Friday, December 4, 2009

MOTD - Devin Townsend: An Atmospheric Epic Metal Powerhouse

Mp3 Of The Day

Band/Artist: Devin Townsend Project
Song: Numbered!
Album: Addicted
Style: Progressive Metal/Rock
country/location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
release: 2009

I know I know! I've posted Devin Townsend like two or three times before! It's not my fault that he's one of my favorite metal musicians, especially his progressive/atmospheric stuff! Also it's not my fault that he's released two great albums this year and I want to post something from one of those albums! (and want to cash in on all the Devin Townsend posting!)

This song "Numbered!" is one of my personal favorites. It comes off the Devin Townsend Project's second album Addicted which is what happens when the former skullet metal master combines the thick and heavy sounds of his Ziltoid album with the atmospheric, progressive and often pop-oriented attitude of his Ocean Machine/Infinity projects. The song morphs from an uber heavy thick guitared mammoth to a powerful introspective epic with an incredibly heartfelt (and damn catchy) chorus sung by Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-the Gathering) whose serenely powerful voice just feeds into the wall of atmospheric metal sound. Devin also flexes his vocal muscles in this track, going from a clean and simple delivery in the verses to an almost death scream during parts to a powerful operatic style (which I gotta say is used awesomely in this song). The production here is crystal clear which is not surprising for Devin is a master in the studio. Anyways, this song is definitely on my list of favorites of the year (I discovered it at a difficult moment of this year so it has some sentimental value as well). (the album is incredible as well!) Hope you enjoy it as well!

Devin Townsend Project - Numbered!