Concert Review

Devin Townsend Project Puts An Epicloud Over Pittsburgh

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The legendary Devin Townsend hit Pittsburgh last night and proved why he rules at all that he does. A musician that follows his own heart, mind, and soul, Townsend is the rare talent that has learned how to survive in a heartless business on his own terms. By following his own path, Devin has created a fan base “that gets it” and loves him for it. Yesterday marked the release of his new LP “Epicloud” that continues on that road of creating epic walls of sound, with the Townsend signature, that transcends through multiple genres and luxurious landscapes of melodic metal mastery.
When Townsend hit the stage at Altar Bar in Millvale last night, he was all smiles, and for good reason, his fans packed the place and roared in adoration. But, as you listen to the interview that follows, Devin does not treat his audience as fans, but as equals. He is one of them, they are him. You can’t help feel the camaraderie that generates from a crowd like that in Pittsburgh last night. And Townsend led that crowd like the pied piper with his bandmates in DTP and led them through the vast history of his music making. Jeering, laughing, scowling, clowning, and screaming, Townsend can go from operatic levels and then dip down into the gutter at a moments notice. Epicloud is such an incredible example of the journey that Townsend has the ability to take his listeners on. But don’t just take my word for it- check out Epicloud streaming here.

Go here for the exclusive Pittsburgh Music Magazine interview with Devin Townsend: Devin Townsend

Epicloud is currently available in the following formats: standard CD jewel case, limited edition digipack with bonus CD, and digital download on iTunes with two exclusive bonus tracks, “Cry Forever” (demo) and “Take My Ego” (demo). To purchase the album, please visit iTunes for a digital copy or CM Distro for all physical formats, plus an exclusive bundle that includes a DTP teddy bear (limited to 500) and immediate download of the single, “Lucky Animals.”

The track-listings for the standard and digipack versions of Epicloud are below:

Epicloud track-listing:
Effervescent!
True North
Lucky Animals
Liberation
Where We Belong
Save Our Now
Kingdom
Divine
Grace
More!
Lessons
Hold On
Angel
Epicloud digipack track-listing:
DISC 1
Effervescent!
True North
Lucky Animals
Liberation
Where We Belong
Save Our Now
Kingdom
Divine
Grace
More!
Lessons
Hold On
Angel
DISC 2
Believe (demo)
Happy Birthday (demo)
Quietus (demo)
Heatwave (demo)
Love Tonight (demo)
The Mind WASP (demo)
Woah No! (demo)
Love and Marriage (demo)
Socialization (demo)
Little Pig (demo)

Read on for a few reviews of DTP’s critically acclaimed Epicloud:

“‘Epicloud’ is huge…Devin Townsend is to music as what Michelangelo was to painting and sculpting.” — ABSOLUTE PUNK.net

“Devin Townsend continues to excel at being one of the noteworthy prolific musicians in metal today with the excellent ‘Epicloud’.” — LAMBGOAT.com

“Devin Townsend’s new album, ‘Epicloud,’ is incredible; it might be Devy’s White Album…It melds a whole lot of different styles into a series of dangerously catchy tunes; a whole lot of the album isn’t metal, but every second of it of is great, and yes, most certainly EPIC.” — METAL SUCKS.net

“…a bombastic and catchy record, filled to the brim with some of the best pop metal you will ever find…’Epicloud’ is without a doubt the strongest collection of songs on any Townsend record to date.” — HEAVY BLOG IS HEAVY.com

“Although he’s known world-wide for his heavy riffing, there has always been a lot more than just that going on in his music. Listening to ‘Epicloud’s opening tune ‘True North’ you get classical choruses, power-metal layering, Scandinavian folk and frightfully meaty sludge metal slashing.” — VANCOUVER PROVINCE