Today I noticed Milo was calling me Roobs, so I’m an unhappy lil’ man. Also, he threw his shoe at my balls. I thought I needed to write a review, though. And I thought that should be a music review, because, OH MAN, I haven’t done one since March! So here ya go.
Devin Townsend is a crazy but amazing guy, and he’s shown through the years he can make some amazing music. Admittedly, I’ve only heard two of his albums, including this, Ziltoid the Omniscient. I’ve gotta say, it’s pretty damn good.
Now, concept albums have a tendency to be cheesy and they can take themselves waaaaay too seriously, but clearly ol’ Dev as the say in the hood wasn’t feeling that, because Ziltoid the Omniscient is not serious. I mean, it’s about some alien guy from the planet Ziltoid who requests Earth’s universe’s ‘ultimate cup of coffee’ and ‘Attaxx!!!’ Earth because it turns out the coffee is ‘fetid’ – although he did only give them a measly ‘5 Earth minutes’ to make it AND deliver it.
Ziltoid shows everyone he’s ‘the greatest guitar player ever to have lived’ eventually, though, even if the Planet Smasher doesn’t like musicals. Captain Spectacular also does try to reveal Ziltoid himself is a nerd, in his amazing prog metal masterpiece that is Solar Winds. Hey, I haven’t talked about actual music yet, have I. Ha! And I call myself someone who can review music! Oh well. Here we go.
If you think just general metal and then cram it with keyboards and silly speaking sections along with some awesome prog that’s what you’ve got. I’m not usually a fan of synth, but this album has shown me that synth can add to music if it’s a silly space concept album. Those keyboards mixed with heavy guitar and bass makes it metal which can get pretty heavy, and the varied vocals add a lot to the music whether its in metal mode or cool prog mode, although Devin Townsend’s growling vocals aren’t top-class (… sorry!), so to speak. The thing is with this album, though, is that sometimes it can just be repetitive power chords, drums with crazy synth blasted over the top, with no real catchiness or anything. Sometimes I have got a little impatient with it, as a result, but usually even in the repetitive sections the silliness can override it. And, really, it doesn’t happen very much.
The stage musical feeling of the album helps the album in this way, too, as when the music does get slightly below par the atmosphere can also override it along with the ridiculousness. Solar Winds, N9 and Colour Your World, however, get the music spot on, as 5+ minute spectaculars to put the album over most else I listen to. Solar Winds, in particular, is the best example of Townsend’s vocal capacity and his musical skill on the album, as well as also representing a portion of the comedy that keeps the album going at full steam even when the musical quality takes that dip.
If you’re into heavy music in general and you can cope with some synth, listen to this album right now. I mean, if there were to be two omnisciences, this album would be both.
Other stuff and that like this: Turisas – Stand Up and Fight, Oceansize – Effloresce, Scar Symmetry – The Singularity, Phase 1: Neohumanity
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