Friends, minions, lackies; your Mistress of Light Darkness and Dark Light has returned with more words of wisdom to bestow upon you, before we descend into the uncertain cavern that shall be named 2013.
If someone with broken English is happy to see you at a gig, don’t make eye contact.
If some person with broken English tries to proposition you about your reasons for being at a gig, don’t make eye contact. Or rather, do make eye contact, but try not to freak out if you can’t understand a thing he’s saying (or if he’s speculating right o your face your actual motives for being there).
Black Sabbath lawyers jokes are not funny – they are fact.
Take a ball of red thread with you for big, indoor festivals. Bread crumbs will only get smooshed into the plastic flooring.
If some idiot grabs your arse and makes you so uncomfortable that you miss a band playing that song you’ve wanted to see live for ages – don’t get angry. Just put out a search warrant for their capture, so that they can be pelted with hoards of rotten, soft vegetables and fruit (these are the hardest to wash out, after all).
2012 has been an… interesting year, to say the least. It wasn’t without its downsides, but it also wasn’t without its high points.
As a whole, 2012 marks the year when
*Keith Deen, the original vocalist of speed metal band Holy Terror lost against cancer (for those of you who like your speed raw and energetic, it might also interest you to check out Holy Terror from the US)
*Mike Scaccia died doing what he loved – playing guitar during a Rigor Mortis show
*Thin Lizzy decided to stop making music under their name, in respect to Phil Lynott
*After a few years with the band, Robert Lowe has finally left Candlemass, due to issues over their live performances.
*And of course… one of the biggest musical fiascos in a while (see above commentary regarding lawyers).
But this was also a year when
*Pentagram made another return to the UK, for live shows
*new friends were made, in scenes near and far
*Asphyx released ‘Deathhammer’
*the spirit and brotherhood of heavy metal stayed alive and well, despite the odds
*a friend, after leaving her old job at Terrorizer, set off to start a new ‘zine of her own, Iron Fist
So now the clock has passed and by the time you read this, it’s now 2013. I hope that you all will have a brilliant year, and remember to keep the scene alive. Go to live shows, buy albums, buy merchandise, just support bands and be there, in person. If you can’t be there, still support them and buy their albums.
I wish you a a Happy New Year. May it rock.