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Ocean Machine Extra tracks, Original recording reissued

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Seventh Wave
  2. Life
  3. Night
  4. Hide Nowhere
  5. 3 A M
  6. Voices In The Fan
  7. Greetings
  8. Regulator
  9. Funeral
  10. Bastard
  11. The Death Of Music
  12. Thing Beyond Things (Bonus Track)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 17, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B00009QG99
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,776 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mark F on March 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There are those special albums that just overwhelm your senses and leave you in awe. For me, Ocean Machine is one of those albums. It is both promptly gratifiying and long lasting in interest.

The ocean is an apt metaphor for this entire album. The ocean is serene, violent, deceptively simple, beautiful, deep, and ever changing. Ocean Machine is all of these. A vast array of emotions and atmospheres are traversed througout this album from the spoken word intro to the piercing scream in the bonus track.

However, Ocean Machine isn't some kind of esoteric masterpiece that only a few can appreciate. It is actually pretty listenable(but not in a commercial way) and for anyone. The music is beautiful, catchy, majestic and ridiculously powerful. Ocean Machine is also a great way to get into the works of modern metal genius Devin Townsend. It is his most accessible and one of his best works(thats saying A LOT).

The fact that one man wrote this entire album, is a testament to Devin Townsend's talent. Majestic, crushing guitar riffs, sublime bass and drums, beautiful synthesizer lines, sound effects and Devin Townsend's gorgeous melodies and unpredictable songwriting make this a masterpiece in every meaning of the word.

The most amazing part is that all these elements are layered upon each other to make a huge wall of sound.As a result, you'll notice something new with every new listen of this album. There are few albums I've heard that accomplish this so well.

Individually describing each song here would be futile. I would run out of room. The album is basically one song divided into 12 parts. Each movement has its own atmosphere and personality.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Bartlett on March 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Remember the theme behind "Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure"? That in the future they (Wyld Stallyns) would create music so astounding that mankinds entire society would reform to be based on it?
IF it were even remotely possible, this would be that album.
It is immensely powerful, surprisingly beautiful, amazingly complex, and delightfully unpredictable, all while still retaining a serious groove throughout.
My favorite tracks on the album are "Greetings" and "Regulator",
they're more like one song with two parts. "Greetings" starts by tapping in the nail with it's lighthearted, clockwork-like guitar and pausing slightly before "Regulator" winds up and pounds it home with the force of a locomotive driven, eighty ton industrial hammer press.
"Seventh Wave" sounds as if the ocean itself had written the song. "Hide Nowhere" gives the listener the impression of a triumphant marching column of rowdy giants. "Night" is straight ahead and relentless, and "Life" is just plain fun. "Funeral" has the most gorgeous, atmospheric guitars and an addictive, head-bobbing bottom end.
The track order is so perfect that it seems like each one is simultaneously entertaining your mind and conditioning it for the maximum enjoyment of the next. I've been listening to Rock in all it's variations for quite awhile (41 years old). I have always been a fan of progressive rock and metal, and came upon this after enjoying Spock's Beard, Dream Theater, and Porcupine Tree (Just to name a few) Now everything else sounds uninteresting. In twenty-six years of listening to all kinds of music, I've never heard anything like this. Try it, it will caress your soul.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dan on October 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
After releasing the first Strapping Young Lad album (which is good), Devin must have wanted to do something more atmospheric, more melodic, and more varied, while still sticking to metal. "Ocean Machine" is perhaps my favorite by him; although "Terria" is pretty darn close. I dunno, why pick favorites? The bottom line is that "Ocean Machine" is amazing, and a must for anybody wanting more than just another metal album.
This album is pretty heavy. Devin uses low C tuning, and there are many pounding riffs here ("Seventh Wave"; "Bastard"). However, unlike SYL, these songs are mid-paced at fastest, and more groove-oriented. Also contrary to SYL is the abundance of melody; This album is soaked in it. The soaring chorus of "Life" (one of the best songs me anyway), the main riff of "Bastard", and the bonus track, "Things Beyond Things," are all examples, but the whole album is very melodic, due largely to Devin's voice and vocal lines. His use of back up vocal harmonies and subtle use of keyboards contribute largely to this as well.
The emotion put into this CD makes it no less powerful than SYL, though, in a different way. The soaring melodic vocals in "Life", "Funeral", and "Things Beyond Things" are moving like few others; "Funeral" in particular to me, is indescribable beauty. "Bastard" and "The Death of Music" are moving as well. Devin's vocal style can range from a metal-ish growl to a quiet clean voice. The transition from "3 a.m." to "Voices in the Fan" is sublime. It took me awhile to appreciate it, but the ambience and beauty is there, and it's unbelievable.
This album took a few listens to appreciate fully, but it's very worth it. It's far from simply another metal album. If you're looking for something a bit deeper than the same old stuff, check Devin out. He's the man.
P.S. Definitely get the limited edition that Amazon has. "Things Beyond Things" is as good a song as he's ever done.
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