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Devin Townsend Project

Formed: 2008
From: Vancouver, Canada
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Devin Townsend Project News

Below is our complete Devin Townsend Project news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Devin Towsend Announces Tour With Periphery

Following the announcement of the new Devin Townsend Project album "Z²" and the subsequent lightning-fast sell out of London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall venue for his show on the 13th of April next year, the band can now reveal an extensive run of European shows for 2015, which will include support from Periphery and Shining.

Devin had this to say: "Now that the recording and mixing for Z2 is finished, it’s time to gear up for touring again! There’s a bunch of events coming up, and one of them that I'm extremely proud to announce is a European headlining tour with support from the incredible Periphery and the insane Shining!

"That’s a heck of a line-up I think, each band is doing something unique from each other, yet are really well defined. It will be an opportunity for us to explore our back catalog as well as the Z2 albums, Sky Blue and Dark Matters (from the upcoming double album, Z2).

"One of the greatest things about doing this for as long as I have is that we get to do these sorts of awesome events. I can’t even begin to express how honored I am to share the stage with these incredible bands, and to have such overwhelming support from the audience lately. It’s honestly just an absolute pleasure to do this.

"So it is with great pride I invite you to the show! Hopefully we come near you, let’s do this!" More...

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Devin Townsend To Tour With Animals As Leaders

Devin Townsend has been hard at work on the new Devin Townsend Project and Ziltoid 2 records for the past few months, preparing the world for Ziltoid The Omniscient's triumphant return and the follow-up to the previous "Epicloud" album.

In support of this forthcoming epic double album due out in October, Hevy Devy will join Animals As Leaders for a co-headlining tour in November/December, with Monuments as support.

Nov. 17 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
Nov. 18 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom *
Nov. 19 - Kelowna, BC - Level Nightclub *
Nov. 21 - Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
Nov. 22 - Calgary, AB - The Gateway *
Nov. 23 - Saskatoon, SK - O'Brians Event Centre
Nov. 24 - Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick Centre *
Nov. 25 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Nov. 26 - Chicago, IL - Metro *
Nov. 28 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall *
Nov. 29 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
Nov. 30 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre * More...

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Dave Young Posts "Ziltoid 2" Studio Video

Guitarist Dave Young from Devin Townsend Project has released an in-studio video showcasing working on the forthcoming "Ziltoid 2" album, which follows 2007's celebrated "Ziltoid The Omniscient."

The band also recently called on fans to submit their own audio files so they can be heard singing on the impending Ziltoid release. Further details on the album are still forthcoming.

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Insense To Support Devin Townsend Project

Insense will join Devin Townsend Project dates as support in Scandinavia this March, with tickets available at this location. Dates are as follows:

Mar 10 Debaser Medis – Stockholm, Sweden
Mar 11 KB – Malmö, Sweden
Mar 13 Pakkahuone – Tampere, Finland
Mar 14 The Circus – Helsinki, Finland

Indie Recordings also comments:

"Insense is something of a well-kept secret in the Norwegian metal scene. While the country is renowned for its black metal, Insense has steered away anything remotely close to corpse paint and Satan worshiping in monochrome forests. Their sound is all their own. They’ve been compared to everything from Machine Head to Dillinger Escape Plan, from Pantera to Strapping Young Lad, from Slipknot to Meshuggah. The truth is, while of course being huge fans of all the aforementioned, Insense doesn’t sound like any of them.

"Insense started out as a technical metal outfit in 1999 and has slowly but surely refined their sound, via a very aggressive second record, to the more modern Insense sound of technically impressive riffs and melodic desperation. With ever growing confidence, Insense presents De:Evolution, the fifth installment with 14 tracks of desperate aggression."

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Devin Townsend Posts "Kingdom" Performance Clip

Devin Townsend recently recorded a performance video for EMG TV to showcase his EMG pickups with support from Fractal Audio and D'Addario. Check out the "Kingdom" performance video below.

In other recent news, Devin Towsend Project's "The Retinal Circus" DVD was named our top metal DVD of the year. Read the full 2013 year-end award article at this location.

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Metalunderground.com's Best Of 2013 Awards

We come now to the end of a year overflowing with metallic fury from bands new and old, regrouped and long-running, and covering just about every imaginable sub-genre.

More than anything 2013 was characterized by returns of bands long dormant, with highlights for fans easily coming from the reemergence of Carcass, Gorguts, Summoning, Extol, and Black Sabbath.

While there were some notable critical flops (“Super Collider” and the self-titled “Satyricon” come to mind), this year featured an overall satisfying lineup of good, great, and even fantastic albums from across the metal spectrum. That’s a boon for metal heads, but it also makes it harder for us to easily nail down clear winners in our categories as votes come in from our diverse staff of contributors positioned around the globe.

