Archive for the ‘Music Festivals’ Category

Gotsu Totsu Kotsu tried to communicate with the audience: Anyone of you speak Japanese?

Audience: MARIA OZAWA!! MARIA OZAWA!!

Well, that’s one way to reach an audience the Japanese way. After keeping so hard not to lose my composure from Truth Be Known’s contagious performance in order to document things properly (which I seemed to fail eventually), Gotsu Totsu Kotsu stepped-in & wrapped-up Full Battle Order 2012. The Japanese death metal trio from Saitama, Japan, was ripping everyone’s appendages as they attracted onlookers buying last minute tickets to witness the event. With blistering scales running up & down the fretboard paired with brutal vocal passages, Gotsu Totsu Kotsu was a battering ram which led the audience to plead for more. (more…)

Truth Be Known was one of the highlights of the Full Battle Order 2012 organized by Mourning Sound last April 7, 2012. The band was originally formed back in 2005 & underwent several changes in terms of line-up & musical style. Despite all the variations the band has  gone through, they eventually solidified themselves into one of the most influential metal bands in Singapore branding every Singaporean metalhead’s handbook. (more…)

Revilement was one of the bands that brought Full Battle Order rise up to its peak of insanity as they took the stage & redefined the term ‘underground’. Gut-wrenching, technically mind-boggling, & insanely fast, Revilement packs a lot of rage with growl vicious enough to bitch-slap Adolf Hitler back to prep school. They were formed back in 2006 and have been dubbed as Taiwan’s most brutal band. I couldn’t agree more. Ever since their inception, they have been conquering deathfests all over Asia delivering death metal in a silver platter. (more…)

Out for Blood took over the stage after Intolerant rumbled the foundations of *Scape at the Full Battle Order last April 7, 2012. Organized by Mourning Sounds, the event gathered some of the heaviest bands from Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, & Singapore. This was the second time I witnessed & shot the band, the first was when they opened for A Strength Within last year. Out for Blood is a hardcore band in Singapore comprised of Yasser (vocals), Herman (guitars), Rhaimy (guitars), Supi (bass), & Izanee (drums) & they have been tearing stages into pieces of plain badassery. Their presence at the Full Battle Order triggered the initial response for a brewing mosh pit which eventually led into a promising event witnessed by a handful of faithful followers. (more…)

It was a rainy Saturday afternoon when Mourning Sound brought forth mayhem that shook the grounds of *SCAPE in Singapore last April 7, 2012. Some of the heaviest bands from Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, and the Philippines gathered at the basement of the bustling teenage hangout to deliver heavy music served right in front of the fans’ faces. The turnout was minimal with only the purest hardcore followers went & moshed as their heroes engaged Full Battle Order. Hardcores moshing with the metalheads, what made up for the small gathering led to a unity of  fans in each genre. The venue looks brutal & raw, with only caution tapes cordoned-off to set the boundaries on what looks like a basement carpark. (more…)

Murder Mouse Blues Band was one of the artists that I was able to catch during the Mosaic Music Festival last March 10, 2012. Traveling all the way from the land down under, the Australian trio sparked laid-back country blues with a tinge of Duane Eddy groove. Pardon my ignorance on the description but my knowledge of the world of blues is quite limited & I hope die hard fans won’t shoot me in the head for the poor choice of words. Anyway, the band is comprised of Adam Morris (vocals & guitar), Jon Edwards (vocals & lead guitar, along with several dozens of stringed instruments), & Warren Hall (drums). (more…)

Mosaic Music Festival is a week-long annual event in Singapore held within the Esplanade premises that feature live acts of diverse musical genres from artists of different countries. One of the bands that I was able to catch was a jazz-influenced progressive rock trio called Tokyo Blue. The band consists of Japanese bassist Hiroaki Maekawa, Indonesian pianist Ywenna Carollin, and Cuban drummer Pablo Calzado bringing the best of the three nationalities and mixing it under one extraordinary music phenomenon. From complex chord progression to off-beat timing, I was blown away with the technical expertise and the intricacy of the group. I was witnessing Prog at its best and it was one of those times when I had a hard time trying to nail my focus and ended up keeping my camera just to enjoy the show.  (more…)

Feist was the 12th band to perform at the 2012 Laneway Festival in Singapore held last February 12. This was also the last artist that I was able shoot since my body was starting to malfunction due to fatigue & dehydration. After shooting The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, I didn’t have enough strength to elbow 20 meters of dense crowd for Toro Y Moi at the first stage so I stuck at my current position waiting for Feist. When Toro Y Moi ended, the crowd started to push towards the center which gave me an opportunity squeeze through together with the flow. (more…)

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart was the 10th artist to rock the stages of the last leg of the Laneway Festival 2012 in Singapore last February 12. At this time, the venue was already too tight to squeeze a few more spectators as the crowd was already packed rubbing skin with each other. My muscles was starting to shake & my legs felt like rubber. I was dead tired & anxious to see the band as the Stage 2, yet again, failed to deliver its purpose. For some reason, the PA’s stopped functioning. It was quite a wait before the band started to slam their frustrations into their instruments. Yet, the band still delivered a solid performance. (more…)

I had a blast shooting Twin Shadow at the last leg of Laneway Festival 2012 held in Singapore last February 12 that I was so parched & needed to get a drink at the water supply booth. After spending eons just to queue for a tiny bottle of water, I hurried back to Stage 1 to catch a glimpse of Laura Marling performing her last song. The stage was close to pitch dark & the only illumination they had on the artists were a couple of purple & magenta lights, low enough to put someone to sleep. All my Laura Marling shots were wasted & I have to salvage these shots heavily in the RAW converter. You can check out my bud Abs on how he handled these lights well in his blog post. (more…)