Review: Devin Townsend, Deconstruction and Ghost

Deconstruction

By Jake Rivett

Deconstruction is Devin Townsend’s third part from the Devin Townsend Project; the fourth is Ghost, and both will blow you away in so many different ways.

Deconstruction sees Townsend at his most arty in a long while; an almost impenetrable wall of sound is put up and a few songs total ten minutes plus. The album blends into one long heavy Opera, with plenty of humour, some talking and a cameo from Ziltoid!

It is an impressively rewarding album to listen too. Taking you on a massive roller coaster from start to finish. It is hugely heavy, but that’s not to say that Townsend let up on anything experimental. There are elements of electronica on opening track Praise the Lowered which gets things off to a nice calm start. Each song is long, but the listener never loses interest because the scope is ever changing, the calmness of Praise gives way about halfway through to an epic amount of heaviness.

Juular comes in with a lovely farting noise, continues with talk on cheeseburgers and is superbly heavy. Not before Stand has had its catchy way with you and has an awesome solo. Stand is about as accessible as the album gets, so if you don’t like it, you probably won’t like the album as a whole.

The album has a grandeur feel, maybe not everyone’s cup of tea, it may even alienate some older fans, but it is certainly a work of art and worth listening too. The more you listen, the more you are going to get accustomed and try to pick out everything that’s going on in there! Great fun!

Ghost

Townsend’s Ghost goes a complete opposite direction; an ambient electronified-meditation album! Incredibly calming, relaxing and cool. Each track blends beautifully and seamlessly with the next, creating an amazing piece of music that is perfect for relaxing to. The album has a strong Japanese influence and the vocals take a backseat to the music.

Both Deconstruction and Ghost show two completely different sides of the same man, doing two completely different things and not being ashamed of it at all, The Devin Townsend project shows that he has not limited himself to being a metal head. He is, in fact, an artist.

Deconstruction and Ghost are both available now through Hevydevy Records.

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