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On October 27, 2012 Devin Townsend – more specifically the Devin Townsend Project – performed a concert that was to be the most encompassing, career-spanning show of Townsend’s career. The result was a massive production that featured a choir, circus performers, puppets, a giant vagina, and special guests. Finally, after nearly a year of poking at the …

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French progressive metallers GOJIRA were interviewed on the latest episode of “Met Al Metal”, Israel’s biggest metal radio show hosted by the brothers Lior and Niv Peleg. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. Also available is video footage of parts of the interview.

GOJIRA and the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT earlier in the year completed a North American tour. The trek, which was announced during Full Metal Jackie‘s nationally syndicated radio show, also included support from THE ATLAS MOTH.

GOJIRA‘s fifth album, “L’Enfant Sauvage”, sold almost 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, “The Way Of All Flesh”, opened with 4,200 units back in 2008 to land at No. 138.

“L’Enfant Sauvage” entered the official chart in France at position No. 7 (No. 17 on the digital chart).

“L’Enfant Sauvage” (which translates to “The Wild Child”) features 11 tracks of mind-bending, thunderous metal. The CD was recorded at Spin Recording Studios in Long Island City, New York with co-producer Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD).

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Radiosuicide Photography‘s RSPTV conducted an interview with drummer Mario Duplantier of French progressive metallers GOJIRA on August 9 at the Getaway Rock festival in Gävle, Sweden. You can now watch the chat below.

GOJIRA and the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT earlier in the year completed a North American tour. The trek, which was announced during Full Metal Jackie‘s nationally syndicated radio show, also included support from THE ATLAS MOTH.

GOJIRA‘s fifth album, “L’Enfant Sauvage”, sold almost 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, “The Way Of All Flesh”, opened with 4,200 units back in 2008 to land at No. 138.

“L’Enfant Sauvage” entered the official chart in France at position No. 7 (No. 17 on the digital chart).

“L’Enfant Sauvage” (which translates to “The Wild Child”) features 11 tracks of mind-bending, thunderous metal. The CD was recorded at Spin Recording Studios in Long Island City, New York with co-producer Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD).

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Sofia Metal Chick conducted an interview with drummer Mario Duplantier of French progressive metallers GOJIRA on August 9 at the Getaway Rock festival in Gävle, Sweden. You can now watch the chat below.

GOJIRA and the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT earlier in the year completed a North American tour. The trek, which was announced during Full Metal Jackie‘s nationally syndicated radio show, also included support from THE ATLAS MOTH.

GOJIRA‘s fifth album, “L’Enfant Sauvage”, sold almost 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, “The Way Of All Flesh”, opened with 4,200 units back in 2008 to land at No. 138.

“L’Enfant Sauvage” entered the official chart in France at position No. 7 (No. 17 on the digital chart).

“L’Enfant Sauvage” (which translates to “The Wild Child”) features 11 tracks of mind-bending, thunderous metal. The CD was recorded at Spin Recording Studios in Long Island City, New York with co-producer Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD).

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Radiosuicide Photography‘s RSPTV conducted an interview with guitarist Herman Li of British epic power metallers DRAGONFORCE on August 10 at the Getaway Rock festival in Gävle, Sweden. You can now watch the chat below.

DRAGONFORCE is recording the follow-up to last year’s “The Power Within” album, which was the band’s first with vocalist Marc Hudson. Since his live debut with the group in July 2011, Marc has gone on to front over 100 shows with DRAGONFORCE in 32 countries across the globe, including arenas with IRON MAIDEN as well as a mammoth headlining world tour to support the CD.

With a newfound wealth of experience for the new singer and two years of playing together, the DRAGONFORCE machine was at its most powerful when it entered Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden in May with Jens Bogren to start laying down tracks. Known for his work with the likes of OPETH, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK and SYMPHONY X, to name a few, Jens will undoubtedly help DRAGONFORCE make a killer-sounding album.

