Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, Steve Vai, Etc. To Guest On Devin Townsend’s New Album “Empath”

Devin Townsend has revealed that Chad Kroeger (Nickelback), Steve Vai, Anneke Van Giersbergen, and Che Dorval (Casualties of Cool) have all guested on his new album “Empath.” Previously announced guests include: Elliot Desgagnés (Beneath The Massacre), Mike Keneally (Dethklok, etc.), Morgan Ågren (Kaipa), Sam “Samus” Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth), etc. The album is expected to be released in March.

Townsend said the following in a series of tweets:

“No sleep tonight. I’ve got the final stages of this year long process rolling through my mind. Almost done…another 3.5 weeks and this stage of it (the album) will be wrapped up.

Listened to the roughs of Empath on the flight and it had me teared up the whole way. I haven’t had this visceral a reaction to the work in many years. To think It all stemmed from taking a vacation! my god, what an intense period this has been. I’ll remember this past two years.

Thanks to some further guests, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Che Dorval, Chad Kroeger, Mike Keneally, Steve Vai, Lords Of The sound orchestra… it’s been total catharsis and tied intrinsically to the process of working through this transformation. It’s a lovely, complicated, weird one

Some people will totally love it, a fair amount will take awhile to have it sink in, some won’t get it at all, some will definitely prefer the bonus disk or the previous work, but fuck me, did I ever need to get this out of my system. It’s like 12 years of vomit at once…

I had a choice to either go commercial or uncompromised on this. Thanks to Garth Richardson and Chad for convincing me to not compromise. It’s a hard choice as you get older because the temptation to play it safe is huge for the sake of family and security.

Exhausting… pure catharsis. It was about middle age, realization, fear, death, moderation, meditation, and overcoming the internal dialogues. I guess it was ultimately about getting it right after all these years, then kind of realizing that you just have to let it all go…

Music is just an expression of gratitude I think. Ultimately it’s just another album in a long line of albums, some will like it, some won’t. But it appears as if it will be accurate, and that’s a huge huge relief.

Three drummers, two bassists, orchestras, choirs, ducks, cats, goats, birds, whales… and I didn’t sabotage this one, for once…

Have to be at the studio in 3 hours after a sleepless night. Sweet. Luckily it’s not an immensely complicated mix 🙄

There’s a reoccurring theme on this project that seems to have appeared, and that seems to be one of ‘anti-suicide’”

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Delain & Amorphis Announce Co-Headlining North American Tour

Delain and Amorphis have announced a co-headlining North American tour. Anneke van Giersbergen will open.

Tour Dates:

09/19 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
09/20 New York City, NY – Irving Plaza
09/21 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
09/22 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
09/23 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
09/24 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
09/25 Quebec City, QC – Salle Multi
09/26 Toronto, ON – Opera House
09/27 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
09/28 Joliet, IL – The Forge
09/29 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
09/30 Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
10/02 Calgary, AB – Dickens
10/03 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
10/05 Vancouver, BC – The Venue
10/06 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
10/08 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
10/09 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
10/10 West Hollywood, CA – Roxy Theatre
10/11 Anaheim, CA – The Grove
10/12 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
10/14 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
10/15 Kansas City, MO – The Truman
10/16 Dallas, TX – Trees
10/17 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
10/19 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
10/20 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
10/21 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage

Amorphis Premiere “Amongst Stars” Music Video

Amorphis have premiered a new video for their new song “Amongst Stars.“ This track features guest vocals from Anneke van Giersbergen and it appears on the band’s new album “Queen Of Time,“ which was released today (May 18).

Esa Holopainen commented:

“‘Amongst Stars’ turned out as one of the most solid songs on the album. The song itself was not the easiest one to work with. We tried a lot of different variations during the pre-production and finally Jens‘ co-producer friend Per Aldeheim came up with these great vocal lines and idea for an duetto. We have been privileged to work with Anneke before so it was pretty clear to ask her to help us out with the song. As everyone knows her voice is more than stunning and she is surrounded by incredibly positive aura. As a result we have a really beautiful and catchy duetto where both singers do unbelievable work. We are extremely happy that Anneke was available during the time of our recordings and it was great to get her to the video as well. Lucky us.”

Anneke van Giersbergen added:

“When Amorphis asked me to participate in a song for their new album, I immediately said yes without having to listen to it first because I knew it would be good. But when they sent it to me to start working on it and I was totally blown away! It‘s such a powerful and melodic song, I am proud to be part of it. The video for this song is equally epic. The guys of Amorphis look and sound fantastic and I am truly happy to ride with them on this journey towards their new album.”

Amorphis Stream Live Version Of “Her Alone” Feat. Anneke van Giersbergen

Amorphis have posted a new video for their live version of “Her Alone” feat. Anneke van Giersbergen. The track will appear on the new tour edition of “Under The Red Cloud,“ which is set to be released on February 24.