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DEVIN TOWNSEND Says CHAD KROEGER's Contribution To 'Empath' Album 'Can't Be Understated'

Canadian musician/producer Devin Townsend found an unlikely supporter in oft-reviled NICKELBACK frontman Chad Kroeger, who offered Townsend some key bits advice before Devin embarked on the songwriting process for his new "Empath" studio album. Opposites in many respects, Townsend originally connected with Kroeger after tweeting his fondness for NICKELBACK's recent "Feed The Machine" album, drawing ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND On New Album 'Empath': It's 'A Crossroads For Me – Not Only Creatively, But Life In General'

Former DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and VAI front man Devin Townsend recently spoke with Australia's Heavy magazine about his new solo album, "Empath". The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On "Empath": Devin: "If I had any business sense whatsoever, and if I had any ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND: 'I'm Just A Perpetually Confused And Terrified Person That Is Trying To Be Less So All The Time'

Chris Akin of "The Classic Metal Show" recently conducted an interview with Canadian musician/producer Devin Townsend about his forthcoming new "Empath" studio album. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether "Empath" is an album that will take a while for listeners to "get": Devin: "I ...

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HELLYEAH Bassist On VINNIE PAUL's Death: 'It Was Awful'

HELLYEAH bassist Kyle Sanders says that "everything was put on hold" with the band following the death of Vinnie Paul Abbott. Last June, the drummer died from cardiomyopathy, or an enlarged heart, with coronary artery disease being identified as a significant condition in his death. Sanders, who launched Let There Be Rock Schools in Gainesville, ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND On NICKELBACK's CHAD KROEGER: 'I Feel Like I Owe Him A Real Debt Of Gratitude'

Devin Townsend says that he owes Chad Kroeger "a real debt of gratitude" for giving him invaluable career advice. Last August, Townsend surprised longtime fans by revealing his unexpected friendship with the NICKELBACK frontman. Four months later, it was announced that Kroeger would appear on Devin's upcoming "Empath" album, along with guitarists Steve Vai, Mike ...

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Listen To Snippet Of New HELLYEAH Song

HELLYEAH has released what appears to be a snippet of a brand new song from the band's upcoming album. The LP will mark the group's final effort with drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, who passed away in June 2018. Vinnie Paul died of dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, as well as severe coronary artery disease. His ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND Announces 'Empath Europe - Volume 1' Tour

Canadian heavy music artist Devin Townsend has announced the dates for the "Empath Europe - Volume 1" tour in November. The trek will follow the March 29 release of his new album, "Empath", via InsideOut Music. The full list of dates are as follows: Nov. 15 - Salle Pleyel, Paris, France Nov. 16 - Trix, ...

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SLASH, SAMMY HAGAR, JOE SATRIANI Among Guests On New DON FELDER Solo Album, 'American Rock 'N' Roll'

According to Rolling Stone, Slash (GUNS N' ROSES), Sammy Hagar (VAN HALEN, CHICKENFOOT), Joe Satriani (CHICKENFOOT), Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, CHICKENFOOT) and Mick Fleetwood (FLEETWOOD MAC) are among the musicians who guest on "American Rock 'N' Roll", the upcoming solo album from former EAGLES guitarist Don Felder. Slash plays on the ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND: 'Empath' Documentary Episode 1 Available

Canadian heavy music artist Devin Townsend will release his new album, "Empath", on March 29 via InsideOut Music. In the lead-up to the album's release, Devin will walk fans through how "Empath" came together with a series of documentary episodes recorded as phone conversations during the course of the albums recording. The fist episode, dubbed ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND To Release 'Empath' Album In March; Details Revealed

Canadian heavy music artist Devin Townsend will release his new album, "Empath", on March 29 via InsideOut Music. In the lead-up to the album's release, Devin will walk fans through how "Empath" came together with a series of documentary episodes recorded as phone conversations during the course of the albums recording. Watch him explain more ...

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NICKELBACK Bassist Says VINNIE PAUL 'Didn't Really Wanna Be Alive Anymore' After Witnessing His Brother's Murder

NICKELBACK bassist Mike Kroeger spoke to Australia's Silver Tiger Media about last year's passing of PANTERA and HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. The 54-year-old musician, who saw his brother, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, killed onstage by a fan in 2004, died in June 2018 of dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, as well as severe ...

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HELLYEAH Teases Upcoming Sixth Album

HELLYEAH has released a new teaser video for its upcoming album. The LP will mark the band's final effort with drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, who passed away in June 2018. Vinnie Paul died of dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, as well as severe coronary artery disease. His death was the result of chronic weakening of ...

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HELLYEAH's Final Album With VINNIE PAUL To Arrive In 2019

HELLYEAH has confirmed that it will release its new album in 2019. The LP will mark the band's final effort with drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, who passed away in June. HELLYEAH revealed its plans to issue the LP in a short Thanksgiving message on the group's Facebook page. The band wrote: "Happy Thanksgiving Hellions!! See ...

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CKY Releases Cover of GG ALLIN Classic 'Bite It You Scum'

CKY has released a cover of the GG Allin classic "Bite It You Scum". The song is taken from the band's vinyl-only EP "Too Precious To Kill", which will be released in stores on Black Friday, November 23 (Record Store Day). "Nobody knows fucking GG Allin!" says CKY frontman and guitarist Chad I Ginsburg. "CKY ...

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BLACK STAR RIDERS Drummer CHAD SZELIGA Launches WALKING WITH LIONS

BLACK STAR RIDERS drummer Chad Szeliga has launched a new band called WALKING WITH LIONS. Szeliga, who has previously played with BREAKING BENJAMIN and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, met guitarist Kevin Hicklin (ex-3 BY DESIGN) during a recording session for the ATOMFLOWER project produced by Ronnie King (THE OFFSPRING, PEPPER). The pairing of Szeliga and Hicklin ...

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NICKELBACK Bassist Says Band Uses Radio Data As A 'Barometer For What People Want To Hear' During Its Concerts

NICKELBACK bassist Mike Kroeger recently spoke with Australia's Heavy magazine. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On planning the band's live production: Mike: "It's pretty much an open creative process, and it's not unlike writing songs, because it is creative as well. It is more of ...

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