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Album: The Omega Experiment – The Omega Experiment

February 25th, 2013

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The Omega Experiment
The Omega Experiment
Listenable Records
25 February 2013

by Ruth Booth

After three years of demos, EPs and teasers, it wasn’t whether The Omega Experiment’s debut was worth the wait, simply how long that wait would be. Yet the showers of praise that followed last year’s self-released debut came with a catch – that this record was mostly for fans of a certain, bald, proggish Canadian. Now reissued with label backing – and the greater reach that comes with it – the question now is if that’s all there is to The Omega.

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Live & Photos: Devin Townsend presents The Retinal Circus @ London Roundhouse – 27 October 2012

November 3rd, 2012

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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:

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Album: Devin Townsend Project – Epicloud

October 4th, 2012

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Devin Townsend Project
Epicloud
Hevy Devy / InsideOutMusic
23 September 2012

by Ruth Booth

We thought it was the end of the Devin Townsend project – so Townsend himself said. After returning from a two-year hiatus with a genre-spanning quadrilogy, capped by four sold-out album shows in London – he’d be forgiven for wanting to put that all behind him. Since then, Townsend has decided the name’s much too good to lose – which may leave some wondering about his latest troll-baiting album title.

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DVD: Devin Townsend Project – By A Thread – Live In London 2011

July 2nd, 2012

Devin Townsend plays Addicted Thrash Hits

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.

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Retrospective Review: The Devin Townsend Project – Deconstruction

December 11th, 2011

When we asked our contributors to tell us their albums of the year, we also offered them the opportunity to retrospectively review any of their Top 10 list that we hadn’t reviewed already. Ruth Booth took us up on that offer.

Devin Townsend plays Deconstruction Thrash Hits

The Devin Townsend Project
Addicted
HevyDevy Records
20 June 2011

by Ruth Booth

If Addicted wasn’t heavy enough, then bloody hell, you can’t say you haven’t got what you’ve asked or here. Depth of sound has always been a trademark of Townsend’s work, but even by those standards, Deconstruction is a tremendously dense record, one that’s way too heavy to be just metal; stuffed with (deep breath) opera, death metal, lullabies, space olympics raves, Al Jolson on ice; Meshuggah, Melechesh and Stephen Sondheim; metal luminaries in double figures, the Prague Philharmonic and PA’DAM choir; sex, death, religion, evolution, giant fast food, aliens… I’m not sure about the kitchen sink, but I’m pretty sure I heard a cat on there at one point.

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Top 10s of 2011: Our Contributors

December 10th, 2011

Thrash Hits 2011 Albums of the Year

We’ve shown you what Raz and Hugh’s albums of the year are, but they’re not the only ones responsible for the Thrash Hits Top 20 Albums of 2011. Oh no. We’ve got a whole load of contributors – writers, photographers, and miscellaneous behind-the-scenes types – that help keep Thrash Hits running smoothly, and the albums they loved the most from 2011 matter just as much as those favoured by the boss men.

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