Long running staples of the European scene made their marks as usual in 2013, with new albums from Amon Amarth, Amorphis, Stratovarius, and Dark Tranquillity. Interestingly, the U.S. wasn’t left behind as much this year, with tunes out from Skeletonwitch, Subrosa, Toxic Holocaust, Vattnet Viskar, ASG, Castevet, Inter Arma, and more.

Just because Testament wasn’t around didn’t mean thrash slouched off either, with Sodom, Onslaught, Evile, and Death Angel bringing out the big guns. The experimental and avant-garde side saw weirdly awesome releases from Oranssi Pazazu, Code, and Tribulation, while unexpectedly different offerings arrived courtesy of Watain and Darkthrone. Death metal meanwhile bore witness to newly unleashed material from the likes of Suffocation, Deicide, Autopsy, Hail of Bullets, Hypocrisy, and Six Feet Under. More...

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Devin Townsend To Release Limited Edition 10"

Last month, the Devin Townsend Project released "The Retinal Circus," a recording of Hevy Devy's sold-out show at the Roundhouse in London in 2012 (check out the unboxing video here).

On Black Friday (Nov. 29th), a white 10" with two tracks from this special live extravaganza will be available at participating retailers in the USA. Entitled Lucky Animals "Live From The Retinal Circus," the 10" features hand-drawn cover artwork by Devin himself and the following track-listing:

Side A
1. Lucky Animals
Side B
1. Truth

Limited to 1000 copies, this exclusive 10" will disappear fast. To find a store that carries Lucky Animals "Live From The Retinal Circus," please visit this location. More...

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Devin Townsend Unboxes "The Retinal Circus"

Last month, the Devin Townsend Project released "The Retinal Circus," an epic recording of his sold-out show at the Roundhouse in London in 2012.

A very special diehard deluxe fan box was created, and Devin himself has put together a video showing just what treasures can be found inside this unique release. Check out the unboxing clip below.

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Devin Townsend Posts "The Retinal Circus" Clip

After releasing extensive CD/DVD set "The Retinal Circus" last week, the Devin Townsend Project is now premiering a video clip of "Kingdom" taken from the DVD. Check out the clip below, courtesy of Loudwire.com.

Featuring a three hour plus performance that spans Devin Townsend's entire career, "The Retinal Circus" takes place at London's historic Roundhouse venue and includes a full choir and theatrical cast, visual and aural enhancements unlike any show Devin has done to date, several special guests, circus performances and more. More...

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Mike Portnoy Talks Prog Nation Cruise

While on tour with his American power trio - The Winery Dogs - Mike Portnoy filmed an epic and personalized invite video to his first ever Progressive Nation at Sea Cruise.

Portnoy takes you band by band and leads you through the musical adventure that attendees have to look forward to at this one of a kind, floating prog festival taking place February 2014. Mike Portnoy had this to say:

"I could not be any prouder or any more excited than I am for Progressive Nation At Sea 2014. It is my ultimate dream lineup ranging from legends like Jon Anderson & Adrian Belew to Prog trailblazers like Spock's Beard & the Flower Kings to today's most extreme cutting edge artists like Devin Townsend and Periphery.

"I am also excited to be playing with Bigelf, PSMS & Transatlantic...the final encore of which will see Transatlantic & Jon Anderson joining forces for a one-time only set of Yes classics! This is going to be a historic experience and the Prog event of the Millennium! You will not want to miss out on this!"

The lineup features Adrian Belew's Power Trio, Devin Townsend Project, King's X, Spock's Beard, The Flower Kings, Pain Of Salvation, Anathema, Riverside, Periphery, Animals as Leaders, The Safety Fire, Tony Harnell & Bumblefoot, Bigelf, Beardfish, The Dear Hunter, Haken, Jolly, Anneke van Giersbergen, Mark Mikel and Next to None. More...

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Devin Townsend Posts "War" Clip

After releasing "Epicloud" last year, the Devin Towsend Project will be giving fans a new DVD/CD set this fall, entitled "Retinal Circus."

Due out October 29th in the USA via InsideOut Music (September 30th in Europe), fans can now watch a video clip of the track "War" taken from said DVD below. Retinal Circus will be available as a 2 DVD/2 CD digipack set with the following imports available at CM Distro:

--standard 2-disc DVD
--standard 1-disc Blu-Ray
--standard 2-CD audio
--special edition 2-DVD/1-Blu Ray/2-CD box set
--diehard deluxe fan box incl. 2-DVD/1-Blu Ray/2-CD

Filmed in fall 2012, the "Retinal Circus "takes place at London's historic Roundhouse venue and includes a three hour plus performance that spans Devin Townsend's entire career. More...

