Devin Townsend - Empath



8.3 | 213 votes |
Release date: 29 March 2019
Style: Progressive metal

Owners:

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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

Top 20 albums of 2019: 12

Line-up
Devin Townsend - vocasl, 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 (6)

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18.01.2019 - 14:16
Rating: 9
andreosokin
SOUNDERY
I psyched and preordered the deluxe edition with the cat t-shirt
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24.02.2019 - 09:01
Rating: 9
Ugwemubwem Ossas
China was a neat
Heaviest track he's done since Deconstruction any maybe even heavier than that and SYL at times. All thanks to having the Decrepit Birth drummer behind the kit.

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14.03.2019 - 08:53
TheBigRossowski
Dudeist Priest'
Dude, that song is pretty intense on different levels, man.
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That rug really tied the room together, did it not?
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29.03.2019 - 17:40
Rating: 9
tiny dog ghosts
I like it but I think it suffers a bit for the chaos. Maybe on repeated listens it'll grow on me more. Still a great effort though.
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29.03.2019 - 19:12
Greg L.
Tried to listen to this at work, it was too much to handle while trying to concentrate on work haha. I'll have to spin this bad boy when I have time to actually listen to it :3
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29.03.2019 - 19:42
Teravolt_Danny
Obviously this will take a few listens, but after my first listen...

Meh.

It may put me in the minority of DT fans, but "Transcendence" was the first DT album that really "clicked" with me. Killer atmosphere, killer melodies. "Empath," on the other hand, sounds like a collection of "Transcendence" B-sides with random sound clips inserted into them. Sorry, but a song being long, weird, and random is not enough to make me go "wow." In fact, all it really does is annoy me, because then I feel like I have to skip through 80% of the song just to get to the parts that I enjoy (which there are a number of).

I'll give it a few more spins, but so far it's looking like a 7.
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I lift weights and listen to metal
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29.03.2019 - 20:51
Rating: 7
musclassia
Written by Greg L. on 29.03.2019 at 19:12

Tried to listen to this at work, it was too much to handle while trying to concentrate on work haha. I'll have to spin this bad boy when I have time to actually listen to it :3


Yeah I tried to listen to it at work and honestly found it a bit of a chore to deal with so much stuff going on at once. Maybe I'll prefer it when I've got more time to listen to it, but wasn't enamored by the first listen
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30.03.2019 - 00:34
Rating: 9
Ugwemubwem Ossas
China was a neat
Not as out there as Deconstruction or as catchy as Addicted, the two albums it closely evokes styles from.

Best tracks are Genesis, Hear Me - the most metal and blast beat heavy track here and Borderlands - the most catchy and memorable one here.

Sprite is also pretty fun.
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30.03.2019 - 15:00
Rating: 10
MetalManic
The choral and orchestral arrangement are his best ever. This one really has big flashes of Ocean Machine (Live) which is a swirl of emotions.
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MetalManic
www.MetalManic.com
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31.03.2019 - 00:37
Rating: 8
Necrodamus
Wow. Just when you think Devin has done it all in his own flavor and style, he goes and makes this insanity. I'll need a few more listens to come up with a rating, but it's safe to say this is one of his most interesting and varied albums to date. Hard to imagine he will make anything this crazy again. But then he probably will.
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31.03.2019 - 02:33
Rating: 10
Lord Slothrop
Batshit fucking crazy and I love it.
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31.03.2019 - 11:58
Rating: 7
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
I guess my cat doesn't like this one. Put it on and she walks out of the room after a minute. Usually she'll spend most of the day on the floor here.
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"Another day, another Doug."
"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
" 'Tis a lie! Thy backside is whole and ungobbled, thou ungrateful whelp!"
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01.04.2019 - 12:21
Rating: 9
SlaytanicBacon
I can't stop listening to this, a great mix of light and heavy Devin!
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01.04.2019 - 13:50
Rating: 8
Paulh
What a peculiar album.

I wonder what a collaboration between Townsend and Mike Patton would sound like...
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01.04.2019 - 21:54
Rating: 10
BynersA7X
An YouTube comment couldn't be more right:

"Friend: So this Devin Townsend...He's what? Metal? Jazz? Funk? Ambient? Random Cat Noises? Speed Metal?
Me: Yes."
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"Seize the day or die regretting the time you lost..."
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02.04.2019 - 13:11
Rating: 9
Mehdi Taba
Mehdi Taba
Best Devin Townsend album ever!!!
If you like his music, don't hesitate to hear it.
8.6/10
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05.04.2019 - 23:51
Rating: 7
Nick Carter
Another progressive album that tries to be so progressive that it loses cohesion. Sounds too pretentious for my simple mind.
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#MetalIsForEveryone
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06.04.2019 - 12:25
Rating: 3
bloodwrage
Pagan Angel
It'd be great if he just made a classical music album. Instead he offers this stuff.
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08.04.2019 - 13:42
Rating: 5
RopsterKraws
I really struggled listening to this. Even still, I listened to it a few times to see if it would grow on me. I will now forget that this album exists so I can quit enduring the pain of attempting to enjoy it.
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10.04.2019 - 14:10
Rating: 7
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
Reminds me a lot of Deconstruction. Same sort of song structure and stylings. Deconstruction through Sky blue's filter, perhaps?
Oh, and on my earlier comment, it seems my cat prefers the 2nd disc over the main one.
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"Another day, another Doug."
"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
" 'Tis a lie! Thy backside is whole and ungobbled, thou ungrateful whelp!"
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11.04.2019 - 06:21
Joe Zombie
As much as I love me some Devin Townsend I'm not really feeling this one. Shame.
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19.04.2019 - 22:35
Greg L.
Written by Nick Carter on 05.04.2019 at 23:51

Another progressive album that tries to be so progressive that it loses cohesion. Sounds too pretentious for my simple mind.


I feel ya brother.
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23.04.2019 - 07:32
Rating: 7
Unhealer
Eclecticist
The first four tracks are fantastic, but from there... just bits and pieces. I can't help but lose interest from that point on.
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26.04.2019 - 16:36
Rating: 10
busodeLcueo
It keeps getting better each time I listen to it, it started as a solid 7 and now it's close to 10, I can't remember the last time I felt so happy while listening to an album.
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18.05.2019 - 00:08
Rating: 5
AndreMarcos
Being progressive (and weird) for the sake of being progressive ... also it doesn't help that the album has no cohesion and seems go on all directions all the time.
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