“Up here in Room 429
In a world that’s so unkind
I wanna take you to that empty room tonight
We’ll tell the world outside the door
That we ain’t never coming back no more
We’re gonna stay in here ‘till we turn out the night”—Room 429 - Strapping Young Lad (via ohmygawd-pirates)
“I got no message, man. Other than just ‘Don’t be afraid to fail.’ The worst thing that could happen is, yeah, you can fail. But you might succeed at something, like, ‘Holy shit! I’m really glad I took that opportunity.’”—Devin Townsend
“Modular forms and elliptic curves! Infinite fire revolving around infinite parallels fractals of infinite reality, each cascading, gliding in an infinite wheel. Tell me the true nature of my reality!”— Omnidimensional Creator by Devin Townsend (via dravenxx6)
Anso DF:I’m glad you mentioned your message. I perceive a tiny movement in metal toward an enlightened positivity.
Devin Townsend:Yeah, I hear you.
ADF:I find Deconstruction and Ghost very positive. I find Addicted very, very positive.
DT:Thank you! Absolutely.
ADF:And that Mastodon record?
DT:The Hunter? It’s awesome.
ADF:Yeah! And they close the album with a song that repeats, ‘Pursue happiness with diligence.’ We, as metal people, are looking up. Is this something that you welcome?
DT:Oh, dude, it’s what I’m all about. 100%.
ADF:The ‘90s woe-is-me, glorious misery thing is –
DT:I mean, there’s unfortunate, traumatic shit that happens to everybody. But you have a choice to break your own cycle. I mean, the rest of my band drinks and smokes weed. And they’re fine! They don’t have the same interaction with those things that I do. So that’s what they should do. But for me, it didn’t work. And knowing that, I had the choice of either going through the bullshit of changing that or continuing to wallow in that whole woe-is-me shit. This is where the separation comes for me; this why the next record I’m going to do is very … I hate to use the word ‘commercial’ because that implies [movement] in a direction I’ve never gone before. I’ve been doing commercial music since the fuckin’ –
ADF:Since Ocean Machine.
DT:Since Ocean Machine, right? Besides the people who were like, ‘I get Deconstruction. Cool!’, there are also people who [feel] metal shouldn’t be other than this. ‘It shouldn’t be not oppressive. It’s shouldn’t be not dark. As a result of what you’re doing, your not being this way, I don’t think you’re metal anymore.’ If that’s the criteria that I have to follow, I’m totally cool with not being involved with it. But in my mind, metal is not defined by oppressive, negative bullshit. Metal is defined by a creative freedom and a type of power that’s visceral in a way that no other kind of music is. And if what you’re choosing to represent with that power is negativity, positivity, cathartic release, absurdity, whatever — it doesn’t matter. To me, that’s what metal is. To a lot of people, I’m wrong. I’m cool with that.
keep in mind it was a metalsucks poll so of course they picked decon. Ghost is amazing too but it's not really your average metalhead's cup of tea. That being said, I love everything dev produces, I'm entirely convinced the man cannot write a bad piece of music.
Oh yeah, I’m aware. It only makes sense. And I wholeheartedly agree. He can write in such a range of styles and everything still stands on its own as amazing.
“The whole thing with Deconstruction is I’m getting towards forty and it’s just like ‘well, what’s the meaning of all this? Why are we here?’ On some level I think there’s this sort of arrogance with humanity that we’re able to understand, and if not understand then there is this sense that in order to enjoy it, we have to control it. So Deconstruction is really a record about that. It’s like the character is trying to control this uncontrollable chaos of life and so it’s this stream of conscious that goes in a ton of different directions. It’s supposed to be this philosophical, religious quest that’s constantly being trumped by the fact that we’re douche bags. We’re all into childhood things, the addictions and the ghosts of that. So the record goes from really serious to really puerile to really adolescent to really complicated, a lot of things cresting in the song ‘Deconstruction’ which is the 2nd or 3rd to last song. At that point the character is supposed to be presented with what he’s assuming he’s been looking for and it’s something absurd. It’s a cheeseburger.”—Devin Townsed on Deconstruction.
“I guess what I was trying do with Addicted is once we’re born, we finally watch kids grow and people get older and we get further and further from that source. As we do it’s like our personalities become less and less about what the true nature is and we become more products of all our addictions. Not even addictions but the things that we think define us, like our cars or our guitars or our fancy amps or girlfriends or sex or drugs or rock ‘n roll or whatever. And then all of a sudden we become that. All of us become like, ‘that’s what we are.’”—Devin Townsend (Interview with guitar messenger)