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DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT: EPICLOUD

Devin Townsend

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.95 | 342 ratings

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The Crow
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4 stars After the brutal Deconstruction and the much mellow and ambient-oriented Ghost, Devin Townsend returned to the Addicted! formula.

Devin himself produced the album achieving again his typical wall of sound style. Maybe a bit over-produced, but it is a take it or leaving thing, you know. The band was the same as in Addicted! and since this Epicloud the line-up has been more or less the same with the exception of the great Anneke Van Giersbergenbeing, being the most stable line- up of musicians that Devin has had in his career, leave alone the Strapping Yound Lad project.

So Epicloud, like Addicted!, is a mixture of pop-prog-metal songs with extreme and experimental glimpses and some new elements like the Simon and Garfunkel-influenced (and horrible) track Divine, which is maybe the worst song in the entire Devin's career. Nevertheless, the rest of the album is splendid in general terms being catchy, compelling and very complex at the same time, with some memorable tracks, which are perfect to be played live.

Best tracks: True North (a bit cheesy at the beginning, but with a brutal and complex instrumental development), Where we Belong (just beautiful, with a chorus greater than life), Grace (a good return to the Synchrestra's style) and Angel (I love the guitars melodies in this one)

Conclusion: Epicloud is maybe a bit commercial, but just like Addicted! is a catchy, diverse and very well written record with some flaws, but with enough brilliant moments to be considered excellent, being resistant to tons of plays before getting boring or worn-out.

Therefore, if you are new to Devin Townsend's work, Epicloud is an excellent point of entry!

My rating: ****

The Crow | 4/5 |

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