History Music / DevinTownsend

22nd Jul '16 10:27:46 PM Aeon1337
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* IndividualityIsIllegal: In these [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jE6BJA4waOw three]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4xavZz6uFA ZTV]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6E3yocp7wfc episodes]], The Collective, a group of subordinate Ziltoidians, puts Ziltoid the Omniscient under constant surveillance because of his increasingly individual behavior. Ziltoid... doesn't take it kindly.

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* IndividualityIsIllegal: In these [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jE6BJA4waOw three]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4xavZz6uFA ZTV]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6E3yocp7wfc episodes]], The Collective, a group [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness council of Ziltoidian]] leaders, condemn Ziltoid for his aptitude for individuality, as Ziltoidians are a subordinate Ziltoidians, puts race by nature, so they put Ziltoid the Omniscient under constant surveillance because of his increasingly individual behavior.surveillance. Ziltoid... doesn't take it kindly.
8th Jul '16 6:21:18 AM gewunomox
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He's also completely bonkers in a MadArtist sort of way and has a real affinity for the RuleOfFunny, qualities that have earned him comparisons to FrankZappa.

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He's also completely bonkers in a MadArtist sort of way and has a real affinity for the RuleOfFunny, qualities that have earned him comparisons to FrankZappa.
Music/FrankZappa.
6th Jul '16 11:33:31 PM Aeon1337
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* IndividualityIsIllegal: In these [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jE6BJA4waOw three]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4xavZz6uFA ZTV]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6E3yocp7wfc episodes]], Ziltoid the Omniscient is shown to have an aptitude for individuality. As he comes from a race of subordinates, this has earned him the scorn of The Collective, and he is forced to be under their surveillance. Ziltoid... doesn't take it too kindly.

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* IndividualityIsIllegal: In these [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jE6BJA4waOw three]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4xavZz6uFA ZTV]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6E3yocp7wfc episodes]], The Collective, a group of subordinate Ziltoidians, puts Ziltoid the Omniscient is shown to have an aptitude for individuality. As he comes from a race of subordinates, this has earned him the scorn of The Collective, and he is forced to be under their surveillance.constant surveillance because of his increasingly individual behavior. Ziltoid... doesn't take it too kindly.
6th Jul '16 11:22:08 PM Aeon1337
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* IndividualityIsIllegal: In these [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jE6BJA4waOw three]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4xavZz6uFA ZTV]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6E3yocp7wfc episodes]], Ziltoid the Omniscient is shown to have an aptitude for individuality. As he comes from a race of subordinates, this has earned him the scorn of The Collective, and he is forced to be under their surveillance. Ziltoid... doesn't take it too kindly.
19th Jun '16 11:13:18 PM gewunomox
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* CoverSong: Strapping Young Lad has done a few. "[[Music/JudasPriest Exciter]]", "[[Music/{{Melvins}} Zodiac]]", and Cop Shoot Cop's "Room 429" as examples.

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* CoverSong: CoverVersion: Strapping Young Lad has done a few. "[[Music/JudasPriest Exciter]]", "[[Music/{{Melvins}} Zodiac]]", and Cop Shoot Cop's "Room 429" as examples.
13th Jun '16 1:56:32 AM CassandraLeo
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* FollowTheLeader and FountainOfExpies: {{Discussed|Trope}}/InUniverse example in "Planet of the Apes", in which Devin mentions, "We all rip off Music/{{Meshuggah}}."
9th May '16 7:01:57 PM CassandraLeo
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* ''[[LiveAlbum Ziltoid Live At The Royal Albert Hall]]'' (2015)

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* ''[[LiveAlbum Ziltoid Live At The at the Royal Albert Hall]]'' (2015)
9th May '16 6:59:53 PM CassandraLeo
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* AllJustADream: At the end of ''Ziltoid The Omniscient'', Ziltoid turns out to be [[spoiler:a daydreaming Starbucks employee.]]

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* AllJustADream: At the end of ''Ziltoid The the Omniscient'', Ziltoid turns out to be [[spoiler:a daydreaming Starbucks employee.]]



* AtomicFBomb: The song "Fucker" from The New Black.
** On "Praise The Lowered", where Devin belts out "SMOKE THAT FUCKING... WEED!!!" right before one of the heaviest drops on ''Deconstruction''

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* AtomicFBomb: The song "Fucker" from The ''The New Black.
Black''.
** On "Praise The the Lowered", where Devin belts out "SMOKE THAT FUCKING... WEED!!!" right before one of the heaviest drops on ''Deconstruction''''Deconstruction''.



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

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** Invoked in both ''Ziltoid The the Omniscient'' and ''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 ''Z2'', 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 the Omniscient''. In ''Z2'', meanwhile, this comes back in "Through The the Wormhole" as Ziltoid starts singing "[[{{Theatre/Cats}} Memory]]".



