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Topic: Mikael Akerfeldt vs. Devin Townsend
Posted By: (De)progressive
Subject: Mikael Akerfeldt vs. Devin Townsend
Date Posted: February 16 2011 at 12:04
This idea came to me when I saw those Mikael Akerfeldt vs. Jon Anderson vs. Mike Oldfield polls and I don't know if this poll is done before but I felt obligated to make this because they are my favourite musicians and vocalists having quite a varied range. But please after voting make your comments about the reasons of your choice and their positive and negative sides. Smile

Devin Townsend seems a little more logical, but I couldn't choose.

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Posted By: Mastosis
Date Posted: February 16 2011 at 13:10
Hevy Devy!

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Posted By: popeyethecat
Date Posted: February 16 2011 at 13:14
Oh...oh dear! This is tricky! As a vocalist I think Devin Townsend definitely wins. Mikael Åkerfeldt can do two things with his voice pretty well, whereas Devin Townsend's voice is much more versatile, I think. As guitarists...I'm not entirely sure, they are very different in style, and it depends on mood, I think. As song-writers...this is very difficult! Again, very different to each other, and both mighty fine. So Townsend is more varied, but I love Åkerfeldt...I'm sorry, this was a rather inconclusive post!


Posted By: Nathaniel607
Date Posted: February 16 2011 at 13:15
Arghhh... I just have to go with Devy! Such a varied and excellent musician!

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Posted By: (De)progressive
Date Posted: February 16 2011 at 13:18
Well Devin has a unique vocal range from operatic singing to screaming, from clean to brutal etc. He is an incredible vocalist! But on the otherside Mikael Akerfeldt can load so much meaning and passion to his both clean vocal and growls. I don't know I guess this post is really inconslusive. Tongue

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Posted By: Rune2000
Date Posted: February 16 2011 at 13:52
I'm going to the DTP gig on March 13th so I vote accordingly. Headbanger

Posted By: Equality 7-2521
Date Posted: February 16 2011 at 13:54
I really don't like Devin Townsend.

Opeth up until Ghost Reveries are amazing though.

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Posted By: Prog Geo
Date Posted: February 16 2011 at 14:11
Fantastic poll!Devin Townsend is one of my favorite artists.But Mikael Akerfeldt is my favorite artist(as you know).So,Akerfeldt!

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Posted By: Atoms
Date Posted: February 16 2011 at 15:11
I'm not that into Prog Metal, but if there's two bands that I like from the genre(s) it's Devin and Opeth. I'm going with Mikael today, however it could be Devin tomorrow.

Posted By: Evolutionary Sleeper
Date Posted: February 16 2011 at 15:20
Mikael is just plain better at everything.


Posted By: Negoba
Date Posted: February 16 2011 at 15:40
Harsh vocals - Mikael hands down
Smooth, pretty vocals - Mikael
All other clean vocals - Devin
Guitar - Even
Keys, layering, orchestration, technical music stuff - Devin hands down
Pure songwriting - Close, slight edge Devin
Stage persona - Devin
Very very close, but overall originality wins this one. Opeth evolved pre-existing forms into something more than they were. Devin pretty much wrote his own blueprint from the beginning.
Devy by a nose.
Mikael is singing on the new Devy disc, so you can have your cake and eat it too...a little.

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Posted By: Synchestra
Date Posted: February 16 2011 at 16:32
Originally posted by Evolutionary Sleeper Evolutionary Sleeper wrote:

 Devy is just plain better at everything.
I agree, I still love Opeth though

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Posted By: Evolutionary Sleeper
Date Posted: February 16 2011 at 16:56
Originally posted by Synchestra Synchestra wrote:

Originally posted by Evolutionary Sleeper Evolutionary Sleeper wrote:

 Devy is just plain better at everything.
I agree, I still love Opeth though


Posted By: The Pessimist
Date Posted: February 16 2011 at 17:48
Very tough call. Both are very good songwriters. Both are good guitarists. Both are diverse and capable singers. Both are good frontment. Both have a cool sense of humour. But because Opeth are closer to my heart than SYL or The Devin Townsend Project, I have to say Mikafeld.

