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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.Read more ›
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.
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:
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".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This album basically serves to prove why Devin Townsend should NOT reform Strapping Young Lad (in addition to the fact that SYL’s last album, “The New Black”, sucked). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Maura
This album is so gorgeously put together--each song is a masterpiece. Townsend's work is true art. I am utterly astounded by the thought and detail and emotion that was put into... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Melissa Reed
This is one of my favorite Devin Townsend Project albums because of its examination of reality and existence. The songs are well done and flow well together. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kam Domber
This is the sole album I can listen to when I'm ticked off and need to wind down. Completely fair track-by-track reviews have already been written. Read morePublished 20 months ago by TheDudeGuy
I committed a terrible mistake with this record when it was released. I was expecting something equal or even better than SYL. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mindtrash
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 on June 24, 2014 by Blake Scotty Bagnell
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 morePublished on May 21, 2014 by geometricpatterns6