Gravehill is a Black/Thrash Metal act that has been tearing through the underground and making a name for themselves in many circles. After reissuing their demo and first full-length releases Metal of Death and Rites of the Pentagram on one compilation recently, the fascination with the band thanks to a stronger distributional effort has grown, and with that comes the band’s signing to Dark Descent Records, an underground label that is gaining as much steam with the underground as this group is. But, is this release going to be up to the expectations of fans from all sides?
Ghost is perhaps the most intriguing of all the four releases that make up The Devin Townsend Project conceptual album series. After going through a wide range of material, a lighter self-explorative album, a more upbeat and fun release, and returning to Devin’s more sarcastic and zany Industrial Metal side, the series ends with perhaps the most zen-like album yet with Ghost. This album is essentially what you might expect to hear at some kind of spa to produce the most relaxing and uplifting environment possible, but does it manage to do this well, or does the crazier elements of Devin Townsend happen into the final mix?
When it comes to influential Metal bands, Sepultura is one that obviously tops the list. This has been a band that, throughout the years, has done a lot to influence the way this style of music is handled, from their early Thrash roots to their mid-career Groove output. Since vocalist Max Cavalera parted ways with the group and founded Soulfly, the band has continuously been put down by their fans, and the Metal community in general for sub-par release after sub-par release, especially with their previous album A-Lex. So, the band needs to bounce back in a bad way, and in an effort to push this album, Nuclear Blast has issued an audio stream of the title track off Kairos.
Deconstruction marks the third of the four part conceptual album series known as The Devin Townsend Project. For this installment, Devin once again changes up the musical formula. Unlike the previous release Addicted which had more of an upbeat party feeling, the musical direction here is a little darker, and at times a return to the psychotic force that Devin is known for. But, what does this release have to offer listeners considering the rocky existence that has been this project thusfar.
The Devin Townsend Project formed in the ashes of Strapping Young Lad, Devin Townsend Band, and even the solo Devin Townsend act. With it comes the promise from Devin Townsend of a four album musical experience that spans various styles. Ki happens to be the first of these four albums, and for fans of his larger project Strapping Young Lad, it was not what people expected. This Progressive Rock piece took his works in a whole other direction, and made it clear that this four album set really was going to be something quite different. But, being different isn’t always the most enjoyable for fans, and may not be the best path to take.