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CHRISTEEN + 4 DEMOS

Devin Townsend

Experimental/Post Metal


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stasio4@polbo
5 stars this short collection of demo that somehow didn't make it on INFINITY is definiately worth listening. With Om - a great, power-charging song, Sit In The Mountain - one of Devin's best ballads, not only from INFINITY period, but regarding all of his career, and the stunning Processional it's just a must-have for every devy-lover. I hope that some day, this little addition will become unity with the original album, just as it shoul (maybe with some gems that are at this time still unreleased).

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Posted Sunday, December 21, 2003 | Review Permalink
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3 stars Although I can understand why songs like 'Om' or 'Sit on the Mountain' were left off the albulm, I definitely consider "Processional" (track 4 of 5) as another unforgettable addition to Devin Townsend's glorious body of work, that could of had a place of 'Infinity'. The energy and dynamics of this track are incredible. Devin fans should get their hands on this song. Devin makes the most of the pop-song structure on "Christeen", a great song that is also available on 'Infinity'.

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Posted Wednesday, April 20, 2005 | Review Permalink
LiquidEternity
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3 stars Any fan of Devin Townsend who really enjoys Infinity needs this album.

Om and Processional are both tracks originally intended to be on Infinity, and I find them to be wonderful tunes despite being unfinished. Om, even in demo form, is a massive wall of sound, with lots of people singing om (although, lots of people might just mean Devin several times over) a whole lot. Heavy chugging guitars and driving drums make this track into something like War. It's very upbeat and very entertaining.

Processional is built of several parts. The first is Starchild Rise, a short bit full of sound and built for Devin to sing like a madman. He hits some unbelievably high notes here and sounds great the whole time. The song progresses (actually, not very well, some of this sounds kind of copy and paste, but that is part of the problem of having it in demo form) into Welcome Home, which at some point that I can't figure out becomes Metamorphosis. Through these two bits, the song builds and climbs, preparing the listener for the Infinite Waltz. The Infinite Waltz kicks in and plays out the rest of the song with a cheesily uplifting sort of lilt. In all, another song that sadly went unfinished and remained off its true home, Infinity.

The other songs are merely average. Christeen is, to my ears, basically the same version that is on Infinity, so it is kind of redundant to own here. Sit in the Mountain is a fan favorite, something what might belong on Terria. It is kind of repetitive and in demo form it sounds kind of shrill. The last song, Love-Load, sounds like a sort of Frank Zappa humor. Here we have something that is mildly industrial but not quite, like what you might find on Project EKO or Devlab, especially the latter. It's neat for a few listens, but it's nothing you'll die without.

Fans of Devin will undoubtedly enjoy this EP, especially people who can't get enough of Infinity. But unless you really like the dude's music, I'm pretty sure this release is not for you at all.

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Posted Wednesday, October 01, 2008 | Review Permalink
Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'Christeen' - Devin Townsend (6/10)

The 'Christeen' demos are essentially a compilation a b-sides that never made it onto the album 'Infinity.' After listening to the songs on this, it's suprising that Devin Townsend deemed these unworthy of being on the album itself. It would be very nice to see these songs in their fully produced glory, because they are not garbage, as much stuff from typical demos are.

As a fan as Devin's music for a long time, I do enjoy the album, but it's nothing as memorable as one of his more masterful works such as 'Terria.' One song on this demo that I cannot see why it didn't make it onto a bigger album is 'Sit On The Mountain.' It is a very cheerful song in the Townsend-trademark way, but also a very deep-sounding song.

Another highlight is the slow but building 'Processional.' It is slow, even to the point of ambience at times, but it would have been a great, grandiose closing track to 'Infinity.'

Another positve mention for the demo is the sound quality, which is fairly above par for a demo. There is still the trademark wall of sound here, to give the songs that Devin Townsend warmth and depth.

In any case, it's worth checking out.

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Posted Friday, July 17, 2009 | Review Permalink
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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: ****

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Posted Monday, August 10, 2009 | Review Permalink

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