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INFINITY

Devin Townsend

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.70 | 197 ratings

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TCat
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4 stars Devin's music is so much similar to a full orchestra playing at it's extreme, but it's all rock instruments. A lot of his music is very loud and full textured, a very thick mix, but somehow, in the loudness, all of the instruments come through. This particular album is one of the thicker ones, but don't get me wrong, there is still plenty of variety in Devin's music, including this album. Infinity, however, is also one of the less progressive ones, even though there are two extremely progressive songs here (Ants and Noisy Pink Bubbles), which is unfortunately too short. But, even when he is not at his most progressive, I love Devin's approach to music, especially his heavy music. It is so full of sound that each time you hear it, you hear something different.

I still love the straightforwardness of the album, many of the tracks really rock, yet sound so fresh because of Devin's approach to mixing. Nothing is under- or over-mixed here, it's all quite even, yet still very emotional music. But if you don't like your music unrelenting, then this album may be a little too much for you. Yet, there is a softer side to the album, and it is in the track called "Unity" which is a lovely song, more of a ballad, but it's still got that full loud sound to it. It's really hard to explain, that something so full sounding can still be so emotional and not get old. The best way to understand Devin's music is to listen for yourself. However, give yourself a little time to acclimatize yourself to the wall of sound and marvel at how all the different sounds and tones still manage to come through that amazing wall.

Devin can be more dynamic on other albums, and that is where there is a little bit of a slip on this album. At first listen, this one might be a little more impenetrable even if it is still more straightforward than normal for DT. The reason for this is because it is more heavy rock oriented than some of his others, though he is never afraid to scream at the top of his lungs, so be prepared....yes even when singing about recycling as he does on another album.

There are some bonus tracks available on one edition and 2 of them are acoustic. These are interesting to listen to because it breaks down the wall of noise, but only a little bit, because his acoustics still fill the space that is known as silence. It's still very heavy sounding and noisy in it's own right. Again, you have to hear it to know what I'm talking about.

I can still give this 4 stars because I love DT's approach to recording and the unique sound it gives his music and the level of emotion in his music, singing and playing. Yes, DT has messed up a few times, but you can usually count on his music to be high quality, and I don't care how loud it is or if some may consider it metal, it's still amazing.

TCat | 4/5 |

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