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Devin Townsend’s Devolution Series #1: Acoustically Inclined: prog metal’s mad scientist up close and personal

Devin Townsend is in intimate mode on new lockdown-busting live album Acoustically Inclined

Devin Townsend – Acoutsically Inclined: Live In Leedds
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Opening a live record with seven minutes of tuning up and introductions is a ballsy move, but if anyone can have you grinning and hanging off their every word, it’s Devin Townsend (opens in new tab). The first of a number of limited releases to tide fans over during lockdown, …Live In Leeds first surfaced on the Empath Ultimate Edition (opens in new tab), now freshly repackaged. Essentially a ‘one man and his guitar’ set-up, the songs are, by and large, delivered in simplistic, warm tones that strip away the bombast you might usually associate with Hevv Devy. At more than an hour in length, it does test the patience, but the little intros and jokes ensure the record feels more ‘ha ha’ than kumbaya, even if the version of Strapping Young Lad’s Love? (opens in new tab) takes things on a Willy Wonka-style Wondrous Boat Ride feel.

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