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Metal On Metal Festival in Ulft

If I am not mistaken this is the 2nd time that this festival is being organised in the Dru Cultuur Fabriek in Ulft in the east of the Netherlands. Almost 500 people had bothered to show up and check out a handful of tribute bands such as Unforgiven and The Art Of Pantera, but also Pro Pain, Hell and Destruction. And for these last three yours truly had flown across the pond to shoot them for Metal Forces.

We arrived late so we managed to catch about 20 odd minutes of Pro Pain who had a good sound, and I like the but not a very good light show, almost every light was positioned behind the band.

Little did I know that things got worse, much worse, from a photographic p.o.v. I and a few other shooters were on one wave length when it came to the quality of the overall imagery as a result of the way the lighting had been setup. Most disturbing part was that the ceiling in the hall was filled to the brim with cans that just hung dormant….

Hell was next, the band and I had especially travelled for. The first 5-6 songs had no meat to it at all. Vocals sounded thin and guitars on their background and only when vocalist David Bower changed from his head set to a handheld mic did things improve. But the band also used a lot of bursts of smoke, about 30 times did they use this effect during their set and this which turned the room into a scene from the film The Fog. I kid you not….. I wanted to know when they were gigging next or the new album release date and no information was available at all. But a few days after this show they posted on FB that the gigs will be for what they were and that all focus will be on the third album. Great, I cannot wait for one and look forward to its release.

Destruction I saw in 1985 last when Stefan Schipper and I visited them in 1985 when they played along with Kreator in Kaatsheuvel. We, took some funny pictures with fake noses and moustaches, when Destruction were a 4 piece.

This time Schmier and co had not lost their power, actually their sound packed a serious punch and yours truly ended up banging his head a few times, I actually had to tell myself to stay pro for a lil’ while longer.

Light wise however it ended up looking like a CIA controlled LSD experiment, I kid you not. The chick behind the lighting desk treated the sliders on her mixing desk without any form of precision, just an utter barrage of rear positioned lighting at its fiercest setting. Simply unreal and pretty much to capture anything of quality from a photographic view.

You can see more photos at the Metal Forces site.

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Scanning my metal archive

So I finally decided to start scanning my metal archive (I think Gerd-Jan Vleugels’ passing made me get my finger out I suppose), the large majority being from 1982-1987.

Quite an undertaking, I am looking at having to scan in about 1,500-2,000 images from which I will have to edit it down to about 10/20% of that for the forth coming metal book, I doubt this will be out before X-Mas more like summer 2014. So far I scanned in Saxon from 1985, Metallica in 1984, Black Lace in 1985, Venom 1984 and Alaska (Bernie Marsden’s band). Thank goodness I never made a career out of this because I would probably hung myself in the shed, the amount to scan now in at higher resolutions is daunting as it is already.

Going through the folders I see there’s some stuff missing, like Metallica at Aardschok (some wicked b&w shots, I do have a handfull of color ones), Slayer in 1985, Twisted Sister in 1984, Manowar 1984, Anvil from 1983, Judas Priest from 1984, Gary Moore, Whitesnake, Dio 1983 and 1984 and some more, I feel gutted considering how much is gone, and I have no idea where it is, unless Stefan Schipper has been holding back on me 🙂 I managed to retrieve Armored Saint and Savatage shots from the Dynamo Open Air show from his studio in Vriezenveen a couple of years ago.

Another thing I have noticed is how easy it is shooting digital at concerts, back then I was a teenager and I could afford one, perhaps two rolls of film and the processing/printing, now you just whack out 150 frames and it is only time invested, hence clients thinking it costs bugger all, yeah right!!!

I shall post some outtakes here and there, time allowing. I will also work on some text, as there are plenty of anecdotes that deserve a mention.

Going to Holland in about two weeks time, looking forward to that.

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Jeff Hanneman RIP

Been reading that Jeff Hanneman has passed away due to liver failure at the age of 49. Far too early of course, I remember chatting with him and the rest of the band Slayer back in 1985 on the Hell Awaits tour, and although he did not say a lot, what he did say was funny and made us all roar with laughter.

Here is a page from Metallo, an Italian  magazine, I cannot find the original negative at this point, perhaps Stefan Schipper can sort me with a print 😉

 

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