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Release date: 18 September 2012
Style: Progressive metal

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Disc I
01. Effervescent!
02. True North
03. Lucky Animals
04. Liberation
05. Where We Belong
06. Save Our Now
07. Kingdom
08. Divine
09. Grace
10. More!
11. Lessons
12. Hold On
13. Angel
14. Epicloud [vinyl bonus]
15. Cry Forever [iTunes bonus]
16. Take My Ego [iTunes bonus]

Disc II [Epiclouder]
01. Believe [demo]
02. Happy Birthday [demo]
03. Quietus [demo]
04. Heatwave [demo]
05. Love Tonight [demo]
06. The Mind WASP [demo]
07. Woah No! [demo]
08. Love And Marriage [demo]
09. Socialization [demo]
10. Little Pig [demo]

Review
Lyrics (20)


Line-up
Devin Garret Townsend - vocals, guitar, synths
Dave Young - guitar, keyboards, mandolin
Ryan Van Poederooyen - drums
Brian "Beav" Waddell - bass
Anneke van Giersbergen - vocals

Choir and gang vocals
The Marcus Mosely Chorale - choir
The Delisle Vocal Project - choir
Jean Savoie - gang vocals
Devin Townsend - gang vocals
Mike St-Jean - gang vocals
Dave Young - gang vocals
Brian "Beav" Waddell - gang vocals
Munesh Sami - gang vocals
Tyler Thorne - gang vocals
Graham Old - saxophone, trumpet


Additional info
It's due out September 18th in North America and September 24th in Europe. Released under the Devin Townsend Project moniker.

The Deluxe Edition album booklet features two extra pages with notes from Devin about the writting proces of the demos and why they didn't make it on the regular disc.

Produced and engineered by Devin Townsend.
Assistant engineers: Paul Silveira, Mike St-Jean, Paul Dutil, Mike Young and Matias Eklund.

Mix tag teamed by Devin Townsend and Paul Silveira at The Armuoury Studios, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Mix assisted by Paul Dutil, Runner - Spencer Bleasdale.
Mastered by Troy Glessner at Spectre Mastering.
Drums recorded at Kingdom Studio, Perth, Australia. Engineered by Dom Monteleone.
Studio coordinator in Perth: Paul Collis.
Drum teching: Armando Aguirre.
Drum editing by Mike Young.
Bass recorded at Strait Sound Studio.
Bass teching: Jean Savoie.
Mighty motivator: Mark Cimino.
Saxophone and trumpet recorded by Ray Fulber at Straight Sound.
Choir and gang vocals recorded at The Armoury Studios. Engineered by Paul Silveira.

Artwork and layout by Anthony Clarkson.
Photography by Tom Hawkins.

Staff review by
Baz Anderson

Rating:
8.5
One of the alluring aspects of Devin Townsend's genius is that none of his albums are the same. Constantly trying something new, each album a contrast to the last, Epicloud is no different.

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qlacs - 04.07.2011 at 20:04  
  This guy is more productive and fertile than any women.
BloodTears - 04.07.2011 at 21:38  
Rating: 8 It must be his third personality this time.
Risto - 07.07.2012 at 13:04  
Rating: 8 Production done.
Frankthetank727 - 10.07.2012 at 21:46  
Rating: 9 I found a really cool interview with Anneke talking about her experience recording Epicloud. From her perspective, it sounds like it could be very promising. I look forward to it

http://carlbegai.com/2012/06/23/anneke-van-giersbergen-making-changes-epicloud-and-proud/
Unhealer - 10.07.2012 at 22:00  
Rating: 8 I read that too, Devin should really consider asking her to sing naked.
BlueMobius - 21.07.2012 at 16:47  
Rating: 8 A taste of what's to come.

Unhealer - 21.07.2012 at 23:39  
Rating: 8 That was really hyping, new version of Kingdom sounds fantastic.
How come this is the first stage of the recording but the drummer records with what seems to be the complete songs as reference? Did Devin record a first version of the album with average sound? First time I see that, sounds like a good idea.
BlueMobius - 23.07.2012 at 20:37  
Rating: 8
Written by Unhealer on 21.07.2012 at 23:39

How come this is the first stage of the recording but the drummer records with what seems to be the complete songs as reference? Did Devin record a first version of the album with average sound? First time I see that, sounds like a good idea.


A lot of bands go into the studio with demoed versions of songs.
Risto - 27.07.2012 at 02:06  
Rating: 8 September 18...ish. That's the rumoured US date, could be the 14th for Europe.
-DC-002- - 06.09.2012 at 06:52  
  I saw his tour with katatonia and he put on a great show, DT probably had better showmanship then Katatonia but I didn't stay around for them. They are selling Epicloud on the tour so I snagged a copy. Devin doesn't disappoint on this record I'd say.
SceneryOfLoss - 06.09.2012 at 13:47  
Rating: 9
Written by -DC-002- on 06.09.2012 at 06:52

I saw his tour with katatonia and he put on a great show, DT probably had better showmanship then Katatonia but I didn't stay around for them. They are selling Epicloud on the tour so I snagged a copy. Devin doesn't disappoint on this record I'd say.


