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After releasing a video for "Mountaintop," Devin Townsend is proud to present to you the 2nd official promo video for the "Casualties of Cool" track "Flight." The video was shot, directed, and edited by Konrad Palkeiwicz, who is one of Devin’s dearest friends.
Devin comments: "Casualties Of Cool is one of my favourite things, if not my favourite thing I've done to date. It’s pretty left of centre, and now that my big Z2 project and all its chaos is nearing completion, it means even more to me. A dark and quiet place to go.
"Finally, its available for people who didn't order through Pledge, and I'm proud to present the video for ‘Flight’, done by long-time friend and collaborator Konrad Palkeiwicz. Konrad moved to an Island and filmed his interpretation of the song and I think it's beautiful.
"We have been rehearsing for our upcoming shows at Union Chapel and Savoy Teatteri in Finland, and it’s really a pleasure to have the ability to do this type of music. Thank you for the support!"
A project over four years in the making, largely at night when home from turning the dial up for the day job in the studio, "Casualties of Cool" saw Townsend look at himself in order to go forward. Digging out a battered old Fender amp and telecaster, he revisited the rootsy country and North American folk music of his youth. Driven simply by the desire to see how things unfolded, free of the usual recording contract constraints and subsequent limits on time, the album released back in June reached No. 2 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, No.11 in the Indie album charts and No. 77 in the UK album charts.
The album was fully supported by a crowdfunding campaign on Pledge Music reaching nearly 550%. The stock of physical CD’s of "Casualties of Cool" have also finally arrived at Devin’s official online merch store. More...
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.
Devin Townsend has been hard at work on the new Z2 record for the past few months, getting it ready to welcome Ziltoid The Omniscient back this Autumn.
Much like Devin did with the "Lucky Animals" video from "Epicloud," he is now inviting fans to leave their stamp on the forthcoming album by asking them to submit their vocals for a selection of songs and take their spot in what he has dubbed "The Universal Choir."
For full details about how you can participate (and even get a sneak peek at 3 songs from the new record), head over to The Universal Choir website right here. Devin comments:
"Hey all, 'Ziltoid 2' is upon us! I'm deep in the recording of this double album, and as part of the theme, Ziltoid the alien joins forces with the humans...and what better way to express that then to invite you all to sing along? The 'Universal Choir' is a platform in which vocal parts are explained, and then provides you a way to upload your singing contributions that we will edit together into one, big choir!
"The parts are a little tricky but perfection is not required, just enthusiasm. Feel free to overdub yourself, get a bunch of friends together, or just yell along, the bigger the better. Send it back and we will then assemble the 'Universal Choir' which will actually be part of the new recording. It should be fun! (Or a total chaotic mess :) but let's try either way! The website, (which works best if it's not on a mobile device), explains all the parts, with demonstrations and backing tracks. The hope is that a lot of people will upload themselves singing the parts, and then we assemble it and add it to the record. Come sing on Ziltoid's album, and have a great time!" More...
Today Independent.co.uk has released a new video clip from Devin Townsend's "Casualties of Cool" release. Check out the clip for "Mountaintop" below. Hevy Devy also comments:
"Here is the official video for Mountaintop from our Casualties of Cool album. I have been a fan of Jessica Cope's work for a while now, and the opportunity to work with her rose for this album and we are thrilled with the result.
"Although the concept of the video is loosely based on the concept of the record, we found it worked better as a stand alone piece. Che and I therefore decided not to have the characters in the video portray us personally.
"I hope you enjoy this, I'm so happy to have an opportunity to work with brilliant artists in my career. I'm very proud of this album and video!"
You've been waiting for a seeming eternity, and now it's finally happening: Devin Townsend is recording the follow-up to "Ziltoid the Omniscient!" Townsend also recently launched a crowd funding campaign for both Ziltoid part 2 and a new project titled "Casualties of Cool." He comments:
"Recording for Z2 has begun! Remember, the Casualties of Cool pledge is also funding the massive Z2 project! Yeeesssssss!!!
