Devin Townsend Project
Style: Progressive Metal
Release date: 20 June, 2011
Playing time: 70:49

It is always exciting to listen to a new album from Devin Townsend as you never know what to expect apart from music that is usually rewarding in one way or other. This time we are treated with something heavy and in many ways extreme metal. Something Devin Townsend has done before with Strapping Young Lad but this time it is even more intense.

You will have to listen to this beast several times because the layers in the music is numerous and even though it is excellent I think that herein lies the only flaw of this album. I am used to both metal and progressive music but somehow I got the feeling of something too messy at times when listening to “Deconstruction”. But as you can see from the rating this is still a very recommendable album if you are into this kind of music. The production of it all is more than good, near to flawless actually.

Additional stardust is added to the album with guest appearances by among others Mikael Åkerfeldt from Opeth and Ihsahn.

Deconstruction was released on the same day as “Ghost” and even if those two albums are very different they are also part of Devin Townsend’s ambitious project that started with the releases of “Ki” and “Addicted”.

I can recommend this album not only to fans of progressive metal but also to those who is missing Strapping Young Lad.

1. Praise the Lowered
2. Stand
3. Juular
4. Planet of the Apes
5. Sumeria
6. The Mighty Masturbator
7. Pandemic
8. Deconstruction
9. Poltergeist
Label: InsideOut Music
Distribution: EMI (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Steen Schøn
Date: 13 September, 2012