The fact is, I could continue the format of the past two days, spending each day focussing on various projects and chapters of the great manโ€™s influential and biblically prolific career, but thereโ€™s less than three weeks left of the year. Todayโ€™s post, in a sense, is about the man himself. Strapping Young Lad and … Continue reading 346: DEVIN TOWNSEND


Perhaps one of the biggest parts of Townsendโ€™s post-SYL career, The Devin Townsend Project started out at a 4-album project, neatly compartmentalising the music he had produced since returning from hiatus, clean and clean it. Devy found the ~60 songs he had written fell into four distinct groups - bluesy prog rock sort of stuff … Continue reading 345: THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT


When Devin Townsend, heavy metal alchemist and all around musical genius, set about creating his musical project, Strapping Young Lad, it was a shock to the Canadian metal scene. With the perfectly titled debut, โ€˜Heavy as a Really Heavy Thingโ€™, Townsend combined elements of thrash, death, and industrial metal, and more, into a monstrous wall … Continue reading 344: STRAPPING YOUNG LAD


Wormwitchโ€™s second album, 2019โ€™s โ€˜The Heaven That Dwells Withinโ€™, was a revelation to me. While, on the surface, they werenโ€™t the first to do what they were doing, for me this was the first time Iโ€™d heard someone make black metal sound so melodic. Of course I now see beyond that day one analysis, and … Continue reading 337: WORMWITCH

255: RUSH

With an active career spanning over 40 years (particularly as the holy trinity of Lee, Lifeson, and Peary from 1974 onwards) Rush are one of the most influential progressive rock bands of all time. Their unfettered experimentation in the rock realm helped pioneer concept albums, lengthy tracks, and synthesisers in prog rock. They also delved … Continue reading 255: RUSH

244: EX DEO

With metal as a blanket genre turning 50 years old recently, with all its subgenres, permeations, and gimmicks, youโ€™d be forgiven for thinking that every concept had already been mined. However, Ex Deo delve into an untapped concept for a metal band - the history of the Ancient Roman Empire. The brainchild of Kataklysm frontman, … Continue reading 244: EX DEO