The Fall Of Hearts Tour: Katatonia, Caspian, and Uncured in Pittsburgh @MrSmalls

Katatonia have long displayed a masterful propensity for expressing the tears and torments of mortality, offering sumptuous glimmers of sonic hope to soothe our troubled souls,” so states the biography of the band via their website.  It’s not a boast it is simply a fact.  The 25-year-old band out of Stockholm has survived the test of time by consistently producing heavy tonal music that is in a category all its own.  Never relying on the same output of tunes, Katatonia has repeatedly reinvented themselves without losing themselves, or their audience. As Anders Nyström (guitar) has stated, “Our musical signals and language have changed considerably from 1993 to 2016, but I can still sense a common message in the atmosphere sustaining since day one. Maybe you could call us a progressive metal band with a deep passion for non-metal music? It’s easy to reach all the branches in the tree and let them sway when you have a firm root to climb (http://katatonia.com/biography/).”

Opening with “Last Song Before The Fade” from their new album, The Fall of Hearts, Katatonia was quick to set the intense somber tone of the evening (Set List below via Setlist.fm).  With sparse lighting and foreboding swirls of the deepest, darkest metal the band put on a soulful and unforgettable performance.

Caspian, a post-rock band from Beverly, MA were a good pairing for Katatonia as they are not as dark, but just as musically intense and talented.  At times reminiscent of a metal U2, the band has performed on the Last Call With Carson Daly which highlighted their atmospheric songwriting.

Uncured is a young progressive metal band out of NYC following in the vein of Opeth, Dream Theater, Mastodon, and Gojira.  The band has a bright future considering the critical praise for their EP release and their newly release LP on March 10. 2017.

 

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THE RETICENT Debut New Song: “The Confrontation”

THE RETICENT Debut New Song: “The Confrontation
Dead Rhetoric zine has partnered with Progressive Metal band THE RETICENT for the exclusive premiere of “The Confrontation” from On The Eve of a Goodbye. Stream it at http://deadrhetoric.com/randomness/exclusive-stream-the-reticents-the-confrontation/
Grammy nominated Christopher Hathcock has returned with the fourth album from THE RETICENT. Heaven & Hell Records is pleased to announce the October 5th release of On The Eve Of A Goodbye. Pre-order the album at http://www.thereticent.net/
The album was produced by Jamie King (BTBAM, The Wretched, Scale The Summit), and will be released on limited edition CD with complete lyrics. Check out the official video for album track “The Girl Broken” at this location, as well as “The Comprehension” video here.
This is undoubtedly the most ambitious and intense offering from THE RETICENT to date. An uncompromising autobiographical concept record, On the Eve Of A Goodbye is certain to exceed all expectations, boasting 73 minutes of stirring progressive metal that must be heard in its entirety to grasp the full magnitude.
On The Eve Of A Goodbye is an autobiographical concept album. All of the tracks serve to detail the day before, day of, and day after the suicide of THE RETICENT’s mastermind Chris Hathcock’s childhood friend, Eve.  The songs chronicle his concern for her, her deterioration into self-hatred, and culminates with the tragic act and its aftermath.  Not only a stylistic contrast to previous releases, this album is also intensely more personal than past Reticent albums (which were already emotional purges).  The album is intended to be heard as a single entity rather than a collection of tracks.
“This is an album that is utterly amazing start to finish.” 10/10
 – My Global Mind
“A degree of musical mastery” 
– Jamie King
 
“An album of incredibly well crafted metal and rock.”
 – Shutter 16
Track Listing:
1. 24 Hours Left
2. The Girl Broken
3. The Hypocrite
4. 19 Hours Left
5. The Comprehension
6. The Confrontation
7. The Apology
8. 10 Hours Left
9. The Mirror’s Reply
10. The Postscript
11. 2 Hours Left
12. The Decision
13. Funeral For A Firefly
14. The Day After
15. For Eve
The album was recorded in order in the span of a few days in the summer of 2015 (with a touch up in November 2015).  Producer/Engineer Jamie King (known for previous work with BTBAM, The Wretched, Scale The Summit, etc.) chose to allow Hathcock to do as he needed in the studio as he felt it added greatly to the emotion of the record.  In fact, on the song “Funeral for a Firefly” when trying to record the lead vocal part, Hathcock made it only two lines in before sobbing hysterically as memories and the trauma he had held back for a decade came flooding to the forefront.  After calming to the point that he could catch his breath, Hathcock told Jamie King that he felt unable to record the song.  Jamie encouraged him to try just one more time and if it didn’t work, they’d drop it.  Hathcock went back into the booth and made it through the entire song with constant tears streaming down his face and his voice cracking and quivering as he went through.  Jamie was so affected by the performance he said he wanted to keep the raw performance – as in no edits to the sound so every sniffle and breath could be heard putting the listener in the booth with the despairing singer.
Credits:
All music, lyrics, and narration written by Chris Hathcock
All instruments and vocals performed by Chris Hathcock
except the following:
Narration by Carl Hathcock, Juston Green, and Amanda Caines
Female vocals by Amanda Caines
French Horn by Dr. Nicholas Kenney
Trombone and Trumpet by Matthew Parunak
Tenor Saxophone by Andrew Lovett
Produced by Jamie King
Mixed, Mastered, and Engineered by Jamie King at The Basement Studios
Executive Producer: Chris Hathcock

www.thereticent.net

Devin Townsend un-boxes ‘The Retinal Circus’ deluxe fan box

Last month, the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT released The Retinal Circus, an epic recording of his sold-out show at the Roundhouse in London in 2012. A very special diehard deluxe fan box was created, and Devin himself has put together a video showing just what treasures can be found inside this unique release. Fans can watch that video here:

 

http://youtu.be/Hk0wlqwrabw

 

 

For a preview of The Retinal Circus, fans can watch the previously released DVD clips for “Kingdom“, “Grace“, and “War“.

 

Featuring a three hour plus performance that spans Devin Townsend’s entire career, The Retinal Circus includes a full choir and theatrical cast, visual and aural enhancements unlike any show Devin has done to date, several special guests, circus performances and more. To purchase The Retinal Circus, please visit iTunes for a digital copy or CM Distrofor a variety of physical formats.

 

Read on for a few reviews of this must-have Hevy Devy CD/DVD set!

