Wow, long time no update. Well, things have been insanely busy recently, on all fronts, and I have just been too busy to sit back and write some stuff down. So, here comes another burst of bullet points:

  • I have recently moved over to the Ubuntu distro team formally inside Canonical and I am now closer aligned with the team. Before, I was a separate function in the company that happened to work on Ubuntu, but being part of the team formally makes a lot more sense. So far the communication lines have been much clearer and I am loving being part of the team.
  • July was an insane month of travel. It went something like this, one after the other with no off days in-between – week build up to LUGRadio Live 2007 and planning, LUGRadio Live 2007, down to London for the distro sprint for a week, back up to Birmingham for GUADEC for a week, off to Oregon for Ubuntu Live and then OSCON for the week. As an example of the craziness, while at OSCON I was having something like 9 meetings a day. Busy days.
  • Aq, Adam, Chris and I went out for Chinese and then returned to my gaff for a LUGRadio Sprint. In it we developed new ideas and direction for Season 5, decided on dates for the new season and then brainstormed over 50 ideas. Season 5 is going to shake things up, big time. We also discussed LRL and LRLUSA. We finally got to bed at 5am.
  • Next day, up at 7.30am. Ugh. My parents came up and my dad brought some industrial strength gardening stuff to chop down the forest that had grown around the house. It was pretty hardcore – he had an outfit and everything. The pooches wondered what the hell was going on…
  • Been jamming quite a bit with Seraphidian. I am now playing drums in the band, and I am really excited about it. I have been harbouring a frustrated drummer instinct for a while, and I am itching to really grow and excel as a death metal drummer and get out there and play gigs as a drummer. We have also changed our direction somewhat, still retaining the Seraphidian chug, but we are now more dynamic, thrashy and energetic. We are all psyched about this new direction, and I am really looking forward to the oodles of drumming. On Sunday I drummed for 6 hours and nearly collapsed. :)

I have also been having something of a music binge – expanding my already pretty hefty music collection with new bands and albums. This is the list of bands in my collection so far – if any of you metallers have any other suggestions for the kind of stuff I could like, do scribe it into the comments:

36 Crazyfists, Aborted, ACDC, Akercocke, Al Azred, All That Remains, Amon Amarth, Anata, Angtoria, Annihilator, Anthrax, A Perfect Murder, Apocalyptica, Arch Enemy, As Blood Runs Black, Astarte, Atheist, Atreyu, At The Gates, Avenged Sevenfold, Becoming The Archetype, Behemoth, Benighted, Between The Buried And Me, Black Label Society, Black Steel, B L A Z E, Blind Guardian, Body Count, Bolt Thrower, Botch, Brainstorm, Bruce Dickinson, Brutal Truth, Buckethead, Cacophony, Cadaver Mutilator, Caliban, Cannibal Corpse, Carcass, Carnal Forge, Cattle Decapitation, Celtic Frost, Children Of Bodom, Chimaira, Communic, Coven, Cradle Of Filth, Crimson Fire, Cryogenic, Cryptopsy, Dark Moor, Dark Tranquillity, Dearly Beheaded, Death, Debauchery, Decapitated, Deeds Of Flesh, Defleshed, Deicide, Demon Hunter, Demonoid, Destruction, Dimmu Borgir, Disincarnate, Dismember, Dragonforce, Drudkh, Dublin Death Patrol, Dying Fetus, Edguy, Enslaved, Enter My Silence, Entombed, Exhumed, Exodus, Face Down, Faith No More, Fear Factory, Gamma Ray, Glenn Tipton, GodSend, Gojira, Gorerotted, Grave, Grave Digger, Grip Inc, Guns N Roses, Halford, Hammerfall, Hate, Hatebreed, Hate Eternal, Hatesphere, Hayseed Dixie, Hearse, Heavens Gate, Hellyeah, Himsa, Iced Earth, Ihsahn, Illdisposed, Ill Nino, Immolation, Immortal, Incubus, In Flames, Insision, Iron Maiden, Job For A Cowboy, Joe Satriani, Jono Bacon, Judas Priest, Kamelot, Kataklysm, Katatonia, Killswitch Engage, King Diamond, Kreator, Krisiun, Labyrinth, Lamb Of God, Lost Soul, LUGRadio, Machine Head, Malevolent Creation, Malignancy, Manowar, Mastermind, MD45, Megadeth, Meshuggah, Metallica, Mnemic, Monstrosity, Morbid Angel, Mortal Sin, Mortician, Mortification, Motley Crue, Motorhead, Mudvayne, Naglfar, Napalm Death, Necrophagist, Nevermore, Nile, Nonpoint, Obituary, Origin, Overkill, Ozzy Osbourne, Pantera, Pestilence, Pissing Razors, Possessed, Primal Fear, Prong, Rhapsody, Running Wild, Sabaton, Sanctification, Sanctuary, Saxon, Seance, Sepultura, Seraphidian, Seventh Avenue, Severe Torture, Shadows Fall, Shatter Messiah, Silent Civilian, Sinner, Skid Row, Slayer, Slipknot, Soilwork, Solstice, Steve Vai, Still Remains, Stiltskin, Stratovarius, Suffocation, System Of A Down, Testament, The Acacia Strain, The Black Dahlia Murder, The Crown, The Defaced, The Forsaken, The Great Kat, The Haunted, Trivium, Ugly Kid Joe, Vai, Vile, Vital Remains, W.A.S.P, White Skull, Witchery, XXX Maniak, Yngwie Johann Malmsteen, Yngwie Malmsteen…

