The Devin Townsend Project - Ghost / Deconstruction (Hevy Devy Records/Inside Out)

To put it simply, the guy's a genius.
Release Date: 
19 Jun 2011 - 11:30pm

The other night I sat down to watch The Truman Show. For the most part, I fuckin’ hate Jim Carrey. I don’t find him funny at all and his annoying faces and demeanor just irritate me. This film though, I found the storyline to be unique and quirky enough that it didn’t require Carrey’s unfunny expressions. I like the fact that a whole town of people got to watch a person grow into an adult. Great idea for a movie. But imagine if that was happening in real life? Well, to a degree, it has. I felt that we have been able to do that with the career of Canadian metal legend, Devin Townsend.

We heard him sing his heart out on Steve Vai’s Sex & Religion, we watched as he tore up the stage at Reading Festival in 1994 as a member of The Wildhearts, we gasped as he tore the metal community a new asshole by making Bi-Polar inspired metal a household name with a barrage of riffs and chaotic drumming in Strapping Young Lad.

With the demise of Strapping, he drifted towards epic solo works with Ocean Machine, Infinity, Accelerated Evolution, Terria, and Physicist amongst others before mellowing out with Synchestra. Each release offering a new dimension to sound and vision inside your head. It’s like being on acid without the acid. Remember Ziltoid? Of course, who could forget an album detailing the story of an alien in search of the perfect coffee? It’s albums like this that only Devin could get away with. Anyone else and it’d probably go down like a sinking ship. And let’s be serious, grasping your head around a Devin Townsend release is not an easy task. In fact it took me years before I understood Strapping Young Lad. I just needed to be in the right frame of mind and then BAM! It hit me, I got it and have been a fan ever since. I still class the song Love as one of the greatest metal songs ever written.

Still, I never know what to expect with a Devin Townsend release. And I like to keep it that way. This series of 4 albums done under The Devin Townsend Project moniker see no end to Townsend’s creative genius. Both Ki and Addicted were filled with everything from metal to ballads to dance beats while these 2 new releases, Deconstruction and Ghost are something entirely different. The former is the abuse you suffer at the hands of your partner after you find out they have cheated on you; harsh, angry and in your face. The latter is the Sunday morning make-up sex; sweet, seductive and melancholic. While Deconstruction had me reaching for the revolver, Ghost had me embracing life, hope and happiness.

No doubt Deconstruction will win hands down with the metalheads for its sheer abrasiveness of blast beats, riffs and screaming vocals, and rightly so because metal is exactly what it is, but for me, personally, I was more blown away over what I heard on Ghost. I always knew Devin had it in him to write an album this special. He had hinted at it on previous albums but I don’t think I was ready for it to be this overwhelming. This, my friends, is what a genius does. They get inside your head and manage to strike a chord with every feeling and emotion known to mankind… and some you haven’t even experienced yet. I am moved. Ghost really is one of the most incredible pieces of work I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Thankyou Devin, thankyou.