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Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

Veröffentlicht am 16. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Dynamo Metal Fest, Vuur, Toxik, Exodus, Entombed AD, Testament, Gojira, News, Live, Tour, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Thrash Metal, Bay Area, Prong, DFM, DFM2017, Devin Townsend Project, White Boy Wasted, Groove Metal, Prog Metal, Hardcore, Live Review

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

What a prefect day for a metal festival. Overcast, a few sunrays, a nice temperature, some good bands and a lot of metal - perfect conditions for a great day out. However, the first challenge was to get to Eindhoven. This has nothing to do with the DMF. It was more the vacation period that brought many people on the roads that Saturday, which led to some traffic jams and delays.

After a bit of a hassle on the highways I finally made it to Ijssportcentrum, unfortunately a bit to late for White Boy Wasted, a young local band from Eindhoven that got the chance to open this years edition of the DMF.

 

The first band I could witness was Vuur, the new band of singer Anneke van Giersbergen. The band is working right now on the debut which will be released via InsideOut on October 20th,2017 and after having heard the first single release “Days Go By – London” there was some curiosity when it comes to songs and live performance. Vuur are no rookies. There is a lot of experience in this band and therefore the show was done in a perfect balance between passion for the new and professionalism on the other hand. It was amazing how good the five-piece performed when it comes to tightness and harmony, esp. knowing that they haven’t had too many live shows together to date. Vuur created more appetite for the upcoming album and the long queue during the signing session showed clearly the status of Anneke van Giersbergen and band.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

Next to the two Dutch bands at the top of the batting order the DMF 17 was characterized by thrash metal; oldschool thrash metal to be precise. The billing included bands such as Testament, with New York City based Toxik being the first one to enter the stage. The band, that had two great releases at the end of the eighties, is back with full force. Josh Christian and band mates have been the first highlight that day. Going through material of the old days, but also songs from the recent EP "Breaking Class" created some first circle pits and it felt like Holland was intensively waiting for Toxik to return to Eindhoven RockCity. The four-piece band played an excellent show featuring furious guitar solos by main man Josh Christian. These guys are hungry and so are the fans.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

Let’s stay for another 50 minutes at the American East Coast. After Toxik created a lot of excitement it was up to New York City-based Prong to take things to a next level - and they did. Tommy Victor and Co. built the setlist around classics with only one new tune from the next album played that day (“Divide and Conquer”). The rest of the setlist was a kind of ‘Best of…', including anthems such as “Beg to Differ” and “Broken Peace”.  Prong set down an energetic show that was very well received by the crowd. The wall of sound these guys build as trio continuously astonishes me. Prong on stage is always an experience you shouldn't miss and today was for sure no exception.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

What we haven't heard so far was some death metal. Last year it was Swedish At The Gates that brought some growls to Eindhoven and this year it's their compatriots Entombed A.D. that nailed down a harsh and brutal show. After a quite long intro the quintet acted as a sonic wrecking ball. These five guys fired on all cylinders, leading to a lot of movement in the crowd. The beauty with the DMF is the billing. There is always some variety in the billing by still following a certain pattern of metal. Death metal, thrash metal and some more complex metal get together in a perfect manner; all combined to a running order that keeps the thrill alive. Dutch metal fans have enjoyed the ‘Vikings’ and therefore it wasn't very surprising that Entombed A.D. extended their show with a few minutes. Allt brå.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

As earlier mentioned, it was thrash metal that got a bit more attention this year. Exodus came to Holland, having a setlist in their bag that lead to pure excitement. Exodus is pure thrash metal without any frills or decoration. These guys don’t take any prisoners; they’re burning down the house. Also the five-piece from the Bay Area kept their set more oldschool with songs like “Piranha” and ”The Toxic Waltz” acting has highly appreciated icons, not to forget “Bonded By Blood”. As quite some other bands also Exodus has a long connection to Eindhoven and the Dynamo with having played their first show in Brabant 29 years ago and over all these years the quintet could keep the spirit alive. These guys are authentic, real, and heavy, being fully charged with metal energy that made Steve Souza already watch the shows of Toxik and Prong. Exodus was the real highlight on this year’s DFM and a true winner.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

Time for some more craziness? Of course. Devin Townsend stopped with his Devin Townsend Project at this year's DMF and spiced-up the metal feast at the ‘Ijsbaan’. The Canadian guitar wizard is a great entertainer with excellent guitar skills and a full bag of enthusiasm. The crowd might got a bit tired after already 6 hours of great metal, but Townsend would not be Townsend if he couldn’t gain the fans' attention in a minute. There's no way to escape from the energy that seems to be endless with Townsend. In addition it was a smart move to use the opportunity to also perform quite some songs together with Anneke van Giersbergen. It’s the beauty of a festival that these things can be more easily arranged than normal and metalheads in Eindhoven appreciated these 60 minutes a lot. The Devin Townsend Project music added another flavor to the DMF, leading to a big cheer for the British Columbia-based musician and his hard working band mates.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

One of the bands many fans came for was Bay Area thrash legend Testament. The band was already announced during last year’s edition and the fact that they had their first show outside America at the Dynamo festival 30 years ago was a promising fact for a great show. Unfortunately things went slightly different. Changing the scenery on stage normally took between20 to 30 minutes, but after 45 minutes there was still no Testament on stage. In place of the band the stage crew did one microphone check after the other and you could sense already that there’s something going wrong. I think it would have been good, if someone had informed the patiently waiting crowd about what’s the situation. Finally, after one hour waiting time the band entered the stage with “Over the Wall”. In a split second everybody forgot the long wait since an oldschool set seemed to compensate for the late start. However, due to the technical problems the band lost half of their playing time. The planned schedule ruled with Testament finishing their gig after 30 minutes with “Disciples of the Watch”. Based on whatever reason, the show was good, but the missed playing time, a non-appearance at the scheduled signing session and no merchandise left a bit of a sour taste with fans discussing it even on their way home.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

After this stroke of fate quite some fans decided to start their way home. They missed though a brilliant show of French metal passionitas Gojira. The quartet could make use of a full light show and what you got to see was impressive. Light, smoke fountains and fire - all part of the show and used as a completion to their great music. This show was treat that for eyes and ears. I have to admit that I haven’t seen the band on stage till yesterday, but what I saw was a jaw-dropping good metal show of a band that had the best sound of the day. The setlist gave a good overview over all phases of the band's creation with a focus on the latest album “Magma”. Gojira is definitely a big player these days and the right headliner for the 2017 DMF. The quartet was the anticipated grand finale, rounding off an exciting metal day with a lot of good stuff and a downer.

 

This years DMF was the third edition and it was with 10,000 fans the biggest one to date. In general things have been arranged in a good way with some bottlenecks when it comes to the bar and the return of DMF coins. Prices for drinks and food have been fair even though the food offer could be bit wider next year with an also slightly increased quality. The burgers were really poor.

 

However, there are always things that can be improved and the mentioned will not take away a very positive impression of the DMF with the next year version being in the planning phase already. There’s a first act announced. Canadian metal icon Annihilator will come to Eindhoven and if I could have a wish the DMF team should continue with Canada by also bringing Voivod to Brabant. Let’s hope and see (or address it on the DMF FB site if you think the same).

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

Location: Ijssportcentrum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Date: June 15th, 2017

For Setlists click HERE

For some more Photos done by Paul Verhagen click HERE

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CD review DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT "Transcendance"

Veröffentlicht am 6. September 2016 von Markus W. in Devin Townsend Project, DTP, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal, News, CD Review

(9/10) If there is a constant factor in Devon Townsend's musical career than it's the fact of constant renewal. The Canadian guitar wizard combines an unbelievalbel passion for music that he combines with dedication and technical capabilities, allowing him to realize all his visionary ideas.

The newst epos of the Devin Townsend Project is called "Trascendance" and comes with ten new songs that show the mainman and his band at thir best.