 

“A thrilling blend of standard concert fare, visual theatre, and wild stage antics, its absurdity, ambition, and staggering showmanship make [‘The Retinal Circus’] an incredibly engaging experience.” — POP MATTERS.com

 

“Anyone who is a fan of anything Devin Townsend should totally pick up ‘Retinal Circus’ in some form…” — METAL INJECTION.net

 

“[‘The Retinal Circus’] showcases [Devin Townsend’s] passions, his theatricality, and, yes, his insane genius while being entirely playful and charming.” — BLOODY DISGUSTING.com

 

“…a conceptual orgasm of the eyes.” — LOUDWIRE.com

 

“…I would certainly recommend that fans pick up this live album. If I could, I would have given ‘The Retinal Circus’ a 6/5…” — NEW NOISE MAGAZINE.com

 

“‘The Retinal Circus’ is full of the energy and smart-ass antics Townsend has been giving to his live gigs since he began doing them again.” — HEAVY METAL.ABOUT.com

 

DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT live:

Feb. 18-22–Progressive Nation At Sea 2014–Miami, FL

 

Devin Townsend online:

http://www.hevydevy.com

http://www.facebook.com/dvntownsend

http://www.omerch.com

 

DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT launches “War” video clip online, reveals contents of deluxe edition of ‘Retinal Circus’ CD/DVD set

After releasing Epicloud last year to critical acclaim, the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT will be giving fans a new DVD/CD set this fall, entitled Retinal Circus. Due out October 29thin the USA via InsideOut Music (September 30th in Europe), fans can now watch a video clip of the track “War” taken from said DVD:

Retinal Circus will be available as a 2 DVD/2 CD digipack set with the following imports available at CM Distro:

–standard 2-disc DVD

–standard 1-disc Blu-Ray

–standard 2-CD audio

–special edition 2-DVD/1-Blu Ray/2-CD box set

–diehard deluxe fan box incl. 2-DVD/1-Blu Ray/2-CD (pictured below)

Filmed in fall 2012, the Retinal Circus takes place at London’s historic Roundhouse venue and includes a three hour plus performance that spans Devin Townsend’s entire career. With a full choir and theatrical cast, visual and aural enhancements unlike any show Devin has done to date, several special guests, circus performances and more, this CD/DVD set is a must-have for any Hevy Devy fan! For another preview of Retinal Circus, click here for a live clip of “Grace” (featuring frequent collaborator Anneke Van Giersbergen).
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT live:

Feb. 18-22–Progressive Nation At Sea 2014–Miami, FL

Devin Townsend online:

http://www.hevydevy.com 

http://www.facebook.com/dvntownsend 

http://www.omerch.com 

PROGRESSIVE NATION AT SEA POWERED BY INSIDEOUT MUSIC ANNOUNCES MORE ARTISTS

PROGRESSIVE NATION AT SEA ANNOUNCES MORE ARTISTS
[Devin Townsend, Adrian Belew Power Trio, Haken, The Safety Fire & Animals as Leaders]

 

“PROGRESSIVE NATION AT SEA 2014 POWERED BY INSIDEOUT MUSIC”
MAKES ITS MAIDEN VOYAGE FEB 18TH THRU 22ND, 2014.
 
Progressive Nation is hitting the high seas in 2014!  Join us in this inaugural sailing from February 18th – 22nd 2014 on the luxurious Norwegian Pearl heading from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay and Freeport, Bahamas.  This music festival at sea gives you an experience that a land festival just can’t match. In addition to 4 days in the beautiful Caribbean and all the amenities of a cruise ship; you will enjoy music from morning ’til night with over 40 shows on multiple stages, along with activities, Q&A’s, panels and workshops from your favorite artists.
The lineup includes:
TRANSATLANTIC, PORTNOY SHEEHAN MACALPINE SHERINIAN, JON ANDERSON, ADRIAN BELEW’S POWER TRIO, DEVIN TOWNSEND, KING’S X, SPOCK’S BEARD, THE FLOWER KINGS, PAIN OF SALVATION, RIVERSIDE, ANIMALS AS LEADERS, THE SAFETY FIRE, TONY HARNELL & BUMBLEFOOT, BIGELF, BEARDFISH, THE DEAR HUNTER, HAKEN, JOLLY AND NEXT TO NONE

 

PROGRESSIVE NATION founder Mike Portnoy elaborates:
“In 2008 & 2009, I created a touring package called “Progressive Nation” and with Dream Theater headlining, we did three full tours (two in North America and one in Europe) that showcased a variety of bands that embraced the spirit and musicality of progressive music.

 

Well after a 5 year hiatus, I have decided to resurrect Progressive Nation and this time we are taking it to the seas!
But rather than a 4 band bill like previous Progressive Nation tours, we have expanded the bill to OVER A DOZEN of today’s greatest progressive bands, musicians and artists! (and there may be one or two more still to be confirmed)

 

Myself and my former DT bandmate Derek Sherinian have teamed up with Sixthman (who have done incredibly successful cruises with Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the annual Kiss Cruise to name a few) as well as our friends at InsideOut Music and look forward to a very successful inaugural launch of PROGRESSIVE NATION AT SEA Feb 18th thru 22nd 2014

 

We are so excited to take part in this historic maiden voyage and look forward to sharing this one of a kind event with fans from all around the world!”

 

Visit www.progressivenationatsea.com to register for the pre-sale today!

This music festival at sea gives music fans an experience that a land festival just can’t match. In addition to 4 days in the beautiful Caribbean, guest will have the opportunity to see their favorite musical heroes perform numerous sets around the many stages set around Norwegian Pearl. And when guests are not attending a performance, a variety of activities hosted by the artists will fill the day.
Progressive Nation at Sea begins at $700 per person plus taxes and fees. Prices include entertainment, meals, and access to Norwegian Pearl’s outstanding amenities, including outdoor pool, hot tubs, rock climbing wall, and fitness center. Fans can read more and sign up for the Progressive Nation pre-sale at  www.progressivenationatsea.com.
With 15 decks of fun, Norwegian Pearl offers guests access to 13 bars and lounges, 19 dining experiences, one outdoor pool, four hot tubs, and spa treatments to help forget about the world left behind. Onboard concerts aren’t the only things that rock on Norwegian Pearl – passengers looking for more activities can visit the outdoor climbing wall, bowl a few frames at the onboard lanes, or tempt lady luck at The Pearl Club Casino. Progressive Nation cruisers will also have the opportunity to explore the sandy beaches of Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, their very own private island getaway. A host of beachside activities and games, the gigantic “Hippo” water slide, and access to food and beverage service will make the stay on Great Stirrup Cay an unforgettable experience.
Forthcoming announcements are scheduled to follow detailing artist-hosted activities, theme night information, contest additions, and activities!  For full details and to sign up for the pre-sale, fans should visit

PROGRESSIVE NATION AT SEA POWERED BY INSIDEOUT MUSIC  

Century Media Records announces “Noize N The Hood” parking lot sale featuring appearances by WATAIN, BONDED BY BLOOD, and more

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On Saturday, June 15th, Century Media Records’ Los Angeles office will host a parking lot sale from 12-4PM with hundreds of titles from their warehouse on-sale for reduced price. With discounts on everything ranging from AT THE GATES, DEICIDE, MARDUK, DARK TRANQUILLITY, WHITE WIZZARD, MORBID ANGEL, GAMMA BOMB, MUNICIPAL WASTE, DEATH WOLF and more, there’s sure to be something for every metal fan at this special event. Free posters, stickers, and exclusive items such as DEVIN TOWNSEND and LACUNA COIL box sets, MARDUK 7″s, DEATH WOLF and DARK TRANQUILLITY LP’s will also be given away.

