Will Devin Townsend enlist Arjen Lucassen to join him on Ziltoid sequel?
In this day and age musicians and fans are closer than they have ever been. The internet and social media allow communication to happen at the touch of a button, and with that comes the ability to pose questions, lobby insults and criticism, or offer praise and suggestions on a wide array of formats.
Two musical minds that have tapped into the social element of the internet more so than others has been Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, Guilt Machine) and Devin Townsend. The two men responsible for some of the most acclaimed progressive metal records of the last two decades are entrenched in the internet on a daily basis. Whether it be posting updates on their various projects, or simply talking about their day, these two men seem to understand the importance of maintaining a close-knit relationship with their fan-base.
And with that relationship comes the possibility of exciting new ventures. For Devin Townsend, it seems like every week or so he has a fans posing suggested guest spots on his albums – the biggest being Greg Puciato‘s (The Dillinger Escape Plan) guest spot on 2011′s Deconstruction, thanks to Heavy Blog Is Heavy. Now it seems like we may have yet another.
Earlier this morning one intrepid fan (*cough* me *cough*) took to Twitter and simply suggested a collaboration between Devin Townsend and Arjen Lucassen for Devin Townsend’s upcoming double album mega-concept album, Z^2 (the follow-up to 2007′s Ziltoid the Omniscient). The first reply happened rather quickly, with Arjen saying “I’m game”, and a few hours later Devin followed suit with a cryptic double mouthed smiley “:))”.
Now, most people would take that second reply with a grain of salt, instead of seeing it as confirmation, but with Devin’s track record of taking suggestions to heart, and Arjen’s love for science fiction based music and concept albums, we don’t see this collaboration being that hard of a sell for either party.
Another important thing to note is that we are quickly approaching the ten year anniversary of Ayreon’s 2004 concept album The Human Equation, which is notable for many things, but mainly the fact that it was the first and last time Arjen and Devin collaborated with each other (the three songs “Pain“, “School“, and “Loser“). Hopefully nostalgia, and feel-good vibes from the anniversary will be the final push that cements what could possibly be the best collaboration in years.