Devin Townsend Project - Deconstruction

9 songs
70:49 minutes
***** ****


In 2008 Devin Townsend underwent a change of mind. He decided to live without alcohol and cigarettes, and became a more private person in order to work busily on new material. It didn’t take him long to write sixty songs that he filed under four different categories. Then he founded the Devin Townsend Project with the goal of releasing four totally different albums in just one year. In May 2009 the relatively quiet Ki combined rock with jazz and trip hop. Six months later, Addicted was harder and more accessible, finding its highlight on the title track which was a duet with Anneke van Giersbergen. This was followed by a one and a half year long hiatus before in June 2011 albums three and four were released simultaneously.

The cover artwork of Deconstruction already hints at a crazier album, and as a matter of fact, this is the most extreme album of the collection. Devin Townsend is consciously acting at his most chaotic, as this record is supposed to be a tribute to his former band Strapping Young lad. The album starts surprisingly quiet with acoustic guitar and flute, but you don’t have to wait long for exciting breaks and shrill vocals that remind of Devin Townsend’s past. I like him best when he’s pulling out all the stops in order to come up with a final result that is totally overdone. Devin Townsend is adding new elements all the time without ever taking anything out. This is certainly not easy to digest, but those who like multilayered music will definitely get their money’s worth. Some tracks are overwhelming and even martial, others amaze with incredible pathos. The most radical track is the sixteen minute monster The Mighty Masturbator which sounds as insane as its title promises, awakening memories of Ziltoid.

The story of the album is naturally also rather bizarre. While Ziltoid was about the search of the best and cheapest coffee on earth, Deconstruction is about a vegetarian who is tempted by the devil with a cheeseburger that promises to reveal all the mysteries of the world.

Deconstruction can be considered a modern rock musical. If you like a wild mix of pathos, harmonies, psychoses and curiosities, you will find no way around this record which might very likely be Devin Townsend’s finest so far.

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