[News] Devin Townsend to release Empath “The Ultimate Edition”

Devin Townsend is pleased to announce the release of ‘Empath – The Ultimate Edition’ on June 5th, 2020. This comprehensive version of 2019’s acclaimed album contains the original record and bonus disc across 2 CD’s, plus 2 Blu-Ray discs. The first blu-ray contains the 5.1 Surround Sound mix by Devin, with visuals for the full record, plus a stereo visualiser. The second blu-ray contains a raft of bonus material, including ‘Acoustically Inclined – Live in Leeds’, a recording from his April 2019 acoustic tour where he performed tracks including ‘Love?’, ‘Deadhead’, ‘Thing Beyond Things’ & more.

It also features the full Empath Documentary, a ‘Genesis 5.1 Mixing Lesson’, a full album commentary & more. The four discs sit inside a beautiful art-book that contains new liner notes and images from the making of the album.

Devin comments of the new 5.1 surround sound mix:
“On a technical level, I guess I have always been dissatisfied with the basic ‘stereo’ format in which the type of music I make gets presented in. Whether its headphones, computer speakers, stereos (or basically anything currently), I have had to figure out ways to get the work to function through TWO speakers. I hear things in a particularly orchestrated way, and with the amount of information that typically gets recorded per song, the result has been the dubious ‘wall of sound’ that I keep ending up with. But my intention has never been to make an oppressive experience, but rather something that is immersive and vast. 

Making it work in two speakers just simply doesn’t quite work for the vision. Although I’ve managed to get the point across, (to varying degrees), things always have to compromise to make it all fit. Making the drums speak at the same time as orchestra, cymbals, guitars, choirs, synths etc.…all with my voice on top, ends up with every conceivable frequency fighting for breathing space between those two speakers.

Therefore, I asked the powers that be in my business world, to tolerate one more ‘kick at the can’ when it came to Empath. I wanted to attempt a surround mix and follow the original vision of it being an immersive, multimedia experience for people in the ways I could best achieve at this stage. And although it’s still pretty ‘dense’, with four more sources for the sound to come from, I feel its significantly closer to the original vision here.”

Tracklisting

CD1: 
01 – Castaway 
02 – Genesis 
03 – Spirits Will Collide 
04 – Evermore 
05 – Sprite 
06 – Hear Me 
07 – Why? 
08 – Borderlands 
09 – Requiem 
10 – Singularity: Adrift 
11 – Singularity: I Am I 
12 – Singularity: There Be Monsters 
13 – Singularity: Curious Gods 
14 – Singularity: Silicone Scientists 
15 – Singularity: Here Comes The Sun! 

CD2: 
01 – The Contrarian (Demo) 
02 – King (Demo) 
03 – The Waiting Kind (Demo) 
04 – Empath (Demo) 
05 – Methuselah (Demo) 
06 – This Is Your Life (Demo) 
07 – Gulag (Demo) 
08 – Middle Aged Man (Demo) 
09 – Total Collapse (Demo) 
10 – Summer (Demo) 

BluRay 1: 
01 – Castaway (5.1 Surround Mix) 
02 – Genesis (5.1 Surround Mix) 
03 – Spirits Will Collide (5.1 Surround Mix) 
04 – Evermore (5.1 Surround Mix) 
05 – Sprite (5.1 Surround Mix) 
06 – Hear Me (5.1 Surround Mix) 
07 – Why? (5.1 Surround Mix) 
08 – Borderlands (5.1 Surround Mix) 
09 – Requiem (5.1 Surround Mix) 
10 – Singularity: Adrift (5.1 Surround Mix) 
11 – Singularity: I Am I (5.1 Surround Mix) 
12 – Singularity: There Be Monsters (5.1 Surround Mix) 
13 – Singularity: Curious Gods (5.1 Surround Mix) 
14 – Singularity: Silicone Scientists (5.1 Surround Mix) 
15 – Singularity: Here Comes The Sun! (5.1 Surround Mix) 
16 – Castaway (Stereo Mix Visualizer) 
17 – Genesis (Stereo Mix Visualizer) 
18 – Spirits Will Collide (Stereo Mix Visualizer) 
19 – Evermore (Stereo Mix Visualizer) 
20 – Sprite (Stereo Mix Visualizer) 
21 – Hear Me (Stereo Mix Visualizer) 
22 – Borderlands (Stereo Mix Visualizer) 
23 – Why? (Stereo Mix Visualizer) 
24 – Requiem (Stereo Mix Visualizer) 
25 – Singularity: Adrift (Stereo Mix Visualizer) 
26 – Singularity: I Am I (Stereo Mix Visualizer) 
27 – Singularity: There Be Monsters (Stereo Mix Visualizer) 
28 – Singularity: Curious Gods (Stereo Mix Visualizer) 
29 – Singularity: Silicone Scientists (Stereo Mix Visualizer) 
30 – Singularity: Here Comes The Sun! (Stereo Mix Visualizer) 

BluRay 2: 
01 – Empath Documentary 
02 – Empath Album Commentary 
03 – Genesis 5.1 Mixing Lesson 
04 – Acoustic Gear Tour 
05 – Intro (Live in Leeds 2019) 
06 – Let It Roll (Live in Leeds 2019) 
07 – Funeral (Live in Leeds 2019) 
08 – Ih-Ah (Live in Leeds 2019) 
09 – Deadhead (Live in Leeds 2019) 
10 – Love? (Live in Leeds 2019) 
11 – Hyperdrive! (Live in Leeds 2019) 
12 – Terminal (Live in Leeds 2019) 
13 – Coast (Live in Leeds 2019) 
14 – Solar Winds (Live in Leeds 2019) 
15 – Thing Beyond Things (Live in Leeds 2019) 
16 – King (Official Video)

Pre-orders are now available here:
https://www.omerch.eu/shop/devintownsend/
https://Devin-Townsend.lnk.to/Empath-TheUltimateEdition

Devin will head out on a Summer festival run mixed with club shows in Europe, which includes a headline appearance at Bloodstock Festival in the UK.
 
04.06.2020 Sweden Rock Festival – Solvesborg (SE)
05.-07.06.2020 Rock Im Park  – Nürnberg (DE)
05.-07.06.2020 Rock Am Ring – Mendig (DE)
10.06.2020 Majestic Music Club – Bratislava (SVK)
10.06.2020 Mystic Festival – Krakow (PL)
11.06.2020 Nova Rock – Nickelsdorf, (AT)
13.06.2020 The Roman Arenas -Bucharest (ROU)
14.06.2020 Mixtape 5 -Sofia (BGR)
15.06.2020 A38 – Budapest (HU)
18.06.2020 Copenhell – Copenhagen (DK)
20.06.2020 Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel (BE)
21.06.2020 Hellfest – Clisson (FR)
23.06.2020 Rockhal – Esch-sur-alzette (LUX) Co-Headline with Meshuggah
24.06.2020 Xtra – Zurich (CHE) Co-Headline with Meshuggah
26.06.2020 Rock The Night Festival – Rivas-Vaciamadrid (ES) – CANCELLED
28.06.2020 Tuska – Helsinki (FI)
29.07.2020 MetalDays, Tolmin (SLO)
30.07.2020 Wacken Open Air – Wacken (DE)
05.08.2020 Brutal Assault Festival – Jaromer (CZE)
07.08.2020 Bloodstock Open Air – Walton-On-Trent (UK)
09.08.2020 Into The Grave – Leeuwarden (NL)
12.08.2020 Summer Breeze, Dinkelsbuhl (DE)

Find the full list of upcoming dates here: https://www.hevydevy.com/tourdates/

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