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TERRIA

Devin Townsend

 

Experimental/Post Metal

4.22 | 514 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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5 stars Devin felt like he let down his fans with the previous release called "Physicist" and so set out to make up for that on this album. His inspiration came while driving across Canada with his band and witnessing the beauty and majesty of the land along the way.Yeah that will do it. And speaking of beauty and majesty those two words describe this album well.Travis Smith took care of the cover art and illusrations in the liners.

"Olives" opens with sampled spoken words and birds as a guitar is strummed once, then again before the music comes in. It backs off as spoken words and birds continue. It then kicks in at 2 1/2 minutes. Oh yeah it does. "Mountain" kicks in and we get a growl too before the vocals come in in a reserved manner. It settles right down at 2 minutes but the tempo picks up.This is so cool.Vocal melodies and heavy drums follow. A scream after 4 minutes then Devin starts to sing again. "Earth Day" kicks in right away and vocals join in quickly.They stop as the tempo picks up.This sounds great ! Vocals are back. "Deep Peace" opens with nature sounds and strummed guitar. Reserved vocals a minute in. A fuller sound a minute later.Vocals stop around 3 minutes and the guitar leads. A heavy beat after 4 minutes then vocals return 5 1/2 minutes in.

"Canada" opens with a good heavy sound as the vocals join in. A calm before 2 1/2 minutes but it kicks back in again quickly. "Down And Under" is eventually led by strummed guitar and a heavy beat and then it gets fuller. "The Fluke" kicks in quickly and vocals follow. It settles before 3 minutes then builds with vocal melodies. Rain comes in late.Great tune ! "Nobody's Here" is laid back yet so rich in sound as reserved vocals join in. It kicks in after 1 1/2 minutes then settles back as contrasts continue. A very cool tune. "Tiny Tears" has so much atmosphere as the vocals arrive. Nice guitar 5 minutes in as the thick atmosphere continues with heavy drums.Vocals are back.This is gorgeous. It turns heavy late to end it. "Stagnation" is an uplifting way to end the album.

No doubt this is one of Devin's best, right up there with "Ocean Machine" and well deserving of a 5 star rating.

Mellotron Storm | 5/5 |

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