Do you know the setlist for Devin?
Introspekrieg - 06.09.2012 at 15:17  
  He sounds so... happy. The re-recorded version of Kingdom is excellent.
tea[m]ster - 07.09.2012 at 03:28  
  I read somewhere voice-overs are on the songs with his comments on each song? And I heard that the album is completely different than what fans are used to?
-DC-002- - 07.09.2012 at 03:44  
 
Written by SceneryOfLoss on 06.09.2012 at 13:47

Written by -DC-002- on 06.09.2012 at 06:52

I saw his tour with katatonia and he put on a great show, DT probably had better showmanship then Katatonia but I didn't stay around for them. They are selling Epicloud on the tour so I snagged a copy. Devin doesn't disappoint on this record I'd say.


Do you know the setlist for Devin?


Ya i saved it on my phone. the set was; Kingdom, Regulator, Planet of the Apes, More!, Lucky Animals, War, Vampira, and Grace.
-DC-002- - 07.09.2012 at 03:51  
 
Written by Introspekrieg on 06.09.2012 at 15:17

He sounds so... happy. The re-recorded version of Kingdom is excellent.


Ya and yaaa! and happy with a true understanding perhaps. He seems to build more of an understanding for life with each release. Progressive as a really progressive thing.
BaneConall - 09.09.2012 at 20:10  
 
Written by tea[m]ster on 07.09.2012 at 03:28

I read somewhere voice-overs are on the songs with his comments on each song? And I heard that the album is completely different than what fans are used to?

He posted (very briefly) a steam of the album with his comments about every song on youtube. This was not the final version of the album, simply a listening party. The album has leaked now, so I can attest to the fact that this voice over is not on the album!
SceneryOfLoss - 10.09.2012 at 01:56  
Rating: 9 That album is just all I needed right now. Love all the songs but the remake of Kingdom is absolutely brilliant. Can't wait to see him live in November!
Unhealer - 10.09.2012 at 02:52  
Rating: 8
Written by SceneryOfLoss on 10.09.2012 at 01:56

The remake of Kingdom is absolutely brilliant.


I came to say that, he certainly had a valid purpose for re-recording this song.
And he was serious about naming this album epicloud, it's a very accurate description indeed. So much energy.
Opethian - 11.09.2012 at 02:59  
Rating: 7
Written by -DC-002- on 06.09.2012 at 06:52

I saw his tour with katatonia and he put on a great show, DT probably had better showmanship then Katatonia but I didn't stay around for them. They are selling Epicloud on the tour so I snagged a copy. Devin doesn't disappoint on this record I'd say.


Same here! Katatonia was amazing I was surprised to see Epicloud on sale. It feels awesome having Epicloud a bit earlier then its official release and yes, its a killer release
Unhealer - 12.09.2012 at 16:19  
Rating: 8 Do I hear a reference to Pink Floyd's Animals at the end of "Lucky Animals"?
R'Vannith - 18.09.2012 at 07:37  
Rating: 8 "Save Our Now"... can't... stop... listening!
Neroese - 18.09.2012 at 19:02  
  Uahh. I've got strange feeleing about this album. I was waiting for it since I read that Devin is workin' on new stuff, but this release is a bit dissapointin'. It's sounds too poppy and commercial for me. Don't understand me wrong, it's good album, but good technically. Epicloud is a mix of Deconstruction and Ghost - for me - not good mix. Hope that Z2 will be good.
Unhealer - 18.09.2012 at 20:08  
Rating: 8
Written by Guest on 18.09.2012 at 19:02

Epicloud is a mix of Deconstruction and Ghost - for me - not good mix.


Man, there is clearly more of Addicted! than of those two albums. But I agree you can hear some influences of those.
JÄY - 18.09.2012 at 23:24  
  Couldn't make it past the first two tracks....does it get better er.......????
Risto - 18.09.2012 at 23:43  
Rating: 8
Written by JÄY on 18.09.2012 at 23:24

Couldn't make it past the first two tracks....does it get better er.......????

The "core" of the album is tracks 6-10. The same love-and-be-happy cheesiness is present throughout, but it really picks up energy at "Save Our Now".
BlueMobius - 19.09.2012 at 05:09  
Rating: 8 Picked this up today. I'm loving it so far.
Unhealer - 19.09.2012 at 05:16  
Rating: 8
Written by JÄY on 18.09.2012 at 23:24

Couldn't make it past the first two tracks....does it get better er.......????


Those are the two singles, so probably yes.
But... on a second thought, every song on the album could be a single Anyway, it's worth a full listen or at least make sure you don't miss "Kingdom".
DelightfulJim - 21.09.2012 at 17:51  
Rating: 9 Loved this album. And am I the only one that thinks some of the new demos are absolutely beautiful? Happy Birthday and Heatwave are brilliant tracks
Frankthetank727 - 21.09.2012 at 20:07  
Rating: 9
Written by DelightfulJim on 21.09.2012 at 17:51

Loved this album. And am I the only one that thinks some of the new demos are absolutely beautiful? Happy Birthday and Heatwave are brilliant tracks



Not at all! I almost wish the demos were just mastered like the main disc and that Epicloud was released as an actual 2 disc set because I thought some of those tracks were really awesome.
Philly_Boy - 21.09.2012 at 20:44  
Rating: 8 Saw the show yesterday at Montreal's Café Campus... Kick ass !

