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CHRISTEEN + 4 DEMOS

Devin Townsend

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.51 | 30 ratings

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The Crow
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4 stars This little EP, despite of being made of tracks rejected from the album "Infinity", has a great quality, like almost every Devin's release!

The style fo the EP is quite different from the original album, despite of having a similar sound and production... Because you must not be wrong. The title "...plus 4 demos" can be a little deceitful, because the sound of this songs is wonderful. Any difference in production with "Infinity" is hard to notice, so the four additional tracks we can hear have a great sound quality.

After the wonderful pop-metal act named Christine, comes Om... It's a powerful track, in the style of War of infinity, but also with some guitars riffs wich bring to my mind the song Regulator, from the Devin's "Ocean Machine" record. Great theme. And also wonderful is Sit in The Mountain, a very melodic but energetic track, wich mix pop melodies with metal in a way that only Devin Townsend can do.

And then come Processional... This track deserves a special mention, because it's 12 minutes of prog genious, crazy changes, and a visceral Devin's singing at the beginning. After this, the song developes long meldies, in a way that we could hear in a similar way in the later masterpice "Terria". Not so polished, and without the quality of the 2001 release, but still wonderful, and opening new ways for Townsend. I still can't understand why he did not include this excellent song in "Infinity".

The closing of the album, the very experimental Love-Load, is not so good as the rest of the EP... But it's also interesting to hear Townsend's noises investigation, that he would widely use in "DevLab" and "The Hummer", and also in "Terria".

Conclusion: this little EP has a wonderful production (the same of the album "Infinity"...), and three truly excellent songs apart from also outstanding Christine.. They add new ideas that maybe would have not fit well in "Infinity" (except Processional, that could have been perfectly included in the album...), but they opened new ways that we could hear in later Devin's releases. So if you like this man's music... This EP is an obligated purchase! And if you are new to this man's music, it can give you a little glimpse of his talent.

My rating: ****

The Crow | 4/5 |

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