History Music / DevinTownsend

28th Oct '17 12:37:44 PM dlchen145
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Devin Townsend is a Canadian musician and producer, arguably most famous for his extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad - although he is a very prolific solo artist as well. His solo stuff is far more melodic and tends towards all kinds of genres, particularly IndustrialMetal and ProgressiveMetal.

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Devin Garrett Townsend (born May 5, 1972) is a Canadian musician and producer, arguably most famous for his extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad - although he is a very prolific solo artist as well. His solo stuff is far more melodic and tends towards all kinds of genres, particularly IndustrialMetal and ProgressiveMetal.
21st Oct '17 3:43:30 PM CassandraLeo
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* ArtEvolution: Ziltoid went from looking like a [[http://www.metalsucks.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Ziltoid.jpg goofy puppet]] to looking like [[https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/499267384859844608/FQMeFY5x.jpeg an actual alien (who happens to be a puppet]]

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* ArtEvolution: Ziltoid went from looking like a [[http://www.metalsucks.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Ziltoid.jpg goofy puppet]] to looking like [[https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/499267384859844608/FQMeFY5x.jpeg an actual alien (who happens to be a puppet]]puppet)]]



* BookEnds: "Epicloud" begins and ends with a gospel choir singing these words:

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* BookEnds: "Epicloud" ''Epicloud'' begins and ends with a gospel choir singing these words:



** Despite the above, averted with ''Ziltoid The Omniscient'' and ''Deconstruction'', which are both Progressive Metal.

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** Despite the above, averted with ''Ziltoid The the Omniscient'' and ''Deconstruction'', which are both Progressive Metal.



* TheReveal: The GainaxEnding to ''Ziltoid The Omniscient'' reveals that [[spoiler:the whole thing was taking place in the mind of a bored Starbucks employee]].

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* TheReveal: The GainaxEnding to ''Ziltoid The the Omniscient'' reveals that [[spoiler:the whole thing was taking place in the mind of a bored Starbucks employee]].
21st Oct '17 3:38:53 PM CassandraLeo
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* ''Z
'' (2014) (DistinctDoubleAlbum consisting of ''Sky Blue'' and ''Music/DarkMatters'')

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* ''Z
''
''Z2'' (2014) (DistinctDoubleAlbum consisting of ''Sky Blue'' and ''Music/DarkMatters'')''Music/DarkMatters''; the album title is actually intended to be written with a superscript 2 and is pronounced ''Zed squared'', but using the superscript 2 character currently causes a glitch in the wiki)



** Invoked in both ''Ziltoid the Omniscient'' and ''Z
'' with the character of the Planet Smasher. He hates musicals.

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** Invoked in both ''Ziltoid the Omniscient'' and ''Z
''
''Z2'' with the character of the Planet Smasher. He hates musicals.



* BrickJoke: The Planet Smasher's hatred of musicals is a brief "Oh, by the way" moment when first brought up in ''Ziltoid the Omniscient''. In ''Z
'', meanwhile, this comes back in "Through the Wormhole" as Ziltoid starts singing "[[{{Theatre/Cats}} Memory]]".

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* BrickJoke: The Planet Smasher's hatred of musicals is a brief "Oh, by the way" moment when first brought up in ''Ziltoid the Omniscient''. In ''Z
'',
''Z2'', meanwhile, this comes back in "Through the Wormhole" as Ziltoid starts singing "[[{{Theatre/Cats}} Memory]]".



* CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth: Captain Spectacular, especially in ''Z
''.
* CherubicChoir: An interesting example comes in the form of the hook from "Rejoice" on ''Z
''. On its own, the hook can be interpreted as uplifting, positive and angelic. The thing is, the track its playing over is the discordant, heavy sound that people would expect from Devin Townsend Project, making for an appealingly-bizarre effect of contrast.

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* CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth: Captain Spectacular, especially in ''Z
''.
''Z2''.
* CherubicChoir: An interesting example comes in the form of the hook from "Rejoice" on ''Z
''.
''Z2''. On its own, the hook can be interpreted as uplifting, positive and angelic. The thing is, the track its playing over is the discordant, heavy sound that people would expect from Devin Townsend Project, making for an appealingly-bizarre effect of contrast.



** ''Transcendence'' features a cover of Music/{{Ween}}'s "Transdermal Celebration".



** Additionally, when ''Z
'' leaked, the only thing he was concerned about was that some of the songs may not have been their final mixes.

