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Devin Townsend


Experimental/Post Metal

2.92 | 168 ratings

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4 stars "Physicist" is Devin TOWNSEND's follow-up to his magnificent "Infinity" album from 1999. It follows the same musical direction: complex, crazy, experimental, humorous, melodic, noisy and outrageous. "Physicist" is less accessible then "Infinity" though and it takes a few listening to get into. Although it's a very good album, I liked "Infinity" more because of its variation. This album is faster and with less nuances between the songs.

Unfortunately I guess that many may be scared away by its noisiness, and don't get the time to hear that it's actually very melodic. But the melody is often hidden under layers of fast riffs and distorted guitars. Industry v/s Speed & Heavy Metal with some progressive inputs. Actually it's quite comparable to MINISTRY or even SLAYER at times. Just listen to "Death" and you'll know what I mean. You would get quite exhausted after listening through the entire album, if it wasn't for some breathing space in "Jupiter" and the Bonustrack. "Material" is one of the highlights.

Devin TOWNSEND has played with many other bands and musicians too: Steve VAI, The WILDHEARTS, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY and on tribute albums to JUDAS PRIEST and RUSH.

If you like a mix between Industry and Speed Metal in the same vein as MINISTRY, you'll probably love this album.

Greger | 4/5 |


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