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Devin Townsend To Release CD/DVD Set

From February 18th - 22nd, the Devin Townsend Project will join "Progressive Nation At Sea 2014," the premier prog cruise featuring Transatlantic, Portnoy Sheehan Macalpine Sherinian, King's X, Pain of Salvation, Animals as Leaders, The Safety Fire, Bigelf, and more.

Heading from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay and Freeport, Bahamas, this 4-day event is set in the Caribbean and on the Norwegian Pearl cruise ship where fans are encouraged to enjoy music from morning 'til night. Visit this location to register for the pre-sale.

After releasing "Epicloud" last year, the Devin Townsend Project will be giving fans a new CD/DVD set this fall, entitled "Retinal Circus." Due out October 29th in the USA via InsideOut Music (September 30th in Europe), "Retinal Circus" will be available as a 2 DVD/2 CD digipack set with the following imports available at CM Distro:

--standard 2-disc DVD
--standard 1-disc Blu-Ray
--standard 2-CD audio
--special edition 2-DVD/1-Blu Ray/2-CD box set
--diehard deluxe fan box incl. 2-DVD/1-Blu Ray/2-CD (full details of its contents to be revealed soon)

Filmed in fall 2012, the "Retinal Circus" takes place at London's historic Roundhouse venue and includes a three hour plus performance that spans Devin Townsend's entire career. More...

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Devin Townsend Project Posts DVD Teaser

After releasing "Epicloud" last year, the Devin Townsend Project is now ready to give fans the first preview of the next release: the "Retinal Circus" CD/DVD set. In regards to the Retinal Circus, Devin Townsend comments:

"So closing in on 8 months of work, we're almost finished with the 'Retinal Circus'! It's been a huge amount of work for everyone, from the show, down to DVD & Blu-ray authoring, artwork, logistics...(not to mention the show itself!) but we're almost there, and when watched in its entirety, it's really a heck of an experience!

"To tie you over until it's out, here's a clip of the song 'Grace'...It's out of context obviously, but hopefully gives you a vague idea of what's about to come out. It's been a ton of work for everybody and we're really quite proud of it...When the final products have been produced, we'll let you know! Fun! Whew!!!"

Watch a clip of "Grace" from "Retinal Circus" (featuring frequent collaborator Anneke Van Giersbergen) in the player below.

Filmed in fall 2012, the "Retinal Circus" takes place at London's historic Roundhouse venue and includes a 3+ hour performance that spans Devin Townsend's entire career. With a full choir and theatrical cast, visual and aural enhancements unlike any show Devin has done to date, several special guests, circus performances and more, this CD/DVD set is a must-have for any Hevy Devy fan. "Retinal Circus" will be available as a 2 DVD/2 CD digipack set in North America (release date TBA), with the following imports available at CM Distro:

- standard 2-disc DVD
- standard 1-disc Blu-Ray
- standard 2-CD audio
- special edition 2-DVD/1-Blu Ray/2-CD box set
- diehard deluxe fan box 2-DVD/1-Blu Ray/2-CD (full details of its contents to be revealed soon) More...

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Devin Townsend Project Guitarist To Miss Shows

The Devin Townsend Project will be performing live in Europe in support of latest album "Epicloud." The band's namesake has now posted the following message online about guitarist Dave Young missing these upcoming appearances:

"Hey guys, we're about to leave for Europe for a bunch of great festivals, but there has been a real unfortunate family emergency for our guitarist, Dave Young.

"Instead of cancelling the shows, we have decided to continue with just me on the guitar. After this unfortunate situation we will be back as usual. Looking forward to seeing you guys! Thanks for the support!"

For more info on the coming festival appearances, head over to the Devin Townsend Facebook profile.

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The Atlas Moth Denied Entry To Canada

The Atlas Moth recently embarked on a North American tour with Gojira and Devin Townsend, but bad news has arrived for Canadian fans. The band issued the following statement about being denied entry into the country:

"Unfortunately, the Canadian border is not letting us in. We will meet up with the tour again in Seattle. This is out of our control and we apologize to anyone That was coming out to these shows to see us. This DOES NOT necessarily reflect what will be happening for our Toronto & Montreal dates in Feb. as of now the only dates affected are the Saskatoon/Calgary/Vancouver."

The full list of tour dates is available here, and upcoming shows to feature The Atlas Moth are as follows: More...

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Metalunderground.com's Best Of 2012 Awards

Metalunderground.com wishes all our regulars and newcomers a happy new year as we look forward to a 2013 full of improvements and hopefully even more awesome metal than the preceding year. The 2011 “best of the year” piece ended up so late it actually became an April Fool’s joke (with “Lulu” of course winning the top album spot), but this time around we’re going to dive right into a retrospective of the last 365 days of metal and how they impacted the scene at large.

