Category Archives: Metal

Mastodon and Soundwave 2012

Although Soundwave was actually a month ago I’ve been meaning to write a little review of the day, just haven’t had the time. The bill for this years’ festival was pretty astonishing, Slipknot, SOAD, Limp Bizkit, Manson, LOG, Machine Head, Trivium, Mastodon and many, many more. I checked out a few bands on the day, but I did sadly miss one of the bands I was looking forward to the most, Steel Panther. Alter Bridge were pretty good and were the first band I saw on the day, but I don’t really know their music that well so I wandered over to the metal stage to see who else was playing. It was Meshugga. No doubt Meshugga is an intense band and genre breaking, but I don’t really get it. Nothing about their music really reaches out and grabs me so I wandered some more, saw some fairly lame emo/punk bands then came back to the metal stage to check out In Flames. They are another band who I have been aware of for some time, but havent really listened to their music that closely. Check out my post about their awesome restaurant over at Swedish Metal Restaurant.

After In Flames came on one of my favourite bands, Trivium. This would be the 4th time I have seen Trivium live and I’ve liked them since the Crusade album.They always put on a great show and kicking their set off with their latest album opener In Waves went down very well with the crowd. The next highlight for me was seeing Mastodon, who are managed by my good friend Rick Sales’ company. Rick being there meant we could watch their set from side of stage which was fantastic, they put on a great show. Also, whilst they were playing I was chatting with Willie and John from the mighty Lamb Of God. We had met previously so it was cool to see them again and have a quick chat.

After Mastodon’s set we went back to the dressing room area to chat with the guys, all really cool although I didn’t meet Brent. I have to say also that they are probably one of the tallest bands in metal, true. Chatting with Brann Dailor, drummer for Mastodon and IMHO one of the best drummers in the world right now was super cool. Brann is a very down to earth guy and we hit it off straight away talking about beer. Turns out he is a massive craft beer fan and by the sounds of it a bit of a beer geek like me. Rick told the guys about what we were doing with the wine project and about what we are talking about in regards to beer, so instantly Brann and I started talking beer. It was funny watching the others look at us like we were talking another language and just walk off and leave us to it. I don’t want to ramble on too much here about this but it was very cool to meet someone who had the same taste in beer as I did, who also happens to play drums in one of the coolest bands in metal.

My final and perhaps biggest highlight for the day was seeing the amazing and quite definitely mental Slipknot from the side of stage. I managed to score a special Slipknot Stage Access pass from *cough* Marilyn Manson’s manager *cough*, because without this you were not allowed on the stage area whilst they played. Standing stage left pretty close to Clown and Sid watching them go mental and put on an amazing show was something to behold. The crowd was sick, the band sounded better than ever and I was standing right next to Randy from LOG who was taking pictures the whole time, who also happened to be next to Dave McClain, drummer for Machine Head. It really doesn’t get much more amazing than that for a metal fan like myself. Truly a brilliant day.
I am hopeful that I’ll be able to pull together a brewing/beer project with Mastodon in the future. I plan to reach out to Brann and try to get some feedback and ideas from him, would be really cool I reckon. If you have any ideas/thoughts/musings about a cool beer style that you think would suit Mastodon then please leave a comment and let us know.

Well, that’s quite an essay I would say. Until next time, may your music be LOUD!!

Luke


Randonesia – What it’s like to be in a band.

I had the great pleasure of meeting the guys from Lamb of God in late 2010 and will hopefully meet them again soon at Soundwaves in March. Randy Blythe, writes a great, honest blog and this latest entry is fuckin awesome.

Thank you Randy for being so honest. Do yourself a favour and read this!

Randonesia – What it’s like to be in a band..


Damaged Case

A while back I wrote a piece about the Motorhead wine that was being sold throughout Scandinavia for the past year or so. Some of you may also be aware that the wine is also now available in Germany and the UK and I’m proud to announce that yours truly will be launching the wine here in Australia in early 2012! i can’t truly express how awesome it is to be involved in a project with a rock icon, one of the original heavy metal bands and a group that has been so influential on hard rock and metal for the past 30 some odd years! To make sure I’m truly in the mood whilst writing this post I am of course listening to the deluxe edition of Ace of Spades, such a great album.

This is really just the beginning for Distorted Beverages, which by the way is now an official registered business, which is nice. I had a great conversation with Barry Drinkwater from Global Merchandise this past weekend. Barry is top bloke, very experienced in the merchandising field for the entertainment industry and it’s a privilege to work with someone like him. We have plenty of ideas flowing about promotional concepts and future artists and products that we can launch and I’m really excited to get my teeth stuck into it.

The last piece of the puzzle is the retailers here in Australia. In order to make the biggest impact and reach as many people and fans as possible I have been in discussions with one of the big liquor retail chains here. Whilst they haven’t come onboard 100% yet, they haven’t said no either so we are negotiating on things like price and quantity, all the fun stuff. not my favourite part of the job but a very important one and a very good learning experience anyway.

In the meantime dear readers please check out the Motorhead Wine website, follow it on all your favourite social media sites and lets enjoy this together with the music turned up LOUD!

