1 – Devin Townsend – Ocean Machine (1997)

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Every now and then, an album comes along and completely knocks you for six. You never expect albums to make such an impact on you. Your always just looking for something enjoyable to listen to. When those special albums arrive, they grip you and don’t let go for a long time (sometimes never!). Whilst in their grip, you might completely reevaluate what you listen to or even further still make you think about who you are as a person or how you are living your life.

This was one of those albums for me. I remember listening to this for the very first time and feeling like I was having some sort of epiphany. The amount of times I’ve put this album on when I’m struggling with the anxieties of everyday life or just had no idea what to listen to I couldn’t possibly count. I feel like this album has taught me lessons and I’m almost still as floored by this album after listening to it for the umpteenth time as I am the first time I heard it.

It’s just about a metal album, but it’s one so filled with pop like melodies it’s a very light one. And this is where this album truly shines, in its melody. It completely lifts you up and barely let’s go. The melody never sounds cheesy, but instead completely heartfelt. There are moments in this album when you’ll feel like singing your heart out and going nuts, but there’s also moments when you’ll find yourself wanting to reflect and think about your own life.

Behind the soaring melodies, there’s ambient touches which give the whole thing an ethereal like quality. It sounds completely different and almost feels like your participating in some emotional journey whilst listening to it. Devin really has completely outdone himself here, and I’m not sure he’ll ever create anything I enjoy as much as this one.

As you can probably tell from this review I’m almost completely in love with this album. I honestly feel like it’s impacted on me massively and I hope anyone else who listens appreciates this as much as I do. Cause if it does, you’ll probably be changing a few things about yourself or even your life for the better too.

Personal Fave Track: “Seventh Wave”

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