Album 0446: Devin Townsend – Ocean Machine: Biomech

DevinTownsend-OceanMachine

Release Date: 1997
Genre: Progressive Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Seventh Wave (06:51)
2. Life (04:32)
3. Night (04:45)
4. Hide Nowhere (05:01)
5. Sister (02:49)
6. 3 A.M. (01:57)
7. Voices In The Fan (04:40)
8. Greetings (02:53)
9. Regulator (05:06)
10. Funeral (08:06)
11. Bastard

    I. Not One Of My Better Days
    II. The Girl From Blue City (10:17)

12. The Death Of Music (12:15)
13. Things Beyond Things (04:47)

Total Length: 01:13:58

Seventh Wave begins with some modulated talking, speaking of the earth. It’s kind of annoying on repeated listens, but at least it’s fairly short. The riff that starts up is pretty great and this is pretty solid Devy goodness. A great sound and some cool moments that stick in your head, but the best on here is yet to come. Life is more uplifting and really great. It gets caught in your head, and though I think some of the mix is a little muddled, I love the changes with the electronic backing during the verse and the guitars pounding in during the chorus. Fantastic song.

Night isn’t quite as good of a song, but it is solid in its own way. It kind of keeps consistent, when I would have preferred a bit more variety. Hide Nowhere is kind of… standard until the bridge and things start going nuts with vocals all over the place and it gets awesome. This second half brings the song up considerably. Sister is a nice little soft track, and while I like it it never really hits the spot for me.

The same can be said for 3 A.M. because while I like the atmosphere, it’s fairly forgettable. Voices In The Fan is well worth the buildup that is allowed from the breather of the previous track. The rhythm and vocals in this are amazing and just stick with me. The last bit is kind of neat too, a random use of choir vocals. Greetings works more as an extended intro for this next song, it doesn’t really set itself apart and it’s kind of forgotten when the next track starts.

Regulator is a monster of a track, even though it’s shorter by a large margin than the three tracks after it. The opening riffs build up amazingly, and the whole song just relishes on the fun. Funeral is a bit different, but just as well done a song. It’s hard to even begin to explain what this song does, but it combines the heaviness with samples looping and building and it’s just unbelievably cool.

Bastard is a large track, I don’t really know where the two sections are in relativity to each other though. It doesn’t have as many highs for me as the previous song, but it’s still a solid track. The Death Of Music is a long ambient track, moving in and out of patterns and atmospheres. The song is just a bit long, and it comes at the heel end of the album and feels like it’s dragging things out. Things Beyond Things is at least a fitting ending, the calm feelings radiating from it work really well, other than the ending, which is a random bit of screaming for no reason. This whole album has grown on me more each time, and though I tend to skip the last few tracks, the rest make up for them.

Final Rating: 8/10

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