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

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Soundwave 2010

So Im pissed off. I am REALLY looking forward to the Soundwave Festival. My Sydney friends dont like the same (heavier) music as I do.. But my Queensland friends do, so I am heading to the BrizVegas leg of the festival. Sami and Bubbles are flying down from Townsville (fucking awesome and rocking my world), Lillian is coming from Toowoomba, and I will probably be catching up with some awesome people I havent seen since highschool. Today the Early Bird tickets went on sale for Brisbane, and I was waiting for an email... which never came. My profile says I live in Syd, but want to attend the Brisbane gig, so I dont know how they suss out who to email for which. If you live in Coffs Harbour, would they send you the email f0r Syd or Briz? If another city (perth, melb etc) had have gone on sale first, I could have changed my settings, but now its too late (uproar on the forums LOL a lot of people didnt get an email at all..) They have so many bugs on their website, and they never specified this, so i just assumed everyone would get a mass email. But they didnt, and i missed out. I just recieved my email notification about the Sydney EB tickets.... Which I am obviously unable to use. So instead I will have to pay $150 something instead of $120 something... the other problem is, I have a visa debit which I only use for this type of purchase - which means I now have to wait til my payday until I can put cash on it to buy my ticket... I tell ya, its all fucked up! if i miss out on getting a ticket (all the early bird tickets were sold out, which makes me wonder how fast the full price tix will sell) I will be so fucking enraged... i may actually be speechless.....

Bands I am particularly looking forward to seeing: Isis, Trivium, Meshuggah, Alexisonfire, Janes Addiction, Faith No More. I will need to do some research to find out which of the rest I really want to see.... bones on to see Isis, Alexisonfire and Trivium...

The 2010 Soundwave Line Up

  • Faith No More
  • My Chemical Romance
  • Janes Addiction
  • AFI
  • Paramore
  • HIM
  • Alexisonfire
  • Taking Back Sunday
  • Trivium
  • Sunny Day Real Estate
  • Eagles of Death Metal
  • The Get Up Kids
  • Reel Big Fish
  • Meshuggah
  • All Time Low
  • A Day To Remember
  • It Dies Today
  • Escape The Fate
  • Clutch
  • Anti Flag
  • Isis
  • Gallows
  • A Wilhelm Scream
  • The Weakerthans
  • Emarosa
  • Anvil
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • Comeback Kid
  • The Almost
  • Dance Gavin Dance
  • Four Year Strong
  • You Me At Six
  • Whitechapel
  • The Aquabats
  • Rolo Tomassi
  • Baroness
  • RX Bandits
  • Maxium The Hormone
  • The Creepshow



*Venues and lineup subject to change

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Music Survey


What is your favourite genre of music?

It makes me feel alive.

Name your favourite band(s)
Opeth, Morbid Angel, Heaven Shall Burn

Name your favourite solo artist(s)
Ani Difranco, Jeff Buckley, Tori Amos

What is your favourite album?
I couldn’t tell you… I have too many..

What is your favourite album cover?
Tool always has the best artwork..

Name your favourite song(s)
way too many… by opeth, tool and tori amos..

Favourite CD you own
um…….. Do you KNOW how many cds I own?

Favourite song on your computer
Anima - So Confused

Favourite song you DON'T have
way too many… um at the moment, maybe Daniel by Bat for Lashes..

Favourite lyrics
Winter - Tori Amos

Favourite vocalist
Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) but also Maynard (Tool) and Trent Reznor (NIN)

Favourite guitarist
Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom - the man is the Guitar God! Lord of Shredding!)

Favourite bassist
Dave Vincent (Morbid Angel)

Favourite drummer
Pete Sandoval (Morbid Angel)

Favourite instrumentalist (any instrument not mentioned above)
Dredg (they do a lot of instrumentals)

Favourite classical / jazz composer
I'm not sure… I'm sure I have one LOL

Favourite rapper
Ozi Batla, Urthboy and Phrase (check out Aussie Hiphop - its quite distinctive..)

