How can anyone hate a face like that?

I wonder how sick you lot are of me talking about Devin Townsend? I’m sure some of you must be annoyed, but I can’t help but get excited about this man, and with all the news that he’s willing to trickle down to his fans, there’s almost always something to be excited about. It’s like as soon as there is the tiniest bit of a lull ol’ Devy goes, “Hey, Check this Shit Out”, and I DO.

Anyways, we’ve already talked about Devin’s next two projects Epicloud, a more commercial metal album, and Z2, the sequel to 2007′s grandiose rock opera, Ziltoid the Omniscient. The former rumored to be released sometime this year, and the latter coming out in about a year and a half. Given the fact that Townsend just finished a massive 4+ album concept that spanned the past three years, you would think he was going to take a bit of break, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Just this past week Devy announced yet ANOTHER upcoming record that he plans to release in conjunction with the aforementioned Epicloud. Posting on the official Hevy Devy forums, Devin Townsend outlined his three ongoing projects to the masses, including the first mention of his new project Casualties of Cool:

I found as a reaction to the complications of decon and the sheer bulk of work thats been going on (seriously, it’s insane) my writing ended up going in 3 ways recently:

1) A very commercial sounding (for the most part) but beautiful and melencholic album full of easy to digest dev songs…Epicloud. I don’t know why it came out, but it did, so I’m going to get it out of my system

2) Casualties of Cool: a duo with myself and Che (ki)… it sounds like haunted Johnny cash songs. late night music, completely isolated sounding and different than anything I’ve done. Che sings most of the leads, and it’s probably the truest reflection of who I am in life at this point. Trying to release it in tandem with Epicloud.

3) Z2 epic epic epic, complicated, musical, sci-fi, immense expense, the goal of it all I suppose.

Obviously this is very exciting news for fans of Devy and good music in general. It seems that with each announcement I just get even more riled up and excited. Ki is by far my favorite album by Devin, and while I thought Che’s performances on that record were astonishing, I didn’t think she was heavily utilized as she should have been, so this new project will probably be just the thing for someone like me. The other two projects get me excited as well, just so we’re clear.

Devin outlined some other news in his forum posts. Mostly he talked about the changing landscape of his musical career and dealing with new management and endorsement, but he also let loose a little bit of news regarding the sequel to last year’s Ghost:

Lost focus on Ghost 2, but mainly because I wanted to release it and everyone got their shit in a knot about it…so I’m trying to find a way to get it out for free, but thats a bit dicey with folks too.

I do understand why things need to be monetized, it’s expensive and everyones on salary and each month is a struggle, so box sets, dvds , vips etc are pretty important to the big picture. I still feel embarrassed about it all though and fully advocate not being obliged to buy it if you’re unsure… the bigger things get, you’d be suprised at how much control you need to give up just to stay musically creative…

Once the dust settles a bit (a year?) I hope to be able to ‘give back’ a bit with free stuff and everything..

It’s a little sad to think that Ghost 2 won’t get an official release, but free music is always a plus. You can read Devin’s full statement below, and feel free to let us know what you think of these developments in the comments. Cheers!

Hey guys, been so long here I know…since management changed it’s been flat out work in a way I never expected. I think it’s good as in a way I do feel I need to play catch up for poor prior decsions.

The things that make it good are really good, but I admit it changes the ‘color’ of it all… to take it to the next level all of a sudden theres endorsements and lawyers and corporate stuff that ultimately brings me closer to my goals of doing Z2 in a big way, but it also affects my writing…

I found as a reaction to the complications of decon and the sheer bulk of work thats been going on (seriously, it’s insane) my writing ended up going in 3 ways recently:

1) A very commercial sounding (for the most part) but beautiful and melencholic album full of easy to digest dev songs…Epicloud. I don’t know why it came out, but it did, so I’m going to get it out of my system

2) Casualties of Cool: a duo with myself and Che (ki)… it sounds like haunted Johnny cash songs. late night music, completely isolated sounding and different than anything I’ve done. Che sings most of the leads, and it’s probably the truest reflection of who I am in life at this point. Trying to release it in tandem with Epicloud.

3) Z2 epic epic epic, complicated, musical, sci-fi, immense expense, the goal of it all I suppose.

Lost focus on Ghost 2, but mainly because I wanted to release it and everyone got their shit in a knot about it…so I’m trying to find a way to get it out for free, but thats a bit dicey with folks too.

I do understand why things need to be monetized, it’s expensive and everyones on salary and each month is a struggle, so box sets, dvds , vips etc are pretty important to the big picture. I still feel embarrased about it all though and fully advocate not being obliged to buy it if you’re unsure… the bigger things get, you’d be suprised at how much control you need to give up just to stay musically creative…

Once the dust settles a bit (a year?) I hope to be able to ‘give back’ a bit with free stuff and everything…

The Peavey situation was intense and a real eye opener in terms of how things REALLY work in the business side of endorsements, and I can’t say I really enjoyed it, but we got the guitar out and everyone is nice to each other so all good…I really like that V.

However, I decided to use other guitars for other stuff as well, a Sadowsky tele set, a Framus hollwbody group of guitars, and the v’s. No one is entirely happy with that decision, but I find it difficult to not be straight up with folks about what I want to play and do and have typically pissed people off as a result… the bottom line though is I like what I like and it is important to the music to be accurate with tones and vibe. The guitars I actually play, I really like…regardless of brand.

Again, things are changing in a big way, and I find myself more insular than ever… performing is getting easy, and big shows are becoming the easiest, however the grass roots element of it is rapidly becoming something I have to sneak in… my mind tells me that for the sake of the future vision, to not do it is a mistake…however awkward the transition may be for me, long time listeners and family… maybe thats why the casualties of cool record is important to me… no one in the ‘grand scheme, big business’ side of my world seems to think it’s important. But it’s important to me because its very very personal.

Epicloud is a real stormer though, it sounds like a beautiful army… summer music, very little metaphor… I needed that in a big way…

talk more soon

d

- EC