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

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

Epicloud (2012)

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The empty suit and guitar suspended from nothing in the inlay of 2012’s grandiose Epicloud made one hell of a statement; this album is the work of  “a sober mind on autopilo”’, the artist says of the gospel choirs, vast walls of guitar and bombastic drums.

It is also an exercise in song writing brilliance; heavy as a really heavy thing one minute and feather-light the next, the decision to disengage his emotions and clinically write a brace of calculated songs resulting in one of his most focussed and awe-inspiring works to date.

There is some acknowledgement of its greatness as Townsend also states that, “I love it and it really breaks my heart.” Indeed, for all the upliftingly pedal down metal of “Animals”, “Liberation” and the crushing “Kingdom”, reincarnated from 2000’s lacklustre Physicist album, there are moments of beautiful melancholia as he muses on the human condition and all its frailties. Essential.

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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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