Devin Townsend Premieres New Song “Genesis”

Devin Townsend has premiered a new song titled “Genesis.” This track is from his new album “Empath,” which will be released March 29.

Townsend commented:

“It’s with great pride (and a healthy dose of trepidation) that I can finally present to you a song from the ‘Empath’ record. In each album cycle there is the dilemma over which track we ‘lead’ with, not only to get people excited, but also to give an accurate overview of the project.

As the musical nature of ‘Empath’ shifts from track to track, (from musical theater, death metal, prog free jazz and more commercial things) it was a hard decision. Some people wanted the relatively straightforward song ‘Spirits Will Collide’ while others wanted a more cinematic banging track like ‘Evermore’. We ultimately chose to go with the opening track, ‘Genesis’, as it not only features around five different stylistic shifts (some quite jarring, to be fair 🙂 but also includes all three drummers, the choir, the orchestra, and basically the kitchen sink as well. This song is ultimately about facing fear, as well as analyzing one’s relationship with one’s past in order to progress.

The record has an overarching theme of what I like to view as ‘hope’ in chaotic times.

I have been working on this record for more than a year, and it represents a kind of shift for me in my personal and professional world that I am quite proud of. It’s the first time in quite a few years I have made an album like this, and I think if nothing else, ‘Genesis’ represents the chaotic nature of the project (and the world at large currently) in the most accurate way I can do at this stage of life.

I’d like to thank the entire team of wonderful musicians and artists who helped me actualize this material, as well as InsideOut and Northern Music for their help and support.”

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