Devin Townsend To Perform “Ocean Machine: Biomech” In Full During May Livestream Concert

Devin Townsend will be performing “Ocean Machine: Biomech” in full during a livestream concert on May 1. Tickets for the virtual event can be found HERE.

Numerous Rock And Metal Guitarists To Take Part In Fundraiser For Jason Becker

Numerous rock and metal guitarists will be teaming up to raise money for legendary guitarist Jason Becker, who has been battling ALS for over 30 years. The fundraiser will take place throughout March and April and it will be hosted by DragonForce‘s Herman Li.

Here’s what the fundraiser will include:

“1) A livestream telethon-style fundraiser on Twitch: special guests will appear on Herman Li’s Twitch channel to play, jam and participate in fan-generated challenges with all money raised going directly to Jason’s medical trust. Over $13,000 has been raised so far. Visit Jasonbecker.com or twitch.tv/hermanli for a full schedule of livestream guests.

2) Artists will donate signed guitars, merch and other rare items which will be sold via a special Reverb shop to benefit Jason. Details to be announced.

3) Three of Jason’s most important guitars will be auctioned off later this year, including the guitars seen on the covers of “Perpetual Burn”, “Speed Metal Symphony” and the original “Numbers” guitar played by Eddie Van Halen. Details to be announced.”

Here’s the musicians that will be taking part:

  • Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth)
  • Steve Vai
  • Joe Satriani
  • Steve Lukather (Toto)
  • Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge, Tremonti)
  • John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
  • Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth)
  • Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders)
  • Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper)
  • Orianthi
  • Devin Townsend
  • David Ellefson (Megadeth)
  • Michael Angelo Batio
  • Guthrie Govan
  • Tim Henson (Polyphia)
  • Alex Skolnick (Testament)
  • Albert Lee
  • Matt Heafy (Trivium)
  • Zoltan Bathory (Five Finger Death Punch)
  • Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Guns N’ Roses)
  • Satchel (Steel Panther)
  • John 5 (Rob Zombie)
  • Gus G (Firewind)
  • Nili Brosh (The Iron Maidens)
  • Jason Richardson (All That Remains)
  • The Dooo
  • Jared Dines
  • Ola Englund (The Haunted)
  • Steve Terreberry
  • Tyler Larson (Music is Win on YouTube)
  • Cole Rolland
  • Thomas McRocklin
  • Rusty Cooley
  • Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen)
  • Sam Totman (DragonForce)
  • Chris Broderick (Act Of Defiance, ex-Megadeth)
  • Lari Basilio
  • Sophie Lloyd
  • Federico Mondelli and Fabiola Bellomo (Frozen Crown)
  • Alex Lee (Holy Grail)
  • Stevie Salas
  • Elliot Easton (The Cars)
  • Mika Tyyska
  • Daniel Dekay (Diemonds)
  • N&M Creation

Li commented:

“I’ve been a huge fan of Jason Becker since I was young, and it’s one of the biggest honors of my life to be able to help organize this tribute and raise money for him. I still have a Jason Becker poster in my studio in London. It’s been very inspiring to see everyone coming together to celebrate Jason.”

Becker added:

“I am so grateful for all the love and support everyone has given to me and my family. As far as selling my guitars being sad, and that I shouldn’t have to do it, I just want you to know that isn’t how I feel. It makes me happy to see others playing my music. I feel good about passing on my guitars, thinking they mean something to others. I can’t play them now, but other folks can. That’s a good thing. And, I want myself and my family not to have to worry about money, if possible. Thank you for all the love, I send it right back to you.”

Devin Townsend Creates Score For New BBC Children’s Show “Colours”

Devin Townsend has created the score for a new BBC children’s show called “Colours.” The frontman tweeted the following about that:

[via The PRP]

Devin Townsend Discusses “Ghost” In 14th Episode Of His “Devin Townsend Podcast”

Devin Townsend has shared the 14th episode of his “Devin Townsend Podcast.” This one finds the frontman discussing The Devin Townsend Project’s 2011 album “Ghost.”

Devin Townsend Discusses “Deconstruction” In 13th Episode Of His “Devin Townsend Podcast”

Devin Townsend has shared the 13th episode of his “Devin Townsend Podcast.” This one finds the frontman discussing The Devin Townsend Project’s “Deconstruction.”

Devin Townsend To Release “Devolution Series #1 – Acoustically Inclined, Live In Leeds” In March

Devin Townsend has announced that the first release in his “Devolution Series” will be available on March 19. the effort, which is titled “Devolution Series #1 – Acoustically Inclined, Live In Leeds,” will feature a 2019 acoustic set that he played in Leeds, UK in 2019.

Townsend commented:

“So we bring to you the ‘Devolution Series’: a grouping of oddities and interesting material that I would like people to hear, but don’t necessarily want to present as a ‘major release’.

The series will include all the quarantine songs and concerts, as well as various live shows from the past few years.

The first release is a remixed and remastered version of the ‘Live in Leeds’ show that was originally on the ‘Empath’ Ultimate Edition. It was a cool acoustic show that deserves to be heard I think, so we can use this as an introduction to the series.

I’m am currently deep in the writing of my new projects and am very excited to be doing so. Thanks for facilitating my ability to do that, and I hope you enjoy the ‘Devolution Series’.”

