Devin TownsendZiltoidDevin Townsend has quickly becomes heavy metal’s whacky genius. In addition to his most famous project Strapping Young Lad, the bald sideburn-dreadlocked Canadian also keeps busy with production work (Soilwork, Lamb of God, Darkest Hour), his own band The Devin Townsend Band, and his own solo releases on which he plays every instrument. Townsend has just announced a May 22nd release date for his next solo album Ziltoid the Omniscient via Inside Out Music America. Devin’s wife Tracy recently released a statement via the HevyDevy newsletter describing the storyline for the new album:

The story as follows (without revealing too much): Ziltoid The Omniscient, a four-dimensional alien has come to earth and is currently hovering five miles above Qatar. Beaming messages to the earth, including video, music, and words, His Omniscient-ness has one dimension up on us humans, allowing him control over time. But, in order to bend time he requires the perfect fuel — BLACK COFFEE — found in abundance on only one planet in the omniverse… Earth. He plays guitar and sings, is moody and a bit sensitive, with his first record due in late June. Surrounded by nymphs and prancing plasma beings, the album was produced by Devin Townsend in the hangar of the Ziltoidian space barge. All hail Ziltoid and his Infinity metal! Prepare your finest brew! Ziltoid doesn’t want to destroy the earth now…he just wants to be known as the best guitar player and get lots of chicks.”

Whoa. Maybe if I grew a skullet I would come up with shit like this too.


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