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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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  • Chaeriff

    I just love this crazy guy for he perfectly captures the rush and fury of nature with his heavy songs, and its sheer beauty and calmness with his light ones (like seventh wave and unity do)

    15 Jan 6:50pm Reply
  • DanilaM

    @Alarus-Lar против природы не попрешь, к сожалению.

    3 Jan 9:19am Reply
  • DeadViper

    "Universal Flame" FANTASTIC!

    25 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Snowtrace

    Oh boy, I knew Info Dump, Color Your World and somewhere inside The Hummer there was that shared piece of music, but I never figured it had any meaning other than Devin's love for self-referencing. Great find.

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • OmertaDK

    Not feeling the new Ziltoid record and it's bugging me tbh, cause I want to love it! Will listen some more and hope it clicks.. Casualties is GREAT though.

    14 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Jack8the8Ripper

    GUYSGUYSGUYS sing "Color Your World": we are all puppets, we are all puppets. in Morse code that becomes: dash dash dash rest dash dash = O M. The Alien and Hummer albums also end with this Morse code for "OM." MIND BLOWN. Oh Dev, you rascal.

    8 Dec 2014 Reply
  • stupidream_

    Se Deus existe, ele certamente abençoou o Devin.

    7 Dec 2014 Reply
  • thebobx

    devin is god

    28 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Alarus-Lar

    Зачем он побрился налысо? Ему совсем не идет!

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • LiquidEternity

    I went ahead and called it Ziltoid: Dark Matters because of the way the artwork presents it. I'm okay being the only one.

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • bachankas

    "Devin Townsend Project - Sky Blue" and "Devin Townsend - Dark Matters" for tagging. Screw the Z² part.[2]

    22 Nov 2014 Reply
  • BetweenBigJeff

    2hurricane_mario: it's DT according to the man himself

    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • MikeDoyle

    Well, I am very happy with both albums - nothing else matters.

    17 Nov 2014 Reply
  • shallow

    Chuckling at you peeps complaining about the voice-overs in Dark Matters while praising ZTO songs like Solar Winds. Seriously?

    17 Nov 2014 Reply
  • hurricane_mario

    I feel like Dark Matters is still DTP so I tagged it as such. I am not confident in my decision though. Any thoughts here or in my shoutbox are welcomed!

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Patrikkinen

    "Devin Townsend Project - Sky Blue" and "Devin Townsend - Dark Matters" for tagging. Screw the Z² part.

    11 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Maj-Maj

    I was about to ask the same question. Also using DTP for Sky Blue and DT for Dark Matters. Can't stop listening to March of the Poozers. :'(

    10 Nov 2014 Reply
  • ChoedanKal

    Oh Z², how to tag thee? 'Tis a puzzle. Right now I've tagged it "Devin Townsend Project - Sky Blue", "Devin Townsend - Z² - Dark Matters" and "Devin Townsend - Z² - Dark Matters - Raw". But I'm thinking about ditching the 'Z²' altogether...

    10 Nov 2014 Reply
  • ReachDown

    ""we don't like how similar devin's recent albums sound" "we wanted Z2 to be more like ZTO" god, such hypocrites " There's nothing hypocrit here. Think about it.

    8 Nov 2014 Reply
  • SDFprowler

    Dark Matters grew on me in a big way. After the first listen I was not impressed at all. Then I listened to the version without dialogue about 10 times and started loving the music. THEN I went back to the normal version and realized how amazing it is. The story flows so well.. the characters are hilarious... and Ziltoid is Ziltoid. Indeed. The music itself doesn't compare to ZTO, but that's okay. Dark Matters is such a killer album after being drawn into the story.

    8 Nov 2014 Reply
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