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Vancouver, Canada (1994 – 2007)

Strapping Young Lad was a Canadian band formed by Devin Townsend in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1994. The band started as a one-man studio project; Townsend played most of the instruments on the 1995 debut album, Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing. By 1997, he had recruited permanent members; this line-up, which consisted of Townsend on vocals and guitar, Jed Simon on guitar, Byron Stroud on bass, and Gene Hoglan on drums, lasted until the band’s dissolution.

Containing elements of , , , and , Strapping Young Lad’s music was characterized by the use of complex time signatures, polyrhythmic guitar riffing and drumming, blast beats and Wall of Sound production. The band’s musical direction was mainly determined by Townsend, whose battle with bipolar disorder and dark sense of humour were major influences on his songwriting. Townsend was also noted for his eccentric appearance and on-stage behaviour, which greatly contributed to the band’s intense live performances.

The band gained critical success and a growing underground fan base from their 1997 album City. After a hiatus between 1999 and 2002, the band released three more albums, reaching their commercial peak with the 2006 effort, The New Black. Townsend disbanded Strapping Young Lad in May 2007, announcing his decision to retreat from public view while continuing to record solo albums.

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  • Spuzzwick

    Devin Towsend review project where I re-visit and review all of Townsend's work in chronological order beginning with Strapping Young Lad. If you're interested give it a read and if you're on RYM feel free to leave your thoughts!

    20 May 4:06am Reply
  • Idiots-Rule

    Those bonuses are quite awesome, especially "Centipede" and "Japan". Only bad thing about that "6th album" is that its tracks have been widely available for almost 10 years, at least. I would've rather seen some actual unreleased stuff, like live recordings. I also wonder why The Complete Works didn't include No Sleep Till Bedtime?

    18 May 6:19pm Reply
  • TheTailedBeast

    The "Demos and Rarities" LP from The Complete Works is like a new album from Strapping. In 2013! Yes, they're bonus tracks and demos, but for me it's not a problem. So hey, enjoy the 6th album!

    14 May 9:48am Reply

    лол , это ФФ повлияли на Девина, он сам говорил

    16 Mar 8:09pm Reply
  • Wacke666

    City is one of the best albums of the 90's, and Alien is one of the best albums of the 00's. I wish Devin would change his mind about a reunion some day.

    7 Mar 9:54pm Reply
  • Ivan94RUS

    the_final_chasm:как раз на FearFactory они и повлияли

    18 Feb 2:41pm Reply
  • the_final_chasm

    вообще я на тэг Death Metal повелся, которого тут капля, зато трешняк с прогом дико зацепили энергетикой так, что про дэт, который хотелось услышать от них я позабыл напрочь. местами реально Fear Factory напоминает

    3 Jan 4:09pm Reply
  • the_final_chasm

    @Alarus-Lar проскакивала там дэтуха по началу немного :)

    3 Jan 4:06pm Reply
  • chino_moreno22

    lol i just found about this band

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Alarus-Lar

    А где вы тут дэт-метал услышали? Трэш, экстрим, индастриал, прогрессив, экспериментал - согласен.

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • InFlames88ad

    Oh My Fucking god the weirdest and noisiest track ive ever listened to - I F***ING LOVE IT

    4 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Tuberkulloosi

    " Mental dilemma: Which is best, Detox or Almost Again? " from those, Detox.

    2 Nov 2014 Reply
  • mefurgly

    Strapping Young Lad rocks my hairy anus. [2]

    25 Oct 2014 Reply
  • UnrealAtrocity

    The Conjuration - "Surreal" (Remastered) One man extreme metal insanity! I guarantee you've never heard anything quite like it. Free download/streaming here:

    9 Oct 2014 Reply
  • kenikki

    Mental dilemma: Which is best, Detox or Almost Again?

    27 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Alarus-Lar

    Звучат как нечто среднее между Fear Factory и Ministry.

    25 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Tuberkulloosi

    scatting young mad

    19 Sep 2014 Reply
  • dzhisaweenie

    slapping young dad

    16 Sep 2014 Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Strapping Young Lad

    2 Sep 2014 Reply
  • PistolPeteMatty

    @Manic-Insanity I feel bad for you if you somehow took that comment seriously

    24 Aug 2014 Reply
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