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INFINITY

Devin Townsend

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.66 | 154 ratings

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voliveira
4 stars 7.5/10

A somewhat disappointing follow-up to the great Ocean Machine: Biomech, Infinity was released shortly after the mental breakdown of Devin Townsend that led to him being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I do not know whether this had any impact on his music, but the fact that this album is more experimental and less serious than its predecessor may be an indication that the answer to my question is yes.

Even if half of Infinity is disposable to me, there are some gems here that is worth hearing. The opening instrumental Truth is a powerful instrumental opener, followed by energetic Christeen and Bad Devil shows Devy's inclination to jazz (the presence of a trombone evokes it here) mixed with good doses of comedy rock and metal. But my favorite here are the last two songs, Unity and Noisy Pink Bubbles. Both have in common that they start with a guitar through Crimson-esque (specifically the 80's phase of band), but are very different. The first is slow, ethereal and otherworldly, while the latter relies more on humor at the beginning (I particularly love the first minute) and is pursuing other paths driven by acoustic guitar.

I think 4 stars is fair for this album. Regular, but nowhere near the genius of his predecessor.

voliveira | 4/5 |

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