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A NEW LEVEL

SHOWING NO SIGNS OF EVER LETTING UP, DEVIN TOWNSEND IS BACK WITH A NEW ALBUM ‘TRANSCENDENCE’ AND A BOOK TO BOOT. THE CANADIAN ARTIST OPENS UP TO TERRORIZER ABOUT THE NEW CHAPTERS IN HIS LIFE

This month Devin Townsend not only releases his new album ‘Transcendence’ (more of that shortly), but also an autobiography, ‘Only Half There’, which is a full account of the songwriter’s life to date, from his childhood in British Columbia to present day.

“When my management suggested that I do a book I was like, ‘what do I write about?’ It’s not like I’ve ever snorted a line of ants off a hooker’s tits or anything!” laughs Devin. “I was stuck for something to write about. I thought ‘I'm only half there’; I initially said no, but then I figured I’ve made a career being an independent musician whose been successful doing crazy shit and maybe that would help other musicians.

“It details everything that happened with Strapping [Young Lad], ‘Infinity’ and my childhood,” he continues. “In a sense I could make a guidebook for how I’ve done things. It gives an overview of the business, how things work financially, how Strapping fell apart, everything.”

While the initial actual motivation for writing a book appears to be a financial one – “I have to pay out $14,000 per month in salaries and jam room costs. For the amount of records that I sell, it’s a lot. It costs a lot of money to do what we do. When I took a year off we needed something to maintain the income” – the creative benefits of unravelling the past have helped mold Devin’s thinking for the immediate and long-term future. As an added creative bonus, during the writing of it, he also popped over to Iceland to record an acoustic EP at Sigur Rós’s studio, which is released as a companion to the book.

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Devin Townsend: it’s a name synonymous with heavy and extreme metal, and also a name associated with the occasional foray into acoustic and country albums, not to mention albums featuring coffee loving puppets! And of course, who could forget his very own dedication to this here mag he created a few years ago with his mighty ‘Terrorizer’ song – only Onslaught had ever done a homage to a metal mag before this, if memory serves me correctly. There’s something for everyone, which is something rare in many musician’s repertoires. Devin’s enjoyed and created a rather unique musical path and 25 albums in, it’s awesome to see that this month, there are no signs of him letting up. Read all about what he’s been up to over the past few years and how he’s feeling about life in our cover story. Elsewhere this issue is jam packed with a delectable array of quality bands including plenty of UK bands – Akercocke, The Wounded Kings, Slomatics, Coltsblood, and Iron Witch – and plenty of worldwide ones too. Extreme music, no boundaries! See you next month. Darren Sadler
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