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Devin Townsend Project

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

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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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The Best And Worst Of Metal In 2015

We've almost got another year in the bag, so it's time to take a look back at all that went down throughout 2015 in the world of heavy metal.

This was an uneven year featuring both highs and lows, and metal didn't escape the drama frequent in other styles of music at all in the last 12 months. Echoing previous schisms in famous black metal bands, Immortal finally took its turn imploding and split into two, and this was probably the worst year in recent memory for U.S. metal tours.

On the flip side of that, a solid number of amazing albums saw release, and metal also catapulted to the top of the charts with some major releases that made people outside the underground take notice.

After two solid years dominated by reunions and reboots, it looks like that craze is finally winding down. This year most notably we saw the return of Faith No More with “Sol Invictus,” but on the more underground end industrial black metal outfit Diabolicum also came back with a first album in 14 years. Although not quite on the same scale of time, Arcturus finally returned with a new full-length after a decade's waiting.

While there are less surprise reunions announced for the coming year, there is one classic outfit hitting the road to take note of, as Black Sabbath's “final” tour - dubbed The End - runs through most of 2016 across the globe. While we wait to see what's in store in the coming year, first we'll look back at everything that went down throughout 2015.

The Good: The Best Of Metal In 2015

Both Slayer and Lamb Of God ended up topping the charts with their latest albums (with Lamb Of God even getting nominated for a Grammy). It's not often a metal album hits #2 in the world, but Slayer managed to do it. While not everyone loved the album, the exposure alone is good for the genre overall.

But how was the more underground metal? Simply put: pretty killer, if you knew were to look. There was a solid mix of great albums from long time bands like Amorphis, Cattle Decapitation, Enslaved, and Soilwork, as well as excellent material from newer and less prolific groups like Alkaloid, Tribulation, and Lychgate.

The tried and true classic outfits from Cradle Of Filth to Iron Maiden to My Dying Bride made appearances, and there were some seriously ambitious undertakings (Swallow The Sun released a TRIPLE album). A handful of bands that were already solid managed to really outdo themselves with stellar material this year though, including Subterannean Masquerade, Code, Shining, and Melechesh. More...

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Devin Townsend Posts "March Of The Poozers" Clip

Devin Townsend Project issued a live clip of the track "March of the Poozers." The clip is taken from the upcoming DVD release "Ziltoid Live At the Royal Albert Hall," which is set for release on November 13th via InsideOutMusic.

This larger-than-life evening was captured on film - shot on 15 high-definition cameras. It was directed by Paul M Green (Devin Townsend, Opeth, BB King, Steve Hackett) and features special guests such as Dominique Lenore Persi (Stolen Babies), Chris Jericho (world-famous wrestler and singer of US band Fozzy) and Jean Savoie, with video narration by Bill Courage, as well as 12 singers & actors as cast and choir.

The release comes as a thick deluxe digipak, with the entire set on three CDs, plus a DVD of the entire show! Pre-order it at this location.

Check out "March of the Poozers" here: More...

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Devin Townsend Posts "Ziltoid Live" Preview Clip

Devin Townsend Project issued a preview clip for the upcoming DVD release "Ziltoid Live At the Royal Albert Hall," which is set for release on November 13th via InsideOutMusic.

This larger-than-life evening was captured on film - shot on 15 high-definition cameras. It was directed by Paul M Green (Devin Townsend, Opeth, BB King, Steve Hackett) and features special guests such as Dominique Lenore Persi (Stolen Babies), Chris Jericho (world-famous wrestler and singer of US band Fozzy) and Jean Savoie, with video narration by Bill Courage, as well as 12 singers & actors as cast and choir.

The release comes as a thick deluxe digipak, with the entire set on three CDs, plus a DVD of the entire show! Pre-order it at this location.

Check out the preview here: More...

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Devin Townsend Releasing Ziltoid Live

Earlier this year, Devin Townsend Project played a sold-out show at London’s Royal Albert Hall venue, bringing the story of Ziltoid to life on stage, as well as playing tracks from across his back catalogue.

This larger-than-life evening was captured on film and is set to be released on November 13, 2015. Shot on 15 high-definition cameras, it was directed by Paul M Green (Devin Townsend, Opeth, BB King, Steve Hackett) and features special guests such as Dominique Lenore Persi (Stolen Babies), Chris Jericho (world-famous wrestler and singer of US band Fozzy) and Jean Savoie, with video narration by Bill Courage, as well as 12 singers & actors as cast and choir.

Townsend states: “The show at The Royal Albert Hall was a great experience. To be able to make artistic expression rooted in creativity and then to be able to articulate it in these sorts of ways- at this sort of venue- was pretty awesome. The whole thing was quite a challenge, but ultimately it worked and we were all very satisfied with it. I completely appreciate the support that has allowed this to happen from the audience, and I thank my team and Inside Out Records for busting ass to make this DVD a reality. I think if you enjoy what I do, you'll really dig it. Thank you so much for the opportunity!”

