Devin Townsend – ‘Transcendence’ [Review]

Devin Townsend Project Transcendence Ryan Van Poederooyen Dave Young Brian Waddell Beav Mike St-Jean Anneke Van Giersbergen Che Aimee Dorval Casualties Of Cool Symphony Katrina Natale Niels Bye Neilsen Mattias Eklundh Freak Guitar Kitchen Truth Stormbending Failure Secret Sciences Higher Stars Transcendence Offer Your Light From The Heart Transdermal Celebration Ween Interview Guitar Guitarist Vocalist Vocals Drummer Drums Bass Bassist Feature Album EP Single Review CD Concert Gig Tickets Tour Download Stream Live Show Torrent Music Musician Record Label News Update Facebook YouTube Twitter VEVO Spotify iTunes Apple Music Band Logo Cover Art Bandcamp Soundcloud Release Date Digital Cover Art Artwork

A camel is a horse designed by committee.

This single sentence encapsulates the core of my perspective on music. I love hearing one person give birth to an entire creative project, aided ideally by others who have as little input as is necessary to get the job done. Creative control freaks hold the key to my heart, whether they be virtuoso guitarist-composers such as Steve Vai, or erudite musical polymaths like Devin Townsend.

Plus, if you Google that same sentence, this image comes up:

Devin Townsend Project Transcendence Ryan Van Poederooyen Dave Young Brian Waddell Beav Mike St-Jean Anneke Van Giersbergen Che Aimee Dorval Casualties Of Cool Symphony Katrina Natale Niels Bye Neilsen Mattias Eklundh Freak Guitar Kitchen Truth Stormbending Failure Secret Sciences Higher Stars Transcendence Offer Your Light From The Heart Transdermal Celebration Ween Interview Guitar Guitarist Vocalist Vocals Drummer Drums Bass Bassist Feature Album EP Single Review CD Concert Gig Tickets Tour Download Stream Live Show Torrent Music Musician Record Label News Update Facebook YouTube Twitter VEVO Spotify iTunes Apple Music Band Logo Cover Art Bandcamp Soundcloud Release Date Digital

If my perspective is always right and never wrong Read more…

Posted on 25 August 2016

The Dillinger Escape Plan – ‘Dissociation’ [Review]

The Dillinger Escape Plan Dissociation Ben Weinman Greg Puciato Billy Rymer Liam Wilson Kevin Antreassian Under The Running Board Mike Patton Calculating Infinity Miss Machine Ire Works Option Paralysis One Of Us Is The Killer Limerent Death Black Bubblegum Milk Lizard Party Smasher Inc Interview Guitar Guitarist Vocalist Vocals Drummer Drums Bass Bassist Feature Album EP Single Review CD Concert Gig Tickets Tour Download Stream Live Show Torrent Music Musician Record Label News Update Facebook YouTube Twitter VEVO Spotify iTunes Apple Music Band Logo Cover Art Bandcamp Soundcloud DEP

Brace yourself.

Until today, I was always that guy. The Dillinger Escape Plan fan who said, in the face of the still-epic Option Paralysis and One Of Us Is The Killer, “…yeah, they’re sick, but Ire Works is still easily their best album.”

I am no longer that guy.

What happened to me? Read more…

Posted on 19 August 2016

Monuments [Live Review – The Boileroom, Guildford, 15/8/2016]

Monuments The Boileroom Chris Barretto John Browne Interview Guitar Guitarist Vocalist Vocals Drummer Drums Bass Bassist Feature Album EP Single Review CD Concert Gig Tickets Tour Download Stream Live Torrent Music Musician Record Label News Update Facebook YouTube Twitter VEVO Spotify iTunes Apple Music Band Logo Cover Art

The past twelve months have not been kind to Monuments. One year ago, vocalist Chris Barretto was almost sidelined with vocal nodules, taking the stage with sax in hand, replacing words with winning melodies. Drummer Anup Sastry came and went amid North American tour issues, and for this show the granite-solid Daniel Lang of Red Enemy laid the foundations for some of the finest tech-metal you’re likely to ever hear Read more…

Posted on 17 August 2016

Nick Johnston [The Remarkably Human Interview]

Nick Johnston Remarkably Human Gavin Harrison Bryan Beller Porcupine Tree The Aristocrats King Crimson Guthrie Govan Marco Minnemann Paul Gilbert Interview Guitar Guitarist Vocalist Vocals Drummer Drums Bass Bassist Feature New Album 2016 EP Single Review CD Concert Gig Tickets Tour Download Stream Live Torrent Music Musician Record Label News Update Facebook YouTube Twitter VEVO Spotify iTunes Apple Music Band Logo Cover Art

If you think instrumental guitar is passé and boring and every lick, riff, and melody that can be written has already been written, meet Nick Johnston. Having previously collaborated with the likes of the Aristocrats and Paul Gilbert, Nick Johnston has proven himself worthy of top-class company, and is now set up to drop new album Remarkably Human at the end of September.

