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TERRIA

Devin Townsend

 

Experimental/Post Metal

4.22 | 509 ratings

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5 stars Terrific Terria

I never thought I would ever say this about an album with growled/shouted (albeit, not that many and tastefully done) vocals. Devin Townsend's Terria is a masterpiece. From the quiet, brooding opening to the bone-shattering cacophony of Olives, I knew that this was going to be a wild ride. Never has such a heavy build up made me smile, it just feels right. Devin Townsend's trademark layered sound is just amazing, powerful and subtle, melodic yet manic - he does it all.

Where the album really takes off is in the middle sections. Earth Day is an outstanding mash of metal, politics, craziness and truth, something Devin prides himself on. What makes Earth Day wonderful is that it appears on first listen to be just a relatively simple song with some crazy lyrics and typical metal aggression. But the message Devin portrays is much more interesting than you may first think, showing that it is a heartfelt composition. Deep Peace and Canada likewise have some amazing moments, quiet reflection and brutal riffing collide in each. The brilliance of this album doesn't lie in flashy production, nor technical virtuosity (although there are hints of that) but brutal honesty. The lyrics are insightful, the riffs are well placed, and most importantly, it is an enjoyable listen. The latter half of the album is more sedate and melodic, but by no means boring. Devin's vocals are particularly impressive, not expressively brilliant, but understated and human enough to let the music work wonders, without a resorting to an all too familiar cheesy metal tone.

While Terria is brilliant, it is not perfect (as no album is or ever will be). The album doesn't quite maintain the brilliance of Earth Day and Canada throughout, and some tracks seem unnecessarily long for my liking, although on repeated listens, they tend to make far more sense. In conclusion, I have yet to hear a prog metal album that comes close to Terria. Sure, others are darker, crazier, more technical and better organised, but wow, Devin Townsend does it oh-so-well.

Any Colour You Like | 5/5 |

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