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The Writing

Time for a quick update on the album. Work is progressing pretty well, and I now have four final core song concepts. A song concept is what I refer to as the core seedling of a song, and is typically in the form of a verse and chorus and few other bits and pieces. The […]

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Back in black

Tomorrow (Tues 8th Jan) I start back at work, and I will be chewing through the email mountain. If you have emailed me in the last three weeks or so, I hope to get to it over the next few days. In other news, I am now confirmed as the opening keynote for SCALE over […]

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Album Writing, One Approach

I wanted to take a nice extended leave over the Christmas period, and while much of it was zipping up and down the country visiting people, I have also had the opportunity to spend some time at home. Now, this may conjour up the image of hours spent in front of the telly, watching DVDs, […]

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2007 in Review, 2008 on the Drawing Board

So here we are, drawing 2007 to a close, and what a year it has been! Understatement of the century. I think 2007 has possibly been the most turbulent year of my life, filled with its share of good and bad times, and a year in which I have felt a great degree of personal […]

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Quickies

Ladies and Gentleman, a few quickies to shoot out here: Open Source On Sunday Dec. 16th, Richard Johnson (nixternal) and (hopefully) Mario Limonciello (superm1) will be leading an Ubuntu Packaging Jam to teach the fine art of software packaging. This is your chance to learn how to take code and package it. We want to […]

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Rest In Peace, Vitek

What the hell is going on? Why on earth are good people taken away from us? On this planet we have millions of complete, utter, arseholes, people who treat other people like dirt, yet it seems in the grand scheme of things too many good people are taken from us. Three years ago one such […]

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Gig-tastic

Get in. Two awesome bands coming to Birmingham, on two respective Mondays: Divine Heresy – youtube vid – ex-Fear Factory guitarist and lover of pies, Dino Cazares formed this effort with ex-Vital Remains drummer Tim Yeung. Pretty good, a bit Killswitch Engage-y in areas, but much heavier. Job For a Cowboy – youtube vids: 1 […]

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Bring. It. On.

Everyone has a list of bands that they wish they got to see, but never did. One such band on my list is Carcass, one of the first death metal bands I ever heard, and a huge inspiration for my own music. Well, metal-fans, good news: Legendary British death metal band, CARCASS, will reunite for […]

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Black Crusade

I just wanted to say a huge thank-you to Jason Meers and Jim. A few days back Jason contacted me to say that he knew I liked metal and wanted to offer me a free spare ticket to the Black Crusade tour in Manchester. On this tour Shadows Fall, Arch Enemy, Dragonforce, Trivium and Machine […]

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Guitars

A little later than I would have liked due to busyness, but following on from Matthew, Jorge, Brandon and Steve, here are my guitars: (large image) Yep, the Jackson Kelly on the right has a chunk missing. I was warned against putting it on top of my rack while at university, and a poo-pooed the […]

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