KINGDOM DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT RETINAL CIRCUS
I can still remember the first time I saw Devin Townsend perform. He is not one of those performers you can easily forget. Of coarse, back then he was a different Devin. At the time, he was still with Strapping Young Lad. They performed at a small intimate venue in Bend, OR called the Domino Room.
Out of impulse, I recently looked into Mr. Townsend in effort to reminisce about that show so long ago. I came to learn that Devin Townsend has been a very busy guy in the years since and has long since moved on from playing heavy metal with “the Lads.” He has, in my opinion, pushed his writing to the next level. While the high energy of his music is still a constant, the content itself is richer and more dynamic. One key addition to the music are the vocals of dutch singer Anneke van Giersbergen paired with the more so melodic vocals of Devin himself. In the past his vocals were largely scream-based. The use of strings also contribute a unique texture to the new songs.
Retinal Circus is a live recording. The concert itself tells a story within the dreamworlds of a man (supposedly unrelated to Devin). The video link below contains the whole recording.