Monday, December 19, 2011

Was it worth it?

My obsession with Heavy Metal started when I was 15. Before that, I only knew of 'Nu-Metal', which most Metalheads do not consider that particular Sub-Genre, 'Metal'. A few friends of mine then introduced me to the world of; 'Metalcore, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, Death Metal, Black Metal '.....and the list goes on....

Later in my Teenage years, I took up the Electric Guitar and started learning how to play it. And of course, most of us aspiring guitar players would want to be as good as our guitar heroes. One of my heroes were; Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Matt Heafy, Gary Moore (RIP), Dimebag Darrel (RIP) and the list goes on.

Call me bias, but there is one guitar hero that I find very unique in the Heavy Metal scene...his name is Alexi Laiho. Lead guitarist and vocalist of the band, Children Of Bodom. Why? Maybe in a musical sense, his innovative melodies, monstrous riffs and hooks would most of the time give me the ecstatic sensation of potential 'Eargasms'. Along with his badass yell, "Yeow!" at the intro on a lot of COB's songs. You just knew that hell would break loose in a COB track (in a good way).

In a technical sense, his guitar playing according to a lot of people (including myself) find it very impressive.

To guitar players: How many guitar players that you know, could play very fluid sounding arpeggio sweeps by using a Bridge pickup instead of a neck? I mean, you don't see Paul Gilbert or Joe Satriani switching to their bridge pickups to sweep. Don't get me wrong, both of them are indeed 'Guitar Masters' in their own right. I'm just stating what makes Alexi Laiho, the kind of guitarist that stands out in his own right. There are others who can Sweep with a bridge pickup as good or perhaps, better than Him. But the main focus would be Alexi in this post. Besides that, Alexi just knows how to use the Floating Tremolo...like a boss. If you've not watched his videos (which I'll load up later in this post), please do.

And so, it was on the 15th of November. I was on the Train at night, on my way to the 'Lion City'. And you would have guessed it....Children Of Bodom was going to perform live in Singapore, 2 days later. That was the whole purpose of this trip. As thrilled as I was, I just knew it was going to be a good show. And that proved pretty well on the day of the Concert. From the time, 'COB' came on stage, breaking through the flooding smoke on stage. And then, the mayhem had started...the band started performing what they do best....Heavy "F*cking" Metal..

From explosive riffs, to blistering solos. COB had defined themselves as a band with 'Attitude'. Which had set an impression on me and the 'Hate Crew' (Fans) to be the best 1 1/2 hours spent this year....I believe so...

Meeting and greeting the band was a plus point for me as I was fortunate enough to meet them in person. The ecstatic feeling of being able to meet my idols has never been this awesome. A moment to be cherished, as a 'Metal Head'. Was it worth it? Hell yes it was!



-Alexi Laiho and Janne Warman-

-Meet & Greet session with COB-




Monday, September 26, 2011

From a deep thought...

Staying alive and well. Despite the hardships that left me to endure, and the bitterness that I've been encountering numerous times by people during the recent months. I must say, that was indeed tough. But that would not stop me from thinking that there will be more tough challenges in the near future.

This was what got me thinking for the past week:

I just don't understand, as to why some bastards love to abuse and mistreat people, attempting to make them lose their sanity and later..rot in the ground. They should learn to keep it to themselves and learn to see 'Black & white'. I don't see why they should always need to give the 'Cold shoulder' whenever they have the chance....stressful. Of course, those who are victims of that treatment would wonder; Are these people not happy with their lives? Do they hunger for 'Authority' to feel much superior? Or maybe these people are just inferior of what they are in general?

Should the mistreated give these people the 'Don't f*ck around with me' attitude an option? Or should we stay silent and walkaway like the typical Chinese school boy/girl mentality that we CAN be? *no offence to Chinese school educated people here*. As much as you may think that it's easy for me to conjure and convey these kind of messages, it also makes me ponder sometimes about my writing just for the sake of thinking out loud. I'm human too, come on :P . Anyways, I'll continue.....

Someone told me this once, quite a while back,"Endure the shit you get from people. Sooner or later, they'll appreciate your tolerance for their displeasure. And they'll treat you better on the long run."

Sorry, I've done that a long time ago and it doesn't work. I guess Phil Anselmo (Pantera) was right from the phrase of their song 'Domination' regarding these 'Animals'

,
"Agony is the price

That you'll pay in the end


Domination consumes you


Then calls you a friend


It's a twisted fall"



Always...ALWAYS! Watch your back as much as you can. Even though you would passively get abused by these 'Animals', don't let it reach at the dangerous peak point of 'Havoc'. If it goes out of hand, you have the option of telling them,"Leave me the F*ck alone!."

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

In Waves, everybody!

Yesterday was like Christmas morning as my sister woke me up like crazy and told me that there was a parcel delivered to me via DHL. I immediately knew what it was. Got out of my bed with a pair of blurry eyes and rushed downstairs to grab and open my parcel. And there it was...

The 3 over weeks of waiting was finally over....


Can you guys now scream; "IN WAAAVVEESSSS!"?

Indeed, this has got to be one of Trivium's best albums ever produced! A must buy for Trivium fans anywhere! The sweet thing about the special edition package I pre-ordered 3 weeks back was that it includes; a Special Edition CD/DVD pack and a Merchandise T-Shirt.

