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Devin Townsend


Experimental/Post Metal

4.20 | 486 ratings

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4 stars Make it perfect...

And perhaps Devin did. This is another classic album from one of metal's most experimental artists. It is very thick and heavy, noisy with hints of amazing melody interspersed throughout. The concept (yes it is a concept album) is laughable, but as it should be. The humorous lyrics and story elements add to the overall charm of the album, rather than work against it.

The songs tell the story of Ziltoid searching for Earth's greatest cup of coffee, with a twist ending. The space adventure leads us into a lot of powerful songs. The opener is right out of a 50's Sci-fi movie, with Ziltoidia attaxx being immensely smashing and hammering. The songs sometimes take a Pink Floyd-meets-Richard Wagner at times, always with a metal rod stabbed into the mix. The spoken word interludes are hilarious at times I am so omniscient, if there were two be two omniscients, I would have to be both.. This humor might not translate well to some folks, but it is a really fun thing to experience.

I can't give this album 5 stars, even though I really want to. Some of the songs sound a bit samey in the beginning, It is not as complex as his other works, and the humor isn't for everyone. But I could slap four stars on this any day, easily.

Alitare | 4/5 |


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