Sunday, 21 August 2011

This was just a bit of note taking I did before I planned to review the said albums. Since then, I've never got my finger out and put together a working piece.

This is entirely meant to be subjective - from my own point of view – and since that’s no different from pulling a search off a fanzine, at the very least, I c
an say that you have been warned.

So, how best to define DTP without the press release? What does it mean to me?

Essentially what the Devin Townsend Project is, is a cathartic release in the form of music to the aftermath of drug addiction and an emotional reaction to a long-term band break up.

In many ways the concept is its limitation, yet Townsend claims a fervent freedom in the yin and yang of the projects idea; the limitations I’m thinking off, are when something heard is more like the old, instead of the new (the entirety of Addicted! as an example).

Notes I took on listening to Deconstruction

  • In all its complexity, I felt Townsend was falling out of love with his expressive metallic medium. I thought this was cool.
  • Its size, passion, intention, ideas, complexion. Most of all, because of its honesty it’s an extremely brave record.
  • Its powerful beginning and ending (tracks: Praise The Lowered & Poltergeist).


  • I feel that Deconstruction wants to display a thwarted stream of consciousness (e.g. an awareness of being a little angry and thinking about it) through the form of metal, but unfortunately I think it’s closer to proving how limited the genre can be, in its failure to do so.
  • For sake of genre bashing, I think the album has more in common with power metal, than it does progressive, death metal, etc. It wants to be heavy in its zillion progressions, but with so much going on, it's flimsy than weighty.
  • Its misdirection. If every action has an opposite reaction, then it’s OK to laugh at the silliness dotted throughout the album. Despite the records best attempts at taking itself seriously, the humour (or intended mania) doesn’t stick. Deconstruction proves the opposite; many of his fans are finding the album hilarious, when it's meant to be plugging a sense of derangement.

Notes I took on listening to Ghost

Ghost is a cathartic lullaby to tune out the four album concept. I find the ideas here much more rich and complex than that of Deconstruction, and better yet, I think Ghost & Ki prove that Townsend is better in doing something neurotic than all out metal. He’s much better writing with his age in mind, than something he would build upon twenty years ago. He’s great to listen too when there’s a straight-jacket applied.

I feel that Ki & Ghost (specifically in that order) are his greatest achievements.

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