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DEVLAB

Devin Townsend

 

Experimental/Post Metal

2.27 | 58 ratings

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ZeroDreamPlasMaximus
3 stars So fucking weird...

Devin Townsend is usually known for recording and producing metal albums, whether it be the extreme tendencies of Strapping Young Lad, or his laidback, mellow solo albums. Here, Devy's trying something different, aiming for a sound he describes as ''heavy metal ambience''. Now, I've never listened to a drone/ambient effort before, no Eno or Tangerine Dream for me, so I went into this with no prior knowledge of what an ambient piece should sound like. Townsend succeeds in making this album sound weird and strangely enjoyable. From the what-the-hell? humor of the of the opening minute to the ending alarm clock ringing, there are many sound clips strewn throughout (TV shows, speeches, drums, conversations, dump trucks driving over kittens) over the deep hum present through the entire piece; this keeps things fresh and interesting.

Townsend's hour long piece of musique concrète is entertaining, and although I don't listen to it much (only when I'm taking exams), everytime I do, it's a rewarding experience. Not really for the faint of heart.

ZeroDreamPlasMaximus | 3/5 |

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