* {{Deconstruction}}: Magnificently averted with the album of the same name. You would expect that the title and Townsend's [[WordOfGod statement about being the heaviest album he's ever made since SYL]] (after the lighthearted, poppy nature of the previous "Ki" and "Addicted") would have him playing some of the darkest tunes he's ever come to mind (since this album is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin to the other two). By listening to the music you realize since track 1 the score is made of guitar riffs, circus organs and other bizarre comedic sounds. And the lyrics? A dead man talking with Satan about his past life on a CrapSaccharineWorld like they were HeterosexualLifePartners since the beginning of times. ComedicSociopathy ensues of course. Really, this album's concept and sound is like the Deconstruction [[UpToEleven OF the Deconstruction itself]].

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* {{Deconstruction}}: Magnificently averted with the album of the same name. You would expect that the title and Townsend's [[WordOfGod statement about being the heaviest album he's ever made since SYL]] (after the lighthearted, poppy nature of the previous "Ki" ''Ki'' and "Addicted") ''Addicted'') would have him playing some of the darkest tunes he's ever come to mind (since this album is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin to the other two). By listening to the music you realize since track 1 the score is made of guitar riffs, circus organs and other bizarre comedic sounds. And the lyrics? A dead man talking with Satan about his past life on a CrapSaccharineWorld like they were HeterosexualLifePartners since the beginning of times. ComedicSociopathy ensues of course. Really, this album's concept and sound is like the Deconstruction [[UpToEleven OF the Deconstruction itself]].



* DarthWiki/DethroningMomentOfSuck: Invoked in-universe twice on ''Cooked On Phonics.''
** At a Cryptic Coronor gig, at the start of the album, the lead guitarist breaks a string. They turn this into an OriginStory.
** At the end of the album, Punky Bruster performs their hit song live on the Granny Awards, and mid-song, [[spoiler: they revert to their DeathMetal origins, utterly destroying their ill-gotten success.]]

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* DarthWiki/DethroningMomentOfSuck: Invoked in-universe twice on ''Cooked On on Phonics.''
** At a Cryptic Coronor Coroner gig, at the start of the album, the lead guitarist breaks a string. They turn this into an OriginStory.
** At the end of the album, Punky Bruster Brüster performs their hit song live on the Granny Awards, and mid-song, [[spoiler: they revert to their DeathMetal origins, utterly destroying their ill-gotten success.]]



* DisproportionateRetribution: The reason why the title character of ''Ziltoid The Omniscient'' let loose an invasion fleet on Earth? The cup of coffee he requested from them was "fetid" to him.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: The reason why the title character of ''Ziltoid The the Omniscient'' let loose an invasion fleet on Earth? The cup of coffee he requested from them was "fetid" to him.



* FakeBand: The main characters of ''Cooked On Phonics.''

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* FakeBand: The main characters of ''Cooked On on Phonics.''



* FluffyTheTerrible: The [[EldritchAbomination Planet Smasher]] from ''Ziltoid The Omniscient''. He says at the very end that his name is Herman.

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* FluffyTheTerrible: The [[EldritchAbomination Planet Smasher]] from ''Ziltoid The the Omniscient''. He says at the very end that his name is Herman.



* FunWithAcronyms: The song "S.Y.L." from Strapping Young Lad's first album ''Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing'' and their self-titled album which is also referred to as SYL.
* GainaxEnding: ''Ziltoid The Omniscient'' starts off as a straightforward tale of the titular alien overlord invading Earth after their coffee didn't live up to his standards. Around "Omnidimensional Creator", Ziltoid becomes more and more aware of his insecurities to the point where he gets in touch with the titular Creator, and experiences the true nature of his reality within the context of the whole universe over the course of three tracks. Then, the final track, "Tall Latte" reveals that [[spoiler:the whole thing was all in the mind of a bored Starbucks employee]]. According to [[WordOfGod Devin himself]], this sudden GenreShift was a TakeThat at fans who misinterpret the meanings of his lyrics.
** ''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]].

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* FunWithAcronyms: The song "S.Y.L." from Strapping Young Lad's first album ''Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing'' and their self-titled album which is also referred to as SYL.
''SYL''.
* GainaxEnding: ''Ziltoid The the Omniscient'' starts off as a straightforward tale of the titular alien overlord invading Earth after their coffee didn't live up to his standards. Around "Omnidimensional Creator", Ziltoid becomes more and more aware of his insecurities to the point where he gets in touch with the titular Creator, and experiences the true nature of his reality within the context of the whole universe over the course of three tracks. Then, the final track, "Tall Latte" reveals that [[spoiler:the whole thing was all in the mind of a bored Starbucks employee]]. According to [[WordOfGod Devin himself]], this sudden GenreShift was a TakeThat at fans who misinterpret the meanings of his lyrics.
** ''Dark Matters'', the sequel to ''Ziltoid The 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]].



* 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.



* 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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* MindScrew: The tail end of ''Ziltoid The 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.



** Further explored in Z2. Supposedly Coffee has an unlimited energy potential that the Ziltoidians would love to claim as their own.

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** Further explored in Z2. Supposedly Coffee coffee has an unlimited energy potential that the Ziltoidians would love to claim as their own.



