(9/10) If there is a constant factor in Devon Townsend's musical career than it's the fact of constant renewal. The Canadian guitar wizard combines an unbelievalbel passion for music that he combines with dedication and technical capabilities, allowing him to realize all his visionary ideas.
The newst epos of the Devin Townsend Project is called "Trascendance" and comes with ten new songs that show the mainman and his band at thir best.
The start into this blistering new release of Townsend is an old acquaintance. "Truth" isn't really new since it was already on the "Infinity" release from 1998. The guitarist always wanted to re-record the song, something he can take off his list here and now. It's a bombastic opener that doesn't come with many new surprises, but it's a masterpiece of progressive music that fits perfectly with the new stuff.
"Stormbending" is the first really new tune on the album and it's a majestic one. This tune creates big pictures by a dense sound and musical spheres that are belonging to the best ones I have heard since quite a while.
"Transcendence" stands like a rock. It's not only the mentioned "Stormbending" that shows a lot of twists and tweaks. Numbers like the more vocal based "Secret Science", the grandiose "Stars" and the orchestral title track with its impressive choir sections are all excellent tracks by Devin Townsend and band. Maybe it's the different approach of songwriting and recording that made "Transcendent" bigger and flawless. Even though Townsend was still giving direction, it was an inclusive approach of songwriting that led to these ten unique and timeless masterpieces that will keep their exciting expression over many years.
But it's not only big bridges of sound that makes "Transcendence" special. "Offer Your Light" is surprisingly light-hearted and catchy. It belongs to the faster tracks on the album and there is a lot of power included too. However, the melodilines are catching your attention from the very first note onwards, making the number to the most commercial track in the record.
I don't want to go that far saying that this album is game changer in progressive metal music. But the Devin Townsend Project added a puzzle piece to the entire picture of epical progressive metal. "Transcendence" is the next milestone that Townsend added to his extensive discography. You shouldn't miss the chance of listening to this album. You will not regret it.
4. Secret Sciences
8. Offer Your Light
9. From The Heart
10. Transdermal Celebration
Label: InsideOut Music
Genre: Prog Metal
Release Date EU: September 9th, 2016