Devin Townsend - Empath



8.2 | 309 votes |
Release date: 29 March 2019
Style: Progressive metal

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Disc I
01. Castaway
02. Genesis
03. Spirits Will Collide
04. Evermore
05. Sprite
06. Hear Me
07. Why
08. Borderlands
09. Requiem
10. Singularity
    1 - Adrift
    2 - I Am I
    3 - There Be Monsters
    4 - Curious Gods
    5 - Silicon Scientists
    6 - Here Comes The Sun

Disc II [Limited Edition bonus demos]
01. The Contrarian
02. King
03. The Waiting Kind
04. Empath
05. Methuselah
06. This Is Your Life
07. Gulag
08. Middle Aged Man
09. Total Collapse
10. Summer

Line-up
Devin Townsend - vocals, guitars, bass, synthesizers, computer

Additional musicians:
Morgan Ågren - drums
Anup Sastry - drums
Samus Paulicelli - drums
Nathan Navarro - bass
Mike Keneally - additional guitars, additional keyboards, additional vocals
Anneke Van Giersbergen - additional vocals
Ché Aimee Dorval - additional vocals
Chad Kroeger - additional vocals
Reyne Townsend - additional vocals
Steve Vai - guitar solo, additional keyboards
Shaun Verault - pedal steel guitar
Josefa Torres - additional vocals
Ron Getgood - voice
Elliot Desgagnés - additional vocals
Callum Marinho - whistles
Adam "Nolly" Getgood - additional vocals
Jessica - additional vocals
Eric Severinsen - additional vocals
Zim - additional vocals
Jess Vaira - additional vocals
Scott Reinson - additional guitars, additional keyboards
Ryan Dahle - additional guitars, additional keyboards

The Lords of the Sound orchestra
Elektra Women's Choir

Additional info
Produced, engineered and mixed by Devin Townsend. Co-produced by Mike Keneally. Co-mixed by Troy Glessner and Adam "Nolly" Getgood. Mastered by Troy Glessner.

Staff review by
RaduP
Rating:
N/A
Finally free of all artistic constraints once more, Devin Townsend makes just the album he wanted to make.

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published 30.03.2019 | Comments (7)

Guest review by
omne metallum
Rating:
9.2
How do you try to describe something that in many other contexts could serve as evidence to certify someone insane? Simply put, you don't. You strap yourself in and let yourself be taken on a journey with many twists, jumps and unexpected turns whilst you hold on for dear life. Devin Townsend here, sheds himself of the project that he has called home for a decade and embarks on an effort that marks his first solo venture since Ziltoid 2.

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published 12.04.2020 | Comments (1)

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09.06.2019 - 18:38
Rating: 7
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 09.06.2019 at 08:15

Written by Unhealer on 09.06.2019 at 07:55

Written by Mercurial on 03.06.2019 at 23:27

It's there even such a thing as pretentious thrash? It's like the most meat and potatoes subgenre,


Vektor could fit into that description, no?



Not really since they are more or less ripping off Voi Vod.


Pretentiously ripping off Voivod.
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09.06.2019 - 20:10
Maco
Classless
Mekong Delta maybe?
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Never trust a junkie.
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27.06.2019 - 08:27
Rating: 4
Rulatore
I dont get this guy music, at all
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01.07.2019 - 00:06
Mountain King
K i K o
Is this as boring as "Transcendence"? I heard the single "Genesis" I believe a while back and it was not bad.
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22.11.2019 - 16:23
Rating: 9
SlaytanicBacon
Written by Mountain King on 01.07.2019 at 00:06

Is this as boring as "Transcendence"? I heard the single "Genesis" I believe a while back and it was not bad.


It's a lot more diverse than Transcendence for sure, full of different sounds and styles.
To me it's a piece of everything Devin has done so far in one really well crafted album.
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22.11.2019 - 20:13
The Witchfinder
Account deleted
Nah Transcendence is way, way better than this. I love Devy but he tried way too hard on this album and it came out a mess as a result.
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22.11.2019 - 22:30
Rating: 5
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
This is just awful. I can understand why someone would like this, but it's far too overproduced and corny sounding for me, and NOT in a fun, Rhapsody Of Fire way.
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14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum
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01.01.2020 - 05:51
Joe Zombie
I love Devy as much as the next guy but this one just doesn't do it for me at all. Definitely a blend of old and new, but perhaps I've grown used to his more digestible works like Addicted or Epicloud.
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18.03.2020 - 11:36
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Canadian singer, songwriter producer Devin Townsend has launched the "Quarantine Project" as a way of thanking fans for their support after he was recently forced to postpone the remaining dates on his North American tour. Townsend took a huge financial hit for scrapping the dates after more than a year's work in preparing for the trek.

https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/devin-townsend-launches-quarantine-project/
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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13.04.2020 - 18:14
Rating: 9
Witchslayer
Written by Rulatore on 27.06.2019 at 08:27

I dont get this guy music, at all


Takes time to get into it. I started off with 2003's Accelerated Evolution. It's much easier to absorb. Or try his praised Ocean Machine (1997).

Empath is really like a summary of his career output. Possibly the most difficult album for someone new to start with.
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Avantgarde / Oriental Black; Psychedelic / Stoner; Post / Sludge; Djent / Prog; Jazz Rock / Metal / Fusion / Cool Jazz; Ambient / Ambient Techno
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13.04.2020 - 21:44
Rating: 4
Rulatore
Written by Witchslayer on 13.04.2020 at 18:14

Written by Rulatore on 27.06.2019 at 08:27

I dont get this guy music, at all


Takes time to get into it. I started off with 2003's Accelerated Evolution. It's much easier to absorb. Or try his praised Ocean Machine (1997).

Empath is really like a summary of his career output. Possibly the most difficult album for someone new to start with.

I tried some other of his albums, but I just dont get it. Though the problem with this one is the overall production and sense of being over the top with everything
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14.04.2020 - 15:01
Rating: 9
Witchslayer
Written by Rulatore on 13.04.2020 at 21:44


I tried some other of his albums, but I just dont get it. Though the problem with this one is the overall production and sense of being over the top with everything



Interesting. With Accelerated Evolution and Ocean Machine, I was hooked up from the beginning.

On the other hand, it took me some time to appreciate Infinity, Terria (lot of ambient passages there), Physicist or Ziltoid and Synchestra.

His 'Project' series albums are even more excentric. Empath is really a culmination of all that.

If you're into heavier stuff, try his (now I believe can already say) legendary extreme metal band Strapping young lad. Especially albums like City and Alien are on the edge of the most extreme stuff out there, even some grind outfits don't match the rage and intensity of those two.

Or - you could use his solo Physicist album, which is like a bridge between his softer although excentric himself and the more extreme Strapping. Easier to get into and more straightforward, might help you get an idea what this guy's music is about.
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Avantgarde / Oriental Black; Psychedelic / Stoner; Post / Sludge; Djent / Prog; Jazz Rock / Metal / Fusion / Cool Jazz; Ambient / Ambient Techno
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04.06.2020 - 23:00
Rating: 9
Hex_Omega
Gem Seeker
Easily one of his best albums. Probably the most Devin Townsendish album Devin Townsend ever Down Townsended. I mean everything is here, popish songs, avantgarde one, symphonic one, SYL-ish one, super proggy one, even a little bit of country and ambient, electro, pretty much everything he has done so far. Excellent album, yet it is so hard to compare it to Trascendence (which is a great album on its own) because Empath is a totally different one. It is a crazy beast. His best since Deconstruction in my opinion.
PS: Don't forget to check the brilliant bonus songs.
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