for them in the streetpress... oh, and one of their guys was hot! I will have to check the photos, but I think it was the base player? Might have been guitar - i wasn’t exactly in the front of the pit this time.. I knew the pit would be brutal, and my ankles still haven’t healed from when I injured them in October last year. I am hoping by the end of this year I can wear high heels again.. at the moment I cant even try them on! If I don’t twist my ankles in the next 6 months, I think they will heal okay. I miss heels... I have an obsession.... And I can't indulge it these days o_O anyway, I felt I should stay out of the pit for health reasons, so I grabbed a spot on the stands, just a bit higher than eye-height of the bands.. I really like the layout of the Metro. In a normal gig, you are all the same height, and the stage is anywhere from chest height upwards. Its okay if you are at the front, but if you are at the back, and its a mid to large size space, it means you don’t have a good view of the acts performing. The Metro has the pit, probably about 50m back from the stage you get a staggered effect... Kind of like tiers, but they are about 10m wide... so you can have like 5 people thick standing there... and there is a shelf over the front, so if you are at the front (like i was) you have somewhere to sit your bourbon and coke! Awesome!

Anyway, Morbid Angel blew me away... They are devastating live! The played all the good old songs, as well as new ones... And promised they will be back sooner this time.. I bloody well hope so! otherwise they will be in their dotage by the time they tour again?


All metal is not the same

It was one of those nights. I went to a meet up for Sydney artists at a website I belong to. I didn't know anyone, but hey, bowling! The thing is, I didn't end up chatting to artists and people with things in common, which is why I went. Instead I got cornered by a lawyer, but I was polite and answered those basic questions like "where do you come from, what do you do" (idiot couldn't even say my name properly!). I mentioned I was a country girl, and it was like, "oh, so you listen to country music?!" And I said, no, I listen to mostly Metal... And got a look of dense incomprehension.

The first thing said was "How can you listen to that? Its just noise!". Then they asked, "Isn't it all just screaming?". I tried to explain metal to that person, but how do you describe colour to the blind? I was at a loss...

I tried, but this person was so closed off, so set against metal that they kept asking stupid questions and repeating how bad metal is and how they disliked it. It was like watching the Bill Murry movie Groundhog Day (which I happen to hate) because this person kept repeating themselves. I am not talking about intelligence, or knowledge when I say "stupid" questions, but ones that were irrelevant. They had a strongly held concept on what they thought "metal" was (what "music" was), and weren't really listening to my answers, except to find things to pick at. I doubt they had even listened to Metallica, and that is as mainstream as it gets! They asked my my favourtie band, and I said Opeth and how it was a death metal band. When asked if there is any light metal I mentioned melodic death metal (with orchestral music + metal) and nu-metal/hard rock... but they quickly swung back to the death metal questions. They got hooked up on the concept of "death" ("so all other metal is alive?" and other idiotic questions), and then asked "What, there are different types of metal?". I asked what the guy listens to, and he said "whatever is on the radio - I don't really like to listen to music". GRRRRRR!! By this time I wanted to bitch slap the guy! but he wouldn't leave, and whenever I turned to talk to the chick on the side of me, this lawyer dude interrupted. From the start it was a one sided conversation... As in this person started talking at me, not to me. When they are so set in their views that they are right, and therefore you must be wrong. They kept asking me about metal, but didn't want to hear about it.. Nor would he let me steer the conversation to other areas of conversation. So I kept toddling off to the bar, on an empty stomach, and by the end of the bowling session, was on my way to being pissed. However, I got two strikes, and kicked the lawyer's butt at bowling! And at least he didn't talk too much about law and being a lawyer! LOL

