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Devin Garrett Townsend - Born May 5, 1972 (New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada)

DEVIN TOWNSEND, possibly more widely known as the frontman for the extreme metal act STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, began creating solo albums in 1997.

Sometimes referred to as the 'Mad Scientist of Metal', TOWNSEND produces a wide variety of music. This ranges from soft ambience designed, as he has stated, to put the listener to sleep, to high levels of thrash and extreme metal reminiscent of SYL.
His works often feature a 'wall of sound', built by adding many layers of guitars and keyboards that are playing in unison or harmony. The end result is a number of carefully produced and mixed albums that favor high-end sound systems.

His first solo album, 'Ocean Machine: Biomech' (1997), was actually originally simply titled 'Biomech' and the band project labeled OCEAN MACHINE. However, on subsequent releases in most countries, the one-shot band name was incorporated into the title, and TOWNSEND's name was affixed to the record. Next came his first solo album proper, 1998's 'Infinity'. However, diagnosed with bipolar disorder and suffering with severe depression, TOWNSEND left the album only partly finished, filling in the song gaps with other demos. Rebounding from this struggle, he wrote 'Physicist' in 2000, creating a sort of pop-metal release featuring the members of his band STRAPPING YOUNG LAD. His 2001 project, 'Terria', features some of his most complicated and deep production, incorporating many sounds from nature into the recording, and stands as one of his most well-known and most critically acclaimed albums.

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His next solo project, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND, began in 2003 with the release of 'Accelerated Evolution'. Adding drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen, guitarist Brian Waddell, bassist Mike Young, and keyboardist Dave Young, TOWNSEND decided to start releasing albums once more with a full-time band rather than merely studio musicians. Taking a dramatic turn from the style of 'Terria', TOWNSEND adopted a much more band-oriented feel, reducing the amount of atmosphere and increasing the level of accessibility of the music.

As a side project during this time, TOWNSEND stitched together the fierce ambient 'Devlab' album in 2004. The line-up of THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND continued for several years as a functional touring outfit. The collaboration concluded with the 2006 album 'Synchestra' - though this rele...
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DEVIN TOWNSEND discography


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DEVIN TOWNSEND top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.98 | 301 ratings
Ocean Machine - Biomech
1997
3.69 | 211 ratings
Infinity
1998
2.93 | 155 ratings
Physicist
2000
4.18 | 617 ratings
Terria
2001
3.90 | 233 ratings
The Devin Townsend Band: Accelerated Evolution
2003
2.17 | 86 ratings
Devlab
2004
4.07 | 332 ratings
The Devin Townsend Band: Synchestra
2006
2.47 | 83 ratings
The Hummer
2006
4.14 | 554 ratings
Ziltoid The Omniscient
2007
3.84 | 304 ratings
Devin Townsend Project: Ki
2009
3.82 | 319 ratings
Devin Townsend Project: Addicted
2009
3.92 | 399 ratings
Devin Townsend Project: Deconstruction
2011
3.78 | 326 ratings
Devin Townsend Project: Ghost
2011
3.95 | 325 ratings
Devin Townsend Project: Epicloud
2012
3.84 | 177 ratings
Casualties Of Cool: Casualties Of Cool
2014
3.75 | 137 ratings
Z
2014
3.71 | 99 ratings
Devin Townsend Project: Transcendence
2016
0.00 | 0 ratings
Empath
2019

DEVIN TOWNSEND Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.58 | 19 ratings
Official Bootleg
1999
3.58 | 29 ratings
Unplugged
2011
4.45 | 50 ratings
By A Thread - Live In London 2011
2012
4.69 | 55 ratings
The Retinal Circus
2013
4.43 | 26 ratings
Ziltoid: Live At The Royal Albert Hall
2015
2.92 | 8 ratings
Ocean Machine - Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre
2018

DEVIN TOWNSEND Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.57 | 40 ratings
The Retinal Circus
2013
4.00 | 27 ratings
Ziltoid: Live At The Royal Albert Hall
2015

DEVIN TOWNSEND Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.38 | 21 ratings
Ass Sordid Demos I
1999
3.36 | 14 ratings
Ass Sordid Demos II
2004
4.61 | 23 ratings
Contain Us
2011
5.00 | 2 ratings
Discovering Devin Townsend
2016

DEVIN TOWNSEND Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.59 | 39 ratings
Christeen + 4 Demos
1999
3.20 | 5 ratings
Iceland
2016

