Devin Townsend
Ocean Machine: Biomech


5.0
classic

Review

by crazyaga USER (3 Reviews)
June 23rd, 2012 | 47 replies | 3,436 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of my all time favorites.

6 of 7 thought this review was well written

After Strapping Young Lad released their classic extreme metal album City at 1997, Devin Townsend wanted to escape from the extreme/industrial metal sound of SYL,creating something diffrent and expanding his musical horizons.
the result of this was the album "Ocean Machine : Biomech", which in my opinion is not only the strongest album in Devin's career - its one of the best albums of all time. Ocean Machine manages to be beautiful, intense, hypnotic, heavy and emotional - all at the same time, for the whole 70 minutes of this album without having a single weak moment.

Ocean Machine creates a world of its own, and drags you into it.
The first two songs of the album, Seventh Wave and Life, are not hypnotic as the rest of the album, but both of them are incredible hooks, and they present you the world of Ocean Machine. Life is also the only truly uplifting song in the album. After Life, things are getting more hypnotic at the songs Night and Hide Nowhere. those two songs truly penetrate your mind, espicially Hide Nowhere. If those 2 songs werent enough to Hypnotize you, the following two songs will do it.

Sister and 3 AM are both short and only 2 minutes long, but they are the core of the album. the combination of both of them side by side is the most hypnotic part of the album, it almost like experiencing an out-body experience. Voices In The Fan comes after that and ends with a fantastic choir part, which contributes to the hypnotic nature of the album. Greetings is another incredible short song, followed by the powerful song regulator.

However, the highlight of this album is its corner stone: Funeral, Bastard and The Death Of Music.
those 3 songs create one of the most amazing album endings I have ever heard. each one of them is extremely hypnotic and powerful. the album ends with Things Beyond Things, which release you from the hypnotic world of Ocean Machine, and ends with a really scary scream.

An interesting view of Ocean Machine is looking at it as a concept album.
Ocean Machine and Biomech can refer to Human. after all, we are kind of a biological machine that works on water. Life represent the birth of someone, and The Death Of Music can represent his Death. Things Beyond Things can be what happens to him after his life. The middle of the album can represent the things he was going through during his lifetime.

Ocean Machine is an extremely layered, emotional and intense journey through the depths of your mind, that doesnt let you go free until the very end of the last song.
Amazing album. Enjoy it and embrace it.


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crazyaga
June 23rd 2012



52 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

My 3rd review :P
I think its my best yet.

Tyrael
June 23rd 2012



20740 Comments


rating is correct

RosaParks
June 23rd 2012



14592 Comments


nice

KILL
June 23rd 2012



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fuck yes bes album ever

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Wheelah
June 23rd 2012



756 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Definitely one of my favorite albums ever. Dev is a genius.

You're spot on with the review, though it wasn't perfectly written. The three ending tracks are a hypnotic, powerful, and flawless way to end the album.

crazyaga
June 23rd 2012



52 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This album needed a 5/5 review really badly...

Alucard125
June 23rd 2012



534 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah my favourite album by Devin, Funeral and Bastard are incredible.

macadoolahicky
June 23rd 2012



1835 Comments


Zomg there is now more than one review for this album

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
June 23rd 2012



1981 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

5, yes.

Lots of grammatical errors and confusing word choices in here, though (shifting tenses a lot, "possesses you into the album?" that's not how possession works...). And at the very least, capitalize "I."

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crazyaga
June 23rd 2012



52 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Thank you AtomicWaste, I fixed the errors you mentioned.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2012



49801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lotsa 5s

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Tyrael
June 23rd 2012



20740 Comments


Have you even heard this Trebor

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2012



49801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

no, I only heard city and it was ok

Tyrael
June 23rd 2012



20740 Comments


City is a lot heavier

this is more on the proggy side

kingsoby1
Emeritus
June 23rd 2012



4940 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

More on the awesomer side.

KILL
June 23rd 2012



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it changes a lot for me but atm i think this is a tiny bit better than city but omg both so omg

RosaParks
June 23rd 2012



14592 Comments


lol at city being ok

RosaParks
June 23rd 2012



14592 Comments


probably didnt have enough gay wanky solos for treb

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2012



49801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Who said I like wank

RosaParks
June 23rd 2012



14592 Comments


me i decide what you like lets fight



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