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Firstly, Hevy Devy unveiled "Sky Blue" as the title of the new Devin Townsend Project album. Secondly, the new Ziltoid release was christened "Dark Matters."
Furthermore, the musician has confirmed that Chris Jericho is to make a special guest appearance as "Captain Spectacular." The rest of the confirmed guest musicians include Anneke van Giersbergen and Stolen Babies frontwoman Dominique Lenore Persi.
"Pounding down the highway in Germany in my farty little bunk listening to Z2," Devin kicked off. "I think I may have pulled it off, two 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 seven years since Ki, seven years of chaotic activity. In a sense, Z2 summarizes it all, but less heavy in intent than I expected. It's 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 didn't 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. It's not meant to be dramatic."
Townsend also shared plans to take a year-long break following the Royal Albert Hall performance in April 2015. "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," he said.
"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."
Dropping the big info at the very last moment, Devy added, "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 s--t for all I've said here anyways."
As reported, "Dark Matters" is set for October 27 release, and will be followed with a month-long North American tour with Animals as Leaders and Monuments. The trek will kick off on November 17 in Seattle, more info here.