ARTIST:

DEVIN TOWNSEND

(CANADA)
TITLE:

INFINITY

(1999)
LABEL:

INSIDEOUT MUSIC

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE METAL

TAGS:
Experimental
""Infinity" is a new work of the first rank, a bit less catchy than its predecessor, notably because of a coherence and a less obvious guideline."
STRUCK (18.06.2007)  
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2 years after his first "solo" album - if we consider that "Biomech" is to Devin Townsend's credit and not his umpteenth Ocean Machine project - the Canadian comes back with an album less imposing than his predecessor by its content... But don't imagine for all that that "Infinity" is less recommendable than "Biomech". It is only less ambitious conceptually speaking... Because as far as risk-taking is concerned, it is optimal...

Indeed, in this new chapter of the Canadian's career, the emphasis is definitely more on modern sounds and the delirium that goes with them... all supported by a rhythmic session of madness and notably the arrival of his old Strapping Young Lad comrade, the monumental Gene Hoglan behind the drums!

Devin's deranged side is more than ever put forward on this opus with alien deliriums giving to this "Infinity" the allure of "Passion & Warfare" of his ex-mentor Steve Vai... But to sum up "Infinity" to a succession of ubuesque deliriums would be to restrict the description of this album to a part of its richness...

The grandiose intro "Truth", a true compendium of what the Canadian is capable of, opens the festivities... No respite, we follow up on a "Christeen" with a catchy refrain as only Devin Townsend can do, on which his vocals is once again marvellous... "Bad Devil" with its Fishbone-style horns and a break sounding very "piano-bar" is a delirious and terribly bewitching track! In the same spirit, we will also quote "Ants" in which the influence of Steve Vai's "Sex & Religion" version is undeniable with its false "Pig" tunes for the delirious side and guitaristic demonstrations a la "Down Deep Into the Pain"... Between these two pearls, we will find a "War" or a "Soul Driven" in the pure tradition of Devin Townsend's atmospheric heavy tracks... 

It is at the level of the finale that one can feel annoyed with the repetitive atmospheric instrumental "Unity" or "Colonial Boy" to the choruses that one would think straight out of the gremlins' gullets in ecstasy in front of the "Sleeping Beauty". Fortunately, The Canadian catches up with the stunning finale "Noisy Pink Bubbles" with an obvious originality that starts with a totally unstructured intro and ends with the final bouquet shimmering as much as possible helped in this by the hyper melodic singing of the master!

In the end, with this "Infinity", the Canadian delivers us a new work of the first rank, a bit less than its predecessor, notably because of a coherence and a less obvious guideline... An album - once again - well above the metal productions in general!


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Truth
02. Christeen
03. Bad Devil
04. War
05. Soul Driven Cadillac
06. Ants
07. Wild Colonial Boy
08. Life Is All Dynamics
09. Unity
10. Noisy Pink Bubbles
11. Sister (live Acoustic)
12. Hide Nowhere (live Acoustic)
13. Man (1996 Demo)

LINEUP:
Christian Olde Webbers: Basse
Devin Townsend: Chant / Guitares
Gene Hoglan: Batterie
   
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