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]

Anthrax Team Up With Z2 Comics For “Among The Living” Graphic Novel

Anthrax have joined forces with Z2 Comics to create a new graphic novel inspired by their 1987 album “Among The Living“. Members of Slipknot, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, and more contributed to the book, which can be pre-ordered HERE.

A press release offered the following description of the effort:

“An anthology narrated by longtime mascot “The Not Man,” newly designed by Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead), Among the Living unites [Charlie] Benante and [Scott] Ian with writers Brian Azzarello, Grant Morrison, Jimmy Palmiotti, Brian Posehn, Rick Remender, Corey Taylor, Joseph Trohman, Gerard and Mikey Way, and Rob Zombie, with more to be announced.

Artists include Roland Boschi, Maan House, Dave Johnson, Scott Koblish, Darrick Robertson, and Erik Rodriguez, and more, with covers by Benante, JG Jones, and Eric Powell. Band members Benante and Ian will collaborate on an original story inspired by the fan favorite anthem “I Am the Law,” featuring the legendary comic book antihero Judge Dredd, in partnership with 2000 AD.

This will make official the decades long connection between the character and the band, rewarding comic book fans and metalheads alike.”

Charlie Benante commented:

“Doing a comic book has always been a huge goal for me. I’ve tried for years, but something always comes up and sidetracks me. I was ecstatic when Josh Bernstein brought the idea to us to do a graphic novel based on our album ‘Among The Living‘. I felt that it was the perfect time and opportunity to fulfill that dream.

I am a lifelong artist and have been drawing during the pandemic more than ever, so I had the idea to bring my own artwork to this project. As a fan of the Judge Dredd series since the 80’s, it was an honor to create cover art based off of Dredd and Judge Death. The amount of talent that is going into this project is astounding, I scratch my head just thinking about it!”

Scott Ian added:

“Comics are one of the two things (the other thing being Horror) that I’ve been into longer than music. Comics were/are my constant. Music joined the party and became my constant as well. I started a band. I wrote lyrics about comics and horror and they connected with people all over the world. And now for the 40th (40!!!) anniversary of Anthrax, I get to cross the streams and merge my constants with a graphic novel (comic) celebrating the album that made such a mark on the planet – ‘Among The Living.’

Getting to be a part of this process – choosing writers and artists to express what these songs mean to them – has been incredible. I made a wish list of writers/artists/musicians that I would love to be a part of this, not really thinking we’d get them.

I was aiming high, the list had Grant Morrison‘s name at the top – and Grant said yes. Brian Azzarello said yes. Eric Powell, J.G. Jones, Greg Nicotero, Corey Taylor, Rob Zombie, Brian Posehn, Rick Remender, Joe Trohman, Gerard & Mikey Way – they all said yes. Holy crap!”

“I pitched a Judge Dredd story for ‘I Am The Law‘ that I’d been thinking about for a while. It was an idea I actually talked to Grant about one night after an Anthrax show in Glasgow over a few drinks. This idea has stayed with me, I’d never written it down, it was one of those ideas that would smack me in the face every few months demanding to be recognized, I just didn’t have an outlet for it.

And then I did have an outlet with this project but, we didn’t have the rights to use Dredd in our book. You have to ask right? So we sent my idea to the kind folks at Rebellion and they green-lit my story. And there, my friends, is the moment where everything came full circle for me as a life-long comic nerd and the as the guy in Anthrax. Thank you ‘Among the Living.’ for making it all happen.”

Palaye Royale Announce “The Bastards” Graphic Novel And 2021 North American Tour

Palaye Royale have announced that they will be releasing a new graphic novel based on their latest album “The Bastards.” The book is titled “The Bastards: Vol. 1” and it will be available on December 12.

The band commented:

“Welcome to the world of Palaye Royale, where one can reside, reign and recreated themselves when destroyed by living. Ever since the conception of the band and the first single ‘Morning Light’ we have been hiding pieces of this story, within the lyrics, artwork, and visuals. Finally after years of work the doors are opened for all to enter. The best travel one can take in times like these is inside their own mind, in memory or imagination. Get lost in the pages of our book. Enjoy the ride. Love the void.”

