(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist, RiffRelevant.com)
On September 22, 2017, the Devin Townsend Project played a special show at the Ancient Roman Theater in Plovdiv, Bulgaria alongside the Orchestra Of Plovdiv State Opera. The show celebrated the 20th anniversary of the landmark Ocean Machine album, which was played in full, along with a set of fan-requested tracks.
This very special concert was filmed and on July 6th, it will see the light of day as Ocean Machine – Live At The Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv from InsideOut Music.
Devin comments: “Plovdiv and this live package represents a lot to me, it signifies the end of one era, and the celebration of another. Amidst a grueling 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.“
Ocean Machine – Live At The Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv will be available as a limited deluxe 3CD/2DVD/Blu-Ray artbook – with liner notes from Devin – along with a special documentary dubbed “Reflecting The Chaos” on the second DVD. Formats will also include Blu-Ray, Special Edition 3CD/DVD Digipak, standalone Blu-Ray and a digital audio download.
Pre-order for this incredible item has begun at THIS LOCATION.
By Request Set with Orchestra:
05. By Your Command
09. Bad Devil
11. A Simple Lullaby
12. Deep Peace
01. Seventh Wave
04. Hide Nowhere
06. 3 A.M.
07. Voices In The Fan
12. The Death Of Music
13. Things Beyond Things