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Devin Townsend Reveals New Album Guests, Pondering Taking Some Time Off


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Devin Townsend shared some nuggets of info about his forthcoming crowdfunded double-album via his Twitter last night. Speaking over a series of tweets he revealed that the effort, which conceptually pits the Devin Townsend Project and Ziltoid against each other, will feature numerous guest appearances.

Anneke van Giersbergen again returns, while Stolen Babies frontwoman Dominique Lenore Persi guests as the ‘War Princess’ and pro-wrestler/Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho appears as ‘Captain Spectacular’.

He also mentioned that the Devin Townsend Project album is titled “Sky Blue“, while the Ziltoid effort has been christened “Dark Matters“. Thus far an October 27th release date has been set for the effort while this North American tour has been booked with Animals As Leaders and Monuments.

Here’s what Townsend had to say in his own words:

“pounding down the highway in Germany in my farty little bunk listening to Z2. I think I may have pulled it off, 2 disks. (plus bonus tracks) My focus was definitely Ziltoid. I really wanted to do that. DTP album was a struggle in some ways, but ended up good. A solid bonus. Ziltoid disk is not a heavy philosophical thing, it’s fun and like a sci-fi radio play. Orchestras, Universal choir, huge amounts of work. Been 7 years since Ki, 7 years of chaotic activity. In a sense, Z2 summarizes it all, but less heavy in intent than I expected. Its fun.

Some guests, Anneke was with me again, Dominique from Stolen Babies was the War Princess, and Chris Jericho is Captain Spectacular. = ) I’m proud of it. I’m proud in the state my mind is in I didnt phone it in, at all… I gave this thing 150% the whole way. Everyone did. I’m too close to it to be objective. In a sense I wrote Ziltoid for my son. Its not meant to be dramatic. Life is rough sometimes, Been away I want to take a year off perhaps after The Royal Albert show to recharge my batteries, get some new inspiration and experiences…

I’m a little tired of everything being so intense all the time. I wanted to make something big, shiny, fun and awesome for people. In a sense, Casualties Of Cool was my ‘Art Film’ and Z2 is my Hollywood ‘blockbuster’ = ) I’ve not worked harder on anything. It’s really cool = )

Thanks to all you guys and to all the awesome friends, musicians, artists and business folks in my life = ) Enjoy. gnite Oh, and the DTP album is called ‘Sky Blue’ while the Ziltoid disk is called ‘Dark Matters’ …everything else will be in a press release as I’m sure to catch shit for all I’ve said here anyways. = )”

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