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THE REALITY OF MUSIC INSPIRES NOTHING BUT PESSIMISM TO ARJEN LUCASSEN


In his new solo album, Lost In The New Real, Arjen Lucassen tells the story of Mr. L, who, after spending several centuries in a coma, needs psychological help to adapt to and understand the changes society has gone through during his sleep. On his own admission, Arjen Lucassen identifies himself a bit to this character and considers himself a stranger in this reality. The man doesn’t go out much, watch the news or spend money; he doesn’t even like touring or reading! Arjen confesses to having sometimes been caught up in reality, with over-produced albums like 01011001 – hence his desire, with this solo album, to be more “transparent”, just like on his album The Electric Castle. A truly nostalgic and intimate album.

More specifically, the reality of the music industry, without scaring him, leads him to think that it will soon become impossible to make a living with music. In concrete terms, Arjen details his own financial situation, still more than decent, but which prevents him from planning as ambitious a new Ayreon album as the previous ones.

Let’s take stock with this long conversation with a man as humble and pleasant as ever.

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Epica: a plea for public awareness


Through their new album, Requiem For The Indifferent, Epica make a plea for public awareness in terms of our planet’s economic and environmental issues. According to vocalist Simone Simons, mankind ignores those issues, voluntarily or not, and people live their lives in a very selfish way. When we broached these subjects during the following interview, we naturally drifted to more current affairs; in other words: the debate on downloading caused by the recent closing down of Megaupload. Simone’s position on the matter is firm: if a nation is economically stable, given how easy it can be to access music legally on the Internet, downloading is a no-no.

On a more musical front, we talked about the impact their previous album, Design Your Universe, had on the band’s music – a subject Mark Jansen already insisted upon a year ago. Simone can only concur: with this record, the band have established a standard that will be used as a foundation for all future productions, including this new album, Requiem For The Indifferent.

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DEVIN TOWNSEND AT THE EAST OF INFINITY


Here’s an interview we couldn’t wait to share with you! We love Devin Townsend first of all for his genius music but also because of his unique, sometimes (a little) crazy and unusual personality. His personality is a breath of fresh air in a conformed and coded industry. What we really love is that this interview represents everything that we love in what we do: a man who is able to talk about himself without any restraint and who is open to self mockery. He is a man who tends to question himself and yet would rather he didn’t have to. He is an incredible human being. In fact he is so human that next to him other men come across as monsters. It is often believed that genius intelligence emanates from supermen, however, it could also be said that the genius in a man comes from his total acceptance of his own nature, through his beauty and through his ugliness. After all, that makes sense; you need to be profoundly human in order to reveal human emotions.

Anyway, here is an interview which can be read again and again in which we learn a lot about Devin Townsend, the man as well as the artist, and you might even learn a little about yourselves. Although he is excited and never stops speaking until he loses the thread of his story, he never loses any coherence in his words. We get the sense that these last few years have been quite intensely creative. The tetralogy genesis of Devin Townsend Project – Ki, Addicted, Deconstruction and Ghost – appears to have been almost like a traumatic experience. Yet a positive trauma because it enabled him to level with himself, in order to understand what is important about himself and about his way of dealing with life.

Enjoy.

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Thin Lizzy : still live and dangerous


Thin Lizzy is doing great these days. Pretty strange considering the band, formed by God Himself, the late Phil Lynott, has been coming and going for the past twenty years with an ever changing line-up. Why the sudden attention, these few past months? First clue: the new line-up, featuring two newcomers, and prestigious musicians: Vivian Campbell, the eternal “new Def Leppard guitarist”, and Ricky Warwick having to bear the weight of the sacred microphone. Along with them comes Marco Mendoza on the bass and longtime members Scott Gorham (guitars), Brian Downey (drums) and Darren Wharton (keyboards). You’re looking at a dream team of musicians which is also getting back in touch with its Irish roots.

Secondly, Scott Gorham himself says: “Alright! The fans are unanimous: Thin Lizzy has never sounded more like Thin Lizzy than today. The band is even thinking about hitting the studios for the first time since 1983 and their Thunder And Lightning ».

We couldn’t miss the opportunity; we asked Scott Gorham, who’s behind this new version of Thin Lizzy, to give us a call in order to learn a bit more.

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