No. 37

October 01, 2016

Devin Townsend Project - Transcendence (InsideOut) ....

Devin Townsend, the man known as Hevy Devy, has released the latest installment of his Devin Townsend Project with the album Transcendence. Townsend has been involved in a wide variety of musical projects ranging from the extreme metal of Strapping Young Lad to the country/bluegrass of Casualties of Cool. His talent is unquestionable and his new album Transcendence is no exception. The album is a unique assembly of songs, sometimes reaching the theatrical operatic compositions that his fans have come to know. The musicianship is excellent, not just with Devin, but the whole band showing a sheer progression. The album is chock full of great songs such as "Stormbending", "Secret Sciences", "Stars", and while many of the songs cross the five minute mark, it is notable that the song "Transcendence" reaches an apex of almost ten minutes long. The album also includes a cover of Ween's song "Transdermal Celebration" from their album Quebec. Transcendence is a great sounding album, Townsend's best yet, and that results from it being additionally produced, engineered, and mixed by Adam "Nolly" Getgood of Periphery.

Listen to the Devin Townsend Project


Giraffe Tongue Orchestra - Broken Lines (Self Release) ....

This month comes a review of the supergroup Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, featuring members William DuVall (Alice in Chains), Ben Weinman (Dillinger Escape Plan), Brent Hinds (Mastodon), Pete Griffin (Dethklok), and Thomas Pridgen (Mars Volta). This diversely odd collection of band members seemed interesting, sparking my anticipation to hear their debut album Broken Lines. Sadly I was less than impressed with the album though, finding it only mildly compelling . Most of the songs either sound cliche or wander in too many directions. I found the vocals reminding me of a weak version of Chris Cornell, evident on songs like "Crucifixation" and never more so than on the ballad "All We Have Is Now". Maybe I am being too critical ? There are some great moments on this album, but they just happen few and far between. There could be promise with this band in progressing with somethng better in the future. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

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Family - Future History (Self Release)

Here's an album I was pleasantly surprised to stumble across. When I first heard the band name Family, I found it rather generic and unremarkable, but this is an excellent case for why you never judge a book by its cover. This album is good, original and compelling with the band being able to take various styles of metal and weave them into something unique. The guitars are ultra dirty and grungy, the drums are tight, and the songs have moments of groove amid interesting riffs. The band consists of members Stephen Gordon, Kurt Applegate, Joshua Lozano and Jody Smith, whose creative minds deliver a sound of stoner sludge metal, layered with elements of prog metal and rock. Family are from Brooklyn New York having released their first album Portrait back in 2012, which somehow I missed. I will be looking forward to hearing now that I've partaked in their second album Future History, a concept album about the evolution of mankind. Among the notable songs from this album are "The Dark Inside", "Day Vision", "Prison Hymn", "Floodgates", and "Night Vision".

Listen to Family

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