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Ocean Machine [Extra tracks, Original recording reissued]

Devin TownsendAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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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 (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,881 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ocean speaks March 25, 2005
By Mark F
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the time it takes to appreciate. October 28, 2003
By Dan
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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2.0 out of 5 stars harsh on the ears
I'm either not the metal head I once was or I have been spoiled by better groups. It seems to me there is a lack of refinement. Read more
Published 3 months ago by B. Babecki
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5.0 out of 5 stars How did I miss this for all these years???
This album review requires many, many, many descriptive words.

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Published 6 months ago by Deemic
5.0 out of 5 stars The most "accessible" from Hevy Devy
I got this one on a whim from a recommendation on a music board (metal sludge). I was familiar with Devy from his work on the Steve Vai album back in the 90s, and I'd picked up a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Glen McKee
5.0 out of 5 stars Boom. Awesome.
One of my favorite Dev albums. Every song is fantastic and remains so after all these years. Really hard to pick a favorite here.
Published 8 months ago by Brian
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great
I REALLY like this cd, however, it doesn't reach out and grab me as other Devon Townsend stuff has. Worth giving a try though.
Published 18 months ago by ugly-wan-kenobi
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
You rarely come across music, heavy or not, that has the emotion of this record. One of my favorites of all time! Masterpiece in every sense.
Published on May 20, 2012 by raker
5.0 out of 5 stars Devin Offers Great Music and Excellent Atmosphere
Devin Townsend created an album many moons ago now that has only grown more potent with time. The album has the atmosphere of an ocean, the music is the trademark wall of sound... Read more
Published on January 10, 2012 by Tracer Farkas
5.0 out of 5 stars Turn off the notions of SYL
This is another piece of Devin Townsend. If there is one thing that can really make an album shine, it would be honesty. Read more
Published on January 6, 2012 by Justin Higgs
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