Having afforded Remarkably Human a full 100% score in a review readable by clicking here, there was one burning question I had to ask in order to kick off this interview… Read more…

Posted on 16 August 2016

Tesseract – ‘Errai’ [Review]

Tesseract Errai Aidan O'Brien Acle Kahney Dan Tompkins Polaris Tour Edition James Monteith Jay Jamie Postones Amos Williams Survival Cages Tourniquet Seven Names Dystopia Utopia Hexes Phoenix Messenger Djent Prog Tech Metal London Grammar Massive Attack Bjork Remix Reimagined Bonus EP Interview Guitar Guitarist Vocalist Vocals Drummer Drums Bass Bassist Feature Album EP Single Review CD Concert Gig Tickets Tour Download Stream Live Torrent Music Musician Record Label News Update Facebook YouTube Twitter VEVO Spotify iTunes Apple Music Band Logo Cover Art

Normally, nothing makes a potential listener’s ears glaze over faster than the words “bonus material”. A collection of letters that instantly bring to mind haphazard collections of half-hearted acoustic songs, iffy remixes, and just plain shitty live recordings. Bonus material is for superfans only; it’s a long-established fact.

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Posted on 08 August 2016

Nick Johnston – ‘Remarkably Human’ [Review]

Nick Johnston Remarkably Human Gavin Harrison Bryan Beller Porcupine Tree The Aristocrats King Crimson Guthrie Govan Marco Minnemann Paul Gilbert Interview Guitar Guitarist Vocalist Vocals Drummer Drums Bass Bassist Feature New Album 2016 EP Single Review CD Concert Gig Tickets Tour Download Stream Live Torrent Music Musician Record Label News Update Facebook YouTube Twitter VEVO Spotify iTunes Apple Music Band Logo Cover Art

Is less more?

It’s a question as old as time itself. Modern guitar music tends to reflect the more-is-more mentality. Today’s axe-slingers generally aim for more technique, for more notes in less space, to add more gymnastic tricks to their arsenals.

Sometimes, more really is more; see the likes of Steve Vai and Levin Minnemann Rudess for proof. Most of the time, though, it isn’t. Do a few guitar solo searches on YouTube, and it won’t be long before you get sick to death of the sound of a million wankers wanking, saying literally fuck all Read more…

Posted on 04 August 2016

Carina Round – ‘Deranged To Divine’ [Review]

Carina Round Deranged To Divine Interview Guitar Guitarist Vocalist Vocals Drummer Drums Bass Bassist Feature Album EP Single Review CD Concert Gig Tickets Tour Download Stream Live Torrent Music Musician Record Label News Update Facebook YouTube Twitter VEVO Spotify iTunes Apple Music Band Logo Cover Art

Listening to the career retrospective of an artist you’ve only just discovered can be a dangerous proposition. If it sucks, you’re fine; life continues as normal. If it’s great, on the other hand, you may be at serious risk of kicking yourself half to death for your ignorance.

So, if you’ve never heard of Carina Round before now, you’ll need to focus in order to keep your feet rooted to the floor rather than buried in your own backside. Deranged To Divine covers fourteen years of temporal ground, collecting cuts from four solo albums and an EP alongside two previously unreleased recordings (namely Gunshot and an alternate take of Want More), totalling nineteen tracks if you buy it on iTunes. It is also, to say the least, pretty fucking good.

As well as counting herself a member of Puscifer – the electro-industrial brainchild of Tool’s Maynard James Keenan – Carina Round has collected her fair share of legendary fans, among them Lou Reed, Ryan Adams, Billy Corgan, Dave Stewart and Brian Eno. You don’t get to that level of respect without demonstrating exceptional dedication to your art. But if Carina Round’s credentials aren’t enough, the music contained within Deranged To Divine is Read more…

Posted on 28 July 2016

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