Arch Enemy – Terrorizer World Exclusive!

As I write this (21/04/2014), I’m sitting in a cab on my way back from the airport having done a round trip from South London to Germany in 21 hours. Exhilarated! Exhausted! My working day had started at 1am on Bank Holiday Monday, probably when most of you (in the UK) were just thinking about heading to bed. The sunrise was beautiful. My flight left Luton at 7am. I arrived in Dortmund, Germany and greeted by Jens from Century Media (CM), We drove around in an attempt to find some breakfast. In Germany, they treat a Bank Holiday like a holiday, and therefore nothing was open – except for the bakers in the train station and a couple of shops. I had never been to Dortmund, so Jens told me about the City as we drove to CM HQ, I was like a sponge taking everything in. There are many signposts in Germany! Dortmund is a lot like Coventry here in the UK, quite industrial in some parts. It also has very beautiful parts – this is the view from the CM building roof. It’s always a worry whether the luggage gets thrown around or damaged on the journey, so […]

Epica in London

Last month, Epica came to London to do press for their album ‘The Quantum Enigma‘ – which is due for release on May 2nd. I was booked to shoot for their Terrorizer interview. The setting? To go to one of London’s tourist hotspots and shoot Simone and Mark in a political style. Definitely something that you wouldn’t normally see in any of their other pictures! Parliament Square was the location of choice – as you can imagine – it was very very busy. Being there with my camera equipment could have also been quite tricky, but it ended up going very well and I was pleased with the results. It was very very cold that day (unlike the sunshine and light winds that the forecasters predicted). This image didn’t make the feature, so I can share it with you – one of my favourites. Simone and Mark hadn’t seen Big Ben or the Houses of Parliament before, so they really enjoyed walking around the shoot location too. We found a phone box and did a few fun pictures that you will also see in the Magazine. Simone found the classic London red phone box, and we laughed as it reminded […]

Published Update

If you’re in the UK, you’re most likely enjoying your 4 day weekend. For me? There’s still some work involved, but that’s how I like it. Here’s an update of my work in the press. Very happy to have shot a Godsized poster for their latest trip to Germany. The shoot, was at times, beyond hilarious! I must share some of the out-take pics with you all. The poster is currently printed and sold at A2 size. There’s also postcard sized stickers available. Then there’s the pic spread for Terrorizer Magazine feature ‘Hard of Hearing’, with Killswitch Engage and Trivium just before their show in London. You can see from the pics it was also rather entertaining when the photo shoot part gets mentioned! Various live and random pics of Therion, Arcturus, Iced Earth, Orange Goblin, Matt Harvey (eating a dog called Widget?!) and Killswitch Engage beating up the Terrorizer Features Editor – Tom – with the help of Trivium (Adam D pulling Tom’s hair is just brilliant, as he asked him first if he could do it!) The Crowbar (with support from Dripback and Hang the Bastard) show was immense with pics printed in Issue 247 of Terrorizer. Until […]

An hour with Jon & Stu from Iced Earth

Back in October of last year, I went to Terrorizer HQ to shoot with Jon Schaffer and Stu Block from Iced Earth. The pics, for an interview piece in the Magazine. Now that the interview is published I can share with you some more pictures and fun memories from the shoot. Well, to start with, they didn’t actually know they were having a shoot! Jon and Stu arrived wrapped up like it was arctic outside! So we improvised with no change of clothing or styling products. To be honest, they didn’t need it as their personalities spoke louder than anything else. They recounted crazy press stories; one, where they literally bounced on the beds at hotel rooms while being interviewed. Their ‘Virate’ patches intrigued me. The explanation? They are Viking Pirates – Virates. Apparently, only the guys on their crew have the privilege of such an honour. Two women have ‘Vagirate’ patches (needs no explanation). These women are particularly cool and hang with the band backstage. “Not like that!!” Stu insisted, “These women have earned the patches, with no prenetration involved! They’re just really cool people who dig the music”. Jon looked like a wrestler, apparently he gets that a […]

Give me Fuel, Give me Fire

In September, I worked at the London Tattoo Convention for Terrorizer Magazine. Covering the darker side of the arts and tattooing over the weekend, for a feature printed in the magazine I blogged about a couple of weeks ago. Performance wise, I was also very intrigued by the Fuel Girls so I hung about for a bit to shoot them in between interviews. I have worked with a couple of ex-Fuel Girls in other shoots, but never seen them perform their routine in full. From pole dancing, ariel hoop, ballet, and urban dance to fire breathing and sword routines – it was all incredibly inspiring and sometimes breathtaking in places. Not to mention really beautiful tattoos too! I also really liked Cervena Fox’s ‘Queen of the Damned’ performance. Some of the pics were in the magazine, this one didn’t make it in and is one of my favourites. I highly recommend that you catch the Fuel Girls if you see they are in your area. Mx

My Terrorizer Cover!

Ahhhh, so I can finally share my excitement (and interrupt what would have been my next post) with you all, to announce that I have my first Terrorizer Magazine Cover! A few weeks ago, I shot the Napalm/Bodom show in London. With my lighting gear in tow, I set off earlier in the day and had a shoot with Shane Embury from Napalm Death for the cover. This issue would also be for the 20 Year Anniversary of the magazine – damn cool! I did the shoot against a white backdrop so that it could then have a montage of Terrorizer covers in the background (by Steve Brown) from the last 20 years. Quite surreal, seeing it in my local WHSmith’s yesterday. Shane was brilliant to work with, especially in the time frame we had to do the shoot. There were many great and strong images from the set, and I’m stoked with the one that they chose for the cover. There was also a lot of champagne, whiskey, rum, and delicious Honey Jack Daniel’s consumed these past couple of  days, as the magazine hit the stores on my Birthday! DOUBLE celebrations. And a Pirate Party to boot! (As you […]

November Published Update

What a busy month! There’s still some very exciting stuff coming up too. In the winter, the rock/metal industry gets very busy with shows etc in the run up to the Christmas break. The lastest issue of Terrorizer features my pictures from The International London Tattoo Convention, Brutal Truth, Grave Miasma and the Hammer-Smashed Festival that Extreme Noise Terror and Brutal Truth headlined. It was BT’s only UK show and it was insane! I got knocked flying with my external flash going one way, I went the other way, someone caught me, I was drenched in beer and my dignity just about intact. Literally BRUTAL! Thank goodness for my camera strap as it could have been an expensive accident. Anyway, here are the pages from the mag. I’m also going to put another blog post up shortly with my pictures of the performers at The International London Tattoo Convention, as there were loads of great pictures that the magazine didn’t choose, and I’d love to share them with you. The pics I took back in August of Iron Maiden are still appearing in the press. On the back cover of Bass Guitar Magazine this month you will see my photograph of […]

LIVE: Meshuggah vs Devin Townsend, London UK

The latest issue of Terrorizer (available in stores now) features my photos of one of the most exciting shows this year – Meshuggah vs Devin Townsend Project. I posted the published page last week, but also wanted to share with you some others that I took that night, it was a killer show and the lighting was great too! It was a first for me to see Meshuggah live. Certainly not a disappointment – energetic, dark, and precise are the words that spring to mind. Their set was flawless. Totally happy they played ‘Demiurge‘ a it’s one of my faves. Devin loved the two guys dressed in the Pikachu and Stitch onesies, so their sweltering at the front barrier all through Meshuggah’s set paid off! The sound and visuals during The Devin Townsend Project were immense. Not to mention the set closer – ‘Grace’ – that had a mass of red and white choir shirts fill the stage and join in. Was great to experience that show. One of my favourites this year so far. Mx