Originally Posted by Puffy
Could someone explain this to me? It's not that I don't like Devin Townsend, I have Terria and a few other things, I just don't understand why he's seen to be on a totally different level. What sets him apart? (I'm just curious.)
Admittedly, I have been distancing from metal over the last few years, so it might just be that my tastes are changing.
As far as metal musicians are concerned, he is leaps and bounds above his peers. The only active single musicians(I know of) that I consider to be in the same league as Devin are.......Steven Wilson, Omar Rodriguez- Lopez, Mikael Akerfeldt(Opeth), Toby Driver(Maudlin of the Well/Kayo Dot) and a few others. I still think he is possibly more talented and gifted then all of them though. Like Cogwulf mentioned, I dont think there is anyone out there quite like him right now. I mean, listen to SYL Shitstorm then cool off with Terminal to get a sense his range.
The thing about his music is that it can sound pretty basic and conventional on a first listen. The first time I heard Strapping Young Lad I didnt think it was anything more than conventional metal, but upon closer listening it reveals itself to you as groundbreaking and innovative. Terria is another album of his that is deceptive on the surface. His songwriting for his solo stuff is usually of a basic and simplistic core, but beneath the power chords and verse/chorus structure lies some subtle intricacies and technicalities that show his "genius".
Metal doesnt appeal to Devin much these days either. Puffy, I dare you to try(at least) the 3 first songs off Ghost, one of his newest albums(June 2011 release)
^That's about as far away from metal as you can get. Headphones are highly recommended(It is an "Ambient" record).
I recommend his last four album project(Ki, Addicted, Deconstruction, Ghost) I love all his work before these albums but these are a great representation of what his music is(every album is in a different style than the other)
His workrate is impressive as well:
SYL- Heavy as a really heavy thing 1995
Punky Bruster- Cooked on Phonics 1996
SYL- City 1997
Ocean Machine 1997
SYL- SYL 2003
DTB- Accelerated Evolution 2003
SYL- Alien 2005
DTB- Synchestra 2006
SYL- The New Black 2006
The Hummer 2006
Ziltoid The Omiscient 2007
DTP- Ki 2009
DTP- Addicted 2009
DTP- Deconstruction 2011
DTP- Ghost 2011
DTP- Epicloud/Epiclouder 2012
DTP- Casualties of Cool