Devin Townsend - Deconstruction


8.3 | 421 votes |
Release date: 20 June 2011
Style: Progressive metal

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01. Praise The Lowered
02. Stand
03. Juular
04. Planet Of The Apes
05. Sumeria
06. The Mighty Masturbator
07. Pandemic
08. Deconstruction
09. Poltergeist
10. Ho Krll [iTunes bonus]

Line-up
Devin Garret Townsend - vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, programming
Ryan Van Poederooyen - drums (tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 10)
Dirk Verbeuren - drums (tracks 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

Guest musicians
Paul Kuhr - vocals (track 1)
Mikael Åkerfeldt - vocals (track 2)
Vegard Sverre Tveitan - vocals (track 3)
Tommy Rogers - vocals (track 4)
Joseph "Joe" Duplantier - vocals (track 5)
Paul Masvidal - vocals (track 5)
Gregory John Puciato - vocals (track 6)
Floor Jansen - vocals (track 7)
Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus) - vocals (track 8)
Fredrik Thordendal - lead guitar (track 8)

Mix the madness of Infinity with the whole stupid craziness of Ziltoïd, and Strapping Young Lad's multi-layered sonic aggression. Add an orchestra, and a bunch of the best extreme vocalists around.

And serve with a cheeseburger!

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21.06.2011 - 04:19
Rating: 8
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Extreme mindf***. Thats what this record is.

I still need more listens to understand it but... come on, this record is absolutely awesome.
"Juular" with Ihsahn is pure genious, and the whole list of guess is unbelieveable
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21.06.2011 - 11:03
seafood
Written by (((O))) on 21.06.2011 at 01:38

Written by seafood on 20.06.2011 at 02:31

Dunno about this one... Septicflesh had done much better with the orchestra thing, the new Unexpect beats it on the crazy part .. but maybe I've just wanted too much if had expected something between those two . Still need to give it a spin or two. Or maybe many more.

..but the new Diapsiquir beats Unexpect on the crazy part

Thanks for recommendation
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21.06.2011 - 12:13
Rating: 8
BehzadSh
It was only noise :|
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21.06.2011 - 16:02
Rating: 8
Pyramid God
I really like "Stand". I'm actually bummed I wrote Devin off after SYL (not a fan). I've been missing out it seems. Oh well, learn from your mistakes.


Excellent album!!
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22.06.2011 - 05:00
Rating: 7
munson
The silly sections of this album really kill it for me. I appreciate the humor, but it's not as well executed as Ziltoid was, in my mind. I don't really care to hear random farting noises in the title track, nor the other random skits and noise.
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22.06.2011 - 17:05
Rating: 8
Pyramid God
Track 04 is easily the worst on the album, good thing its preceded by three of the best.
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22.06.2011 - 17:54
VPeter
Written by Absak on 25.05.2011 at 17:52

The praise - I don't see it... This album is nothing great, it's good but I wouldn't listen to this more than a few times in a month really. And the comment about it being better than Septicflesh's The Great Mass, don't be ridicilous.


Indeed, it's far better than that mediocre album The Great Mass
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23.06.2011 - 02:45
Rating: 6
Kass
St. Anger
Weird album, but i like it
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"The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull"
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23.06.2011 - 03:18
Baz Anderson
I'm actually a little disappointed, maybe I expected something a little more extreme and crazy... but it's still good.
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23.06.2011 - 12:02
Rating: 9
andreosokin
SOUNDERY
Just listened to a couple of previews on AOL, which forced me to finally buy both albums on ebay

all beef patties, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun!
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23.06.2011 - 23:51
Rating: 7
Fat & Sassy!
Nomcat
Written by Baz Anderson on 23.06.2011 at 03:18

I'm actually a little disappointed, maybe I expected something a little more extreme and crazy... but it's still good.


Yeah, I was surprised too, but I think he didn't want to go overboard, regardless of the concept. I still think it's pretty nuts but in a whimsical kinda way, bursting with personality.

This is one of those rare cases, in my opinion, when the concept behind the album is so awesome, it really makes up for the weaker points of the album. Much like Zappa's album, Joe's Garage, or Floyd's album, The Wall. It's very entertaining and has tons of "lol i c wat u did thar" moments. And I can appreciate it even more when I'm listening to it's sister album, Ghost. Cold and mechanical/warm and natural. It's beautiful, really.

