Thank you, @Thraeg! I am really loving the quality I am pulling out of my new S9+. I’m still nowhere in the same zip code as a ballpark of a true photographer given my poor composition, timing, etc., but it’s been fun having a higher quality camera with me at these shows to help create some lasting memories. With my lack of visual/aural imagination, the pix and videos are my best way to hanging onto these moments. . . and sharing them with y’all :)
Alrighty, some shots from the show last night at a tiny brewery venue.
Place has a pretty cool vibe, TBH, even if their sound system is shit-fuck terrible.
The Brewery Shotz
One of my favorite albums from last year was Aeternam’s Ruins of Empires, and they didn’t disappoint playing live. I got a really shite video of “Damascus Gate” :-D
Ghost Ship Octavius
I hadn’t heard much from these guys ahead of the show, but knew that they had some vox that were almost Jorn Lande-esque. They did not disappoint, though my buddy Richard was sad they didn’t douse the audience in faux-snow like they did on 70k Tons of Metal. I did catch a drumstick from them with my face, but gave it to Richard, since he was a big fan :)
Ghost Ship Octavius shotz
A band I’ve tried over and over to get into over the years (I even really dig the middle eastern folk metal vibes of other groups like Myrath), but just couldn’t get a handle on until their latest album, 2018’s Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs. Hansi probably helped out with that. Nonetheless, learning a little more about their mission of togetherness and the struggles they’ve faced was pretty inspiring, and their stage presence was absolutely mesmerizing. Awesome set.
Orphaned Land Shotz
I fucking love Tyr, as I’m sure that both @AdamB and @CraigM can attest to. Finally, finally, finally getting to see them live was genuinely gonna be one of the highlights of my year. . . until the goddamned speakers failed and we lost basically everything except for bass and drums for the last 60% of their set. Ughhhh. But their energy, charisma, talent, and badassery came through nonetheless. . . along with some really funny moments, like when they donned cowboy hats, played “Born in the USA,” and said “Darn tootin’” a lot.