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Canadian multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer Devin Townsend was interviewed on the March 7-9 edition of Full Metal Jackie‘s nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below.

To see a full list of stations carrying the program and when it airs, go to FullMetalJackieRadio.com.

The cover artwork for the forthcoming debut album from the CASUALTIES OF COOL project from Devin Townsend can be seen below.

Devin recently launched a three-month-long crowdfunding campaign on PledgeMusic for CASUALTIES OF COOL since the album will be released without record-label backing.

In a 2013 interview with BluntMag.com.au, Devin stated about CASUALTIES OF COOL: “If there’s anybody who’s new to what I do, who maybe heard ‘Liberation’ or some of the songs off ‘Epicloud’ and thought, ‘This is really cool, I could get into this,’ you’re going to hate CASUALTIES. [laughs] I mean, really, it’s as opposite of ‘Epicloud’ as ‘Ghost’ was to ‘Deconstruction’. It’s this weird, dark, not evil but verging on it, bluesy, Johnny Cash-y, strange, quiet folk record. But I love it, it’s the one record that I’ve done over the past 10 or 15 years where I can truly say, ‘This is where I am right now.’

“You know, the other things that I’ve done have been as well in their own right, ‘Epicloud’, ‘Deconstruction’ and ‘Addicted!’, but there was an agenda with those, I was trying to say something with them or I was trying to prove a point, make a statement about the past or whatever. CASUALTIES is something that I’ve done without any pressure, without anybody telling me what to do, without showing it to anyone, it’s just what evolved when I wasn’t thinking about it. As a result of that, I’m incredibly proud of it, but it remains to be seen whether or not other people will resonate with it. I think they will, man. I think it’s fucking awesome, and I mean, I haven’t smoked weed in a long time but I can’t imagine that it wouldn’t be awesome while you’re smoking. [laughs]”

Asked where CASUALTIES OF COOL will fit into the Devin Townsend discography in terms of sound — among his more traditional-sounding albums, or a bit more removed like his ambient albums, Devin said: “Somewhere in the middle, you know, somewhere in the middle. It’s like, if you took the weird elements of ‘Ki’ and the weird elements of ‘Devlab’ and added a vintage sort of vibe.

“My management had a suggestion, which I think is pretty cool, which was, ‘You shouldn’t call it DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, you shouldn’t even put your name on it, just call it CASUALTIES OF COOL and put it out as its own thing.’ It’s got a different singer, I sing on like half of it right, but it’s got this lady [Vancouver artist Ché Aimee Dorval, who also appears on ‘Ki’] who’s just this brilliant singer, she’s a young, despondent-sounding bluesy vocalist and it’s creepy. I think that that might be a way for me to get away with it, putting it out without it being part of the DTP [DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT] or whatever.

“I don’t know what to tell you, man. I just go where it feels the most honest to go, then I deal with people thinking it’s weird afterwards. [laughs]”

Regarding whether there is a particular atmosphere he wants to create or a story he wants to convey with CASUALTIES OF COOL, Devin said: “Yeah there’s a story, definitely. It’s going to take a little longer than what we’ve got for me to explain it, but you’ll hear it eventually. I want it to be something you listen to quietly, by yourself, in the middle of the night, with a big old full moon outside. It’ll work perfectly.”

Interview (audio):

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The official lyric video for the song “The Best Is Yet To Come” from former THE GATHERING singer Anneke Van Giersbergen can be seen below. The track comes off her new solo album, “Drive”, which will be released on September 23 in Europe and on October 15 in North America via InsideOut Music.

Anneke had this to say about the album: “In a time when entire albums are being created by transferring files online, I really wanted to do things the old-fashioned way and record an album together with a group of musicians in a studio.

“The album is infused with enthusiasm and freshness. I’m really happy with it.”

Anneke Van Giersbergen will take part in the first annual Progressive Nation At Sea, which is due to take place between February 18 and February 22, 2014. The cruise also includes frequent collaborator Devin Townsend, as well as TRANSATLANTIC, SPOCK’S BEARD, KING’S X and many more,

Anneke had this to say about joining the InsideOut roster, where she joins Devin Townsend: “I look forward to a long and prosperous collaboration with InsideOut Music. We share a genuine passion for music and it’s great to become labelmates with my friend Devin Townsend and many more talented musicians. I am incredibly happy with my new album and I am stoked it will be available all over the world!”

“Drive” track listing:

01. We Live On
02. Treat Me Like A Lady
03. She
04. Drive
05. My Mother Said
06. Forgive Me
07. You Will Never Change
08. Mental Jungle
09. Shooting For The Stars
10. The Best Is Yet To Come

Anneke played two exclusive U.S. shows in Chicago at the end of March. Also appearing on the bill both nights were Anneke‘s “dear friends” NOVEMBERS DOOM.

Anneke van Giersbergen announced her departure from THE GATHERING in 2007. She has since released four albums on her own and with her AGUA DE ANNIQUE solo project: “Air” (2007), “Pure Air” (2009), “In Your Room” (2009) and “Everything Is Changing” (2012).

“Everything Is Changing” was released on January 20, 2012 via PIAS Holland. The CD was recorded at Ultrasound Studios in Braga, Portugal with producer Daniel Cardoso.



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Not listening: Hevy Devy

Devin Townsend says he can’t listen to new Black Sabbath album 13 because Bill Ward isn’t present on the recordings.

Ozzy and co recruited Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk after failing to reach an agreement for original sticksman Ward to appear.

And although the record has gone to number one across the world, it’s not top of Townsend’s listening list.

He tells DeadRhetoric: “It has nothing to do with the drums being not Black Sabbath, or poor performance or poorly recorded or anything.

“It’s just that I can’t shake it’s not Bill Ward. It’s not Black Sabbath to me. I know that’s a naive way of looking at it, but I feel the same way about anything I do.”

There’s a connection with how he feels about his former band Strapping Young Lad – he says he can’t think about it properly because people have never let him work out how he feels about it.

“Unless it’s completely me, I don’t want to be that guy – I don’t want to be that guy that goes up and plays Strapping Young Lad songs,” he says. “I wrote most of the stuff, but I didn’t feel comfortable.

“Until I come to terms with it and until people stop bugging me, I’m not going to have any perspective on the band other than frustration, other than odd memories.

“The more that people demand I do something, the less I want to do what they demand me to do. So the more people go on with these self-serving demands about Strapping Young Lad, I’m like, ‘Look, no! Not now, more than ever before, because I keep being bugged about it.’”

Townsend releases his Retinal Circus live DVD on September 30.

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David E. Gehlke of DeadRhetoric.com recently conducted an interview with Canadian multi-instrumentalist/producer Devin Townsend. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.

DeadRhetoric.com: I saw a quote from you in regard to “The Retinal Circus”: “It’s a clusterfuck on stage.” Can you elaborate?

Townsend: I probably just like swearing — it makes me feel good. [laughs] In my head, everything I do that has a concept, which is 80%, appears a lot more streamlined in my mind’s eye than when we try to articulate it on stage when we have no money and no time. So, “The Retinal Circus” is yet another example of me being overambitious and underfunded, as someone close to me commented on the state of my career. Once you’ve spent some time with the show — if you choose to do so, or you turn it off, it makes a great deal of sense. Ultimately, by the end of the end of the show, it has a point that it makes, that the clusterfuck nature is essential. It has to be there. But really at first look, I had a bunch of friends – I spent a lot of time on the video and the audio — I brought the DVD on the tour bus I was on at the time and I played for a band we were out with at the time and a bunch of guys that were involved with it, I put it on and cranked it up, and looked around the front lounge and everybody’s face was like, “What the fuck is this?” I remember thinking at that point, “If you’re not deeply invested in the creative elements of it and why it is the way it is, I can totally see why people would view it as chaos.” When I had described it as being a clusterfuck on stage, it was more of me buffering people that until you do choose get that deep into it, it’s pretty over the top.

DeadRhetoric.com: Jed [Simon] joined you for “Love” and “Detox”. As you said, there’s always the cloud of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD hanging over you, but you confronted it by having Jed onstage with you. How cool was that?

Townsend: First off, thank you for recognizing that, because that’s exactly what it is. Ultimately, I’m going to do what I want to do, and that’s the bottom line. The more that people demand I do something, the less I want to do what they demand me to do. When I was a kid or first in a relationship with my wife, she would comment, “Whatever it is I want you to do, I make sure I don’t tell you to do it.” I’m aware of it, which is a good first step. It’s the truth — I hate being told what to do and I won’t be told what to do. So the more people go on with these self-serving demands about STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, I’m like, “Look, NO!” Not now, more than ever before, because I keep being bugged about it. For me, having Jed there and playing STRAPPING was important because I didn’t have the opportunity to really — other than being “Fuck you, quit talking to me about STRAPPING” — I’ve not had the ability as a musician or as a person to reflect on, “How do you feel about STRAPPING?” Regardless of what anybody feels or their misinterpretation of it, how do you feel about it? And how do I feel about it? I’m totally proud of it; it’s a huge part of my life. It’s something I have an immense emotional connection to, and respect for, but in the same way that what I’m doing right now, which is “Ziltoid” or “Casualties”, STRAPPING is what I was doing then. I find that I can totally sympathize why people would want it back, but my frustrations lay with any band, GUNS N’ ROSES, GODFLESH with “Streetcleaner”, anything, I don’t understand the process people go through in terms of assuming that if the band was still active right now, they’d be like the period that was of emotional significance to them. I don’t understand and I’ll say that straight-up. But the more I look into it, I realize that it’s everywhere. I read something about Ihsahn and about EMPEROR getting back together, and in the interview, he gave a very explicit and perfectly logical explanation as to why EMPEROR wouldn’t be the same now as it was then. I thought, “Okay, that makes perfect sense.” But the comments are unequivocally, “No, I don’t agree — you’re wrong. EMPEROR would be perfect if they came out again.” My reaction is just confusion. That being said, because it’s a reality and you can’t escape it, I have no problem explaining myself.

