We’re starting something new here at Thrash Hits. We’ve asked some of our favourite writers to put together some monthly columns, focussing in on the genres they’re most passionate about. We’re kicking off this new series with David Keevill taking on what’s been going on in Prog over the last month or so. Take it away, David….
Devin Garrett Townsend (born May 5, 1972) is a Canadian musician and record producer from New Westminster, British Columbia. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist in extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad from 1994 to 2007 and has had an extensive career as a solo artist, in which his work usually leans more towards a progressive metal style.
After performing in a number of metal bands in high school, Townsend was discovered by a record label in 1993 and was asked to perform lead vocals on Steve Vai's album Sex & Religion. Read more on Last.fm
Devin Townsend on Thrash Hits
October 29th, 2014
Devin Townsend Project
27 October 2014
by Ruth Booth
Since Devin Townsend returned to music four years ago, we’ve seen nearly all sides of his diverse output reimagined and revitalised under his “Devin Townsend Project” moniker. All except one that is – Ziltoid The Omniscient, titular star of Townsend’s 2007 record and the musician’s malevolent alien alter-ego. Seven years on, we finally have Z2 – the spiritual follow-up to ZTO’s screed on creativity and caffeine addiction – but with a difference this time.
December 12th, 2013
Part and parcel of being opinionated music lovers is that we go and experience lots of music in its natural habitat – on a stage – and then we decide how good it was. Some spectacles are so powerful that they evoke emotions strong enough to form memories through the drunkenness. It’s a rarity but that’s why some here have to name several before deciding upon their Favourite Gig of 2013. There is zero reason for you to be reading this but if you’ve read this far, you’ll get at least halfway down before clicking the cross.
December 25th, 2012
You know how some people leave their Christmas shopping until the last minute and run around in a mad panic trying to get everything sorted? That’s us that is, but instead of Xmas shopping, we’re doing it with a load of photos Gary Wolstenholme sent us yesterday of Devin Townsend and Fear Factory at the HMV Ritz in Manchester earlier this month.
December 13th, 2012
Well, it’s all been leading to this. The votes are in, the results have been tabulated, calculated, and any other kind of mathematically something-lated you can think of. This is the Thrash Hits Top 20 Albums of 2012.
November 3rd, 2012
There will be Steve Vai. There will be Strapping Young Lad. And, of course, there will be Ziltoid The Omniscient. For one night only, Devin Townsend is bringing The Retinal Circus to London. Ruth Booth headed to the Roundhouse to watch this strange rebirth through a giant green alien vagina.
Six things we learned when Devin Townsend’s Retinal Circus came to London:
Live & Photos: Devin Townsend Project + Arcite + Dragnet @ Newcastle Northumbria University – 23 October 2012
October 30th, 2012
On the eve of Devin Townsend’s Retinal Circus, Ruth Booth headed to Newcastle in search of the universe’s ultimate warm-up show.
Six things we learned when the Devin Townsend Project played in Newcastle:
September 6th, 2012
With Reading and Leeds Festivals over and done with, the UK summer festival season is officially over. Well, it’s over as far as we’re concerned. This week, Raz and Hugh look back on their highlughts and lowlights from Reading and Leeds respectively, as well as taking a look at this week’s top news stories: the new album announcement from Deftones, and Sylosis bunking off from a European tour with Devin Townsend and Fear Factory to go gallivanting around the USA supporting Lamb of God.
July 2nd, 2012
In November 2011, Devin Townsend (and friends) came to London to treat fans of the Devin Townsend Project’s four album concept to the whole shebang. That meant four shows across four nights, featuring august djent, seething progressive metal whales, gothic cheerleaders, soft shuffle blues, presidential campaigns, glorious power metal, and pretty much everything in between. And they filmed it. We asked Ruth Booth to check out whether By A Thread is as good to watch back as she remembers it being at the time.
November 30th, 2011
And so, to the end – Devin Townsend’s four-night London residency under the banner of An Evening with The Devin Townsend Project comes to a close not with a bang or a whimper, but with an evening of experimentation and introspection. Tonight, Devin Townsend turned his attention to Ghost. Ruth Booth and Jamie Croft were there to document it.