Archive for July, 2012
This weekend was another filled with concerts and drinks, oh good times! Directly after having an extremely stressful day at work on friday I headed over to Amsterdam to visit a friend. We went to her place so she could feed her kitten and ofcourse we played with the adorable little bugger a bit and had a drink or 2. Then we went to a metal-/rockbar which I love; The Cave in Amsterdam. It’s one of the very very few bars where they play real metal and as a result of that; metalheads hang out at. They also have live bands playing regularly and I’ve not heard one that wasn’t actually really good there.
So we ended up staying there until 4am when they sadly closed. So we grabbed a taxi and went back to her place and.. well, I can’t really remember but I think we had some more drinks and suddenly it was 7:30 and we decided to sleep. The next morning I woke up lying against her with my arm around her, which was nice except for the fact that I had said I’d meet a friend in another town 20 minutes from that time. So eh, I sorta headed out a little after that and made my way to Utrecht to meet up /w a friend who at that point in time had been waiting for over an hour for me.
Once I got there I expected a punch in the face or something, instead I got greeted with a hug. After apologizing, a sigh from her and a mean look, all was fine.. somehow. So we went into town and went to Tivoli De Helling to see some bands. The first of which was Formalin, which… I found boring and rather ridiculous. The thing that got to me was the ‘drummer’, the second guy on stage who drummed on a small electronic drumkit… but all the songs were so slow-paced he was just standing there most of the time and looked absolutely ridiculous.
Then we decided to get some food since I hadn’t eaten yet and we ran into a lot of people that she knew so we ended up talking for a good time and it was really fun talking to all of them. I expected to get some shit dressing as a metalhead, but no such thing. Alternative is alternative, but I don’t think that even mattered (much). It’s kind of awesome seeing the mixes of Metal, Punk, Gothic, Lolita and Cyber(goth) there. But oh lordy, the photographers.. they were everywhere. Not that I blame them as you don’t see so many people dressed up like that too often. So lots of eyecandy and there was even some nice folk music playing in the background.
After that we headed back to Tivoli De Helling to see Aesthetic Perfection. I had listened to some of their songs and definitely liked what I had heard. Their live performance was really good and I have no problem recommending them to people. A plus point was that they actually had a real drummer, who was even quite good and played with some real force! This ensured that it felt a lot more lively and got people going as well. After aesthetic it was time for Straftanz which seemed rather popular. However, I couldn’t get into it and found the general attitude of the 2 vocalists annoying; they were quite full of themselves. Nevertheless; we watched most of their show and then headed back over to the market and ended up talking to some more people after we grabbed a bite to eat.
Then it was time for the real music to start though as next up was Nachtmahr. I had been seeing quite some people in specific outfits, or people with this “N”-symbol, which were of Nachtmahr. I can totally see why though as they put up a great show! Their theme I can say might get them into trouble in some countries, including their looks as they’re all around the Nazi’s. The singer wearing a long coat with some medals and having a very hitler-esque look. But it’s fine with me, it’s all a game/act, though my friend expected me to have a stronger reaction to them.
At the end of Nachtmahr though, the concerthall had become so incredibly hot that me and I think everybody inside of it had become soaked in sweat and the moment of getting outside felt godly as it was rather nice out at that time since it was in the evening. Cooling down a little and talking to some people I met before was fun, but it was time for the final real band of the night, Combichrist. Going back into the hall was not a fun experience, but they had opened up the top floor so people could go there, which I guess spread people a bit more. Not that it had any effect on it being way too fucking hot, but I guess it was something.
Combichrist started late, but I have to say that they really did make up for it in the show which was.. amazing. Even as someone who had maybe heard one or two songs by them beforehand, this was amazing. I had heard good thing about them beforehand, but that’s it really. It all proved to be true as they fucked about on stage, interacted with the crowd and seemed to constantly trash the stage. I swear they had 1 or 2 crewmembers there just to put things in the place again, which they often didn’t let them even do.
I have to say that I loved the hell out of Combichrist and despite it being grossly hot, the 90 minute-ish show flew by in the blink of an eye. I liked them so much I even grabbed one of their shirts, something I never expected I would do! Combine that with seeing all these alternative people, the (cyber)goths… yes, I had a terrific weekend!
