Monday, 27 February 2012

Dream Theater, Manchester 02 Apollo, 9/2/2012

Between being ill and work, this gig was now quite a long time ago...

The band was great, and I loved the set, there were three 'cube' screens hanging over them showing little clips etc, although to be honest the size and shaped often interfered with the images so you couldn't tell what they were...

The crowd were completely mad, apart from sitting in front of the toilet entrance which meant we got to see everyone who needed a piss passing in front of us, they were also very happy to see the band. Each time the lead singer came onto the stage there was a lot of cheering, roaring and fist waving.

Dreamweaver themselves were very good, the sound was excellent, even if the lead vocalist faded a few times and was lost in the music...not his fault I suspect, just poor levels. Still, it was far better quality than Mastodon!

Overall it was a great evening, and very kindly they ended the gig at 10:30, brilliant for a mid-week gig!
















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Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Mastodon, Manchester Academy, 06/02/2012

I love Mastodon, and have been to see them before, but just as I was getting to know their music, so I was really looking forward to this gig.

Unfortunately, I was to be disappointed. Now let me get this straight, it wasn't Mastodon's fault. From what I could hear, the music was well played, with enthusiasm and with lots of detail...we just couldn't hear it. There was way too much emphasis on being 'heavy', which resulted in the music getting lost.

Now Mastodon is a heavy group, I agree (in facial hair terms if nothing else!) but they also have a lot of intricacies in their music that I really enjoy. Some pieces were so badly rendered it took until the chorus for me to work out what the song was...

Plus it was sold out, with the inevitable crowds. Eventually we backed off to outside the merchandise stand so I could put my hand over my head to get a view..ish.

So as I say, not Mastodon's fault, but frustrating as I love the band. They need to try the Club Academy, much better quality. Or move up to MEN!













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*Tube Life: Join Angel as she tries to navigate life, love and the London Underground.
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Monday, 13 February 2012

Biohazard, Manchester Club Academy, 31/1/2012

We went to see Biohazard and a band called Suicidal Tenancies. Due to unknown reasons, ST didn't show, so we ended up getting there just before 10.

They did an amazing, storming set that really got the crowd going. I have to say that the sound quality for the gig was top-notch, and the set was excellent.












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*At which point they will look at you as if you are strange, and say, 'Well, uh, yeah?'

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*Loser's Club: A novel about cats, murder, love and not love, envy, hate, and above all, losers.
*Tube Life: Join Angel as she tries to navigate life, love and the London Underground.
*Writer: Explore the dark recesses of a writer's mind, where horror is never far from reality.


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