DeadRhetoric.com: To back that up, you played a STRAPPING song in Chile and posted a message on Twitter after the show essentially apologizing for it. What happened there?

Townsend: The crowd loved it, but for me, I don’t know how I feel about it. And STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, as much as I wrote 80% of the music, it wasn’t just me. It was Gene [Hoglan], Jed, and Byron [Stroud]. For example, I bought the new BLACK SABBATH record and I can’t listen to it because the drums are distracting.

DeadRhetoric.com: Because it’s not Bill Ward playing.

Townsend: It’s not Bill Ward. It has nothing to do with the drums being not-BLACK SABBATH or poor performance or poorly recorded, or anything — it’s just that I can’t shake it’s not Bill Ward, so it’s not BLACK SABBATH to me. I know that it’s a naïve way of looking at it, but I feel the same way about anything I do. Unless it’s completely me, I don’t want to be that guy, I don’t want to be that guy that goes up and plays STRAPPING YOUNG LAD songs. I wrote most of the stuff, but I didn’t feel comfortable. In fact, I felt that until I worked on my relationship with those guys — and not that my relationship is bad, it’s healthy — but until I come to terms with it and until people stop bugging me, I’m not going to have any perspective on the band other than frustration, other than odd memories. I just felt that it’s not what I wanted to be doing right now.

Read the entire interview at DeadRhetoric.com.

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On October 27, 2012 Devin Townsend - more specifically the Devin Townsend Project - performed a concert that was to be the most encompassing, career-spanning show of Townsend’s career. The result was a massive production that featured a choir, circus performers, puppets, a giant vagina, and special guests. Finally, after nearly a year of poking at the …

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New Casualties of Cool, Ziltoid 2 and a relaxation music side project on the way.

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Devin Townsend has been into the idea of taking things at his own pace lately. After the release of Epicloud he toured relentlessly and has seemed pretty keen on the idea of not doing that so much. We know he's been working on Z2, the follow-up to Ziltoid The Omnicient, as well as Casualties, a Johnny Cash inspired affair, …

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After 11 years as a member of CRADLE TO GRAVE, founding lead vocalist Greg Cavanagh (ex-BOTTOM FEEDER, FALLEN DECADE) has left the southern rock-influenced Canadian metal band. The split was amicable and Cavanagh will focus on other endeavors.

CRADLE TO GRAVE didn’t have to look very far to find a replacement; Brian “Messiah” Langley (ex-INFERNAL MAJESTY, TYRANTS BLOOD, AGGRESSION), who is the band’s second guitarist, will take over vocal duties.

CRADLE TO GRAVE will release two separate EPs on October 19: a physical one that is entitled “Dust” and one that will be available on iTunes via Year Of The Sun Records entitled “Ice”. Both EPs will feature the newest single “Ice”. “Dust” will include CRADLE TO GRAVE renditions of AEROSMITH‘s “Last Child”, NAZARETH‘s “Miss Misery” featuring Devin Townsend on vocals, and “Sufrira”, a previously unreleased CRADLE TO GRAVE track from 2006. “Ice” will feature the previously unreleased songs “Old Nick’s Blues”, “Within Forever” and “The End Of My Life”.

CRADLE TO GRAVE will perform at Funky’s Thrasherbalt in Vancouver, Brtiish Columbia on October 19 to introduce the new EPs.

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If you're a big fan of Devin Townsend poop jokes and teasers of an album that we've all been absolutely dying to hear (that being Ziltoid 2), then you may want to get in here right now. Ziltoid has one hell of a taste in music… there's some Beyonce in there right alongside Behemoth, a …

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When Nightwish singer Anette Olzon abruptly departed the band last year during a North American tour, the person the band called to step in was Floor Jansen. The former After Forever and current ReVamp singer has now done several tours with them. Because of her Nightwish obligations, it made the recording of the second ReVamp album more challenging, but Wild Card was finished and recently released. I chatted with Jansen about the new album, working with guests such as Devin Townsend and Mark Jansen (Epica), her experience with Nightwish, her future with them and other topics.

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