Devin Townsend

Info about Devin Townsend
Country Canada
Added By Mike
13 years ago
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1997-2007 Metal
2009 Pop
2009-2016 Metal
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8.0 x17
Minimalistic Technical Prog Post Industrial/Electronic
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30 users rate this artist 7.0 or better, four users rate it lower. 16 users think it is prog, 7 users think it is merely related to prog and nobody thinks that it's not prog. show details
Track Statistics The database currently contains 192 studio tracks by Devin Townsend.
Track durations range from 44s to 16m 28s, averaging at 5m 10s with a standard deviation of 2m 29s.
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Comment by Mike 4 years ago
Devin TownsendMyspace.com - 2014
8.8
Epic Prog-Related Metal
I love how Devin combines calmness and aggressive elements ... at times he forms huge walls of sound, but you can always discern the individual parts.
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Review by Lofcaudio 6 years ago <Permalink>
Devin TownsendMyspace.com - Deconstruction 2011
6.0
I love Devin Townsend. I like his music. I like his humor. I especially like it when he combines his humor with his music, as he did so well in Ziltoid, the Omniscient. Unfortunately, I think he really goes WAY over-the-top in about every area imaginable in the production of Deconstruction. I have already reviewed Ghost (which was released at the same time) and lamented how he left the center of his typical musical universe to explore the extreme edges. Ghost was too soft. Deconstruction is too...well, everything. You name it, Deconstruction has too much of it.

Townsend loves to create a wall of sound, but with this album he has created walls upon walls of sounds and the overall effect is ultimately more distracting (assaulting is the better word) than pleasing to my ears.

The album starts off quite nicely with the opening moments of "Praise the Lowered" which steadily increases in intensity and volume to become somewhat of a frothing mess which is a precursor of things to come.

"Stand" follows and is a great track, right in the wheelhouse for what makes Devin such a great artist. It is heavy, with lots of layered guitar parts providing unique sounds in conjunction with Devin's vocal arrangements. However, the sonic assault has yet to truly begin. "Juular" is reminiscent of the "Vampolka"-"Vampira" combo from Synchestra. It comes fast ... -> show full review
Review by Lofcaudio 6 years ago <Permalink>
Devin TownsendMyspace.com - Ghost 2011
6.0
It wasn't all that long ago when one of my favorite bands released two albums on top of each other that were almost complete opposites when Opeth gave us Deliverance and Damnation. Eight years later, another one of my favorites does practically the same thing and my reaction is no different now as it was when Opeth did it. Many consider it progressive when a band attempts to push out its borders, but I find that there is a cost.

I fell in love with Devin Townsend with Terria, Synchestra and Ziltoid the Omniscient (my favorite). Now with Deconstruction and Ghost, Mr. Townsend leaves behind his normally balanced approach to music by giving us entire albums on the extreme edge of his repertoire. This particular review concerns Ghost, which entirely consists of Townsend's ethereal and ambient styles of music.

Soothing? Yes. Pretty? Yes. What I want in a Devin Townsend album? Not even close. This is the Mamma Bear side of Townsend which just feels too soft and tepid for my taste. While I would agree that there are redeeming prog elements contained in this piece of music, I would never consider this essential nor would I recommend it. (If reading this review put you to sleep, then I have captured the essence of Ghost.)
Comment by PowerWyrm 6 years ago
Devin TownsendMyspace.com - Ghost 2011
9.3
Ambient Prog-Related New Age
A gorgeous album, full of emotions.
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Comment by Mike 10 years ago
Devin TownsendMyspace.com - Accelerated Evolution 2003
8.7
Epic Prog-Related Metal
In a nutshell this is a less eclectic, less experimental and less progressive version of Terria. Devin's most accessible album to date, and I enjoy listening to it very much - great melodies on vocals and guitar, and his trademark wall of sound.
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Review by Lofcaudio 11 years ago <Permalink>
Devin TownsendMyspace.com - Ziltoid the Omniscient 2007
9.1
Prog Speed Metal
When I first heard Ayreon’s The Human Equation album, I was intrigued by a number of the voices that I heard on it, Devin Townsend’s being one of them. To be honest, I was a bit intimidated to delve into his discography because I thought his speed metal tendencies might not be to my taste. But after reading a couple of favorable reviews of this album with the silly name, I thought it might be time to give the Canadian hard rocker a try.

Surprised...Stunned...Amazed. This album left me speechless. Are all of those voices really Devin’s? This is a fabulous album in the prog metal genre.

Things start off with a searing speed-metal introduction to the concept’s main character, Ziltoid. I love this start for a number of reasons. First, the music and the concept quickly let ... -> show full review
Comment by Mike
Devin TownsendMyspace.com - Synchestra 2006
8.8
Experimental Prog-Related Metal
The track ratings pretty much say it all - I think that the
album is a little bit better than Terria, although my opinion
might change over time. But there's no doubt that this is a
masterpiece.
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Review by Mike 13 years ago <Permalink>
Devin TownsendMyspace.com - Terria 2001
9.3
Experimental Prog Metal
This is Devin's masterpiece. The following album has more hooks and catchy tunes, but this one is truly majestic, epic and utterly wonderful. This is a complex work of art.

This albums is also so unique - it defies categorisation. Although this is metal, there is no other Prog Metal band that comes close to what he does. Earth Metal, Epic Progressive Metal ... that begins to describe it.

The most unique thing about the Devin Townsend albums is that he uses a very large number of tracks during recording, which are layered on top of one another to create a wall of sound. He does this for individual instruments as well as the whole tracks. This results in a incredible level of detail - with a good hifi system, you can hear lots of different instruments "below the surface".

This album doesn't have a story as such, but a topic: Nature - Canada in particular - and spirituality. The song titles and lyrics excerpts give you a good idea of what you can expect.
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Review by Mike 13 years ago <Permalink>
Devin TownsendMyspace.com - Infinity 1998
9.0
Prog Metal
As Devin notes in the liner notes: This album was a tremendous effort, extremely difficult to make. In order to fully appreciate it, you have to listen to it on a good hifi system. Many tracks were used, and on this album Devin really begins with his massive layering of sounds - dozens of instruments playing the same, creating a wall of sound.

The tracks are all great, and the ONLY reason for not giving this 5 stars is that Terria is even better ... so consider this a 4 1/2 star review. The tracks are all very different, every track sets a different mood.
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Terria 2001
 #1

9.0 x14
Technical Experimental Prog Metal
Ziltoid the Omniscient 2007
 #2

8.5 x14
Spacey Experimental Prog Post Metal/Independent
Ki 2009
 #3

8.0 x12
Experimental Prog Pop/Metal
Addicted 2009
 #4

8.5 x7
Experimental Prog Post Industrial/Pop
Synchestra 2006
 #6

8.5 x6
Experimental Prog Metal
Ghost 2011
 #7

8.1 x6
Minimalistic Prog-Related Metal/Electronic
Deconstruction 2011
 #8

7.7 x5
Atmospheric Prog Extreme Metal
Accelerated Evolution 2003
 #9

7.9 x6
Experimental Prog Metal
Epicloud 2012
 #10

8.1 x4
Experimental Prog Metal
Infinity 1998
 #11

8.0 x4
Prog Post Metal
2014
 #12

8.7 x2
Epic Prog-Related Metal
Transcendence 2016
 #13

8.0 x2
Prog Metal
Physicist 2000
 #14

7.0 x4
Experimental Prog-Related Metal
Devlab 2004
 #15

3.0 x1
Ambient Prog Post Metal
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