"The pledge is currently at 488% with 11 days left. Hitting 500% would be an amazing achievement! Mother's Day is coming up in many parts of the world. Momma needs her Casualties!"
Devin Townsend recently launched a crowd funding campaign for a new project titled "Casualties of Cool," which has already reached 300% of its original goal through fan donations. Today the cover artwork for "Casualties of Cool" has also been released and can be seen below.
Townsend has announced everything above and beyond the normal crowd funding goal will go into the upcoming highly anticipated "Ziltoid 2," with further details on that forthcoming. You can see the perks and contribute to the campaign at Pledgemusic.com here. More...
Despair pathetic denizens of the earth: Ziltoid is returning! Devin Townsend has stated on his Twitter page that work will commence on a second "Ziltoid the Omniscient" album this coming May, with a crowd funding campaign for his various new projects coming soon. He comments:
"So recording of Z2 starts May 2nd in LA! The project started so far include ztv a big graphic novel comic, a documentary and crazy live show."
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.
Progressive Nation is hitting the high seas in 2014! The inaugural sailing will occur on February 18th - 22nd 2014 on the luxurious Norwegian Pearl heading from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay and Freeport, Bahamas. The lineup includes:
Transatlantic, Portnoy Sheehan Macalpine Sherinian, Jon Anderson, Adrian Belew's Power Trio, Devin Townsend, King's X, Spock's Beard, The Flower Kings, Pain Of Salvation, Riverside, Animals As Leaders, The Safety Fire, Tony Harnell & Bumblefoot, Bigelf, Beardfish, The Dear Hunter, Haken, Jolly And Next To None
Progressive Nation founder Mike Portnoy elaborates:
"In 2008 & 2009, I created a touring package called 'Progressive Nation' and with Dream Theater headlining, we did three full tours (two in North America and one in Europe) that showcased a variety of bands that embraced the spirit and musicality of progressive music.
"Well after a 5 year hiatus, I have decided to resurrect Progressive Nation and this time we are taking it to the seas! But rather than a 4 band bill like previous Progressive Nation tours, we have expanded the bill to OVER A DOZEN of today's greatest progressive bands, musicians and artists! (and there may be one or two more still to be confirmed)
"Myself and my former DT bandmate Derek Sherinian have teamed up with Sixthman (who have done incredibly successful cruises with Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the annual Kiss Cruise to name a few) as well as our friends at InsideOut Music and look forward to a very successful inaugural launch of Progressive Nation at Sea Feb 18th thru 22nd 2014. More...
Remember that extremely unlikely collaboration we reported on back in April? The one that featured Ihsahn (Emperor, Peccatum), Serj Tankian (System of a Down), and Devin Townsend? Well it's now online and available for streaming! Check out "We Are" in the player below.
The single was composed, arranged, programmed, and produced by Ray Holroyd, mixed by Rohan Onraet, and mastered by Ted Jensen. "We Are" is a charity track being released by non-profit label Revolution Harmony, with all proceeds being donated to Buskaid, a charity that provides free music lessons and instruments to children in the townships of South Africa
Vancouver non-profit label Revolution Harmony has announced an upcoming charity single titled "We Are," which will feature the talents of Ihsahn (Emperor, Peccatum), Serj Tankian (System of a Down), and Devin Townsend.
The single was composed, arranged, programmed, and produced by Ray Holroyd, mixed by Rohan Onraet, and mastered by Ted Jensen. The label comments on the single:
"The lyrical theme in 'We Are' is based on the concept behind Revolution Harmony, which is essentially the belief that musical harmony has the power to inspire a revolution towards societal harmony. The single is dedicated to Nelson Mandela and the memory of Lucky Dube, regarded as South Africa's Bob Marley, and will be released worldwide on Mandela Day (18 July), with all proceeds donated to Buskaid, a charity that provides free music lessons and instruments to children in the townships of South Africa."
