I saw them at Ozzfest when they were touring for The New Black and it's what got me into Devin's music. Their sound was so intense, they pretty much put all other bands that day on notice, and I saw some amazing bands on that day.
I still haven't listened to Empath yet, but I agree that Ocean Machine, Terria, Accelerated Evolution, and Synchestra might be his best albums, so for you to rate Empath up there with them is very interesting!
It’s definitely good. To me it feels like the variety and whole album experience of Synchestra mixed with the craziness (not heaviness though) of Deconstruction.I still haven't listened to Empath yet, but I agree that Ocean Machine, Terria, Accelerated Evolution, and Synchestra might be his best albums, so for you to rate Empath up there with them is very interesting!
I need to take some time and sit down and listen to it all in one setting.
after doing the Vai album (Sex & Religion) he didn't really want to put his name out there, so he shielded himself behind "personas": Strapping Young Lad came first and their debut album is actually mostly Dev w/ a couple of guys helping out in certain tracks IIRC. Ocean Machine was supposed to be the other persona/band, but it didn't really pan out (at least not with that lineup) after Biomech, so it was all scrapped. Then SYL got a permanent lineup for City onwards and Dev had a mental breakdown of sorts between that and Infinity, which caused him to reevaluate his outlook on the musical output he was producing: Infinity was meant to be the symbolic union of his both sides, SYL and OM, and thus it sounded all over the place in terms of tone and feeling.
first off, kudos for that username*logs in for the first time in a while purely to reply to this thread *
My favourite albums are Ocean Machine, Ki and Transcendence (Empath might wind up being something I mention in the same breath, it's excellent) and while Ki is under the DTP name it's not really like what DTP became, so let's go with plain ol' Devin Townsend.