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 Ocean Machine - Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre by TOWNSEND, DEVIN album cover Live, 2018
2.92 | 8 ratings

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Ocean Machine - Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre
Devin Townsend Experimental/Post Metal

Review by javajeff

4 stars This is an excellent live album for anyone looking to upgrade their Ocean Machine with a stellar sounding adrenaline rush. Ocean Machine has never sounded better with this Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre release, and Devin gave a powerful performance with the usual wall of sound. It is easy to see how much Ocean Machine means to him as it is a gateway to a bunch of phenomenal releases to follow. Ocean Machine is one my favorite albums from Devin along with Terria and Ziltoid. It is an excellent collection of songs and an essential album to own in his extensive catalog. The rest of this big live release contains some favorites from the crowd while Devin flirts with witty and fun interludes between songs. While The Retinal Circus or Ziltoid: Live At The Royal Albert Hall may be considered by some as better live albums, there is so much to like here that it should not be missed. Devin has a tremendous work ethic, and it shows why he is successful as an artist. I listen to Ocean Machine - Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre now more than the original release.
 Devin Townsend Project: Transcendence by TOWNSEND, DEVIN album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.71 | 99 ratings

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Devin Townsend Project: Transcendence
Devin Townsend Experimental/Post Metal

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

5 stars "Transendence" is Devin Townsend Project's 7th album, and DT's overall 17th album, and with it, comes the power heavy progressive rock that we have all come to know and love. No one does it like DT, and that is why I have come to the conclusion that he is my favorite Progressive Metal artist. I have not been able to find anyone that does it with as much power and passion that he does, and he is always one step above all of the other Progressive Metal artists out there. I'm not just saying this because I currently live in Canada, because he was one of my favorites way before I moved here from the States, and back then, when I first discovered his music, I had no idea he was Canadian. But, honestly, I found more fans of his down in the States than I have here in Canada. This time around, DT shares more of the ideas and input of the entire cast of the project. Even though the guitar is still heavy here, there is a more of keyboard driven aspect to it in that they stand out more in the overall wall of sound.

"Truth" starts out this album with a re-working of a track from one of his earlier albums "Infinity". It would seem he has returned to his famous wall of sound where somehow he brings out every single instrument, even though the track breaks down some at the end to a more mellow finish. The same heaviness continues in "Stormbending" with a swirling synthesizer that ushers in a powerful guitar solo, and DT's powerhouse vocals, loud when they need to be, and soft when the music calms. Somehow, DT's music is so heavy and uplifting at the same time, no matter what the subject matter is. Considering the title of this album, he has hit hi style and subject matter right on the nose this time. Just amazing and powerful, and plenty of dynamics because even though the wall is there, there are still plenty of softer passages to go along with whatever is needed in each track.

"Higher" features a solid progressive riff with a dramatic orchestral effect and you hear DT venturing up into his higher register way on up there a few times during this track. Later there is an awesome guitar solo that is all Devin. "Secret Sciences" has the fuller sound, but even so, it is a softer track with a more complex melody. Intensity does get heavier on the choruses. Anneke van Giersbergen from "The Gathering" also helps out with support vocals on this track. DT fans know that she is a frequent guest on many of his albums and many times will actually sing lead. The drums in this one are also quite rapid in many places giving that speed metal style without succumbing to that formula.

"Higher" flows directly from the previous track starting out quite peacefully with Devin's softer vocals and an acoustic, strummed guitar. A sudden increase in intensity and power erupts for a short time, then a throbbing bass introduces the excellent progressive feel of this track. The track continues to go from heavy drama to more melodic sections. Things can get rather loud and passionate at times with heavy metal riffing, even a little growling in the most emotional part of the track. That's another strength of Devin's, using that style from time to time, but only when it is needed to push the emotion to another level. That is also another reason why he is the best, because he uses that talent effectively and only when needed. This track is absolutely awesome and if you need to hear just how great of a musician Devin is and you only have time for one track, then this is the one, even though it is 10 minutes, none of that time is wasted. But I'll warn you, you won't be satisfied with just one, you will want more, more, more! Simply beautiful, stunning and immense!

"Stars" begins right away with the full wall of sound driven by majestic synths, but calming some as it continues, returning to majesty on the choruses. "Offer Your Light" is very up tempo driven by a keyboard riff and with Anneke taking lead at first and passing it back and forth with Devin, but the vocals are layered to sound like a full chorus.

