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Devin Townsend Spent $170,000 of His Own Money on New Album Empath

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With the financial concerns Devin Townsend cited for putting the Devin Townsend Project to an end last year (among other reasons), one might expect he’d look to cut back on expenses this time around. But as anyone who’s been following the year-long creation process of his new album Empath will tell you, that certainly didn’t end up being the case, not with top-flight recording studios in Europe, three different professional drummers, numerous other guest musicians, an orchestra, a children’s choir and more.

But it’s the final tally that’s staggering: $170,000! Holy crap. Mind you, that’s presumably Canadian dollars, so the U.S. equivalent is like, what, $50? (Sorry, couldn’t resist. It’s roughly $127,000 USD, still a gigantic chunk of change for an album in 2019). Devin revealed as much in a Twitter thread yesterday, in which he shared the cost of his album (all of his own money) as a means of encouraging fans to purchase the damn thing despite comments in the past that he doesn’t care if folks pirate his music, which he sheepishly retracted. You can read that thread below.

Advice from Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger presumably came free of charge.

Empath comes out March 29, and can be pre-ordered here. Check out the songs “Genesis” and “Evermore” and read our official review of the album.

[via The PRP]

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