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Release date: 21 July 1997
Style: Industrial progressive metal


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01. Seventh Wave
02. Life
03. Night
04. Hide Nowhere
05. Sister
06. 3 A.M.
07. Voices In The Fan
08. Greetings
09. Regulator
10. Funeral
11. Bastard
    1 - Not One Of My Better Days
    2 - The Girl From Blue City
12. The Death Of Music
13. Thing Beyond Things [bonus]

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Devin Garret Townsend - vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards
Marty Chapman - drums, bass

Additional musicians
Chris "The Heathen" Valagao - backing vocals
John Morgan - keyboards, samples

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Produced by Devin Townsend.

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"O earth, what changes hast thou seen.. there where the long street roars, hath been the stillness of the central sea. The hills are shadows, and they flow from form to form, and nothing stands; Like clouds they shape themselves and go."

Lord Alfred Tennyson's poem opens up the aqueous-themed album by Devin Townsend, appropriately titled Ocean Machine: Biomech. The 1997 album consists of thirteen buoyant tracks and avoids many of the pitfalls that plague so many albums in the genre of progressive metal. Rather than saturating the album with overzealous instrumental passages and bombastic vocals, Devin quite humbly allows the different sonic layers to complement one another, yielding an album that drifts along a strong current of transparent inventiveness. The concept elaborates on the malaise of life from an introspective viewpoint and the struggle to find harmony within the macrocosm. There is a sense of displacement conveyed, the uneasiness of being away from home and the pertinent loneliness. The lyrics aren't the most profound or intricately poetic, but they fit within the expressiveness of the music.

published 12.03.2008 | Comments (12)

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musicalkaratekid - 15.01.2012 at 14:24  
Rating: 10 Fabulous album, and probably my favourite from Devin Townsend overall. Production is beautiful, songwriting is both catchy and complex, and devin's vocals on here range from soothing to downright mental. Brilliant.
Alex Fenger - 17.08.2016 at 16:41  
Rating: 7 "Life" sounds like the end of a bad romantic comedy movie. Other than that terrible song...pretty good album

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