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Discussion in 'ProgPower USA' started by Mardoch, Jul 28, 2016.

  1. Mardoch

    Mardoch Defender of the Universe

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    So I love Devy the guy. But, though I've tried before, I've never been able to get into Devy the music. I want to give him another shot before I attend his performance (I'm watching it no matter what, can't miss this spectacle). I just have no idea what the best and/or most representative music is.

    What's the best Devin now? Where does one start trying to become a fan?
     
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    Internally Deformed Farseer of the Paranormal Abysm

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    The first album that got me into Devin Townsend was the first Ziltoid release, so my guess would be that that's the most accessible. In terms of which albums are actually the best, though, I'd say either Ocean Machine: Biomech or Strapping Young Lad's City.
     
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    He's distanced himself from his SYL days though, right?
     
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    Ha....glad I'm not the only one. You may want to review this thread that I put out there last year: DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT!!!
    And, almost a year later, I am still in the same boat...
     
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    Internally Deformed Farseer of the Paranormal Abysm

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    Yeah, I've seen a few interviews with him talking about SYL and I think the substance of it is that he feels he's basically too old for that shit now. SYL probably still represents his best work, even if it overlooks his peaceful side.

    If you're specifically looking for DTP albums, they're pretty much all good with the exception of Epicloud (Addicted being the weakest of the original 4). Ghost is super mellow ambient type stuff, Ki is a weird but enjoyable restrained take on his DTB style, while Deconstruction is probably closest to his SYL sound in intensity. I'd say start with Ki or Deconstruction depending on how heavy you like your music, or Addicted if you like more poppy upbeat stuff.
     
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    At this point, you might be better off checking out the most recent live DVD (skip the first half) and then checking out the albums featuring the tracks you dig. As far as the best goes, I think it's Terria as a whole but the first 5 tracks on Accelerated Evolution might be him at his peak.
     
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    I should've known! Thanks for the link. Going through that now.

    Additional info and suggestions are always appreciated. Thanks guys!
     
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    this is how you get into Devin



    For me his earlier solo stuff is the best, haven't really been into his newer material in the same way. The best albums being his holy trinity of Ocean Machine, Terria and Accelerated Evolution.
     
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    He has a new album coming out in September, so maybe that one.
     
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    Since Anneke is going to be with him for a rare live apperance, I strongly advise checking out his amazing blu-ray, "The Retinal Circus" that features her as a guest.



     
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    It comes out September 9th, he performs at PPUSA on September 10th. Seems like it would be a bit difficult to familiarize yourself with the new album on that timeline...
     
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    I guess I really ought to pick that up. I've been telling myself to, but haven't. Also grinders in your stage show. That's pretty unique stuff. And the choir sound is absolutely massive.

    I think I can succeed in becoming a Devy fan with this material.
     
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    Funny how opinions differ, but I think Epicloud and Addicted! are the best from DTP (Also, as Glenn said, since Anneke is going to be with him, expect a lot of those songs)
     
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    Yeah, by far my favorite albums. Probably helps how much I love Anneke as well.
     
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    Sounds like loser talk to me :)
     
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    I can see why someone would like them, but IMO they lack the nuance of his previous work. That said, I saw him live a few years ago and I remember thinking that the Addicted material transferred really well to a live setting (where a lot of detail tends to get lost anyway).
     
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    hoodaman Is it live or is it Dave?

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    imo the best Devy albums are Ocean Machine, Addicted (Numbered! has a MONSTER chorus), Epicloud and Sky Blue. Accelerated Evolution has a handful of standout tracks on it as well but it's not top to bottom like the others I mentioned
     
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    Where's the love for SYL? Given that this is a metal forum, some of you guys have the weirdest opinions.
     
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    If you want hardcore progressive metal fans to give accolades to SYL over Devin's increasingly progressive slanted releases, you are going to be disappointed.

    I respect the hell out of SYL and enjoy the intensity of those discs. However, Ocean Machine is a deserted island disc for me.
     
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    I've been a Dev fan for almost 15 years. He's my favorite musician by far. His music immediately clicked with me unlike anything I had heard before. For that reason I can't give advice on "how to get into" his music. At the most I would say start with his early material like Ocean Machine and Infinity, use headphones, let the music do the rest...
     

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