Anyway, I am writting this today because I am sick of getting this kind of reaction when I mention my music... I don't force people to listen to what I like, hell, if i have people in my car, i have easy listening mixes for the non-metalheads. I have a swathe of other artists I like and I let my friends choose the CD or radio station. So this isn't me being antisocial and forcing my music tastes on people. This is people asking me about my music tastes and then either being outright antagonistic, or depreciative, or asking questions and then picking apart the answers. It makes me mad, but it makes me tired too. There seems to be this association of metal as ...... God, I've even lost friends over my taste in music... for fucks sake, its MUSIC! I haven't taken up Satanism or anything, so I don't see why some Christian friends felt they had to cut off ties. I just find that there are so stereotypical reactions and thoughts against metal, and people who have these rarely are open to changing their views. Yet most have never really listened to metal. I think they would be shocked at the variety! Metal isn't just one style of music, there are so many sub genres... I mean there are the main strands such as Death Metal, Thrash, Black Metal, Nu-Metal and old school classic Heavy Metal, but so many branch off from that, or meld genres, or take on aspects of entirely different genres... Folk Metal is a good description to this, or Metalcore. I say I love metal, I am not saying something small, like I like American Rap. I am saying I like nearly 20 sub genres of music in this genre, and they are all quite different.. And if I played some next to each other, you can tell that they are different!! Like if i played Opeth next to Morbid Angel, next to Eluveitie, next to Iron Maiden, next to Heaven Shall Burn, next to Emperor, next to Kittie, next to Slayer, next to Norma Jean - for example, you would notice just how much contrast where is in metal.... Oh, and not all metal bands do the growled vocals... It really pisses me off when people assume this! There is also melodic singing, some of the best singers I have ever heard have been in metal bands!

Here is a basic rundown on the two main types of vocalisation in metal:

A death growl, also known as death metal vocals, guttural vocals, death grunts, unclean vocals, among other names, is a vocalization style usually employed by vocalists of the death metal music genre, but also used in a variety of other heavy metal subgenres.

The style is sometimes referred to as Cookie Monster vocals, tongue-in-cheek, because of the similarity with the popular Sesame Street character of the same name. Death growls are sometimes criticized for their "ugliness". However, death growls are just as much an aesthetic to death metal as an instrument, particularly due to the percussive nature of this kind of singing; its harsh, brutal nature meant to decorate death metal subject matter.

The term clean vocals is used to describe melodic and clear singing styles. It is most notably used to refer to heavy metal music, as an alternative to harsh, screamed or growled vocals, which are mainly seen in extreme metal bands, and occasionally in some hardcore punk bands. Subgenres of extreme metal that don't focus on clean vocals, and rather put emphasis on the death growl or scream include death metal, black metal or metalcore and some doom metal. They can range from operatic vocals to simple melodies to harsh yelling, which would only be considered clean vocals when compared to death growls. For instance, the American thrash band Slayer screams most of their vocals, however, they are considered clean vocals by extreme metal enthusiasts.

Clean vocals are most often employed in the genres of NWOBHM, progressive metal, thrash metal and power metal.

Anyway, I guess I'm over my rant now. It has made me introspective, although I still want to bitch slap the lawyer!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

... shuffle shuffle shuffle

Take your IPod, OR ZUNE, and shuffle shuffle shuffle! put down the first 15 songs that come up and tag pplz! have fun!

(I apoligise for the txt spk.. LOL Im just cutting and pasting)

1) Hero of War - Rise Against
2) Black Tears - Heaven Shall Burn
2) Malediction - Ishahn
3) Spitshine - Dredg
4) The Fate of Norns - Amon Amarth
5) So Confused - Anima
6) Ommitted for Clarity - Karnivool
7) Schism - Tool
8) Gods Lament - Opeth
9) At One With Nothing - Morbid Angel
10) Crucify - Tori Amos
11) Psycho Girls & Psycow Boys (Haaksman Mix) - $olal
12) Scarab - Ishahn
13) Fillip - Muse
14) If I Had A Heart (Familjen Mix) - Fever Ray
15) Eulogy - Tool

