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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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    pls go

    11 Aug 4:14am Reply
  • JohnLateralus

    No, I used paint for the art and i took the text from somewhere else.

    9 Aug 7:26pm Reply

    m8 did you really take art from somewhere and use Paint for text

    7 Aug 3:04am Reply
  • shallow

    Or you can both buy the albums AND listen to them on Spotify, as I've done for years.

    31 Jul 4:11pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    I've yet to see any evidence that Spotify pays more than Youtube streaming...definitely best to just buy the albums (or download, Devin Townsend supports file sharing and buying what you support.)

    30 Jul 6:27pm Reply
  • shallow

    Spotify, for example, scrobbles all Casualties of Cool songs as simply "Devin Townsend". Yes, it's disgraceful and truly horrid, but I can't be arsed to change the tags manually through if Spotify decides to rename them. In the olden days with WinAmp and all it was much more customer-friendly to be able to change the tags yourself.

    25 Jul 8:47am Reply
  • Cacnep

    Devin is a genius!

    12 Jul 3:23pm Reply
  • Yellowxander

    Devin Townsend interview with TotalRock @Download festival 2014!

    9 Jul 10:26am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Sumeria and The Mighty Masturbator remain awesome, I'm a sucker for ambitious avant garde metal.

    8 Jul 11:39pm Reply
  • BtBaM27

    IT'S OIL! IT'S WHEAT! IT'S SOIL! IT'S MEAT! IT'S BEEF! ~canada day~

    2 Jul 12:15am Reply
  • Bonelesss

    earth day shimmers through the darkness.

    28 Jun 3:46pm Reply
  • 40belowsummer

    New group opened up called: metal singers with a wide range of vocal styles, which you can find here: please feel free to join and enhance my / our list with awesome metal singers in our forum.

    27 Jun 9:11pm Reply
  • DamienCallisto

    Ziltoid never gets old. Can't wait for part 2.

    27 Jun 4:43am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    I actually agree with that, he does massive metal production phenomenally. Of course, it was a elarning curve...but if you compare As the Palaces Burn to Deconstruction, he's AMAZING at production now.

    25 Jun 3:59am Reply
  • dravenxx6

    I don't even think just the genre experimentation causes all his hype... I think it really has something to do with his way of making music in general. His production style is fucking fantastic! And of course his super close relationship he has with his fanbase. But that's just what I think; I could be wrong.

    22 Jun 9:13am Reply
  • Claggy

    Acoustic Hyperdrive!

    19 Jun 3:58am Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    I love Devin Townsend's CoC!

    14 Jun 3:04am Reply
  • ShortSonata

    Novelty act.

    5 Jun 9:13am Reply
  • Emannikcufesin

    Devin Townsend contributed vocals to two songs on James Murphy's solo album Convergence from 1996.. Check out the tracks - 'The Last One' and 'Since Forgotten' for some Devin songs that you may have not heard.

    1 Jun 2:48am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    The hype is all the goofy genre experimentation. In my opinion Waltari does it better, he's kinda a novelty act in my experience...though Synchestra by Devin Townsend Band is by far his best work, and I still like Sumeria being a huge Gojira fan.

    29 May 5:29pm Reply
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