Friday, 31 May 2013


To music fans in the East of England, Norwich's LCR, situated on the University of East Anglia campus, is well known as one of the principal live music venues in the region. A huge plethora of bands, such as Muse, Enter Shikari, Bowling For Soup, Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Motorhead, and a frequent stop-off for the Kerrang! Tour (there have been hundreds of amazing bands playing the LCR, this list is just off the top of my head) have all stopped off in Norwich, and these are all largely thanks to the work of the late Entertainments Manager at the university, Nick Rayns.

He worked for 34 years, bringing in some truly incredible acts over that time, and in his honour: RIP Mr Rayns, and thank you for your work in bringing in some incredible acts over the years.

The late Nick Raynes - image courtesy
of the Norwich Tab


Tim Lambesis, vocalist for As I Lay Dying, has apparently posted bail reportedly to the sum of a cool $2 million, releasing him from custody following charges of arranging to have his wife killed. If you haven't been aware of the story, Lambesis is alleged to have asked someone, in fact an undercover police informant, how he would go about having his wife killed - the prosecution claims to have audio evidence that Lambesis gave $1000 to end the murder his partner, with whom he is separated from and currently in the middle of divorce proceedings. 

The trial is set to begin on June 10th. If found guilty, he faces between 3 and 9 years in prison.

Lambesis in court - image courtesy of Metal Hammer

Thursday, 30 May 2013


Come in. I'll take your coat, you make yourself comfortable. Take a look around, why don't you? No, I'm not referencing you, Fred Durst.

So. You may notice there has been at theNOISE. Well, not theNOISE. In a style befitting of Pokemon*, I have evolved the blog into YESTHISISNOISE. Newly re-designed layout, and to come, the things I did before - reviews, news and the odd opinion or personal piece. But I've decided to scrap my prior ratings system for reviews, so there will no longer be stars or '/10' marks, just the written part. Because I think that no rating system can truly capture something; reviewing is a subjective process, and ratings systems, in my mind, distort the true opinion of the review. God I sound pretentious.

But anyway, I hope the new layout is more pleasing to the eye than the black and white lark I had going on before, and as with my last post, remember...don't look, just keep your eyes peeled. New stuff coming very soon...

*not really

Tuesday, 28 May 2013


This time, I'll refrain from making any "Heeeeeeeeeere's Johnny!" statements declaring how I'm back for good, daily posts etc...but I've fallen by the wayside on this, because I've been busy, inbetween working and travelling, so I've just not had the time nor motivation to write in a while. 

But, my stint in Spain comes to an end in mere days...and while I'm not gonna go from busy to zombic stupor, I will have time to re-gather myself and get writing again. 

In the works then, are reviews for the new Queens Of The Stone Age album ...Like Clockwork, which hits all good shops (or doormats, if you've pre-ordered it) on Monday June 3rd, Kvelertak's Meir and a long-time-nearly-finished piece on Bring Me The Horizon's latest effort Sempiternal

There may also be some more pieces coming from sources that aren't me, including some smaller festivals and Jack Daniels' JD Roots programme regarding these festivals.

So, with everything above in mind, I will leave you with the oddly appropriate opening line to the first track on QOTSA's new record - "Don't look...just keep your eyes peeled"