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Devin’s Epicloud To Feature The Gathering Singer


Yes, it’s true.

She was on Devin Townsend’s Addicted LP, and now, Anneke Van Giersbergen from The Gathering will feature prominently on the forthcoming Epicloud.

The album, decribed as “poppy [and] proggy,” will be released under the Devin Townsend Project banner.

Van Giersbergen will return to provide lush vocals to some of the tunes.

The idea for Epicloud was born out of Devin’s writing sessions for the follow-up to his 2007 Ziltoid The Omniscient.

“In this sort of process of writing that I’ve discovered that I guess I’m capable of now, with a sober frame of mind, part of that is just not second-guessing it, so if I write something like that, I just do it, and just finish it,” Townsend says.

“Over the past couple of years, I thought, ‘OK, I’ve gotta write this next ‘Ziltoid’ thing; I’m inspired to make this epic space opera and, like, really overdo it, and [make it] really dark. And so I sat down to write, but every time I went to write, I’d write some poppy hard rock thing. And I was like, ‘OK, we’ll get that one out of the way and then I’ll write ‘Ziltoid’.’ And I got it out of the way and I’d go write ‘Ziltoid’. And I’d write another one. So I’m thinking, ‘OK, it’s pretty obvious to me that I’ve got this that wants to come out before that.’”

Anneke is scheduled to record her parts for Epicloud next month at Devin’s studio in Vancouver, and said: “For now, I only heard the demos. Initially, [Devin] said it would be a softer album, but I think it’s going to be very intense and diverse, and also heavy. It’s progressing as we speak. It’s going to be very, very nice.”