America’s multi-talented progressive rock/metal artist DEVIN TOWNSEND‘s upcoming long-awaited new Ziltoid double-album will be entitled “Z²”, and set for October 27 in Europe and October 28 in the U.S.

It will be the artist’s 9th solo record, and a sequel to the 2007 concept release “ZILTOID THE OMNISCIENT”.

“So it’s been years I’ve been trying to get the energies in line to do another Ziltoid record, and it’s finally happened! Z2 is my new record, and it’s a multimedia event that has taken a ton of people a ton of effort to bring to you! It’s a double album, (one side DTP, and one side Ziltoid) and the concept expands on Ziltoid the alien, and his sci-fi adventures in a way that kind of throws back to 50’s radio plays… but obviously with complicated, heavy music as its soundtrack. It has taken a great deal of energy to put this all together, and the music is just one of the aspects of it. It’s a dream come true in a lot of ways, and I’m excited and honoured to be able to finalize the project with a live version of the entire record at the famous Royal Albert Hall in London on April 13th of next year! (!!) Basically what we did with The Retinal Circus a few years back will be taken to the next level with Z2 live.

“At the end of this process, we reached for the stars, and hopefully got to the moon, and after this album cycle, I will be taking some time to recharge my batteries and see what the next chapter holds. I hope you enjoy this record and all its offshoots, as one of my goals is to hopefully inspire folks to reach for unconventional ways to express themselves as well. We couldn’t have done it without you! See you at the show?”

The tracklist [tentatively] goes as follows, according to a Facebook post by the artist on April 12, followed by a Tweet on August 6:

Ziltoid: (Disc one: Sky Blue)
Ziltoidian Overture
From Sleep Awake
War Princess
March Of The Poozers
Silent Militia
Ziltoid Goes Home
Dimension Z

DTP: (Disc two: Dark Matters)
Warrior Way
Midnight Sun
Offer Your Light
Rain City
Farther On”