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  • Audio CD (17 Jun 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Import
  • Label: Inside Out U.S
  • ASIN: B00009QG99
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 571,734 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By masterlowsferatu on 22 Dec 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album is quite possibly the best of any of Devins work. His ideas are so innovative and I can't guarantee you that his music doesn't sound like anything else. It is an uncompromising, atmospheric and haunting album that takes you through a journey through the vast oceans of his mind. It seems that this music really was actually made by the ocean. It's very progressive and though the music has such complex arrangements it is in fact on the whole very catchy and accessible.

Seventh Wave
The opener for the album, you are sucked under straight away, with Devin's saw blade of majestic and massive guitar riffs, and what sounds strangely like Greek monks chanting. This all sets the scene for a mammoth of song that plods along nicely. The vocal arrangements are grandiose and hugely layered. It is truly impossible to describe without listening to it. Absolutely stunning.

Life
This song is inevitably pretty much a pop song, that doesn't mean it's not good right!? It's probably the most upbeat song on here. Soaring choruses and uplifting melodies are the order of the day here. By far the most commercial sounding thing Devin has ever written. The lyrics put across a really good message basically saying that you shouldn't waste your life and make the most of it.

Night
A song heavily based on atmospheric guitar and keyboard melodies but with a fast pace and somewhat conceptual lyrics. Simplicity is quite possibly the beauty of this song.

Hide Nowhere
Huge vocal harmony arrangements. This song goes to show just how talented Devin is as a vocalist. A song with a great chorus and driving, grooving rhythms.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Feb 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you're a stranger to Devin Townsend's music, then I can honestly say that you're missing out! He has a fantasic ability to create heavy AND tuneful melodies. A rare talent in the current world of designer disposable music. Not as mind blowing as 'Infinity' (hence only 4 stars, not 5) but this is an amazing recording by anyone's standards. After hearing this, you'll wonder why this man isn't playing stadium gigs...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Mar 2002
Format: Audio CD
In metal circles, Devin Townsend is a name that gets mentioned - praised - a lot. I was sceptical when I heard this for the first time. There are some wonderful melodies, but I was expecting a brutal sonic assault. Don't get me wrong, this does rock, but in a Monster Magnet sort of way. But give this 3 or 4 listens and it really does grow on you. Townsend is held in such high esteem because he does whatever he feels like doing and doesn't try to write fashionable numetal. There are some great melodies here, the pop-rock of Life instantly infectious. Townsend's sound is described as windy; this is probably the best description I could give, it's the sound of someone jamming on a mountain in the middle of nowhere. But this album is best appreciated when listened in tandem to his furious offering, Physicist which reeks of industrial hatred. It sounds nothing like this album, and makes you appreciate how good this Canadianis. Give this a spin, and let it grow on you - chances are you won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Wilson on 30 Aug 2006
Format: Audio CD
After listening to this album for the fourth time through in a single day I'm still begging for more. Devin Townsend, once a mental patient now a genius songwriter. I find it stunning how this man can traverse so many musical genres and rock them all, from rock/pop to extreme metal Devin has done it all and with quite some style on the way.

The best way I can think of describing this album is 'hair raising'; the songs progress more and more building up and when the crechendo finally hits you will find a chill runs down your spine, the hair stands up on your arms and you are left with a fulfilling feeling of satisfaction that good music may yet still grace this earth.

I could listen to this album again and again; and I think I may just.

10/10
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What else can I award this album but full marks? From the opening quotation from Alfred Lord Tennyson - one that could not fit the atmosphere of the album any better; of drifting clouds, melting mist and the ocean - to the very end of the album, there is not one single second I am not thoroughly enveloped the sheer emotion, the dreamlike windswept echoing instrumentation and the extremely powerful (as always) vocals of mastermind Devin Townsend.

I will not take you through the album song by song - words cannot do this album justice. Like the ocean itself, Ocean Machine flows unstoppably through wave after wave of moving, atmospheric musical genius. Every instrument is spot on for the tone of the album; even the drums have a very airy sense to them. Devin's guitar work is impeccable, and the use of sampling and noise ambience is the best he's ever done. The songs themselves are all 5/5 material, a few spring to mind that I would gladly rate higher if I could. You will have to find these for yourself.

If you are new to Devin's solo work (SYL is decidedly more mainstream) this album will take a bit of getting used to - but trust me, as no other album I have reviewed has scored the same (including other absolute favourites of mine) I can tell you this: persevere and you will indeed be greatly rewarded. This album changed my outlook on life. Devin Townsend is a god amongst men.

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