Written by BehzadSh on 21.06.2011 at 12:13

It was only noise :|


Looks like Dev gets a...
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. >:[
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"Information is not knowledge
Knowledge is not wisdom
Wisdom is not truth
Truth is not beauty
Beauty is not love
Love is not music
Music is THE BEST..." ____Frank Zappa
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24.06.2011 - 00:24
Rating: 7
Fat & Sassy!
Nomcat
I would also like to point out that what makes the concept *especially* brilliant is that you don't even need to know the lyrics to kinda figure out what the album is all about. A lot of concept albums never go beyond being lyrically conceptual or like... reoccurring melodies or some other bullshit. This stuff is truly MUSICALLY conceptual.

I mean, I usually cringe when I hear the phrase "concept album". It's so pretentious. I mean, all music has some sort of concept behind it, right? But imo, The whole Devin Townsend Project is worthy of being described as such a thing. =3
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"Information is not knowledge
Knowledge is not wisdom
Wisdom is not truth
Truth is not beauty
Beauty is not love
Love is not music
Music is THE BEST..." ____Frank Zappa
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26.06.2011 - 16:48
Megi
As soon as both GHOST's are out, i'm buying that 4 CD Boxset.
This CD is amazing. It would be really cool if had a 4 arena tour, playing one album from the Devin Townsend Project each. Maybe this is just way too much to ask, bet hey, i can dream
At the least, hes gotta play with a live orchestra, I don't see another way in really recreating the power of this album live.
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27.06.2011 - 03:44
Rating: 8
Aetherius
The more you listen to this one, the more you will like it.
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03.07.2011 - 12:25
Megi
This thing is monstrous
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10.07.2011 - 00:16
Rating: 10
Memento Mori
Mr. Nobody
New style of metal:
Psychedelic Avantgarde

and the best album of century
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27.09.2011 - 23:59
Rating: 7
Slyfang
A fuckton of an improvement over Addicted!, which I had little stomach for

my second favourite Devin album after Ziltoid!
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29.09.2011 - 20:20
Rating: 8
musicalkaratekid
I cannot find a bad song on this record, yet i would have preferred the album if it was twenty minutes shorter, and had a different couple of songs as opposed to 'Praise the lowered' and 'Stand',which don't get moving at all. That said,deconstruction is fucking crazy.
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17.12.2011 - 14:27
3rdWorldFuckface
Account deleted
Nothing like SYL.... totally got the DTP stamp on this... awesome record."Mighty Masturbator" and "Deconstruction" are the two stand out tracks....
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03.01.2012 - 16:17
Music4TheSpirit
MetalForTheSpiri
Written by Malevolent-Jim on 04.06.2011 at 16:26

The Mighty Masterbator is fantastic. The entire album is in general but that track stands out the most to me.

i am just hearing it, and notice the pink floyd-ish of this song , anyone elese ?
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08.01.2012 - 15:51
Rating: 9
madrigal
Blows my mind...
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06.02.2012 - 07:10
Lit.
Account deleted
The greater of two evils: Madness in a piece of plastic.
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13.04.2012 - 20:11
Rating: 8
NocturnalStalker
Metal Addict
I really like this album but excessive orchestration (in my opinion) spoils my impression a bit. I enjoy crazy guitar parts, though.
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"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
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14.04.2012 - 06:47
Rating: 4
Xytraguptor
Meh. This is way too hyped. It's just random mess and noise. No groove or rhythm that could be memorable. Also nowhere near the intensity and heaviness of old SYL days. Devin obviously needed to sugar-caot it.
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19.07.2012 - 13:31
Rating: 8
musicalkaratekid
It's the weakest of the four albums by DTP to be honest, but even then 'Deconstruction' still as some fantastic moments. The main flaw here is that some songs are just too long for their own good, but I suppose that's what Mr. Townsend intended.
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01.08.2012 - 23:21
Rating: 8
SSM
Massacred
Cheeseburger if you know what I mean...
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29.09.2012 - 00:30
Rating: 8
Evil Chip
Very good album. It just misses focus in a lot of parts.
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04.12.2012 - 16:23
Rating: 9
rockeru101
If you can understand this album it's definitely a masterpiece. It took me a few hears to digest it but now i can't have enough of it
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29.12.2013 - 05:10
mbcameron
My personal favorite Devy album. Honestly prefer it over any of SYL's stuff. He just does the chaotic prog perfectly. And all the guests really seemed to enhance it rather than just seeming like cheap gimmicks.
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07.10.2014 - 00:05
ScnD361
Pandemic is a really great song!!, really unique!
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