Ché Aimee Dorval (Casualties Of Cool) Covers Strapping Young Lad’s “Almost Again” With Devin Townsend

Devin Townsend‘s Casualties Of Cool bandmate Ché Aimee Dorval has recorded a cover of Strapping Young Lad‘s “Almost Again.” The track features Townsend on bass and it can be accessed through Dorval’s GoFundMe campaign, which she launched for her new quarantine EP.

Dorval commented:

“It’s out! Phew….sorry for the wait. I’m glad I took my time though because I’m actually quite proud of how it turned out!

Thank you to everyone who threw out Devin song suggestions. I’m such a shit when it comes to seeking out new (to me) music, even when it’s by people in my life who I adore, so the exercise of going through all of your requests gave me a chance to sit down with devs work and really see all of his different musical sides and it was really eye opening and so solovely.

Also, A huge thanks to @dvntownsend who played bass on it and really saved my ass. ❤️❤️❤️ For those of you who have showed your love via donations to the GoFundMe pre-release campaign, thank you from the bottom of my heart. We’re all going through a really rough time right now but the fact that you’re still taking the time to help out others is beyond beautiful❤️ Anyways, I hope you all enjoy…”

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It’s out! Phew….sorry for the wait. I’m glad I took my time though because I’m actually quite proud of how it turned out! Thank you to everyone who threw out Devin song suggestions. I’m such a shit when it comes to seeking out new (to me) music, even when it’s by people in my life who I adore, so the exercise of going through all of your requests gave me a chance to sit down with devs work and really see all of his different musical sides and it was really eye opening and so solovely. Also, A huge thanks to @dvntownsend who played bass on it and really saved my ass. ❤️❤️❤️ For those of you who have showed your love via donations to the GoFundMe pre-release campaign, thank you from the bottom of my heart. We’re all going through a really rough time right now but the fact that you’re still taking the time to help out others is beyond beautiful❤️ Anyways, I hope you all enjoy and to those who want to check it out the links in my bio:) #almostagain #devintownsend #cheaimeedorval #strappingyounglad #coversong #newmusic #quarantine #quarantinelife #quarantinesongs

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Devin Townsend To Release “Empath – The Ultimate Edition” In June

Devin Townsend will be releasing an “Ultimate Edition” of “Empath” on June 5. The effort will be available as a 2-CD/2-Blu-ray set and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

The following was said about the set:

“This comprehensive version of 2019’s acclaimed album contains the original record and bonus disc across 2 CD’s, plus 2 Blu-Ray discs. The first blu-ray contains the 5.1 Surround Sound mix by Devin, with visuals for the full record, plus a stereo visualiser. The second blu-ray contains a raft of bonus material, including ‘Acoustically Inclined – Live in Leeds’, a recording from his April 2019 acoustic tour where he performed tracks including ‘Love?’, ‘Deadhead’, ‘Thing Beyond Things’ & more.

It also features the full Empath Documentary, a ‘Genesis 5.1 Mixing Lesson’, a full album commentary & more. The four discs sit inside a beautiful art-book that contains new liner notes and images from the making of the album.”

Townsend also had the following to say about the new 5.1 surround sound mix:

“On a technical level, I guess I have always been dissatisfied with the basic ‘stereo’ format in which the type of music I make gets presented in. Whether its headphones, computer speakers, stereos (or basically anything currently), I have had to figure out ways to get the work to function through TWO speakers.

I hear things in a particularly orchestrated way, and with the amount of information that typically gets recorded per song, the result has been the dubious ‘wall of sound’ that I keep ending up with. But my intention has never been to make an oppressive experience, but rather something that is immersive and vast.

Making it work in two speakers just simply doesn’t quite work for the vision. Although I’ve managed to get the point across, (to varying degrees), things always have to compromise to make it all fit. Making the drums speak at the same time as orchestra, cymbals, guitars, choirs, synths etc.…all with my voice on top, ends up with every conceivable frequency fighting for breathing space between those two speakers.

Therefore, I asked the powers that be in my business world, to tolerate one more ‘kick at the can’ when it came to Empath. I wanted to attempt a surround mix and follow the original vision of it being an immersive, multimedia experience for people in the ways I could best achieve at this stage. And although it’s still pretty ‘dense’, with four more sources for the sound to come from, I feel its significantly closer to the original vision here.”

In other news, Townsend has also shared a Casualties Of Cool live recording as part of his “Quarantine Project.” He said the following about that:

“Hey all, so things are a little crazy over the next few days, Im working on some mixes and doing the streams, but Ive got a lot that has come up on a personal side. Therefore, today is not a new song, but instead of live recording.

Heres a little oddity I unearthed recently from when Che and I played a few Casualties Of Cool songs for the people at Warwick and Framus guitars in their booth at Namm 2018.

Its maybe a little rough around the edges, but its still a cool vibe. At this point we were playing to the reel to reel machines without a band, doing a demo for some gear. They had filmed it, but that footage seems nowhere to be found, so heres just the audio. We played ‘Daddy’ and ‘The Code’

If you haven’t heard the record, I would suggest trying to find it online or something? Its really good. The album came out in 2014 I think, and since that time we’ve written…well… one song. =) I like this project because its grimy, strange, and without pressure. Maybe when this virus takes a breather, we can try to write a few more…

Till then, enjoy todays Quarantine Project, and Ill see you tomorrow with some more goodies.

Dev”

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’”