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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2009, #8 – #5

MetalCatHave I mentioned that Simone Simons is the most beautiful woman in the world and I ❤ her? “Design Your Universe”; we all do that, unconsciously and instinctively, all the time. Everyone’s brain interprets external stimuli and experiences differently. We all internalise, modify and store memories that can never be the same as anyone else’s. Each of us does effectively inhabit our own, unique universes that our minds build for us.

If a Simone Simons is a twin-rotor helicopter in your universe, it must be a very interesting place.


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Devin Townsend’s Top 5 Albums Of 2013

Devin Townsend is a member of the stratospheric, charismatic elite in metal who are masters of originality, composition, performance, team-building and production management. The biggest names in metal jump at the chance to take part in Townsend’s projects.

He is also one of the zaniest people in modern music. A consistent element of his work is humour, often directed at himself.

Before we get down to his remarkably varied choice of albums for this year, let’s hear something suitable eclectic from the Devin Townsend Project. This song, Lucky Animals, is from the 2012 album Epicloud.

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Album Review-Devin Townsend Project- Deconstruction & Ghost

I’ll admit, I’ve never really gotten to deep into the world of Devin Townsend.  I do have a couple Strapping Young Lad albums in my collection(City and The New Black ripped from a friends CD) and I’ve listened to them and enjoyed them, but for some reason they never really struck me and sit collecting dust in my music collection.  I’ve caught a few videos from Devin’s other projects and enjoyed them also, but for whatever reason I never followed up on my enjoyment of a single or video.  Then when I caught wind of Devin’s new project, aptly titled The Devin Townsend Project, he raised my interest in it with the concept of the project.  He was going to release four albums with different moods, styles, and personalities all fueled by his new found sobriety.  It wasn’t so much the concept that really grabbed me, but it was more his enthusiasm and passion for the project.  So, what do I do?  Well, instead of purchasing the first two albums in the project(Ki and Addicted), which were quite positively received, I passed up, don’t know why.  Then within the weeks of me writing this, the next two albums were released, unfortunately on the same day as the new Symphony X and Rhapsody of Fire.  So, I opted to pick up the latter two albums on that day.  While surfing around the internet I came across a review of the new pair of albums and something caught me about it and it went onto the “I really need to suck it up and check out these albums list”.  What caught me was on the third part(Deconstruction) of the album series was that there is a number of guest vocal spots by some vocalists that I am very familiar with and highly enjoy their respective bands.  The other thing, the thing that sold me was that the album is about all the answers of life in a cheeseburger. Yes, a cheeseburger, a double.  So, while I was about town this weekend I came across the double pack of Deconstruction and Ghost and finally purchased my first real foray into the world of Devin Townsend.  And now I’m really excited to delve deeper into his musical world and look forward to what I find.

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