Devin Townsend Shares Episode Nine of His Podcast – “The New Black” by Strapping Young Lad

Devin Townsend who launched his own podcast series during the pandemic has released the ninth episode. Check out Episode #9, featuring Devy’s take on The New Black by Strapping Young Lad! Continue reading

Devin Townsend Shares Episode Eight of his Podcast – Synchestra, The Hummer, Devlab

Devin Townsend who launched his own podcast series during the pandemic has released the seventh episode. Check out Episode #8, featuring Devy’s take on his solo works such as  Synchestra, The Hummer, and Devlab. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Unleash The Archers – Abyss

Continuing with the concept of Apex (Napalm Records), Canadian power metal quartet Unleash The Archers return with their fifth full-length album, Abyss (Napalm), a direct sequel to its 2017 predecessor. Continue reading

Devin Townsend Announces “Order Of Magnitude – Empath Live Volume 1” and New Livestream Concert Series

Devin Townsend has announced a new live album based on his wildly successful quarantine charity livestream shows, and a new series of events too. The first new concert took place this past weekend in support of Vancouver’s General Hospital, selling close to 2000 tickets, and raising nearly 50,000 dollars. Devin has put together an impressive 4-camera rig for these streams, controlled using nothing more than an Xbox controller. You can watch a recording below. The second will be in support of the NHS in the UK, and the third will be in support of hotspot hospitals in New York. Shows will last around 50 minutes, with different setlists each time. The top donors for each show will receive signed merchandise from Omerch, album goodies from InsideOut as well as several high-end products from a number of Devin’s gear companies such as Mooer, Fractal, Toontrack, Dunlop and |Fishman to name a few. All ticket buyers will also receive a (somewhat tidied-up) remixed version of the show’s audio recording. Devy will also release Order Of Magnitude – Empath Live Volume 1 on October 23, a document of his winter 2019 European tour that saw him taking on possibly his most ambitious live show to date. Continue reading

Bloodstock Open Air 2021 Adds Mercyful Fate and Dimmu Borgir!

 

Bloodstock Open Air, rebooked for 2021, has announced a new headliner! The great Heavy Metal legends Mercyful Fate, featuring King Diamond, will headline the Ronnie James Dio stage on Saturday, along with Dimmu Borgir as special guests. Watch a new trailer now!
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ALBUM REVIEW: Black Crown Initiate – Violent Portraits Of Doomed Escape – Century Media

After a four year absence (a handful of single releases aside), Pennsylvania-based Black Crown Initiate return with their third full-length release, Violent Portraits of Doomed Escape (Century Media). From black metal to progressive rock via blasts of technical death metal, BCI effortlessly combine a whole range of differing styles resulting in their most captivating and assured record to date.

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Deftones, Faith No More, System of A Down, Judas Priest, Puscifer, Korn and More to Headline Hellfest 2021 

Hellfest Open Air recently completed its first-ever online streaming festival. Hopefully, the real thing is coming back next summer! The venerable metal and rock fest announced their lineup for 2021, with most of the bands slated to have played in 2020, but canceled due to COVID-19. Deftones, Faith No More, System of A Down, Judas Priest, Puscifer, Korn, Volbeat, Opeth, Dropkick Murphys, Northlane, Deep Purple, Wardruna, Rival Sons, Devin Townsend, Suicidal Tendencies, and many more will perform. Ten more bands will be added soon. Thirteen bands slated to play in 2020, but cannot attend 2021 include Incubus, Mastodon, Infectious Groove, Thy Art Is Murder, Alter Bridge, Baby Metal, Joyous Wolf, Unleashed, Meshuggah, The Black Dahlia Murder, Periphery, Body Count and August Burns Red. Continue reading

Devin Townsend Announces Virtual Concert ‘Empath Volume 2: By Request’ in September

Progressive Rock genius Devin Townsend will host a livestream concert on September 5th: ‘Empath Volume 2: By Request’. Devy will run through the set he was due to perform at this year’s edition of United Kingdom’s Bloodstock Open Air festival. Townsend will be joined by drummer Samus Paulicelli, guitarist Wes Hauch and bassist Liam Wilson. Townsend explains:

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Devin Townsend Shares “Sprite” Music Video from “Empath – The Ultimate Edition”

Devin Townsend has shared a new music video from his upcoming album Empath – The Ultimate Edition, due out on June 5th via InsideOut Music. This video is part of some of the brand new visuals that make up the accompaniment to Devin’s stunning 5.1 mix that is contained on this new version of “Empath”, and was created by Crystal Spotlight. Watch it now below.

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