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Back To The Start; Devin Townsend’s 10 Greatest Albums

Devin Townsend; guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, producer, comedy voice-actor!

Ziltoid The Omniscient (2007)

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Perhaps something of a commentary on the pantomime-villain that he felt Strapping Young Lad had turned him into, ZTO found Townsend at home, newly sober and once again contemplating his future in the music industry while looking after his young children.

If it is possible for a sci-fi comedy album about a smug, coffee obsessed alien overlord to stir up sentimentality about the human condition while pummelling you with Meshuggah-like dynamics, then this is it. ZTO features nary a duff cut, from the titular anti-hero’s campy reveal to the last swirling chords of “The Greys’”

Recorded at his home for a few hundred dollars, with a drum synth and a computer, this is Heavy Metal as art in the purest sense of the word. Genius, mad but genius!

About Stuart Bell (55 Articles)
I was born in 1975 with a pile of Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple vinyl next to my cot. I ate off a sheet of ply-board propped up between two Marshall cabs and shortly after I learned to read and write I learned the E minor chord and the pentatonic scale. One day my Dad bought me Iron Maiden's first album. Metallica's Ride the Lightning followed. Then, things got serious. I have held almost every rank in the Army of Heavy Metal: Fan, drunk fan, roadie, guitarist, producer and label scout. My Wife knows what Mastodon's Crack The Skye is about and my child can play Breaking the Law on piano. Go figure.

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