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** Additionally, when ''Z
''
''Z2'' leaked, the only thing he was concerned about was that some of the songs may not have been their final mixes.



* DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''Z
'' is two VERY different albums: ''Sky Blue'', which is the Devin Townsend Project that fans are more familiar with, and ''Dark Matters'', which is another goofy rock opera about Ziltoid.

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* DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''Z
''
''Z2'' is two VERY different albums: ''Sky Blue'', which is the Devin Townsend Project that fans are more familiar with, and ''Dark Matters'', which is another goofy rock opera about Ziltoid.



* TheEndOrIsIt: ''Dark Matters'', and by proxy, the whole of ''Z
'' ends with one of these with those exact words. See the related GainaxEnding example.

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* TheEndOrIsIt: ''Dark Matters'', and by proxy, the whole of ''Z
''
''Z2'' ends with one of these with those exact words. See the related GainaxEnding example.



* FaceHeelTurn: Ziltoid betrays his peaceful negotiations with the humans later on in ''Dark Matters'' on ''Z
''. While it is true that he signed a legal, binding contract, Ziltoid feels legally within his rights to betray it, since [[InsaneTrollLogic he signed it in pencil. With his left hand.]]

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* FaceHeelTurn: Ziltoid betrays his peaceful negotiations with the humans later on in ''Dark Matters'' on ''Z
''.
''Z2''. While it is true that he signed a legal, binding contract, Ziltoid feels legally within his rights to betray it, since [[InsaneTrollLogic he signed it in pencil. With his left hand.]]



* {{Fartillery}}: In "Ziltoidian Empire" on ''Z
'', it's strongly implied that this is how Poozers get around, as evidenced by the sound of one Poozer making its way home.

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* {{Fartillery}}: In "Ziltoidian Empire" on ''Z
'',
''Z2'', it's strongly implied that this is how Poozers get around, as evidenced by the sound of one Poozer making its way home.



** Taken UpToEleven [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2d/Dark_Matters_%28Album_Cover%29.jpg on the cover]] of ''Dark Matters'' from ''Z
''. [[spoiler:The Planet Smasher is that furry blue rabbit-like creature near Ziltoid.]]

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** Taken UpToEleven [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2d/Dark_Matters_%28Album_Cover%29.jpg on the cover]] of ''Dark Matters'' from ''Z
''.
''Z2''. [[spoiler:The Planet Smasher is that furry blue rabbit-like creature near Ziltoid.]]



** ''Dark Matters'', the sequel to ''Ziltoid the Omniscient'' that forms the second half of ''Z
'', ends in a strange way as well. After the celebrations of Ziltoid saving the world using the Planet Smasher, [[spoiler:it is revealed that through the wormhole, Ziltoid is sitting on a moon made of dust alongside the war princess, and in between them is a bag of coffee]].

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** ''Dark Matters'', the sequel to ''Ziltoid the Omniscient'' that forms the second half of ''Z
'',
''Z2'', ends in a strange way as well. After the celebrations of Ziltoid saving the world using the Planet Smasher, [[spoiler:it is revealed that through the wormhole, Ziltoid is sitting on a moon made of dust alongside the war princess, and in between them is a bag of coffee]].



* IAmTheBand: Usually played straight, and {{lampshade|Hanging}}d with the EgocentricTeamNaming of many of his projects. Strapping Young Lad began to avert this somewhat on the last few albums, with more writing input from the other members, and Casualties of Cool averts it completely, being a 50-50 collaboration between Townsend and Che Aimee Dorval. Also averted on ''Transcendence'', where six of the nine original songs on the main album were co-written with other members of the Devin Townsend Project.

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* IAmTheBand: Usually played straight, and {{lampshade|Hanging}}d with the EgocentricTeamNaming of many of his projects. Strapping Young Lad began to avert this somewhat on the last few albums, with more writing input from the other members, and Casualties of Cool averts it completely, being a 50-50 collaboration between Townsend and Che Aimee Dorval. Also averted on ''Transcendence'', where six most of the nine original songs on the main album were co-written with other members of the Devin Townsend Project.people.



** Further explored in ''Z
''. Supposedly coffee has an unlimited energy potential that the Ziltoidians would love to claim as their own.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Ziltoid in ''Z
''. He's an individual that came out of the Ziltoidian collective, and is not very good at hiding his disdain or general unwillingness for working for the collective.

