His four album concept is bold, original and inspiring. With the multi layered sound, brilliant production, and massive soundstage it is quite simply amazing to listen to. For anyone who is into heavyish music then I highly, highly recomend doing this (listening to all four albums in a row without stopping). The first album Ki would appeal to thos that like heavy blues or rock. My personal fave is the second album Addicted but they are all amazing in their own ways.
Considering the hype surrounding the likes of Maynard Keenan, Matthew Bellamy, Thom Yorke etc.....imo Devin Townsend is more talented than any of them (and possibly all of them put together ) because of his genre he will never have this type of profile....not that he would want it anyways I suppose.
After removing himself from the music industry, Townsend cut his trademark hair off and gave up drinking and smoking. Townsend found it "disconcerting" that he had difficulty writing music without drugs, and that he had trouble identifying his purpose as a musician. He spent a year producing albums in absence of writing, but found it unrewarding and decided to "pick up the guitar and just write". This began a period of "self discovery" where he learned "how to create without drugs".
Over two years, Townsend wrote over 60 songs, and found that they fit into "four distinct styles". In March 2009, Townsend announced his plans for a four-album series called The Devin Townsend Project, with the goal of clarifying his musical identity and being "accountable" for the persona he projects to the public. The project's concept includes a different "theme" and a different group of musicians on each album.
Ki, the first album of The Devin Townsend Project, was written to "set the stage" for the subsequent albums. Townsend channeled his newfound control and sobriety into Ki, a "tense, quiet" album that contrasts with much of the music he had been known for. Ki was released in May 2009. The second entry, a "commercial, yet heavy" album called Addicted, was released in November 2009.
Townsend returned to the stage in January 2010, touring North America with headliner Between the Buried and Me as well as Cynic and Scale the Summit. This was followed by a headlining tour in Australia and a series of high-profile shows in Europe (for example co-headlining the Brutal Assault festival in Czech Republic). He headlined a North American tour with UK label mates TesseracT supporting, which began in October 2010, and toured in Europe with support from Aeon Zen and Anneke van Giersbergen.
The final albums in The Devin Townsend Project series, Deconstruction and Ghost, were released on June 21, 2011.
Edited by POV, 31 December 2011 - 12:18 PM.