Devin Townsend
Infinity


4.0
excellent

Review

by Cousin_Ed USER (1 Reviews)
November 17th, 2005 | 110 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


Devin Townsend, a master producer and a genius in the world of death metal and progressive rock. What more can you say about him, Chosen by virtuoso Steve Vai at a young age to perform vocals on his Sex and Religion album.

The Band for this release is as follows
Devin Townsend-vocals and guitar
Gene Hoglan-Drums
Erin Townsend, Lyn Townsend, Dave Townsend, Naomi, Tanya Evans, Lara Ulhoff, Chris Valago & Brad Jackson-additional vocals
Christian Olde Webbers- Upright bass
Andy Codrington-trombone

While this is a brilliant album and commerically the most mainstream accepted, It contains fantasic poppy progressive hard rock numbers to feature open C tuned guitars and brilliant instrument work allround, It is musically superb, right from the epic starting of Truth to the close of Noisy pink bubbles, with few dull moments to complain about, I will try to be as critical as possible.

Truth starts thing off, and I don't know about the rest of you, but the euphoric rush you get from listening to that hallelujah melody is just fantastic, it makes you feel good to be alive, and the track glides nicely into Christeen the song writen with "Ginger" which is a catchy poppy tune with trademark Devin Stying.Bad Devil, A waste of time? No! A masterpiece of Prog metal/jazz fusion? maybe! From the Brass to the catchy riff it just makes you want to get off your backside and mosh, dance or whatever!

War kicks off with an upbeat yet sort of morbid feeling, when you think its going to stop it just gets going again, which is a good thing i really enjoy this song, especally the "you can't fight a war with alosing gun" section, devins vocals are fantasic.From here on the album gets a bit a bit expermental and makes frank zappa look like a good boy by the book musician=p (Zappa m/)Soul driven is wierd, but is a great song it starts awkwardly, and the last two minutes are fade out then build up for Ants, which is just bizzare, but awesome. A cool riff, followed by some great devy melody, which then has a Zorba's dance style sequence.

Wild Colonial Boy and Life is all dynamics remind me of simular mellow type songs, which is what you need after the hyperactive ants, and the Chorus in Life is just beautiful. Unity reminds me something out of top gun, when they take off, strange, but soothing song. Finally the outro N.P.B is wierd, its the most poppy number on the album, and the vocals sound like bono, but better, lets just put it that way. This album does get a bit weaker in the second half, but it is still a great album, it's just that the earlier songs are a completly epic(m/) The rest of the album is a bit weaker, but still amazing.

Pros: Devin Townsends more mainstream Audiance friendly sound
Truth and Bad Devil!

Cons: Weaker second half
May be shunned by more hardcore S.Y.L fans (Personally i'm a fan of both)

4/5 Excellent album but nothing classic as a whole album. P.S This is my first review, all feedback is accepted, negative or positive. Just don't threaten to kill me...much.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
RichHunt
November 20th 2005


14 Comments


You smell.

Good review, I may go and think of listening to the album. haha.

Dancin' Man
November 21st 2005


719 Comments


I'm not a fan of Devlab or Physist. Will I like this?

Kage
November 21st 2005


1172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

How does this compare to Terria or Ocean Machine? I think Terria is a downright masterpiece, and Ocean Machine is amazing as well. It'd be cool if you included some of these thoughts in the review. Otherwise, very well done.

He has such a unique sound and unique approach to his music, so I'd be interested in checking this one out.

Cousin_Ed
November 21st 2005


17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

FF: Probably, Pysicist was a failed strapping album with poor album production, and Devlab was some ambient type album.

You should like it.

Kage: Yeah the chorus of devy's is a really cool techneque (procuction/vocal). Hes got a completely unique style of writing and procution, I love him. I think terria is a tad better. It's a bit more devy than infinity, infinity has some classic songs, but its a bit more poppy than other Devin work. I'm no expert, but i'm trying :P. Ocean machine was amazing too, i probably listen to infinity more than o.m though. Yeah I should have added more parts.

But thank you both for your comments, and you too rich :P

This Message Edited On 11.21.05

ROH
December 3rd 2005


16 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great review man, I love this album, it was the one that got me in to Devin's music.

My favorites are Bad Devil, War, and Noisy Pink Bubbles.

Toaster
December 3rd 2005


343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I didn't think anyone else here knew about Devy. I like this album, but I think Accelerated Evolution is way better. This is far better than Physicist, though.

Apparently all the songs on this album were inspired by Broadway tunes.

By the way, Fast Fingers, you should still check this out. It's really not similar to those albums, it's more pop-styled. If you haven't heard Terria or Ocean Machine I highly recommend those too.
This Message Edited On 12.03.05

Cousin_Ed
April 12th 2006


17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

100% agree with you toaster. gee f

Cousin_Ed
July 16th 2006


17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Reading over this I realise how poor the grammar and puncuation is. : /

KILL
April 13th 2009


72295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

MAN THIS RULES

KILL
May 23rd 2009


72295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey

Lelle
November 8th 2009


2156 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bad Devil is awesome

WickedMystic
February 12th 2010


76 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album, not comparable to Accelerated Evolution, though.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
September 9th 2010


21845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Christeen, that's all I ask of you.

Digging: Aspherium - The Fall of Therenia

KILL3
December 5th 2010


601 Comments


so amazing

KILL
December 10th 2010


72295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bad devil!

KILL
December 10th 2010


72295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

seems to be only me that actually likes this a shit load this well fuck you guys

Gmork89
December 10th 2010


5580 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And all I can say is it's day after day!

KILL
February 20th 2011


72295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

life is all dynamics

so true man so true

MikeC26
February 23rd 2011


3215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Life, it's all life.

So good. Criminally under-rated artist.

KILL
February 23rd 2011


72295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ill see you on the other side



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