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4th-Mar-2013 12:01 am - Oh how we've grown...
Charcoal, Chalk
So at Age of Iron today, including 3 of the refs and one dedicated crew, there were 30 people.  This was considered a low turnout.

Were there ever that many people on site at a Shadovald event?

York larp has become a pretty big thing over the last decade.  I'm not sure if we'll have quite the same numbers for the second year of Age of Iron, as there are a few who might break free of the clutches of York, but we'll still have quite a lot of people.  It's been awesome so far, and I'm sure it's only going to get better!
21st-Dec-2012 03:30 am - Topical Music Spam
Charcoal, Chalk
A Beautiful Start to the End of the World - The Clan Destined

Melancholy Emperor, from Cathedral's Endtyme

The Cleansing - Alabama Thunderpussy

Doomsday - Nero (more wub wub than the other stuff)

Armageddon - Pagan Altar

Apocalyptic Riders - Reverend Bizarre

The Last Embrace - Spirit Caravan

Dying Earth - The Sword

A New Dawn Rising - Spiritual Beggars

Y'know, maybe tomorrow's just another day?
22nd-Nov-2012 06:29 pm - Happy Thanksgiving!
Charcoal, Chalk
On this day, at approximately 5pm, many thanks were given for all the hard work I've been doing, but unfortunately my services would no longer be required and effective from the end of today, my contract would be terminated.

Not that I wasn't expecting that to happen somewhere along the line, with the way things have been going, but they could have given me a bit more notice, right?
Charcoal, Chalk
Work has been going fairly well recently, but this week I've had periods of not having much to do (mostly because the projects I've been working on are multi-disciplinary jobs and we're waiting on other teams to get their stuff finished before things can move on, especially the signalling people).

Now, because of this lull in work, I was meant to be helping out with a different project.  However, it seems the surveying team have 'let us down' (I think they surveyed the wrong platform at York station) and so that job isn't going ahead as it relied upon getting the survey info.

The result of all this was that this afternoon I was called into a meeting, and presented with the 'option' of only working a 3 day week next week, with my hours being reviewed on a weekly basis until more stuff to do appears.  This totally sucks.  Ok, it means I'll have more time to write AoI downtime responses, but I don't get paid for that...
28th-Sep-2012 01:00 am - Returning the gesture...
Charcoal, Chalk
May I suggest a trip to Witch Mountain?

What about Into the Lair of the Sun God?

If you go to Witch Mountain, you'll probably encounter some Witchcraft

Or perhaps pay a visit to the Baroness?

Or pop into Hell's hottest joint and check out the Diablo Swing Orchestra

Just hurry up and decide where to Pilot the Dune!

13th-Jul-2012 12:46 am - Show and Tell
Charcoal, Chalk
I figured it's about time I brush away the virtual dust and post more links to stuff here.

From down Mexico way we have Spacegoat.  I don't speak Spanish, but they sound awesome so it doesn't really matter.  Also from around those parts are the Mystica Girls, who are a) better than I was expecting, and b) smokin' hot!

My interpretation of the video that accompanies Huntress' Eight of Swords is that in the land of Skyrim, heavy metal beats tarot.

Jess and the Ancient Ones' Sulfur Giants has a gentle 2 minute intro, then guitars that remind me of Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds kick in and all is awesome.

If you're wondering where all the excessively heavy stuff went, have no fear - Black Shape of Nexus are here!

Leading the Heraldic Templar Metal crusade is Sir Jaldaboath.  Harken to this tale of adventure in which he battles the Wailing Witch of Moulsecoomb (or click if you've ever wondered what you'd get if you mixed Enter Sandman and the Eastenders theme).

Old favourites Grand Magus and Orange Goblin recently released new albums too :)

I think finally, I should post some Bal Sagoth.  This is in no way a sneaky promo for Age of Iron.  Not at all...
The Splendour Of A Thousand Swords Gleaming Beneath The Blazon Of The Hyperborean Empire
The Dark Liege Of Chaos Is Unleashed At The Ensorcelled Shrine Of A'zura Kai (The Splendour Of A Thousand Swords Gleaming Beneath The Blazon Of The Hyperborean Empire Part 2)
Cry Havoc For Glory, And The Annihilation Of The Titans Of Chaos (The Splendour Of A Thousand Swords Gleaming Beneath The Blazon Of The Hyperborean Empire Part 3)

Song titles so mighty they slay your keyboard!
19th-May-2012 12:27 am - Revenge of the Werewomb
Charcoal, Chalk
I have no idea what is going on in this video.  Also, I can't place it, but something seems incredibly off about the whole song.  Maybe it would help if I could figure out what the guy was singing about.

While I'm on the subject, check this out: Ozzy Osbourne is a mechanical spider.  And then it gets weirder.

Now for something more visually boring but aurally fantastic.  Witchcraft's Chylde of Fire

I'm not sure where to go next, so I'm just going to link to Alestorm

And I've just remembered that I've still not seen Cradle of Fear.  I need to fix that...
Charcoal, Chalk
Enter the Metal World of Battle Beast.  I hear it's a place where only two things matter: Justice and Metal.  The surprising part is thay don't sound like Manowar.

Another band with their own spin on 'true' heavy metal is 3 Inches of Blood.  Here's a couple of tracks from their latest album:

Metal Woman
Leather Lord

Now I sometimes describe them as the heavy metal Bee Gees (due to the vocals).  They're not though, because these guys ARE the heavy metal Bee Gees!

Have I linked to anything by Grand Magus recently?  I don't think so.  Have some Savage Tales.  Make it known!  Let Mountains Be My Throne.

Y'know, Tragedy remind me of something.  Just who were those Ten Masked Men?

Charcoal, Chalk
Mercyful Fate   - A Corpse Without Soul
                       - Curse of the Pharaohs
                       - Doomed By The Living Dead

Candlemass    - Mirror Mirror
                      - A Sorcerer's Pledge
                      - Bewitched  This has a wonderfully cheesy intro, and check out Messiah Marcolin's moves!

This next one isn't from the 80's or Scandinavia but I'm going to post it because a) It's awesome and b) Features even worse better moves courtesy of Lee Dorrian.  You guessed it - Cathedral - Hopkins (The Witchfinder General).  Best. Video. Ever.

That's a science fact!

I've just checked and it turns out Stormwitch are actually from Germany, not Sweden as I thought...  I blame Hammerfall.  Fans of the latter may recognise this, and I'm also going to link Walpurgis Night and Priest of Evil.

Since we seem to have shifted to Germany let's leave the 80's, turn up the bass and participate in the Samsara Blues Experiment.

Beware.  The sound quality of the following isn't great, but it's still a good song.  Metal Inquisitor take on Macbeth with Thane of Cowder.  Did I mention Resistance is Futile?

Something to listen to while you Bash the Bishop?  More silliness from Jaldaboath, who isn't German, so we've jumped again.  If It Ain't Broke, Break It.

So ends Another Fine Mess

8th-Mar-2012 08:07 pm - Corpsecycle
Charcoal, Chalk
So it seems that the project I'm working on at Network Rail just got a load of extra stuff added to it, and the Civils team as a whole has another urgent project that needs to be completed by June and needs more staff.  Result: my contract has been extended til June.  This is totally a good thing.
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