Transcendence

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  • Band members: Devin Townsend
  • Summary: The 17th full-length release for the Canadian artist's project features a new version of "Truth" (from the 1998 album Infinity) as well as a cover of Ween's "Transdermal Celebration."
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  • Record Label: Inside Out Music
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Arena Rock, Pop-Metal, Progressive Metal, Power Metal, Guitar Virtuoso, Symphonic Metal
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
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  1. Sep 13, 2016
    80
    After the more immediate pop-metal of Epicloud and Sky Blue, Transcendence is a spine-tingling return to something more substantial. Also managing to advance the DTP sound, the breadth and quality of the material is simply astonishing.
  2. Sep 12, 2016
    80
    Townsend has set such an impossibly high standard and this is another excellent entry in a catalog brimming with them. That said, it extends the boundaries explored on Sky Blue, and delivers--in full--on the promise it presented.
  3. Sep 12, 2016
    80
    Townsend takes his fusion of weighty progressive metal and string, horn and choir sections to lofty heights here, not unlike what he achieved with Epicloud and Sky Blue.
  4. Kerrang!
    Sep 12, 2016
    80
    Once again, "epic" is the name of Mr. Townsend's game. [27 Aug 2016, p.51]
  5. 70
    So yes, it's a cracking release from DTP, but it's not without fault. You certainly get your money's worth though and only a fool would hesitate before recommending it.
  6. Oct 11, 2016
    70
    Transcendence, the seventh release by his group is a diverse, multi-hued, cinematic offering that incorporates elements of prog, psychedelia, orchestral, and operatic metal without ever losing grasp of the importance of strong melodies.
  7. Sep 12, 2016
    60
    The bloat of Transcendence seems to be a problem inherent to post-2011 DTP, and appears to be symptomatic of a group trying to deviate around a winning formula of the past rather than one keen on developing the innovation they were built to achieve.
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  1. Oct 10, 2016
    9
    This album basically takes ocean machine, epicloud and addicted and throws them into each other to make one glorious album. This album isThis album basically takes ocean machine, epicloud and addicted and throws them into each other to make one glorious album. This album is great for long time fans or even for people who are dipping their toes into the gloriousness that is DTP. Expand