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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: November 20 2013 at 10:49
Devy has some really inconsistent output, and his production sometimes really takes me out of his work. Mikael is pretty golden(outside of Storm Corrosion), so I gotta go for Mikael
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Mikafeldt. He's my man crush.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ole-the-first Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 19 2013 at 22:41
Mikael Åkerfeldt
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Hey guys, this actually my first post on here... So rock on! I came across this thread while searching for some Devin Townsend forums, as I just got Addicted and Ziltoid in the mail today and am totally buzzing on some DT/DTP at the moment.

This is definitely an interesting poll.. Pretty tough to choose an outright winner when they both have written music that redefined prog metal, and have certainly had a huge impact on my world throughout the years. I think right now Devin has more momentum going than Michael does with Opeth. *Artistic/Creative momentum; Not commercial success momentum* Maybe that's a more productive debate?


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That's a hard one, but I'll go for Devin because he's done more.
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I like better Opeth's music, so I'm going with Mikael
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Townsend, though not much in it either way
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I agree with you, Conor. Even if I don't give a fart for any of the albums he's released after Ki, I'd still take Ghost over that new Devil's Orchard single or anything from Watershed.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Xaxaar Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 14 2011 at 23:18
Originally posted by Mastosis

Hevy Devy!
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This was a good poll idea; I can tell because its being cut so evenly.

Devin Townsend though; I care less and less about Mikael Akerfeldt as the years go by, at least Devin keeps trying to reinvent himself.
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Devin! but.... noone mentioning Stand from Deconstruction haha Tongue?


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Post Options Post Options   Quote JJLehto Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 01 2011 at 01:12
Two greats!

That being said Mikael is still the clear winner for me.
Devy has produced some great stuff, but also some that wasn't so great. That's normal and he has a good discog but Mikael has 8 albums that are 4 stars or higher, and another that was decent enough...

Also Opeth's actual music is just superb.
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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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Argh... impossible!
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Mikael without a shadow of a doubt. Sorry Devy.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Andy Webb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 29 2011 at 12:26
I went with the 'feldt

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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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Post Options Post Options   Quote MonsterMagnet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 08 2011 at 04:11
For the time being, I prefer Mikael Akerfeldt 
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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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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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