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Presents: Ziltoid the Omniscient

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  • Who but Devin Townsend, the eclectic and brilliant musician that he is, could give us Ziltoid, a nerdy caffeine-addicted power deluded space invader that’s sympathetically ridiculous and still capable of snookering unsuspecting idiot Earthlings via his 4th dimensional guitar skills?
    One part metal, one part radio drama from the old days of “War Of The Worlds” and one part hybrid “Lost In Space/Batman” space goofiness, “Ziltoid The Omniscient” is a delight from start to his unfortunate demotion to what we may safely assume as an orbiting Starbucks franchise. Townsend, ever the character, did the entire CD, including drum programming. We get lots of sci-fi guitars, keyboards and humor, including the appearance of the know all and see all space dude.
    Few, if any modern day artists have the range and depth of Devin Townsend, who may be the only serious competition in musicianship and scope as his hero and mine, Frank Zappa. One hopes he can break out of his cult status as the genius he is, but in the meantime, it’s fun to claim him as one of rock’s best kept secrets. As Ziltoid commands of his coffee, Townsend “makes it perfect!”

    Posted on February 10, 2010