He’s one of metal’s most relevant characters and it can’t be long before the super-prolific Devin Townsend gains global acclaim for the quality of his current work.

Helping him along the way will be the release of this year’s box set chronicling his last four albums – played in their entirety in London last year.

By A Thread – Live In London 2011 showcases the best of Townsend’s most recent work spread across four DVDs and five CDs.

And no doubt the best bits will shape the bulk of his Download 2012 set with the multi-instrumentalist one of the star attractions on Donington’s minor stages this summer.

Townsend performed Ki, Addicted, Ghost and Deconstruction in the capital last autumn, gaining much-deserved critical acclaim in the process. 

And as he approaches the next phase of a phenomenal career the DVD/CD box set is a must for latecomers and long-time Dev-otees alike.

By A Thread‘s CD content includes all four shows and a fifth disc of encore material. Released on June 18 via HevyDevy Records/InsideOut Music, it follows Townsend’s Download date and precedes new work slated for release lated this year.