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** Further explored in ''Z
''.
''Z2''. Supposedly coffee has an unlimited energy potential that the Ziltoidians would love to claim as their own.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Ziltoid in ''Z
''.
''Z2''. He's an individual that came out of the Ziltoidian collective, and is not very good at hiding his disdain or general unwillingness for working for the collective.



** In "Through the Wormhole" on ''Z
'', it's revealed that Captain Spectacular [[spoiler:is Ziltoid's half-brother]].

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** In "Through the Wormhole" on ''Z
'',
''Z2'', it's revealed that Captain Spectacular [[spoiler:is Ziltoid's half-brother]].



* ToBeContinued: ''Dark Matters'', and by extension, the whole of ''Z
'', closes on this.

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* ToBeContinued: ''Dark Matters'', and by extension, the whole of ''Z
'',
''Z2'', closes on this.
21st Oct '17 3:34:09 PM CassandraLeo
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* IAmTheBand: Usually played straight, and {{lampshade|Hanging}}d with the EgocentricTeamNaming of many of his projects. Strapping Young Lad began to avert this somewhat on the last few albums, with more writing input from the other members, and Casualties of Cool averts it completely, being a 50-50 collaboration between Townsend and Che Aimee Dorval.

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* IAmTheBand: Usually played straight, and {{lampshade|Hanging}}d with the EgocentricTeamNaming of many of his projects. Strapping Young Lad began to avert this somewhat on the last few albums, with more writing input from the other members, and Casualties of Cool averts it completely, being a 50-50 collaboration between Townsend and Che Aimee Dorval. Also averted on ''Transcendence'', where six of the nine original songs on the main album were co-written with other members of the Devin Townsend Project.
21st Oct '17 3:31:01 PM CassandraLeo
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* ''Z2'' (2014) (DistinctDoubleAlbum consisting of ''Sky Blue'' and ''Music/DarkMatters'')

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* ''Z2'' (2014) (DistinctDoubleAlbum consisting of ''Sky Blue'' and ''Music/DarkMatters'')''Z



** Invoked in both ''Ziltoid the Omniscient'' and ''Z2'' with the character of the Planet Smasher. He hates musicals.

to:

** Invoked in both ''Ziltoid the Omniscient'' and ''Z2'' with the character of the Planet Smasher. He hates musicals.''Z



* BrickJoke: The Planet Smasher's hatred of musicals is a brief "Oh, by the way" moment when first brought up in ''Ziltoid the Omniscient''. In ''Z2'', meanwhile, this comes back in "Through the Wormhole" as Ziltoid starts singing "[[{{Theatre/Cats}} Memory]]".

to:

* BrickJoke: The Planet Smasher's hatred of musicals is a brief "Oh, by the way" moment when first brought up in ''Ziltoid the Omniscient''. In ''Z2'', meanwhile, this comes back in "Through the Wormhole" as Ziltoid starts singing "[[{{Theatre/Cats}} Memory]]".''Z



* CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth: Captain Spectacular, especially in Z2.
* CherubicChoir: An interesting example comes in the form of the hook from "Rejoice" on ''Z2''. On its own, the hook can be interpreted as uplifting, positive and angelic. The thing is, the track its playing over is the discordant, heavy sound that people would expect from Devin Townsend Project, making for an appealingly-bizarre effect of contrast.

to:

* CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth: Captain Spectacular, especially in Z2.
''Z
* CherubicChoir: An interesting example comes in the form of the hook from "Rejoice" on ''Z2''. On its own, the hook can be interpreted as uplifting, positive and angelic. The thing is, the track its playing over is the discordant, heavy sound that people would expect from Devin Townsend Project, making for an appealingly-bizarre effect of contrast.''Z



** Additionally, when ''Z2'' leaked, the only thing he was concerned about was that some of the songs may not have been their final mixes.

to:

** Additionally, when ''Z2'' leaked, the only thing he was concerned about was that some of the songs may not have been their final mixes.''Z



* DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''Z2'' is two VERY different albums: ''Sky Blue'', which is the Devin Townsend Project that fans are more familiar with, and ''Dark Matters'', which is another goofy rock opera about Ziltoid.

to:

* DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''Z2'' is two VERY different albums: ''Sky Blue'', which is the Devin Townsend Project that fans are more familiar with, and ''Dark Matters'', which is another goofy rock opera about Ziltoid.''Z



* TheEndOrIsIt: ''Dark Matters'', and by proxy, the whole of ''Z2'' ends with one of these with those exact words. See the related GainaxEnding example.

