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February 1st, 2011

2011 Album Preview: Devin Townsend – Deconstruction / Ghost

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Devin Townsend
Deconstruction  / Ghost
ETA early April 2011

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The proposed artwork for Ghost

What they’re saying:
Devin Townsend is actually planning on releasing two albums simultaneously in 2011 – a feat that only a musician as capable as Townsend is could ever hope to pull off successfully. Deconstruction and Ghost will be released simultaneously, but will both cover wildly different aspects of Townsend’s musical personality, as Townsend has explained:

“The whole idea of Deconstruction is deconstructing why we’re attached to heavy music….Honestly, at the root of it, I think humans are really terrified and I think a lot of people who really love heavy music love it because it’s a way for them to protect themselves. If you put this thing forward and are like, ‘I’m going to scare people with my music,’ then no one’s going to get to the root of the fact that maybe it’s just you that are terrified and that’s your way of protecting yourself, that’s your defense mechanism. It’s one thing to say, ‘Oh I’m mad at God,’ but maybe you’re really just mad at your father, you know? ….I love heavy music, absolutely, but, man, to think that’s the only thing that I’m able to offer and that’s the only thing that certain people are willing to accept from me…? You know, it’s not like I’m pissed off about it, but it’s kind of like — are you sure you really want to know why you really like this with the exclusion of everything else?”

Townsend has more recently expanded on this idea, but promises Deconstruction isn’t all negativity:

Deconstruction is brutal in a lot of parts, but pretty glorious in others. It rides the fence of negativity but ultimately ends supremely positive. This is a record I have been working up to for some time, and while doing it, I realize that not only am I in control of it (totally) but that this newfound control allows me to take it to places I would have never been able to a decade ago. I pretty much believe that this will be one of our finest hours, and although there is some funny moments, it’s a pretty ‘pointed’ record (if ya know what I mean)…”

On the other hand, Devin described Ghost in altogether more restrained terms:

Ghost is the mellowest (by far) and prettiest record I’ve done so far…[it has a] very wonderful vibe [and will be released with] the shitstorm that is Deconstruction simultaneously”.

UPDATED: It turns out that none other than Ihsahn is going to be providing some guest vocals on Deconstruction. In a statement on Blabbermouth, the former Emperor frontman provided the following details:

“I have been a longtime fan of Devin and his work, and when he asked me to do some vocals for his upcoming Deconstruction album, I said yes right away. Devin is one of those few uncompromising artists who goes anywhere with their music, wherever that takes them. Nothing but respect!”

Thrash Hits verdict:
Second guessing Devin Townsend is almost always a waste of time, as time and again the Canadian uber-producer and multi-instrumentalist has defied all expectations when it comes to his music. Townsend has always carved his own path by his own rules and in his own time. We like that he has the artistic freedom to undertake a project as complicated and as internally-different as the four-album plan he has for The Devin Townsend Project, and the vision to carry off two wildly different sounds as he intends to do with these two albums. We have equal faith that however much Townsend blows our minds with Deconstruction, he will be able to expand our minds just as muchnwith Ghost.

Guitar Solo Potential:

Devin Townsend – Ghost potential tracklisting:
Radial Highway
Infinite Ocean


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