20 Songs on Shuffle

iTunes on shuffle. No skips. 

  1. Seasick Steve - Thunderbird (Walkin’ Man - The Best of Seasick Steve)
  2. Metallica - Fade to Black (Ride The Lightning)
  3. Linkin Park - Numb (Meteora)
  4. Gojira - From the Sky (From Mars to Sirius)
  5. Biffy Clyro - The Weapons Are Concealed (Infinity Land)
  6. Sum-41 - It Makes No Difference (All Killer No Filler)
  7. Limp Bizkit - Break Stuff [Live] (Significant Other)
  8. Biffy Clyro - Get Fucked Stud (Puzzle)
  9. Baroness - Stretchmarker (Yellow & Green: Green Album)
  10. Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang - The Bridge Came Tumblin’ Down (Four Foot Shack)
  11. Clutch - The Wolfman Kindly Requests… (Earth Rocker)
  12. Led Zeppelin - Good Times Bad Times (Remasters) 
  13. Hacktivist - Elevate [Shikari Sound System Remix] (Hacktivist)
  14. Slipknot - 742617000027 (Slipknot)
  15. Finch - Revelation: Song (Say Hello to Sunshine)
  16. Mastodon - Spectralight (The Hunter)
  17. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Sunshine the Werewolf (Miss Machine)
  18. Metallica - One (…And Justice For All)
  19. Foo Fighters - Everlong (The Colour and the Shape)
  20. System of a Down - War? (System of a Down)

10 years ago me and my buddy David played a gig in our local park for our school band. Friday night I played the o2 Islington Academy for the 2nd time and Saturday David played for Nina Nesbitt at T in the Park. We’ve come a long way.

10 years ago this month I went to PMT Romford and bought my first guitar (technically 2nd but my Strat was a gift). The choice was between an Ibanez RG321 in black or an #Ibanez SA160QM in amber. I took the SA, named her Tigger and she’s been my number 1 guitar for a decade. I love this thing to bits. I don’t think I’ll ever play a more comfortable guitar.

10 years ago this month I went to PMT Romford and bought my first guitar (technically 2nd but my Strat was a gift). The choice was between an Ibanez RG321 in black or an #Ibanez SA160QM in amber. I took the SA, named her Tigger and she’s been my number 1 guitar for a decade. I love this thing to bits. I don’t think I’ll ever play a more comfortable guitar.

30 musicians in 30 days - day. 29

Musician - Corey Taylor

Band(s) - Slipknot, Stone Sour

Notable Equipment - Gibson Les Paul (Stone Sour), mask, boiler suit and pent up aggression (Slipknot)

Fan Since - 2003

Seen Live - Download 2009

Influence on me - Corey fuckin’ Taylor. The Great Big Mouth. This man is extremely important to metal music. Not only is he part of one of the most influential bands in the genre but he is without doubt one of the best frontmen. When I saw Slipknot at Download in ‘09 I did not believe for one second that every word of praise for the crowd from Corey were false. He really did want to be there. He really did want to headline this festival, at this time, in front of this crowd. All his stage antics and screaming aside Corey Taylor holds one of the most powerful voices in music. Later Slipknot and Stone Sour albums have showcased his range from grunting and screaming to booming out clearly audible chorus lines at the top of his lungs. And he’s done all this but working his damn ass off. I take my hat off to you sir.

30 Musicians in 30 days - day 28

Musician - Brian ‘Head’ Welch & James ‘Munky’ Schaffer

Band(s) - Korn

Notable Equipment - Ibanez Universe, Ibanez K7/Apex

Fan Since - 2003

Seen Live - Download 2009 without Head

Influence on me - Korn was the first look I got at 7 strings guitars. I ‘borrowed’ my brothers copy of Untouchables, listened to Here to Stay and it blew my little mind how heavy the guitars sounded. Head and Munky introduced me into a whole new way of playing riffs. Drop it low. I even tried tuning one of my 6 strings down to A, big mistake btw. A few years ago I actually bought a 7 string Ibanez RG. Unfortunately I rarely play it. But the idea implanted by bands like Korn and Deftones is always there for when I do pick it up.

30 Musicians in 30 days - day 27

Musician - Keith Buckley

Band(s) - Every Time I Die

Notable Equipment - screaming at the top of his lungs

Fan Since - 2009

Seen Live - 0

Influence on me - I’ve not been a fan of ETiD for very long but they are easily one of my favourite bands. The crux of most of their songs are Keith Buckley’s amazing vocals. He’s got a great set of lungs on him but what I like most are his lyrics. Some of the imagery in their songs are fantastic. Just take a few listens through New Junk Aesthetic or The Big Dirty. There are very few lyricists who write good lyrics. Keith Buckley is one of them. You just need to look at the title and layout of my blog to see Every Time I Die’s influence on me. 

30 Musicians in 30 days - day 26

Musician - Trent Reznor

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Band(s) - Nine Inch Nails, How To Destroy Angels

Notable Equipment - all sorts of different synths, technical goodies and guitars

Fan Since - 2006

Seen Live - once at the o2

Influence on me - I previously mentioned about Ben Weinman being a genius. If he’s a genius then surely Trent Reznor is a god. This man changed the sound of metal and introduced a whole wave of people into the industrial sound. The fusion of processed beats, synths, heavy guitars and screaming vocals really created something new in music. Without NIN many bands wouldn’t have thought to cross the genre boundaries that seem to split metal and dance music. Hell if it wasn’t for Trent Reznor I doubt The Algorithm would’ve existed. We should be thankful for this remarkably talented and ridiculously ripped man.