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* TheEndOrIsIt: ''Dark Matters'', and by proxy, the whole of ''Z2'' ends with one of these with those exact words. See the related GainaxEnding example.''Z



* FaceHeelTurn: Ziltoid betrays his peaceful negotiations with the humans later on in ''Dark Matters'' on ''Z2''. While it is true that he signed a legal, binding contract, Ziltoid feels legally within his rights to betray it, since [[InsaneTrollLogic he signed it in pencil. With his left hand.]]

to:

* FaceHeelTurn: Ziltoid betrays his peaceful negotiations with the humans later on in ''Dark Matters'' on ''Z2''. While it is true that he signed a legal, binding contract, Ziltoid feels legally within his rights to betray it, since [[InsaneTrollLogic he signed it in pencil. With his left hand.]]''Z



* {{Fartillery}}: In "Ziltoidian Empire" on ''Z2'', it's strongly implied that this is how Poozers get around, as evidenced by the sound of one Poozer making its way home.

to:

* {{Fartillery}}: In "Ziltoidian Empire" on ''Z2'', it's strongly implied that this is how Poozers get around, as evidenced by the sound of one Poozer making its way home.''Z



** Taken UpToEleven [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2d/Dark_Matters_%28Album_Cover%29.jpg on the cover]] of ''Dark Matters'' from ''Z2''. [[spoiler:The Planet Smasher is that furry blue rabbit-like creature near Ziltoid.]]

to:

** Taken UpToEleven [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2d/Dark_Matters_%28Album_Cover%29.jpg on the cover]] of ''Dark Matters'' from ''Z2''. [[spoiler:The Planet Smasher is that furry blue rabbit-like creature near Ziltoid.]]''Z



** ''Dark Matters'', the sequel to ''Ziltoid the Omniscient'' that forms the second half of ''Z2'', ends in a strange way as well. After the celebrations of Ziltoid saving the world using the Planet Smasher, [[spoiler:it is revealed that through the wormhole, Ziltoid is sitting on a moon made of dust alongside the war princess, and in between them is a bag of coffee]].

to:

** ''Dark Matters'', the sequel to ''Ziltoid the Omniscient'' that forms the second half of ''Z2'', ends in a strange way as well. After the celebrations of Ziltoid saving the world using the Planet Smasher, [[spoiler:it is revealed that through the wormhole, Ziltoid is sitting on a moon made of dust alongside the war princess, and in between them is a bag of coffee]].''Z



** Further explored in Z2. Supposedly coffee has an unlimited energy potential that the Ziltoidians would love to claim as their own.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Ziltoid in Z2. He's an individual that came out of the Ziltoidian collective, and is not very good at hiding his disdain or general unwillingness for working for the collective.

to:

** Further explored in Z2. Supposedly coffee has an unlimited energy potential that the Ziltoidians would love to claim as their own.
''Z
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Ziltoid in Z2. He's an individual that came out of the Ziltoidian collective, and is not very good at hiding his disdain or general unwillingness for working for the collective.''Z



** In "Through the Wormhole" on ''Z2'', it's revealed that Captain Spectacular [[spoiler:is Ziltoid's half-brother]].

to:

** In "Through the Wormhole" on ''Z2'', it's revealed that Captain Spectacular [[spoiler:is Ziltoid's half-brother]].''Z



* ToBeContinued: ''Dark Matters'', and by extension, the whole of ''Z2'', closes on this.

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* ToBeContinued: ''Dark Matters'', and by extension, the whole of ''Z2'', closes on this.''Z
21st Oct '17 3:28:27 PM CassandraLeo
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* RereleaseTheSong: "Kingdom", taken from 2001's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrotHkcKle8 ''Physicist'']] for 2012's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NraG_UFkkFY ''Epicloud'']]. Compared, the ''Epicloud'' version is pretty much a LargeHam.
** The same thing happens with the song "Hyperdrive", which started on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5BqyluKkk0 ''Ziltoid the Omniscient'']] and got an Anneke-led, pumped-up and happier-sounding update on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf4_LB32M6Q ''Addicted'']]

