The Devin Townsend Project Announce 2017 U.S. Dates With Thank You Scientist & Oni

The Devin Townsend Project will playing some headlining shows with Thank You Scientist and Oni. You can see the dates below.


Tour Dates:

04/28 Pomona, CA – The Glass House
04/29 Flagstaff, AZ – The Orpheum
04/30 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
05/02 St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
05/04 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
05/05 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Smalls
05/14 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s (No Oni)

Devin Townsend Project, Protest The Hero, Despised Icon, Etc. Nominated For 2017 Canadian Juno Awards

The nominees have been announced for the 2017 edition of Canada’s Juno Awards. The ceremony will take place April 2 in Ottawa, ON and artists nominated for “Metal/Hard Music Album Of The Year” include:

– Devin Townsend Project – “Transcendence”
– Protest The Hero – “Pacific Myth”
– Despised Icon – “Beast”
– Annihilator – “Suicide Society”
– Mandroid Echostar – “Coral Throne”


Devin Townsend Discusses His $10 Million “Cock Symphony” Project, Strapping Young Lad, & Meet & Greets

Devin Townsend was recently interviewed by Noisey about a variety of topics ranging from his $10 million “cock symphony” project, Strapping Young Lad, and more. You can read some of his comments below.


On his $10 million “cock symphony”:

“I’m here at Sony tonight to pitch something I need ten million bucks for! The whole show is a metaphor for sex and power, and the idea of it all being related to some sort of God who’s ultimately futile. But it’s this symphony with all these cocks and vaginas and death and it’s gotta be so over-the-top, with symphonies and choirs and it’s got to include the best of the best and it’s so fucking expensive!

I’d like to not think about money, but what I want to do is just get so much money, absurd amounts of money, and just put it all into this thing that’s a fundamentally unsellable spectacle, but make it so palatable that halfway through you’ll just be like, ‘The fuck are we watching here?’

I love that idea of absurdity and spectacle coming together. ‘The Retinal Circus‘ was like a high-school play; Z² and the Royal Albert thing was fun, but again, it was more like a rock show. But what I wanna do now is just blow things up, right? So I need ten million bucks…”

On if it boosts his ego when fans ask about a Strapping Young Lad reunion:

“Sometimes, until I see live videos! There was nobody there for our last American tour; that was one of our least-attended tours, there were like fifty people in these 500 and 600 capacity venues. But it’s looked at with rose-tinted glasses by people who didn’t see it and it’s built up to be something more than it was, so they think we must’ve been the best. We clearly weren’t!

I wouldn’t reform Strapping for the same reason I never did coke or heroin, because I know myself enough to know what’s good and healthy for me. Life is literally for living, so why would you want to spend time being a martyr for people? It just seems like that mentality is contrary to anything creatively astute.

But at the same time, the fact that people pay attention to what I do and keep asking why I don’t do Strapping again? Yeah, that’s flattering, especially considering nobody liked it when I put the first record out. It was just Blackadder meets poorly-produced Fear Factory.”

On meet and greets:

“I have two thoughts on the matter and they cancel each other out, so that kinda sucks. The music industry is really difficult. The overhead for me to do this is fucking crazy; we have to pay around $14,000 a month just to function. We didn’t tour for a year so I had to come up with fourteen grand a month just to keep everything going, then when we do tour, it’s fucking expensive. $1,000 per person to fly shit class from Vancouver, too. A lot of the times, fans may think bands are taking the piss by simply doing a meet-and-greet, but if we don’t do them we simply can’t do what we’re doing. It’s not like we do them then get a bonus at the end of the tour.

On the other side of it, if you’re in the band and you’re hypersensitive to people’s energy, like I believe I am, meet-and-greets fucking beat the shit out of you. Not because you don’t want to meet people, but because in order to do it correctly, you really have to invest yourself and be present and ready to talk to people and sometimes accept hyperbolic praise or criticism, and you have to be emotionally resilient enough to not let either… I mean, it’s about them.

They’re paying for a moment and your job is to be present and that’s really challenging on tour. If you think meet-and-greets are fundamentally stupid then you’re never not gonna think that. Some bands are like, ‘Fuck that, you can come meet me at the bar.’ I never go to the bar and if I am at the bar, please don’t talk to me because I’m there to hang out with my friends. We try to do the best with our packages, but at the same time there’s still people who are critical of it.”

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Devin Townsend Project Added To Opeth & Gojira’s 2017 U.S. Tour

The Devin Townsend Project will now serve as the supporting act for Opeth and Gojira’s co-headlining tour (not counting festival dates). Check out the dates for that below.