The start into this blistering new release of Townsend is an old acquaintance. "Truth" isn't really new since it was already on the "Infinity" release from 1998. The guitarist always wanted to re-record the song, something he can take off his list here and now. It's a bombastic opener that doesn't come with many new surprises, but it's a masterpiece of progressive music that fits perfectly with the new stuff.

"Stormbending" is the first really new tune on the album and it's a majestic one. This tune creates big pictures by a dense sound and musical spheres that are belonging to the best ones I have heard since quite a while.

"Transcendence" stands like a rock. It's not only the mentioned "Stormbending" that shows a lot of twists and tweaks. Numbers like the more vocal based "Secret Science", the grandiose "Stars" and the orchestral title track with its impressive choir sections are all excellent tracks by Devin Townsend and band. Maybe it's the different approach of songwriting and recording that made "Transcendent" bigger and flawless. Even though Townsend was still giving direction, it was an inclusive approach of songwriting that led to these ten unique and timeless masterpieces that will keep their exciting expression over many years.

But it's not only big bridges of sound that makes "Transcendence" special. "Offer Your Light" is surprisingly light-hearted and catchy. It belongs to the faster tracks on the album and there is a lot of power included too. However, the melodilines are catching your attention from the very first note onwards, making the number to the most commercial track in the record.

I don't want to go that far saying that this album is game changer in progressive metal music. But the Devin Townsend Project added a puzzle piece to the entire picture of epical progressive metal. "Transcendence" is the next milestone that Townsend added to his extensive discography. You shouldn't miss the chance of listening to this album. You will not regret it.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

1. Truth
2. Stormbending
3. Failure
4. Secret Sciences
5. Higher
6. Stars
7. Transcendence
8. Offer Your Light
9. From The Heart
10. Transdermal Celebration

 

Label: InsideOut Music

Genre: Prog Metal

Release Date EU: September 9th, 2016

CD review DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT "Transcendance"
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New song from DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT + tour dates

Veröffentlicht am 5. August 2016 von Markus W. in Devin Townsend Project, Devin Townsend, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, News, Video, Rock, Heavy Metal

New stuff from Canadian guitar wizard Devin Townsend. Together with his Devin Townsend Project he worked on his next studios release called "Transcendence". Release date is September 9 and the album comes via InsideOut. "Failure" is the first video that has been released, a song that promises another great DTP album.

The new album will be supported by extensive touring activities in North America and Europe:

European Tour 2017
28.01 – Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
30.01 – Rockhall, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
31.01 – Le Bataclan, Paris, France
01.02 – Roclschool Barbey, Bordeaux, France
05.02 – Le Moulin, Marseille, France
07.02 – Live Club, Milan, Italy
08.02 – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
09.02 – LKA Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany
10.02 – Backstage, Munich, Germany
12.02 – Tvornica Club, Zagreb, Croatia
13.02 – A38, Budapest, Hungary
14.02 – Arena, Vienna, Austria
16.02 – The Roxy, Prague, Czech Republic
17.02 – Täubchenthal, Leipzig, Germany
18.02 – Kwadrat, Krakow, Poland
19.02 – Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
21.02 – Grünspan, Hamburg, Germany
22.02 – Voxhall, Aarhus, Germany
23.02 – Pustervik, Gothenburg, Sweden
25.02 – Blastfest, Bergen, Norway
26.02 – Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
28.02 – The Circus, Helsinki, Finland
01.03 – Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki, Finland
03.03 – Berns, Stockholm, Sweden
04.03 – KB, Malmö, Sweden
05.03 – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
07.03 – Columbia Theater, Berlin, Germany
08.03 – FZW, Dortmund, Germany
09.03 – 013, Tilburg, Netherlands
10.03 – De Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
12.03 – Colston Hall, Bristol, UK
13.03 – Academy, Manchester, UK
14.03 – Barrowlands, Glasgow, UK
16.03 – Institute, Birmingham, UK
17.03 – Eventim Apollo, London, UK
18.03 – Rock City, Nottingham, UK

