gotta hand it to Steve Vai. He can spot a talent when he sees one.
And that was what he did when he called in a completely unknown
21-year-old to sing on his ‘Sex & Religion’ album from
1993. That unknown fellow was none other than the multi-talented
progeny Devin Townsend whom we have seen in various shapes since
then, most notably with SYL and his Devin Townsend Band, but also
as a guest musician for various bands and as a producer.
has managed to pair himself with a host of metal angels who
basically rip everything up on this new platter, ‘The New
Black’. Most notably drum legend Gene Hoglan does a crushing job
on the album, but the madness is wonderfully orchestrated by the
madness is a crucial element, but it is controlled and leaves the
listener wanting more rather than feeling more than full. I keep
thinking that there are elements of Fantomas lunacy as well as the
structure and groove of Helmet and Pantera in here – all in a
sweet chaotic harmony. And the whole thing is just ultra-heavy.
the madness, the album is very polished and clearly a studio
effort. It should be interesting to see how this translates into a
live setting. I’m sure, though, that Townsend’s ear for a
catchy tune will ensure that the sing-along parts are in place.
are riffs on this album that are to die for, believe me, and they
are brought out with great conviction and sharp precision. A song
like 'Hope' has captivated me totally. I can’t get that stomping
riff out of my head!
thee to the nearest record store and try this at home!