In a world of increasing conformity and musical banality, Devin Townsend is among the few real personalities who have character, charisma and surprising innovative creativity. As a solo artist and producer, a member of the (by now disbanded) Strapping Young Lad, with whom he played Ozzfest and the main stage at the Download festival, and vocalist on Steve Vai’s album, Sex And Religion, – Townsend has always inspired fans and critics alike. The latest chapter of his extremely diverse career is entitled Ki and will be out in May/June 2009. “Ki is the first in a series of four albums under the moniker ‘Devin Townsend Project’. Each album is essentially a different band or collection of session musicians playing my music,” Townsend explains. “They were chosen based on what the theme of the album is and the vibe that the album is trying to project. The album Ki is very specific in this quartet of albums in that it controls its anger throughout, barring one song - ‘Heaven Send’ - and really is an exercise in having little to prove.”
An update from team NACHTMYSTIUM: "It is with much honor to announce our upcoming mini-tour with US rock/doom legends PENTAGRAM! The tour kicks off right here in our neighborhood in Chicago and will take us to the West Coast and then down to Texas for six exclusive performances with this very influential band that's been around for nearly four decades in one form or another!
In support of their just-released Corpus In Extremis, infamous Swedish goregrinders GENERAL SURGERY will be touring the western half of the USA in May and will also make a coveted appearance at this year's Maryland Deathfest. The confirmed dates/venues are as follows:
May 9 2009
LA Murderfest @ Knitting Factory
Los Angeles, California
May 10 2009
May 11 2009
Santa Cruz, California
REVOLVER, The World's Loudest Rock Magazine, is hosting a special LISTENABLE giveaway where five lucky winners will receive a cd/shirt combo of GENERAL SURGERY, THE AMENTA, CENTAURUS-A and THE EYES OF A TRAITOR - yes, that's five lucky dudes/dudettes will win a total of four cds and four shirts! spread the word/link, if possible:
Celebrated French metallers GOJIRA will be embarking upon a headling North American tour next month in support of their critically acclaimed The Way of All Flesh. Here are the confirmed dates + venues:
Anton Reisenegger, guitarist/vocalist for Anglo-Chilean thrash masters CRIMINAL, has signed an exclusive endorsement deal with Fernandes Guitars. His weapons of choice are the Fernandes Monterey Deluxe and the Fernandes Vortex Deluxe.
"I am extremely excited and proud I was chosen by Fernandes Guitars to represent them. Fernandes guitars are beautifully crafted instruments, and the pick-up configuration on the Deluxe series leaves absolutely nothing to be desired. I can't wait to play these babies on stage!" comments Reisenegger.
Translation Loss Records are extremely excited to announce the addition of Richmond, VA’s CITY OF SHIPS to their roster! CITY OF SHIPS has been touring relentlessly since its inception in 2005, promoting self-released EPs as well as CD and Vinyl releases from independent Richmond, VA labels Forcefield Records and the Perpetual Motion Machine. The trio will embark on an extensive European tour this summer, first with label mates Rosetta and later joining The End Records’ Braveyoung (previously named Giant, from NC).
Southern Lord Records is pleased to announce the signing of legendary Seattle splatter rock kings THE ACCUSED! Said label head Greg Anderson: "THE ACCUSED and guitarist Tommy Niemeyer were basically responsible for turning me onto hardcore/punk and underground metal. If it wasn't for me witnessing THE ACCUSED slay the audience -- and me -- in 1985 I may be writing this today!"