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Album: Devin Townsend Project – Z2

October 29th, 2014

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Devin Townsend Project
Z2
InsideOut Music
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.

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Live: Meshuggah vs The Devin Townsend Project @ London Brixton Academy – 03 May 2013

May 7th, 2013

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Having headlined the Roundhouse in October, Devin Townsend returns to London in this special one-off show with Meshuggah. It’s the Swedish djent masters’ first UK show since Hevy Festival last summer and tonight’s all set up to be a progressive metal showdown between two of the finest around at the moment. Let’s do this.

Pre-gig meal: Nando’s. Half chicken (medium) with corn, rice and halloumi.

6 things we learnt during Brixton’s prog metal masterclass…

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Retrospective Review: The Devin Townsend Project – Ghost

December 20th, 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
Ghost
Hevy Devy Records
20 June 2011

by Ruth Booth

With those weightless woodwind notes, we come to the final (planned) part of the four-year, self-titled epic: Ghost, the ambient calm to Deconstruction’s storm of chaotic metal. Though Deconstruction is the more abrasive and complex of the two, Ghost has potential to be the ‘difficult’ record here – and not just if you’re still pining for Strapping Young Lad. Townsend has attempted ambient and folk sounds before, though they’ve largely been complimentary or quirky flavours on more eclectic albums. Meanwhile, his only fully ambient records, The Hummer and Devlab, were self-conscious, rather willful experiments in THC sound, and remain cult choices even amongst devoted Dev fans.

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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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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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Live & Photos: Devin Townsend plays ‘Ghost’ @ London Union Chapel – 13 November 2011

November 30th, 2011

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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 GhostRuth Booth and Jamie Croft were there to document it.

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

November 30th, 2011

Devin Townsend plays Deconstruction Thrash Hits

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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Live & Photos: Devin Townsend plays ‘Addicted’ @ London ULU – 11 November 2011

November 30th, 2011

Devin Townsend plays Addicted Thrash Hits

It’s night no.2 of Ruth Booth’s mammoth review of Devin Townsend’s four-night London residency, and tonight the Canadian has brought Anneke van Giersbergen along to help him out. Not only that, but it’s the night where damn near ever song has an exclamation! mark! after! it! Yep, you guessed it – the album getting aired tonight is Addicted.

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Live & Photos: Devin Townsend plays ‘Ki’ @ London ULU – 10 November 2011

November 30th, 2011

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And so we come to the end – An Evening With The Devin Townsend Project is four nights to mark the end of a four year, four album journey for the Canadian musician: one that’s taken us from Meshuggah to Enya, via Elvis – from the histrionics of choir-backed space metal to mellow blacklit acoustics. If Devin Townsend was going to play all four of the albums released under The Devin Townsend Project banner on subsequent nights, we had little choice but to send Ruth Booth along to witness the whole shebang. It all kicked off with 2009’s Ki.

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