Devin Townsend is now ready to release his newest endeavor entitled Empath. Townsend has worked on this album for at least a year and a half as it will finally be released on March 29th via InsideOut Music. Of course, the year and a half of making the record has taken Townsend to new places in his musical journey and we are curious to hear it. In a video now available to stream, Townsend talks about what fans can expect from the upcoming record:
“Hello everybody, this is Devin Townsend and I would like to formally announce that after almost a year and a half of working, I have finished Empath. Now this record has taken me down a lot of very interesting psychological and technical avenues and the process was documented from the very get-go by a series of documentary videos that I have done, that outline everything from the gestation of the idea to the actualisation of it, through all the existential ups and downs that went on. As such this record is different to any record that I have released thus far, and trying to get people on board for what it is versus what it isn’t, I think needs to be dealt with in a different way. Stay tuned for the making of Empath – the video series.”
As promised, There will be a handful of guest musicians on the album including Frank Zappa alumni Mike Keneally as music director, as well as Morgan Ågren (Mats And Morgan, Frank Zappa, Fredrik Thordendal), Anup Sastry (Monuments, Periphery), Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth, Abigail Williams), Nathan Navarro, Elliot Desagnes, Steve Vai, Chad Kroeger, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Ché Aimee Dorval, Ryan Dhale and the Elektra Women’s Choir.
Empath will be released on Limited 2 CD Digipak, Standard CD Jewelcase, Gatefold 180G 2LP Vinyl + CD + LP-booklet & as digital album. A documentary video series will be made as Townsend releases tracks from the new album. It will be a unique and expressive delivery method from Townsend who naturally holds a passionate and extremely interesting musical voice.
Watch the video below.