Highlights: Kingdom, Supercrush and Bad Devil ! New song Grace was suprisingly loud !
Slyfang - 25.09.2012 at 01:07  
Rating: 5 I love the rest of his discography, but the Devin Townsend Project albums.. I just don't get them. I want to like them, but something big isn't clicking any more
Fat & Sassy! - 04.10.2012 at 02:31  
Rating: 10
Written by -DC-002- on 06.09.2012 at 06:52

I saw his tour with katatonia and he put on a great show, DT probably had better showmanship then Katatonia but I didn't stay around for them.


Dev is an incredible performer. I especially love his "OH MY GOD" and "WHAT'S HE GONNA DO" stuff, along with his goofy faces. x3 Both times I've seen him, he's given 110%, in terms of attitude and musicianship. Such an incredibly down-to-earth and honest dude. Katatonia's frontman (who I've also seen twice, but because they were playing with bands I enjoy) does a really good job of quietly singing into the mic while making sure I can't see his face by covering it with his hair... All to some generic riffing and repetitive breaks. I felt like his performance was something I shouldn't be watching. Like he was a high school kid singing Breaking Benjamin songs into a mirror in his room, because his parents grounded him for getting straight D's. Life's tough, but y u so sayad? ANYWAY, don't get me wrong... I like dark and sensitive music as much as the next totally shameful metalhead, but I just don't get it. But hey, to each his own and all that jazz.
-DC-002- - 05.10.2012 at 01:18  
 
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 04.10.2012 at 02:31

Written by -DC-002- on 06.09.2012 at 06:52

I saw his tour with katatonia and he put on a great show, DT probably had better showmanship then Katatonia but I didn't stay around for them.


Dev is an incredible performer. I especially love his "OH MY GOD" and "WHAT'S HE GONNA DO" stuff, along with his goofy faces. x3 Both times I've seen him, he's given 110%, in terms of attitude and musicianship. Such an incredibly down-to-earth and honest dude. Katatonia's frontman (who I've also seen twice, but because they were playing with bands I enjoy) does a really good job of quietly singing into the mic while making sure I can't see his face by covering it with his hair... All to some generic riffing and repetitive breaks. I felt like his performance was something I shouldn't be watching. Like he was a high school kid singing Breaking Benjamin songs into a mirror in his room, because his parents grounded him for getting straight D's. Life's tough, but y u so sayad? ANYWAY, don't get me wrong... I like dark and sensitive music as much as the next totally shameful metalhead, but I just don't get it. But hey, to each his own and all that jazz.


Ya he's an energetic fellow and he actually puts on somewhat of a spectacle rather than just going through the motions (katatonia?).. and ya, it really depends on your state of mind for the music your listening too. I wouldn't say listening to one form of music over another makes anyone lesser than anyone else. Different people run on different fuel, and so on and so forth.
Nickferatu367 - 06.10.2012 at 09:03  
Rating: 9 This album is effin amazing!! if you cant find something about this album to like, you do not appreciate music!!
Alex Fenger - 04.12.2012 at 17:33  
Rating: 5 Cheese factor on high, one of his worst releases
Kuroboshi - 12.12.2012 at 15:18  
Rating: 9 Cheese factor on high, one of his best releases.
R'Vannith - 12.12.2012 at 15:36  
Rating: 8 Cheese factor on high, I'm high on cheese
Slyfang - 16.12.2012 at 15:54  
Rating: 5 I really admire this guy's talent, but the amount of cheese is getting absolutely unbearable
BlueMobius - 16.12.2012 at 22:51  
Rating: 8 This is one of those albums you just have to let up on and enjoy. Cheesy in some areas? Heck yeah! But I don't mind throwing all my caution into the wind and enjoying it.
MaiSweettShaadow - 17.01.2013 at 21:06  
Rating: 9 Great
Rhiannon - 13.03.2013 at 14:00  
Rating: 8 I enjoyed this album very much, so melodic and poppy yet not simple at all. Even better than Addicted. I hope Anneke will be featured in later albums too, she is fantastic.
Dark†SymphonY - 30.04.2013 at 20:22  
Rating: 8 This is so incredibly fun and gigantic amounts of enjoyment here. Devin needs to keep making fun fun fun albums like these
musicalkaratekid - 02.04.2014 at 14:44  
Rating: 8 For some reason this album always immediately makes me happier every time I listen to it. It could be Giersbergen's voice, the epic atmosphere on near enough every song, the lullaby-like sound of "Grace", it could be anything. Sure there's loads of cheese here, but it's fresh cheese, which isn't going bad anytime soon.

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