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Posted By: cannon
Date Posted: February 16 2011 at 18:42
Great poll. Both great musicians. I have to go with Devin as I listen more to him than Opeth and I'm being a 'homer' also.

Posted By: Junges
Date Posted: February 16 2011 at 19:37

Posted By: Triceratopsoil
Date Posted: February 16 2011 at 19:39
I prefer Akerfeldt but, as per the poll question, I think Devy is more talented

Posted By: Man With Hat
Date Posted: February 16 2011 at 22:31
Mikael Akerfeldt

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Posted By: progkidjoel
Date Posted: February 16 2011 at 23:13
Mikael for sure.


Posted By: Tarquin Underspoon
Date Posted: February 16 2011 at 23:18
Both Tongue


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Posted By: King Manuel
Date 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.

Posted By: Telinstryata
Date 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.

Posted By: Anderson III
Date Posted: February 17 2011 at 11:36
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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Posted By: Zargus
Date Posted: February 18 2011 at 10:09
Devin Townsend by far!


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Date Posted: February 18 2011 at 10:10


Posted By: lucas
Date Posted: February 19 2011 at 18:10
Originally posted by Zargus Zargus wrote:

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

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Posted By: Anderson III
Date 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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Posted By: WalterDigsTunes
Date Posted: February 20 2011 at 01:00
Both are unnecessary since there's plenty of real prog out there already.

Posted By: darkshade
Date Posted: February 20 2011 at 01:22
Originally posted by WalterDigsTunes WalterDigsTunes wrote:

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

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Posted By: (De)progressive
Date 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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Posted By: kawkaw123
Date 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. 

Posted By: The Block
Date 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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Posted By: Porcupinetheater
Date 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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Posted By: TheClosing
Date Posted: March 08 2011 at 02:28
Originally posted by lucas lucas wrote:

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. 

Posted By: MonsterMagnet
Date Posted: March 08 2011 at 04:11
For the time being, I prefer Mikael Akerfeldt 

Posted By: Sonicprogscape
Date Posted: June 29 2011 at 12:23
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. 

Posted By: Andy Webb
Date Posted: June 29 2011 at 12:26
I went with the 'feldt

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Posted By: Anthony H.
Date Posted: June 29 2011 at 16:12
Mikael without a shadow of a doubt. Sorry Devy.


Posted By: The Pessimist
Date Posted: June 29 2011 at 16:57
Argh... impossible!

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Posted By: dreadpirateroberts
Date 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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Posted By: JJLehto
Date 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.

Posted By: JonteJH
Date Posted: July 03 2011 at 20:53
Devin! but.... noone mentioning Stand from Deconstruction haha Tongue?


Posted By: Conor Fynes
Date Posted: July 04 2011 at 13:36
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.

Posted By: Xaxaar
Date Posted: August 14 2011 at 23:18
Originally posted by Mastosis Mastosis wrote:

Hevy Devy!

Posted By: Alitare
Date Posted: August 14 2011 at 23:22
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.

Posted By: DiamondDog
Date Posted: August 15 2011 at 17:16
Townsend, though not much in it either way

Posted By: jav1919
Date Posted: August 15 2011 at 21:26
I like better Opeth's music, so I'm going with Mikael

Posted By: mrbean667
Date Posted: August 15 2011 at 21:49
That's a hard one, but I'll go for Devin because he's done more.


Posted By: BlankaFlip
Date Posted: November 19 2013 at 22:28
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?

Posted By: ole-the-first
Date Posted: November 19 2013 at 22:41
Mikael Åkerfeldt

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Posted By: The Pessimist
Date Posted: November 20 2013 at 10:46
Mikafeldt. He's my man crush.

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Posted By: iamathousandapples
Date 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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