Jed Simon (ex-Strapping Young Lad, Scar The Martyr, etc.), Brian “Beav” Waddell (The Devin Townsend Project), Byron Stroud (ex-Strapping Young Lad, etc.), Ryan Van Poederooyen (The Devin Townsend Project), and Jon Howard (Threat Signal, Arkaea) have officially confirmed that their new band will be called Imonolith. Van Poederooyen made the following post regarding that:
It was previously revealed that Jed Simon (ex-Strapping Young Lad, Scar The Martyr, etc.), Brian “Beav” Waddell (The Devin Townsend Project), Byron Stroud (ex-Strapping Young Lad, etc.), and Ryan Van Poederooyen (The Devin Townsend Project) were working on a new project together. Now, the group have also confirmed that they have welcomed vocalist Jon Howard (Threat Signal, Arkaea) to their lineup.
Ryan Van Poederooyen commented:
“We are proud to announce our frontman/singer, Mr. Jon Howard of Threat Signal and Arkaea acclaim. We were looking into a few other known singers and then, Jon was recommended to us through a mutual good friend, Neil A. Lim Sang. Thanks to, Neil for suggesting, Jon and keeping it on the down-low!
We got in touch with Jon and were immediately blown away with the talent this guy possesses. He recorded vocals for a couple demos of ours, just a couple days after talking with him for the first time. Once we heard his vocal demos, we knew we found our guy. Jon can sing, scream and growl with the best of them.
He’s showing off his voice in more ways than one in this band. We can’t wait for you to hear the versatility and power of Jon‘s voice at our future live shows and on our debut album. Brian ‘Beav’ Waddell, Byron Stroud, Jed Simon and I are beyond stoked to have him fronting the band. Welcome, Jon everyone!
Thanks once again, to all of you for your incredible support, comments and general excitement for this band. We’re really excited for you all to hear our music. We’re also looking forward to performing it live around the globe, and making it ALL happen soon.
Next, we will be announcing the name of the band on Friday morning. There may even be something that YOU guys can have a say in, come Friday 😉 Lastly, spread the news, share the posts and let people know about this brand new metal band on the scene! We’re eager, working hard and excited to get this out to you guys ASAP. Stay posted for a lot more news on what to expect from us, our new social media pages, pictures, videos, live feeds, a studio/recording announcement and much more…. – RVP”
Considering Devin Townsend recently put The Devin Townsend Project on hiatus, members of the group have joined forces with ex-Strapping Young Lad members in a new band. The lineup includes Jed Simon (ex-Strapping Young Lad, Scar The Martyr, etc.), Brian “Beav” Waddell (The Devin Townsend Project), Byron Stroud (ex-Strapping Young Lad, etc.), Ryan Van Poederooyen (The Devin Townsend Project), and a mystery singer, who is expected to be revealed on March 14.
Despite the fact that The Devin Townsend Project have gone hiatus, fans still have something to look forward to. Townsend has confirmed that “Ki“, “Addicted“, “Deconstruction,” and “Ghost” will all receive vinyl reissues.
In other news, Townsend also revealed that his “Empath“ project will be recorded in 5.1 surround sound.
[via The PRP]
Devin Townsend has announced that The Devin Townsend Project will be going on hiatus. He is stepping away from the band to focus on other projects.
Townsend said the following:
“Hey guys, Devin here.
So after 8 years of touring with DTP, I’ve decided to take a break from this band and focus on a number of other projects I’ve been really wanting to do for some time now. The band have been there with me through thick and thin and we’ve shared some pretty great moments – I can’t say enough good things about them – And in the future, I’m sure we’ll work again.
I have 4 new albums I am currently working on. I am currently in the finishing stages one of the grandest and most overwhelming projects that I have been fortunate to do. It’s certainly my favourite DVD release of them all and is a powerful moment, if I can say so myself. Ocean Machine Live In Plovdiv (tentative name) Mixing the orchestras, choirs, the ‘by-request’ set and the full Ocean Machine album in that magnificent setting has been hugely rewarding. Seeing this spectacle come to life is a testament to this period of work and I can’t wait for you to see and hear it.
Life is short and I have a lot I need to say in some new and different avenues. I will certainly continue to play live in several new ways (starting next year) and I’m excited about some collaborative things that have also come up as well.
I salute the band, the team, and the audience for allowing us to do what we have done and the patience to accommodate my persistent morphing. As someone who’s music is connected to his personal growth, I feel an obligation to follow this muse wherever it leads. To not do so would be in direct opposition to what it is I have fundamentally done for all these years.
Peace and respect,
If you are interested in working with any of the guys in the DTP, they are working musicians. Please contact them below with requests:
Lighting and visual design, Drums, Keyboards, session work: firstname.lastname@example.org
for production, mixing, mastering:
Drumming Session work or live work, Teaching: ‘Hire Ryan’ section at www.rvpdrums.com“