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Vai - Sex & Religion

Sex & Religion is a Steve Vai album presented under the name of simply “Vai” and before then “Light Without Heat” but had to be changed due to copyright issues to the original name. It features Strapping Young Lad and The Devin Townsend Band vocalist and guitarist Devin Townsend on vocals before he started either one of his own bands. Townsend also co-wrote the track “Pig”, as well as “Just Cartilage” which was left off the final album. Steve also worked with Desmond Child on the track “In My Dreams with You”. For this album, Steve wished to put together a band of awe-inspiring musicians, which included him, Townsend, drummer Terry Bozzio and bassist T.M.Stevens, but ended up micro-managing the writing and recording process that was supposed to be a band of equals causing much conflict during the making of the album with a “band”, which ideally is a democracy and therefore a catch-22. The band that recorded the album never toured in support of it due to conflicts during the recording process; in the words of Steve Vai “…now the next record (after Passion and Warfare) was supposed to be so important. It turned out to be a hard record to make. There was the concept of putting this band together with all monster musicians. It worked in theory, but not in practice. I was hoping everybody could contribute their performance expertise while I sort of guided the band in the direction that I thought the music should go. They were very talented people that had definite ideas of the music they liked to play, and it all clashed dramatically.

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  • GrindWar

    Just Cartilage is totally awesome!

    27 Jun 2011 Reply
  • xMTHx

    Vocals :D Townsend's the man.

    10 Aug 2010 Reply
  • joyjoykid

    Other than audience recordings, this project did not leave a live album, which I think is very sad. Hope Steve Vai considers releasing under his label if he happens to have a proper source.

    23 May 2010 Reply
  • justNi

    GrantRS: "This should never have been merged with Steve Vai in the first place. The album [i]Sex and Religion[/i] was issued under the name "Vai" as it was supposed to be a band project featuring Devin Townsend, Terry Bozzio and TM Stevens. That alone should be enough reason not to merge the two artists. The fact that there appears to be another artist called Vai is surplus to the justification required for not merging the two names." [2]

    22 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Fooman1972

    Um, where are the guitars??

    2 Feb 2009 Reply
  • KateHera

    So great \o/

    15 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Al__Ex

    great

    8 Jul 2008 Reply
  • GrantRS

    This should never have been merged with Steve Vai in the first place. The album [i]Sex and Religion[/i] was issued under the name "Vai" as it was supposed to be a band project featuring Devin Townsend, Terry Bozzio and TM Stevens. That alone should be enough reason not to merge the two artists. The fact that there appears to be another artist called Vai is surplus to the justification required for not merging the two names.

    7 Jul 2008 Reply

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