Some days of work after my United States/Canada holiday, on the friday I was leaving again to go to Germany for a festival. This hardly left me time to unpack and pack and the jetlag also had me a bit worried. So my friend was coming to my town as she lives on the opposite site of the festival from where I live, so that made sense.
So she got here (late… but hey, the public transport is weird around the 4 days’ marches) and we somehow missed eachother at the platform. So she walked to my building and as I walked back there I saw my boss leave the building and see her standing there. Somehow, those 2 meeting and my boss pointing at me was very scary.. it’s like 2 different parts of my life colliding all of a sudden.
So I drove us over to Germany and we had sadly missed some bands we both wanted to see, but that’s what you get if you still have to work. But we set up our tent and quickly moved to the festival area where In Flames was playing. They played a good show and it’s actually a nice way to start a festival.
After that we sat around a bit and had a couple of drinks and then proceeded to go to the afterparty until they asked people to leave around… 2 or 3am. Then we walked out where the bus was supposed to still be, but nope… instead, taxi’s. There was a group of people standing there and we ended up talking to them for a bit and they had some weed which they all did, but me.. so after that we took a taxi to the camping.
I say we took a taxi, but she hardly remembers that and definitely not anything after that. She was seriously tripping and I had to drag her back to the tent and lay her down there and she immediately fell asleep in some seconds so I figured I’d at least throw a sleeping bag over her. That night I really didn’t get much of any sleep, I was just lying awake and maybe picked up an hour or 2 of sleep in total.
So the next day we went and saw a bunch more bands among others: Mr. Irish Bastard, Alestorm, Legion of the Damned, Skindred, Overkill, Amorphis, Sabaton and Hatebreed. All I can say about that day is that it was awesome. The bands were great and the atmosphere was really amazing among the crowd. So after Hatebreed was done we decided we’d go to the camping directly this time as we had quite a stock of drinks with us so we sat down at one of the benches and ended up talking throughout the whole night, getting wasted in the process, good times.
On the sunday I had actually gotten some hours of sleep… well, around 4 I think. So I woke up fine and dandy, unlike the missus who woke up with a bad hangover. This day though the festival wasn’t outside but in the concerthall that was right next to the area, which is a bit weird. It did help give the bands more “oomph” though due to the nature of the hall, which would’ve been great for some of the bands. In fact, they could’ve easily made it bigger by making that hall the 3rd stage of the festival and placing thrash/deathmetal bands there.
Anyway, we ended up seeing Biohazard, Powerwolf, Thin Lizzy, Royal Republic and Ignite. That’s mainly because we didn’t care for the first couple of bands and just ended up chilling at the camping as a lot of people were doing. Getting there buzzed from some vodka-slushies and other drinks was nice as well. After powerwolf had played, I was already happy with the day, they’re simply such a good (live)band. Seeing Royal Republic was amazing, they basically ooze fun on-stage. They fuck around, mocking themselves about being a rock band on a metal festival and started randomly playing some Slayer and Metallica in the middle of songs even!
After Ignite ended at around 1am after Thin Lizzy was 45min late and everything got pushed back, we headed for the camping to finish with more drunken talking which as always with good company is fun. It was actually one of those moments when you learn to know someone from a completely different side. So good times were had and once it was nearly 7am we figured we should go get some sleep.
In short then: It was a terrific weekend filled with good times, good company and lots of booze.
So my trip over to the States is a week at this point in time as I simply didn’t have time to really start writing even a small summary. Life’s been hectic and full of good times. So my holiday consisted of going to the United States followed by Canada.
So it started off rather funnily with me checking in at Amsterdam (Schiphol Airport) and being told that I had been red-flagged and the reason for that was that I was flying into the US but was flying out from Canada, which the US authority then didn’t see. So that troubled them and I had to explain that and after 3 repeats of me saying the same thing; they believed it and I was good to go.
So the boring 2.5 hour and 5.5 hour flights aside, I landed in New York JFK and I certainly wasn’t expecting it to feel like such an oven. But it did feel like that and I immediately started sweating my balls off, that’s something that barely changed during my time in New York, at least during the day.