 

North American Tour 2016

2nd Sep – Level Night Club, Kelowna, BC*
3rd Sep - SAIT, Calgary, AB*
4th Sep – Starlite Room, Edmonton, AB*
6th Sep – Pyramid Cabaret, Winnipeg, MB*
7th Sep – Mill City Nights, Minneapolis, MN*
9th Sep – Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN
10th Sep – Prog Power Fest, Atlanta, GA*
11th Sep – The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL
12th Sep – Amos’ Southend, Charlotee, NC
13th Sep – The Fillmore Silverspring, Silverspring, MD
15th Sep – Theatre Of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
16th Sep – PlayStation Theatre, New York, NY
17th Sep – The Palladium, Worcester, MA
18th Sep – Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre, Montreal, QC
19th Sep – The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
21st Sep – Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH
22nd Sep – St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI
23rd Sep – House of Blues, Chicago, IL
24th Sep – The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
25th Sep – Mercury Ballroom, Louisville, KY
27th Sep – The Joy Theater, New Orleans, LA
29th Sep – Gas Monkey Live!, Dallas, TX
5th Oct – The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
6th Oct – The Novo, Los Angeles, CA
7th Oct – The Marquee, Tempe, AZ
8th Oct – Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NZ
9th Oct – Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
11th Oct – Knitting Factory, Boise, IH
12th Oct – Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
13th Oct – Chrystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
14th Oct – Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
15th Oct – Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC

New song from DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT + tour dates
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New album from the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT plus tour dates 2016/17

Veröffentlicht am 7. Juli 2016 von Markus W. in DTP, Devin Townsend Project, News, Tour, Prog Metal, Alternative Metal, Prog Rock, Heavy Metal, Rock

Canadian guitar maniac Devin Townsend will release, with the Devin Townsend Project, the awaited new studio album "Transcendence" on September 9th via InsideOut. In context of the new album Townsend also unveiled tour dates for Europe and North America.

For European dates please go to the end of the post and here are the North America dates:

2nd Sep – Level Night Club, Kelowna, BC*
3rd Sep - SAIT, Calgary, AB*
4th Sep – Starlite Room, Edmonton, AB*
6th Sep – Pyramid Cabaret, Winnipeg, MB*
7th Sep – Mill City Nights, Minneapolis, MN*
9th Sep – Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN
10th Sep – Prog Power Fest, Atlanta, GA*
11th Sep – The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL
12th Sep – Amos’ Southend, Charlotee, NC
13th Sep – The Fillmore Silverspring, Silverspring, MD
15th Sep – Theatre Of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
16th Sep – PlayStation Theatre, New York, NY
17th Sep – The Palladium, Worcester, MA
18th Sep – Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre, Montreal, QC
19th Sep – The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
21st Sep – Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH
22nd Sep – St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI
23rd Sep – House of Blues, Chicago, IL
24th Sep – The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
25th Sep – Mercury Ballroom, Louisville, KY
27th Sep – The Joy Theater, New Orleans, LA
29th Sep – Gas Monkey Live!, Dallas, TX
5th Oct – The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
6th Oct – The Novo, Los Angeles, CA
7th Oct – The Marquee, Tempe, AZ
8th Oct – Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NZ
9th Oct – Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
11th Oct – Knitting Factory, Boise, IH
12th Oct – Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
13th Oct – Chrystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
14th Oct – Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
15th Oct – Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC
*DTP only

New album from the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT plus tour dates 2016/17
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CD review DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT "Z2"

Veröffentlicht am 27. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Devin Townsend Project, Rock, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal, Symphonic Metal, CD Review, News

(9/10) Devin Townsend is almost possessed by music. The passion and dedication with which the guy from Canada produces and releases records is I guess unique. 

Basically "Z2" comes with two discs. The first one got the title "Sky bue" and the second one takes care about "Dark matters". The new record can be seen as a continuation of "Ziltoid" from 2007 - just much bigger. And it is again a very long one as you can imagine. Both discs together gives you 23 songs from guitar wizard.

