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Devin Townsend


Experimental/Post Metal

3.77 | 350 ratings

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The Crow
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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: ***

The Crow | 3/5 |


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