Epicloud

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
About the only thing that one can count on from Devin Townsend is not to count on anything at all. His career has continually subverted all previous expectations. Epicloud is the fifth release by the Devin Townsend Project. The previous four -- Ki, Addicted, Deconstruction, and Ghost -- were thematically linked. For fans who wondered where he'd go next, Epicloud was perhaps the least likely direction. It is the most unabashedly mainstream and "pop"-oriented recording of his career thus far. While it doesn't sound like any individual release from DTP's previous quartet, it does have elements of all of them woven throughout these 13 songs. The big news is that Anneke van ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
About the only thing that one can count on from Devin Townsend is not to count on anything at all. His career has continually subverted all previous expectations. Epicloud is the fifth release by the Devin Townsend Project. The previous four -- Ki, Addicted, Deconstruction, and Ghost -- were thematically linked. For fans who wondered where he'd go next, Epicloud was perhaps the least likely direction. It is the most unabashedly mainstream and "pop"-oriented recording of his career thus far. While it doesn't sound like any individual release from DTP's previous quartet, it does have elements of all of them woven throughout these 13 songs. The big news is that Anneke van Giersbergen is ever present here, reprising the role she played on Addicted. She is not only Townsend's foil here, but a shining standout -- she is certainly not a backing vocalist. Given the polish in production here, and the enormous weight the vocals in this mix carry, Townsend needed to be at the top of his game. He is. Speaking of production, given the emphasis on vocals, its very stripped-down compared to other records in his large catalog. The set kicks off with their multi-tracked voices on the brief gospel choir-styled intro, "Effervescent!" Heaviness and hooks alternate in "True North," with van Giersbergen in full duet with Townsend. The tune has a simple enough hook, but its thundering guitars and its knotty bridge offer a nice twist. The single "Lucky Animals" is driven by a catchy metal riff, but given the multiple vocal layers, it almost feels like Queen getting edgy. "Liberation" has an anthemic chorus line crossed with whizzing synths, manic drumming, and Townsend and Dave Young's guitars on stun. Ms. van Giersbergen's vocals take it to an entirely different level musically; her level of self-expression throughout the record, but particularly here, is remarkable. The re-recorded version of "Kingdom" (which originally appeared on Physicist) is stripped of its massive instrumental production touches. There are still massive guitars, synths, and tom-toms wailing and crunching, but they deliberately serve the transcendent vocals. The best example of this is on the fist-pumping anthem "Hold On." Ultimately, Epicloud was recorded to be accessible to a wide range of listeners, and as such, it succeeds in spades. It's not particularly adventurous, but it is a hell of a lot of fun. If half of what passes for mainstream rock was nearly as interesting or satisfying, radio would be worth listening to again.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2012
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • UPC: 885417060324
  • Catalog Number: 603
  • Sales rank: 33,325

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Effervescent! (0:43)
  2. 2 True North (3:53)
  3. 3 Lucky Animals (3:21)
  4. 4 Liberation (3:20)
  5. 5 Where We Belong (4:33)
  6. 6 Save Our Now (4:01)
  7. 7 Kingdom (5:29)
  8. 8 Divine (3:17)
  9. 9 Grace (6:08)
  10. 10 More! (4:04)
  11. 11 Lessons (1:06)
  12. 12 Hold On (3:57)
  13. 13 Angel (6:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Devin Townsend Project Primary Artist
Devin Townsend Indexed Contributor, Synthesizer, Guitar, Vocals, Ambience
Candus Churchill Choir, Chorus
Rosalind Keene Choir, Chorus
Graham Ord Trumpet, Saxophone
Anneke van Giersbergen Vocals
Brian Waddell Bass, Vocals
Dave Young Guitar, Mandolin, Keyboards, Vocals
Jacqueline Welsh Choir, Chorus
Leora Cashe Choir, Chorus
Jean Savoie Vocals
Ryan Van Poederooyen Drums
Dawn Pemberton Choir, Chorus
Mike St-Jean Vocals
Dan Walker Choir, Chorus
Eva Maria Harden Choir, Chorus
Charlene Witt Choir, Chorus
The Marcus Mosely Chorale Choir, Chorus
The Delisle Vocal Project Choir, Chorus
Tyler Thorne Vocals
Rebecca Lam Choir, Chorus
Munesh Sami Vocals
Marcus Mosley Choir, Chorus
Lonnie Delisle Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Devin Townsend Composer, Producer, Engineer
Ray Fulber Engineer
Troy Glessner Mastering
Paul Silveira Engineer
Anthony Clarkson Artwork, Layout
Andy Farrow Management
Armando Aguirre Drum Technician
Jason "JVP" VanPoederooyen Composer
Rob Swire Composer
Jean Savoie Bass Technician
Jim Morewood Booking
Joshua Dick Booking
Jeff Cohen Legal Advisor
Mike Young Drum Editing
Paul Collis Studio Coordinator
Dom Monteleone Engineer
Lonnie Delisle Direction, Choir Arrangement
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