Devin Townsend
Ocean Machine: Biomech


5.0
classic

Review

by Victor USER (4 Reviews)
March 17th, 2013 | 10 replies | 975 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Few albums are truly as heavy as this. Be prepared to drift in the ocean, enveloped by the music herein contained.

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Atmosphere. A greek word that is used when referring to the gaseous layer that keeps the Earth habitable. Generally speaking, the word atmosphere also to the ambience a piece of art may have. It is seldom easy to truly pinpoint what creates atmosphere in a song, as in some ways it similar to quintessence - what Aristotle knew as the fifth element. Anyhow, if you were to ask me at any random point what my favorite albums were, Devin Townsend’s “Ocean Machine: Biomech” would definitely have a spot in the foremost three. If you asked me why, I would say one word: atmosphere.

The title of the album is somewhat misleading. Why? The presence of the word “machine.” Found here is one of the most organic works of art I have ever had pleasure of hearing. Across the board, the feeling of floating aimlessly in the ocean is everpresent. This is because the album is absolutely brimming with atmosphere. This cornucopia of sound includes the following: huge washes of echo and reverberation; waxing and waning dynamics - which can oscillate from absolutely crushing heaviness to ambient serenity at the drop of a hat -; and some of the richest songwriting ever.

Every track is outstanding on the album however, particular standouts include “Night, Funeral, Bastard,” and “Things Beyond Things.” Night is a straightforward hard rock affair, where Townsend’s trademark bark is heard throughout. This is one of more uptempo tracks on the album along with opener “Seventh Wave.” Funeral and Bastard are found nearing the end of the album. Tranquil yet crushing are two words that definitively describe the two tracks; with Funeral taking a jovial tone and Bastard veering in a more oppressive direction. Finally, Things Beyond Things is a calm balladesque affair, what with its simple motif and soothing vocal melodies.

In the preceding paragraph I mentioned my particular standout tracks, this is not intended to mean that the other numbers present on the album are subpar. It is quite certainly an experience in and of itself to listen to the entire outing back to front; and that is something I can seldom say about a record. Townsend went 110% with his songwriting and instrumentation on the album and it certainly shows. The multitracking and ambiance are witnesses to this. Every second is meticulously crafted to perfection and as such... The album is an utmost joy to experience.


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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 16th 2013



48574 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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demigod!
March 16th 2013



40982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

never got the love for this. it's great, but I feel like he only improved from here

YoYoMancuso
March 16th 2013



10175 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

love this album. Agreed that Night, Funeral and Bastard are the best things here.

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KILL
March 16th 2013



67177 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

albums perfect yes

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
March 16th 2013



19542 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review but I recommend not starting reviews with a definition. Album is amazing

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CK
March 16th 2013



4551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm loving the love for Night in here.

Funeral/Bastard/Death of Music is the best 30 minutes of music ever

KILL
March 16th 2013



67177 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

hey insurrection check this out

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxP5T4_Gkls


Lambda
March 17th 2013



2339 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Amazing album. I love every track on here. Night doesn't get enough love though (glad to see it being acknowledged in this thread) and neither does Voices in the Fan (such a brilliant track).

Lunarfall
March 17th 2013



3177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the death of music is obviously the best song on here

CK
March 17th 2013



4551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, Voices In The Fan is probably my second favorite track on here



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