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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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  • Idiots-Rule

    "The death of music" is amazing!

    19 Apr 1:02am Reply
  • FlackoWeasel

    Amazing band!!

    14 Apr 4:23pm Reply
  • Jordy666sic

    Yeah it's obvious the records aren't literally about cocks and balls. Metaphors. Listen to an interview or two or album commentary and you know where they got the "intelligent" part from. Having that said, I don't really see how that should be added to the music as a tag.

    31 Mar 1:18pm Reply
  • Izhorian

    that's the point, poking fun at the pretentious "intelligence"

    30 Mar 8:22pm Reply
  • Oates_Moustache

    much as I love Devy, what's up with people tagging his songs as "intelligent metal"? i mean we're both talking about the same bloke right? the one that puts cock jokes everywhere and did a concept album about a glove puppet?

    26 Mar 8:57pm Reply
  • PhoenixBloom

    Vote for your fave debut albums here, join the community and vote!

    16 Mar 12:40am Reply
  • Yellowxander

    DTP interview with RVP!

    11 Mar 8:33pm Reply
  • pirouzpoursasan

    Deathray... Can you feel the groove?

    12 Feb 12:22am Reply
  • Jack8the8Ripper

    New Dev image: Dr. Sweetpea Frank N. Furter Townsend ---

    9 Feb 10:50pm Reply
  • stupidream_

    Um deus

    9 Feb 1:50pm Reply
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  • lter__Impius

    What's Devin's concept ─music aside and including all he's been envolved─ you feel the most? Mine would be Deconstruction. I love the mocking of wise-assery and shallow values like intelligence and power over others in songs like the title track. The lyrics I feel the more: Poltergeist.

    3 Feb 8:13am Reply
  • 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
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