Sound — 10
Devin Townsend is one of the most difficult musicians to describe in the music business today. His knack for creating music that speaks straight to the soul and being able to do it using so many colours and soundscapes is truly remarkable. He is a "pure" musician, if you will. He has no regard for trying to fit into a genre or style, and instead plays music that comes DIRECTLY from his heart. Terria is almost definitly the best showcase of this. It has everything a Devin Townsend album should have. The "wall of sound" production, beautifully unusual lyrics, soaring melody and lush soundscapes. But the unique thing about Terria is the fact that the songs are some of the most personal, and strongly felt songs that Devin has ever written. A big call, considering the rest of his work is similar, but Terria has something that his other solo work does not. For that, this album is a winner. It's rare that heavy music can bring a tear to the eye, but for those of you up for a dash od beauty among the normal bulldozer of metal, this could do just that.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are very emotional, and to the uneducated listener could definitly be quite hard to decipher. But in songs like "Mountain", where Devin sings about the loss of his pet dog, the lyrics are so simple that the enormous riff coupled with the words "You Are So Beautiful To Me" simply puts you in a state of euphoria if you let yourself get absorbed by it. Even the instumental stuff emotes so powerfully that you will find your imagination running wild. Songs like "Earth Day" and "The Fluke" manage to be extremely catchy as well. The wonderful sing-along of "Stagnant" is one of the more "down to earth" moments on the album. And "Canada" has one of the most enormous opening riffs ever!
Overall Impression — 10
It's impossible to compare Devin with other artists. His creativity knows no bounds. Gene Hoglan features on drums, but he isn't just going insane on the double kick pedals which is very refreshing! This is simply one of the most beautiful heavy records of all time. It can take many repeat listens before all of it's multi-faceted treasures sink in. But it's worth it. If you let yourself connect with this music, you will be enjoying this album this album for a long time.