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Back To The Start; Devin Townsend’s 10 Greatest Albums

Devin Townsend; guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, producer, comedy voice-actor!

Dark Matters [Z2] (2014)

Source // themonolith.com

Source // themonolith.com

Usually when an artist chooses to directly follow up one of his best loved works, the results are earth-shatteringly crap. Fortunately,  Dark Matters is as funny, as touching and as bat-shit insane as the Ziltoid album before it only this time, epic is pushed to its logical conclusion with a 1000 piece choir (recorded in a football stadium, no less), a proper narrator and even more fearless experimentation with syncopation.

By the time you have taken on board female vocalists optimistically trilling over blast beats – “Earth” – the sound of an army of ballbags being whipped into manufacturing titanic war machines – “War Princess”- and the emotional finale of “Dimension Z”, you will be wondering how one person can have this much creative juice bubbling inside him!

In a genre such as metal that prizes technical ability and holds sacred a person’s right to individuality, it is truly something to encounter an artist who stands among the elite in more than one field; guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, producer, comedy voice-actor, Devin Townsend does it all.

If you haven’t already done so, do yourself a favour; go and check the man out.

About Stuart Bell (55 Articles)
I was born in 1975 with a pile of Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple vinyl next to my cot. I ate off a sheet of ply-board propped up between two Marshall cabs and shortly after I learned to read and write I learned the E minor chord and the pentatonic scale. One day my Dad bought me Iron Maiden's first album. Metallica's Ride the Lightning followed. Then, things got serious. I have held almost every rank in the Army of Heavy Metal: Fan, drunk fan, roadie, guitarist, producer and label scout. My Wife knows what Mastodon's Crack The Skye is about and my child can play Breaking the Law on piano. Go figure.

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