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* RereleaseTheSong: "Kingdom", taken from 2001's [[http://www.''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrotHkcKle8 ''Physicist'']] Physicist]]'' for 2012's [[http://www.''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NraG_UFkkFY ''Epicloud'']].Epicloud]]''. Compared, the ''Epicloud'' version is pretty much a LargeHam.
** The same thing happens with the song "Hyperdrive", which started on [[http://www.''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5BqyluKkk0 ''Ziltoid Ziltoid the Omniscient'']] Omniscient]]'' and got an Anneke-led, pumped-up and happier-sounding update on [[http://www.''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf4_LB32M6Q ''Addicted'']]Addicted]]''.
21st Oct '17 3:17:53 PM CassandraLeo
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* MetalScream: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whnNRafv13M ALL. TYPES.]]
* MindScrew: The tail end of ''Ziltoid the Omniscient''. The reason why the album moves from a comedic SpaceOpera to [[spoiler:Ziltoid questioning the state of the universe before being revealed to be a figment of a coffee shop worker's imagination]] is supposedly, according to WordOfGod, symbolic of how his fans misinterpret his songs.



** Rule of thumb: Devin Townsend Band is 7-8, Strapping Young Lad is 10 to 11. Ziltoid, which is best described as a fusion of the two styles, falls at about a 9 depending on the song. The Devin Townsend Project is all over the scale - ''Ki'' is mostly 1-3, ''Addicted'' is 6-7, ''Ghost'' is a 1, and ''Deconstruction'' ramps up linearly from about a 2 on the first track to a 10 on the last.
* MetalScream: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whnNRafv13M ALL. TYPES.]]
* MindScrew: The tail end of ''Ziltoid the Omniscient''. The reason why the album moves from a comedic SpaceOpera to [[spoiler:Ziltoid questioning the state of the universe before being revealed to be a figment of a coffee shop worker's imagination]] is supposedly, according to WordOfGod, symbolic of how his fans misinterpret his songs.

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** Rule of thumb: Devin Townsend Band is 7-8, Strapping Young Lad is 10 to 11. Ziltoid, which is best described as a fusion of the two styles, falls at about a 9 depending on the song. The Devin Townsend Project is all over the scale - ''Ki'' is mostly 1-3, 1-3 with a few moments reaching as high as 7 or 8, ''Addicted'' is mostly 6-7, ''Ghost'' is a 1, and ''Deconstruction'' ramps up linearly from about a 2 on the first track to a 10 on the last.
* MetalScream: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whnNRafv13M ALL. TYPES.]]
* MindScrew: The tail end of ''Ziltoid the Omniscient''. The reason why the album moves
from a comedic SpaceOpera 2 in its opening moments to [[spoiler:Ziltoid questioning much higher scores fairly quickly, with the state of the universe before last song being revealed to be a figment of a coffee shop worker's imagination]] solid 10. ''Epicloud'', ''Sky Blue'', and ''Transcendence'' are probably mostly in 6-7 territory as well, but can vary - in particular, "Lessons" is supposedly, according to WordOfGod, symbolic of how his fans misinterpret his songs.probably a 1.
19th Oct '17 11:20:25 PM CassandraLeo
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* ShoutOut: One directly to Meshuggah in "Planet of the Apes". Not to mention, well, [[Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes the title of the song itself]].

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
**
One directly to Meshuggah in "Planet of the Apes". Not to mention, well, [[Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes the title of the song itself]].itself]].
** "Radial Highway" borrows its first few lines from Music/GoldenEarring's "Radar Love", and the entire song is something of a tribute to it.
29th Sep '17 5:33:23 PM CassandraLeo
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* AlbumIntroTrack: Quite a few albums have these, such as ''City'' ("Velvet Kevorkian"), ''Strapping Young Lad'' ("Dire"), ''Music/ZiltoidTheOmniscient'' ("ZTO"), and so on.



* EpicRocking: Mostly in his solo projects. In particular, ''Deconstruction'', which has a song that's over 16 minutes- and that's not all.

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* EpicRocking: Mostly in his solo projects. In particular, ''Deconstruction'', which has a song ("The Mighty Masturbator") that's over 16 minutes- minutes - and that's not all.all. The B-side "Traestorz", an alternate version of the same song, is even longer at 19:21.


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* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Very nearly all of the songs on many of the Devin Townsend Project albums do this, and much of his solo work does as well.


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* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: "Rape Song" very explicitly states this. In a case particularly likely to cause people to question their faith in humanity, it earned a MisaimedFandom anyway.


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* SiameseTwinSongs: "Polyphony" -> "The New Black", "Velvet Kevorkian" -> "All Hail the New Flesh", "Dire" -> "Consequence", probably others.
10th Jul '17 5:57:42 PM NWolfman
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Added DiffLines:

No relation to [[Music/TheWho Pete]], by the way.
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