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Devin Townsend Project – Epicloud

Devin Townsend has returned with the fifth album under his penultimate solo moniker; the Devin Townsend Project. Over the past three years Devy has expanded into a wide array of musical soundscapes, pushing his repertoire into unexplored territories, as well as expanding on the styles and sounds that have made him a hit. While it will be startling for some, Epicloud should not be taken as an indication of where Townsend is going in his career. It is just another passing whim of his; a bombastic and catchy record, filled to the brim with some of the best pop metal you will ever find.
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7 Horns 7 Eyes – Throes Of Absolution

The most exciting part about watching a trend in metal is keeping an eye on the peripherals --- watching out for the bands that are tangentially related to it, be it by sound or image, but don’t quite fit the pre-defined mould. It’s pretty much a rule of thumb by now that those are the bands that create the most interesting and varied music. Take 7 Horns 7 Eyes, for example. You’d be hard pushed to deny that their off-kilter riffs and movements weren’t inspired by the almighty, chug-titans Meshuggah, but unlike the masses who kneel at that altar and declare all others to be false gods, 7H7E take great pride in lifting other influences from all around the progressive metal world.