ferrumaeternum: (spinal tap)
After many months of hard work, Dybbuk played their first show on August 20th at Vnuk’s Lounge in Cudahy. Sam’s parents and brother were in town for his daughter’s 5th birthday, so they also came to the show. Matt drove all the way down from Watertown, so Sam ended up driving them with a car full of equipment to the venue. It was nice to finally meet their vocalist. Like most of Sam’s other friends, he was a lot of fun to hang out with, had a really positive attitude, and a good sense of humor. There wasn’t room for Elizabeth or Sam’s brother in Sam’s car, so I picked them up from their place before heading over to Vnuk’s. Things were really chaotic with everyone there and we all ended up being late. Luckily the band made it in time for their sound check! We would have arrived shortly after them, but the venue didn’t have a sign. :/ After driving up and down the main drag a few times, Sam’s brother called to get the address.


The show itself was really great. You never would have guessed that it was their first time onstage. Sam and Auggie seemed a little stiff and didn’t move around much, but they do a lot of technical guitar playing, so I think it will take a bit of practice before they develop a good stage presence while maintaining the quality of their playing. It was kind of funny that they were the opening band, yet Eric had the biggest drum kit out of all the bands. It was tucked away really far back on the stage so I didn’t get a lot of shots of him. I’m going to make an effort to get some at their next gig in October. I was glad to see that John got brave toward the end of the set and came up to the front. One of the last songs had a fantastic bass lead, so it was great timing. Matt has played in an ‘80s cover band before, so he was a complete natural onstage. I wish he had more time to write some lyrics for their songs because it seemed like he was only doing vocals half the time. His growl sounds as good as his clean vocals and did a great job communicating with the crowd between songs. There were only about 20 people there, but as their set went on, the applause got louder, which is definitely a good thing. A couple of the old-school death metal guys complained because Matt didn’t use only growled vocals, but that’s their loss for being so close-minded. The band has been working on a cover of Iron Maiden’s “Only the Good Die Young” and I hope to hear it next month! They only had half an hour to play this time, and who knows how much time they’ll get at the next show.

The first four photos are before the show started. Elizabeth, Sam’s brother, and I arrived during the sound check. Then Sam’s parents showed up, and his dad was buying everyone tropical drinks. XD Speaking of drinks, the reason the guys have x’s on their hands is so they could get free drinks. However, there was a catch they didn’t know about where 40 people (not including the bands) had to show up for them to be free. There weren’t 40 people at the bar because it had been storming all afternoon and evening. Sam and Auggie ended up getting some for free, but the rest of the band didn’t.

+ 22 photos )

We only stuck around to see Face of Ruin after Dybbuk. Their vocalist recently left the band, so it was an instrumental death metal set. Beth said the band playing after them sucked and no one wanted to wait to see the headliner, so we went back to her house.

After the band got all their equipment unloaded after the show, Sam and his brother, Elizabeth, Matt, and I went to get dinner and celebrate at Ma Fischer’s on the east side. Sam paid for everyone’s meal, so I’m glad I just decided to get water and $2’s worth of French toast because I didn’t have much money left. I didn’t get into the show for free because I wasn’t married to anyone in the band. :/ I probably could have got in free if everyone didn’t wait until the last minute to take showers because we originally planned on driving to the venue at the same time. That way I would have been able to enter through the back with the band. Oh well.

Dybbuk is currently trying to get the opening slot before Blackguard at the Kamelot show later in September and I’m crossing my fingers they’ll get it. It would be nice to get in for free and hang out backstage. I have a bad feeling that boring Urn band from Chicago will end up playing, though. Sam and I are also working on getting some t-shirts screen printed with their logo on it.

I can’t wait to go to this new medieval bar/restaurant called The Stone Sword on the south side this Friday to celebrate my birthday and Elizabeth’s! I’ll be 22 tomorrow and she’ll be 26 on Saturday. :D
ferrumaeternum: (hallowed be thy name)
There’s still much I need to post about that’s happened in the past few weeks, but DYBBUK’S MYSPACE LAYOUT IS DONE! :D

I’m not sure if Sam has figured out the HTML that will align the links properly in Internet Explorer yet, but it looks fine in Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome, so feel free to check it out if you’re using one of those! I don’t know if the header will look weird while he’s working on the links, but he’s an IT engineer, so I trust him. It looks okay in Opera, though the sections on the left overlap the ones on the right a little bit. There’s nothing that can really be done about that as far as I know, but at least it’s not too bad. I also wish I could find a code that actually gets rid of that annoying Google search bar, but I’ve had no luck after trying for days. Otherwise, I’m really happy with how it turned out, considering it's my first MySpace layout.



