18:06 - Zaphod Besides, there are many popular fantasy books that are just rehashes of Tolkien, even modern releases. Now Malazan is another long series that I haven't read yet, but that one I will at least check out because I heard it is fresh
18:04 - Zaphod Just because it received acclaim doesn't mean it's original or good. I'm not gonna judge it since I haven't read it, but I never will because I don't think it worth finding out since it's such a long series.
18:00 - bloodwrage I read the first of the Wheel of Time series for the first time a few months ago, and all I could think about was how much of a LOTR rehash it was.
17:56 - LeKiwi @Zaphod: I doubt that, else it wouldn't have received such acclaim ;) @Red: Trust me, it possesses none of the aspects of a popularised fantasy novel. It's about as fresh as it can get in fantasy...still surprises me how he did it
Canadian prog master Devin Townsend has released a trailer for his upcoming new DVD, By A Thread - Live In London 2011, and you can watch it below. The 5 CD and 4 DVD boxset will contain the unique sold out UK shows of last November where all four albums Ki, Addicted, Ghost and Deconstruction were performed and filmed for posterity.
By A Thread - Live In London 2011 will be released on June 18th in Europe and June 19th in North America through HevyDevy Records / InsideOut Music. More details about this release were previously reported here.
Progressive metal genius Devin Townsend has revealed the cover for his upcoming four-disc DVD box set entitled By A Thread - Live in London 2011, which is set for release on June 18th in Europe and June 19th in North America through InsideOut. The DVD box will contain the unique sold out UK shows of last fall where he performed all four albums Ki, Addicted, Ghost and Deconstruction.
Here's what Devin has to say about the show: "The show is being called "The Retinal Circus", (named after an old Vancouver club in the 60's, famous for psychedelic rock shows) and will be more than just a musical performance... there will be an art exhibition, actors, Ziltoid, stilt walkers, fire breathers... you name it. My goal has always been to make shows, and this is the first opportunity I have been given to do a high-end production that puts it all together! It's the closest Saturday to Halloween, and the goal is to make something amazing that we can all enjoy... details to come... psychedelic!"
"Julaar", the brand-new video from Canadian progressive metallers The Devin Townsend Project can be streamed in the YouTube-video below.
"Julaar" features guest appearance from legendary ex-Emperor frontman Vegard Sverre "Ihsahn" Tveitan and comes off the band's latest album Deconstruction, which was released on June 21st through InsideOut Music.
German sludge metallers The Ocean, who previously reported that their North American tour plans were scrapped, have announced that they will be supporting fellow progressive act The Devin Townsend Project. The tour heads out on October 8th and promises to be one of the best progressive tours of the Fall. Those who have been wanting for longer sets from both acts, who often serve to support other bands on tour, will be treated to a once-on-a-lifetime evening of progressive metal grandeur.
The Devin Townsend Project recently completed their remarkable 4-album series with Deconstruction and Ghost. Both were released on June 20th via InsideOut Music. These two albums are some of the most highly anticipated works of the year.
Now, InsideOut Music revealed a new Devin Townsend Project landing-page, where you can download a 10 song compilation of Devin's releases, for free (including songs off Ziltoid, Infinity, Ki, Ocean Machine, Terria and more)! Check out the landing page at this location (Facebook / Twitter log-in required to access the downloads).
The Devin Townsend Project is about to complete their remarkable 4-album series with Deconstruction and Ghost. You can now download two brand-new yet unreleased songs, entitled "Juular" (featuring Ihsahn, ex-Emperor) from Deconstruction and "Feather" from Ghost on the landing page available at this location (you'll need to share the page through Facebook or Twitter to access the downloads).
Deconstruction and Ghost will be released in North America on June 21 (one day earlier internationally) through InsideOut Music. More album details were previously reported over here.
Hevy Devy is a hot, hot, hot item on Metal Storm these days. The musical genius/maniac has finally announced more details regarding the release of Deconstruction and Ghost — the third and fourth in a series of albums which will complete his tetralogy album concept — a great journey through Devin's different states of musical moods — which he started in 2009 with the albums Addicted (2009) and Ki (2009).
Townsend tapped Jens Bogren (Paradise Lost, Opeth, Bloodbath) to mix Deconstruction. The sessions took place late last month at Fascination Street studio in Örebro, Sweden. The CD features guest appearances by a number of well-known metal musicians (see below) as well as two drummers — Ryan Van Poederooyen (The Devin Townsend Band) for the "crushing stuff," and Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork, Aborted, a shitload of other bands) for the "inhuman stuff."
Children Of Bodom has announced a North American headlining tour in support of their new album Relentless Reckless Forever. Support on the Children Of Bodom tour will come from Devin Townsend with openers Obscura and Septicflesh rotating positions each night.
Brought to you by Guitar World and Revolver, the North American leg of Children Of Bodom's Ugly World Tour will kick off in Los Angeles on June 24 and run through July 24 in Montreal where COB will perform alongside Kiss, Motörhead and more as part of the Heavy MTL hard rock festival.
"We are psyched to see all of our friends in North America and to play our new songs live for all of the Bodom maniacs," commented COB guitarist/vocalist Alexi "Wildchild" Laiho. "Get ready to throw it down!"
Devin Townsend has just revealed the cover artwork for the upcoming album Ghost.
Devin previously stated about the Ghost art: "The macro shot was influenced by some shots someone on Twitter showed me. But a great photographer named Brian Kibbons did the whole album, and Travis Smith (Nevermore, Opeth) did the layout."
According to Devin, "Ghost is the mellowest (by far) and prettiest record I've done so far" with a "very wonderful vibe." It will be released with "the shitstorm that is Deconstruction simultaneously" — probably in June through InsideOut Music.
As fans are eagerly awaiting the release of the free live EP that keeps on getting delayed, Devin Townsend has uploaded "Drench", an unreleased song from the album Ghost, on his official Soundcloud page.
Commented Heavy Devy: "Here's an out-take from the Ghost sessions. Please enjoy, it's not as much of a 'song' as it is a 'vibe'..."
A live version of another new track off Ghost, called "Fly", can be heard over here. Deconstruction and Ghost, the third and fourth in a series of Devin Townsend Project albums, will likely be released this summer.