Sunday, August 30, 2009

The nourishing 'Anti-Headache' drink

I just came up with a new drink that I think is really healthy. And I think, this drink would be very filling. This drink would help keep you going through out the day.

I call it 'The Anti-Headache' drink. Why? Because I remember making and drinking this and my headache disappeared after a while. HAHAHAHA!!!

And here is the recipe;

1 egg
3 tablespoons of milk powder
1 tablespoon of Honey

Ways of making it;

-Pour in 3 tablespoons of milk powder
-Crack the egg in
-Pour in 1 tablespoon of Honey
-Pour hot water and stir well..

There you go! Your own 'Anti-headache' drink! ENJOY!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

A few things being thought out...

Everyone most likely knows, that the world is a jungle by itself. You may have bosses who are like Gila Monsters; watching out for a major mistake from you, so that they can cut your pay or demote you. OR, you may have fellow colleagues; who work their asses off like Donkeys and won’t likely have a backbone to think on their feet. Have they no life? Can’t blame them, the world is like that if they want it to be. Me being a college student myself, it’s always an issue that I have to always be proactive in like EVERYTHING. Be it; submission, assessments, weekly tasks, and my quest on being a good performer which is still vague in my own vision. Thus, having said that, I honestly feel pissed myself in terms of ‘time’. Time, to make up for the things I’ve missed. Time, to be able to grasp on things sooner than later. Time, to get things straight in my life before I’m told to. Most of my classmates would always want to try and kill each other to try and perform to be the best than the rest. For me personally, I just wanna get my freaking qualification paper and get into the outside world for good.

I do wonder myself, whether my opinion can be relative to others. But I think that is not what’s important, as long as I know what is right and knowing what I want..I’ll fight for it. If a person accepts me for who I am, a friendship like that should always be kept. But I think the main importance of a ‘Relationship’ is Trust. Without ‘Trust’ in life, I don’t think a lot of people would get along with each other, or maybe..EVERYONE! Realizing the fact that friendship does not measure by the number of favours you owe to a friend (or vice versa), but measured by how much you can share with a friend. This could be the reason why I sometimes encounter reliability issues with some of my so-called friends. But anyhow, we just can’t take things for granted. That’s it.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Ember to inferno...

When it comes to true young talent, I would consider Matt Heafy from Trivium to be one. Forget about the over-rated Miley Cyrus or the Jonas Brothers for that matter. Matt Heafy is probably one of the most underrated Child Prodigies of our time in Modern Rock. He started playing in Trivium at the age of 17 and then released their debut album 'Ember to inferno'. His guitar skills and raging vocals brought a huge contribution as to what the band wanted to achieve in their music.

In 2004, the band released their 2nd album, 'Ascendancy'. This album was a bit different than their debut, because Matt Heafy started singing a little bit and by most of the time, screaming. But indeed, the single in the album 'Like Light To The Flies' is a definite hit song in my books. With melodic solos, charismatic vocals and monstrous screams. He's proven himself as worthy as James Hetfield, in terms of age in success. James was 18 when Metallica became successful with their debut album 'Kill'Em All'. Matt had 2 successful albums under his belt when he was 17/18. As far as guitar skills go, Matt swears by the 'Rock Discipline' DVD, conducted and directed by John Petrucci, as a source for warming up and practicing modes, scales and etc. To me, his speed and accuracy on hitting notes is very consistent but he had problems with speed, meaning in some songs during Live, he goes a little bit too fast.

At 19, he also was chosen to produce a few songs for 'RoadRunner United'. He managed to get a chance to work with King Diamond, and the guys from Killswitch Engage, Il Nino, Assesino and etc. He was featured as lead vocalist on one of the songs in the album called 'The End'.

In 2006, came the album 'The Crusade'. A lot of critics reviewed this album in a really bad way. Saying that the band was trying to portray Metallica's style of music. Claiming that Matt was trying to sound like James Hetfield on vocals and the guitar and drum patterns were similar to Metallica. But to me, this was a stepping stone for the band to experimenting other genres in the music career. Namely, 'Thrash Metal'.

In 2008, the band released their fourth album 'Shogun'. As for this, I'll let wikipedia do the talking.

"Shogun (将軍 Shōgun) is the fourth studio album by American metal band Trivium. The album was released worldwide on various dates between September 23 and October 1, 2008 through Roadrunner Records. Work on the album is noted to have begun with producer Nick Raskulinecz in October 2007,[4] with the band stating that they chose not to work with Jason Suecof again due to the fact that they wanted to explore new ideas.[5] One song from the album, "Into the Mouth of Hell We March", was featured on the soundtrack for the 2008 video game Madden NFL 09."

