Saturday, 31 December 2016


How do.

Just a quick hello.

This year quite frankly mostly sucked, both personally and for the world in general (no need to go over those major events).  I lost total confidence in myself at the start of the year, depression took hold and I ended up having to defer a few uni modules until this new academic year.  Then as a consequence I wasn't charged tuition fees this year, you may be thinking fuck yeah.  But alas for me this meant I lost an important uni bursary which is a big contributor to my living expenses.  I then experienced major anxiety which is only now subsiding. It was a only a couple weeks ago I managed to secure a part time job, 3 month contract.  Giving me much needed cash and more time to find something else.

So yeah like many I'm happy to see 2016 end.  Though I will say I have a positive from this year and something to be thankful for.

The positive was making some lovely new friends here in Newcastle.  I'm thankful for the friends I already have.  They may not be here to hang out with, but you have been a constant support to me.  Thank you.

Here's to 2017.  I'll be content if you suck less than your predecessor.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

My 20 Favourite Albums of 2016

1). Gojira - Magma

2). Twelve Foot Ninja - Outlier

3). Testament - Brotherhood of the Snake

4). Bat for Lashes - The Bride

5). Rival Sons - Hollow Bones

6). Grand Magus - Sword Songs

7). Kyng - Breathe in the Water

8). Korn - The Serenity of Suffering

9). Dorothy - Rock is dead

10). Opeth - Sourceress

11). Devin Townsend Project - Transcendence

12). Death Angel - The Evil Divide

13). Amon Amarth - Jomsviking

14). Anthrax - For All Kings

15). Metallica - Hardwired to Self-Destruct

16). Flotsam and Jetsam  - Flotsam and Jetsam

17). Megadeth - Dystopia

18). Green Day - Revolution Radio

19). Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Getaway

20). Revocation - Great is Our Sin

Ghost - Popestar
(Fantastic EP and my favourite song of the year)

A few other albums I really liked this year.

Nine Inch Nails - Not the Actual Events (EP)
Deftones - Gore
Ramin Djawadi - Westworld Season 1
Black Mountain - IV
Monster Truck - Sittin' Heavy
Killswitch engage - Incarnate
John Carpenter - Lost Themes 2
Lacuna coil - Delerium
Hatebreed - The Concrete Confessional
Zakk Wylde - Book of Shadows 2
Katatonia - The Fall of Hearts
Volbeat - Seal the Deal and Let's Boogie
Westfield massacre - Westfield Massacre
Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
Garbage - strange little birds
Claire Maguire - Stranger Things Have Happened
Tremonti - Dust
Melvins - Basses Loaded
Alter Bridge - The Last Hero
Biffy Clyro - Ellipsis
RavenEye - Nova
Suicidal Tendencies - World Gone Mad
Witchery - In His Infernal Majesty's Service
Lord of War - Suffer