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Synchestra

2 Oct 2006 | Format: MP3

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2:52
2
2:20
3
7:08
4
5:30
5
1:36
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3:27
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2:15
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6:03
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8:17
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5:55
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7:09
12
2:31
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7:42


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 29 Sep 2006
  • Release Date: 29 Sep 2006
  • Label: Century Media Records Ltd
  • Copyright: (c) 2006 InsideOut Music. All rights reserved
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  • Total Length: 1:02:45
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  • ASIN: B0034X9DCQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,876 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Pa Ortiz on 3 Mar 2006
Format: Audio CD
First of all...if you're familiar with SYL, and are expecting more of the same from Synchestra, you WILL be dissapointed. The only similarity is the production, as it's very similar to Alien. But that's where the likeness stops.
When I first heard this album I was very let down, for that exact reason. It was too chirpy, too happy, to straightforward (deceptively so).
Now, for those very reasons, this album has really grown on me. From start to finish it's a thoroughly uplifting album, and there's far more to it than meets the eye. It opens with a solitary acoustic guitar being gently strummed, campfire style, and is soon accompanied by Devin's smooth pitch-perfect clean vocals. Somehow, they merge seamlessly into a blasting torrent of double kicks and euphoric riffing, and so it keeps progressing. They throw everything in there, from some utterly Vai-esque soloing on "Triumph", to the occasional banjo interlude, and even some polka-cum-circus music; "Vampolka".
Listening to it now, it's hard to convey what exactly it's about - think Fear Factory with walls (huge, thick, very tall walls) of keyboards and layered guitars, injected with large quantities of "happy". You really have to hear it for yourself I guess.
The other thing that I appreciate about this album is that it manages to be heavy without the pretense of somehow being "evil" or dark. They're just making good music, and having a good time .
If I have any criticism of the album, it's that some songs kinda drag on a little bit...but to what extent depends on the mood you're in when you listen to it. If you really let yourself become immersed in the whole thing, you want it to go on and on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Mccoy on 14 Aug 2006
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This album is a work of genius. If you like dev get it if you haven't already. Words really can't describe how good this album is!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Minchin VINE VOICE on 14 Feb 2006
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Wow. Mfffmffmfmrr..... Dribble..... My brain hurts.... I think I've just seen the future of metal, and it's a crazy Canuck with a receding hairline. I've been listening to this now for 3 days solid, and it keeps getting better.
If you're familiar with the Hevy Devy's previous output, think Ocean Machine crossed with Terria, sprinkled with the humorous bits of Infinity (without the self indulgence). But this time, it feels like this is the album Devin has been wanting to make for ever. It's dripping with inventiveness, gorgeous melody, vast textural soundscapes and catchy songs, and it feels cohesive in a way Dev hasn't nailed since Ocean Machine. It's HUGE. The flow of the album is fantastic, and is a really organic and cerebral listen. It has the trademark Devin wall of sound approach, but with an inherent earthiness that's really hard to describe in words. Put it like this: it's like the wind blowing through trees, in the same way that Ocean Machine was like waves on the shore.
Any attempt at description will be misleading, especially concerning the polka section (it works, really), but the guitar work and vocals Devin employs here are really second to none. I personally rate this as the equal of anything he's put his name to, and my second favourite behind Ocean Machine. The songs are mindblowing, with album highlights being "Triumph", the absolutely magnificent "Gaia" and the twin insanity of "Vampolka" and "Vampira".
The digipack is lovely too, and you get a live DVD recorded in the studio of the Devin Townsend Band playing tunes from Ocean Machine, Terria, Accelerated Evolution and the latest record, which is really worth listening to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ben_jekyll on 6 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
so then here it is devs newest work and how is it? very good as always and even more awkward than normal.if you are new to devins work then start somewhere else as this isnt the easiest way to start with his music, what im trying to say is that this feels like an album for his already existing fans not one thats going to pull in new ones. the riffs are still there and the vocals are still good but the only niggling thing is that although it is good, very good infact he has done better before and i think he will do better again. its not as heavy as 'physisist' not as wierd as 'infinity' and not as catchy as 'ocean machine' but it is a good album. just not his best work but that said devin townsend treading water is still alot better than most bands in full flow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. H TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Feb 2006
Format: Audio CD
"I'm a ping-pong, I can go until I'm bored with one emotion and then I do the other. I need that time of light when I can put the dark in and vice-versa, so the Devin Townsend Band is the antithesis of Strapping Young Lad. I couldn't have written "Synchestra" if I hadn't done "Alien". Now that I've written "Synchestra", I can write other things."
So says Devin Townsend, one of the most consistently creative musicians working in the rock and metal medium over the last decade. "Alien" was the heaviest thing Townsend has ever put his name to, and its understandable that he would want to look in other directions. But fear not, there's heavy and there's heavy. And this is the latter. It's just his way of showing that you don't have to be brutal. Because this record is still chock full of riffs, don't think for a moment that it isn't. It's just this time around Devin has let his experimental hounds off the leash.
It's a shame that I first heard this on Robert Burns day, as the opening track "Let It Roll" nearly had me reaching for my shotgun. There's nothing like the faux celebration of a serial adulterer and tax collector who got famous off the back of stealing oral histories and passing them off as his own. So a blast of "Wild Mountain Thyme" in "let It Roll" had my anti folk barricades on full repel mode.
Fortunately, it was a brief interlude as from "Hypergeek" onwards, this album is an aural treasure. devin is a Todd Rundgren for the 21st century as he switches from the brutal riffing of the aforementioned "Hypergeek" into the intricately layered and the hook drenched "Vampira". And, of course, there is the obligatory heavy metal polka tune - yes, really!
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