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Devin Townsend’s long-awaited second instalment of Ziltoid The Omniscient is on the way…

Ziltoid The Omniscient Z2

Ten thousand blasts of gooby! As announced over a series of tweets last night, Intergalactic Space Marshall Lord Devin of the planet Townsend will be heading to the studio in May 2014 to begin recording Z2, the follow-up to the 2007 fan favourite space opera Ziltoid The Omniscient. Rejoice!

So since Epicloud, there’s been lots of activity, tours and projects, Retinal, Casualties etc really a lot to digest for myself and audience. I went so hard with dTP that in a way, I began to just put in the time to promote myself. In a sense, you become a parody of yourself. So I took some time to finish Casualties and get my shit straight. Lots of band discussion, new jamspot, gear, everything overhauled…

And I began writing for Z2 about 6 months ago. Between all the ideas, there’s close to 70 songs. Some are really good, but none are ‘it’ How do you not repeat yourself? How do you avoid being a caricature? How do I incorporate Ziltoid with what we’ve done and not just be silly?

So life changes start again, acceptance of age has to happen, goals need to be set, discipline and routine. It’s bound to repeat unless… Unless you can instigate REAL change, not just fad stuff, but real change. The scary stuff. Where does it lie? Hmm… I’m proud to say that the ideas that are coming now are beginning to take the shape. The theme. It’s so exciting. We start recording in May.

Dunno why I chose to vent like this, but I’m done now. Some great strides taken by band, label, management and us all. It’s going to be rad. Goodnight, and thanks again for allowing us to do this! It’s going to be so much fun guys, just wait! : )) Casualties Of Cool gets released in May by the way… It’s a bridge to the Z2 phase, really important one to me.

After a few months of comparative silence – production of the Ziltoid Radio Show for Team Rock Radio aside – it’s clear that Devy has just been plugging away with the next two projects in the background.

Despite his huge stack of prior work, Devin’s fourth-dimensional alien puppet has become synonymous with him, making appearances all over the shop, including a starring role in his four-part live Devin Townsend Project performance a few years ago, and as part of the aforementioned radio show. He’s a beloved creation, with his own plush puppet version available for kid’s shows, Christmas Tree topping and intergalactic dominion.

I’m not sure if this was previously known, but the tweets also indicate that Devin’s other pending project, Casualties Of Cool, will be coming out in May as well, so he’s back on the proverbial horse straight away.

If you’re unfamiliar with the album, here’s a live video of the man himself performing “By Your Command” at Tuska 2011.

In the meantime, the seventh instalment of Ziltoid’s eclectic radio show will air this Saturday 4th January on Team Rock Radio at this location. Fetid!