Devin Townsend has done it again. Deconstruction offers us a very strange, yet original, concept. In an interview with Devin, he stated that the concept is “focused around a man who is obsessed with finding the true nature of reality. In the process of this journey, he goes to Hell and meets the devil. The devil shows him the secrets of the universe, presenting a cheeseburger to him. However, being a vegetarian, the man cannot eat the cheeseburger, rendering his attempts at working out the true nature of reality pointless.”
Aside from a silly concept, which offers some great tracks, the listener is also greeted by numerous guest vocals. The guests are: Paul Kuhr of November’s Doom on Praise the Lowered, Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth/Bloodbath on Stand, Ihsahn of Emperor/Ihsahn on Juular, Tommy Rogers of Between the Buried and Me on Planet of the Apes, Joe Duplantier of Gojira on Sumeria, Paul Masvidal of Cynic is also on the track Sumeria, Greg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape Plan on The Mighty Masturbator, Floor Jansen of ReVamp on Pandemic, and Oderus Urungus of GWAR on the title track. We also have a guest solo on the title track from Meshuggah’s Fredrik Thordendal. Also, half of the tracks are split up between two drummers: the normal drummer for DTP, Ryan Van Poederooyen, and Dirk Verbeuren of Soilwork. Also one last little tidbit, the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra did a great job with all of the orchestration on the album. They have also recorded for Greek Death metallers, Septic Flesh.
One of my first impressions of Deconstruction was how “heavy” this album was compared to past releases of the Project. It was as if for a small spec in time, Devin wanted to briefly revisit his Strapping Young Lad days. This is one of those albums where I have listened to front to back with no pauses or skips. Not many albums can really do that to me but Devin has proven yet again that he is genius. The entire album flows together so well you actually feel like the protagonist of the back story and you are traveling to Hell in efforts of finding the true meaning of life. Normally I like to list some favorite tracks off of the album I’m listening to… but I can’t. Each track is as good as the last but also vastly different. With all of the guest vocals on the album, it gives you a feeling of meeting new characters.
I felt it was most obvious on the title track when Oderus Urungus appears just shy of the 3:30 mark. It’s as if Oderus was the devil himself and was presenting the almighty, all knowing cheeseburger to the man. Of course he is a “veg-a-matarian” so he doesn’t eat cheeseburgers. So what’s the moral you say? How is this actually a relevant album and not just some hour long acid trip? Try deconstructing anything down to it’s parts to understand it, but then take a step back, and you’ll realize it’s meaningless. So instead of worrying what the purpose of life is, and what awaits us all after we die, just live your life. Simple message + funny concept/metaphor = awesome fucking album. Do yourself a favor, buy all 4 of the Project’s albums (Ki, Addicted, Deconstruction, and Ghost) and go see the band perform live. I guarantee the albums and then the live antics of the band will blow you away.
- Praise the Lowered
- Planet of the Apes
- The Mighty Masturbator