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Devin Townsend - Christeen - 60%

ConorFynes, April 21st, 2011

The 'Christeen' demos are essentially a compilation a b-sides that never made it onto the album 'Infinity.' After listening to the songs on this, it's suprising that Devin Townsend deemed these unworthy of being on the album itself. It would be very nice to see these songs in their fully produced glory, because they are not garbage, as much stuff from typical demos are.

As a fan as Devin's music for a long time, I do enjoy the album, but it's nothing as memorable as one of his more masterful works such as 'Terria.' One song on this demo that I cannot see why it didn't make it onto a bigger album is 'Sit On The Mountain.' It is a very cheerful song in the Townsend-trademark way, but also a very deep-sounding song.

Another highlight is the slow but building 'Processional.' It is slow, even to the point of ambience at times, but it would have been a great, grandiose closing track to 'Infinity.'

Another positve mention for the demo is the sound quality, which is fairly above par for a demo. There is still the trademark wall of sound here, to give the songs that Devin Townsend warmth and depth.

In any case, it's worth checking out.