"From the Heart" is a mid-tempo track with more of the symphonic wall backing things up. This is another majestic sounding track with several layers creating a powerful and almost orchestral sound. Halfway through this one, the density breaks down to just synths and vocal layers becoming peaceful and lovely as instruments take over the suddenly serene and floating ambience for the remainder of the track. The last track is also over 8 minutes like the previous. "Transdermal Celebration" (which is actually a "Ween" cover) begins with a simple electric guitar introduction which explodes into that dense wall again only to be calmed again for the chorus. After this, the guitar gets to take the theme into a longer solo before vocals come back. At 3:30, things get quite atmospheric and ethereal as it becomes more ambient. After 5 minutes, the music mostly fades and we are left with a wind effect with distant synths ebbing and flowing.

This is DT's and his Project at their best. Even though the synthesizers seem to have a little more to say in this album, it is still prime Devin Townsend material that surpasses many other Progressive Metal artists in pure emotion and awesomeness. It is a good representative of his heavier music, which is what most of his output is, though he has also been known to explore many other styles through his career. But this one features the music that we all love from him, pure excellence and musicianship.

 Devin Townsend Project: Transcendence by TOWNSEND, DEVIN album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.71 | 99 ratings

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Devin Townsend Project: Transcendence
Devin Townsend Experimental/Post Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars After the slightly dissappointing Ziltoid 2, Devin Townsend returned with this much better Transcendence!

And for this record he retrieved his most prog-hard rock style, much in the vein of Accelerated Evolution and Synchestra, being an album which is not so extreme like Physicist or Deconstruction, but also not so commercial like Epicloud and the lousy Sky Blue.

Sadly, the title track is a bit boring while From the Heart is too cheesy and repetitive, being two minor flaws in an otherwise excellent album!

Best Tracks: Stormbending (one of the most awesome Devin's songs), Failure (could have been included in Accelerated Evolution), Secret Sciences (original and different one), Higher (epic and very progressive) and Offer Your Light (a memorable and straightforward heavy metal song)

Conclusion: Transcendence is a self-contained, concise and very well executed piece of the best prog-metal out there and a worthy addition to the very solid Devin Townsend's career.

My rating: ****

 Z by TOWNSEND, DEVIN album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.75 | 137 ratings

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Z
Devin Townsend Experimental/Post Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

3 stars After the successful Epicloud, Devin Townsend released his long awaited Ziltoid the Omniscient sequel with this double album!

The first CD Sky Blue is a follow-up of the style of Addicted! and Epicloud, but sadly not so good this time in terms in songwriting lacking true memorable songs. And worst of all, this album is predictable! And that's the true disappointment here.

Ziltoid 2 is better, mixing the furious and crazy humoristic metal of the first one with the more grandiloquent and pompous style of newer Devin's albums. And although the results are better than in Sky Blue, the album is waaaaay under the first Ziltoid one. The story is ridiculous and apart from a part of songs (Deathray, War Princess, Ziltoid Goes Home) this album is simply not catchy enough.

Best Tracks: Midnight Sun, Universal Flame, Silent Militia, War Princess, Deathray, Ziltoid Goes Home.

Conclusion: my less favorite Townsend album!

My rating: ***

 Infinity by TOWNSEND, DEVIN album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.69 | 211 ratings

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Infinity
Devin Townsend Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Kempokid

4 stars Devin Townsend's second album proves to be a very different beast from his first, taking away the atmospheric, subtle, clean tracks, for outright madness and fun. The production is very strange, both sounding very clear, yet also having a degree of muddiness to it, the compositions are incredibly varied, sounding more like individual tracks rather than a cohesive album, and their is a sense of outright fun to be found here, rather than the extremely solemn 'Ocean Machine: Biomech'. Due to this being a Devin Townsend release, one thing that can be counted on is the absolutely perfect vocals for any case, ranging from beautiful and operatic, to aggressive screaming.