Serj Tankian stated: "It has been an absolute honor being involved with the Revolution Harmony project to bring much needed financial aid to Buskaid in South Africa. Music has saved my life and has the potential to create positive change in all those young kids struggling to make themselves heard and to survive. The song is a musical collage of complex yet moving colors intertwining genres and vibes."
Ihsahn also states: "I have followed this song since it was basically just a MIDI file and love how it has grown into this massive piece of music, so it was very easy to get inspired for lyrics and vocal lines. Knowing how music has shaped and enriched my own life, and how privileged I have been to be able to follow that passion, I really appreciate Buskaid's work to enable young people to follow that same path. Like most, my involvement in charity has been very generic, like signing up for donations to some of the global organizations, but Revolution Harmony has given me the opportunity to contribute with something personal, together with people who share my passion for music. I'm honored to be part of this. With our different backgrounds I think this just underlines the message of the song; a deep passion for music that goes beyond how we are typically isolated and divided."
Finding new music is easier than ever with a multitude of options available on and offline now. Metalinjection.net recently asked a variety of groups what their techniques are for finding new bands.
Check out the video below or through Metal Injection to find responses from Devin Townsend, Behold The Arctopus, Paradise Lost, Castavet, Krallice, Hivesmasher, Dysrythmia, Stolen Babies, The Browning, The Casulaties, Trioscapes, and Vattnet Viskar. More...
Rock Band players rejoice - there are finally new metal songs hitting the Rock Band network again this week! The Xbox 360 edition already has new tracks from Amberian Dawn and Nightrage, while the PS3 version will see new songs from Devin Townsend and Greek death metal demons Septicflesh next week.
These songs are currently available for the Xbox 360:
Amberian Dawn – “Circus Black” (160 MSP)
Amberian Dawn – “Circus Black (2x Bass Pedal)” (160 MSP)
Edenshade – “Another Purity Failing (2x Bass Pedal)” (80 MSP)
I, Omega – “The Ravenous” (160 MSP)
Nightrage – “So Far Away/Delirium Of The Fallen” (160 MSP)
Spires – “The Infinite Descent (2x Bass Pedal)” (80 MSP)
These tracks hit the PS3 on Tuesday, 6/26/2012 (North America) and 6/27/2012 (Europe):
Devin Townsend – “By Your Command” ($1.99)
Septicflesh – “Anubis” ($1.99)
Vancouver, Canada metal mastermind Devin Townsend has posted the following update online through his official forum.
"I found as a reaction to the complications of decon and the sheer bulk of work thats been going on (seriously, it’s insane) my writing ended up going in 3 ways recently:
1) A very commercial sounding (for the most part) but beautiful and melencholic album full of easy to digest dev songs…Epicloud. I don’t know why it came out, but it did, so I’m going to get it out of my system.
2) Casualties of Cool: a duo with myself and Che (ki)… it sounds like haunted Johnny cash songs. late night music, completely isolated sounding and different than anything I’ve done. Che sings most of the leads, and it’s probably the truest reflection of who I am in life at this point. Trying to release it in tandem with Epicloud.
3) Z2 epic epic epic, complicated, musical, sci-fi, immense expense, the goal of it all I suppose."
Pull out the rum and the plastic guitars, because Scottish pirate metallers Alestorm are finally coming to the Rock Band Network with the track "Shipwrecked." If pirates aren't your thing, there's new tracks now available from Devin Townsend, Halcyon Way, Morbid Angel and more.
The complete list of newly added Xbox 360 songs are as follows:
Alestorm - "Shipwrecked" (160 MSP)
A Plea for Purging - "Heart Of A Child" (80 MSP)
Coldera - "Melodicus Counterpointus" (160 MSP)
Devin Townsend - "Planet Smasher (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Inside Looking Out (The Icon & the Ghost)" (80 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "The System" (80 MSP)
Machinae Supremacy - "Indiscriminate Murder is Counter-Productive" (160 MSP)
Morbid Angel - "Existo Vulgoré (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Psychostick - "BEER!!" (160 MSP)
Pythia - "Heartless" (160 MSP)
Pythia - "Heartless (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Solution .45 - "Gravitational Lensing" (80 MSP) More...
