This album cannot have been easy to make. From the effect-laden intro of 'Praise The Lowered' to the insane complications of 'The Mighty Masturbator', Devin pushes the envelope here in so many ways. With 4 tracks in or around the 10 minute mark (and one at 16:27), you really must sit and listen to this as a single piece of music.
The intro track fools you into thinking this might follow straight on from Addicted; a slow, marching beat which builds and builds and then BLAM! - smash into that layered-guitar we are used to from Devin. But here wer have a quior and effects and its all so, so big.
Juular, track 3, pummels along with a relenetless drum-beat and more Elfman-esque backing tracks, topped with mellow vocals and simplistic guitars. Planet of the Apes has a time signature which I am still trying to work out now. This is prog metal with one of the best musicians on the planet. A catchy, hook-filled track that passes the 10 minute mark, we go in and out of the main theme, visiting sci-fi and horror along the way, all to Devin's gorgeous soundtrack.
Sumeria is quite straight forward in comparison and a must-hear for SYL fans. Amazing use of the female backing vocalists on this track, and an excellent guest appearence from Joe Duplantier from Gojira. This track ends totally in contrast - such beautiful and gentle music, this could be a different band entirely. But this is Devin.
The Mighty Masturbator would win awards on its intro and crushing, brutal, epic riff. Devin has always been able to bring images into the listeners head - this just blows you away. There aren't many places this song doesn't go. At over 15 minutes, its practically an E.P. on its own. Metal, Circus music, huge progressive sections, electronic 'Running Man' announcements, dance-crossover. Outstanding.
Pandemic is death / speed metal and another one for SYL fans. The shortest track on the album, and its brutal from the first note. The operatic female vocal is a little out of place but somehow, its balanced against Devin and by the end, you like it. The title track is hillarious in places, killer riffs, more prog and slamming grooves, chaotic drums and vocals about cheesburgers and coffee. An insight into Devin's mind, and its quite frightening.
Poltergeist is the final track and sees the album out well. A real feel of a final 'act' and this has a bit of everything that has gone before it.
I would love to see this album done as a stage play. Its beyond all of the superlatives I can think for it. Nothing like it before or since. Buy it - you wont be dissapointed.