Devin Townsend announced today via Facebook that he's taking a break from the famed Devin Townsend Project after eight years of touring:

Hey guys, Devin here.

So after 8 years of touring with DTP, I've decided to take a break from this band and focus on a number of other projects I've been really wanting to do for some time now. The band have been there with me through thick and thin and we've shared some pretty great moments - I can’t say enough good things about them - And in the future, I'm sure we'll work again.

I have 4 new albums I am currently working on. I am currently in the finishing stages one of the grandest and most overwhelming projects that I have been fortunate to do. It's certainly my favourite DVD release of them all and is a powerful moment, if I can say so myself. Ocean Machine Live In Plovdiv (tentative name) Mixing the orchestras, choirs, the 'by-request' set and the full Ocean Machine album in that magnificent setting has been hugely rewarding. Seeing this spectacle come to life is a testament to this period of work and I can't wait for you to see and hear it.

Life is short and I have a lot I need to say in some new and different avenues. I will certainly continue to play live in several new ways (starting next year) and I'm excited about some collaborative things that have also come up as well.

I salute the band, the team, and the audience for allowing us to do what we have done and the patience to accommodate my persistent morphing. As someone who’s music is connected to his personal growth, I feel an obligation to follow this muse wherever it leads. To not do so would be in direct opposition to what it is I have fundamentally done for all these years.

Peace and respect,
Devin Townsend

He also announced that he's working on four albums currently -- not surprising considering how prolific he's been throughout his career. Hopefully this means we'll soon be seeing some new and supremely interesting material, which we've come to expect from Townsend.

The gentleman he is, Townsend also thanked his collaborators, team, and others for working so hard under, essentially, the Townsend name and image. Anything Townsend is involved in basically becomes "his" in that way, but in his decency and true respect, he identifies this and praises those who made it possible for him to achieve his personal goals.

Where Townsend goes is where his fans will follow. Where he lands is anyone's guess, but chances are it'll be a fun (and characteristically eccentric) ride.


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