Favourite theatrical score

Favourite of anything not mentioned
everything! Eastern music, dammit! What about Azam Ali, or Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan etc

The bad stuff

What's your least favourite genre of music?
cheesey pop rock on mainstream radio, american rap.

Who's your least favourite band?
too many pop rock bands on mainstream radio to choose just one..

Who's your least favourite solo artist?
Britney Spears

Who do you think is the most annoying musician?
Britney Spears

If you could shoot any "artist" or "band", who would it be?
Britney Spears

Who do you think is the least talented?
Britney Spears

Least favourite song

Most annoying song

Most repetitive song

Last song to be stuck in your head
funky chicken

Did this survey just get that song stuck in your head again? (sorry)

Worst band that used to be good?

A good band that used to suck?

Your musical background

What was the first music you remember listening to?
The Beatles and Slim Dusty

What type of music do your parents listen to?
Dad listens to The Beatles and Leo Sayer - mum listens to everything… country, rock, pop, metal etc

Do you play any musical instruments, or sing? If so, elaborate.
I used to sing in choir and musicals but lost my talent..

Do you take lessons for instruments or voice? If so, for how long?

Do you plan to / have you gone to college for music?

Who are your musical inspirations?
ani difranco, tori amos, the chickies from metal bands like kittie, otep, lacuna coil

Who was your first favourite band or artist?
the corrs

Who is your most recent favourite band or artist?
rise against

What styles of music are you interested in learning about?
metal, punk, indie, post rock, eastern, etc

What styles of music do you already know a lot about?
all of them!

Do you know much about musical theory? If not, would you like to?
not much. Most of what I know is instinctive

If you take lessons, do you like your teacher(s)?

How many different music teachers do you have, or have you had?
about 4 or 5 at school, and about 3 or 4 choir leader people outside of school. But I didn’t get given lessons, it was all instinctive.. I learnt instinctively to read music from singing hymns at church growing up, but I can't really read music properly..

This or that

Classical or jazz?

Classic rock or modern rock?
both! Um, probably modern

Rock or Rap?
rock, although I love aussie hiphop acts

Emo or Punk?

Funk or Blues?

Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin?
I have to choose?!? Um……..

Bob Marley or Michael Franti?
Bob Marley

Coldplay or Radiohead?

Guster or Dispatch?

John Mayer or Jack Johnson?
Jack Johnson

Eminem or 50 Cent?

Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera?

Backstreet Boys or N'SYNC?
Backstreet Boys… I used to be a teenage girl LOL

The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?
The Beatles

Beethoven or Mozart?

Rachmaninoff or Debussy?

Duke Ellington or Count Basie?

Electric or acoustic?
both.. I love accoustic… but electric gets me going… it depends on my mindset, but I love both equally.

Mandolin or ukulele?

Saxophone or trumpet?


Why do you like music?
this question is too basic. Music makes me feel alive, it makes me feel, its beautiful, relaxing, energising, the lyrics can be funny, amsuing, sad, melencholic, angry, political, random and fun…. I love dancing, singing, and kicking back and listening to tunes... music is a constant in my life, despite the fact I dont make any myself. i just love it..

When you're angry, what type of music do you listen to?
um metal? But I listen to it all the time.. So it doesn’t mean anything..

Has music ever made you cry? When?
live concert… when its just electric, giving you goosebumps, a vocal rising above…. Its nearly a religion… this especially is apparent with a cappella…. Just a hauntingly eerie voice raised to the heavens… im giving myself shivers just thinking of it..

Has music ever made you laugh? When?
hell yeah! Continually… sometimes its because its so pathetic… others is when there are funny lyrics or its satire… butterfingers anyone?

Do you like local music?
I love local music. Most of the live acts I see are local.

What is the best show you have ever been to?
morbid angel was amazing… but I had more fun seeing Prey, Melodyssey and Cog with Sami

Have you ever played in any shows?
I used to do musicals and choir, but that doesn’t really count

If so, what type of music was it?
musicals and choirs - show tunes, pop music, hymns, musicals

Do you enjoy being on stage?