I’m going to see Foo Fighters in about a week or so, think I may have scored some passes as well, so next time I’ll be reporting about that. Until then….

 

Chief Distortion Officer

Luke

 


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There is a great blog post here from Kev Brock about why Metallica deserves the respect they have/should have. I’m a long time Metallica fan, who has meat the band on a couple of occasions, once as a fan at a Meet & Greet and the second time last year at their Adelaide show as a guest and then was priviledged to be invited to their private end of tour party in Melbourne. They were warm, welcoming and very friendly guys an attitude that permeated through their whole organisation. I wish I could have been at the Yankee Stadium Big 4 show, it would have been epic.

Metallica 4 LIFE!!!


AC/DC wine?

It’s been a little while since my last post and somewhere along the way I realised that I hadn’t written about the range of wines that were released for AC/DC here in Australia. There has been huge media coverage of the release in both music media and a lot in the mainstream, even breakfast television. The wines were produced under licence by a winery called Warburn Estate, not a winery I’m very familiar with other than to know that they are based in the Riverina area of NSW, not really considered a premium wine growing region. The range of wines consists of:

  • 2010 Back in Black Shiraz
  • 2008 Highway to Hell Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2011 You Shook Me All night Long Moscato
  • 2010 Hells Bells Sauvignon Blanc

Warburn Estate is a large wine producer who sell a lot of their products through the Woolworths/Dan Murphys chains here. Woolworths are on of the two major supermarket chains in Australia, the other being Coles. In this case the wines were made available exclusively from Woolworths stores. Generally the Warburn Estate wines retail for around the $10 mark. All four of the AC/DC range retail at $15.99 which I think is a clever strategy that I’m guessing the aim is for consumers to not be swayed by price to purchase one wine over the others. in fact due to the price and style of wines they made I think the average accadacca fan will at least buy one bottle of each but most likely several.

The closest Dan Murphys store to me is about 25 minutes drive away and I went in there a couple of days ago to grab a bottle of each of the reds. SOLD OUT!! Wow, I was impressed. They had a few bottles left of the Moscato (sweeter slightly fizzy white) but that didn’t interest me. When I asked the store attendant if they got much of it in stock to begin with, he told me they had about a pallet, which equates to roughly 50-60 dozen depending on how they were packed. these wines by the way were packed in 6 bottle boxes, again I give some kudos here to the producers as I think many would buy a 6 bottle box given the chance but probably wouldn’t buy a dozen box. The impressive thing about all of this is that it means the wine sold out in approximately 3 weeks! Now I’m not sure if there are plans to do a follow-up release but I hope that they do as it really does help pave the way for myself and our ambitions.

Luckily I went past another store later in the day and I did manage to get a bottle of both the Cabernet and the Shiraz. I tried the Shiraz that night and while I don’t like tasting notes, here are my thoughts on it.

Purple and vibrant, this has all the hall marks of what young Shiraz should look like. There is a good, yet simple ripe berry aroma and it seems as if somebody may have walked past the tank with an oak stave at some point, but lets just say there isn’t a lot of complexity going on here. The palate is medium bodied and quite smooth, overall it is a pleasant drinking wine.

Basically, the wine was pretty much how I expected it to be. Good wine for the price and considering it is pretty young being a 2010, there were some good qualities about it. I’m yet to open the Cabernet but i will in the next week or so and give a little update then of my thoughts.

Until then it seems only fitting to say, “For those about to rock, we salute you!”


Metal & beer is the flavour of the week

Imagine my surprise when today I saw that not one, but TWO metal bands announced they were teaming up with well known craft brewers to release their own special, limited edition brews.  BLABBERMOUTH.NET – AMON AMARTH Beer Now Available

Swedish viking metallers Amon Amarth and Indiana’s 3 Floyds brewing have announced the release of an imperial/strong porter called Ragnarok. Taking a look at the cover of their album Twilight of the Thunder Gods you can see that it is quite an appropriate name. My friend Stone over at Metal Odyssey has a great review of this album, here.

 

 

New Belgium brewing company also announced that they are due to release their latest beer in their Lips of Faith series with hard-rockers Clutch. The beer is described as a 9%ABV dark, sour ale with the brewery describing it as  “A pronounced bass line of dark chocolate, coffee and black malts bridge the sourness of our dark wood ale for a fluid riff.”

 

 

BLABBERMOUTH.NET – CLUTCH Teams Up With NEW BELGIAN Brewing For Brand New Dark And Sour Ale.


The Ace of Spades….

Motorhead is such an iconic rock band, their sound is unmistakable and what you see is definitely what you get. I last saw Motorhead when they toured Australia with Motley Crue, back in maybe 2005/2006. They were then and are to this day the loudest band I have ever heard. Straight up rock n roll, Lemmy is GOD!

Late last year Motorhead Shiraz was launched across Sweden and the rest of Scandanavia and has been very succesful to date. As of this past Friday, there has been a major development for that wine, that I’m very excited to say I have a part in. I can’t give to much away right now, but watch this space for future announcements.

http://boozinfoodie.com/2011/05/26/motorhead-wine/


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