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30 Apr 2018

Ross The Boss Live @ The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne

There’s a reason why guitarist Ross Friedman goes by the monicker Ross The Boss. Get him on a stage in front of a wall of amps and if the fillings in your teeth don’t start rattling after the first chord, something ain’t right! Ross was member of Metal stalwarts Manowar for most of the band’s glory years. He is a founding member of both Manowar and Punk legends The Dictators. His work with Manowar covers the band’s best era and […]

24 Apr 2018

Destruction Live @ Max Watts, Melbourne

What an incredibly fun night this was! It’s always the case, the more extreme the music, the more fun in the crowd and photo-pit. Tonight was no exception but regrettably I didn’t get to the venue on time to properly photograph local lads In Malice’s Wake. Battling Anzac Day eve footy traffic, I only caught the tail end of the boy’s set. The crowd was already rowdy by this point so I knew then and there this was gonna be […]

21 Apr 2018

Record Store Day 2018

Well what a fantastic day this years Record Store Day turned out to be! From catching up with friends from school to wrapping it all up with a classic Amyl & The Sniffers performance at Greville Records. For someone who has a love affair with records since I was ten years old, and someone who frequents record stores 3-4 times per week… it’s kinda Record Store Day everyday! But I still get excited when this date appears on the calendar. […]

16 Apr 2018

Primus Live @ The Palais Theatre, Melbourne

Word amongst fellow photographers Australia wide was the lighting was a real challenge for the current Primus tour. Had I fully known how challenging, I would not have applied for this gig. But, I was already booked in and was not going to back out last minute. The show started the huge background screens seemed to be the main source of light creating nice crisp silhouettes of the band. Most if not all of these resultant shots are garbage bar […]

15 Apr 2018

Amyl & The Sniffers Live @ The Curtin, Melbourne

I dunno how I ended up in the front row of this one but boy did it prove to be an absolute war zone once Amyl and her sniffers hit the stage! But I digress a little. My partner and I who are both fans of the band decided to go to tonight’s gig. Purely as punters and a rare night out together. We bought a pair of tickets yesterday and were very excited to go and see the band. […]

03 Apr 2018

Robert Plant Live @ The Palais, Melbourne

It’s not every day one gets the opportunity to photograph Robert Plant. For mine, there is none bigger than any member of Led Zeppelin so getting the chance to photograph such a legend – I jumped at the chance. With two sold-out shows at the gorgeous Palais Theatre in St Kilda, my home and a mere walk away to get to the venue made it all even sweeter. I arrived at the venue an hour before showtime and I was […]

03 Apr 2018

Download Festival 2018

With the inaugural Download Festival finally upon us, the weather gods were not kind to the plethora of Melbourne Metal fans heading to the festival. It threatened to be an absolute blow out of Noah’s ark proportions but by noon the ponchos were being put away and sun-screen was well in order. In typical Melbourne fashion, the weather changed suddenly and for the most part, we had a relatively dry day. Go figure! The downpour that greeted punters that arrived […]

03 Mar 2018

Overkill & Harlott Live @ 170 Russell, Melbourne

Even if I had done some promo photography for the Harlott guys a couple of years ago, tonight was my first viewing of them in a live environment. There is a reason why these guys are signed to the prestigious Metal Blade label. (Hi Brian!) They know Thrash. Pure Thrash! They know it well and all its nuances. Which is not what you can say about a lot of their contemporaries. They were absolutely phenomenal tonight. Along with Desecrator last […]

01 Mar 2018

Venom Inc & Desecrator Live @ Max Watts, Melbourne

Ave Satanas! Venom are one of those bands one thought they would never see in their lifetime in Australia. And I guess we pretty much haven’t but we were privy to seeing the next best thing and that’s Venom Inc. Featuring two past original members of the classic era Venom (Abbadon and Mantas), Venom Inc. have pretty much picked things up where the Cronos led trio left things off. Now let by Demolition Man aka Tony Dolan, Venom Inc have […]

24 Feb 2018
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