Review: Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands – The Absolute Elsewhere

Truly multicultural music can be hard to find and perhaps even harder to create in a genuine and worthwhile way. However, when you have had experience in Mariachi, Gamelan, Chinese, Samba and Ugandan musical ensembles (to name a few), and have travelled the world accumilating an appreciation for a myriad of international heritages, as Crystal…

System Of A Down – Lost In Hollywood?

In the late 1990s, a very unique voice carved its obscure and nasal way into alternative music’s collective consciousness. It was a memorable voice, accompanied by an equally memorable, hyperactive and quite frankly insane musical backdrop. This voice belonged to one Serj Tankian, and the schizophrenic heaviness behind him that he so ably navigated came…

Review: The Cyon Project- Tales Of Pain

The Cyon Project seem confused. They don’t quite seem to know what kind of a band they want to be. Claiming influence from ‘rock to stoner to metal with symphonic sonics’,  on paper this album has the potential to be stellar. Proclaiming their move away from ‘common death/thrash stereotypes’ also implies some grounding in the…

Devin Townsend- Long May He Reign

Devin Townsend. To those in the know, the name of this maverick Canadian will spark fevered fanboying or fierce debate. Having spanned a dizzying array of musical styles in 20 years of creativity, this album-churning machine has amassed one of the most devoted fanbases from within and beyond the metal community. Following some success as…