So I sent my good friend Taron the news that Meshuggah , Cynic and The Faceless would be bring wintour'09 to vancouver , a good solid plane ride away. The next time i talked to him was one the phone where (and i quote) he said "dude i'm on ticketmaster right now with our plane , hotel and tickets all lined up. We can use some airmiles and we'll save a bunch and shit , just tell me the word." Cut scene to months later , Feb 8th, and our early morning plane ride brought us right to the day of the show!!! warning: 56k better just gtfo now ...this is going to be really long and pointless so buckle up. With pic by pic commentary by myself (ire_works) and TaronKeim!! apparently waking up at 8am was a little too early for our 10:30am flight , so I found the best way to kill time ire_works: 3 double coke and vodkas later , i'm set for air travel!! taronkeim: You're a fucking alcoholic... but I like the way you move. ire_works: heres Taron arriving at my door. he was sober. taronkeim: This smile brought to you by Cynic. ire_works: Jens face 1 out of many during this trip. taronkeim: (no comment) ire_works: Heres Taron's awsome girlfriend giving us a ride to the airport. she also picked us up when we got back , so awsome!!! taronkeim: This woman sleeps with me... pitty and respect her. ire_works: here's us on the plane. Westjet has built in tvs , so i was watching me some crocodiles pwning some water buffalos on animal planet. Taron forgot his headphones. DEEEERRRRRR!!!! taronkeim: I watched bowling... FTMFL. ire_works: This was our vancouver bus experience. It was the first time i've ever been inside a bus weaving in and out of traffic. taronkeim: This is a New York taxi... it just doesn't look like one! ire_works: I kept making jokes about how every building was just some architect trying to make himself feel more adequate. taronkeim: This building is in a car commercial... apparently I'm gay for knowing this. ire_works: whats this around the corner? yeah , we went there about 8 times in two days. 1 was because i almost forgot to grab my Jeff Loomis instructional dvd!! taronkeim: We found our Babylon! Mad props to our buddy (Tom Lee Employee) Jer Breaks who hooked us up with Haake, good eats and a sweet demo. ire_works: unshaded sunglasses inside are made entirely of loss taronkeim: Real men play telecasters. ire_works: maybe rocking a little too hard for a orange ad30 playing clean taronkeim: Chubby shred! ire_works: Yeah , teles are made for metal , the just don't know it yet. taronkeim: Vintage gr1m kvlt. Youtube self-promotion bumpage!!! ire_works: Just had to fuck up my moment didn't you ? i didn't screw your up. what a basard. taronkeim: My first YouTube broadcast, 31secs of unadulterated win! BUT WAIT THE F*** UP ... IS THAT ANOTHER SS.ORG MEMBER!!!! ire_works: guys name is metalisuk ..he shred some faces on a sexy ibby 6er. Was loud as hell and defiantly was annoying alot of people not interested in hearing constant shred-age , but definatly some skills. taronkeim: Ginger SS member couldn't see the Cynic/Meshuggah show; we take a moment of silence for his loss. ire_works: I was so antsy for some sit time. I was walking around with my heavy ass bag all day. that and a slight mix up with our room had me hoping we wouldn't have to fred durst our visit and sleep on the street. taronkeim: What... we're staying somewhere with an Elevator... UPGRADED ROOM! Thanks Gerry! ire_works: Ugrayydd .. with two d's for a double dose of pain. taronkeim: My ass is in the way of the beautiful view... what an upgrade, we did this trip in style! ire_works: A goddamn balcony! taronkeim: A MOTHERF*CKING BALCONY! ire_works: This is our MotherF***ing fridge taronkeim: This would store our motherf*cking MegaBite munchies! ire_works: This is our motherF***ing microwave taronkeim: This is where said MegaBite would be reheated post-concert... much to the dismay of ire_works stomach. ire_works: There is totally going to be people naked in that bad boy taronkeim: I hope naked girls end up in the pool... ire_works: Taron tried to find a male escort agency , but couldn't make up his mind. taronkeim: Murder weapon or the largest delivery pizza directory known to man. ire_works: Huge ass phone book taronkeim: Practicing