Friday, June 5, 2009

Morbid Angel anticipation

So I have the Morbid Angel gig tonight. I am getting so excited... less than 7 hours to go.... Stupid work... the day normally goes quicker than this... its like time has slowed down, just to torture me.. I am hoping someone will be in the office til 5:30 so I can get home and get ready before catching the train into the city.. I'm paranoid I will miss my train! But my other option was get dressed at work (can you see me gothing it up at work?!?) and hanging out in the city for a few hours… this way I can at least dump my work stuff… reckon I can do my nails on the train? Should I even try? I meant to grab my black nail polish and bring it to work… and spend lunch time getting them done… I need four coats of my black to make it opaque… takes time… *growls* So my plan is, rush home as early as possible, get dressed, do my hair, make a sandwich, do my liquid eyeliner, do my nails, eat sandwich, do rest of make up, run to the station…. I can do the sandwich and the rest of my makeup on the train… sounds like a plan? I plan to get a 600ml bottle of coke and splice it with bourbon too LOL now it sounds like a plan! I’ve not been to the Metro Theatre before, so I don't know what the layout is like…. If it is seated or standing, or if there is a bar or whatever… I have cash… if there is a bar I am getting a bourbon to nurse. Otherwise I will buy some merchandise or something… I try to at least get a sticker from every big act I see…. Although it doesn’t always eventuate LOL haha I didn’t get a Butterfly Effect sticker, but I do have their drumsticks from the gig at the uni bar in Townsville… one day I will get them signed ;-p

So anyway, yeay Morbid Angel! Less than 7 hours! I was listening to them on my MP3 player endlessly yesterday. I went into Darrell Lea, and the shop assistant asked what I was listening to, and was a fan… reckons the Metro Theatre is the best venue for live acts… bodes well… Haugs was raving about the gig in Melbourne on facebook, and this is one of my top three metal bands…….. im gonna love it…. *does a girly dance of happiness*

Morbid Angel Albums
• Altars of Madness (1989)
• Abominations of Desolation (1991)
• Blessed are the Sick (1991)
• Covenant (1993)
• Domination (1995)
• Entangled In Chaos (1996)
• Formulas Fatal to the Flesh (1998)
• Gateways to Annihilation (2000)
• Heretic (2003)
^The ones I don't have are Covenant, Domination and Entangled In Chaos.

Some pics:

Monday, June 1, 2009

Morbid Angel touring Australia!!!!

To see past the secure foundations of convention and into an entirely new state of being demands the strength, conviction and true sense of purpose possessed only by a chosen few. They are the innovators, the leaders, the ones who transcend perceived limitations.

MORBID ANGEL have consistently succeeded in shattering the musical, spiritual and ideological boundaries of extreme music while unquestionably retaining their core element of brutal and inspirational excellence. MORBID ANGEL finally return to Australian after 13 years to deliver us their excellence in the extreme.

^This was the quote that greeted me when I went to look at the gig details on the Metro Theatre website...

And guess what?!


*does happy dance*

*remembers she is meant to be a cool metal chickie*

*seriptitiously turns a boogie into headbanging and throws around the horns*

wow, that was a quick save!

Okay, I am calm again... So, Morbid Angel is one of my favourite bands. It makes it into the top three. They are an extremely influential band that has been around for 25 years. They are a stand up Death Metal band, and one which helped define the genre. Their music is completely arse kicking, they are completely brutal, and god, its just a wall of growl! I love it! the guitar riffs, the drumming, the vocals... it just IS! They formed in 1984 (when i was a baby LOL) in Tampa, Florida, and, quoting Last.FM were "crucial in the development of the death metal genre and its standards."

They are touring at the moment, and I am seeing them on Friday!!!!!!!!

Here are their tour dates..

Monday 1 June 2009
Billboard The Venue
Melbourne, Australia

Jun 3 Wednesday 3 June 2009
Club Capitol
Perth, WA, Australia

Jun 5 Friday 5 June 2009
The Metro Theatre
Sydney, Australia

Jun 8 Monday 8 June 2009
The Arena
Brisbane, Australia

Their links:


I'll be blogging about this after the gig.... I'll let you know what I think!
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