Which side of me will win?

Devin Townsend, Plovdiv – review


20 years ago, I saw Devin Townsend perform live for the first time. He was headlining the Highbury Garage in London with his main band of the time, Strapping Young Lad. That tour, as far as I know, was the first – but certainly not the last – on which Devin was his own support act. So, before the main SYL event, he played a short set of songs taken from the then recently released Ocean Machine album. Read the rest of this entry »


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earthtone9 new album – IV


March Of The Yeti opens this, earthtone9’s first album for almost 13 years, with a simple machine gun blast of drums then… a riff. Not just a riff, but a… RIFF! It will be the first of many to come over the next 52 minutes and all of them, yes ALL OF THEM, will be in upper case.

It’s a perfect opener, boldy signaling the band’s intent not only to rock your fucking ball hair off with a barrage of low-slung, arse-shatteringly heavy compositions but also, like never before in earthone9’s history, to work their way into your subconscious with some of the catchiest hooks since Abu Hamza got thrown off the Manhattan Metropolitan Correction Centre volleyball team. Read the rest of this entry »

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