- Audio CD (May 15, 2012)
- Original Release Date: May 15, 2012
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
- Label: Inside Out Music
- ASIN: B00009QG99
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,300 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Ocean Machine Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
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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.Read more ›
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.
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 ever...to 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dreamy and eclectic. Sounds very nice. Ethereal sort of quality to this album.Published 2 months ago by Jacob Berman
This CD is absolutely brilliant. The problem is it’s hard to explain why it's brilliant. It must be some digital form of nicotine Devin mixes in with the music. Read morePublished 3 months ago by IcemanJ
This album is a rarity. You don't come across many like this. This is a 5 star album, (a rating I don't hand out often) because of the artistic vision, and the passion and seamless... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ian
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 morePublished on June 14, 2014 by SwampCreekRR
I worked in a mom and pops music store in the 90s. Stick with me, the review will come in time, but I think you'll understand the slightly different format for this review if you... Read morePublished on June 6, 2014 by TW
I'm a fan of all kinds of music - rock, fusion, classical, jazz, electronica/techno, metal, world, New Age, pop - you name it and I'm into whatever genres and styles that move me... Read morePublished on April 10, 2014 by Virtuoso Fan
This album review requires many, many, many descriptive words.
This album is jarringly fantastic, groundbreaking and ultra-deep, with more layers to peel back than... Read more
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 morePublished on January 18, 2014 by Glen McKee