I have been following DEVIN TOWNSEND in various shapes for almost a decade. From STRAPPING YOUNG LAD to DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, there is just something about his music that can completely put me in a trance. "Empath", DEVIN TOWNSEND's new album, came out 29 March 2019. I have to admit that I have tried to write my thoughts down here for a couple of weeks now. It's almost felt like sending a text to your crush, but then deleting it again because you don't wanna sound like a complete idiot. The release date came, and still I was left with an empty canvas. Yesterday, I went to "An Evening with Devin Townsend", which put everything a little bit into perspective.
DEVIN TOWNSEND himself, during the event, mentioned that "Empath" was a bunch of shit that was in the way and needed to come out. You may have asked yourself, another Devin project under a different name, does that mean it's going to be different than anything he has put out? The simple answer is: Yes and no. "Empath" is a combination of EVERYTHING that DEVIN TOWNSEND has put out in the past, it contains ALL of his projects. Is it a mess? Of course it is, but a brilliant one.
"Empath" contains everything from DEVIN TOWNSEND. There's sections containing extreme metal, jazz, gospel, progressive metal, Caribbean vibes, and even kittens. That sounds like a cocktail with too many ingredients, but damn what a good one. It is not that inherently different from seventies prog, where also a lot of things are put in the mix and a lot of things are going on. This is not an album you should put on where you have to crack your head on, no this is an album you should put on when you want to relax. Weird. Beautiful. Intriguing.