“The Power Within” sold 5,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 74 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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Elliot Paisley of EQPTV conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Joseph Duplantier of French progressive metallers GOJIRA at the Bloodstock Open Air festival at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.

GOJIRA and the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT earlier in the year completed a North American tour. The trek, which was announced during Full Metal Jackie‘s nationally syndicated radio show, also included support from THE ATLAS MOTH.

GOJIRA‘s fifth album, “L’Enfant Sauvage”, sold almost 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, “The Way Of All Flesh”, opened with 4,200 units back in 2008 to land at No. 138.

“L’Enfant Sauvage” entered the official chart in France at position No. 7 (No. 17 on the digital chart).

“L’Enfant Sauvage” (which translates to “The Wild Child”) features 11 tracks of mind-bending, thunderous metal. The CD was recorded at Spin Recording Studios in Long Island City, New York with co-producer Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD).

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The Rock Pit recently conducted an interview with renowned Canadian multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer Devin Townsend. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

The Rock Pit: I wanted to ask you about the “Retinal Circus”. Tell us a little bit about that.

Devin: “Retinal Circus” was an idea that took about a year to bring to fruition and what the basic thought behind it was the end period of the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT with “Epicloud” and four records and all this. It seemed like appropriate use of our resources to make a show that essentially put it all in one place and gave us an opportunity to sort of make an overview of everything that I had done. And so “Retinal Circus” ended up being this really theatrical, very strange show that included elements of all my solo records more or less and some elements of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and then it was wrapped up into a story, including Steve Vai. In a lot of ways, it was a real purge for me; it allowed me to represent the past, sort of confront the real nerdy elements of it and just make it larger than anything I’ve made. It was a cool experience.

The Rock Pit: It sounds almost like a theatrical version of a biography. Would you put it like that?

Devin: I guess so. I mean it’s a biography of the music rather than a biography of me. I think a biography of me would be pretty boring, but I mean, taking the musical end of it, I think it’s so up and down and all over the place that from the dynamics of the back catalogue, it was very easy to put together something theatrical. Yeah, I guess it would be a biography of my music, but maybe not directly of myself. Who knows?! Maybe it is.

The Rock Pit: I, unfortunately, missed your set at the Soundwave Festival last year but I did manage to catch you performing with GOJIRA, which looked like a lot of fun. You guys did a tour together?

Devin: That’s correct, yeah. As I get older, I find my connection to heavy music wanes in a lot of ways. If nothing else, there’s an element of heavy music that just no longer fits into my daily muse in terms of sound. But GOJIRA and MESHUGGAH are two bands that even within that, I still just have immense respect and awe for in a lot of ways, so the tour with GOJIRA was a great experience for me, to be able to hang out with people I like but also to watch them devastate every night. Really, it’s an astonishing thing.

The Rock Pit: Now you have such a huge varied back catalogue as well, how do you go about choosing a setlist for these shows?

Devin: Good question. I think it happens in several ways. There are certain songs that you play, and over the years as you play them, you find that these songs work, these ones don’t. These ones illicit a crowd reaction, these ones don’t. These ones may illicit a crowd reaction at a certain part in the set and not in another part of the set. So I think that setlists are built in a lot of ways by reflecting on how they succeeded and failed in the past and which circumstances. I think you also have to take into consideration what you have played in that territory before so if you’re doing a consequent tour of Australia, you wanna make sure that you’re not hitting them with just a different variation of the last tour. Otherwise there’s no reason for people to come and participate after a while.

Read the entire interview from The Rock Pit.

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The Rock Pit recently conducted an interview with renowned Canadian multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer Devin Townsend. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

The Rock Pit: I wanted to ask you about the “Retinal Circus”. Tell us a little bit about that.

