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Devin Townsend


Experimental/Post Metal

4.20 | 670 ratings

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3 stars The metal version of Adrian Belew.

In his most acclaimed release, Devin Townsend produces an album with immense detail - Terria. The amount of layering of tracks involved here is so much so that it's highly doubtful one will have found every detail even after numerous listens. Much of this borders at the fringes of Prog Metal, delving into industrial concepts, RIO, electronic sampling, and many other influences.

My biggest complaint with the album is how forward the drums are in the mix, almost to the point of completely overpowering certain tracks because of the loudness in the mix. In contrast to negative reviews mentioned, I wouldn't call this aggressive or angst-filled at all, moreso it's an artist having fun doing crazy off the wall stuff that the listener wouldn't expect, because after all, "It's just entertainment folks" as Devin says on track 3. Devin's music is certainly not for everyone, but I believe it has little to do with him being angry at the world and more him being comfortable in his own skin and just putting something out there to have fun with. And with this record, if you have an open mind, you certainly can have fun. No, he doesn't always make normal transitions as a song might seem like it should progress, but ultimately I don't think he cares, which I feel is an admirable trait for an artist to possess.

Those who are looking for a PC album that they can play to appease their friends and show their keen musical taste should avoid this record by all means. However, if you're looking for a wild ride that will keep you on your toes and some excitement, you should get this.

OpethGuitarist | 3/5 |


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