Do you remember previously, when I said metal bands take themselves seriously? Let’s talk about how this album was described to me, and I quote, as a “prog metal opera about an alien invading earth due to its sub-standard coffee and chasing a farting alien across the galaxy“. If that doesn’t get your attention, watch some of the clips from the live show these guys did at the Royal Albert Hall, because attending that looked like an experience roughly akin to short term intense localised insanity, and that’s a compliment. What a freaking surreal trip these guys must be in the flesh, given that I feel a little bit funny from just watching the video of ‘March of the Poozers’ – I’d go watch the business live in a second if I ever got the chance. The album, Z² (2014) is the second in the series of concept space invasion albums from the Canadian maestro, formerly of Strapping Young Lad. Unfortunately, his categorisation systems are as confusing as his music and performances, so it’s a little tricky to know who exactly did what and when with regards to the music, but I wouldn’t let that trip you up when you consider that this is a song about a giant intergalactic deathray. A really good song, at that. Even with the trimmings, it’s still really catchy music with great humour constructed in a manner that makes the individual tracks quite engaging (provided you don’t mind a bit of sci-fi and cheesy lyrics). I’m more than okay with it just for the silliness aspect, not to mention the uniqueness. The aliens are called posers and are after earth’s coffee, for flips sake! Plus the live show features a woman on a throne wearing an outfit that looks like it was from a particularly enjoyable dream, as well as choirs dressed in full battlegarb and dancers wearing life sized plushies on their heads. Once you get past that madness, all the other good stuff is just a bonus.