Devin Townsend has announced the 3rd release in his Devolution series – “Empath Live In America”, will be released on August 4th, 2023. The Devolution series so far has comprised some unique live performance, and this one is no different. “Empath Live In America” is a document of the tour that was cut short in early 2020 due to the onset of the pandemic. Featuring a stripped back version of the ‘Order of Magnitude’ band, this release captures a raw and off-kilter performance, and you can check out the first track from the release , ‘Evermore’, below.
As Devin explains: “Hello everyone 🙂 continuing in the ‘Devolution’ series of albums (which has been an avenue for us to release cool little curiosities on the side of regular releases) we bring you ‘Devolution #3 – Empath Live In America’.
This was a very unique tour for me, and one that was regrettably cut short by the pandemic. It was a stripped back version of the ‘Order of Magnitude’ band (without choir and a few other members…), but as i try to do with each tour, the goal was to make this a unique and special night. Therefore, this tour marked a ‘free form’ version of the material. There were no backing tracks, click tracks, or even a setlist, so every night was unique and different. The audience yelled out requests and we just rolled with it. The material was therefore interpreted in unique ways and the experience was a very special ‘fly by the seat of our pants’ musical night.
It’s a raw and off kilter performance and I’m thrilled to have documented it. Until the next ‘real’ release, I hope you enjoy this rarity from a special, albeit ill-fated tour.”
The line-up for this album saw Devin joined by Mike Keneally, Nathan Navarro, Diego Tejeida, Morgan Ågren & Ché Aimee Dorval. “Devolution #3 – Empath Live In America” will be available as a limited CD digipak, Gatefold 180g 2LP & as digital album. Pre-order “Devolution #3 – Empath Live In America” HERE.
Devin is set to join this Summer’s hottest progressive metal ticket in North America, as part of the DreamSonic tour headlined by Dream Theater & also including Animals As Leaders. Kicking off on the 16th June, this mammoth tour will take them all the way through to the end of July. Find the full list of dates at the official DreamSonic site.
Devin Townsend released his most recent studio album “Lightwork” in late 2022, with Metal Injection calling it a “superb addition to his one-of-a-kind catalogue”. Listen HERE.
For “Lightwork”, Devin decided to see what would happen if he included a producer (an experiment he has been excited to attempt for some time) to help guide this selection of material. He chose long-time friend GGGarth (Richardson) to help bring this idea to fruition, and through a difficult (but wonderful) process, the next Devin album have been delivered.
The name “Lightwork” represents the music, as well as the act of creating music, as a kind of ‘light in the dark’ while trying to navigate the seemingly endless challenges that life can often present. When things seem like there’s no way out’ or that a situation becomes seemingly insurmountable, the connection to music, family, and creativity became a light in the dark that ended up in this wonderful album.