Devin Townsend Project To Release 'Ocean Machine' Concert Film In July

Laura Johnson 27 April 2018

Devin Townsend Project have announced a concert film.

'Ocean Machine – Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv' will arrive on July 6. It was filmed at the Bulgarian venue on September 22, 2017, where the band were celebrating the 20th anniversary of 'Ocean Machine' by playing it in full, as well as tracks from their back catalogue accompanied by the Orchestra of Plovdiv State Opera.

In a statement about the release, Townsend said:

“Plovdiv and this live package represents a lot to me, it signifies the end of one era, and the celebration of another. Amidst a gruelling touring year, this show came together with much blood, sweat, and tears, and the result is the culmination of many aspects of my work on one stage.

Ocean machine was released 20 years ago, and though Marty (drums) is no longer with us, I was able to finally perform the album in its entirety with the original bassist John ‘Squid’ Harder on this night. On a cold evening in an old city in the ancient theatre, many lifelong milestones came to a conclusion on this night and I’m exceptionally proud of it.

I am currently writing, writing, and writing some more for the next stage of my life and work, and the team of individuals who contributed to this project, from the musicians in the band and orchestra, to the crews locally and with this, management, artists, filmographers and most importantly, the audience... made this night a powerful and strangely bittersweet moment I am proud to have documented with this work.

This is a very special live recording of a very special night, and I hope you enjoy it as a monument to the things that inspired it all in the first place.

Love and light,

Devin Townsend”

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