Pre-orders can be found HERE. In other news, the group have also announced a 2021 North American tour:

07/07 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
07/09 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
07/10 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
07/12 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
07/13 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
07/14 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
07/16 New York, NY – TBA
07/17 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
07/18 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
07/20 Nashville, TN – TBA
07/21 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
07/22 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
07/24 Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
07/26 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
07/27 Dallas, TX – TBA
07/29 Phoenix, AZ – The Press Room
07/30 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
07/31 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
08/02 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
08/03 Vancouver, BC – Venue Nightclub
08/04 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
08/06 Canada – TBA
08/07 Canada – TBA

Skillet To Release “Victorious: The Aftermath” In September

Skillet will be releasing a deluxe edition of their album “Victorious” on September 11. This version of the effort, which is titled “Victorious: The Aftermath,” will come with eight bonus tracks including two new songs, five reimagined songs, etc. You can find a reimagined version of “Terrify The Dark” below. You can also pre-order a package featuring “Victorious: The Aftermath” and the band’s new graphic novel “Eden II: The Aftermath” HERE.

Poppy To Release New Graphic Novel “Damnation: Poppy’s Inferno”

Poppy has announced that she will be releasing a new graphic novel titled “Damnation: Poppy’s Inferno” on July 21. The singer worked on the book with writer Ryan Cady and it will come with an original soundtrack called “Music To Scream To.”

Z2 publisher Josh Frankel commented:

“We are delighted to work with Poppy again on her follow up to last year’s fantastic debut, Genesis 1. We believe this was one of the best books we published not only in 2019, but in our time as a publisher, and “Damnation: Poppy’s Inferno” is shaping up to be all that and more.”

The following description of the book was also shared:

“You might think you know Poppy, but what if you were only just scratching the surface? What if you could learn more about Poppy at the same time that she learns about herself? Following the story of Poppy’s Inferno, In between two worlds, both of which work to traumatize the unsuspecting into traumatizing others, Poppy finds herself in both literal and figurative Hellscapes, She must walk the thin line between doing what she must to gain her freedom and staying true to her own identity and beliefs. In Poppy’s Inferno our hero must fight against all that try to change her, not allowing anyone to determine how she thinks, feels or hurts, all the while trying to outwit the demons that surround her every step of the way.”

Pre-orders can be found HERE.

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Graphic Novel Inspired By Diamond Head’s “Am I Evil?” In The Works

Jack Mangan is working on a new graphic novel inspired by Diamond Head’s “Am I Evil?.” You can contribute to the project HERE.

Here’s a description of the book:

“Whether it’s Metallica’s iconic cover, or Diamond Head’s groundbreaking original, “Am I Evil?” is the perfect Heavy Metal song, a thrilling 8-minute journey into a world of violence, bloodshed, dark magic, beauty, and vengeance.

“Am I Evil? The Graphic Novel” takes us deep into the story of the song, from the fiery execution of the young anti-hero’s mother, on through his madness, his assassin’s training under The Prince, his connection to the mysterious “sweet and timely whore,” and ultimately, his bloody quest for vengeance.

Join us in visualizing this storytelling journey that began 40 years ago in Stourbridge, England, then leapt from Lars Ulrich’s garage to the largest stages in the world.

How does our anti-hero carry out his revenge? Who are the twenty-seven who killed his mother? Was she really a witch? Find the meaning of the “bodies on the ice” and the “sweet and timely whore” in the pages of the “Am I Evil?” Graphic Novel.”

Rush To Release “A Farewell To Kings” Graphic Novel

Rush have announced that they will be releasing a new graphic novel focusing on the making of their 1977 album “A Farewell to Kings.” The book will be available on September 10 and it will allow fans to “relive the trials and triumphs alongside Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart as they create the masterpiece of progressive rock that gave birth to ‘Closer to the Heart’ and the majestic ‘Xanadu’.” It was co-written by Fantoons’ David Calcano and Lindsay Lee and it will feature artwork by Juan Riera and Ittai Manero. The story was written with input from Lifeson and producer Terry Brown, who was also recruited to write the foreword. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Megadeth Team Up With Heavy Metal For “Death By Design” 35th Anniversary Graphic Novel

Megadeth have announced that they will be releasing a 350-page graphic anthology titled “Death By Design.” The book, which was curated by Dave Mustaine and Heavy Metal, will be available in four different editions at comic stores on June 5 and it will feature various stories inspired by songs on the group’s new greatest hits compilation “Warheads On Foreheads” (out March 22).

Mustaine commented:

“I have always fantasized about Megadeth doing something this gloriously electrifying and gruesome. I hope everyone will enjoy the graphic novel as much as I enjoyed working with Heavy Metal to put it together for you.”