Aptly named “Noize N The Hood”, this sale will also feature performances by the legendary HIRAX and local thrashers BONDED BY BLOOD, in addition to artist signings by WATAIN front-man Erik Danielsson and members of WINDS OF PLAGUE, BUTCHER BABIES, WHITE WIZZARD, among others. Signings will begin at 12:30PM (WATAIN’s Erik will be signing from 1:45-2:45PM, in-between BONDED BY BLOOD’s and HIRAX’s performances), so be sure to get to the ‘hood early! Century Media Records’ USA office is located at:

Century Media Records

2323 W. El Segundo Blvd.

Hawthorne, CA 90250

Various vendors and food trucks will be present at “Noize N The Hood”, including (but not limited to) Monster Energy, Warlord Clothing, Lock & Shock, Western Evil, To Die For Clothing, and Whipped, Baked & Sprinkled.

For full event details, please visit: http://smarturl.it/noizeinthehood615

Founded in 1988, Century Media Records is one of the leading independent labels in the music industry, boasting a roster that spans almost every sub-genre within heavy metal and hard rock, and a massive back catalog that includes some of the genre’s most legendary acts. The label is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with new releases from QUEENSRYCHE, BUTCHER BABIES, WATAIN, EYES SET TO KILL and BUCKCHERRY, among many other soon-to-be classics. For more information about Century Media, please visit: http://www.centurymedia.com/

“Noize N The Hood” event page:

http://smarturl.it/noizeinthehood615

 

Century Media Records online:

http://www.centurymedia.com/

 

WATAIN online:

http://http://www.facebook.com/watainofficial

 

HIRAX online:

http://www.blackdevilrecords.com/

 

BONDED BY BLOOD online:

http://www.facebook.com/officialbondedbyblood

 

WHITE WIZZARD online:

http://http://www.facebook.com/WhiteWizzard

 

WINDS OF PLAGUE online:

http://http://www.facebook.com/windsofplague

 

BUTCHER BABIES online:
http://www.facebook.com/ButcherBabiesMusic

 

WHILE SHE WAITS Announces New Endorsement Deal with Warwick Basses & Framus Guitars

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Phoenix, AZ rockers WHILE SHE WAITS are pleased to announce their new endorsement deal with Warwick/Framus Basses and Guitars. Framus guitars and Warwick basses have been used by many artists and bands like MetallicaAlice in ChainsMastodonTRAPTMeshuggah,Devin Townsend and more.

 

WHILE SHE WAITS has released an official statement about the endorsement. “We are so excited to start playing the best guitars and basses on the planet. Getting an exclusive endorsement from Warwick/Framus is an amazing feeling. Having an industry leader believe in our music is unreal. We want to thank Chris at Warwick/Framus for teaming this great company and product up with us.”

 

“As artist relations manager for Warwick and Framus USA, we are thrilled to begin an endorsement relationship with WHILE SHE WAITS,” adds Warwick/Framus Artist Relations rep Christopher Kunitz.  “They are a great band, write awesome, catchy rock songs and stick out from the crowd by having a rip-roaring Southern-rock influence and an extremely high level of musicianship.  Our guitars and basses are the best in the world and are played by some of the best musicians in the world.  We are looking forward to a bright future with WHILE SHE WAITS and the exposure for the brand that they are sure to bring.”

 

This summer, WHILE SHE WAITS plans on hitting the road with fellow Warwick/Framus endorsed band Throw Logic. The band had some words to share about WHILE SHE WAITS’ endorsement as well. “We are stoked to be heading out on the road this summer with our fellow Warwick/Framus guitar endorsed friends WHILE SHE WAITS. The earth rumbling sound of these Warwick bass guitars and legendary tones of the Framus guitars are unmatched. We atThrow Logic want to welcome WHILE SHE WAITS to the Warwick/Framus family.”

 

WHILE SHE WAITS is also currently endorsed by KranK Amplifiers, Swiss Picks, Stiff Amplifications, Tsunami Cables and Buzz Technical.

 

The band is performing at more select shows in the Southwest U.S. this spring. See below for all currently confirmed tour dates:

 

3/30 – Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky A Go Go w/ Soil

4/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Venue TBA

4/30 – Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky A Go Go w/ Taproot

 

 

WHILE SHE WAITS recently announced their new record deal with Oklahoma City, OK based record label TMG Records and are working on new music to be released with the label later this year. WHILE SHE WAITS brings the influences of Volbeat, Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots, Blackstone Cherry and more fused with their upbeat Southern-rock styles.

 

 

WHILE SHE WAITS is:

James Cole- vocals

Tommy Gibbons- lead guitars, backing vocals

Timothy Rooen- rhythm guitars

Aaron Belk- drums, backing vocals

Blake Jordan- bass

 

For more information on WHILE SHE WAITS, visit www.whileshewaits.com.

Gojira and Devin Townsend SELL OUT Mr.Smalls, Pittsburgh PA

Since the cancellation of the 2012 North American summer tour dates with Lamb of God and Deathklok, Gojira finally made their way back to Pittsburgh at Mr. Smalls in Millvale. The voyage of the French Death Metal quartet had been much anticipated by fans from all over. Vans and buses with out of state license plates halted to a stop near the venue mid-day, and metal-heads alike sifted through the doors like a clown car. The energy and camaraderie was thick in the teasing spring air and sun, as an omen that this was going to be an experience of a life-time for all.

Pittsburgh Music Magazine had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Devin Townsend himself for the second time, hours before the doors opened. As myself and Chief of Operations Alan Welding walk into his dressing room backstage of the venue, we are greeted by the pleasant echo of Townsend ripping through a new amp head. After Townsend energetically and genuinely asked us how were both doing, we jumped right into our extensively interesting interview.

After meeting with Townsend, who is unbelievably down to earth and intelligent, we ran into a few other down to earth dudes, to say the least. Catching up with Gojira themselves, Joe Duplantier on vocals and rhythm guitar, and Jean-Michel Labadie on bass was another incredible highlight. The guys chatted with us for a few minutes, asking if I was sick since they could hear it in my voice, and disclosing that they too, were also feeling under the weather. As a fan (and when I say fan, I mean A HUGE FAN), you never really know what you’re going to get when you meet your most revered musicians. ALL of Gojira’s discography plays on my iPod constantly, and “The Way of all Flesh” NEVER makes its way out of my car. Joe and Jean-Michel were extremely friendly and confirmed my admiration for their music, and the embodiment of the positive image they portray to their fans all over the world.

Hours later, the Atlas Moth, an American Post-Metal band from Chicago, warmed the stage with an impressive tone for The Devin Townsend Project, and Gojira. Townsend followed, surprising the hell out of me with his gritty performance. Behind closed doors this guy is a total gentleman and overall extremely intelligent goofball. On stage he is a total ‘effing rockstar. Switching out numerous guitars after nearly every song and flipping pedals left and right, this guy and his band members absolutely blew me away with their huge sound. Townsend’s ludicrous stage presence made him all the more charming and ominous, and his Rocky-Horror style really appealed not only to me as a new fan, but to the rest of his loyal followers.

