Devin Townsend has shared a live video for “Genesis” taken from his upcoming fully loaded boxset, Order Of Magnitude – Empath Live Volume 1. The boxset drops October 23 and documents his winter 2019 European tour that saw him take on possibly his most ambitious live show to date. The frontman commented on releasing “Genesis” as the first single from the DVD:
“Here is the first song we’ve chosen to release from the upcoming DVD concert, ‘Order Of Magnitude’ which was the first volume of my Empath touring band cycle. This particular band consisted of ten people on stage, all without click tracks or backing tracks, with the aim of reproducing my work in a new and creative way. A lot of what I’ve done in the past has been very structured, and the opportunity to interpret the music with high degrees of improvisation and flow was a fantastic experience.
This song, ‘Genesis’ from my latest album ‘Empath’ seemed an appropriate way to introduce this concert to the audience. It’s kind of an example of ‘musical anarchy’ in some ways- as the song is all over the place structurally to begin with. But to have a chaotic piece of music, played by these extraordinary musicians I had the honour of being with, in a no-holds-barred
production was really cathartic. It was about being free to do whatever we wanted in a time where rigid ideas of what is acceptable or not are stronger than ever.
I hope you enjoy it. Volume 2 is next and is in a lot of ways the polar opposite to this, but on my journey of musical exploration, I am grateful for all of it, so thanks again for the support.”
Pre-order Order Of Magnitude – Empath Live Volume 1 here and check out “Genesis” live below!
Devin Townsend is also putting on a 85 minute livestream performance, “Empath Volume 2: By Request,” on September 5th, featuring a setlist of songs voted on by fans. You can grab your ticket here!