Jeff Krelitz, CEO of Heavy Metal, added:

“Since I was old enough to buy records, Megadeth has been one of my favorite bands, not only for the great storytelling in the music, but the world building imagery on the album covers. This opportunity to meld the two worlds together and tell stories inspired by their songs is a privilege that we are excited to present to the fans.”

Songs, Writers, & Artists:

* “Rattlehead”: Dan Fogler & Andy Belanger
* “Mechanix”: Ben Meares & DAF
* “Killing Is My Business”: Alex de Campi & Mack Chater
* “The Conjuring”: Llexi Leon & Kevin West
* “Wake Up Dead”: Tony Lee & Gyula Nemeth
* “Devils Island”: Sebastian Girmer & Esau Escorza
* “Good Mourning / Black Friday”: Leah Moore, John Reppion & Ben Templesmith
* “Set The World Afire”: Diego Agrimbau & Agustín Alessio
* “In My Darkest Hour”: David Baille & Conor Boyle
* “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due”: Tim Seeley & Ignacio Calero
* “Hangar 18”: Brendon Small & Belén Ortega
* “Tornado Of Souls”: Patrick Kindlon & Marco Turini
* “Rust In Peace…Polaris”: Hector Lima & Garrie Gastonny
* “Five Magics”: Johnathan LaMantia
* “Take No Prisoners”: ML Miller & Carlos Granda
* “Skin O’ My Teeth”: PM Buchan & John Pearson
* “Angry Again”: Homero Rios & Anton Kokarev
* “Symphony Of Destruction”: Justin Jordan & John Bivens
* “Sweating Bullets”: Sean Lewis & Axel Medellin
* “A Tout Le Monde”: Llexi Leon & Richard Friend
* “Train Of Consequences”: James Harvey
* “Reckoning Day”: Jeff Burandt & Jason Gongour
* “Trust”: Frazer Irving
* “She-Wolf”: Curtis Pires & Antonio Fuso
* “Wanderlust”: Abraham Martínez & Patricio Delpeche
* “Dread and the Fugitive Mind”: Jonathan Land & Andrea Mutti
* “Blackmail The Universe”: Haylar García & Abel
* “Washington Is Next!”: Haylar García & Kevin Enhart
* “Head Crusher”: R.G. Llarena & Danijel Zezelj
* “Public Enemy No. 1”: John Ostrander & Miguel Mora
* “Kingmaker”: Brian Wood & Riccardo Burchielli
* “The Threat Is Real”: Joe Keatinge & Anand Radhakrishnan
* “Poisonous Shadows”: Chistine Larsen
* “Death From Within”: Alex de Campi & Wilfredo Torres
* “Dystopia”: David Baille & Simeon Aston

[via Blabbermouth]

Skillet To Release “Eden” Graphic Novel

Skillet have teamed up with Z2 Comics to create “Eden: A Skillet Graphic Novel.” The book is based on an original story by frontman John Cooper and it will be released in late summer. The singer is working on the book with writers Alex Paknadel and Dan Watters and artist Chris Hunt.

Cooper commented:

“I am beyond thrilled about ‘Eden.’ It has always been a dream of mine to create a comic. Comics are still an important part of my life today and I can now share that love with my children with the release of this book. In many ways, this graphic novel is a natural extension of SKILLET’s career. It is about perseverance, unlikely heroes, and faith in what you believe. I hope that the fans love it.”

Josh Frankel, CEO of Z2 Comics, added

“We are very excited to join forces with John Cooper and the entire SKILLET team to create ‘Eden.’ This unique story idea and John’s innate love of comics made this a natural partnership for us. We can’t wait to share this with the world. This further cements Z2 Comics’ reputation as the premier home for artists, musicians and their exclusive graphic novel projects.”

Here’s a description of the comic:

“The story of “Eden: A Skillet Graphic Novel” follows the two main characters of John and Korey (based on the real-life Coopers). To save their family and town, they must uncover the mystery of what lies behind the dreams of a prophecy that threaten to consume them. They set out on a quest that will take them through the barren wastelands and gleaming cities of a near-future Tennessee. Bandmates Seth Morrison and Jen Ledger are also focal characters in the story about survival, determination and strength of personal beliefs.”

“Eden: A Skillet Graphic Novel” will be available as a standard edition and as a deluxe edition. The deluxe version, which is limited to 1000 copies, is autographed by Cooper and it will come as a large, coffee table bound edition with four exclusive prints.