Devin Townsend's Empath has been the topic of conversation for close to one year now, and with the promise of a release in March 2019. Townsend has now officially announced Empath to be out on March 29 and says he won't be releasing singles in a conventional sense. Instead, he'll be releasing a mini-docuseries explaining the processes and the songs, and then releasing the songs after he feels as though they've been properly explained.
Here's what Townsend had to say about the record.
"Hello everybody, this is Devin Townsend and I would like to formally announce that after almost a year and a half of working, I have finished Empath. Now this record has taken me down a lot of very interesting psychological and technical avenues and the process was documented from the very get-go by a series of documentary videos that I have done, that outline everything from the gestation of the idea to the actualisation of it, through all the existential ups and downs that went on. As such this record is different to any record that I have released thus far, and trying to get people on board for what it is versus what it isn’t, I think needs to be dealt with in a different way.
Stay tuned for the making of Empath – the video series."
So far we know Empath's lineup includes Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering, Vuur, etc.), Che Dorval (Casualties Of Cool), Chad Kroeger (Nickelback), Steve Vai, Mike Keneally (Dethklok), Morgan Ågren (Kaipa, Casualties of Cool), Anup Sastry (ex-Skyharbor, Marty Friedman), Elliot Desgagnés (Beneath The Massacre, Conflux), Nathan Navarro and Sam Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth).
Here's the track list and artwork for the record.
3.Spirits Will Collide
10.Singularity Part 1 – Adrift
11.Singularity Part 2 – I Am I
12.Singularity Part 3 – There Be Monsters
13.Singularity Part 4 – Curious Gods
14.Singularity Part 5 – Silicon Scientists
15.Singularity Part 6 – Here Comes The Sun