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

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

Synchestra (2006)

Source // bandstores.co.uk

Source // bandstores.co.uk

At age sixteen, Townsend had composed elements of the song “Triumph” from 2006’s Synchestra while labouring in a metal fabrication factory. Who knew that years later Steve Vai would be putting down a guitar solo on it! Indeed, who would have guessed that Vai and Townsend’s respect for one another would have survived the holocaust of Sex and Religion?

But, evidently it did.

Recorded concurrently with Strapping Young Lad’s Alien, Synchestra is far more proggy than its predecessor – Accelerated Evolution – pushing the musical envelope on the waltz-timed “Babysong” and the split personality of “Hypergeek”. If you were still in any doubt as to the man’s supreme vocal ability, just behold the ease with which he switches from Mike Patton-esque croon, to falsetto, to flat out scream on “Vampira”. Astonishing.

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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