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Devin Townsend's new solo album takes a creative hold of its listeners

Join the acclaimed songwriter on his musical journey of softness and vibrancy, followed by a night at the opera.

Having taken a break from The Devin Townsend Project, Devin Townsend delivers his latest solo album Empath, breaking away from the Ziltoid the Omniscient concept seen on his last solo outing. On this particular venture, Townsend just cannot keep still.

This is alluded to in his soft opener 'Castaway', closely followed by the loud and unsettling 'Genesis’. From the heaviness of 'Hear Me' to the surprisingly operatic 'Why?', which sounds as if it was taken straight of the movie Amadeus, the album takes a hold of its listener.

Not dissimilar to a Mozart piece, Townsend’s offer enough drama to match the vibrancy and power of his voice and the accompanying choir.

The ultimate surprise comes down to its final epic track 'Singularity', a six-part 23-minute progressive masterpiece. For this reviewer, the best way to put it is that it's reminiscent of Yes' Close to the Edge album, as it acts as a mini-opera within an opera. To even listen to this song, you'll need to wear a four piece suit and attend a theatre in a limo.

The journey this album will take you on is what Townsend is after. He’s willing you to go on this creative experience with him.

9.0