Transcendence is a clear follow on from the excellent Epicloud album but with a fair bit more prog elements on show. Opener, Truth has that ‘huge’ & ‘epic’ style that The Devin Townsend Project has perfected over the last couple of albums.
The serine, echoy vocals that finish off the track are just fantastic. It’s an incredibly strong start creating a huge amount of anticipation for what follows.
The good news? It doesn’t disappoint.
Stormbending is one of the best songs on the album & the first to really show off some of the newer prog stylings with a sudden shift that focuses on this great guitar medley that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Mastodon record.
In fact the album doesn’t take any mid-steps until Secret Sciences, a song that can be best described as boring which is something you just don’t expect from Devin Townsend. It’s only a bad song by comparison to the rest of the songs on the album though.
Higher is the longest song on the album coming in at a whopping 9 minutes & 40 seconds, showcasing a number of different styles. It’s also one of the heaviest tracks with some straight up metal being blasted out but book-ended by Devin’s trademark ability to makes songs soar. It’s a high point of the album.
Thankfully the quality doesn’t dip afterwards. Stars, Transcendence & Offer Your Light ensure that this album will go down as one of Devin Townsend’s best as well as being a real contender for album of the year.
10 tracks long with the 10th being a cover of Transdermal Celebration by Ween, it’s the 8+ minute From the Heart that ends Transcendence as strongly as it begun. Perhaps not as huge as some of the songs that came before it has a finality about it that works really well. It’s a beautiful & emotional end to an incredible piece of work.
Overall Track List:
4. Secret Sciences
8. Offer Your Light
9. From The Heart
10. Transdermal Celebration (Ween Cover)
The Devin Townsend Project - Transcendence (HevyDevy Records)
The Final Score - 9/10
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