Devin Townsend has been one of the hardest working people in metal this year, pushing out an album earlier this year, dropping a boxset, along with bringing an all-star cast together for two different tour volumes next year. Despite the hectic schedule, Townsend shows no signs of slowing down, and is already planning to record a new album after the conclusion of his tours in 2021.
“Just finishing the next Eras box set and the Empath ultimate edition before leaving on this first crazy tour… this year will be exceptionally colourful in terms of live shows in my world,” Townsend explained in a social media post. “Tons of different things. Looking forward to recording the next album in 2021. Love this.”
Just finishing the next Eras box set and the Empath ultimate edition before leaving on this first crazy tour… this year will be exceptionally colourful in terms of live shows in my world. Tons of different things. Looking forward to recording the next album in 2021. Love this.
— Devin Townsend (@dvntownsend) October 29, 2019
While Empath dropped in March, Townsend recently released a new deluxe edition of the project which hosts a 5.1 surround sound mix as well as well as a live acoustic show recorded in Leeds, England. In addition, the performer is finishing up the fifth set of the Eras vinyl re-releases of his back catalog, despite his lengthy touring schedule.
“One thing is certain with Empath: listeners will be shocked into being attentive,” mxdwn reviewer Erin Winans explained. “With variation from opera-esque signing to low groggy vocals and interesting yet deliberate background noises, people will want to take note of all the album is offering. While sometimes too many things going on can cause something to crumble, Townsend has put in the time and thoughtfulness that each song deserves.
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UPDATE (10/30): According to LoudWire, this new album will likely be The Moth, an album that Townsend has been teasing for two years, which will be the soundtrack to a musical about penises and vaginas that he suggested would cost him $10 million to produce.