Right, back to work. :)

  • Mark Kowarsky


  • Yanko Kaneti


  • http://garuma.wordpress.com Jérémie Laval
    • Dream Theater (!)
    • Nightwish ?
    • Within Temptation ?
    • Epica
    • Therion
    • Kalmah
    • Mors Principium Est
    • Eternal Tears of Sorrow
    • Graveworm
    • Imperanon
    • Utopia Banished
    • Queen

    Among others :)

  • http://naveenroy.blogspot.com Naveen Roy

    Wow….no Black Sabbath?? :mrgreen:

    My Dying Bride…

  • http://reksio.ftj.agh.edu.pl/~azrael/ Azrael Nightwalker

    Amoral, Anaal Nathrakh, Arcturus, Solefald, Borknagar, Vintersorg, Engel, The Project Hate MCMXCIX, God Among Insects, Susperia, Septic Flesh, Rotting Christ, Alchemist, Edge Of Sanity, Darkseed, Gardenian, Godgory, Atrocity, God Dethroned, Nightfall, Machinae Supremacy, Strapping Young Lad, Waltari, Vader, Excrementory Grindfuckers, Evergrey, Tanzwut, and many more… I’ll find you on last.fm

  • Yanko Kaneti

    btw, some notable guitar heroes of mine seems to be missing from the list 😉 John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge, Creed), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme)

  • http://blog.zrmt.com Andy Loughan

    I saw 36 crazyfists about 2 years ago, they were supported by Belvedere and Buller for my Valentine which I thought were both better than 36. You’ve got to have Dream Theatre in the collection too. Jo Satriani is a good one. Love Saatch Boogie.

  • http://www.talios.com Mark Derricutt

    What – no Symphony X? How about Mastodon, Twisted Into Form, Extol, Poisonblack, Destruction, Leatherwolf, Kamelot, Circus Maximus, Continuo Renacer, Consortium Project, Dark Tranquillity

  • http://danieltiecher.com/ Daniel Anderson Tiecher

    I have to third what both Jérémie Laval and Yanko Kaneti suggested: Dream Theater! Mike Portnoy is considered one of the best drummers around. For me he IS the best. Listen to it, Jono. I’m sure you will enjoy it.

    And, as you come from a trashier background i suggested you to start listening to Dream Theater by their Train of Thought album or simple go to their Live at Budokan DVD to see one of the best live shows of the metal scene.


    PS: Will you release any song for us to listen you drumming? 😉

  • http://blog.chaoz.org Gerrit Kusenberg


  • http://www.lovesunix.net/blog David Nielsen

    I will clime in with a recommendation for “Am I Blood”

  • Yanko Kaneti

    and for one of the greatest rhythm sections of all time – Corrosion of Conformity

  • http://thomas.apestaart.org/ Thomas Vander Stichele

    As mentioned before – you should try a Catherine Wheel album, the (late) band fronted by Rob Dickinson’s nephew. For someone of your tastes I would suggest to try Chrome or Happy Days first.

    Also I am surprised to not see Mastodon on your list. Tool should be on it too though maybe it’s a bit non-traditional as far as metal goes.

    I don’t understand why Within Temptation was suggested – what a joke band, ignore them.

    I managed to completely avoid seeing Black Dahlia Murder live this weekend, hurray for me !

  • http://thomas.apestaart.org/ Thomas Vander Stichele

    (obviously I meant Rob Dickinson, Bruce’s nephew)

  • http://ploum.frimouvy.org Ploum

    I guess that if Dream Theater is missing, it’s just an error when writing this note. I hope… :)

  • Félim Whiteley

    Damn I was gonna say Corrosion of Conformity too.. (shakes fist at Yanko Kaneti 😉

    Saw them live at my first gig, Megadeth/COC Dublin SFX Centre 1994 (or was it 1995?!).. Awesome

  • http://www.kallisti.net.nz/blog Robin

    You have Ihsahn but not Emperor? Also: Anathema, Tristania, Sirenia, Penumbra, After Forever, Within Temptation, and Opeth come to mind as favourites of mine.