The finality was the entrance of the ultimate rockstars themselves. Gojira besieged with “Explosia,” and an energy and aura that I’ve only ever dreamed of experiencing with a live performance. Something is so very different about Gojira in so many ways. Not a second went by that they didn’t have the entire audience by the pits of their stomachs, unable to blink with anticipation for every synchronized beat. I had to catch myself in the moment and stay with the performance in order to absorb it to the fullest, as much as I wanted to drift into a lullaby. Slaying songs like, “Vacuity” and “The Art of Dying” transitioned the entire set in the strongest, and most flawless performance I’ve ever witnessed. Everything was perfect, down to the implausible drum solo that left us totally speechless, to the faultless extended experimental solo from Mario Duplantier. Nearing the end of the set, Mario delivered an intensively moving statement paralleling, “This song is about the inner child that we all have protecting us. Always be true to yourself,” segwaying into “L’Enfant Sauvage.” Gojira was demanded back to the stage with an ear-shattering encore, where they absolutely killed “The Gift of Guilt” off of their new album, L’Enfant Sauvage. At no point in time was anyone lacking in energy or true commitment and passion to give Pittsburgh an incredible show. Their entire performance just made about 75% of every other metal band I’ve ever seen look like little girls. These guys were so crisp and clean that one could literally hear a pin drop at a pause from anywhere in the venue, and Jean-Michel delivered one of the most undulant bass performances unlike any I had seen. Oh yeah, and did I mention they were sick?

All Pictures copyright AWeldingphoto and Pittsburgh Music Magazine 2013

PMM's Alan with Devin holding his very own Pittsburgh Music Mag T-shirt
PMM’s Alan with Devin holding his very own Pittsburgh Music Mag T-shirt

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Editor Kait Begley hanging with Joe and Jean-Michel from Gojira pre-show
Editor Kait Begley hanging with Joe and Jean-Michel from Gojira pre-show
COO Alan also with Joe and Jean-Michel of Gojira at The Millvale Diner
COO Alan also with Joe and Jean-Michel of Gojira at The Millvale Diner

THE CENTURY MEDIA FAMILY Launches Spotify App

THE CENTURY MEDIA FAMILY is proud to announce the launch of its official Spotify app offering over 20 million Spotify users access to tons of entertaining and informative features from the most successful and fascinating acts in metal, prog, rock, punk and hardcore.

One of the app’s primary features are playlists which are continuously updated by both artist and label contributors. Some of the first playlists to be spotlighted are by Anders Friden (In Flames), Greg Mackintosh (Paradise Lost), Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) and Bleed From Within. Check out playlists to see who inspired your favorite artists and who they’re currently listening to.

For fans that are more genre inclined, each label from THE CENTURY MEDIA FAMILY is featured with its own section. Each label will list brand-new releases, news pieces, tour dates and offer shopping capabilities directly from CMDistro.

THE CENTURY MEDIA FAMILY consists of primary rock and metal label Century Media Records (In Flames, Lacuna Coil, Arch Enemy), prog leaders Inside Out Music (Devin Townsend, Steve Hackett, Riverside, Transatlantic), alt prog label SuperBall Music (Trail Of Dead, Dredg) and punk rock specialists People Like You Records (Broilers, Mad Sin).

So, check out our new label app and enjoy the diversity and quality of our artists and labels in the best possible way on Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/app/metalofthecentury

THE CENTURY MEDIA FAMILY online:
http://www.centurymedia.com

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Devin Townsend announces NAMM appearances at EMG, Warwick

Devin Townsend–guitar virtuoso and musical genius–will be appearing at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) trade show on Saturday, January 26th for signings at EMG (2-3PM) and Warwick (4-5PM). To attend the show and the signing, you must have a badge (**NAMM is not open to the public**). For more information about NAMM and how to get entry into the show, please check out the event’s official website: http://www.namm.org

The DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT is currently touring North America with GOJIRA and THE ATLAS MOTH in support of their latest effort, Epicloud, which features the hit single, “Lucky Animals”

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Named one of the best metal albums of 2012 by Decibel Magazine, Metal Sucks.net, and countless others, Epicloud can be purchased at iTunes or CM Distro. Read on for a few reviews of the album:

“‘Epicloud’ is huge…Devin Townsend is to music as what Michelangelo was to painting and sculpting.” — ABSOLUTE PUNK.net

“…an exhilarating amalgam of show tunes, metal, gospel, techno, prog, pop, rock and musical genres that only exist in Townsend’s head.” — DECIBEL MAGAZINE

“Devin Townsend continues to excel at being one of the noteworthy prolific musicians in metal today with the excellent ‘Epicloud’.” — LAMBGOAT.com

“Devin Townsend’s new album, ‘Epicloud,’ is incredible; it might be Devy’s White Album…It melds a whole lot of different styles into a series of dangerously catchy tunes; a whole lot of the album isn’t metal, but every second of it of is great, and yes, most certainly EPIC.” — METAL SUCKS.net

“…a bombastic and catchy record, filled to the brim with some of the best pop metal you will ever find…’Epicloud’ is without a doubt the strongest collection of songs on any Townsend record to date.” — HEAVY BLOG IS HEAVY.com

“Although he’s known world-wide for his heavy riffing, there has always been a lot more than just that going on in his music. Listening to ‘Epicloud’s opening tune ‘True North’ you get classical choruses, power-metal layering, Scandinavian folk and frightfully meaty sludge metal slashing.” — VANCOUVER PROVINCE

DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT tour dates feat. GOJIRA, THE ATLAS MOTH
1/25 – Henry Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
1/27 – Glass House – Pomona, CA
1/28 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
1/29 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
1/31 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
2/1 – White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
2/2 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
2/4 – State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
2/5 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
2/7 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
2/8 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
2/9 – Mr. Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA
2/10 – St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
2/11 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
2/13 – Phoenix Concert Theatre -Toronto, ON
2/14 – Le National – Montreal, QC
2/15 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
2/16 – Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA

Devin Townsend to stream sold out Retinal Circus tomorrow and Tour with Gojira & The Atlas Moth (including PGH)

Tomorrow (October 27th), renowned multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer and now ringleader, Devin Townsend is gearing up for one of his biggest accomplishments to date: The Retinal Circus. Set to take place at London’s historic Roundhouse venue, this one-night only event has been sold out for over a year now; however, fans worldwide can still watch this event live online, thanks to Northern Music Company & InsideOut Music in association with Live Music Stage.

To watch Devin Townsend’s Retinal Circus online, please visit www.livemusicstage.com/retinal-circus to purchase your tickets (tickets can be bought now for £7.99, which is roughly $13 and €10; paypal and all major credit cards are taken). Then on October 27th at 7PM GMT (8PM CET//2PM EST//11AM PST//2AM Perth//3AM Tokyo//5AM Melbourne time, etc.) head back over to www.livemusicstage.com/retinal-circus, log in with your ticket number and watch the folly unfold.

Devin describes the Retinal Circus as: “a retrospective of my career in music to date, with the central theme being a metaphor of how life and the adventures therein are a ‘circus’ of sorts. The show involves a cast of characters and guests that support this theme through carnival type performances. A story about how a troubled young man dreams of fantastic scenarios, (illustrated through the music of my back catalogue), which ultimately crests in the characters realization that life is all about the relationships we have with each other. This is the first opportunity I have been given to make theatrical representations of my music.”

