In some unexpected and somewhat bittersweet news, Devin Townsend took to Facebook to announce that he would be putting his band Devin Townsend Project on hiatus. The good news is, apparently the band is going on hiatus in order for him to focus on four different albums he's working on concurrently, and he felt as though he would not be able to focus as much time on DTP as he would like to.

The band has existed since 2008, and produced seven full-length albums over that time. It's hard to say exactly what those four albums he's working on include -- maybe the proposed collaboration between himself and Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt is part of that equation. Hell, we'll even settle for that musical about penises, vaginas and death. Either way, it doesn't seem like the end of this band for him, as he says, "I'm sure we'll work again."

Whatever Devy decides to put out, we're sure it's going to be an excellent ride. In the meantime, he's asking fans of the band to support Devin Townsend Project's members' individual endeavors, and has linked to their contact information in his statement.

Townsend's statement reads:


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

If you are interested in working with any of the guys in the DTP, they are working musicians. Please contact them below with requests:

Mike St-Jean:
Lighting and visual design, Drums, Keyboards, session work:

Dave Young:
for production, mixing, mastering:

Brian Waddell:…/

Ryan VanPoederooyen:
Drumming Session work or live work, Teaching: ‘Hire

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