THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT
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THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT



He's been called the mad scientist of metal, a creative genius, a riff master from hell but whichever it is (possibly all three), he is Devin Townsend and he is one of the most incredibly talented musicians, not just in heavy metal, but in music in general. This guy just simply oozes talent. Returning on the strength of his latest magnum opus, Transcendence[, Townsend and his band have always delivered the goods and this show was going to be no different. Whether he was creating chaos with his band Strapping Young Lad, dishing out schizophrenic chords and song structures with his solo band, or reducing us to a calmative state with his acoustic melancholic tunes of awe, each and every show is more than just your every day gig, this is an experience.

Greeting Melbourne with the biggest of smiles, you could feel the genuine love that this man has for what he does and the audience reciprocated with just as much adulation. Opening up with 'Rejoice' off 2014's Sky Blue, the audience roared as Dev got them groovin' and movin'. A great choice to open with but it was older more well-known tracks like 'Night' from the classic Ocean Machine and the Ziltoid gem, 'Hyperdrive', that really connected with the hyped up crowd.

THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT

When you hear tunes like 'Stormbending' and 'Failure' off Transcendence played live, you really can appreciate the epic song writing that goes in to Townsend's music. His style that mixes some parts Rush, some parts Wildhearts, and bits and pieces from here and there ensures his style is unique and enables him to stand in a field all of his own. There really isn't any other band that sounds like him.

Dev announced he was struggling with his voice tonight but you wouldn't have been able to tell as the acoustic number 'Ih Ah', the incredibly anthemic and heavy hitter of 'Kingdom', or the mesmerising epicness of 'The Death Of Music' sounded note perfect and took us all on a journey through the awesome that is this geniuses mind.

THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT

Closing with the almost ten minute masterpiece, 'Higher,' it was a most welcomed come down from the trip that is a Devin Townsend Perect show. The fans love him and have stuck by him through his long standing creative journey from fronting Steve Vai in 1993 to this very moment. His diehard cult following have hopefully accepted the fact there will be no more Strapping Young Lad albums (and really, if you hear the music he is doing now, there's no need to ever go back to those days) and will continue to embrace this more adventurous side of Townsend which in my opinion is far more interesting as we explore new musical landscapes with him. It really is absolute bliss. Do your ears a favour and see and hear for yourself just how incredible this man's body of work is. It's as though he is incapable of releasing music that is anything less than brilliant. It's only been a few days since this show happened and I'm already itching for his next tour and the something like five new albums that he will probably churn out within a two year span.

THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT

Setlist:
Rejoice
Night
Stormbending
Hyperdrive
Where We Belong
Deadhead
Ziltoid Goes Home
Supercrush!
March Of The Poozers
The Death Of Music
Kingdown
ENCORE:
Ih-Ah (Acoustic and solo)
Higher

Some recent live footage of Devin Townsend Project
SOURCE: YouTube @TwilightCalzone
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