InsideOut Music
Release date
22 May 2009
Running length
13 tracks
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1 A Monday 1:42 23,224
2 Coast 4:36 24,111
3 Disruptr 5:50 21,903
4 Gato 5:24 20,778
5 Terminal 6:59 20,740
6 Heaven Send 8:55 19,303
7 Ain't Never Gonna Win 3:17 18,546
8 Winter 4:48 18,594
9 Trainfire 5:59 18,231
10 Lady Hellen 6:05 1,886
11 Ki 7:21 17,953
12 Quiet Riot 3:02 17,000
13 Deamon League 2:55 1,620

About this album

Comments Devin Townsend: “Ki” is the first in a series of four albums under the moniker “Devin Townsend Project”. Each album is essentially a different band or collection of session musicians playing my music. They were chosen based on what the theme of the album is and the vibe that the album is trying to project. The album ‘Ki’ is very specific in this quartet of albums in that it controls its anger throughout, barring one song — ‘Heaven Send’ — and really is an exercise in having little to prove.”

Devin adds, “‘Ki’ is a subtle, severe album. A challenge in some ways. As the ‘intro’ to the story (the story being the four records) it needs to set the stage. The point to the music is that the whisper is louder than the roar in many ways. ‘Ki’ is (on the surface) quiet and unassuming. Whenever it begins to lose its temper, it stops. It does not let it go, it is avoiding that temptation, as that sort of anger is really gratifying but ultimately just leaves me unhappy. ‘Ki’ is about control, and although it is not an overtly ‘heavy’ album, it is heavy thematically. On these four records, it starts with ‘Ki’, which is essentially a cross section of all the albums, but the idea is that it is not here to impose itself. It just does it’s thing. Like a little a.m radio playing in the corner.

“Many folks have been waiting to see what I do next after SYL and ‘Ziltoid’, so after careful consideration, I wanted the first record to be quiet and subtle, however fear not chaos fans… the next two records in the quartet are progressively heavier, and the third album, ‘Deconstruction’, is the heaviest music I’ve ever created.

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  • VelluNiubi

    Is the reason for the 氣 (ki / qi) character on the back being upside down really just a mistake or is there some philosophy behind it? (氣 is actually the traditional Chinese way of writing the character. In Japanese it's normally written as 気 and simplified Chinese as 气. So if you want to call it by it's Japanese pronounciation instead of Chinese, I guess it would make more sense to write it as 気. Just saying. I know most likely no one gives a shit.)

    1 Feb 8:10pm Reply
  • vandalize

    ki & terria 10/10

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Pho3nix-

    A grower for sure

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • LordOpeth

    Amazing album from the first listen for sure. Probably my favourite DT album.

    14 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Gorgeous and regal, aside from Trainfire

    4 May 2014 Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    This album took a long time for me to get into as well, but as soon as I did it instantly became one of my favorite albums of all time. It's so damn powerful and it helped me in a few revelations about my life!

    31 Mar 2014 Reply
  • B4LU

    This album took so long since I could fully appreciate it. But when I could... I realised it's the masterpiece. I didn't like it in the beginning, but now I know.

    15 Sep 2013 Reply
  • EternalRain27

    This was the second record of his I heard, I first heard Addicted! which was AMAZING, but this record just blew my mind in so many ways. It's the epitome of creative control. Flawless.

    8 Apr 2013 Reply
  • PhoenixBloom

    F*cking love it!!

    7 Mar 2013 Reply
  • KaramAkerfeldt

    This was my first Devin Townsend full-length that I listened to and I instantly fell in love with his work. Everytime I listen to this album, I get fascinated by the diversity of sound, like it's the first time. Hail Mr. Townsend.

    7 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Tuberkulloosi

    It doesn't seem so that I can get into this :'(

    11 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Masevah

    I got super stoned and listened to the complete quadrillogy in one session and wound up listening to Ki twice cause it was flowing so nicely. I fucking love this record!

    1 Dec 2012 Reply
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  • PsychoLold

    I think I didn't like it at first listen. Needless to say that I love it now.

    28 Oct 2012 Reply
  • LilLioness

    I swear I feel like the only person who loved this first listen. This is one of the few records by him that instantly clicked with me.

    22 Oct 2012 Reply
  • mtw900

    KI is way calmer and chiller than Ghost, definitely. /sarcasm

    23 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Motiv3ter

    Why didn't I get into this album sooner?! This could be Devin's best album out of the DTP albums thus far. Simply brilliant.

    6 Sep 2012 Reply
  • thejackyl

    "so calm"; "so chill"; are you people high? What is "calm" about Disruptr?

    22 Aug 2012 Reply
  • ars-poetica

    So chill.

    10 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Shad0wchild

    гениальный альбом, любимый у него и вообще ничего подобного я не слышал раньше

    10 Jun 2012 Reply
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