With Devin Townsend having completed the mixing for his latest musical endeavor, and the master passed along to his label, we are in full promotional mode for Epicloud, as Jimmy has stated already. We’ve been given small glimpses of the upcoming release by way of two teaser trailers [here and here], and they’ve been quite exceptional. The general sound of the album has been debated for awhile, what with Townsend’s numerous — and often times contradicting—- descriptions, but all the speculation has been put to rest with the trailer posted last week, where we were all given a pretty decent look at the full scope of the album by way of samples of each song.

Now teasers and trailers are all well and good, but the true heart of promotional mode for an album is, of course, new music! Late Saturday night, the first single from the forthcoming Devin Townsend Project album Epicloud was debuted on the heavy metal/hard rock radio program Full Metal Jackie, and to no one’s surprise at all, the song was immediately ripped from the airs and posted around the internet.

The song is very “Devin”-esque. Not a lot of surprises, but it still sounds pretty slick. A heavy, rock and roll anthem with a catchy, if a bit annoying, chorus, and some very familiar cadence to those versed in the full back catalog of Devin Townsend and Strapping Young Lad. The song, by the way, is all about Townsend’s time and feelings towards Strapping Young Lad.

There’s not a lot more to say. The song is already polarizing Devin fans I’ve spoken to thus far. I happen to love it, but not everyone in the HBIH camp shares the same opinion as me. For those not digging the tune, well Townsend has stated this song is sort of out of the ordinary compared to the rest of the album, and not very indicative of the sound as a whole. You can listen to it here, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments. Cheers!

Epicloud is due out September 18th on InsideOut Music.

– EC


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