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My Soundwave Curse

RIP Soundwave

For whatever reason, the Soundwave planets never seem to align for me.

I have been scheduled to shoot 4 of them over the years, I have only ever made it to one and that was in 2014. I had an absolute blast that day, most of which is chronicled pictorially herein.

It would have been great to have covered them all, but alas, it wasn’t to be.

In 2013 I had to withdraw due to coming down with an incredibly bad flu. You don’t want to know the pain I was in when I am lying in bed and Ghost are playing their debut shows in Australia(!!!) I even debated within myself to get out of the sick-bed and just go and shoot Ghost, but I just could not find any inkling of energy to do so. Shame, they won quite a few doubters over that day and it would have been great to assist in rubbing some egg in their collective doubting faces.

Last year the event fell on the weekend my mother had just passed. Shooting a gig, was the absolute last thing on my mind. And seriously, who wants to work two days in a row at an event like that as the 2015 Soundwave went over the course of two days! No thank you!

And of course in 2016, the entire event goes belly up a week or two before it was scheduled to kick off.

My Soundwave Curse is (or should I say, was) alive and well I tell you!

So, looking over my archives, here are some unpublished shots from the one time I did make it with photos of AFI, Amon Amarth, Baroness, Black Veil Brides, Darkc3ll, Down, Five Finger Death Punch, Gojira, Korn, Mushroomhead, Rob Zombie, Satyricon and Testament…


(hit the pics to open up the gallery!)


Amon Amarth




Five Finger Death Punch






Rob Zombie

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