Tour Dates:

04/29-30 Jacksonville, FL – The Metropolitan Park (‘Welcome To Rockville‘) (Gojira only)
05/04 Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium
05/05 Concord, NC – Charlotte Motor Speedway (‘Carolina Rebellion‘)
05/06 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory (feat. Mastodon, Eagles Of Death Metal & Russian Circles)
05/07 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
05/09 Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre
05/11 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
05/12 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theater at the Midland
05/13 Indianapolis, IN – Old National Centre
05/14 Somerset, WI – Somerset Amphitheater (‘Northern Invasion‘)
05/19-21 Columbus, OH – Mapfre Stadium (‘Rock On The Range‘) (Gojira only)

Mastodon, Opeth, Gojira, Eagles Of Death Metal, Devin Townsend Project, & Russian Circles Announce Philadelphia, PA Show

Mastodon, Opeth, Gojira, Eagles Of Death Metal, The Devin Townsend Project, and Russian Circles have announced one U.S. date together. They will be performing at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA on May 6.

What was originally a co-headliner between two unparalleled metal bands, Opeth & Gojira, has now grown to one of 2017’s biggest shows on the east coast. Electric Factory announces their first outdoor show of the 2017 season with Mastodon, Opeth, Gojira and Eagles of Death Metal, and the bill is rounded out by Devin Townsend Project and Russian Circles. This will be the only show of 2017 to feature this lineup, and the only time to see these six bands together on tour. In its 20+ year history, Electric Factory has been the Philly home to many of these bands, and they are thrilled to have them return. This show storms the Electric Factory Outdoor Stage on Saturday, May 6th and tickets are now on sale. All previously purchased tickets to the Opeth & Gojira show will be honored. For the full show details visit

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Deep Purple, Aerosmith, Linkin Park, Prophets Of Rage, Slayer, Emperor, Etc. Set For 2017 Hellfest Open Air

The lineup has been revealed for the 2017 Hellfest Open Air Festival. The festival will take place on June 16-18 in Clisson, France, and all the artists performing can be seen below.



Deep Purple Aerosmith, Linkin Park, Prophets Of Rage, Five Finger Death Punch, Slayer, Trust, Rob Zombie, Alter Bridge, Sabaton, Airbourne, In Flames, Steel Panther, Ministry, Saxon, W.A.S.P., Apocalyptica, Kreator, Emperor, Devin Townsend Project, Ugly Kid Joe, Powerwolf, Queensrÿche, Pretty Maids, Everygrey, Jorn, Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons, The Dead Daisies, Avatar, Prong, Wakrat, Ill Niño, Of Mice & Men, DevilDriver, Motionless In White, Skindred, Betraying The Martyrs, The Devil Wears Prada, Northlane, Animals As Leaders, Textures, Sidilarsen, Myrath, Shvpes, Ultra Vomit, Slydigs, The New Roses, Jared James Nichols, Inglorious, Ray Brower, Opeth, Coroner, Autopsy, Obituary, Alestorm, Behemoth, Wardruna, Metal Church, Hirax, Soilwork, Nostromo, Marduk, Scour, Pain Of Salvation, Cryptopsy, Turisas, Deafheaven, Sanctuary, Perturbator, Corvus Corax, Equilibrium, Belphegor, Tyr, Skepticism, Nails, Hate Eternal, Krisiun, Exhumed, Crypt Sermon, Decapitated, Chelsea Grin, Alcest, Ghost Bath, Dodheimsgard, Arkhon Infaustus, Ereb Altor, Primitive Man, Valkyria, Regarde Les Hommes Tomber, Monarque, Wormed, Beyond Creation, Ghoul, Emptiness, Caraciass, Sick Of Stupidity, Putrid Offal, Vortex Of End, Welicoruss, Deluge, Monolithe, The True Black Dawn, Deathcode Society, Mortuary, Rancid, Damned, Suicidal Tendencies, Primus, Electric Wizard, Blue Öyster Cult, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Helmet, Clutch, Monster Magnet, Baroness, Slo Burn, Red Fang, Chelsea Wolfe, Pentagram, Hawkwind, Every Time I Die, Trapped Under Ice, Comeback Kid, Candiria, Agnostic Front, Leftover Crack, Komintern Sect, Les Ramoneurs De Menhirs, Tagada Jones, The Bouncing Souls, Zeke, D.R.I., Deez Nuts, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Trap Them, While She Sleeps, Blood Ceremony, Bongripper, SubRosa, Noothgrush, Monkey 3, Mars Red Sky, Utomammut, Vodun, Igorr, Crippled Black Phoenix, Integrity, Booze And Glory, The Decline, No Turning Back, Insanity Alert, Verbal Razors, Harm Done, The Vintage Caravan, Seven Sisters Of Sleep, Los Disdentes Del Sucio Model, Verdun, and Bright Curse.