The DVD features: The making of the album, Live performances of the band in the Chapman studios, 5 extra tracks, and the Official Music Video 'In Waves'.

The tracks in the album are indeed mind blowing! Trivium has finally found their own sound and style that can be heard and identified in this album.

My favourite tracks in the album are; 'In Waves', 'Built to fall', 'Inception of the end', 'Black' and 'Watch the world burn'.

Trivium have indeed outdone themselves very well in this album; both Technically and Musically. Their musicianship from then till now has improved greatly.

What are you waiting for? Get your copy of 'In Waves' now!!! :D

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Never knew this day would come..

The day has come...for the first time in my 21 years...I'm finally wearing glasses!










Well, it ain't so bad. I only need to wear glasses when I'm facing in front of the TV or PC. Other than that, I can do without.

All this while I thought I was the only one in the 'Cheah' family who would never EVER wear glasses and thinking that I would have ; fresh, no-issue, fine eyes for life....I was wrong..

Yes..Mummy, Papa and Krystyn had to wear glasses at some point of time in their life. But today was my turn. *jeng jeng jeng*...


But that's life. You'll never know what to expect. Good thing I can accept my current condition and would want to make an effort in improving my eye sight. Currently dealing with this optical defect called 'Astigmatism'. I guess it takes time, till it could be resolved..maybe...




TAADAA!!




Monday, July 25, 2011

Do I end this all for the world to see?

Life's a drift..no? When the tides of hardship is so strong, sometimes you wonder why the pace of this world is so fast. It sucks, yes. If only your contemporaries can just shut the hell up and listen and acknowledge your doubts and concerns about the obstacles of your life. Maybe they could end up finding a solution to your problems. Wouldn't life be much easier to live with. No?

I guess some (or perhaps most) of us like the idea of drifting with other people's opinions, without questioning or voicing out opinions of our own. Maybe it is to avoid a bloodbath conflict amongst our family, friends or colleagues? Then whats our purpose in life? To grow to lead people? Or to grow to follow people?

I guess it takes two to tango to understand each and every individual better. But most of us don't like to be on the side of Wrong whilst having a strong sense of justification to put up. That's just screwed up.

Then where's the trust in each other as individuals, if this major flaw persists? A valid opinion then can't be reached out, because some bad listeners tend to have this screwed up habit of saying, "Oh, don't tell me. I don't wanna hear it.". Then fine, you'll never know what the problem is, and the problems just keep coming after you. Screw you..

I guess we're just a bunch of ignorant drifters? I'd rather be a drifting endeavor of life than a drifting couch potato douche. In waves...in waves....

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Through Struggle..

Been a long time since I last posted something on this blog. Either I don't have much to say from my head or I've lost the spirit in blogging. Nevertheless, here's my first post of the year. YAY! -_-"

Now, what have I been up to all this time? Well, for starters, I've been busy dealing with loads of TV commercials during my time as a 'Trainee Sound Editor'....now is my time to work harder and get my brain to work out the 'creative juices' to challenge myself to be a better Sound Engineer

Based on my 'Cynical, Self-degrading/Bashing & Sarcastic' input from the 1st and 2nd Paragraph, it seems that Life hates me, while I'm trying to love 'Life' and bear with some of its incurable quirks. Wonders of the Universe eh? Sometimes, I even question myself, "Why does life suck so bad as I get older?"

Maybe its because, the responsibilities become bigger as I grow older? Or maybe this world is just infested with too many assholes who happen to appear into our lives and never fail to put on a 'clown show' for us to be pissed at. There is just too much to bear.

But for the past 4 years, I believe that I've grown a lot. And of course, there's a lot more to learn ahead. A lot of people have told me this,"Aiya, you're 21 this year. Still young! Go ahead and enjoy your life!". Yeah, and with a blink of an eye...I'll be in my mid-20s! :S

And I'm living inside my head, thinking..

-Will I ever make enough money, so that I can afford my own house by 25?
-Will I ever get married before I'm 30? *Although its not important to me now*
-Will I EVER be financially stable when I'm set off on my own someday?

Sure? Maybe? Dunno..

Some of you may think its a tad early to be thinking about all these things. But whats wrong with having big goals right? Whats the rush? Maybe I realized that I should not take 'Time' for granted?

Ever since I started working... seeing a lot of my peers still studying in college, I sometimes feel that I've missed out a lot on my youth, due to the heavy commitment to my 9-5 job. I actually feel that I'm growing up too fast. I'd hate to say that I'm an 'Upcoming working adult', but seeing myself dealing with my; daily expenses and credit card bills and etc...I think the signs show. But, I should also realize that nobody actually pushed me into this kind of lifestyle, but me.

I struggle with this lifestyle of mine. Yes, I just said it...'Struggle'. But I knew I had to face it someday. If not, then when? But of course, everybody has to face it one day. But I believe I don't regret it. Because each and every one of us has a different road to take....




only through struggle have i found rest
with a piece of me taken away
i begin to understand
hollow out this machine like chest
with its gears that turn to make me feel
and assembled thoughts that fade away

only through struggle have i found rest
only through struggle have i found rest

remove from me
this deception that i called love
that i called love

with its gears that turn to make me feel
and assembled thoughts that fade away

remove from me
this deception that i called love
that i called love

only through struggle have i found rest
with a piece of me taken away
i begin to understand
i begin to understand
i begin to understand