The Schoenberg Automaton – Making Metal Fun Since 2010

The Schoenberg Automaton – Photoshoot May 2013

Location – Brisbane Powerhouse

– Canon 7D
– Alien Bee 800watt Flash/Vagabond Battery System & Alien Bee triggers
– Nikon Speedlite
– Tokina 11-16mm f2.8
– Zeiss T*Planar 50 f1.4
– Schneider Optics Filters









– Col B.

We Stand with A Stone Face

Deep in the wild lands of Queensland, Australia disturbing things are happening. Through my ever vigilant lens I followed the confrontational journey of one man. This is the story of Jake Gerstle and his adventure into the ever encompassing presence that is The Schoenberg Automaton. These stills are silent documentation of events that occurred.









– Col B.

Once in a rotation, I appear.

My friends and family in The Schoenberg Automaton (insane metal band from Australia) that I used to do vocals for.. .and a long story and a lot of medical bills later I now don’t.

But as a Christmas treat the lads let me up on stage for an appearance at close friends of mine ‘Western Decay’s reunion show. I jumped up and channelled all I had for an epic rendition of ‘Where Are We, In A Cube?’ with the now frontman and good friend Jake Gerstle.

Good times and sore necks.

This week ends one life… begins a change

So this week is officially the last show I will perform with The Schoenberg Automaton….

So come along and make it an event to remember as I doubt I will be forgetting quickly at all:

I will post a little more once the show is over and I have had time to reflect because honestly I don’t know how I feel about all this right now… I know it’s been coming, but it doesn’t make it any easier.



On the business side of things Col B Cadell DOP/Photographer/Designer I am stoked to have a heap of great looking projects getting setup with my company. I will be working with the following artists over the next couple of months:

– Aversions Crown;

– Brazen Bull;

– Greenstreet;

– The Levitation Hex;

– Hadal Maw;

– A Million Dead Birds Laughing;

– Alarum;

+ more projects to be announced!


Thanks for sticking with me everyone… more news to come!

Sad to say it…..

For anyone who knows me I have been playing music and singing for the past 15 years; vocally I’ve tried everything from Musicals to choirs, choral to opera and in my later life (around 20 of age) I thought… why not metal, I mean I love it. The problem with something you love is that it’s a hard hard thing to let go of.

Two years ago – two amazing fuckin’ years – I started working with Shayne and Nelson to create the musical entity that is The Schoenberg Automaton (TSA). From the start we openly spoke of our intentions to not compromise musically, aesthetically or personally. We aren’t tough so we wouldn’t portray ourselves as that and so on. We wanted the TSA experience to be an honest and compelling one.

Over the course of that year we recruited Zimi (a long time friend and band mate of mine) to duties on bass and then rounded out guitars with Damo. These individuals helped create TSA as we know it. So the months rolled on and we recorded a debut EP that was probably more successful than any of us could have thought. This only strengthened our intentions to bring you an experience that we thought would be solely us. This all happened in 2010, a good good year.

2011 was equally as awesome for TSA.. We started with one of the best shows I’ve ever been a part of – Psycroptic at the Arthouse (just prior to its shutdown). The bands were amazing, the vibe was right and the night was epic.

Sadly this is where the problems started. In the following week I was unable to speak properly or even attempt vocals. This continued into the following week and the next. We had a few shows; I nearly suffocated myself performing them.

Something was wrong and it needed to be addressed. So I began seeing an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat specialist) about my problems and I was diagnosed with a Supra Glottic Constriction. With a name like that I was hoping it was a Zangief finisher to an as yet untitled Street Fighter but sadly this was not the case. The constriction is brought on by vocal strain, in this case by performing with a severe chest infection. So the ENT recommended I visit a speech therapist/vocal coach to begin the slow and painful rehabilitation of my voice.

So began the 5months of speech therapy (expensive, expensive voice therapy). Without Patricia, my voice coach, I would not have even made it past July last year performing; and to have made it to now is an act of a god I choose not to acknowledge.

Within a few months of starting therapy, I had improved. I was feeling more confident and more positive with the situation. It’s at this point that I was informed I would need a full sinus reconstruction to improve the problems of my throat. So under the knife I went; my doctor got another mag for is his Porsche, and I was a fair wack healthier at the end of it all. But the constriction was still there. I thought about quitting shortly after this and spoke to the lads about the situation. We agreed that I should continue on vocals and complete the album.

We’ve now reached the stage of tracking the album and I tried – I fuckin’ tried. I went in tracked a set of vocals for Ultimate which were crushing as hell but I couldn’t swallow properly after it and the following day I again had trouble talking or even making noises. It’s become very obvious now that I cannot perform to the standards I have set for myself anymore or the standards that I feel a vocalist for TSA needs to meet. I can’t play more than two or three shows over a two or three day stretch as I physically suffer from it (can’t talk, trouble swallowing, inability to sleep properly due to difficulty breathing and in the worst case coughing up blood).

So after seven years, three bands, and a plethora of amazing shows I must take a step back for a well needed break from the live metal scene.

But I will still be performing the TSA shows up until the end of March. These shows will probably be the last outburst of musical aggression I create for sometime and I would love it if everyone could take part. If you can make it to a show come say hi and bye and whatever else. Hell, you might want to smack me in the nuts for quitting; that’s your choice.

I will still be around doing the TSA video stuff and helping with any and all bands that want video/media content for their projects. I might even start playing guitar again and see if that takes me anywhere. But I will continue to dedicate as much of my life to metal as I can. I just can’t do it the same way I used to.

Thank you, all of you, for your time, your chats, your patience and your honesty. Without that I would simply have been a curled up ball of fail around June last year.

The Schoenberg Automaton are simply shuffling the gears and I’ll just be placed in a position to calibrate them. The album is still happening and the boys and I are currently hunting for my replacement. You will still see TSA bring a full length this year and I look forward to the day when it does happen.

– Col.