“Devolution Series #1 – Acoustically Inclined, Live In Leeds” Track Listing:

01. “Intro”
02. “Let It Roll”
03. “Funeral”
04. “Deadhead”
05. “Ih-Ah!”
06. “Love?”
07. “Hyperdrive!”
08. “Terminal”
09. “Coast”
10. “Solar Winds”
11. “Things Beyond Things”

Pre-orders can be found HERE and a video for “Hyperdrive!” can be found below:

Devin Townsend Offers Update On His Current Projects Including New Albums, A Film, & A Graphic Novel

Devin Townsend has taken to Twitter to offer an update on his current projects. Among them are two new albums, a film, and a graphic novel.

Townsend said the following:

“Update on what’s going on creatively: over the last 6 months, I’ve been working on two ‘scores’ that have become a film, 2 albums, and a graphic novel among other things called ‘The Puzzle’

It’s become a massive project with a lot of great people involved. It’s not ‘song oriented’ and is complicated and abstract. The film has become a tremendous undertaking and we will be streaming it online when it debuts, (along with physical product that is pretty next level)

The concept is meant to describe the last year of chaos and the psychological process it required of us all. The music and visuals act as an analogy for it. The number of people involved (30-40) represents a sort of community amidst it.

There’s two albums: ‘Puzzle’ is chaos and meant to represent the internal dialogue in a fundamentally absurd time, ‘Snuggles’ is meant to be a beautiful balm that acts as a conclusion and something you can listen to on loop to feel better. Both have a film.

The concept of it all, (which I’ll explain in Youtube clips pior to the release), is such that I hope it inspires people- if visually inclined- to make their own graphic novels, films, books etc, using the music as a soundtrack.

The Puzzle is written to be my version of a soundtrack to a kind of universal experience we’ve shared I guess…the movie and books we are producing are meant as examples of the concept…as in: ‘everybody’s puzzle is unique, based on the same experiences’

My work has always really just been a product of a compulsion to reflect what’s going on in my life. If things are chaotic, it’s bound to be chaotic. It’s been a very bizarre work flow, but it’s starting to come together now. Delivery date is March 22, release 2-3 months later.

Finally in August, I will be begin recording my next actual ‘album’ (with songs) for release early 2022. (Untitled so far) but before that, The Puzzle is something very different and really fascinating I think.

I’ll be back to podcasts and twitch streams when the workload lightens a touch here. Be well and thanks for everything.”

[via The PRP]

Devin Townsend Working On Music For A Kids Show In The UK

Devin Townsend is currently working on new music for a kids show in the UK. The frontman revealed the news in the below tweet. In other news, Townsend has also launched the 12th episode of his “Devin Townsend Podcast.” The latest episode focuses on “Addicted” and it can be found HERE.

Watch Devin Townsend’s Recent Holiday Livestream Show

Yesterday (December 23), Devin Townsend played a virtual holiday show. You can check out that set below. Townsend commented:

“Heres a rough upload, I will mix it better when we release it all in a box set next year… I hope you have a happy holiday =) Dev”

Devin Townsend On Upcoming Album: “‘The Puzzle’ Is Abstract, Stream-Of-Conscious, Super-Complicated, Complex, Ambient Nonsense”

During a recent interview with Guitar Interactive, Devin Townsend discussed his upcoming album “The Puzzle.” According to the frontman, the effort is “abstract, stream-of-conscious, super-complicated, complex, ambient nonsense.”

Townsend said the following:

“By being as honest with yourself as possible, what’s gonna come out of you is gonna be a reflection of your current reality. The current reality we’ve had this year is a fucking gong show. It’s abstract, unpredictable, fearful, chaotic nonsense. And so that’s what I made.”

“‘The Puzzle’ is abstract, stream-of-conscious, super-complicated, complex, ambient nonsense. And it has a movie and a graphic novel. If it was anything other than abstract, chaotic nonsense, I think I would have been full of shit. If I came out of this being, like, ‘Hey, man, here’s a bunch of songs. This is about everybody needs to get together,’ and all this sort of stuff, I’d be, like, ‘Well, you’re not paying attention then.’ Because how I feel is abstract and chaotic and fighting for emotional equilibrium. And so that’s what I wrote. And as a result of that, it’s exactly what I should have written… It’s a narrative about what I perceived as the human condition, but through my own filter… And there’s an animator and a graphic artist and this crazy four-dimensional type of artwork that I’ve been working on. And it’s beautiful and so strange, but that’s what this year was, man.”

He also revealed that the record will be released alongside an hour-long film that he is trying to get on Netflix:

“I took these abstract pieces of art that Travis Smith had done, and I put a filter on them in Premiere [software] that basically fills in all the negative space with colors and shapes. And we do massive zooms on parts of it, and that becomes a landscape, and then we make it three-dimensional. And we take these pieces of art and turn them into environments, and then we animate them with stick people, and those stick people are meant to represent really basic, mundane human activities amidst these imposing, terrifying landscapes. And then the music becomes the soundtrack to that.”

Townsend went on to say the album will be released through his own label in 2021:

“InsideOut, or Sony, or whoever is responsible for it at this point, they said, ‘We don’t want you to release a record until 2022. So we want you to spend this year writing it.’ And I have been. I’ve written a ton of songs. It’s right yet. But I’ve been writing songs — good songs, actually, with screams and heavy riffs and whatever. But it’s not where I’m at.

Because I’m not supposed to start recording [the next album for InsideOut] until August [of 2021], ‘The Puzzle’ was sort of like a sideline. So it’s not necessarily like the next record, but it is. So I called up Sony. I said, ‘Listen, I’m gonna send you ‘The Puzzle’, and I think you’ll figure out pretty quick that you’re not gonna wanna spend a load of money trying to promote this, because it’s gonna have a limited throw. But I have to do it. So can I do it on my own?’ And they said yes.”

[via Blabbermouth]