11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Terria (Audio CD)
I cried when I first listened to this album. That should be all the recommendation you need.
That said, "Terria" will definitely not appeal to everyone. It's a monster - a huge, rising-and-falling wall of multilayered sound - and it's very, _very_ loud. But at the same time, it has a peculiarly fragile beauty, especially during the softer tracks like "Deep Peace" and "Nobody's Here", and an inescapable sense of scale pervades the whole album. The production is massive in scope, and some of the most polished I've heard on any album.
But what's really amazing about this work of art (for it is just that) is the man who created it. Devin Townsend is a frankly brilliant guitarist, and here his work really shines to a level far beyond his previous albums, with the trademark multi-layered guitar sections offset by some great solo work. His voice is just incredible as well - I've rarely heard such a vocal range. Drumming by Gene Hoglan of Strapping Young Lad is flawless, bass guitar (played by Craig McFarland) is wickedly deep and sexy, and the keyboard ambience finishes the whole thing off perfectly.
Overall? If you even remotely enjoy rock music and yet don't like this album, you're weird. It's a masterpiece. And given Townsend's previous achievements including S.Y.L. and Infinity, that's saying something.