This three hour plus performance will include:

– A retrospective of Devin Townsend’s entire career
– Full choir and theatrical cast
– Visual and aural enhancements unlike any show Devin has done to date
– Several special guests
– Circus and carnival performances and cast
– Art exhibit of Devin’s albums, including explanations of each album

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In addition to Hevy Devy’s Retinal Circus, the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT recently announced North American tour dates with GOJIRA and THE ATLAS MOTH. The tour kicks off on January 14 in Minneapolis and runs through February 16, wrapping up in Philadelphia. Check the dates below to see when DTP will be coming to a city near you!

DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT tour dates feat. GOJIRA, THE ATLAS MOTH
1/14 – Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
1/15 – The Garrick Centre – Winnipeg, MB
1/16 – Odeon Events Centre – Saskatoon, SK
1/17 – MacEwan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB
1/19 – Vogue Theater – Vancouver, BC
1/20 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
1/21 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
1/23 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
1/24 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
1/25 – Henry Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
1/28 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
1/29 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
1/31 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
2/1 – White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
2/2 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
2/4 – State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
2/5 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
2/7 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
2/8 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
2/9 – Mr. Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA
2/11 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
2/13 – Phoenix Concert Theatre -Toronto, ON
2/14 – Le National – Montreal, QC
2/15 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
2/16 – Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA

Devin Townsend to Stream Retinal Circus Extravaganza

On October 27th, renowned multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer and now ringleader, Devin Townsend is gearing up for one of his biggest accomplishments to date: The Retinal Circus. Set to take place at London’s historic Roundhouse venue, this one-night only event has been sold out for over a year now; however, fans worldwide can still watch this event live online, thanks to Northern Music Company & InsideOut Music in association with Live Music Stage.

To watch Devin Townsend’s Retinal Circus online, please visit www.livemusicstage.com/retinal-circus to purchase your tickets (tickets can be bought now for £7.99, which is roughly $13 and €10; paypal and all major credit cards are taken). Then on October 27th at 7PM GMT (8PM CET//2PM EST//11AM PST//2AM Perth//3AM Tokyo//5AM Melbourne time, etc.) head back over to www.livemusicstage.com/retinal-circus, log in with your ticket number and watch the folly unfold.

Devin describes the Retinal Circus as: “a retrospective of my career in music to date, with the central theme being a metaphor of how life and the adventures therein are a ‘circus’ of sorts. The show involves a cast of characters and guests that support this theme through carnival type performances. A story about how a troubled young man dreams of fantastic scenarios, (illustrated through the music of my back catalogue), which ultimately crests in the characters realization that life is all about the relationships we have with each other. This is the first opportunity I have been given to make theatrical representations of my music.”

This three hour plus performance will include:

– A retrospective of Devin Townsend’s entire career
– Full choir and theatrical cast
– Visual and aural enhancements unlike any show Devin has done to date
– Several special guests
– Circus and carnival performances and cast
– Art exhibit of Devin’s albums, including explanations of each album

http://www.hevydevy.com
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Hevy Devy recently released the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT’s new album, Epicloud, to critical acclaim:

“‘Epicloud’ is huge…Devin Townsend is to music as what Michelangelo was to painting and sculpting.” — ABSOLUTE PUNK.net

“Devin Townsend continues to excel at being one of the noteworthy prolific musicians in metal today with the excellent ‘Epicloud’.” — LAMBGOAT.com

“Devin Townsend’s new album, ‘Epicloud,’ is incredible; it might be Devy’s White Album…It melds a whole lot of different styles into a series of dangerously catchy tunes; a whole lot of the album isn’t metal, but every second of it of is great, and yes, most certainly EPIC.” — METAL SUCKS.net

“…a bombastic and catchy record, filled to the brim with some of the best pop metal you will ever find…’Epicloud’ is without a doubt the strongest collection of songs on any Townsend record to date.” — HEAVY BLOG IS HEAVY.com

“Although he’s known world-wide for his heavy riffing, there has always been a lot more than just that going on in his music. Listening to ‘Epicloud’s opening tune ‘True North’ you get classical choruses, power-metal layering, Scandinavian folk and frightfully meaty sludge metal slashing.” — VANCOUVER PROVINCE

Katatonia Makes a Deep Impression on Pittsburgh

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It’s not often that I end up at a show and see a band that has a history dating back to 1991 and I have not in some way heard of them, let alone heard them. Let alone a band that has the following and rich history of Katatonia. Let alone again that this band from Sweden absolutely blew me away and had me downloading their latest effort before they hit their third song. Katatonia performed this week at Mr. Smalls on the Epic Kings and Idols tour with Devin Townsend, Paradise Lost, and Stolen Babies. Fairly laid back guys when I bumped into them backstage, but fierce and dominating in their presence onstage. The music was dark, powerful, intoxicating, and moody. The musicianship and execution was top notch. I left wondering how it was I could have been so deprived of hearing this band that reminded me a little bit of a love fest between Tool, Baroness, Joy Division, and The Cure. Their latest effort is titled “Dead End Kings” and it is truly brilliant. I feel like a kid who has just discovered the coolest toy, a dark demented and brooding toy, but nonetheless the coolest toy…

“Dead End Kings is about the corridors of our mind from where there is no return. Be a king or queen in your own right in
these hallways, even at the dead end. Carry your burden
with pride. That’s what we are doing, twenty years and
counting. Kings, because we believe in what we are
creating, in our own disturbing faith.” — Jonas Renkse

Jonas and Per discuss the making of ‘Dead End Kings’:

Deluxe edition trailer with quotes:

The Katatonia of 2012 is more potent, focused, and creatively impactful than ever before. Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström – alongside guitarist Per Eriksson, bassist Niklas Sandin and drummer Daniel Liljekvist – are at the peak of their powers right now, and their brand new studio album Dead End Kings provides incontrovertible evidence of their unstoppable artistic momentum. A rich, adventurous and endlessly evocative masterwork that exhibits all the Swedish quintet’s established traits while absorbing countless fresh ideas into that monumental sonic brew, this is plainly the strongest and most beguiling album in the Katatonia catalogue to date. It also proves that sadness comes in many shades and that no one is safe from its cold allure. “Dead End Kings represents progression and taking things to the next level,” says Renkse. ”The writing was a little more intense and spontaneous for this one. I think that’s the biggest difference. But it was made with the same mindset as the last few albums. It just had a little more fire involved. We don’t want to repeat ourselves. We are still hungry for new music.”

From the bio on http://katatonia.com/:
‘Formed by vocalist/drummer Jonas Renkse and guitarist Anders Nyström in Stockholm in 1991, the death/doom metal scene; a darker, more emotionally resonant sibling to the ongoing extreme metal world, and one that offered a new and more humane perspective on life’s darker days.

