Devin Townsend has been hard at work on the new “Z²” record for the past few months, getting it ready to welcome "Ziltoid The Omniscient" back this autumn. Much like Devin did with the "Lucky Animals" video from Epicloud, he is now inviting fans to leave their stamp on the forthcoming album by asking them to submit their vocals for a selection of songs and take their spot in what he has dubbed "The Universal Choir"!
For full details on how you can take part and even a sneak peek at 3 songs from the new record, head over to "The Universal Choir" website and find out more here.
Devin had this to say about this exciting project:
“Hey all, "Ziltoid 2" is upon us! I'm deep in the recording of this double album, and as part of the theme, Ziltoid the alien joins forces with the humans... and what better way to express that then to invite you all to sing along? The "Universal Choir" is a platform in which vocal parts are explained, and then provides you a way to upload your singing contributions that we will edit together into one, big choir! The parts are a little tricky but perfection is not required, just enthusiasm. Feel free to overdub yourself, get a bunch of friends together or just yell along. The bigger, the better. Send it back and we will then assemble the "Universal Choir"5 which will actually be part of the new recording. It should be fun! (Or a total chaotic mess :) but let's try either way! The website, (which works best if it's not on a mobile device), explains all the parts, with demonstrations and backing tracks. The hope is that a lot of people will upload themselves singing the parts, and then we assemble it and add it to the record. Come sing on Ziltoid's album, and have a great time”!
The deadline for submissions is the 25th June 2014, so get singing now!
The Devin Townsend Project also have a string of live dates confirmed for the summer which you can find below:
3.7.2014 Rock City, Nottingham - UK
4.7.2014 The Assembly, Leamington Spa - UK
6.7.2014 Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth - UK
2.8.2014 Wacken Open Air, Schleswig-Holstein - Germany
3.8.2014 Lokerse Feesten, Lokeren - Belgium
5.8.2014 Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht - Netherlands (With Shining (NO))
6.8.2014 Luxor, Cologne - Germany (With Shining (NO))
7.8.2014 Bi Nuu, Berlin - Germany (With Shining (NO))
8.8.2014 Brutal Assault Festival, Jaromer - Czech Republic
9.8.2014 Nachtleben, Frankfurt - Germany
11.8.2014 Rock Planet, Pinarella Di Cervia - Italy (With Shining (NO))
13.8.2014 Les Docks, Lausanne - Switzerland (With Shining (NO))
14.8.2014 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn - Austria (With Shining (NO))
15.8.2014 Summerbreeze Festival, Dinkelsbuhl - Germany
Devin will also play a handful of special shows together with Ché Aimee Dorval in support of his latest release "Casualties of Cool":
17.08.2014 Beautiful Days Festival, Devon - UK (Sold out)
4.9.2014 Union Chapel, London - UK
6.9.2014 Savoy Teatteri, Helsinki - Finland
Last year a recording of the legendary "The Retinal Circus" performance at London's Roundhouse was released, including the three hour plus show that spans Devin Townsend's entire career. With a full choir and theatrical cast, visual and aural enhancements unlike any show Devin has done to date, several special guests, circus performances and more, this CD/DVD set is a must-have for any Hevy Devy fan!
Check out the live video for "Grace" taken from last years "The Retinal Circus" release below.