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Not one for those romantic evenings
on 24 September 2012
There must have been at least 2 kitchen sinks thrown at this one. Not being familiar with Devin Townsend's output I find myself strangely drawn to this album though. The choir on the opening track almost suggest we might be in for a Stevie Wonder sort of thing, but oh no. This is Pomp/Prog/Heavy/melodic rock of very high standard indeed, and I believe the word "Epic" has been bandied around in relation to this album and never has it been more deserved. Tracks like "liberation" are like Alice Cooper meets the Rocky horror Show and then the volume gets turned up to 11. Brilliant! There are some more mellow moments on here though. "Where we belong" is a traditional prog accoustic number, but even then they can't resist finishing on majestic choruses. Other slower numbers such as "Divine" and "lessons" give you a break from the onslaught and then we get the last 2 tracks which start off slow, build to the most amazing climaxes and then the last minute or so of the album fades out with a return of the choir, gently easing you home. Listening with headphones is a fantastic, thrilling experience and also eerily scary. I will need to now check the back catalogue to see what has led up to this album. In one word? WOW!