10:26 - ScreamingSteelUS I got lucky and found three Opeth albums for $6 a piece when I saw them at the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest. Usually, CDs in America (where I am, at least) are between $10 and $20, though $15 is my limit usually.
10:06 - Zaphod 25€/$ is a common price, but you're still a moron for paying it because you can probably get it cheaper, and even if you can't, you're still getting ripped off, so download it instead and wait till you find a better bargain.
Ihsahn - black metal innovator and all round creative genius - will be doing some guest vocals on the new Devin Townsend album, entitled Decontruction.
The ex-Emperor main-man had the following to say: "I have been a long time fan of Devin and his work, and when he asked me to do some vocals for his upcoming Deconstruction album, I said yes right away. Devin is one of those few uncompromising artists who goes anywhere with their music, wherever that takes them. Nothing but respect!"
In other news, Ihsahn will play at the Kabuto Metal Festival in Japan this spring for the first time ever. Accompanied with the guys in Leprous, they will play Namba Hatch in Osaka on May 21 and May 22 at Studio Coast in Tokyo.
Canadian musician/producer Devin Townsend has tapped Jens Bogren (Opeth, Paradise Lost, Bloodbath etc.) to mix Deconstruction — the third in a series of albums to be made available under The Devin Townsend Project moniker. The sessions will take place in late February 2011 at Fascination Street studio in Örebro, Sweden.
In a November update Townsend had the following to say about Deconstruction: "There are 2 drummers on this one, Ryan Van Poederooyen (The Devin Townsend Band) for the crushing stuff, and Dirk Verbueren (Soilwork, Scarve), Aborted) for the inhuman stuff. This is a record I have been working up to for some time, and while doing it, I realize that not only am I in control of it (totally) but that this newfound control allows me to take it to places I would have never been able to a decade ago. I pretty much believe that this will be one of our finest hours, and although there is some funny moments, it's a pretty 'pointed' record (if ya know what I mean)..."
After announcing 6 UK dates for coming March 2011 already, The Devin Townsend Project now announces a full blown European tour which will see the band playing 25 shows in 13 different countries.
Mr Townsend, being hard at work to put the final touches to the upcoming albums Ghost and Deconstruction (both tentatively scheduled for a May release), commented: "After another busy, busy, year, we have set ourselves up for an even busier one... and to be honest, I wouldn't have it any other way. I have just recently finished Ghost (record 4, the mellow one) and am currently up to my balls in Deconstruction (record 3, the heavy one... for which we are using the Prague Symphony Orchestra to make more ridiculous than it really needs to be ) and I've yet to get my goddamn garage cleaned, so yeah... things are busy. I love it.
Vancouver, Canada's metal mastermind Devin Townsend has announced a special, intimate acoustic show set to take place on October 7, 2010. This free event is taking place at Vancouver's only all-metal specialty store Scrape Records. The event is to celebrate the shop's 13 years in business. The show is set to begin at 2 P.M.
The show should be for free, but there is a notice from Scrape: "Priority entrance will be given to those who have purchased or will purchase their DEVIN TOWNSEND tickets from SCRAPE or show up the day of the performance wearing any generation of SCRAPE gear. If you already have a ticket please stop by SCRAPE asap with your ticket to get your priority. Watch out for contests!!"
One of metal's most intriguing, ominous and immensely talented figures, the mighty Devin Townsend, is extremely excited to announce that for the first time in his solo career he will be embarking on a headlining tour flyer]. This will be a special evening exploring a 15 year musical journey with Townsend performing songs spanning his entire vast catalog. Supporting acts will be announced soon along with East Coast shows, but see below or visit www.myspace.com/devintownsenddtb to view the initial headlining tour itinerary.
Special VIP Packages and Presale Tickets will be available for the tour. Please visit: https://tixx1.artistarena.com/devintownsend for more information.
Adam Agius, Alchemist's frontman, posted the following very short but interesting news on their Myspace :
"Hi people , we have been busy tracking for our 2010 EP to be mixed by Devin Townsend, all is sounding great with a different feel from Tripsis, more instrumentation and today i started tracking some nice harmonic vocals for a track.
Between The Buried And Me have confirmed they will do a N. American tour with Cynic, Devin Townsend (as part of The Devin Townsend Project) and Scale The Summit. Between The Buried And Me are headlining the tour, set to take place in January and February 2010, in support of their new album The Great Misdirect.
