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Devin Townsend has been one of the most prolific and unique musicians of the past 20 years and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not even been making music that long. His musical visions range from chaotic to serene, melancholic to happy, and everything in between. The man is a musical genius, a talent that knows no bounds. Whether itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the relentless onslaught of the controlled-chaotic-mindfuck that is Strapping Young Lad or the sweeping, sonic and majestic beauty of Terria, there is no denying that Devin Townsend is one-of-a-kind.
His musical tentacles extend far beyond metal, too. With his Ass-Sordid Demos I and II compilations we saw that he could stretch his musical being into realms not often explored on his main albums and still come up with some amazing music. But itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an album like Punky BrÃƒÂ¼sterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Cooked On Phonics, for example, that really showcases the extent of his talent. The album is a tale of a Polish death metal band by the name of Cryptic Coroner that sells out and goes punk because they werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t making any money (see Pyogenesis for a real life comparison, doom-death to pop punk). In 1995 Devin called up the record company and said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Give me $1,500 and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll give you a new record in a week.Ã¢â‚¬Â They gave him the money and he sat down and in a week wrote and recorded one of the best punk records youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll ever hear. A week! Seven days! And itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s funny, too. Who does this? Who can do this? Granted, punk isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the hardest style of music to writeÃ¢â‚¬â€which obviously helpedÃ¢â‚¬â€but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the whole package: Great riffs (far more metal than basic punk chords, though), killer vocals, an hilarious story, and great songs. And it took just one week. The man isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even capable of writing a bad punk song.
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