EP REVIEW: Ritual – Enigma


Ritual’s Enigma (Self-Released) is an insanely tight EP that boats some of the best names in the music business; all of whom are renowned composers and songwriters. Joining Mike Lewin, Terry Knight, Franco Necros, and James Marinos are Devin Townsend, soprano Dianne van Giersbergen, and jazz harpist Amanda Whiting. The result is a strong release is Enigma that puts a smile on the face of the listener.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Devin Townsend (Acoustic) – Cambridge Junction


 

You can tell it’s not going to be a normal gig from the off, as Devin Townsend spends the first few minutes tuning and chatting away, completely at ease, as if the audience was an old friend and he was sat in his living room. As he pings and strums away, musing about whether he likes his upcoming new album Lightworks or not (he decides he does, he thinks it sounds healthy, and good… he thinks, yes definitely good), he sets the tone for a gig that is genuinely intimate – not because it takes place in a small venue, but because Devin is completely natural and wholly authentic throughout. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Once Human – Scar Weaver


Five years used to feel like a long time in music. Entire scenes have risen, consumed all and fallen away to be a nostalgic footnote (or an ever-lasting sea change) in the same length between Once Human‘s last release and Scar Weaver (earMUSIC), their re-birth of a third album.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Voivod – Synchro Anarchy


Thrash. Post-Thrash. Punk. Speed. Sci-Fi. Industrial. Proto-Industrial. Avant Garde. Space. Alternative. Progressive. Nuclear. Some quite frankly preposterously named musical genres and subgenres, but into all of which Canadian act Voivod has been unwillingly pigeon-holed over the years. Having firmly refused to be anchored to any one particular style, the band has actually become a little more settled of late, their current approach now reined all the way back to just including all of the above and a small handful of others.

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Devin Townsend to Perform his “Infinity” Album In-Full on An Upcoming Livestream


Devin Townsend has shared a teaser trailer promoting his next quarantine-era livestream! Devy will perform his 1998 album Infinity, in-full. The show takes place live on Saturday, Feb 5th, 12noon PST / 3pm EST / 8pm GMT / 9pm CET / 7am AEDT (next day). If you miss the stream, the concert will be live for an additional 48 hours. Tickets to the livestream and special merch can be bought at the link below!

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Listen to Devin Townsend’s New Album – “The Puzzle”


Devin Townsend has released his new album today- The Puzzle – a total DIY affair. Boxed-sets, physical merch, and more are available from his website and global webstores. The Puzzle has a companion album Snuggles that is also coming soon. Neither of these album are meant to be considered part of Devy’s regular output and he is still releasing yet another new album – Lightworker, in 2022. He has also shared a series of videos and posts explaining his rationale behind this new release, why it is coming out as a DIY project, and why it is different than his other projects. Listen now!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Mastodon – Hushed And Grim


Considering the progressive nature of Atlanta genre dodgers Mastodon, the only real surprise regarding the band’s choice to record an eighty-eight minute double album is that it’s taken them this long to do it in the first place.

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Four Stroke Baron Premiere New Single – “Khera”


Killer experimental prog outfit Four Stroke Baron have released “Khera,” the third single off their upcoming album Classics (Prosthetic Records). The record was mixed by the legendary Devin Townsend and is slated for release on October 1st on all streaming platforms. Check out the video for “Khera” below.

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