The band’s first releases, the Jhva Elohim Meth…The Revival EP and debut album Dance Of December Souls may have seemed to draw from the same set of influences that inspired like-minded bands across the North Sea like Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride, but by the time Katatonia arrived at 1996’s Brave Murder Day (which featured guest vocals from Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt), the band had already begun to plough their own tearful furrow. “Initially we had no masterplan,” says Renkse today. “All we wanted was a band of our own, as we were totally devoured by the death and doom metal scene that was happening. It wasn’t until later that we could actually carve out our own space and see things with a broader perspective. Katatonia has become a philosophy, at least for ourselves, since it is pretty much all we have. It’s dark and personal music and lyrics, no matter what the environment around us.”

In 1998, Katatonia released Discouraged Ones, an album that saw them step away from more traditional doom-laden atmospheres into an increasingly distinctive sonic world. Incorporating a wide variety of influences, from gothic rock to dark folk, the band’s evolution was gathering pace and their songwriting was maturing accordingly. With Jonas Renksestepping away from the drum stool to focus on his role as vocalist, the Katatonia sound became more focused and intense on 1999’s Tonight’s Decision; a bravura collection of downbeat hymns to the void that set the tone for the new decade that followed.

“Most of our evolution has occurred naturally,” explains Renkse. “We started as Paradise Lost fanboys, but now I think we have a different sound, something we have crafted over the years. With every new album we try to push the boundaries of songwriting and expand the concept of Katatonia without abandoning our foundation and roots.”

As the 21st century has progressed, Katatonia have become one of the most revered and cherished of all bands in the modern heavy music firmament. Through extensive touring and a steady stream of superlative studio releases, including 2001’s classic Last Fair Deal Gone Down and its coruscating 2003 follow-up Viva Emptiness, the Swedes have spread their baleful gospel across the globe, refining and redefining themselves with every step into new territory. With 2006’s The Great Cold Distance and, in particular, 2009’s universally acclaimed Night Is The New Day, Katatonia have stretched beyond their roots in the metal scene and drawn in fans from all across the musical spectrum, not least in the progressive rock realm that has also embraced peers like Opeth and Anathema in recent times. “Yes, Night Is The New Day has been a very successful album for us,” says Renkse. “We did a lot of touring for it, and we could see the fan base expand from one tour to another. Our audience is the same, but bigger and perhaps more varied. It’s people like ourselves…ordinary people with a big love for music.”

After numerous line-up changes over the years, the Katatonia of 2012 is more potent, focused and creatively impactful than ever before. Renkse and Nyström – alongside guitarist Per Eriksson, bassist Niklas Sandin and drummer Daniel Liljekvist – are at the peak of their powers right now, and their brand new studio album Dead End Kings provides incontrovertible evidence of their unstoppable artistic momentum. A rich, adventurous and endlessly evocative masterwork that exhibits all the Swedish quintet’s established traits while absorbing countless fresh ideas into that monumental sonic brew, this is plainly the strongest and most beguiling album in the Katatonia catalogue to date. It also proves that sadness comes in many shades and that no one is safe from its cold allure. “Dead End Kings represents progression and taking things to the next level,” concludes Renkse. ”The writing was a little more intense and spontaneous for this one. I think that’s the biggest difference. But it was made with the same mindset as the last few albums. It just had a little more fire involved. We don’t want to repeat ourselves. We are still hungry for new music.”