Devin: “Retinal Circus” was an idea that took about a year to bring to fruition and what the basic thought behind it was the end period of the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT with “Epicloud” and four records and all this. It seemed like appropriate use of our resources to make a show that essentially put it all in one place and gave us an opportunity to sort of make an overview of everything that I had done. And so “Retinal Circus” ended up being this really theatrical, very strange show that included elements of all my solo records more or less and some elements of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and then it was wrapped up into a story, including Steve Vai. In a lot of ways, it was a real purge for me; it allowed me to represent the past, sort of confront the real nerdy elements of it and just make it larger than anything I’ve made. It was a cool experience.

The Rock Pit: It sounds almost like a theatrical version of a biography. Would you put it like that?

Devin: I guess so. I mean it’s a biography of the music rather than a biography of me. I think a biography of me would be pretty boring, but I mean, taking the musical end of it, I think it’s so up and down and all over the place that from the dynamics of the back catalogue, it was very easy to put together something theatrical. Yeah, I guess it would be a biography of my music, but maybe not directly of myself. Who knows?! Maybe it is.

The Rock Pit: I, unfortunately, missed your set at the Soundwave Festival last year but I did manage to catch you performing with GOJIRA, which looked like a lot of fun. You guys did a tour together?

Devin: That’s correct, yeah. As I get older, I find my connection to heavy music wanes in a lot of ways. If nothing else, there’s an element of heavy music that just no longer fits into my daily muse in terms of sound. But GOJIRA and MESHUGGAH are two bands that even within that, I still just have immense respect and awe for in a lot of ways, so the tour with GOJIRA was a great experience for me, to be able to hang out with people I like but also to watch them devastate every night. Really, it’s an astonishing thing.

The Rock Pit: Now you have such a huge varied back catalogue as well, how do you go about choosing a setlist for these shows?

Devin: Good question. I think it happens in several ways. There are certain songs that you play, and over the years as you play them, you find that these songs work, these ones don’t. These ones illicit a crowd reaction, these ones don’t. These ones may illicit a crowd reaction at a certain part in the set and not in another part of the set. So I think that setlists are built in a lot of ways by reflecting on how they succeeded and failed in the past and which circumstances. I think you also have to take into consideration what you have played in that territory before so if you’re doing a consequent tour of Australia, you wanna make sure that you’re not hitting them with just a different variation of the last tour. Otherwise there’s no reason for people to come and participate after a while.

Read the entire interview from The Rock Pit.

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On August 10, Terrorizer magazine conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Joseph Duplantier of French progressive metallers GOJIRA at the Bloodstock Open Air festival at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.

GOJIRA and the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT earlier in the year completed a North American tour. The trek, which was announced during Full Metal Jackie‘s nationally syndicated radio show, also included support from THE ATLAS MOTH.

GOJIRA‘s fifth album, “L’Enfant Sauvage”, sold almost 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, “The Way Of All Flesh”, opened with 4,200 units back in 2008 to land at No. 138.

“L’Enfant Sauvage” entered the official chart in France at position No. 7 (No. 17 on the digital chart).

“L’Enfant Sauvage” (which translates to “The Wild Child”) features 11 tracks of mind-bending, thunderous metal. The CD was recorded at Spin Recording Studios in Long Island City, New York with co-producer Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD).

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On August 10, Felicity Hall of GetYourRockOut conducted an interview with drummer Mario Duplantier of French progressive metallers GOJIRA at the Bloodstock Open Air festival at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.

GOJIRA and the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT earlier in the year completed a North American tour. The trek, which was announced during Full Metal Jackie‘s nationally syndicated radio show, also included support from THE ATLAS MOTH.

GOJIRA‘s fifth album, “L’Enfant Sauvage”, sold almost 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, “The Way Of All Flesh”, opened with 4,200 units back in 2008 to land at No. 138.

“L’Enfant Sauvage” entered the official chart in France at position No. 7 (No. 17 on the digital chart).

“L’Enfant Sauvage” (which translates to “The Wild Child”) features 11 tracks of mind-bending, thunderous metal. The CD was recorded at Spin Recording Studios in Long Island City, New York with co-producer Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD).

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