Dates announced so far include:
1/08 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
1/09 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
1/10 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
1/11 Houston, TX @ Meridian
1/12 Dallas, TX @ The Prophet Bar (Big room)
1/13 San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
1/15 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
1/16 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
1/17 West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
1/18 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
On his MySpace page Devin Townsend (ex-Strapping Young Lad, ex-Devin Townsend Band) published a brief interview announcing a new solo album, "Ki".
Townsend commented: "Ki" is the first of 4 albums in a series of albums under the moniker 'Devin Townsend Project.' Each album is essentially a different "band" (or collection of session musicians) playing my music. They were chosen based on what the theme of the album is, and the vibe that the album is trying to project. The album "Ki" is very specific in this quartet of albums in that it controls its anger throughout the album barring one song (Heaven Send), and really is an exercise in having little to prove."
It has been reported that Devin Townsend has announced during a Ziltoid the Omniscient press conference that he has put an end to Strapping Young Lad and The Devin Townsend Band, and that he shall do no more tours in the future. He will though apparently continue to release solo music.
"Yesterday InsideOut Music and the Tora! Company held an exclusive media showcase for the new Devin Townsend solo album Ziltoid The Omniscient, including an appearance and Q&A session with the man himself. This turned out to not in fact include a musical performance from Devin, but a hilarious puppet show using Devin's superb hand-made rubber Ziltoid puppet he uses in the videos on the Ziltoid MySpace page, and held a press conference from a booth on the stage of the Underworld in Camden, London.
Devin Townsend has posted three tracks from his next solo album, entitled "Ziltoid the Omniscient", at the project's MySpace page. Check out the songs 'ZTO', 'By Your Command' and 'Hyperdrive' at this location.
The CD, which will be released under the Devin Townsend banner instead of The Devin Townsend Band, was recorded completely by Devin, who took care of the singing, guitar, bass, synthesizers and sampling duties, in addition to mixing and producing the album on his own. Devin has stated on the HevyDevy forums that he used "the drumkit from Hell" on this release — the same kit that was previously utilized by Meshuggah on "Catch Thirty-Three" and which was developed by Meshuggah's Tomas Haake.
Strapping Young Lad frontman Devin Townsend's new full-length concept album "Ziltoid The Omniscient" is due to be issued through InsideOut on May 21st in Europe and May 22nd in North America.
The tracklist for "Ziltoid The Omniscient" cover art], is as follows:
02. By Your Command
03. Ziltoidia Attaxx!
04. Solar Winds
07. Planet Smasher
08. Omnidimensional Creator
09. Color Your World
10. The Greys
11. Tall Latté
The following official "Ziltoid The Omniscient" press release can be found on the website of Hevy Devy Records:
"The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered in February due for an early summer release on Inside Out and HDR. Devin played all of the instruments on the record with the assistance of the Drumkit from Hell (thanks Fredrik!). The artwork is by Travis Smith.
Synchestra has been extremely well received, more than any other DT records. it made the charts in France, Germany and Finland so we would thank each and everyone of you that managed to get a copy. The DTB released a video for 'Vampira'. This video is available in the Fan section. This video is very funny and maybe not what you expect from an album like Synchestra but we hope it gets some attention anyway.
To finish, a European tour was planned for the DTB in May but we apologize as it was forced to be cancelled. The reason is not for Ozzfest or the new SYL record but Devin and Tracy are going to have a baby so they needed to be together for the first part of the pregnancy and medical tests. The baby is due in October which will postpone any touring until 2007.
Some interesting facts from Devin Townsend website:
"Devin continues to work on the DTB DVD. With everything else going on he has not been able to devote a consistent amount of time to the project but has been diligently working when time allows. The audio should be mixed while he is on the promo tour so not much longer to completion. He has also been writing and jamming the new DTB album that he hopes to begin recording after the SYL tour, we will keep you updated about the new album recording process very soon.
Thanks to all the fans that opened their mind to Devlab. It was surprising for us to see all the attention that went into this record. Records like Devlab are very useful for Dev's creativity. As there is no musical boundary for him, we will continue to release website-only projects as Dev likes to make little records and share them.