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DEVLAB

Devin Townsend

Experimental/Post Metal


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2 stars I'm gonna melt you guys....

this is the prime objective of Devin on this album, and he achieves it, however, its not a very plesant melting...

i found this album to be extremly dissapointing, i mean reeeeally dissapointing, im such a big fan of Devin. I thought this was going to be an atmosphric ambiance dream, full of lush keyboards and his signature sustained guitar effects

but no...sadly far from it

from what i can remember, this album contains pretty much no proper keyboards, mainly the occasional drone of various tones, pretty much no guitar, and i think there was 1 short time that dums were present, even tho' they sounded like kitchen pots and pans falling onto the ground repeadidly

i would recomend Devin fans to check this out, just so you can get it out of your system, and know that you've heard it, because otherwise you'll end up like me, collecting Devins entire catalog then eventualy working your way to this awful piece of music,

people who dont know devins music, DO NOT GO NEAR THIS ALBUM, for the love of god...dont

basicaly the whole album is made up of Sound bites recorded by Devin,

ill give it 2 stars, 1 star goes for the somewhat funny im gonna melt you thing, but this gets old, and another star just incase i re-visit this and dont find it AS bad as i thought.....however this is doubtfull

overall the album just made me keep asking myself.......why devin, why?

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Send comments to TR!P (BETA) | Report this review (#161141)
Posted Thursday, February 07, 2008 | Review Permalink
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2 stars You know, I feel bad giving this two stars. I mean, I don't like it at all. That's fair enough. But I know that this stuff does exactly what Devin wants it to do, and it's a marvel in production and recording techniques or something. What we have here is a lot of noise dedicated to imitating a fever-dream. It does, too. It makes you feel kind of woozy and confused, with a touch of nausea now and then.

I have never really been a fan of noise or drone music or whatever all that stuff is. I usually like music with my music. But there is still something inherently fascinating about Devlab. I've listened to it a bunch of times, trying to figure out what it is about this album that keeps making me click on track number one. I subject myself again and again to this hour-long mash of noise and grating ambiance. Obviously, something about it is good, but I can't understand what. Devin put his heart and soul into this project, and I can see where his work paid off.

In all, though, this is an album just for serious fans or noise junkies. You have to be pretty patient with Mr. Townsend to really get much out of this album aside from a headache.

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Send comments to LiquidEternity (BETA) | Report this review (#184324)
Posted Wednesday, October 01, 2008 | Review Permalink
3 stars So [%*!#]ing weird...

Devin Townsend is usually known for recording and producing metal albums, whether it be the extreme tendencies of Strapping Young Lad, or his laidback, mellow solo albums. Here, Devy's trying something different, aiming for a sound he describes as ''heavy metal ambience''. Now, I've never listened to a drone/ambient effort before, no Eno or Tangerine Dream for me, so I went into this with no prior knowledge of what an ambient piece should sound like. Townsend succeeds in making this album sound weird and strangely enjoyable. From the what-the-hell? humor of the of the opening minute to the ending alarm clock ringing, there are many sound clips strewn throughout (TV shows, speeches, drums, conversations, dump trucks driving over kittens) over the deep hum present through the entire piece; this keeps things fresh and interesting.

Townsend's hour long piece of musique concrète is entertaining, and although I don't listen to it much (only when I'm taking exams), everytime I do, it's a rewarding experience. Not really for the faint of heart.

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Send comments to ZeroDreamPlasMaximus (BETA) | Report this review (#192238)
Posted Sunday, December 07, 2008 | Review Permalink
1 stars Devin Gee, you're doing it wrong!

Not that I have an attraction to ambient music, but this here is far from attractive. Rather, it's bad, inaudible, totally ridiculous. I do not know what the intent of Devin to do this album, but OF COURSE it was not anything serious or committed. I respect his artistic creativity, but am not able to tolerate Devlab. There are interesting moments scattered here and there, but nothing that I hold. I prefer when he's screaming, cursing, playing guitar brutal, but what's here. Is an hour of pure... anything, I'd say. A time wasted by him, and for me to hear this album twice (I hear most often, as I normally do, but I could not). This must be one of the worst albums I've ever heard in my life.

1 star. Return to the commonplace, Devy.

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