MYSPACE.COM/DYBBUKUS

Before I started designing the layout, Sam requested that he would like it to be inspired by Katatonia’s MySpace, which explains some of my design decisions. Of course, there will be new layouts in the future as the band evolves. I’ve already agreed to create some promotional graphics for the page once their EP is released this fall. Sam and Matt both like minimal design, so I tried to keep it that way by leaving out a background image. (Matt has a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, but doesn’t know web design, which is why I ended up making their layout.) As long as the page is just as much aesthetically pleasing as it is easy to navigate, it’s a success. Everyone in the band likes it, so that’s all that really matters. Additional comments and criticism are still welcome, as usual. There’s always room to improve as an artist.

I created the illustration of a dybbuk with my Wacom Intuos4 tablet in PhotoShop CS3. The drawing is based off a card my sister has from Magic: The Gathering and the stylization of the figure was inspired by Japanese woodcut prints. I also wanted it to have a looser, painterly feeling to balance out the overly smooth and clean design. I took all the photos on the left side of the page (except for the one of Matt) at their show a couple weeks ago. I’ll be posting next about the show, along with a bunch of pictures I took.
ferrumaeternum: (sif the harvester)
I almost don’t know how to compose an entry that doesn’t have anything to do with art I’ve made, my tattoo progress, or a concert I’ve just been to. D: This needs to change, and it will, starting now.

So, this has been popping up on various LOTR-related sites over the past week and is just too cute not to share.


There are sheep living in abandoned hobbit holes! Well, probably not right now as the set is under construction, but come on, how adorable is that!?

It’s a good thing I didn’t sign up for any yoga classes because I’ve been so busy working on Dybbuk’s MySpace layout that I really wouldn’t have had time for them. Their first show is already this Friday at Vnuk’s Lounge, so I’ve been hurrying to make sure it will be ready before then. MySpace’s coding is incredibly frustrating to work with, and I recently learned that the layout I designed will be obsolete in the near (or hopefully not so near) future. Most band profiles use the Version 1 layout, and I’ve read that it’s just a matter of time before MySpace forces everyone to switch over to Version 2, where nothing is aligned or centered in a way that makes sense or is visually appealing for the artist pages. Just look at Amon Amarth’s new layout on Version 2. What an ugly mess! The main problem now is that there are very little HTML or CSS resources out now for this version, but I’m hoping once it does switch over, tutorials for the coding will follow shortly after or else there’s going to be some really messed-up looking band layouts for a while. Unfortunately, with MySpace you can’t just use a nice, organized CSS stylesheet like you can with LiveJournal customizations. I’ve just got it all sorted out so that it works in Safari and Firefox, but I still need to check it using Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Opera. It looks great on my MacBook Pro and my sister’s Asus laptop, but I’m also going to check it on the ancient PC my parents use just to make sure. I also have to finish the illustration for the header image today, and then it’ll be finished.

I just want Dybbuk to have the layout before the show in case they want me to make any changes. I think their MySpace page will get a spike in visitors after they see them perform live and hopefully want to know more about the band. Here’s the link to their MySpace if you want to check out a couple samples of their music. (I’ll also repost a link once they have the new layout up so you guys can check that out as well if you’re interested.) They’ve been in the studio recording their first EP this summer, which will be out in fall. I know it’s my friends’ band and all, but there aren’t many good bands from Milwaukee, so I have a lot of faith in them to improve the scene. Dybbuk started out playing progressive technical death metal, but found this power metal singer from up north, which I think makes for an interesting combination. Since I’m taking photos for the band at the show, I get to be let in as part of the band and get free drinks all night! It should definitely be a good time, even if all the other bands sound like a bunch of chaotic death metal noise. I’m a little disappointed I’ll be missing the Young Dubliners at Irish Fest that night, since I’ll have to go tomorrow instead and they’re not playing then. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers will be there, though, so I’m sure it will still be fun. I’m also finally old enough to try some of their mead, so I’m crossing my fingers they still have it there! ;) I refuse to go over the weekend because $15 for a ticket and another $15 for parking is ridiculous. At least admission is free on Thursday with a donation of school supplies!

While I’m on the topic of metal, you’ve got to check out this animated video for Ensiferum’s "One More Magic Potion" if you haven’t seen it already. This is one of my favorite songs of all time, and I just love all the imagery from the Norse myths and the Kalevala.

'One More Magic Potion' Animated Tribute from Celine Lester on Vimeo.

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