Of all the eccentric ambassadors for progressive metal out there, Devin Townsend is certainly the most theatrical, and one of the most prolific. Depending on how you count them, Empath is Townsend’s 26th full-length album, and devoted fans will be pleased to see he’s showing no sign of slowing down with this one. More reminiscent of 2011’s Deconstruction than anything else, Empath pulls from much of Townsend’s successful sounds and brings us an intriguing and inspired concept about the uniting qualities of shared human experience. (more…)