That said, though it's wildly excessive and indulgent, it's also inarguably among the most inspiring, thought-provoking, and accomplished of his works. Casualties of Cool. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of Devin Townsend's Ocean Machine album, Townsend's Project performed the album in full in September Recorded live at the Plovdiv's Ancient Roman Theatre in Bulgaria, the album also sees the group performing fan-picked favorites alongside the Plovdiv State Orchestra.
Ocean Machine. Ziltoid the Omniscient. Accelerated Evolution. Devolution Series 2 - Galactic Quarantine. By a Thread - Live in London incl. It's hugely ambitious but he pulls it of in consummately dizzying style. Order of Magnitude - Empath Live, Vol. Devin Townsend is an off-the-rails genius. The talented and multifaceted Canadian reals off studio projects and live records at record speeds with the risk overwhelming his adoring fans who are given little chance to digest each new offering as it comes out.
Acting this out on stage was a complex task, if only to stay true to the meticulous orchestrations and arrangements. Nevertheless, Devin pulls it off Ten musicians are onstage to masterfully interpret fair few songs from Empath. The chosen setlist focuses on jazzy, fun sounds. Townsend withdrew from touring to spend time with his family. From home, Townsend completed his second solo ambient album, The Hummer, releasing it exclusively on his website in November Townsend is married to Tracy Turner, his girlfriend since he was Strapping Young Lad began working on their next album, Alien, in March Feeling that the band's previous album did not live up to expectations, Townsend decided to take his music to a new extreme.
During the process of writing and recording the new album, Townsend stopped taking the medication prescribed to treat his bipolar disorder because he began expressing doubt about the initial diagnosis, and decided Album) stop taking the medication, but continued with his substance abuse, and he eventually "flipped out" during the process, and later called the resulting album "toxic" and "psychologically very unhealthy".
Although Townsend considered the album an "impenetrable mass of technicality", it was well received on its release, selling 3, copies in its first week and appearing on several Billboard charts. Around this time, Townsend also contributed to the soundtrack of the video game Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel.
Townsend's solo albums, a mix of hard rock, progressive metal, ambient, and new-age, have featured a varying lineup of supporting musicians. In he formed the Devin Townsend Band, a dedicated lineup which recorded and toured for two of his solo releases. Inhe disbanded both Strapping Young Lad and the Devin Townsend Band, taking a break from touring to spend more time with his family.
After a two-year hiatus, he began recording again, and soon announced the formation of the Devin Townsend Project. The project began with a series of four albums, released from toeach written in a different style. Townsend continued to record and tour under the new moniker until January While on tour with the Wildhearts, Townsend formed a short-lived thrash metal project with Metallica's then-bassist Jason Newsted.
The group recorded a few songs together, although Townsend says that they never intended to go further than that. Sexoturica compilation. Feeling he had "ostracized a bunch of fans" with Physicist, Townsend felt he had the chance to make a more personal and honest record. Townsend was inspired one morning while driving across Canada with his band, and looked to write an "introspective" album dedicated to his homeland.
He produced and recorded Terria, a "highly illustrated stream-of-consciousness" album, with Gene Hoglan on drums, Craig McFarland on bass and Jamie Meyer on keyboards. Townsend cited Ween's White Pepper as an inspiration for the album.
Terria was released in November Townsend's solo run lasted until After a five-year break from recording, Strapping Young Lad reunited to record a new album.
Townsend credits the album, Strapping Young Lad, as an emotional response to the attacks of September 11,in the United States. Musically, Strapping Young Lad was less industrial than City, and more reminiscent of death metal, with a "larger-than-life" rock production style. The self-titled album was released in February It received lukewarm reviews, with critics finding it inferior to City, but it was the band's first charting album, entering at 97th place on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart.
Townsend's next project took several years to come to fruition. After the creation of the IR8 demo tape, Townsend and Jason Newsted had begun work on a new project called Fizzicist, which they described as "heavier than Strapping Young Lad".
Hetfield Ziltoid TV: Episode 3 - Devin Townsend Project - Ziltoid Live At The Royal Albert Hall (CD "fucking pissed" that Newsted was playing outside the band, and Newsted was prevented by his bandmates from working on any more side projects, although Townsend would later downplay Metallica's role in Newsted's unavailability.
With the project stalled, Townsend instead wrote the album himself, entitling it Physicist. Townsend assembled his Strapping Young Lad bandmates to record it, the only time this lineup was featured on a Devin Townsend album. The thrash-influenced Physicist was released in Juneand is generally considered a low point in Townsend's career. Hoglan and the rest of the band were dissatisfied with the way the sound was mixed, and Townsend considers it his worst album to date.
Townsend has revealed in interviews that he suffers from depression. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder arounda condition that was unknowingly exacerbated by his alcohol and drug use at the time; he has been sober and free of anti-psychotic Ziltoid TV: Episode 3 - Devin Townsend Project - Ziltoid Live At The Royal Albert Hall (CD since After the completion of City and Ocean Machine: Biomech, Townsend began to approach a mental breakdown. He explained, "I started to see human beings as little lonesome, water based, pink meat life forms pushing air through themselves and making noises that the other little pieces of meat seemed to understand.
The diagnosis helped him understand where the two sides of his music were coming from; he felt Ziltoid TV: Episode 3 - Devin Townsend Project - Ziltoid Live At The Royal Albert Hall (CD disorder "gave birth to the two extremes that are Strapping's City record and Ocean Machine: Biomech. Townsend returned to the studio, accompanied by Hoglan, to work on the album, on which Townsend played most of the instruments.
Surprised this album hasn't gotten more attention here considering Sputnik's love for the Dev. I imagine this would have an intense onstage light show. I once read an interview with Devy in which he explains that he had never listened to Terria since recording it 12 years prior at the time. I can only imagine how emotional it must have been for him to perform that trio of songs from Ocean Machine.
I'm pretty tired of new Devy albums at this point tbh. Tonight, a man dressed as a giant farting ball bag will stalk that same stage to the tune of heavy fucking metal. Devin Townsend is in town, and this is a very different kind of space opera. Robert Downey Jr. Sign in. It was released in September, and after a tour, he disbanded the outfit. Over the next several years, Townsend toured selectively with his various shape-shifting bands, issued three separate volumes of his catalog on vinyl, and began writing his most ambitious project.
Some of you will be very confused by it. Some of you will be alienated by it. With 's wildly diverse and exotic Empath, he chose to create an offering that would depict, under a single sonic umbrella, every musical space he'd inhabited up to the present time -- sometimes within a single track -- in order to point his way forward. Upon release, the set was greeted by mostly positive reviews, but in true Townsend fashion, he claimed to agree equally with critical and affirmative ones.
Similar artists. Including credits for contributing artists Albums. Sort and filter 40 albums sorted by Most acclaimed. Devin Townsend. For nearly 30 years, Townsend has erased artificial boundaries between genres.
He has continually juxtaposed tracks ranging from extreme metal to progressive rock, classical, new age, ambient music, and even Ziltoid TV: Episode 3 - Devin Townsend Project - Ziltoid Live At The Royal Albert Hall (CD on the same album. Here he goes much further: He grants listeners -- and himself -- witness to the jarring totality of his musical identity as he collides, explodes, and re-combines genres and sonic stratagems within songs.
It's tempting to hear this dizzying and at times, confounding record as a career summation in one album -- it's actually a new way of working that presents Townsend's massive soundworld in an ordered universe acting in balanced, simultaneous equanimity. The music director for this massive undertaking is none other than guitarist Mike Keneally.
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