"Z2" became another masterpiece in Townsend's long discography. The album became big and bombastic.

"Sky blue" is the more epical side of "Z2". It reminded my the his latest release "Epicloud" which I liked a lot. The songs have a dense sound and are mainly build on big arcs of melodies. Keyboards and several samples play an important role in the songs and "Sky blue" fits very well as the title for the record. I could remember the video projections during his show in Eindhoven as part of the Distortion festival 2012 when "Epicloud' stood in focus. Those blue skies and the nature which visualized the gig found an acoustical counterpart on this disc. 

What is also remarkable is the fact that Townsend worked again together with singer Anneke van Giersbergen. It is amazing how good the voices fit together. It feels like a natural match that gives the vocal parts a certain ease. The "Sky blue" part is like the morning dawn with some dew on the gras. A fresh start into a sunny day with a 'sky blue'.

Time to enter the darker side of "Z2" and the return of Ziltoid. Already the narrator makes clear in the beginning of "Z2" that Devin Townsend stages this part of the album as a rock opera kind-of.

This disc contains awesome songs, spoken word sequences from a narrator and different characters - all under the umbrella of complex music with choirs, heavy guitars and great melodies. Also here Annette van Giersbergen is part of the show like in the brilliant "From sleep awake". It is a slower song with a very dramatic appeal that ends again with the narrator. The choir takes over in the beginning of "Ziltoidian empire" and the journey through outer space continues. 

The CD contains with "Ziltoid goes home " also a very fast and brutal track. It is one of the heaviest songs on the album and esp. in verse it is raging. The chorus became more melodic, before it turns again into a metal beast.

This metal attack is followed by "Through the wormhole" which is a full spoken word track. The difference couldn't be bigger and still the album stands like a rock.

The entire story has eleven chapters, so to speak, and ends with "Dimension Z".

Devin Townsend has the gift to create multilayered and complex music that has a lot of identity. His songs are always on the edge of drifting away into a cosmos of chaos. But in the last second he  brings them back, which makes it again possible for the listener to follow.

"Z2" is in my point of view one of the best records from Devin Townsend and it can have many many rounds on the recordplayer without getting annoying or boring.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

Disc 1 "Sky blue"

  1. Rejoice
  2. Fallout
  3. Midnight sun
  4. A new reign
  5. Universal flame
  6. Warrior
  7. Sky blue
  8. Silent militia
  9. Rain city
  10. Forever
  11. Before we die
  12. The ones who love

Disc 2 "Dark matters

  1. Z2
  2. From sleep awake
  3. Ziltoidian empire
  4. War princess
  5. Deathray
  6. March of the poozers
  7. Wandering eye
  8. Earth
  9. Ziltoid goes home
  10. Through the wormhole
  11. Dimension Z

 

Label: InsideOut

Genre: Prog Metal

CD review DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT "Z2"
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DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT released a new video

Veröffentlicht am 17. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Devin Townsend Project, Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal, News, Video

Guitar master Devin Townsend workd on the new album "Z2". Here is first song as lyric video for "Deathray". Enjoy

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SHINING on tour with DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT

Veröffentlicht am 4. August 2014 von Markus W. in Shining, Devin Townsend Project, Prog Rock, Rock, Alternative Rock, News, Tour

Musical pioneers Shining will be on tour in Europe together with Devin Townsend Project plus some extra shows.

The tour dates are as follows:
2014-08-05: Tivoli, Utrecht (NL) (W/ DTP)
2014-08-06: Luxor, Cologne (DE)
2014-08-07: Bi Nuu, Berlin (DE)
2014-08-08: Brutal Assault, Jaromer (CZ) (Shining festival show)
2014-08-09: Bloodstock Open Air, Derbshire (UK) (Shining festival show)
2014-08-11: Rock Planet, Pinarella (IT)
2014-08-13: Les Docks, Lausanne (CH)
2014-08-14: Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn (AT)

Photo: Indie Recordings (Promo)

Photo: Indie Recordings (Promo)

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