"Shogun features the return of Matt Heafy's screaming vocals, also the band's first album produced by Nick Raskulinecz, in a interview for About.com, Heafy described the album's musical direction as a combination of various aspects including: "the past, present, and future of Trivium, all on one CD" and that is the "next evolutionary step".[11] When asked about the change in his singing-style, he said: "It’s the kind of thing that happened naturally."[11]

The group didn't want to make an album where all songs had the same singing style, like in The Crusade, and decided to just let their music flow naturally and unbiased. Unlike The Crusade which had some songs focusing on famous and controversial murders/crimes, this album has a few songs that deal with ancient Japanese/Greek Mythology. The songs usually have hidden meanings which are to be interpreted by the listener. Themes based on the stories of Prometheus's punishment, Sea monsters Scylla and Charybdis, Kronos eating his children in "He Who Spawned The Furies," and the nymph Callisto are present.", Wikipedia

Here are two of my favourite Trivium tracks that I've been listening to lately..enjoy!

Ember to Inferno


Throes of Perdition

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Something..still..

*I absolutely have no idea what to blog about, but I'll give in some input about...I dunno, we'll see how this goes..

Last Friday, I was supposed to perform as Guest Performer for Friday performance in College. But I didn't at last, because I didn't confirm my performance with Mr. Frank. Which gave me a 'slap' in the face of realization.

Because, I didn't know Guest Performers were also required to seek a Lecturer's permission, this thing never seem to have happened before, during my last performance. But oh well, Mr. Frank postponed my performance to next Friday, and let's see how that goes. I showed him the lyrics of the song that I was going to cover. Mr Frank told me out of worry,"Oh, does this have screaming? We don't want to have any songs that have political or protest messages in it. We'll get into trouble for that." Now, that sort of stunned me. I do not know who made a complaint/remark to such acts like;Screaming, jumping around and etc in my college. But whoever you are, you certainly have no clue what music is and guess upon what music is not. Your remark could even be the reason why one of our Political parties made an attempt to banning Avril Lavigne from coming because of her so-called sexy attire or that sort of rubbish.

Hate to break it to you, but there is no such thing as 'Traditional Malaysian Music'. With much further citing, you'll realize that we have innovated only genres like 'Pop yeh yeh' and 'Dikir barat' (which some claimed it originated from Thailand) and the rest were all takers and claimed that it was our music. For further info, please read this. At least I'm giving options and not wanting to show as if I'm a 'know-it-all'.

I'm writing this for the reason that I love music and I think music shouldn't be contradicted in any way. If anybody wishes to attempt a repeated history of the PRMC era in the US, be my guest. You're gonna make a lot of people unhappy. Here's a little bit of history. Educate yourselves.



*Money has been an issue with my trading business these days, but I'm not financially down (independently), that's a good thing. You bet, dodgy customers calling me up and this particular one, called me one fine day and asked;

Buyer: Hey dude, I saw your post in the forum and I'm interested in your
Stratocaster guitar. How much are you selling?

Me: I'm selling for RMxxx. I modified the pickups and everything. You can test it
out once you're free.

Buyer: Ok bro. I'll call you. I wanna try it so badly!

And of course, the guy didn't call me for more than a week, and that wouldn't be the least of my expectations. I know, times are bad regarding the global economic crisis and all that, but do understand Mr. Buyer, that I'm trying to live a purposeful life and trying to make full use of it. But oh well, people are people..can't really change them for who they are right?


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A night to see the god father of Industrial Metal in the Lion City




Last night, would be one of the most memorable nights of my life.I finally got to catch Nine Inch Nails Live In Singapore! The concert was worth a catch. Their performance was never better if you ask me. I met some really cool NIN fans in the pit before the show. The stage set up was pretty impressive. The band kinda had brought almost all of their gear that they travel with on tour. 30 minutes before the show, I went to their merchandise booth and bought an NIN T-Shirt, pretty sweet stuff. There was also a booth where they were selling beers and all, but I decided not to drink that night because I didn't want to risk passing out and missing out on the whole rocking and headbanging at the concert. HAHAHAHAHAH!!!!

Though I can seem to sight the kind of amps they were using. But the guitars and basses were awesome. Robin Finck had 5 Gibson Les Pauls on the guitar stands and a few Fender guitars. Of course, Trent Reznor only used his black Gibson Les Paul since the 'with teeth' days and a Semi Hollow body Gibson model. Ilan Rubin (ex-drummer of Lostprophets) was also there as current member of Nine Inch Nails. But in my opinion, nothing's the same when the band had Josh Freese as the drummer, but Ilan did a pretty good job on stage, that night. The crowd response was pretty good in terms of their energy and cheer for the band. Best part is, they played alot of the old songs which by most of it, turned out to be my favourites..including, 'Wish', 'March Of The Pigs', 'Head Like A Hole' and many more. Their last song was 'Hurt' and it was played as an encore song.

No doubt, I would dare say that Metal/Industrial/Rock concerts always appear to have more hot girl than Boyband concerts. Ain't the Heavy Metal scene sweet or what? I took a lot of photos that night. Will post them up on my next post.