Do you like to sing, even if you don't consider yourself a singer?
yes! I wish I had my own house so I could sing my little heart out!

If you could meet any musician and ask them for advice, who would it be?
I don't really have any advice I want…

If you could just chill with any musician, who would it be?
Alexi Laiho and Mikael Åkerfeldt are hot and brilliant artists, Ani difranco and Tori Amos are amazing women, and I would also bring Jeff Buckley back from the dead..

What instrument that you don't play now would you like to learn next?
all of them! No, either guitar or drums

Do you like foreign types of music? If so, what types?
yes. Too many to number… celtic, bollywood & hindi, middle eastern, throat singers, lots of folk music, andean music etc

Last.FM top 10 survey

Without looking at the questions below, list your top 10 favorite artists according to Last.fm

1 Tool
2 Tori Amos
3 The Butterfly Effect
4 Slipknot
5 System of a Down
6 Morbid Angel
7 Stabbing Westward
8 Opeth
9 The Cure
10 Tenacious D

Answer the following questions.

Q: What was the first song you ever heard by #2?
A: I have absolutely no idea... probably Forty-Six & 2 or Eulogy or something

Q: What is your favorite album of #6?
A: Gateways To Annihilation

Q: What is your favorite Lyric of #8?
A: um.. maybe "Windowpane"

Blank face in the windowpane
Made clear in seconds of light
Disappears and returns again
Counting hours, searching the night

Might be waiting for someone
Might be there for us to see
Might be in need of talking
Might be staring directly at me

Inside plays a lullaby
Slurred voice over children cries
On the inside

Haunting loneliness in the eye
Skin covering a secret scar
His hand is waving a goodbye
There's no response or action returned

There is deep prejudice in me
Outshines all reason inside
Given dreams all ridden with pain
And projected unto the last

Q: What is your favorite song by #9?
A: The Last Day of Summer

Q: Is there a song of #1 that makes you sad?
A: maybe? I cant think of one.... mostly introspective...

Q: What is your favorite song by #7?
A: Haunting Me

Q: What is your favorite song by #10?
A: Jesus Ranch

Q: What is your favorite album by #8?
A: I love them all... its my favourite band, and I jusdt couldnt choose..

Q: How did you get into #5?
A: My brother bought the single for Chop Suey! and I realised that System of a Down was the band who played that song and aerials - which the boys always played at the parties I was going to.

Q: What is your favorite song by #4?
A: just one? I love the whole of the Subliminal Verses Vol 3 album..

Q: Who is your favorite band member of #3?
A: Clint?

Q: What is a good memory concerning #4?
A: I spent about a year with that as my main tape in my car.... so roaring down the highway, wind in my hair, slipknot as loud as I could get it, and singing along at the top of my lungs....

Q: Is there a song by #3 that makes you sad?
A: yep...

Q: What is your favorite song of #1?
A: um..... something from Aenima or Lateralus... Um Forty-Six & 2, Eulogy, Parabola, The Pot etc

Q: How did you become a fan of #7?
A: Linda gave me their cd

Q: What do you like to do while listening to #6?
A: How awesome they are... they are amazing! and even better live!

Q: Which of the 10 has influenced you the most?
A: haha none! i guess i played tribute or jesus ranch one too many times for it to make my overall list LMAO

Q: Which artist makes you the most happy?
A: Opeth, Tool, Tori or TBE

Q: Which artist makes you the most sad?
A: Stabbing Westwards

Q: Which artist makes the best dance music?

Q: Which artist have you liked the longest?
A: Tori Amos

Q: Which artist have you liked the shortest?
A: Morbid Angel

Q: Are there any artists you will still be listening to in 20 years?
A: Opeth, Tool, Tori

Monday, August 10, 2009

Ba'lakor and From Winters Grace (7/08/09)

Wow, I had such a whirlwind of a long weekend! My two best friends from Toowoomba flew down to visit me. It was Lindy's bday, so it involved cake, and other fun stuff. I will probably blog about that at my other blog LOL But the reason I am writting this is that I kidnapped them and we went to a metal gig at the Bald Stag in Leichardt... I had heard on The Racket that Ba'lakor would be in Sydney and I really liked the song of theirs I heard... So I dragged them along with me... Its been ages since I've been to a metal gig... god i love it!! it gets in your blood... the wall of sound, the frenetic mosh pit (and metallers leaning on the walls with their BnCs), the METAL!! god the metal... I have an addiction... I havent had that much fun in ages... I really enjoyed the Morbid Angel gig, but I went stag, and I really feel that metal gigs are more fun when you have a friend or two with you...

