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Devin Townsend faces the might of the Poozers!

Devin Townsend March of the Poozers screen cap

There was some dissent in the ranks regarding Z², the latest offering from Canadian prog metal mastermind Devin Townsend. Both Evan and Simon were somewhat underwhelmed by the double disc offering, although the actual Ziltoid disc, Dark Matters, fared a bit better in the official review than Sky Blue.

As the year draws to a close, Devin has offered a bit of a recap on the year, which to be fair to him, was absolutely rammed.

“Hey all, Dev here…closing out the North American tour and a heck of a year.  I released 4 albums this year, if you count the bonus disc of Casualties, went through the crazy Pledge process (still going through it) and it was generally a hectic time.

I feel like I’m at the end of a creative cycle… The Z2 project beat me up in a way I wasn’t expecting, but when all was said and done, I’m very proud of it. It’s an accurate description of a really stressful period, but I didn’t sell out, and I saw it through. Thanks to all of you who continue to support.”

How much Devin has been doing these last few years has been a recent topic of conversation at Monolith Towers, with a general feeling that he has been doing a tad too much – with new albums up the wazoo, tours and special shows like Retinal Circus and Casualties Of Cool, plus the forthcoming Albert Hall show. Time for some respite perhaps?

He continued,

“My mind is full of music again, as it always is, but I’m trying to absorb some of the lessons that came with the over scheduling and chaos of this last period, and I look forward to getting my process back on track. Again, I’m constantly shocked by the fact I get to do this for a living. Thank you.

Here’s another track from Z2, called ‘March of the Poozers’. To be honest, my main motivation to make this album was so I could make those crazy puppet shows that are now online, but musically, it’s kind of typical random music that I’ve been interested in for the past few years. This song was directly influenced by the band ‘Samael’ whom I have great affection for as people, and I’m happy to present it with a lyric video that Stefan at Media Logistics went above and beyond for.”

And here is that video:

“What’s next for me I think will be a short break before the European tour and the Royal Albert Hall show, but then, I have ideas for a destructive bass driven apocalypse record, a meditative record, a symphony, more Casualties, more DTP and a kind of big band thing, none of these ideas are confirmed, but I’m finding myself getting fired up to create in ways I haven’t been able to for a few years because of my schedule. I need to regroup and then I’ll see you soon.

I love music. Thank you for the inspiration, lessons and support. Devin”

As long as he’s happy; that’s the main thing!

Devin is currently on tour with Animals As Leaders and Monuments, and we’ll have a live report of last night’s Dallas show in the coming weeks. The remaining dates look like this:

Dec. 13 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
Dec. 14 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
Dec. 15 – Mesa, AZ – The Nile Theatre
Dec. 16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Mayan
Dec. 17 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom