NEWS: Devin Townsend ‘Addicted’ details

Devin Townsend has updated his website with info – including the cover – for his next CD, Addicted. Take it away, Dev!

Hey folks, Dev here with the update for the second instalment of the DTP (Devin Townsend Project)

We are just readying the release of album 2, Addicted so here’s a few brief words:

With Ki, I kind of strode out in uncharted territories for myself musically, and loved the experience. But during the course of writing this 4 record project, it was inevitable that I would end up writing a selection of tunes that were very much in line with my back catalogue. This group of songs is the second record in the series, and it is called ADDICTED.

Musically, Addicted is along the lines of the big, wall of sound hard rock / heavy metal of Ocean Machine and Accelerated Evolution (even Physicist at points). It is a very direct and ‘to the point’ album with an emphasis on groove and the chorus. In the past, lots of my records end up taking a kind of Pink Floyd-ish route (between song meandering etc.) … Addicted is really simple: 11 rocking songs and no bullshit.

I wanted to make a record that was heavy, without being dark or depressing. When I got into metal it was for the energy behind it, but somewhere along the way that energy started getting really negative. In music right now, there’s a ton of heavy bands that are really depressing to listen to loudly. I wanted to make a record without any real deep metaphor on the surface. Something that sounds good, has a good beat, and a positive feeling. It is still heavy as-all-get-out, but I think there’s a differentiation to be made between being ‘peaceful’, and being peaceful but wanting to celebrate loud, crushing music.

The vocal duties on this record are handled by myself and Anneke van Giersbergen. (I wanted to have male and female vocals kind of ‘tell the story’ so to speak). It’s an honour to work with her and she has a lovely, lovely energy. The other musicians on this record are Ryan Van Poederooyen on drums, Brian Waddell on bass, and Mark Cimino on guitars.

I love this record, it affects me in a way that I wasn’t prepared for. It’s a fully rocking album of optimism. If you just want to ‘play it loud’ without any crazy metaphor, this album might be for you!

On other notes:

I have been rehearsing with a new band, and we will start touring in early 2010, representing all the back catalogue of solo material, from Ki, Addicted, Physicist, Ziltoid, Terria, Ocean Machine, dtb, Infinity etc… I have some big plans for this and rehearsals are sounding amazing. The touring entity will be called ‘Devin Townsend’ and is essentially a way for me to get out there and interact again and showcase 15 years of music that never really got it’s fair shake. We look forward to seeing you out there!

I will start the work on the fourth record Deconstruction in Los Angeles in October, some great plans for that… (and btw, THAT is a heavy record with a lot of metaphor…) news on that as it comes!

So I hope you will enjoy Addicted, in the theme of the dtp, the reason Addicted exists is maybe a little deeper than what the record sounds like up front. But up front, it kind of states: ‘Life is tough, the world can be an ugly place…so lets forget about the dramas and ROCK – here’s some heavy guitars, big choruses and killer beats’

Song Titles:


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NEWS: Devin Townsend ‘Ki’ signed copy preorder

Devin Townsend is using eBay to take preorders for his new album, Ki, and the first 300 copies to be ordered will be signed by Devin.

EDIT! Looks like the preorder copies are all gone. A new link has been established for subsequent preorders so I’ve deleted the old link from this post and replaced it with the following one. CLICK HERE to preoder the album from the new link.

Ki is the first album of a 4-disc series. Track listing is: A Monday, Coast, Disruptr, Gato, Terminal, Heaven Send, Ain’t Never Gonna Win, Winter, Trainfire, Lady Helen, Ki, Quiet Riot, Demon League.

NEWS: Devin Townsend ‘Ki’ release date

Ki, the first in a series of albums from Devin Townsend to be released under the Devin Townsend Project name, will be released in Europe on May 25 and in North America on June 19 via InsideOut Music.

Ki track listing is:

01. A Monday
02. Coast
03. Disruptr
04. Gato
05. Terminal
06. Heaven Send
07. Ain’t Never Gonna Win…
08. Winter
09. Trainfire
10. Lady Helen
11. Ki
12. Quiet Riot
13. Demon League

Check out a 5-minute sampler at Devin’s Myspace.

NEWS: Devin Townsend talks about ‘Ki’ has a great interview with Devin Townsend about his forthcoming album ‘Ki.’

Here are some selected highlights from the rather long interview. CLICK HERE to read the full thing.

Q: Please put the music in your own words? What is the common ground to your previous releases, and what is the major difference?