Katatonia formed in 1991 in Stockholm, Sweden and was brought together by long time friends, Anders Nyström (aka Blakkheim) and Jonas Renkse (aka Lord Seth). After more than a year of rehearsals and composing, the first real fruits of their labour came to light in mid 1992 with the release of the demo ‘Jhva Elohim Meth’, recorded at Sweden’s Gorysound Studio and produced by the multi-musician Dan Swanö. The demo sold out immediately, bringing Katatonia to the attention of Dutch label Vic Records, who went on to re-release the demo as a mini CD, titled ‘Jhva Elohim Meth – the Revival’. With the CD selling out fast and their reputation spreading like a wildfire through the underground, the duo knew they would need a fuller line-up to move the band up and forward. So, bassist Guillaume Le Huche (aka Israphel Wing) was enlisted to their ranks, enabling them to perform live in concert for the first time in their career.
DANCE OF DECEMBER SOULS – 1993
Things progressed at pace and at the end of 1992 the trio entered into a one-album deal with the now defunct Swedish label No Fashion records. April 1993 saw Katatonia re-enter Gorysound (now renamed Unisound) to record their first full-length album ‘Dance of December Souls’, produced by Katatonia and Dan Swanö. It then seemed like the album would never see the light of day, but was eventually released in a desirable match to the album title in December 1993. The album was an immediate hit with both the critics and the metal scene. Gone were the black metallic meanderings of their earlier attempts, to be replaced with distinguished melancholy & epic melodious emotion. An essential and now classic chapter in the doom metal genre. The reaction to the new sound was just what Katatonia needed to hear, encouraged and driven by the ever growing quest for progression, they pushed the boundaries even further and set about re-entering Unisound in early 1994 to record the classic 10 minute goth epic ‘Scarlet Heavens’. The track eventually found a home, with Misanthropy records releasing it as a limited split 10″ (with Primordial in 1996).
Spring 1994 and Wrong Again records approached the band to appear on a compilation album they were putting together and in the same year Italian label Avantgarde Music approached them with a new record deal. Determined to still make a successful future in the metal scene, the band returned to the sound crafted on ‘Dance of December Souls’ but compressed the epic proportions into a more live adjusted style. Back at the familiar Unisound studio, Katatonia emerged with the tracks ‘Black Erotica’ and ‘Love of the Swan’ for the compilation and the ‘For Funerals to Come’ ep to be released by Avantgarde Music in early 1995. Katatonia then surprised everyone by taking a sabbatical the whole following year. Nyström & Renkse’s problem to find a complete & stable line-up to help them realise their master plan eventually made the two members destined to go separate ways. The time that followed, Renkse spent his time in a new founded side project called October Tide while Nyström divided his occupation in newly formed constellations Diabolical Masquerade and Bewitched.
BRAVE MURDER DAY – 1996
Eventually frustrated by abandoning the uncharted promising future of Katatonia and little action within the walls of gloom, the friends got back together with a different approach and reunited Katatonia in early 1996. Now finally, having found a new permanent third member in ex-October Tide guitarist Fred Norrman, the trio went back into the ever open doors of Unisound, but this time armed only with ideas and an intricate vision, no actual songs had been written at this stage. After a two week’s recording session, Katatonia emerged with the album ‘Brave Murder Day’, proof positive that this new daring way of working had paid off. Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt was asked to step in and perform vocal duties after Renkse declared his voice had taken its toll. Katatonia & Dan Swanö’s production values perfectly captured the highly original and newly emerging Katatonia sound; emotional and cutting edge, simple and direct while still retaining the dark void so integral to the whole Katatonia vibe. The band had re-invented their sound and this album proved to be a groundbreaking influence for many bands to emerge thereafter. After successfully touring Europe for the first time in the autumn of 1996, Katatonia felt excited to re-enter the studio early 1997 to quickly unleash new material. Facing the fact that their second home Unisound had closed its doors for good, they chose the only logical alternative in Sunlight Studio located in their home city of Stockholm. Figuring this would push their originality and experimentation to new places the result was justified in the mini-album ‘Sounds of Decay’, again for Avantgarde Music. Produced by the band & mixed by Tomas Skogsberg the CD followed a similar path to ‘Brave Murder Day’ and again saw Mikael Åkerfeldt perform vocal duties.
DISCOURAGED ONES – 1998
Fuelled and at the top of their peak of creativity, it wasn’t long before Nyström, Renkse & Norrman and new member and bassist Mikael Oretoft returned to Sunlight later again in mid 1997, to begin work on their third full-length album ‘Discouraged Ones’, a rebirth of sorts, which saw Renkse again take his old classic role as Katatonia’s combined vocalist and drummer. This time Åkerfeldt’s input moved from a primal screamer to the more eloquent vocal producer position, and it is on this release we get the first real taste of Renkse’s clean and distinct vocal style. A brave and radical move away from the old was a big risk for the band, but the sheer quality of the music on offer blew all away. The gothic flourishes of yore having been replaced by more contemporary leanings, dealing with feelings of loss and desolation, of despair and hope. This is where the band had fully taken off on their dark stylistic turn.
TONIGHT’S DECISION – 1999
Peaceville Records had been following the bands career from almost the very beginning, but it was ‘Discouraged Ones’ with its modernity and dynamics that made the label really fall in love with their sound. Realising that Katatonia was perfect for their roster of highly original acts, the label offered the band a long-term deal, spanning five albums. Delighted to find themselves working with a label that had previously produced some of their favourite music, Katatonia now back again as a trio, set about working on their fourth studio album in 1999, ‘Tonight’s Decision’. This album saw Katatonia back in Sunlight, produced again by the band with Åkerfeldt still co-producing the vocals; they were skilfully assisted by Tomas Skogsberg on the mix. The old long-time producer/mixer Dan Swanö came on board as this session’s guest drummer – enabling Renkse to focus all his attention on his ever-improving sharp vocals. With strong international distribution now firmly in place via Peaceville, Katatonia saw their popularity soar to unimagined new heights and at the end of the year Katatonia toured Scandinavia opening up for the legends Paradise Lost with a brand new line-up in Fredrik Norrman’s brother Mattias Norrman on bass and Daniel Liljekvist on drums.
LAST FAIR DEAL GONE DOWN – 2001
Being busy in the millennium year of 2000 recording the fifth album and also visiting Poland and USA together with Opeth on a number of gigs, Katatonia released ‘Last Fair Deal Gone Down’ in the early summer of 2001. The album release was preceded by a 3 track CD single, the title track being ‘Teargas’ culled from ‘Last Fair Deal Gone Down’ and spiced up by two tracks specially written for the single – ‘Sulfur’ & ‘March 4’. Perhaps more than ever, we saw Katatonia really expanding in their self-belief. With their hallmark tears of sorrow spilling over the songs, there was also a confidence and warmth about the band that added a new dynamic to the sound. Maybe this was due to the fact that Katatonia produced the album themselves over a vast period of time; maybe it was the persuasive use of light and dark, used to illustrate perfectly the emotional gravitas of the songs, either way this was the album that made the whole world sit up and listen. Renkse really had come into his own as one of the most honest and distinctive vocalists around from this scene. There was vulnerability in his vocal style that made you believe every word, giving ever so much without sounding fake. All this underpinned by the genius guitar work of Nyström, who seemed to have opened up the door from that slightly narrow gothic doom sound to rays of modern darkness and an altogether more contemporary approach. After the success of the ‘3 days-3 countries’ sprint that was the Peacefest in March 2001, Katatonia came back to the UK in May and embarked on a headline mini tour. Fuelled by the crowds reaction, they were quick to set their sails on a full tour opening up for Opeth later same year taking place in Central Europe and the UK again. To coincide with the tour Katatonia released their second single of 2001 – ‘Tonight’s Music’. The title track again was taken from their last album, ‘Last Fair Deal Gone Down’, released in March. The EP also contained the exclusive tracks ‘Help Me Disappear’, and ‘O How I Enjoy the Light’.
2002 was in total a pretty silent year for the band and the months were mostly spent with by having time off mixed with writing for the next album.
VIVA EMPTINESS – 2003
April 2003 saw the release of Katatonia’s sixth studio album for empty souls and hearts. Titled ‘Viva Emptiness’, the album was recorded in the dark Swedish winter at 301 Studios in Stockholm and Fascination Street in Örebro, at the end of 2002. Produced by Nyström/Renkse and mixed by Jens Bogren. Using the metal genre as an early template Katatonia had never been a band to stand still or stagnate in any way. With this album, the band now proved to be purveyors of an understated kind of grandeur that had long outgrown all or any generic restrictions, still ostensibly digging deeper into the identity of a metal band. Without a halo of limiting genre above their heads, the music alone said more about the enigmatic Swedes than a 1000 word effort ever could. The release was supported by a full European headline tour over the months April and May, 2003. In 2004 Katatonia toured Scandinavia two times and did a mini European tour and a bunch of festival shows all around the world. In between the live activity, the band yet again took well-deserved time off and started planning the next moves and how to create their next masterpiece.
The New Year 2005 brought the release of two compilation albums. The first being Avantgarde Music’s ‘Brave Yester Days’, a complete look back into the early days of 1992 – 1997. Included over 2 discs were the singles, demo, compilation tracks and a selection of the finest moment on the two first full-lengths. Peaceville’s ‘The Black Sessions’ was the second compilation featuring 2 discs of classic material from 1998 – 2004, plus a DVD concert from 2003’s Viva Emptiness tour filmed in Poland. Included were all the singles and b-sides to date, together with the very best tracks from 1998’s ‘Discouraged Ones’ up to 2004’s Viva Emptiness (including ‘Wait Outside’, an unreleased track from the ‘Viva Emptiness’ sessions).
To warm up and get a doze of live action before making a start on recording the new album, the band hit the road in March added to the Metalmania bill, playing a few dates in Eastern Europe. Renkse and Nyström then returned home to the making of their seventh album and spent the whole spring completing the process. At the end of the year the band made it to Russia for the first time in their career, playing the two biggest cities to a crowd that had been waiting over a decade for the dark quintet to arrive.
THE GREAT COLD DISTANCE – 2006
In the dying light of 2005 and Katatonia delivered their brand new single, ‘My Twin’ (a 4-track EP containing 3 exclusive tracks) and, shortly after, their decisive seventh full-length album, aptly titled ‘The Great Cold Distance’. The album was recorded in the summer of 2005 at Fascination Street Studios, Örebro, Sweden and was released early 2006 to universal acclaim. This was backed up soon afterwards by the release of follow-up single, ‘Deliberation’ and extensive touring throughout Europe in the Spring supported by label-mates Novembre and topped off with an American tour with Moonspell later on in the year, concluding a fantastic year for the band.Katatonia gained great commercial & critical response to the album with many hailing it as the band’s greatest work. Two more singles were lifted from the album (‘Deliberation’ & ‘July’) while both singles were also accompanied by video tracks. The band went from strength to strength with their extensive touring & festival duties before the release of ‘Live Consternation’ in 2007, which captured the band live at their glorious best at the Summerbreeze festival in 2006. Katatonia would then resume writing for the eagerly awaited follow-up to ‘The Great Cold Distance’ after having completed a headline American tour in 2007.
NIGHT IS THE NEW DAY – 2009
With such a monumental album to follow, it was 2009 before Katatonia was ready to enter the studio for their eagerly awaited eighth studio album, ‘Night is the New Day’. It was recorded throughout July 2009 & was co-produced, engineered and mixed by David Castillo. Recording was divided between Studio Mega ( for drums) and Ghost Ward Studios, where most recording took place & which provided a dose of inspiration from the darker corners of life with it’s choice of location, as Anders describes: “Broken glass, blood on the walls at the front door to the building and threatening messages written on the elevator – Even excrement and urine on the floor in the basement that makes you wonder if the caretaker is a serial killer himself”. Mastering was completed at Fascination Street Studios (where ‘The Great Cold Distance’ was recorded) with Jens Bogren. A continuation of the heaviness, depth & atmosphere of their previous album, ‘Night Is the New Day’ is also a more multi-dimensional effort – waltzing between prog moments, doom, folk & the classic melodic anthems that are the staple of Katatonia’s uncompromising sound, completed by the haunting tones of Jonas Renkse’s journeys of urban & emotional decay, & now joined by Frank Default on keyboards, notable for his work on the track ‘Unfurl’ from the ‘July’ EP – utilising his expertise to the fullest to texture the soundscapes.’

