Album 0243: Devin Townsend – Terria

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Release Date: 2001
Genre: Progressive Metal/Ambient

Tracklisting:

1. Olives (03:21)
2. Mountain (06:33)
3. Earth Day (09:35)
4. Deep Peace (07:35)
5. Canada (06:53)
6. Down And Under (03:43)
7. The Fluke (07:16)
8. Nobody’s Here (06:54)
9. Tiny Tears (09:13)
10. Stagnant (05:26)
11. Humble (05:30)

Total Length: 01:11:59

Olives is a good intro to the album, very atmospheric with an odd sample played throughout. It gets heavy in the last minute, and kind of in the span of three minutes shows you all the facets this album takes. Mountain has some great riffs, and I love the instrumental section. The vocal lines aren’t terribly great, but the rest of the song makes up for that. Earth Day has a lot of stuff going on through its whole run time, and the only part I don’t entirely enjoy is Devin yelling “recycle” over and over again, simply because it’s very plain and in your face.

Deep Peace has a calm intro, but the song really hits it stride halfway through. The classical-tinged buildup in the middle of the track is possibly one of the best things I’ve ever heard. It’s honestly beautiful, really this whole song is. Canada is a great track as well, but the slowed down vocal sample midway through always kind of bothers me for some reason. Down And Under is a great, shorter track. It’s mostly instrumental, and even the use of vocals is more like a cool instrument.

The Fluke is kind of a step down in quality, but not a bad song. It’s still pleasant, the ending atmosphere is nice. Nobody’s Here is a softer track (most of the time) and pretty enjoyable. Tiny Tears is a bigger track and I really like the use of keyboards throughout. It’s a great song. Stagnant has great moments in it as well, like a fun vocal performance from Devin. Humble is sort of a hidden track. It features a rough acoustic performance, and then some sort of sampled repeated sound with keyboards for the last few minutes. The acoustic part is really what takes me out of it though, so I tend to consider the previous track the proper end to the album. This is a fantastic with only a few weak points here and there, and the stronger parts more than make up for it in my mind.

Final Rating: 9/10

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