Devin: “Ki” is a subtle, severe album. A challenge in some ways. As the “intro” to the story (the story being the four records) it needs to set the stage. The point to the music is that the whisper is louder than the roar in many ways. “Ki” is (on the surface) quiet and unassuming. Whenever it begins to lose its temper, it stops. It does not let it go, it is avoiding that temptation, as that sort of anger is really gratifying but ultimately just leaves me unhappy. “Ki” is about control, and although it is not an overtly “heavy” album, it is heavy thematically. On these four records, it starts with “Ki”, which is essentially a cross section of all the albums, but the idea is that it is not here to impose itself. It just does it’s thing. Like a little a.m radio playing in the corner. Many folks have been waiting to see what I do next after SYL and “Ziltoid”, so after careful consideration, I wanted the first record to be quiet and subtle, however fear not chaos fans… the next two records in the quartet are progressively heavier, and the third album, “Deconstruction”, is the heaviest music I’ve ever created. So with “Ki”, I wanted to make it a bit of an appetizer. I know myself, that as I get older, a steady diet of chaotic music does little more than give me a headache. So with “Ki”, I wanted to re-introduce myself in a way that says, “I can make chaos like you’ve never heard, but for starters, please get comfortable.” The common ground to my previous releases would be my voice, but even my guitar playing has changed. I use primarily a clean tone now (no distortion) and in terms of the sonics, I have used very little compression and it is not mastered very loud. The term “Ki” loosely means “life force” and, therefore, in almost the antithesis to my previous albums, there is no real editing or triggers on the drums. Much of the music was recorded “live off the floor.” I wanted to preserve the energy flow without worrying so much about mistakes.

Q: How would you describe the philosophy behind “Ki”, musically, lyrically, artistically?

Devin: “Ki” appeared after I quit drugs. I found myself angry at drugs, in all honesty. I spent many, many years stoned out of my mind, making music that although clever, was a misrepresentation of what I truly feel I wanted to say. Once I started “clearing up,” I found that reality in many ways is much HEAVIER than the drug world. It has sharper edges and less release, but the point with “Ki” is that I feel I needed to clarify a lot of things I’ve said in the past musically. I believe in spirituality, and that life force is much more intense when I participate in it with a sober mind. Although “Ki” is a relatively quiet and unassuming album in and of itself, when folks hear “Addicted” (record 2) and especially “Deconstruction” (record 3), I have a feeling there will be a percentage of folks who will appreciate “Ki” even more than they do from the get go. The whole idea is to listen to “Ki” for what it IS rather than what it is NOT. There are leagues of people in my world that refuse to accept music from me that isn’t destructive and chaotic. For them I am writing “Deconstruction”, but for myself, and many people my age, that element of chaos becomes very tiresome if it is not juxtaposed by some sonic “space.” So “Ki” is a sober introduction to an (admittedly) epic musical undertaking and as such demonstrates some highs and lows without going to extreme in either direction. I assume that fans of my heavy heavy output will be far from “blown away” by this album, but in a way, that’s the point. I appreciate “Ki” almost more than any of the records, and am very proud of what it stands for.

Q: What was the reason for forming “Ki”? When did you start working on that idea?

Devin: I quit many bad habits in my life after STRAPPING YOUNG LAD ended. I felt depressed, angry and unhealthy and was not satisfied with living the rest of my life that way. I quit all drugs, alcohol and a host of other “addictions” that were controlling me and my world. It took three years to formulate the DTP and to write “Ki”. I had to re-learn how to create without drugs and through that personal transformation, I learnt a great deal of things. “Ki” was very hard to do, to break the musical constipation so to speak, but now that it’s here… watch out… I have lots to say that now I’m in control of myself.

Q: Is the album a concept work? Are the songs lyrically connected? What are the lyrics dealing with?

Devin: It is part of a larger concept, and I think once the four albums are all completed, not only will “Ki” be the introduction, it will also be the moral. Everything I do is connected, lyrically, musically and otherwise. I have a hard time writing without metaphor. The theme of aliens is present on the record, but again, as a metaphor. An obvious image that implies those thoughts that haunt us that ARE us, but we have a hard time dragging into the light. Elsewhere, the lyrics are pointed towards my new-found ability to say NO. In the past, I have been so insecure about myself and my music that I found myself agreeing to things for the sake of acceptance or whatnot. As a new father, and as a sober adult, the answer to many things now is “no,” and not loudly either. I feel that although the person I am today is shaped by my past (including my past music and drugs etc) what I need to do with my talent now is to represent exactly who I am in a clear world. I am not “pure” and I am not “evil,” I am just me, and I’m absolutely fine with that.

Q: Will you play live with “Ki”? Are there any concrete touring plans right now? What is the plan for the future?

Devin: When all four records in the DTP series are done, and the box set is released at the end (eight records, including a DVD), I will play selected shows throughout the world. I will not be climbing into a van and playing clubs in the middle of nowhere, though. I am going to assemble a sober team of incredible musicians to play ALL the records, perfectly, to many people. You will see me soon, and get ready for the next three records in the series. “Ki” is a subtle introduction to a sprawling theme. Please enjoy. It’s good to be back.

Now for some business: The Blabbermouth posting doesn’t specify where the interview came from, and I really don’t like to repost other people’s work uncredited even if it’s just a pointer to the full story, so if anyone knows where this interview came from please tell me and I’ll amend this post.