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Devin Townsend Project Puts An Epicloud Over Pittsburgh

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The legendary Devin Townsend hit Pittsburgh last night and proved why he rules at all that he does. A musician that follows his own heart, mind, and soul, Townsend is the rare talent that has learned how to survive in a heartless business on his own terms. By following his own path, Devin has created a fan base “that gets it” and loves him for it. Yesterday marked the release of his new LP “Epicloud” that continues on that road of creating epic walls of sound, with the Townsend signature, that transcends through multiple genres and luxurious landscapes of melodic metal mastery.
When Townsend hit the stage at Altar Bar in Millvale last night, he was all smiles, and for good reason, his fans packed the place and roared in adoration. But, as you listen to the interview that follows, Devin does not treat his audience as fans, but as equals. He is one of them, they are him. You can’t help feel the camaraderie that generates from a crowd like that in Pittsburgh last night. And Townsend led that crowd like the pied piper with his bandmates in DTP and led them through the vast history of his music making. Jeering, laughing, scowling, clowning, and screaming, Townsend can go from operatic levels and then dip down into the gutter at a moments notice. Epicloud is such an incredible example of the journey that Townsend has the ability to take his listeners on. But don’t just take my word for it- check out Epicloud streaming here.

Go here for the exclusive Pittsburgh Music Magazine interview with Devin Townsend: Devin Townsend

Epicloud is currently available in the following formats: standard CD jewel case, limited edition digipack with bonus CD, and digital download on iTunes with two exclusive bonus tracks, “Cry Forever” (demo) and “Take My Ego” (demo). To purchase the album, please visit iTunes for a digital copy or CM Distro for all physical formats, plus an exclusive bundle that includes a DTP teddy bear (limited to 500) and immediate download of the single, “Lucky Animals.”

The track-listings for the standard and digipack versions of Epicloud are below:

Epicloud track-listing:
Effervescent!
True North
Lucky Animals
Liberation
Where We Belong
Save Our Now
Kingdom
Divine
Grace
More!
Lessons
Hold On
Angel
Epicloud digipack track-listing:
DISC 1
Effervescent!
True North
Lucky Animals
Liberation
Where We Belong
Save Our Now
Kingdom
Divine
Grace
More!
Lessons
Hold On
Angel
DISC 2
Believe (demo)
Happy Birthday (demo)
Quietus (demo)
Heatwave (demo)
Love Tonight (demo)
The Mind WASP (demo)
Woah No! (demo)
Love and Marriage (demo)
Socialization (demo)
Little Pig (demo)

Read on for a few reviews of DTP’s critically acclaimed Epicloud:

“‘Epicloud’ is huge…Devin Townsend is to music as what Michelangelo was to painting and sculpting.” — ABSOLUTE PUNK.net

“Devin Townsend continues to excel at being one of the noteworthy prolific musicians in metal today with the excellent ‘Epicloud’.” — LAMBGOAT.com

“Devin Townsend’s new album, ‘Epicloud,’ is incredible; it might be Devy’s White Album…It melds a whole lot of different styles into a series of dangerously catchy tunes; a whole lot of the album isn’t metal, but every second of it of is great, and yes, most certainly EPIC.” — METAL SUCKS.net

“…a bombastic and catchy record, filled to the brim with some of the best pop metal you will ever find…’Epicloud’ is without a doubt the strongest collection of songs on any Townsend record to date.” — HEAVY BLOG IS HEAVY.com

“Although he’s known world-wide for his heavy riffing, there has always been a lot more than just that going on in his music. Listening to ‘Epicloud’s opening tune ‘True North’ you get classical choruses, power-metal layering, Scandinavian folk and frightfully meaty sludge metal slashing.” — VANCOUVER PROVINCE

“Epic Kings & Idols Tour” contests launched

With the tour starting this upcoming Tuesday, DTP, KATATONIA, and PARADISE LOST are now offering fans a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show of their choice, plus the latest CDs from each of the three bands (DTP’s Epicloud, KATATONIA’s Dead End Kings, PARADISE LOST’s Tragic Idol) through three special contests. For all contest details, click the links below:

Decibel Magazine.com contest: http://www.decibelmagazine.com/contest/contest-win-devin-townsend-katatonia-concert-ticket-cds/
Full Metal Jackie contest: http://fullmetaljackieradio.com/contests/enter?c=718
Heavy Blog Is Heavy.com contest: http://www.heavyblogisheavy.com/2012/08/30/contest-win-two-tickets-to-see-the-epic-kings-idols-tour-and-records-from-devin-townsend-katatonia-and-paradise-lost/

Loudwire.com is also hosting a contest that awards 1 lucky winner the latest CDs from each of the three bands, an “Epic Kings & Idols Tour” poster, and 1 t-shirt from either DTP, KATATONIA, or PARADISE LOST. To enter this contest for your chance to win, click here.

Renowned multi-instrumentalist and producer Devin Townsend will be touring in support of the DTP’s new effort, Epicloud. Due out September 18th in North America and September 24th in Europe, Epicloud boasts 13 light-hearted, hook laden tracks featuring once again, guest vocal appearances by Anneke van Giersbergen. It’s Epic and it’s loud, it’s Epicloud.

For a preview of Epicloud, click here for an album teaser that features the album’s intro, “Effervescent!”.

After gracing the June cover of Decibel Magazine and recently releasing their 13th studio album, Tragic Idol, to critical acclaim, gothic/doom metallers PARADISE LOST will be coming back to North America for their first tour here in five years! If you still haven’t heard PARADISE LOST’s Tragic Idol, please visit Decibel Magazine.com for the exclusive album stream.