AOTY 2020
Devin Townsend - Empath
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2019 Ratings: #36 / 758
User Score
Based on 164 ratings
2019 Ratings: #607
March 29, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
HevyDevy, InsideOutMusic / Label
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Metal Sucks

Empath may not be as immediate as some of his recent work with the Devin Townsend Project, but once you’ve adjusted to his wavelength, it rewards your patience. It’s an impressive artistic achievement. Just remember, for the sake of your hypothetical relationship, that this is as deep-end Devin as you get.

Metal Injection

Empath is another work of grand measure, gorgeous humility, and yes, absolute idiosyncratic genius.

Consequence of Sound

Empath is another fine addition to the ever-growing / never-ending Devin Townsend discography, and shows that Townsend should one day also be enshrined into this elite “musical chameleon” category, as well.

God Is in the TV
Whether it’s your cup of tea or not, the guy has drive and authenticity in spades. He may be his own genre, but even within that, he’s still striving to reach higher, to connect with the listener on so many levels, to push so many buttons. Simply wonderful.

Empath is by no means a shortcut to deciphering all of Townsend's output, but its incredibly hard not to marvel at the way in which he wields these influences to exceed the confines of his "progressive" qualifier — not to mention the sheer enormity of it all.


Though it's wildly excessive and indulgent, it's also inarguably among the most inspiring, thought-provoking, and accomplished of his works.

Spectrum Culture

Contrary to the showy technics that define so much prog metal, Empath is emotionally self-indulgent, and the palpable giddiness in every touch makes it Townsend’s purest album yet.

What better way to follow up a review of a super big pop record then to talk about a niche ass experimental prog-metal record? Christ, no wonder i'm single...

This album is super goddamn creative, and kinda batshit. It's calming, furious, atmospheric, gentle, harsh, aggressive, catchy, god this album is nearly all of the tricks in the book! It's a strange album to talk about, because there is so much to talk about, from the mixing of different theatrical genres (electronic, death ... read more
So, the legend @PipePanic asked me to dive deep into this record a couple days ago, and after listening for that duration, I’m... still confused!

The instrumentation on this thing ranges from chaotic metal breakdowns to fru-fru Disney theatrics, although everything exhibits this corny, almost cringe-worthy behavior. These differing moods surprising work together on “Empath”, but it’s intricacies seem to diminish in conjunction with the rising amount of canned corn. Even ... read more
ayyy lmaooo
Everything was happening at once and it was a trip, but I thoroughly liked it.
Empath seems to be quite the divisive listen for the AOTY user base. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with this truly unique record. It's gargantuan in scope, maximalist in construction and quite possibly the most 'extra' album I've ever heard. To put that in perspective; I have ADHD and even I was like "alright mate, chill out for a second".
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Track List

  1. Castaway
  2. Genesis
  3. Spirits Will Collide
  4. Evermore
  5. Sprite
  6. Hear Me
  7. Why?
  8. Borderlands
  9. Requiem
  10. Singularity
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Added on: August 19, 2018