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Live: Roadburn Festival @ Tilburg 013 – 09-13 April 2014

April 29th, 2014

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Roadburn Festival describe themselves as “Europe’s leading underground festival for psychedelic, avant-garde, doom or any other variation of leftfield sonic pleasures that push the boundaries of music.” It’s that offering that brought Rob McAuslan over the sea and back to the festival for his third consecutive visit – this year featuring line-up choices and a day of curation from one Mikael Åkerfeldt.

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Album: Storm Corrosion – Storm Corrosion

May 7th, 2012

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Storm Corrosion
Storm Corrosion
Roadrunner Records
07 May 2012

by Tom Dare

What happens when two of the most inspired, talented, and generally superb musicians in progressive metal get together? What have Opeth genius, Mikael Åkerfeldt, and Porcupine Tree maestro Steven Wilson birthed when mixing their mighty musical chromosomes? I’ll save you the piss-poor attempts at suspense: it’s one of the most brilliant records you’ll hear all year. That’s not the surprising bit. What you couldn’t predict is how strikingly different Storm Corrosion is.

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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.

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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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Live & Photos: Devin Townsend plays ‘Deconstruction’ @ London ULU – 12 November 2011

November 30th, 2011

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It’s night no.3 of Devin Townsend’s four night London residency under the An Evening with The Devin Townsend Project banner, and tonight was the night things really got weird. When you’re talking about Devin Townsend, that’s some claim. With Deconstruction by far the most guest-musician stuffed record from Townsend’s 4-album series, just how was he going to reproduce it all live? Ruth Booth was on hand to find out.

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Sonisphere Festival 2011: Interviews, Photos, Setlists – it’s all here

July 27th, 2011

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Is there anything better than a Thrash Hits Festival Splash Page? Yeah, loads of things but you won’t find the best online festival coverage on any of them. You’ll find that right here.

All our work from Sonisphere Festival 2011 is going be linked to from this page (eventually), so give it a bookmark or just don’t close it, because it’s all you’re going to need. Individual band coverage (interviews, photos, setlists and some tiny reviews), rumours, drinking games, stage times, dodgy photos of as many sexy ladies in various states of safe-for-work undress as we can legitimately get away with? It’s all here.

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Progressive Nation Interview: Fredrik Akesson of Opeth on being in Opeth, not Dream Theater

October 22nd, 2009

With Swedish metallers Opeth recently touring with prog overlords Dream Theater, Chris Cope caught up with axeman Fredrik Akesson to talk about his role in the band and why Scandinavia creates so many big, bad metalheads.

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It’s nearly show-time at the final UK show of the tour, and we’re enlisted with the task of taking the burly, hairy man out of his cosy dressing room for a chat. Thankfully Fredrik doesn’t mind standing about in the cold wasteland of boxes and gear behind the stage. It’s extremely dark. Hope he doesn’t bite…

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Album: Opeth – Watershed

June 5th, 2008

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Opeth
Watershed
Roadrunner Records
39 May 2008

by Danny Montana

Prog rock has never been cool and prog metal is arguably even less cool but Opeth have somehow managed to rise above and beyond the condescension once again with their latest grand opus, Watershed. [Read more →]

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Album: Opeth – Ghost Reveries

August 29th, 2005

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Opeth
Ghost Reveries
Roadrunner Records
29 August 2005

by Raziq Rauf

Opeth are not only the ultimate Swedish prog-doom merchants of recent years – difficult niche to reach the pinnacle of, I know – but also one of the most important heavy rock bands around today, having arguably never released a bad album. Returning with their eighth album, Ghost Reveries is an eight-track, 66-minute celebration of all that ambitious black metal can be when the boundaries are pushed at. Here, Opeth try to meld their sound with other genres with all the ceremony and showmanship seen in the 1970s wave of prog rock that included such greats as Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.

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