After last week's hiatus due to the holiday season, the Rock Band Network is back in full swing adding in new tracks. This week's metal additions to the Xbox 360 version are as follows:
Devin Townsend - "Planet Smasher" (160 MSP)
Fallen Angel - "The One Who Walks Alone" (160 MSP)
Nordheim - "Beer, Metal, Trolls, and Vomit!" (160 MSP)
Pythia - "Just a Lie" (160 MSP)
Pythia - "Just a Lie (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Texas in July - "Hook, Line, and Sinner (RB3 2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
These songs also hit the PS3 version on 1/10 (North America) and 1/18 (Europe):
Devin Townsend - "Ziltoidia Attaxx!!" ($1.99)
Asking Alexandria - "A Prophecy (RB3 version)" ($1.99)
The Devin Townsend Project's "Contain Us" box-set for the band's quadrology ("Ki," "Addicted," "Deconstruction," and "Ghost") is now available for purchase at CM Distro here.
The creator of this special tribute box-set, Man Alive's Tom Bejgrowicz (who also conceived the Misfits Coffin box-set), has now posted a new stop-motion video of "Contain Us" online. Check out the clip below. More...
Finishing out the year, the Rock Band Network has added on new Xbox 360 tracks from Devin Townsend, Morbid Angel, and more, bringing the network to over 1,500 total songs available. The newly added metal tracks on the Xbox 360 version are as follows:
Deception of a Ghost - "These Voices" (160 MSP)
Devin Townsend - "N9 (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Fallen Angel - "Darkness" (160 MSP)
Morbid Angel - "Nevermore" (160 MSP)
Morbid Angel - "Nevermore (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Texas in July - "Hook, Line, and Sinner (RB3 version)" (160 MSP)
Unfortunately due to the holidays there will be no new songs added to the PS3 edition this week and no new songs added to either platform next week. Updates to the Rock Band Network will resume as normal on January 5th, 2012.
There's a little something for everyone this week in the latest collection of new metal tracks added to the Rock Band Network, from black metal to power metal and a whole lot in-between. These songs have now landed on the Xbox 360 version of the game:
Powerman 5000 - "V is for Vampire" (160 MSP)
All Shall Perish - "A Pure Evil" (160 MSP)
All Shall Perish - "My Retaliation (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Asking Alexandria - "Hey There Mr. Brooks (RB3 version)" (160 MSP)
Devin Townsend - "N9" (160 MSP)
Ethereal Collapse - "Category III: Architect" (80 MSP)
Ethereal Collapse - "Category III: Architect (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Fallen Angel - "Sad Wings" (160 MSP)
Francisco Meza - "Rage and Pain (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Icon of Resolution" (80 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Icon of Resolution (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Watain - "Underneath the Cenotaph" (160 MSP)
These songs also hit the PS3 edition on 12/20 (North America) and 12/21 (Europe):
Between the Buried and Me - "Selkies: The Endless Obsession" ($1.99)
Powerman 5000 - "Show Me What You've Got" ($1.99)
The Devin Townsend Project will release the "Contain Us" box set on November 29th, 2011 in North America. The complete track listing for the release has now been revealed and will be as follows:
Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, 2010
Coast promo video
Bend it Like Bender promo video
Supercrush promo video
Juular promo video
NAMM 2011 show
DVD 2 (Data disc with audio/video files)
NAMM 2011 show (audio files)
Audio commentary for all 4 albums
Live in the USA, 2010 (audio files)
5. By Your Command
Bend It Like Bender song stems for remixing
Juular song stems for remixing
Poopynuggeteer's YouTube video clips
Deep Thoughts videos More...