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Devin Townsend


Experimental/Post Metal

2.92 | 165 ratings

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2 stars I'm torn on this release. On one hand, I love this album. But at the same time, this is by no means something for everyone. My main beef with this album, like others have said, is that this is very straight-forward heaviness for Devin Townsend material. It does sound very Strapping Young Lad-like though, and I do like seeing that cross over into Devy's solo work some, although it might be because I enjoy Strapping Young Lad as well.

I had some of the negative feelings about this album that I had at one point about Infinity, but those feelings have for the most part gone away in regards to that album. But no matter how many times I listen to Physicist, I have a hard time picking out the uniqueness in each song. Oh sure, there are unique parts to the songs, but the main characteristics are heaviness and loudness, and those never change much from song to song. Unlike Infinity, where multiple listens revealed some interesting nuances about each song and a good deal of variety, Physicist offers almost none of these things. But at the same time, I still enjoy the sound this album presents.

Normally I only give 2 stars to albums I don't enjoy except for a song or two. In this case, this is an album I enjoy a fair amount, but I can't think anyone except hardcore Devin Townsend/Strapping Young Lad fans will enjoy Physicist. If you aren't one of those people or just looking for a place to start with him, save your money and invest elsewhere.

horsewithteeth11 | 2/5 |


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