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Video of the Week- Juular

I gotta give the person in charge of make-up mad props for his work in this video.  At first I didn’t realize that the crazy old man wasn’t just some bum they picked up off the side of the road and paid $50 to do a silly dance, but it is Devin Townsend.  Making a guest appearance is someone Devin Townsend fans will recognize immediately.

“Juular”, in case you’re wondering what it means, “Started as ‘Jugular’ till [Devin Townsend] messed up the spelling, then decided it would be a good name for a fictional religious fanatic who spends his life in penance not due to appreciation of the infinite, but more based on the need to be right.”

So, about the video, my call on it is the old man is the Devin used to be, the wild and must know the answers to everything side.  The Devin in the suit is him now and represents his calm, cool, and collected side.  In the video it is a confrontation of the two sides of him and in the end the more mature part, smiles, says thanks for the fun, and walks away keeping composure in his trip to visit his insanity one last time.  Or…  The old man represents an all knowing god and he is pissed that Juular has reached a personal tranquility and has no need of him anymore and is comfortable with the unknown.  What’s your call?

This is the first video off of The Devin Townsend Project‘s latest album Deconstruction.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly recommend you do so, as of right now it’s in the lead for my favorite album of this year and the more I listen to it the more I love it.  It’s serious, it’s funny, it’s insightful, it’s loony, and has a full choir singing about a cheeseburger.

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Album Review-Devin Townsend Project- Deconstruction & Ghost

I’ll admit, I’ve never really gotten to deep into the world of Devin Townsend.  I do have a couple Strapping Young Lad albums in my collection(City and The New Black ripped from a friends CD) and I’ve listened to them and enjoyed them, but for some reason they never really struck me and sit collecting dust in my music collection.  I’ve caught a few videos from Devin’s other projects and enjoyed them also, but for whatever reason I never followed up on my enjoyment of a single or video.  Then when I caught wind of Devin’s new project, aptly titled The Devin Townsend Project, he raised my interest in it with the concept of the project.  He was going to release four albums with different moods, styles, and personalities all fueled by his new found sobriety.  It wasn’t so much the concept that really grabbed me, but it was more his enthusiasm and passion for the project.  So, what do I do?  Well, instead of purchasing the first two albums in the project(Ki and Addicted), which were quite positively received, I passed up, don’t know why.  Then within the weeks of me writing this, the next two albums were released, unfortunately on the same day as the new Symphony X and Rhapsody of Fire.  So, I opted to pick up the latter two albums on that day.  While surfing around the internet I came across a review of the new pair of albums and something caught me about it and it went onto the “I really need to suck it up and check out these albums list”.  What caught me was on the third part(Deconstruction) of the album series was that there is a number of guest vocal spots by some vocalists that I am very familiar with and highly enjoy their respective bands.  The other thing, the thing that sold me was that the album is about all the answers of life in a cheeseburger. Yes, a cheeseburger, a double.  So, while I was about town this weekend I came across the double pack of Deconstruction and Ghost and finally purchased my first real foray into the world of Devin Townsend.  And now I’m really excited to delve deeper into his musical world and look forward to what I find.

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