self-defense incase someone tries to strip us of our Wintour 2009 tickets. KAHN!!!!! ire_works: This room made us both feel like huge pimps. This is where prospective whores would get their shot. taronkeim: This one's for the ladies... ire_works: quite the badass bathroom. not half as much shampoo as my hairy ass needs taronkeim: I like that this bathroom has lotion... ire_works: "yo mtv , ids mah bedroom , dis wher da magic happenz" taronkeim: Yeah... magic... the ILLUSION of good sex. ire_works: this is my ipod , it dispenses djent on request taronkeim: Portable Djent Dispenser. awsome!! spare toilet paper!!! ire_works: apparently the good book asked for the LD taronkiem: "...and you will know my name is lord when I lay my LD upon you!" ire_works: hahaha , he dies in the end ...DEEERRRR!!!! taronkeim: He wouldn't mock religion if it wasn't for all the pre-marital sodomy he has already taken part in. ire_works: This was me trying to find ezeikiel 25:17 taronkeim: This was me thinking of Sam L. Jackson laying it down. ire_works: ....and I "Jizzed ... In ... My ... Pants" taronkeim: (no comment) ire_works: Apparently this kinda grossed out the untrue short haired one taronkeim: Just cause you look like a crusty metal dude doesn't mean you actually have to be one! ire_works: I guess this rules out any question to our homosexuality taronkeim: Mirror picture... for teh MySpace Tittehs! ire_works: Shut up you guys ..i'm totaly going to put this in my blog. FML taronkeim: Hair held in place by semen. ire_works: this would prove usefull later for when Taron "accidently" ordered a porno while i was passed out in my bed. taronkeim: I did!... but seriously, it helped with the migrane induced by lame crowd surfers kicking me in the head with Doc Martins! ire_works: time for some eats , this looked rather promising. taronkeim: I vaguely remember eating here drunk and messed up on another concert trip... always re-visit spots that didn't give you the chocolate hershey squirts pre-concert - don't take risks you don't have to! ire_works: excellent combo!! free demo + potato wedges taronkeim: Free musics brought to you by Jer's cool buddy at Tom Lee. ire_works: mmmm , plenty of pizza for post show goodness taronkeim: Soooo hungry, been living on nothing but the excitement of this show for the past 12 hours... must... feed... now. ire_works: POTATO WEDGES IST KRIEG!!!! taronkeim: Contributing factor to my Sparetire'o'Doom! ire_works: cut to the show , we totally thugged ourselves to the front of the line when they bust out the velvet rope. taronkeim: back of the line... true Cynic belivers were astral projected up front! ire_works: gear freaks , whip out your knowledge and stroke your ego to the Cynic WINrack. taronkeim: Axe Fx Ultra... great on tape... not so wicked for stage mix. Boosted solos FTW! ire_works: minutes before Sean Reinhart procede to violently rape this kit. taronkeim: For most of the show all we could hear was the molestation of these skins and some sweet Cynic vocals... interspersed with volley after volley of tastey solos occasionally cutting through the mix... total worth it. ire_works: only pic of the night. i tried to take more pics , but with security shutting me down and the constant pushing it was hard. NOT TO MENTION HOLDING FRONT AND MOTHERF***ING CENTER the whole show. taronkeim: Paul Masvidal (period) ire_works: my face was actually stuck like that for hours. I think he gave me a triple rum and coke which i downed like it was water , just cuz i needed water. needless to say , it hurt to breath after being pushed against the barricade. taronkeim: I was hoping it would stay that way... I've been Jens'd! Teh merch haul ire_works: Cynic hoodie and meshuggah shirt are for epic win. taronkeim: They had really big shirts... me likey, and the Masvidal pick of destiny. ire_works: i'm so jealous. Masvidal pick. taronkeim: Holding the spoils of my endurance ire_works: drinking and hotel showers ...probably had the most to do with this. taronkeim: Leaving messages on mirrors is for teh womenz. ire_works: And these were the post effects of WINtour '09. all in all a very successful trip. taronkeim: I hurt everywhere and haven't slept more than 4 hours all night... I am at peace with the world.