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Physicist took several years to come to fruition. Townsend had previously played with Metallica's then-bassist Jason Newsted, in a short-lived thrash metal project called IR8. After the creation of an IR8 demo tape, Townsend and Jason Newsted began work on a new project called Fizzicist, which they claimed would be "heavier than Strapping Young Lad". When the IR8 tape was leaked, Newsted's Metallica bandmates James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich learned of the project. Hetfield was "fucking pissed" that Newsted… read more



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  • namaste fucking gatling gun!
  • What a great discovery I've just made .. This album is freaking awesome !!
  • Wow, this is awesome...I didn't think I'd hear an industrial metal style album by Devin that'd hook me, but this is awesome!
  • I don't like that strange mastering, coz audio levels are so different at some moments that I can't hear Devin's vocal clearly or few other instrumental parts. Besides that it's a really good album and I'm really curious how it would sound with Jason Newsted as it was planned.
  • Wow, even when reading about a Devin Townsend album you learn that the guys from Metallica are assholes. [3]
  • I'm starting to feel like this album is really underrated. I used to not care for it that much but it was like something just clicked a little while ago. It's very SYL like though and I've just recently started enjoying the SYL albums more so maybe that extended into increasing my enjoyment of this.
  • "Namaste" pulls me into this universe and the rest of the songs keep me there. This album has really unique production, unlike anything I've ever heard. And the zany "Forgotten" somehow works as the bowtie to seal up this album. By that point I usually want to hear "Namaste" again and end up listening to the whole album a second time.
  • Wow, even when reading about a Devin Townsend album you learn that the guys from Metallica are assholes. [2]
  • The only thing I hate about the production in this album is it's hard to hear Devin's voice, even with headphones/earbuds.
  • I actually love the production. [2] Tho not a fan of the sound of the vocals.

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