  • Félim Whiteley

    Ah you don’t have Therapy… excellent band, seen ’em live in Glasgow 4 times.. Not very heavy but seen as you have Ugly Kid Joe in there heavy doesn’t seem to be a criteria ! :)

  • Federico

    Reading your list, i’m sure you’ll appreciate Sadist!


    Bye !

  • Steve

    I’m not into metal that much, but I absolutely love Neurosis. The album “Times Of Grace” would be a good start. Check out the video for Locust Star to get an idea of what they are like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmdmnnv2NkY

  • http://www.stillbreathing.co.uk Chris

    Another vote for Anathema here, and also My Dying Bride, Dominion and Bal Sagoth. Anything from the Peaceville label is good (http://www.peaceville.com/)

  • http://www.last.fm/user/joshsteadmon Josh


  • http://www.alexandrefranke.com/ Alexandre Franke

    Sonic Syndicate might also be worth a try.

  • Andrew Oswald

    Crap, had I known you were into this kind of music we could have shared some laughs at Ubuntu Live. I recommend you check out: Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Pig Destroyer.

  • http://www.jessejoe.com/ Jesse Jarzynka

    For Metal: Alexisonfire, As I Lay Dying, It Dies Today For Musicianship: The Mars Volta, Muse

  • http://www.myspace.com/massahfrikkenpoo Chris Van Ackeren

    You should check out Trip Like Animals for sure. http://www.myspace.com/triplikeanimals

  • http://jonhoman.com Jon Homan

    Insomnium, Dream Theater, Opeth, DevilDriver

  • wedderburn

    Sabatons a great back 😀

    Turmion Kätilöt- good industrial metal band

  • David Holmes

    Considering some of other power metal bands you list, Sonata Arctica seems like a glaring omission. The top six bands Last.fm calls “similar” to them are all on your list.

  • Mike Simmons

    Mushroomhead – XX or XXiii Violent Work of Art Sub Dub Micromachine (found through Chronix Radio and now own album)

  • Adamzap

    opeth and mastodon and even Rush

    also dream theater

  • Mason Kidd

    Mike Simmons is right on. Chronix Radio kicks ass! They always find these awesome metal bands I’ve never heard of. Another one from Chronix – Mind Shelter!

  • Mesut

    How come you don’t have Opeth in there.

  • Allix

    If you like Children of Bodom you’ll like Norther too. The wake is another great finnish death-band.

    http://www.norther.net/ http://www.the-wake.net/

  • James Hooker

    Add Leatherwolf to your music collection… been around for ages apperently but never heard them. freakin awesome.

  • http://www.hamjob.com GoatTuber

    Godflesh Rammstein Spineshank Through The Eyes Of The Dead Unearth White Zombie

    and perhaps… Gogol Bordello

  • Ricardo

    As someone mentioned Dream Theater you could check a great project compose by some of the members, if you like instrumental: Liquid Tension Experiment. How about Machine Head, Type O Negative, Kilgore, Tool, Moonspell, g//z/r, Clawfinger, just to name a few!!!!!

  • http://resiak.livejournal.com/ Will Thompson

    Boris and Isis should be on that list somewhere, and maybe DeathBoy.

    You should also check out Oceansize, but maybe they’ll be too elaborate for your aesthetically-stunted tastes. 😉

  • alex

    I absolutely have to suggest Symphony X, they are simply great.

  • Peter Van den Bosch

    melodic death metal: * Dissection (Storm Of The Light’s Bane album): pioneering and unique melodic death metal, despite the (now dead) frontman’s actions and beliefs * Hypocrisy (Abducted and Virus albums) * The Seventh (Cursed Earth Wasteland)

    Black/Heavy metal: “I” project of Abbath, the Immortal guy

    Some bands from which I am a bit less sure they match your taste: * Moonspell (Memorial/Irreligious/Wolfheart) * Opeth (Ghost Reveries) * My Dying Bride

  • Travis Reitter

    Justin Timberlake. Come on now! Justin Timberlake!

    Also, does LUGRadio really qualify as metal?

  • chris

    My tip: Funeral from Norway

  • Patrik

    just to complete THE three german thrash metal bands: Destruction, Kreator and SODOM

  • Mike Simmons

    I also like to check out http://www.theprp.com. They have metal news and I’ve found some bands I never heard of before.

    Finally… Back in the day I was a big Mushroomhead fan…check out the myspace page of Jason Popson’s new band: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=187427664

  • Ian

    Sabbat (first two albums just remastered), Sacrilege (UK doom/thrash band) and Skyclad.