The release will arrive on several formats including an artbook of 44 pages including the entire concert as well as extensive behind-the-scenes bonus footage and a full documentary, pressed on 3 CDs, 2 DVDs and a Blu-Ray disc, as a special edition digipak with 3 CDs and a DVD and as a Blu-Ray including the entire show and bonus material. More...

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ProgPower USA Announces 2016 Lineup

Glenn Harveston, promoter for the annual ProgPower USA Festival, announced the lineup for the 2016 edition of the Atlanta, Georgia event. Next year marks the 17th installment and will be headed by a U.S. exclusive performance by Fates Warning featuring original vocalist John Arch performing the 1986 classic "Awaken the Guardian" marking the 30th anniversary of the release.

The complete lineup, which was revealed after Anathema's set this past Friday, September 11th, is as follows:

Friday (September 9, 2016):

Fates Warning (USA) "Awaken the Guardian" in its entirety with John Arch. - a U.S. Exclusive
Scar Symmetry (Sweden)
The Gentle Storm (Netherlands)
Freedom Call (Germany)
Vanishing Point (Australia)
Ascendia (Canada)

Saturday (September 10, 2016):

Devin Townsend (Canada) with special guest, Anneke van Giersbergen
Haken (UK)
Refuge (Germany)
Green Carnation (Norway) ("Light of Day, Day of Darkness" in its entirety. - a U.S. Exclusive)
Serious Black (Multinational)
Savage Messiah (UK)

In addition, 2016 will see the Midweek Mayhem and Kick Off Shows merge into the main festival, to be known as ProgPower USA Days 1-4. Going forward, Wednesday's show will be a joint presentation of Milton Mendonca of Infinity Concerts and Nathan Block of Swordlord Productions and Thursday will feature three bands, each a selection of the three promoters, all of which will be the caliber of band that could headline any day.

Tickets will be sold separately for the first two days (Wed/Thur) and then the second two days (shown above). The first ticket sales for Days 3-4 (lineup above) will go on sale via Ticketmaster on October 3, 2015. Tickets for Days 1-2 go on sale go on sale November 7th (more info coming). More...

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Devin Townsend Breaking Up "Z2" Into Two Releases

Devin Townsend Project released the double album, "Z2," in late 2014 and will now issue each part, "Sky Blue" and "Dark Matters," in their own separate packages on August 7th, 2015.

The epic lyric video for the track "March Of The Poozers," taken from the "Dark Mattesr" side of the album can also be seen over at this location. More...

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Devin Townsend Project Releases New Lyric Video

Devin Townsend Project released a new lyric video for the track "March of the Poozers." The song appears on the second CD (the "Ziltoid" part) of the latest album "Z2," which is available now via Century Media Records (see review here).

Check out the clip here:

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Devin Townsend Posts "Rejoice" Clip

With just a week to go till the release of Devin Townsend Project's "Z²" (reviewed here) on October 27th, the band is now pleased to reveal a track from the "Sky Blue" side of the double-album.

You can check out the lyric video for "Rejoice" below, courtesy of Loudwire.com. Devin had this to say about the track:

"Hey guys, here's the first song from Sky Blue, it's called Rejoice. The album in general is about fighting through the ugly moments, and I think this song kind of summarizes it. Z2 was a very challenging record, but after intense personal scrutiny, I feel very proud. It's the most accurate representation of a challenging time. Rejoice! :) Thanks for the support guys." More...

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Devin Townsend Posts New Ziltoid Video

Two weeks ago, Devin Townsend launched the brand new Ziltoid website and the debut episode of ZTV. Today sees the release of the second episode of ZTV, which you can view below.

The new Ziltoid album "Z²" is due out October 27th, 2014 and you can hear the song "Deathray" over at this location.

Devin Townsend Project has already confirmed U.S. tour dates for later this year, co-headlining with Animals As Leaders with support from Monuments. The full list of dates is available after the video. More...

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Devin Townsend Project Premieres "Deathray"

Devin Townsend Project premiered a lyric video for the new track "Deathray" over at Gunshy Assassin at this location (also in the player below). The song is taken from the upcoming double album "Z²," which is set for release via InsideOut Music (through Century Media Records) on October 27, 2014 worldwide. The track list for the album is:

Disc 1 - Sky Blue

1. Rejoice
2. Fallout
3. Midnight Sun
4. A New Reign
5. Universal Flame
6. Warrior
7. Sky Blue
8. Silent Militia
9. Rain City
10. Forever
11. Before We Die
12. The Ones Who Love More...

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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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