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Deconstruction

Devin TownsendAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 21, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B004ZLBUPE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,224 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Praise The Lowered
2. Stand
3. Juular
4. Planet Of The Apes
5. Sumeria
6. The Mighty Masturbator
7. Pandemic
8. Deconstruction
9. Poltergeist

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "We all rip off Meshuggah..." June 22, 2011
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Deconstruction is a fantastic album to listen to. On many levels, it sounds like Ki unleashed. Everything was restrained on Ki, though songs like "Distruptr" and the title track were actually a foreshadowing of the material on this album. However, whereas the heaviness was more on the mental side on Ki, Deconstruction takes this factor to another level -- both musically and compositionally.

That said, whether Deconstruction is Devin Townsend's heaviest album ever is questionable. Ardent fans of Strapping Young Lad may still favour City and Alien for obvious reasons. Where Strapping Young Lad's music was all-hell-loose metal in most cases (and great at that), this disc has lots of breakdowns, calmer sections, and well crafted melodies. Still, parts of this album bear subtle similarities to SYL material. The ending part of "Planet of the Apes" where it gets extremely heavy in both vocals and the guitars could be an excerpt from the intro of SYL's "Last Minute" actually.

However, this being the third album of a total of four, it draws more heavily from its own predecessors, mostly the aforementioned Ki. The totally chaotic, off-the-wall arrangements of "Planet of the Apes" actually share a similar melody to that of "A Monday" from the first album. The progression is almost identical too. Another reference to Ki can be heard on "The Mighty Masturbator" -- the intro recalls the track "Numbered" in more than one way.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Since the big song-by-song review has already been written, I'll keep this relatively short. Devin Townsend is the sort of musical genius who will be praised far into the future, though many choose to overlook him at the moment because humanity continues to suck. This guy is the zenith, pinnacle, and epitome of all everythingness in the great, spanning entirety of all the multiverses...even more so than the mighty Ziltoid!

All kidding aside, this album is everything that I've come to expect from Devin Townsend in that my expectation is to hear a brilliant, whimsical piece of music that is best looked at as a whole. He employs various motifs (which he is known to do) throughout the album, which allows you to feel nostalgic even as you hear something entirely new. It took hearing "Juular" about 5 times before I finally realized that it sounded like a super-heavy score to a Tim Burton movie. For the record, that's awesome. Honestly, "Ghost" has just been sitting on the shelf for over a week now, primarily because I'm actually nervous about having my mind blown to pieces.

Buy this record not just because it's an excellent album that is heavy, brilliant, atmospheric, etc., but because Devin really deserves your money so that he can make more music like this. Hope my rambling diatribe and whorish semi-solicitation has convinced you to buy this album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silly, Haunting, and well,, just Devin being Devin. June 22, 2011
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This album is all over the place, in the most excellent of ways. My title says it all- when you listen to this album you get SO many different sounds, feelings and with every listen something different. Devin has done it again, this time with an all-star cast of guest musicians, and his great playing/song writing as well. Prepare to BANG YOUR HEAD, that is, until the time signature changes, and changes. Prepare to LAUGH at the silly noises and lyrics throughout, and last but not least, be prepared to listen to this album over, and over again. Easy 5 star album for it's originality and music.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I"ll always be a fan but....... August 4, 2011
Format:Audio CD
My first taste of Devin Townsend was his masterpiece "Terria", I've been hoping for an equal ever since. That album was a soul laid bare, a cathartic experience like no other music I've heard. Devin has reached similar heights since but not consistently and the tone is usually brought back to a wacky zaniness. Sorry "Deconstruction" is not a good album but he's been so prolific with putting out great music we should give him a pass on this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, exhilarating, and badass. March 30, 2012
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A friend of mine introduced me to Devin Townsend's music about 2 years ago. Since that time, I have slowly fallen in love with Townsend and crew's music genius. I interpret Mr. Townsend's lyrical style as satirical, abstract, and somewhat similar to The Muppets in its core nature. The instrumental aspects seem to be taken very seriously and are highly scrutinized by the articulate and artistic perfectionism of Mr. Townsend and crew. Let there be no mistake, Devin Townsend is brilliant at what he does. His music is hugely under rated.

Deconstruction is another unexpected but amazing DT production. A sense of humor is required to correctly interpret Devin's entertaining assertions as well as some prior understanding of DT's music methods. In a phrase I would label this album as "satire metal" and possibly "freedom metal". The main song "Deconstruction" puts the spot light on key elements of our social system and how it relates to human existence. After a brief chanting session of the word "Cheeseburger" Devin states the following:

"Love meat!
I want to eat myself as the flesh of ancient gods!
What's the point of this? Where's the happiness we've been promised?
Drugs sex and money? Fine."

Later in the song he proclaims: "Bar's closed boys, I'm an artist!"

There's a reoccurring, albeit abstract, sobriety theme across the album with many possible interpretations. It seems he's making humorous jests at the expense of the all too true notion of using drugs and alcohol as a means of coping with the painful realities of life. There is much depth in the song "Deconstruction", which as with most metal albums will require you to read the lyrics along with the music for best results.

My personal favorite song on the album is "Stand".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hevy Devy
One of Devin's best albums, all the guest appearances make the music even more enjoyable too. Just buy this if you like Devin Townsend at all.
Published 1 month ago by Blake Scotty Bagnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Devin is a very good guitar player aside from good vocals...
After seeing several videos of Devin playing selections from this recording live on stage with his band I can safely say he's a guitar player AND a singer of great latitude. Read more
Published 3 months ago by geometricpatterns6
5.0 out of 5 stars Get all of it
Get all 4 of this project's discs, then get Devin's library. Then listen over and over, appreciate the range of style and ability, the details embedded in tracks. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Matt P.
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
Music reviews make no sense to me because its a matter of opinion. I wouldn't have purchased this song if i didn't like it, an to top it all of the songs on here have previews. Read more
Published 7 months ago by WMKzelis
5.0 out of 5 stars devin townsend
I've already said this - I've never not liked anything this guy has done - musically. So when it was announced that deconstruction was about to come out - that's it. New devin. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars Good lord it's a cheeseburger
This album is a monumental accomplishment. As a musician, this album has left me in awe, and has continually inspired me. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Steven Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Delight
Devin Townsend is very talented. He is Alice Cooper on steroids. I loved his "Addicted" CD. I really think that "Addicted" is his best. Read more
Published 20 months ago by RaySamson
5.0 out of 5 stars All I can say is, Holy crap!!!
This album is amazing. The first time I saw the "Juular" video, I was blown away with how talented he still is. Another masterpiece by the almighty Sir Devin Townsend. Read more
Published 22 months ago by chaosisthename
5.0 out of 5 stars good lord
I bought this immediately upon hearing Planet of the Apes. I cannot believe our civilization has advanced to the point where we as a species are able to create this. Read more
Published on April 14, 2012 by eguad
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Devy Deconstructs A Hamburger
This is a heavy metal creation. From what I've heard, Devin Townsend had to do this album for his own sanity! Read more
Published on April 1, 2012 by Karen
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