From the opening song 'Truth' it already becomes clear just how different this album is going to be, exploding into a wall of sound full of quirky, bizarre vocal noises and makes for a strange way to kick the album off. 'Christeen' is a much more pop oriented track, with a fun catchy chorus and more strange vocalisations, making for a completely different sound from the opener. Just to destroy any notions that 'Christeen' was going to be an outlier track, the clear highlight, 'Bad Devil' bursts in. These is easily one of my favourite songs that Devin has ever written, being an extremely entertaining, fun swing metal song that clearly went on to influence 'Diablo Swing Orchestra', particularly 'Balrog Boogie'. Everything about this song works absolutely perfectly, being full of energy and easily grabbing the attention of anyone listening to this album. The album continues strongly with 'War', being another massive, seemingly impenetrable wall of sound, with a fairly decent groove that is pushed to its breaking point, with a gradual increase of layers to the music, until it explodes with Devin screaming about stopping the noise, which I find to be interesting. 'Soul Driven Cadillac' is quite similar to the tracks 'Life if All Dynamics' and 'Unity', all conveying the more grandiose, atmospheric side of Devin's music. These songs all contain very powerful grooves to them, displaying his more serious side. 'Ants' is the single weirdest song in Townsend's entire discography, with some of the most unadulterated insanity I've heard in any band. truly a song that needs to be heard, and one that never fails to get a laugh out of me. 'Wild Colonial Boy' is a fun waltzy power ballad with some great melody, and an awesome chorus. The closing track 'Noisy Pink Bubbles' is a good one all around, having a psychedelic, stoner style to it, ending the album in the same way it started, strangely.

While the album is less coherent than any other Devin Townsend effort, it is also one of the most purely entertaining one, with a lot of diversity and fun involved. While I recommend other Devin Townsend albums over this one, simply because this doesn't have the same scope and maturity as albums such as 'Ocean Machine', 'Terria' or even 'Ziltoid the Omniscient', however, this is definitely a great album that I'll recommend to any fan of Devin Townsend, and I'll recommend 'Bad Devil' to anyone.

Best Songs: Bad Devil, War, Unity

Weakest Songs: None

Verdict: Fun album all around that is quite accessible, using various styles and genres throughout with very little restraint. While it doesn't reach the creative highs of other albums, it is nonetheless a fun listen.

 Devin Townsend Project: Epicloud by TOWNSEND, DEVIN album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.95 | 325 ratings

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Devin Townsend Project: Epicloud
Devin Townsend Experimental/Post Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars After the brutal Deconstruction and the much mellow and ambient-oriented Ghost, Devin Townsend returned to the Addicted! formula.

Devin himself produced the album achieving again his typical wall of sound style. Maybe a bit over-produced, but it is a take it or leaving thing, you know. The band was the same as in Addicted! and since this Epicloud the line-up has been more or less the same with the exception of the great Anneke Van Giersbergenbeing, being the most stable line- up of musicians that Devin has had in his career, leave alone the Strapping Yound Lad project.

So Epicloud, like Addicted!, is a mixture of pop-prog-metal songs with extreme and experimental glimpses and some new elements like the Simon and Garfunkel-influenced (and horrible) track Divine, which is maybe the worst song in the entire Devin's career. Nevertheless, the rest of the album is splendid in general terms being catchy, compelling and very complex at the same time, with some memorable tracks, which are perfect to be played live.

Best tracks: True North (a bit cheesy at the beginning, but with a brutal and complex instrumental development), Where we Belong (just beautiful, with a chorus greater than life), Grace (a good return to the Synchrestra's style) and Angel (I love the guitars melodies in this one)

Conclusion: Epicloud is maybe a bit commercial, but just like Addicted! is a catchy, diverse and very well written record with some flaws, but with enough brilliant moments to be considered excellent, being resistant to tons of plays before getting boring or worn-out.

Therefore, if you are new to Devin Townsend's work, Epicloud is an excellent point of entry!

My rating: ****

 Devin Townsend Project: Ghost by TOWNSEND, DEVIN album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.78 | 326 ratings

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Devin Townsend Project: Ghost
Devin Townsend Experimental/Post Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

3 stars And finally, Devin Townsend released his new age album!

If you are not very familiar to Devin Townsend's work, you will surely relate his name to extreme and prog metal and knowing that Ghost is a new age-folk-prog mellow album will surely disconcert you. But if you are a follower of his work, you'll find that Ghost is a coherent and natural release for him, because this style of music can be heard in previous Devin's albums like Ocean Machine, Terria, Synchestra and Ki.

But this time this ambient and chill out Devin's typical elements are varnished by an extra layer of folk melodies, flutes, woodwinds, mandolins and other elements which make this album very special though not really surprising. The first half of the record is fantastic, full of incredible landscapes and enchanting melodies. Sadly, the second half of Ghost is not so compelling, and the formula gets a bit worn-out and repetitive.