** ''Ziltoid the Omniscient'': ''I'M ZILTOID!!!! I DON'T GIVE A SHIT!!!'' The only other curse words on the album are a barely audible use of the word "shitstorm" by the commander of Earth's troops and a muttered "shit" at 0:35 into "Tall Latte".

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** ''Ziltoid the Omniscient'': ''I'M ZILTOID!!!! ZILTOID! I DON'T GIVE A SHIT!!!'' SHIT!'' The only other curse words on the album are a barely audible use of the word "shitstorm" by the commander of Earth's troops and a muttered "shit" at 0:35 into "Tall Latte".



* 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, "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, "Hyperdrive", which started on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5BqyluKkk0 ''Ziltoid the Omniscient'']] and got an Anneke led, pumped up Anneke-led, pumped-up and happier sounding happier-sounding update on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf4_LB32M6Q ''Addicted'']]



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

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



* ScareChord: Two songs from Strapping Young Lad's ''self-titled'', "Dire Consequences" and "Bring On The Young"

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* ScareChord: Two songs from Strapping Young Lad's ''self-titled'', self-titled, "Dire Consequences" and "Bring On The the Young"



* SelfDeprecation: Frequently throughout his live performances. Regularly introduces the Solo from ''Life'' as "The Shittiest guitar solo I ever wrote."
** Gloriously done in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfAe5lCx74U this]] video. Interviewer Devin's constant 'Get a load of this guy'-style points and wank gestures just make it.
* SellOut: The whole plot of ''Punky Bruster - Cooked on Phonics'' is built around a Polish Death Metal band selling out their metal sound for something more Punk Rock.
* ShoutOut: One directly to Meshuggah in ''Planet of the Apes''

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* SelfDeprecation: Frequently throughout his live performances. Regularly introduces the Solo solo from ''Life'' "Life" as "The Shittiest shittiest guitar solo I ever wrote."
** Gloriously done in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfAe5lCx74U this]] video. Interviewer Devin's constant 'Get "Get a load of this guy'-style guy"-style points and wank gestures just make it.
* SellOut: The whole plot of ''Punky Bruster Brüster - Cooked on Phonics'' is built around a Polish Death Metal DeathMetal band selling out their metal sound for something more Punk Rock.
* ShoutOut: One directly to Meshuggah in ''Planet "Planet of the Apes''Apes". Not to mention, well, [[Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes the title of the song itself]].



* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Noted in "The Retinal Circus" due to it's eclectic songlist

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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Noted in "The ''The Retinal Circus" Circus'' due to it's its eclectic songlist



* SuddenlyVoiced: Inverted in the case of the Planet Smasher. In ''Ziltoid The Omniscient'', he has his own song and lines of dialogue. Fast-forward 14 years later to ''Dark Matters'', and his only line written in the album's booklet is, "ROOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRR!"

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* SuddenlyVoiced: Inverted in the case of the Planet Smasher. In ''Ziltoid The the Omniscient'', he has his own song and lines of dialogue. Fast-forward 14 years later to ''Dark Matters'', and his only line written in the album's booklet is, "ROOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRR!"



** Subverted with "Bring On The Young".
* StylisticSuck: Cryptic Coronor (from ''Cooked on Phonics'') is not only a piss-poor, laughable DeathMetal band, you can barely hear their song over the sound of the cackling audience.

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** Subverted with "Bring On The the Young".
* StylisticSuck: Cryptic Coronor Coroner (from ''Cooked on Phonics'') is not only a piss-poor, laughable DeathMetal band, you can barely hear their song over the sound of the cackling audience.



** For Devin Townsend works: The Hummer, Ki, Addicted, Deconstruction, Ghost.
*** Despite being a vinyl-only bonus track, Epicloud.

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** For Devin Townsend works: The Hummer, Ki, Addicted, Deconstruction, Ghost.
"The Hummer", "Ki", "Addicted!", "Deconstruction", "Ghost".
*** Despite being a vinyl-only bonus track, Epicloud."Epicloud".



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: ''Cooked On Phonics'' is an entire [[DissTrack diss album]] aiming at a real band known to Devin as one that switched from metal to punk in order to [[SellOut chase popularity]], and the album's moral is basically "to thine own self be true."

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: ''Cooked On on Phonics'' is an entire [[DissTrack diss album]] aiming at a real band known to Devin as one that switched from metal to punk in order to [[SellOut chase popularity]], and the album's moral is basically "to thine own self be true."
18th Apr '16 9:45:30 PM aye_amber
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* ''Music/OceanMachine:Biomech'' (1997)

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* ''Music/OceanMachine:Biomech'' ''Ocean Machine:'' ''Biomech'' (1997)
29th Mar '16 1:02:59 PM Nick7689
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* ''[[Music/ZiltoidTheOmiscient Ziltoid the Omniscient]]'' (2007)

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* ''[[Music/ZiltoidTheOmiscient ''[[Music/ZiltoidTheOmniscient Ziltoid the Omniscient]]'' (2007)
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