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Devin Townsend

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New Westminster, Vancouver BC, Canada (1993 – present)

Devin Garret Townsend (born May 5, 1972) is a Canadian musician and record producer from New Westminster, British Columbia. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist in band Strapping Young Lad from 1994 to 2007 and has had an extensive career as a solo artist, in which his work usually leans more towards a style.

After performing in a number of metal bands in high school, Townsend was discovered by a record label in 1993 and was asked to perform lead vocals on Steve Vai’s album Sex & Religion. After recording and touring with Vai, Townsend was discouraged by what he found in the music industry, and vented his anger on a solo album released under the pseudonym Strapping Young Lad. He soon assembled a band under the name, and released the critically acclaimed City in 1997. Since then, he has released three more studio albums with Strapping Young Lad, along with solo material released under his own independent record label, HevyDevy Records. Townsend’s solo albums, a diverse mix of hard rock and progressive metal, have featured a varying lineup of supporting musicians. In 2002 he formed The Devin Townsend Band, a dedicated lineup which recorded and toured for two of his solo releases.

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  • bosa_master

    one of the most creative and characteristic musician in the world : )

    31 Mar 11:01pm Reply
  • UnrealAtrocity

    Check out The Conjuration's new album "Surreal"! Experimental/Artistic Death Metal at its best. Free album download at http://theconjuration.bandcamp.com

    31 Mar 1:29am Reply
  • D3vinTownsend

    Oh yaaa @waarsnico... sooo indeeed ;)

    27 Mar 4:01am Reply
  • waarsnico

    I LOL'd when this Devin Townsend and Mozart was used in the same sentence...

    26 Mar 7:31pm Reply
  • Izhorian

    Oh yeah, love to blast it in certain moods, probably my most listened Dev album.

    24 Mar 2:29pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    So for some reason I woke up 3 hours late today...the solution? Physicist. God damn does this album have energy!

    23 Mar 5:29pm Reply
  • bryantheqb

    i like his stuff

    23 Mar 4:08am Reply
  • Jordy666sic

    Well said DonDonald haha

    19 Mar 9:54pm Reply
  • DonDonald

    It's just entertainment folks...

    19 Mar 9:40pm Reply
  • Claggy

    aw man, you skipped The Way Home. that makes me so sad

    19 Mar 8:07pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    We'll see if I like more albums he does when my tastes shift a bit. As it is, I seem to like 5 or 6 albums, and I'm still going through them.

    12 Mar 5:08am Reply
  • Jordy666sic

    His albums are so diverse that it's easy for a few albums to not be your cup of tea. I get that :)

    11 Mar 11:05pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Only albums I have a lot of familiarity with thus far are Ziltoid the Omniscient and Deconstruction so far...I think Synchestra shall be my next purchase eventually. I pretty much only download to sample through my EQ.

    11 Mar 9:01pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    I've found very very few things "grow on me." I might revisit them later to see if my opinion has changed because of natural taste progression, but I currently don't see myself going for some of his releases, especially not Strapping Young Lad (though I find Love? an awesome exception, oddly.) That said, I will give everything an artist I like has made a listen.

    11 Mar 9:00pm Reply
  • Jordy666sic

    You start this whole discussion after only listening to Addicted once? Dig deeper into it, as I said, a lot of his material needs time to get into. And there are some interviews online where Devin explains the concept behind the 4 records, I'll link you up when I find it. Listening to his album commentaries is highly recommended as well if you want more insight in his creative process. Search Youtube for those.

    11 Mar 9:09am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Hmm, what's the storyline to Addicted then? I only listened through it once, and admittedly got pretty bored by track 7 and skipped to the last track (a 9 minute track seemed like it'd be more progressive)

    10 Mar 5:21pm Reply
  • Jordy666sic

    Though the lyrical aspect of Addicted isn't trying to communicate 'pop' at all. It's part of the 4 concepts album (Ki, Addicted, Deconstruction, Ghost) and it's telling a story throughout the albums that is not related to any kind of style. I feel like Devin is experimenting with mixing 'his' style (vocals, song writing, lyrics, production) with a certain vibe (new age, pop, metal, electronic stuff) and isn't trying to make a 'pop metal' album that meets every requirement a 'pop metal' album should sound like. And yeah Ocean Machine is all about atmospheres so it's 'overused'. If you're really into that it's an amazing experience from start to finish. And the quality of the individual tracks of Addicted is very consistent imo, of course I like some more than others but the style is the same on all the tracks. In other words, I don't feel like the albums are inconsistent at all.

    10 Mar 11:18am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Addicted is pop metal, and I get that he is going for that. However, for me it takes a lot of vocal and lyrics precision to nail it. Soilwork's Stabbing the Drama is one of very few cases of that doing anything for me, though it's an opinion of course. I love his experimenting, but I think he is a bit inconsistent with quality control. It seems like for every track of his I love, there's another that just does all its good ideas to death. I love his range (although I could care less about the new age elements,) I just think sticking with a more consistent style form album to album with 1-3 experimental tracks might make for stronger overall albums. Ziltoid the Omniscient and Physicist (with the exception of Death) are two rare cases of industrial metal hooking me, for instance, and those have a very consistent style to them. I think part of it for me is his use of atmospheres...when he uses them he tends to overuse them, like on Ocean Machine. RHythms are nice, but they need variation.

    10 Mar 12:29am Reply
  • Jordy666sic

    Also, a lot of his work takes quite some time to get into..

    9 Mar 8:49pm Reply
  • Jordy666sic

    Well that's just like your opinion man.. Haha, no but seriously, I don't think Addicted is repetitive and weak at all. Every song has a strong bit and some have more than other, but the vibe he's trying to communicate with that certain style comes across really well. I think Synchestra's second half (Gaia, Pixillate, Notes From Africa) is so much better than the first half, but I enjoy the album in its totality. But are you saying that his overall album work should be more of the same? How can you say that? His power lies in the fact that his work showcases his ability to produce ambience/acoustic - prog bits and really heavy shred stuff and keep it interesting throughout all the albums. Some people prefer the soft bits over the heavy stuff, which makes it hard to ask if he needs to be more consistent. More consistent in what style?

    9 Mar 8:44pm Reply
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