Devin Townsend Talks Upcoming Albums

Devin Townsend has been tweeting about the four albums he’s been working on, including a new Devin Townsend Project album called “Empath,“ his “cock symphony” project “The Moth,” and two other untitled releases. He posted the following:

[via The PRP]

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Devin Townsend To Film Plovdiv, Bulgaria “Ocean Machine: Biomech” 20th Anniversary Show For New Blu-Ray/DVD

Devin Townsend has confirmed that his September 22 “Ocean Machine: Biomech“ 20th anniversary show at the Ancient Theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria will be fimed for a new Blu-ray/DVD. He tweeted the following:

[via The PRP]

Devin Townsend & Steve Vai To Reunite Onstage For The First Time In 25 Years

Devin Townsend was recently interviewed by eonmusic.co.uk, and revealed that he will take the stage with Steve Vai for the first time in 25 years. That performance will take place at the Starmus Festival: Live And The Universe science and arts event, which will be held on June 18-23 in Trondheim, Norway. Townsend said the following:

“We’re doing one of my songs with an orchestra, and I’m singing with him for the first time in 25 years. I’m also playing some of his stuff, so I think, now that I’ve been elevated to Riff Lord, I may get a promotion!”

Comeback Kid Premiere New Song “Absolute” Featuring Devin Townsend

Comeback Kid have signed a new deal with Nuclear Blast in all territories except Canada, where New Damage/Dine Alone will handle the band’s next release. To celebrate, the group have premiered a new song titled “Absolute” feat. Devin Townsend, via Noisey.

Andrew Neufeld said the following:

“We are ecstatic to be signing with Nuclear Blast. A label that has been running for 30 years and home to some of hardcore and metal’s most integral acts. Like Comeback Kid, Nuclear Blast is a label that focuses it’s energy globally as they have offices all over the world. That is really exciting for us as a band that prides itself on playing in as many corners of the earth as possible.

Here in Canada we are joining up with long time friends at New Damage/Dine Alone. We have worked closely with them before so we know it will be a great fit and fresh start in our home country.

Our new album is going to be the most diverse and interesting record yet in my opinion. There are a few collaborations and we stepped outside of our box and out of our comfort zone a lot on this one. I’ve worked with Devin Townsend on another project before so to have him sing on “Absolute” was awesome for us.

I was conjuring up his vocal style anyways when laying down the guide vocals before we knew he was on board for the song. When we asked him to be a part of it he was open and willing so we thank him for that. He definitely put his unique stamp on it.

On to the next chapter for Comeback Kid with a new team to help us share our music. We will be starting a new cycle of touring around the world starting this summer. Can’t wait to share what we have been working on.”

Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt On Possible Side Project With Devin Townsend: “If It Happens, It’s Not Gonna Be Anything Big”

Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt recenlty talked a bit about his possible side project with Devin Townsend during an interview with Rock Hard Magazine. He is unsure if it will actually happen, but if it does, he says it will be a project that focuses on vocals, and that “it’s not gonna be anything big.”

Åkerfeldt said the following:

“Well, actually, if I say anything about it, people are gonna be expecting something to be released. Some of these… I don’t know how many projects I’ve been in, and all of them have been talked about when you’re drunk. I had a band with Jeff Loomis, from now Arch Enemy. [We were] like, ‘We’re gonna have a band.’

And a band with Brent from Mastodon. And I was gonna have a band with Yngwie Malmsteen, even if I never met him. But [there was] talk [of] a lot of shit—a lot of shit. But this one, and since [Devin] already mentioned it, yeah, I talked to him about doing something. Not [just] me and him… If it happens, which it may well not do, it will be like a band of musicians.

I came up with the idea, talked to one guy from Sweden that I love his voice. I talked to him, and he’s, like, ‘If you’re doing it, if you’re in, I’m in.’ And then I met a keyboard player, asked him and he said, ‘Yeah, I’m in.’ I talked to a drummer, ‘I’m in.’ I talked to Devin, ‘I’m in.’

The idea for this—again, if this happens—is to have a band consisting of lead singers. So the vocals first and instruments second, because that’s been gone missing in music, I think, now. So people that are comfortable singing lead vocals. And then if they are a bass player or a drummer, that’s great. But the singer is the most important thing, that they have a lead-vocal-type voice, if you know what I mean.

So the band, if it happens, it’s not gonna be anything big — [we’ll] just do a record for the fun, if we get there, and, like I said, focus on singing and harmony vocals. Like, one takes the lead and the other guys are singing harmonies. Because I love vocals and I’ve been missing that in the rock scene.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Devin Townsend Says He Is Writing Four Albums

It looks like Devin Townsend is working on four new albums. He tweeted the following: