On June 3, the most recent Pain album, You Only Live Twice, was released . Funnily enough, the band’s name is an excellent descriptor of the music. You Only Live Twice reminded me how excruciatingly horrible music can be. I should have foreseen it based on the amateurish tone of the album art. But this is a definite and much-needed wake-up call: there is still bad music! Brace yourselves…
The final two albums of the Devin Townsend Project are to be released on June 20. The first to be reviewed here is Deconstruction (the second is entitled Ghost). For those who haven’t been keeping up with the Devin Townsend Project, it is basically a four album collection which Townsend has been releasing over the past couple years. The first two have been well-received. As for the next two… well let’s just say here is an excellent start.
On February 1, the vocalist/keyboardist of progressive metalcore band Between the Buried and Me, Tommy Rogers (aka Thomas Giles), released his solo album entitled Pulse. This album basically brings the core of BtBaM into a completely contrasting environment. By no means is it of remotely similar style to the main project, but in Pulse, Rogers stays true to himself and creates something truly heartfelt and special.
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