Their showmanship and timing of their performance was unbelieveable. It feels like a dream for me to watch Nine Inch Nails Live for the first time, even though I've started becoming a fan of them last year. In terms of audience satisfaction for myself, I would say it's probably the 'Concert Of The Year' . After the show, I met up with a fan from the crowd who was wearing Trent Reznor's shirt (The shirt that he wore at the beginning of the show and took it off and threw it to the crowd). I asked her (the fan),"May I rub some of Trent's sweaty shirt onto my Adidas jersey?". She allowed me to, and that was the souvenier of the day, for me at least. :). Right now, my Black Adidas jersey is being hung on my clothes hanger, unwashed. And I shall get a glass casing and keep the shirt for display. And that ended the day, and I finally went back home to Malaysia and missed 2 lectures in college. But it was worth it, for an awesome concert.

Here's 'Heresy (Live In Singapore)'


Head Like A Hole (Live In Singapore)

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

GAS-sy rant and raves!

Been really caught up with work lately, especially being stuck in the recording studio from morning till night for the past week doing my recording assignment. But it's not so bad so far, at least I get to take the time to learn more about what I love doing..RECORDING! When I first saw the big 44 channel mixer in the studio, I was intimidated by it because of the size and I thought it was gonna be complicating. But it wasn't that bad. And NEVER again, am I gonna work with tape machines. They're just bad and frustrating to work with, thank goodness for digital technology.

"GAS

Short for Gear Aquisition Syndrome.

Used by Guitar Geeks & musician gearheads when they are jonesing for a piece of equipment, usually rare or expensive, while posting in related user forums."

'Credits to Urban Dictionary'

And recently...I just bought 2 new guitar pickups for my Ibanez RG380F! Dimarzios were my primary choice because, it blends well with the body of the RG and I just love the output of Dimarzio pickups. I just got a D-Activator and Air Norton (The one Paul Gilbert uses) model. Finally, I could get rid of my Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro pickups set that came with the guitar, and save the embarrassment. Don't get me wrong, the guitar came with those pickups and it was meant for a Les Paul type of guitar. And yes, many knowledgeable guitarists that I know of, thought I was stupid enough to put them in, but it was from the Boss of the shop (where I bought my Ibanez from) who put those in.

Dimarzio Air Norton


Dimarzio D Activator

Now, with the D Activator...I get to drop tune as low as I like and this pickup holds on its own, in terms of output and tone. It acts as a high output passive pickup under an active circuit and serves it's low ends pretty well. For those who don't know the difference between active and passive.

Well, Passive pickups are magnetic powered while Actives require 9 volt batteries. The reason why I chose the Air Norton for the neck position was because of it's capabilities to be a bit mellow but the attack is sweet as far as I'm concerned. And the output is sweet. Any shredder would choose Dimarzios, EMGs or the-not-so recent Seymour Duncan Blackouts.

My guitar right now is under service, I'm finally gonna block my Floyd Rose System for good. Until I try and get another Floyd Rose System guitar, I would make my current one be under fixed bridge system. I wouldn't mind not being able to do Dime Squeals or any other Whammy trick that is known in guitar domain, not necessary for me at least. Well...at least I get to do 'Dive down' whammy position on my Ibanez.

I wanna try and collect up to three electric guitars with each different tuning like; E standard, Drop C and Drop A. Thank goodness for the Stratocaster copy that I'm keeping as a spare/back up guitar, but I'm selling that off to buy another fixed bridge guitar, any takers? I'll be selling my pair of Seymour Duncan pickups and my SX Stratocaster (modded with Fender pickups). I'll give you guys a good package price if you buy all 3 items and you still get good price if you buy one of them as well. :D (Except for the Seymour Duncans, I'm selling them under 1 pair)

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Like Light To The Flies

Yesterday, I went and watch a protest rally, which was situated at the very few areas around Masjid Jamek and Hang Tuah. This link will explain what happened.

I dedicate this to the citizens of Malaysia. Hope you'll find greater meaning into this song..



Like Light To The Flies

Behold our beloved revels in tragedy (in tragedy)
Self-denying avarice for bloodshed
Behold hypocrite

Those who run will be burned X4

Devoutly wished for blinded eyes
This tragedy's like light to flies
This seems to suit you better bleeding out the eyes (bleeding out the eyes)
hope's left in chain suspension,
Holding onto lies to make the truth

Behold our beloved rebels in tragedy (in tragedy)
Self-denying avarice for bloodshed
Behold hypocrite

Those who run will be burned X4
Devoutly wished for blinded eyes
This tragedy's like light to flies
This seems to suit you better bleeding out the eyes (bleeding out the eyes)
hope's left in chain suspension,
Holding onto lies to make the truth

Devoutly wished for blinded eyes
This tragedy's like light to flies
This seems to suit you better bleeding out the eyes (bleeding out the eyes)
hope'sleft in chain suspension,
Holding onto lies to make the truth
This seems to suit you better bleeding out the eyes (bleeding out the eyes)
hope's left in chain suspension,
Holding onto lies to make the truth