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Mikael Akerfeldt vs. Devin Townsend

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Poll Question: Which one is the most talented in general?
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    Posted: February 17 2011 at 03:56

\m/ Heavy Devy \m/, with a slight preference ... I like Opeth a lot, but Devin Townsend also manages to regularly put a grin on my face, he does not take himself too seriosly all the time, while Opeth sounds pretty serious to me all the time, thats why Heavy Devy gets my vote.



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Telinstryata Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2011 at 08:23
Really tough one. I like both of them so much, and their styles are so different that it is very hard to compare them. I really had to think about this one but it's Devin by a nose mostly because I am usually more excited to hear new stuff from Devin than I am to hear new stuff from Mikael. But that may be just because Devin teases us with little snippets in his YouTube posts. Anyway, my vote went to Devin.
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IMO Townsend is the greatest living vocalist. Åkerfeldt's growl is not from this world, but he doesn't really compare to Devy, who basicly does almost any vocal style better than almost anyone. It's difficult to say who is the better guitarist. Again, I think both are incredible, but their styles are so different that I can't really decide.
Both are great composers, but I feel that Townsend is more diverse as a writer. And I just adore his humour! In addition to everything, Devin is one of my favorites at the electrics.

Dev is the man!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Zargus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2011 at 10:09
Devin Townsend by far!
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Devin. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote lucas Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2011 at 18:10
Originally posted by Zargus

Devin Townsend by far!
This.
Townsend is very unique, what we cannot really say of Akerfeldt.


Edited by lucas - February 19 2011 at 18:10
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Anderson III Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 20 2011 at 00:40
I can't believe what I'm seeing here! Is Townsend actually winning this? It seems like Dev will slowly but surely get the respect he deserves.
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Both are unnecessary since there's plenty of real prog out there already.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote darkshade Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 20 2011 at 01:22
Originally posted by WalterDigsTunes

Both are unnecessary since there's plenty of real prog out there already.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote (De)progressive Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 20 2011 at 04:10
Wow, since I'm gone it seems so much happened here Tongue And Devin is winning the poll, so predictable LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Quote kawkaw123 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 20 2011 at 08:17
Mikael, He is just so BA. Deep growls and great clean vocals. I dont like extreme metal but i like opeth. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote The Block Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 21 2011 at 13:12
I evened it out!!Evil Smile

Mikael rawks, a lot. And Opeth is awesome...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Porcupinetheater Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 07 2011 at 20:47
Mikael tonally has both a better screaming style, and a better clean voice (only marginally), but Devin has much more diversity in his style, and he feel is a better song composer. As has already been said, it's really hard to compare their two guitar styles. The Dev by a hair.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote TheClosing Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 08 2011 at 02:28
Originally posted by lucas

what we cannot really say of Akerfeldt.

Can't say I agree with this statement. Mike's signature sound is extremely recognizable and has been a huge influence on modern metal. With that said, I prefer Dev's sound, especially his atmospheric side. 
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For the time being, I prefer Mikael Akerfeldt 
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Like apple and oranges. Townsend can´t growl like Åkerfeldt, and even more so will Åkerfeldt never be able to reach the high pitched screeches of Devin. Two extremes sorta, look up on youtube (mikael akerfeldt teaching the crowd) and listen to the fluidity of his growling technique, sounds like something coming from a 1000 ibs lion. Aswell look up Townsends live performences of "Deadhead" it´s not something you can teach, the "will you save me" part is sickening, he does it to perfection all the time! Musically  Townsend have the egde imo cause he´s sorta more independent and versitile, love Opeth and Devin/SYL allmost equal thou, depends. 
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I went with the 'feldt

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Mikael without a shadow of a doubt. Sorry Devy.
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Argh... impossible!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dreadpirateroberts Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 29 2011 at 22:30
Awesome poll - a tough choice indeed. I think others before me have gone over the strengths of both chaps really well. How to split two of my favs?
 
For me I had to look at my collection - I own more Opeth, but something about Devy's range and humour almost tipped the scales.
 
In the end I voted for Mikael by virtue of his progressive work, but only by a hair.
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