The line up was:
From Winters Grace
Darker Half

We REALLY enjoyed From Winters Grace. It was fronted with a female lead, and her voice was awesome.. and she seemed to be having a lot of fun up there LOL Darker Half didnt really stand out for me... Just seemed like most other metal I have seen live... but Ba'lakor was AWESOME! We all loved them... their set was terrific! I couldnt even tell you why, because I drank a lot of tequila before we got to the Bald Stag, and then started on BnCs, so my recollection is a bit hazy.. But I loved their sound, loved their guitar, loved their singer (boy did we love the singer - such a hottie LOL) and loved moshing in the crowd... brilliant! I think I will be checking out their myspace for cds... also want to suss out From Winters Grace, because I really liked them also. I have to stress, we didnt know which bands were which, besides Ba'lakor. I didnt have time to research like I normally do before I hit a gig... I knew there would be about 4 or 5 bands, and that it was Ba'lakor's first time in Sydney, and Dreadnaught's cd launch... thats about it LOL My friends really couldnt get into Switchblade... it was just too heavy for them. I had a deal that we could leave any time - because they arent metal chickies like me. Linda likes a lot of metal, but doesnt listen to it all that much these days, and Lil is into bands like Metallica and Linkin Park. So I basically said anything that they weren't comfortable, or didnt enjoy the music we could head home.. so we did. Switchblade was too heavy for them (I liked them, but they werent anything too special...) so we headed home. I wish we could have stayed for Dreadnaught, but they didnt start until midnight.. another time!! I know how much it costs for a taxi there now, so I think I may go back for other gigs by myself.. I am kinda sick of missing out because my sydney friends arent into metal... SAMI I MISS YOU! and I have to say a big thankyou to Lindy and Lil for humouring me and accompaning me to this gig! you guys rock!!

From Winters Grace

Darker Half

My other impression from this weekend, is maybe I should listen to mother for once. She is deaf as a post these days and partly blames it on a Skyhooks gig she went to as a teen. That is rot, she needs more harm than that to fuck up her hearing, but maybe she does have a point. I love live LOUD music.. With a passion. I dont see myself giving it up, and I do tend to hang out as close to the speakers as I can.. and its taking longer (?) for my hearing to get back to normal. Normally I stay home the day after in bed all day, so it really isnt so obvious, aside from some ringing.. but yesterday I headed into the city.... and my hearing was so senstive... I couldnt hear sounds close to me (lots of "eh?!" and "what?!"'s taking place!!) but the background sounds were so frickin loud!!! traffic sounded like every car was a frackin road train!! So maybe mum is right (OMG, did I really say that?!) and I need to start wearing earplugs... I see a lot of the older metallers wearing them.. by older, I mean guys who have been doing this for 20 odd years... I guess after a while it really does fuck up your hearing.. Does anyone know what earplugs do the quality of the sound at gigs? oh, i wonder if there are any cool ear plugs you can get... like red ones, or little skulls or something?!!? The two things I am concerned about are a) sound quality - is it going to make the sound so filtered that it effects the metal experience, and b) yes, i know I am being such a girl, but the earplugs ive seen are either fluro green or yellow... eek! I'd want something in a darker colour... yes, i know, it seems silly to worry about fashion when my hearing may one day be in jepoardy, but I really cant change who I am. Colour matters... So i guess I should do some online shopping before the Australian Metal Awards in November.. hey, I wonder if they sell any at the metal store Utopia? haha if anyone knows of any, i totally want skull earplugs! wouldnt they be awesome!!??!!
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