I was jamming to Devin's new album Synchestra tonight, and came away totally shocked. And impressed. Very impressed. I'll admit, I have avoided Devin Townsend for the past couple years despite some rave reviews I've seen. I considered his vocals the only mar in the almost-perfect album The Human Equation by Ayreon, and that later turned out to be my failing. Last year I downloaded a few songs to check him out, and I liked the songwriting alot...but the music and screaming vocals were too extreme for my tastes. But research told me that Mr. Townsend was quite versatile so I couldn't judge him on a few random songs. I recently made a leap of faith and got the new album Synchestra, based on reviews from some people I highly respect and share my tastes. The album is very well written and performed. The extreme elements are brief and fit in well, the music is prog (not in the Dream Theatre sense, more like Savatage, Ayreon, Opeth, Deadsoul Tribe) and has everything from thrash/death/traditional elements to acoustic interludes. All of it very well-written. Three listens in, I can already recommend this to anyone who shares my musical tastes. Don't miss out on this one.