When I got to the place I was staying at, it was night (9.30-ish) and it was in the middle of Brooklyn and I managed to walk around the wrong block so I meandered around a little and since it was friday it did give me a fun look at the neighborhood… which was very ‘hood’. People hanging out on the steps in front of their apartment buildings everywhere and hanging around the deli’s on the corners. It was like walking through a stereotypical Hollywood movie, just marking off stereotypes.
Other than that; the hostel was fun, the people there as well and we ended up doing some stuff together such as going to the statue of liberty and going to a Yankees game. I also saw Central Park and the Empire State Building among other things. It all ended up back at the hostel drinking some with the people there all but 1 of the days, which was fun as we went up to the roof and it’d be cool up there and you’d get a decent view as well.
Then I moved on to Boston to visit a friend and his friend. While over there I went over to a little marsh for a quick nature walk and also visited a gunrange where I shot a Ruger “22, an M4 and an AK47. I have to say that it was really startling at first due to the sheer loudness, even with hearing protection on. But you get used to it and it’s really just a ton of fun and an experience I really won’t forget. We also watched fireworks twice, on the 3rd and 4th of July and had a bunch of drinks of course.
I also went to visit MIT which I found really cool to see and see the atmosphere there especially. Also spoke to some people there and it was a lot of fun. I also briefly walked around Harvard which was completely boring and lackluster, must be my inner-techie going “Hmph”.
I also went to the beach (Revere Beach, to be specific) which was fun and very nice with the temperature there. However I got horribly burnt there, all over really which caused me to be in a lot of pain for pretty much the remainder of my holiday and past that. I really do wish I would’ve stayed there a lot shorter, despite me using strong sunscreen.
So I visited the falls, which I originally didn’t know was the border between the US and Canada. So I obviously visited the Canadian side of it as that’s the only real side as for as tourism is concerned. It’s pretty funny seeing the people near the falls, as the water’s coming down after rising up and it’s randomly “raining” around it. It can actually get a good distance as well. Sure it’s nice to look at for a little while, but even in the dark(which I waited for) it’s… I don’t know, still kind of meh.
So the next leg of my trip got me way up north at Algonquin Park, which is a big provincial park and it’s something I’d never seen before. First of all; it’s bloody huge. Driving around it is like driving through big chunks of my country. But ofcourse you could only get to a tiny part of it by car, but I had hired a lodge at one of the many lakes there which I’d do again in a heartbeat. it was comfy, yet luxurious, the food was great and the personnel really polite. It really was one of the most comfortable and most beautiful experiences in my life. It was exactly what I needed I think as you can’t really get any further from civilization or so it feels.
It’s something that I can’t even explain in words or with pictures.. you just have to go there!
So then for my final step of the journey, I traveled south to Toronto and then eastward to Kingston, a “little” town near Ontario lake. I visited a friend there and explored some of the surroundings as well, though I also just cruised around the coast, which was lovely as it’s not something I’m used to doing. Then on my last day I went on the 1000 islands cruise which is well, pretty much what it sounds like. It’s a cruise that takes you around the Ontario lake and around a lot of little islands which was very nice to see, also funny to see the nationalism(flags everywhere), and it’s definitely a good way to spend the day.
If you want to see some pictures that I uploaded, click this tag.
So it’s time for another steam summer sale. The third one now, which started later than people expected. It started during my holiday over in North America, or more specifically while I was in Canada.
I wanted to buy Alice: Madness Return and Might & Magic – Clash of Heroes when they were on flash or daily deals, however steam wouldn’t let me buy them as it kept erroring on initializing the payment. So I ended up missing those deals sadly.
So my purchases this year have been:
- Serious Sam 3: BFE
- The Walking Dead
- Europa Universalis 3 Complete
- Penny Arcade’s on the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3
- Ys The Oath in Felghana
- Crysis 2
- Pendulo Adventure Pack
Runaway: A road adventure
Runaway: The dream of the turtle
Runaway: A twist of fate
The Next BIG Thing
- Stronghold 3 Gold
- Indie Bundle VI
AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome
Ticket to Ride
- Jagged Alliance: Back In Action ( Gifted to me, cheers Sami!)
- Simcity 4 Deluxe
- Thief Gold, Thief 2, Thief: Deadly Shadows
- Indie Bundle VII
Avadon: The Black Fortress
Dungeons of Dredmor
Total damage done: 110.34 euro