- Audio CD (27 Oct. 2014)
- Deluxe Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Box set, Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition
- Label: InsideOut Music
- ASIN: B00NI5RL7O
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,770 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Z Box set, Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition
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The second Disk of Z2 is a completely different album called Sky Blue, totally unrelated to the first and most artists would have made it a separate release. Sky Blue is beautiful melodious metal full of awesome vocals and rhythms. For me this is a five star album on its own.
In just over a month I've attempted to listen to all of this guys output and he is quite honestly the most bonkers musician out there. But more than that he manages to change the musical atmosphere from dark imagery to epic outbursts of joyous rapture in a second, leaving the listener suspended mid way through a 'head-banging fest' and into 'PMSL land' until the tears run down your face.
He seems a really nice bloke in interviews, his tour of the' Framus Guitar' factory is like the best well organised acid trip imaginable.
Z is very possibly just an ordinary day for Devin; 'Oh Aliens are invading earth, I think I'll write a few songs about that. I'll get the lads together and give Annek van Giersbergen a ring, should have the CD knocked off just in time for tea.'
OK even they couldn't get it done that quick but if you need to justify your purchase you just don't get Devin Townsend, the lead breaks will not melt his illuminated fretboard and his guitar is not tuned so low a whale could hear it. Forget anything you may read on dark metal/death metal/(insert your own version here) metal sites about him loosing his way, he is actually leaving them all behind, they will become the dinosaurs.
Devin is the future of music, it is here now, enjoy the ride, buy Z and Epicloud and everything else (listen to some of SYL first) going off the rails isn't all fun and games . . . . .
Sky Blue continues in the same vein as Addicted and Epicloud, but is a lot more melancholy, and at times quite dark if you dig a little deeper. It mainly deals with themes of bereavement and will make you cry at times. You'll be singing along to this one for weeks!
Dark Matters is nuts! It mainly sounds like a combination of Deconstruction and Infinity, with huge swelling choirs over complex fiddly guitar parts. It contains the most epic and larger-than-life compositions since the Infinity days, and any fan of his more multitracked, complex music will gobble this up (providing you have sense of humour for the narrated parts).
As you are probably aware, this album is a double album; Disc 1 being the DTP album Sky Blue and Disc 2 called Dark Matters, which is a sequal of sorts for Devin's Ziltoid the Omniscient album. I actually got the special edition with a third Disc, which features the Dark Matters album without the spoken word parts.
Firstly Sky Blue, and to be honest the first thing that sprung to mind was that it had a lot in common with like Terria and Ocean Machine. There is a lot of those albums rainy-day-melancholy feel to it, albeit with some of Epiclouds pop-metal twisted in. It actually works suprisingly well, and as ever Anneke's vocals add extra harmony to this album. The electronic sounds on this album overall work well, although occassionally they seemed a little jarring. For me, the stand out track is Warrior; which has a lot of the floaty-ness of Ki and is just a gorgeous sound full of emotion. It's a great addition to the DTP albums that have come before, and flows on from Epicloud very well.
The main event however is Dark Matters. I will confess that this took a while to click. Because this is not just a concept album, oh no. This is a full blown narrated story space-rock opera. I guess I would sum it up by saying this is what would happen if you tried to describe War of the Worlds to a ADHD kid high on coffee and sugar. It's totally insane. On first listen it was all a bit over-the-top and a bit overwhelming. Also this album is stacked to the brim with cheese. It's one of the cheesiest albums I own.
But after listening to the album on Disc 3 without the spoken words, the album started to click. Musically, its like Infinity or Deconstruction with the craziness turned up to 10 and with some of the heaviness traded for added pomp. The spoken words story is generally pretty silly, which some people may find off-putting as it can cause the pomp factor to go into overload. But if you can look past that, it will certianly bring a smile to your face. It's not perfect, songs like Earth and Ziltoidian Empire drag on a little too long, and like I said earlier, the pomp and cheese can become a little overbearing, but its a hilariously over the top metal space musical thats full of imagination.
The 3 Disc version is great value for money, and theres a lot here to love. I've only given it 4 starts not 5 as I feel that, ocassionally, the concept of Dark Matters slightly overwhelms the music. But nether-the-less, it is a glorious double album that is well worth the money. Z2 as a whole brings together a influences from all over Devin's career, from SYL to DTP; and stands as a great testimont to his musical talent.
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