Devin Townsend was asked by RSP TV about what his relationship with metal music is these days, to which he replied:
“I still like it. I don’t think about the discography much. I mean, I do it and then tend to just sort of like let it disappear over time.
“And in terms of my relationship to metal, I’m still a fan. I’m just old now. And it’s like my desire to fill my world with sound very rarely involves metal.
“You have to be honest with yourself in that sense too. There’s a fair amount of people that do what I do and maybe claim that they’re just as interested in the things that they were interested in when they were young.
“And I just don’t know many people that have managed to sustain the interest for really aggressive things for as long as I’ve been doing this. But that’s not to say that I dislike it; it’s just that the times in which I want to hear it and I want to play it are much less then it used to be.
“Plus, my life is so fucking loud. It’s between being in a roaring bus for months, and bands, and interactions with other people, and kids, and life, and gigs, and all this sort of stuff. When I finally get a moment to myself I don’t want to hear anything. [Laughs]
“I’m clearly a metal musician, I still am. Even though [my latest album, 2016’s] ‘Transcendence,’ there’s an element of it that’s not like brutal obviously, it’s still rooted in heavy metal. So I can’t imagine a genre that I would be more suited for at the moment.”