Album Review: Devin Townsend Project – Transcendence

Album Review: Devin Townsend Project – Transcendence

Band: Devin Townsend Project Album: Transcendence Genre: Progressive/Symphonic metal Date of Release: 09/09/16 Location: Vancouver, Canada Reviewer: Harvey Danger For Fans Of: Devin Townsend, walls of sound, reverb Track Listing: 1. Truth 2. Stormbending 3. Failure 4. Secret Services 5. Higher 6. Stars 7. Transcendence 8. Offer You Light 9. From The Heart 10. Transdermal Celebration Devin Townsend is back with Transcendence, the seventh album in his ongoing Devin Townsend Project series of albums. I’m going to come straight out with it and say that in my opinion, this is some of Townsend’s best work. The entire album is characterised by the artist’s “wall of sound” production style, dislocating your jaw from the moment the music begins and continuing to lay waste to everything in its path until the album’s climax. Starting with a re-recording of ‘Truth’, the opening track from 1998’s ‘Infinity’, the album moving onto the symphonic masterpiece ‘Stormbending’, resplendent with its subtle keys, riffs, and plenty of solos throughout the track. The mood changes on ‘Failure’, with angry chugs and quavering vocals adorning the entire song, with a lengthy guitar solo and keys also featuring heavily. Acoustic and distorted guitars are layered during the intro of ‘Secret Sciences’, giving the impression ol’ Hevy Devy is about trade in his beautifully polished baldness for a mullet and go all country-rock on us, however, this is forgiven once the riffage kicks in and Townsend’s soaring voice reminds you just whose album this is his idea of a good time, with haunting female backing vocals and more ridiculous solos rounding out the symphonic ballad. Thankfully (or disappointingly, depending on...
Album Review: Our Past Days – Keep Safe

Album Review: Our Past Days – Keep Safe

Band: Our Past Days Album: Keep Safe Genre: Pop-punk/emocore Date of Release: 2/9/2016 Location: Sydney Reviewer: Harvey Danger For Fans Of: Neck Deep, Knocked Loose, Thrice Track Listing: 1. Graves (2:35) 2. The Distance (0:47) 3. Too Much, Too Soon (4:02) 4. Restless (2:03) 5. Tired Eyes (2:43) 6. Numb (2:38) 7. Sleep & Stir (3:53) 8. I Still Fear You In My Bones (3:26) 9. Split My Brain (2:57) 10. Bloom Where You’re Planted (3:15) 11. Daylight (3:50) From lineup changes to almost breaking up, Sydney emocore lords OUR PAST DAYS have had a hectic year. Whether through touring with The Wonder Years, or signing to newbie Australian label Greyscale Records, the boys can safely say they’ve earned their keep in the last 12 months. And, as a result of their signing (along with the support and love from their family and friends), Our Past Days are proud to present their debut album Keep Safe. Opening with the banger single Graves, the band set the stage with their exceptional blend of pop-punk, emo, and post-hardcore from the get go. One barely has time to settle before being popped squarely in the jaw by the opening guitar and drum to ‘The Distance’, pounding you into the ground at a blistering pace for the entirety of its 47 seconds, before segueing into ‘Too Much, Too Soon’, which, whilst full of raw emotion, is devoid of any discernible vocal hook whatsoever, unfortunately killing the song for this reviewer. Despite the disappointment afforded by ‘Too Much, Too Soon’s lack of hook, it is more than made up for by the pure, laid...
Album Review: The Dali Thundering Concept – When X Met Y

Album Review: The Dali Thundering Concept – When X Met Y

Band: The Dali Thundering Concept Album: When X Met Y Location: Paris Release Date: 2016 Genre: Progressive metal, djent, mathcore Reviewer: Samuel Worsfold For Fans Of: The Dillinger Escape Plan, Veil of Maya, bands with more guitar strings then they really need I’ve probably pissed you off already by describing this band as “djent”, so if that did annoy you, I have quite a few more jokes lined up for this review so try not to cry too hard if and when I offend you. I first heard The Dali Thundering Concept back in 2014, when their glorious full-length Eyes Wide Opium first dropped and drove me headfirst into a wall of ambience and more “0-0-0-0-1-1-1-0-0’s” than I could shake a stick at. All jokes aside though, as this album was phenomenal to me (and without sounding as pretentious as the lyrics for ‘Astral Body’ by Between the Buried And Me), it took me on a journey. If you haven’t already checked out Eyes Wide Opium, do it NOW, and then go into hibernation for a couple of months to listen to it on repeat then come back to reading this review. Okay, so you liked it? If the answer was no then shhh, because you should read this review anyway of their remastered EP titled When X Met Y. So this EP came before the marvellous Eyes Wide Opium, but has since been remastered from its 2012 release, and even has a new bonus track which was recorded recently featuring a vast array of guest vocalists. This EP is actually quite different to the full-length, it sounds as...
THE IRON EYE Release New Single ‘Just Started’

THE IRON EYE Release New Single ‘Just Started’

Brisbane alternative rock outfit The Iron Eye are releasing a single entitled ‘Just Started’ on Friday the 2nd of September in anticipation of their upcoming EP, Foreign Bodies. Recorded at Melbourne’s The Studios, the EP will be produced by Tom Larkin, and mixed by Samuel K, with a release to be expected sometime between September and November. The single sees the band wearing their influences on their sleeves, which is another of saying it sounds reminiscent of Kasabian or a number of other British acts of the last decade from whom the band has taken pointers. In saying that, however, it definitely remains more invocative of their earlier work than anyone else’s. In celebration of the single’s release, the band will be performing at Brisbane’s Crowbar supporting hard rock duo King of the North. You can check out the poster and the new single below. FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 2ND – BRISBANE CROWBAR SUPPORTING KING OF THE NORTH & W/ SPECIAL GUESTS HOBO MAGIC & SMOKING...
Album Review: Totally Unicorn – Dream Life

Album Review: Totally Unicorn – Dream Life

Band: Totally Unicorn Album: Dream Life Genre: Noisecore Date of release: 29/07/2016 Location: NSW, Australia Reviewer: Mitch Alexander For fans of: The Chariot, Norma Jean, dads Track Listing: 1. Old Cute & Purified (3:00) 2. Welcome To Slugtown (2:15) 3. April 29 Brothers (2:05) 4. Glow Of the Wine Teeth (1:29) 5. You Smell Like A Trophy (3:12) 6. Customer Service Station (2:00) 7. Borrow (2:28) 8. Part Time Model (2:57) 9. Space Congratulations (2:20) 10. Convict Brick (1:00) 11. Dream Life (3:07) This album is the sound of getting too drunk at a party full of people much younger than you, and realizing it. Totally Unicorn (full disclosure) have been my favourite live band in Australia for years, mostly due to the wild and drunken abandon of their lead singer Drew, the music being the perfect accoutrement to the spectacle. Everything they’ve done until now has been in service of The Party — their film clips are Tim And Eric-esque pisstakes of Parkway Drive. I once watched them perform in Wiggle’s skivvies while Drew stripped to his tie-dyed underwear, and the opening track of their EP was called “Ummmm … yeah we’re the gay Metallica.” With Dream Life, they’ve taken a slightly different tact. Instead of being the woeful “hangover/party’s over” album that they could’ve been (maybe) forgiven for writing, they’ve gone for the “oh shit I’m drinking from random beer bottles at a table full of strangers I don’t remember meeting” record. I’ll get to the songs and production in a minute (calm ya fuckin’ farm), but I don’t think I can overstate how great the mood...