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CHRISTEEN + 4 DEMOS

Devin Townsend

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.52 | 31 ratings

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LiquidEternity
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3 stars Any fan of Devin Townsend who really enjoys Infinity needs this album.

Om and Processional are both tracks originally intended to be on Infinity, and I find them to be wonderful tunes despite being unfinished. Om, even in demo form, is a massive wall of sound, with lots of people singing om (although, lots of people might just mean Devin several times over) a whole lot. Heavy chugging guitars and driving drums make this track into something like War. It's very upbeat and very entertaining.

Processional is built of several parts. The first is Starchild Rise, a short bit full of sound and built for Devin to sing like a madman. He hits some unbelievably high notes here and sounds great the whole time. The song progresses (actually, not very well, some of this sounds kind of copy and paste, but that is part of the problem of having it in demo form) into Welcome Home, which at some point that I can't figure out becomes Metamorphosis. Through these two bits, the song builds and climbs, preparing the listener for the Infinite Waltz. The Infinite Waltz kicks in and plays out the rest of the song with a cheesily uplifting sort of lilt. In all, another song that sadly went unfinished and remained off its true home, Infinity.

The other songs are merely average. Christeen is, to my ears, basically the same version that is on Infinity, so it is kind of redundant to own here. Sit in the Mountain is a fan favorite, something what might belong on Terria. It is kind of repetitive and in demo form it sounds kind of shrill. The last song, Love-Load, sounds like a sort of Frank Zappa humor. Here we have something that is mildly industrial but not quite, like what you might find on Project EKO or Devlab, especially the latter. It's neat for a few listens, but it's nothing you'll die without.

Fans of Devin will undoubtedly enjoy this EP, especially people who can't get enough of Infinity. But unless you really like the dude's music, I'm pretty sure this release is not for you at all.

LiquidEternity | 3/5 |

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