First off, this may be the most turbulent album (in terms of unpredictability) I have listened to in a long time; it will undoubtedly be divisive and (arguably) more so polarizing than any of the previous works Townsend has put out. If you are more affectionate towards albums with a more straightforward and "adhesive" sound, you may have a great difficulty liking this album overall. However, due to the wide range of genre mixing and incorporation from song-to-song, there is little question you will find something to gravitate towards.
If you don't mind being made uncomfortable and letting the album speak for you, hitching you along through many twists and bends at nondescript intervals, then you will enjoy this work. For me, it is a collage of most of Townsend's career thus far. You have the airy wilderness vibes from "Terria" surface, the crushing brutality of Strapping Young Lad ever present throughout, the personal theatricality of "Deconstruction", the bombastic statements found on works such as "Epicloud" or "Transcendence", among many other manifestations of the man's musical breath sprinkled within. Its musical scope is as ambitious as Townsend seems to have been during his whole career, exploring many sounds ranging from orchestral ballads to death metal jigs.
I've been a fan of Townsend for a few years now, and there hasn't been anything he has released which I didn't find something to love; this album is no different. To me, its cathartic, bouncy nature is appealing because I am left with plenty of curiosity to thrive and surprise to be satisfied: Surprises, much like in life can be abrasive or pleasant, and I was pleasantly surprised by Townsend for what seems to be the umpteenth time.
If I were to describe this work in two words, it would simply be "atypically creative". Shine on Devin.
- Original Release Date: March 29, 2019
- Release Date: March 29, 2019
- Label: InsideOutMusic
- Copyright: (P) 2019 HevyDevy Records. Issued under license from HevyDevy Records to InsideOutMusic
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- Total Length: 1:14:08
- ASIN: B07MW8PN98
- Customer Reviews: 104 customer reviews
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