  • Corvias

    Clutch. Not quite metal, not really fusion. Not really sure how to classify it, actually. Try it though. You’ll like it. I listen to it on my walk to work in the morning. Wakes me up, and puts me in a good mood. (their lyrics are really creative and sometimes hilarious).

    Their self-titled album is a classic, but their most recent (Robot Hive Exodus) is imho even better.

  • http://silent-blade.org Athropos

    If you like Dying Fetus, you should try Misery Index which was founded by former members of DF:


    They have quite a decent drummer :-)


  • http://informationhunger.blogspot.com C.M

    I see you have a lot of Swedish bands already (Arch Enemy, At the Gates, Dark Tranquillity, Dismember, Entombed, Hammerfall, In Flames, Meshugga, Katatonia, Soilwork, The Haunted and even Yngwie) but I have some more to add to that list:

    Abhinanda – The Rumble (Hardcore) Breach – Kollapse (Alternative Metal, think Neurosis) Mustasch – Above All (Heavy Metal) Nine – Killing Angels (melodic death metal, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yat-SwcI5c) Raised Fist – Sound of the Republic (Aggressive Hardcore) Tiamat – Wildhoney (Death Metal)

    The albums listed after each band is a good one to start with.

    For some other obvious non-swedish additions to your list:

    Alice In Chains Bane Billy Talent Blood Has Been Shed Boy Sets Fire Cave-In Coal Chamber Coheed And Cambria Converge Eighteen Visions From Autumn To Ashes Jr Ewing Keelhaul Kyuss Looking Forward McLusky Melvins Ministry Modern Life Is War Poison the well Probot Quicksand Rise Against Satyricon Shai Hulud Static-X Sworn Enemy The Bronx The Dillinger Escape Plan The Suicide Files Zeke

    The bands range from old to new and from speed metal to stoner rock to post hardcore, but they’re all worth checking out. Looking through previously mentioned bands in the comments I chime in on the following ones:

    Corrosion of Conformity DevilDriver Hypocrisy Neurosis Opeth Spineshank Strapping Young Lad Therapy Therion Unearth Vader

    And most important of all, Tool!

    Wow, became quite a post.. Cheers, C.M

  • Brett

    Stuff Not Mentioned:

    5 Billion Dead 12 Stones 12 Ton Sledge Acid Drinkers Adema American Head Charge Anger Within Blood Red Throne Bullet For My Valentine Burzum Damage Plan Darkest Hour Daysend Dope Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Kill Logic Flaw Full Blown Chaos Gwar Hanzel und Gretyl Haste The Day Hearse HeavensDust Hemlock Hurtlocker Kidneythieves Kittie Lollipop Lust Kill Madball Mayhem Orange Goblin Paragon Pig Destroyer Ra Raging Speedhorn Ragnarok Samael Skinlab Taproot Tears from the Sky The Red Chord Throwdown

    +1 to previously mentioned artists: Opeth Spineshank Mastodon Static-X Rammstein White Zombie / Rob Zombie Violent Work of Art Sub Dub Micromachine Emperor Dream Theater Night Wish Devildriver

  • http://guixx.no-ip.org guixx

    Bumblefoot and Freak Kitchen were not mentioned but definitively should. And I +1 also Dream Theater

  • Jimbo

    I’m surprised you don’t have Voivod in your collection.

  • http://resiak.livejournal.com/ Will Thompson

    Oh, you should also listen to Porcupine Tree and OSI.

  • Miklos

    Andromeda Karmakanic

  • http://www.last.fm/user/joshsteadmon Josh

    Just got back from Ozzfest, and I have a few more bands to list:

    Chthonic – Taiwanese black metal In This Moment – like Atreyu with a female singer 3 Inches of Blood – power metal

  • ZlatkO

    Life Of Agony, Pro-Pain, Tool, Corrosion Of Conformity, Megadeth, Cancer, Rammstein, Biohazard, Type O Negative, Kyuss, The Obsessed, Gorefest, Voodoocult, Tiamat, Hollenthon (from Austria, no less! :twisted:), …

  • ZlatkO

    … Korn, Disturbed, Godsmack, Graveyard Rodeo, Pride & Glory, Downset, Stuck Mojo, Monster Magnet, Cathedral, Crowbar, Kittie, The Gathering, Nightwish, Within Temptation, Beseech, …

  • Philder

    Stuff that floats my metal boat…

    Bongzilla Cathedral Dark Angel Darkthrone Disrupt Electric Wizard Forbidden Fudge Tunnel Orange Goblin Nasum Unerathly Trance

  • http://www.guide-help.com/ World Religion Resources

    World Religion Resources…

    I couldn’t understand some parts of this article, but it sounds interesting…

  • Josh Steadmon

    Arsis – technical melodic death metal

  • mahuyar

    As comment #9 stated, give Dream Theater a try, especially their “Train of Thought” album based on your preferences.