Recent years have been fairly uneven for metal, punctuated by stellar releases surrounded by flops and mediocre albums from the big names. We’ve seen the continuing sad decline of some of the oldest and biggest names in metal in the past few years, but 2012 shook that up and was a year where the underground earned a greater focus.

2012 was a highly productive year for several prominent sub-genres (power, prog, and djent all saw a horde of releases from acts both known and unknown), but a little more sparse for others (there were only a handful of symphonic black metal releases by established bands.) Considering the sheer number of albums, EPs, singles, demos, etc. that see the light of day per year, we’re inevitably going to end up overlooking some that were definitely good releases, so please accept our apologies in advance if a band you dig didn’t get a nod. We love all forms of metal, and there’s just no way to cover everything that happened in 2012 in a single article.

While 2012 was an off-year on the release schedule for some of the highest profile acts, there were still plenty of bands in the upper echelons that dropped new material. Metaldom saw albums hit from the likes of Between the Buried and Me, Therion, The Sword, Dethklok, Cradle of Filth, Kamelot, Enslaved, Katatonia, Korpiklaani, Borknagar, and Lacuna Coil. Obviously that alone covers a huge range of sound, and we also got to hear some highly anticipated new material from God Seed, Ministry, Wintersun, Baroness, Meshuggah, Woods of Ypres, and Ex Deo. Some of those ended up being worth the hype, while others didn’t meet the high level of expectation, and below you’ll see how our contributors voted on last year’s releases.

Before we jump into the different categories and winners, I’d like to mention how this was such a good year for bands that mash up genres. Fans of different styles colliding were in for a treat as cross-genre experimentation seems to be becoming more of the norm these days. The Wretched End blended together death and thrash, Diablo Swing Orchestra worked swing music into metal, Kontrust melds pop and metal, Stealing Axion worked through just about every sub-genre that exists, and Nachtblut blurred the lines between industrial and symphonic black metal. It seems like this trend is running strong and cross pollination is going to widen metal fan’s musical horizons and introduce mainstream music enthusiasts into the more extreme stuff. More...

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Century Media Offering Compilation Download

Century Media Records is currently offering a free download of the "Carnival of Sounds II" compilation, which can be found at this location. The digital sampler includes tracks from:

In Flames
Devin Townsend
Stealing Axion
7 Horns 7 Eyes
Nachtmystium
Napalm Death
Paradise Lost
Fozzy
Jeff Loomis
Destiny Potato
Monuments
Vildhjarta
Borknagar
3 Inches of Blood
Iced Earth
Geoff Tate More...

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Devin Townsend Project Releases New Music Video

The Devin Townsend Project has teamed up with Metal Hammer to release a new music video for "Lucky Animals," which features a variety of fan-submitted videos. "Lucky Animals" comes off the band's new album "Epicloud."

To find out more about the video and the album, check out our recent interview with Devin Townsend here. The video can be viewed below or over at Metalhammer.co.uk.

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The Atlas Moth Supporting Gojira/Devin Townsend

At the start of the new year (pending the world doesn’t end), The Atlas Moth will be embarking on a North American tour in January/February supporting Gojira and Devin Townsend. This tour will take the band through the U.S. as well as multiple dates in Canada. Details are as follows:

01/14 Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
01/15 Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
01/16 Saskatoon, SK @ Odeon Events Centre
01/17 Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
01/19 Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
01/20 Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
01/21 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
01/23 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
01/24 Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
01/25 Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theatre
01/28 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
01/29 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
01/31 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre
02/1 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
02/3 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
02/4 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
02/5 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
02/7 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
02/8 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
02/9 Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls
02/11 Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
02/13 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
02/14 Montreal, QC @ Le National
02/15 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
02/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts More...

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Dunderbeist To Support Fear Factory/Devin Townsend

Dunderbeist is heading out on a European Tour in November as an opener for Fear Factory and Devin Townsend Project. Dates are available below. This week Dunderbeist also released the first single, "Father Serpent," from the upcoming album "Songs Of The Buried." The single is available on iTunes and Spotify.

Dunderbeist is sorry to announce that the band has to postpone the planned and already confirmed Djerv/Dunderbeist Tour in December. Here is Djerv’s statement on this matter: "We’re sad to announce we are postponing our European tour in December. Events outside our control make it impossible to go through with this headliner run. We apologize to our fans who had bought tickets and to the promoters who had been working with us on this tour. We will be back soon, rest assured. Thanks for your support and understanding."

Dunderbeist comments: “Dunderbeist are truly sorry about this as well, but we hope that some of you can make it to some of our November shows instead, OR wait till we get the new 2013 dates for the Djerv tour. Also we have to cancel the show in Alta (Norway) on nov 16th cause of the Fear Factory/Devin Townsend tour. We are truly sorry about this, having to let you guys down. Alta is one of our favourite cities to play, and we are pulling every string to find a new date for you guys!" More...

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