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  • Audio CD (June 5, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out
  • ASIN: B000P2A4FY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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10. The Greys
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Devin Townsend continues to produce quality music, in his own twistedly brilliant way.
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In search of the universe's ultimate cup of coffee, he commands it be made perfect.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on June 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Something inside me says people reviewing this album will focus more on the concept rather than the music presented on this disc, so I'll leave it up to them. All I will say is that Devin Townsend Presents Ziltoid the Omniscient is a sci-fi tale about a guitar-playing alien who pays a visit to planet Earth. To further investigate the plot, all you need to do is buy the album and read the booklet, which includes all lyrics except for "Hyperdrive", and it also features passages that are not sung/spoken in the songs -- then you should have a fairly solid idea on what the story is about.

For starters, Ziltoid is a solo album in the truest sense. Devin Townsend wrote all songs, recorded, mixed, and engineered everything by himself. He also played all instruments, except the drums which he programmed on the Drumkit From Hell software that Meshuggah's Fredrik Thordendal sent him. Granted the drumming does not sound as organic as, say, Terria, the somewhat industrial beats, juxtaposed with tons of samples, give off an alien-like quality to the songs, which definitely fits the concept of this album. This is also what distinguishes Ziltoid from the earlier Devin Townsend records musically. Other than that, traces of both Synchestra and Accelerated Evolution, the two previous albums, can be detected in some of the songs here. A good dose of aggressiveness and openness of either album turn into pivotal points in the course of the album, depending on the mood intended to portray.

Those who consider Ocean Machine Devin Townsend's unrivaled masterpiece will be pleasantly surprised by tracks like "Hyperdrive", which is defined by clean harmonies, liquidy guitar phrases, and the droning, meditative atmosphere.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Taylor on June 9, 2007
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Devin Townsend Unleashes his first entirely solo project, playing guitar, bass, keys, and programming drums and giving us vocals as well as the narrative. The cd itself follows a theme of Ziltoid, a 4th dimensional creature who is on a quest to find the ultimate cup of coffee, and if he doesn't...destruction! Ziltoid comes to Earth of all places to find his coffee and a War of the Worlds type event breaks out with Captain Spectacular leading Earth against the Ziltoidian Forces. Each song follows a passage in the story ultimately leading up to the finale "Tall Latte"

Corny Concept aside, after a few listens you begin to understand this is some of Townsend's most brilliant work. To come up with this effort in just 4 months on his own is an enormous task for anyone. The Guitar work is a mix of SYL("Ziltoidia Attacks") with touch of melodic side of DTB ("The Greys", "hyperdrive") featuring solo's throughout the disc. This disc can be described as progressive at times, but nothing really goes too off the wall and self indulgent and most songs come off just as songs rather than just pieces of a story.

The bonus features on the deluxe edition are a welcome bonus for disc 2. The first track is sort of a Ziltoid behind the music which is just off the wall rediculous while the others make for good b sides. The multimedia portion of the disc contains 5 Ziltoid Puppet skits, 3 of which have not been on youtube. The disc also concludes with a 13 minute instructional bit with devin showing you some riffs from his back catalog as well as thoroughly explaining his guitar rig and what each thing does for him, it's very interesting for total Dev nerds like myself.

Overall, this man has consistently delivered amazing product after product and I can assure you this follows in that lineage, and you will not be dissapointed. This is something you're going to want to listen to over and over again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joel Israel on July 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have always enjoyed Devin Townsend's unique musical sensibilities and style, and the latest release from this musical iconoclast is no exception....some might find the kitschy, sardonic sci-fi trappings and storyline of this latest project a bit much, but any fan of "Mystery Science Theater" or Kurt Vonnegut will feel right at home here.

The first completely "solo" project from Devin (although he has always worn many hats both in SYL and DTB, on this release he literally was a one-man show, writing all the lyrics and music, and performing on all instruments, assuming all production roles, etc.), it is different from both his older Strapping Young Lad and Devin Townsend Band projects in that it is more humorous and conceptual thematically, but musically it is very much a continuation of his previous work.

This latest epic from Devin is a campy science-fiction concept album telling the story of an omniscient alien being named Ziltoid who needs a rare substance from Earth in order to be able to bend time and space to his will....and that substance is....coffee. Black. Fun stuff, but not for those who take everything too seriously. I have personally always enjoyed Mr. Townsend's quirky sense of humor, which has always been revealed in smaller doses on his previous work, and had fun seeing him fully embrace and run with it on this latest offering. Musically, and for fans of his previous work, this album has some great, heavy, bombastic metal moments as well as sublime, spacy prog-rock interludes, coming off like SYL's "The New Black" meet"Terria" and "Ocean Machine". Recommended!
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