Best tracks: Fly (great guitars and vocal melodies), Feather (my personal favorite of the album) and Texada (the best track towards the end of the record with cool and curious western elements)

Conclusion: the final album of the original Devin Townsend Project quadrilogy is a mixed bag. It contains truly great songs in the vein of some past new age experiments of albums like Terria and Ki while it was also some kind of advancement of the excellent 2014 record Casualties of Cool, where Devin reformulated and improved the formula created for this Ghost.

Sadly, its irregularity, specially towards the end, prevents Ghost to achieve a better rating. Nevertheless, a consider it an obligated experience both for Devin Townsend's lovers and new age fans, which again demonstrated that this man is the most versatile and restless mind in modern prog-rock!

My rating: ***

 Devlab by TOWNSEND, DEVIN album cover Studio Album, 2004
2.17 | 86 ratings

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Devlab
Devin Townsend Experimental/Post Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Is this pure garbage or pure art?

The answer for this question is difficult. I am sure that this album is some kind of masterpiece of noise music for some people out there. In the matter of fact, I have read some reviews of people honestly loving Devlab.

Nevertheless, for me this is just a curiosity from the mind of one of my favourite prog artists. It is deep, emotional and very challenging. However, I do not like it. Maybe I do not understand this record, or maybe it is just not my kind of music but I find the hearing of Devlab a dull and unpleasant experience.

The only interesting factor about this record is its connection with other Devin experiments like the ones in Terria and some parts of the Strapping Young Lad records, where he investigated some noises and effects with success. However, an entire album of this kind is just too much!

Best tracks: I cannot really say. None? All of them?

Conclusion: I must say that the mixing and the amount of work that this album has behind it is remarkable and I am sure that fans of noise music can really appreciate it, but I find Devlab just boring, too hard and annoying.

Sorry Devin, but that is just not for me.

My rating: **

 Casualties Of Cool: Casualties Of Cool by TOWNSEND, DEVIN album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.84 | 177 ratings

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Casualties Of Cool: Casualties Of Cool
Devin Townsend Experimental/Post Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Casualties of Cool is one of the most recent iterations of the Canadian prog genius, Devin Townsend!

And in this album, he works together with the Singer Che Aimee Dorval and he took the most rockabilly and groovy elements from Ki and they mixed with the new age and folk element of Ghost, to create an adventurous and very catchy sounding record.

The production is exquisite and all sounds just fantastic, specially the mellow vocals of Dorval and the splendid guitars from Devin.

Maybe not for a thorough listen every day, but just perfect for background a hundred of times!

Best Tracks: Daddy, The Code, Forgive Me, The Bridge?

Conclusion: Casualties of Cool is a musical project of our favorite Canadian genius with tons of ambients, groovy rhythms, beautiful vocals and an awesome guitars.

It's not really new if you know the career of this man, because Devin had previous experiments with this sounds mainly in Ki and Ghost and it's also a bit repetitive in the long term, but it's a beautiful journey perfect to be enjoyed as background music multiple times.

My rating: ****

 Devin Townsend Project: Deconstruction by TOWNSEND, DEVIN album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.92 | 399 ratings

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Devin Townsend Project: Deconstruction
Devin Townsend Experimental/Post Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Deconstruction, the third part in the original Devin Townsend Project quadrilogy, is the fiercest and most demolishing Devin Townsend's album apart from the Strapping Young Lad ones!

And after the much more commercial Addicted!, Devin put together a collection of pure prog-extreme-metal songs which are a bit confusing and shocking at the beginning, but after a while they turn to be another sample of the genius of this man. Every time I hear Deconstruction I'm astonished about the creativity and incredible musicianship that this album contains.

Tons of details which deserve to be assimilated calmly.

The production is the typical Devin's wall of sound but much more focused on guitars and drums this time. The keyboards and choirs are there, but this is a metal record, and Devin wanted to be sure that we get the idea. And some parts of this album are among his hardest compositions, reaching (or surpassing) even the Strapping Young Lad extremes.

Bes Tracks: the overall quality of the album is pretty good, but Planet of the Apes, The Mighty Masturbator and Deconstruction are just awesome.

Conclusion: if you like the most melodic and mellow side of Devin, or even his most commercial one, then Deconstruction is maybe not for you. Because this is a merciless extreme metal album, extremely hard and extremely complex.

But if you are able to digest the initial shock, then Deconstruction has tons of details and good songs to offer, and one of the most craziest and unique trips in prog-metal history.

My rating: ****

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