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2012 release, the 15th studio album from the Canadian guitarist, producer and bandleader. Epicloud is the fifth album in his Devin Townsend Project series. Epicloud features all-new material from Devin and Co., although they re-recorded the track 'Kingdom', which was originally released in 2000.
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It's all I've been listening to since it arrived, except for the other 4 albums of his I orderd, as well as Retinal Circus, which now has me eyeing half a dozen other albums.
How have I missed him all of these years? The raw power and passion and beauty and sheer artistry and production are all breathtaking.
If you don't like this album, I urge you to seek counseling.
ADDED JUNE 20
It's now a month later and I own about 20 Devin albums and 4 DVDs. I'm very happy. Can't recall the last time I went binge on an artist.
I love having all the songs on YouTube. I'm spreading the word to my FaceBook friends.
Also Devin (and crew) spend a lot of time perfecting the mix, so listen on something worthy of playing it.
I LOVE what they did with Kingdom, and Grace is one of my top 10 jams right now. Fun stuff.
Click the buy button now. You know you wanna. Why are you waiting? Are you by some chance waiting for some divine review to somehow reach out to your heart and force you? Well... this is not it. But do it anyway.
Also, if you have not checked it out, go get the "Casualties of Cool" CD as well.
Pros: Well-finished Devin vocals + Choir fills the sound spectrum. Anneke van Giersbergen shares the album with Devin.
"Grace", "Liberation", "Kingdom", "Hold On", "Angel" are all instant hits for me.
"Kingdom" is a redux of a song from his earlier album, "PHYSICIST". I like this redux better than the original.
Cons: If his name wasn't on it, half of the tracks would convince you it was worship-music. They all have their heavier parts, and it was still a solid album I continue to listen to. Lucky Animals has a bit of a Devin "Rock" to it, but I wouldn't put it on a playlist.
Sidenote, I saw him recently at a concert and his performance was hilarious, intense, emotional at times but just so happy, just the way we like it.
If you're already a fan of Devin Townsend's work: Pick this up, it fits in perfectly with your preexisting collection of aural magic. Don't fret the Animals track, he even stated in concert that the track annoys him now because his family sings it to him so much.
For you lovers of progressive rock/metal who are not familiar with the quirky, fun, large, and epicly loud sound of Devin Townsend: Get ready to rock.
Epicloud is an amazingly fun album full of great melody, thoughtful lyrics, and riffs that will make it hard to drive the speed limit. He continues his collaberation with a truly epic female vocalist whose name escapes me at the moment (my apologies, Anneke van Giersbergen, I will remember your name after I've had my morning coffee). Devin and Anneke work so well together, more emphasis on great melody, plus they don't compete with each other like some of the duos I've heard in the past.
Wall Of Sound. That's what you'll witness. Preview some tracks and you'll hear for yourself! It might be best to do so when you've saved up some lunch money so you can pick up the other albums of his that you've not collected yet.