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The Devin Townsend Band

Industrial metal singer/guitarist Devin Townsend was born May 5, 1972 in Vancouver, British Columbia; after picking up the banjo at age five, he moved to guitar at 12, and within a few years was leading the band Grey Skies, later known as Noisescapes. Sending the group's demo to the Relativity label, Townsend was not only offered a solo deal but was also tapped to sing on Steve Vai's 1993 LP Sex & Religion, a collaboration which further extended to the guitar god's 1996 effort Fire Garden. In between, Townsend worked on a series of projects with Front Line Assembly, and in 1995 issued the solo Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing under the alias Strapping Young Lad. A stint with the satiric punk band Punky Bruster yielded the Cooked on Phonics LP before Townsend began work on the second Strapping Young Lad album, 1997's City. In a move away from the industrial and death metal of previous recordings, he next formed Ocean Machine -- with J.R. Harder and Marty Chapman -- for the accessible Biomech, which was issued later that year.

Townsend’s first solo album to be released under his own name was 1998’s Infinity, and it directly followed a difficult period for the artist, in which he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He would later identify his condition as an explanation for the difference in sound and approach between Strapping Young Lad and Ocean Machine. 2000 saw a mentally stronger Townsend release, the sharp, focused and melodic speed metal album, Physicist, while 2001’s Terria channelled an ambient pop sound. Next, February 2003 brought an eponymous Strapping Young Lad record which returned to a traditional death metal template. Sessions for this release took place during the same period as those for the acclaimed first album under the Devin Townsend Band moniker, Accelerated Evolution. This record was issued just a month after the SYL release, and Townsend received praise for creating a modern metal album that wasn’t afraid to nod to ’70s and ’80s arena rock, in a post-grunge world. While 2006’s Synchestra didn’t quite reach the same high standard, Townsend continued to keep things fresh by following a straight-up ambient record - The Hummer - with Ziltoid the Omniscient, a rock opera about an alien who travels to Earth in search of “the ultimate cup of coffee”.

In the immediate years that followed Ziltoid, Townsend took a break from the music industry to rest, recharge and rediscover the cathartic aspect of composition. In March 2009 a shaven-headed, now teetotal Townsend announced an intended four-album sequence from the Devin Townsend Project, billed as an opportunity to show that he could create new music without the assistance of drugs. The strongest of these four releases was November 2009’s Addicted, on which he collaborated with former Gathering vocalist, Anneke van Giersbergen. Giersbergen returned for a central role on an unexpected, fifth Devin Townsend Project album in 2012, the pop-infused Epicloud. ~ Jason Ankeny & James Wilkinson, Rovi
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I hope Devin never stops. My head exploded when I heard Physicist and have never stopped loving everything since. Rock on Poopy Nuggeteer!
Heard of his work in Strapping Young Lad, still discovering new gems from this guy. Thanks Pandora!
This guy is the ultimate musical schizo... He can do it all
as wrong!
Okay, so pretty much every song from this band I've heard is incredible! Got my hands on Synchestra, and I must say its a breath of fresh air! The first 2 songs are more like 2 minute intros, but they give you a glimpse at how this isn't just another metal band. Heck, I wouldn't even call it part of any genre! There's traces of country, classical, even death metal. And the best part is that they make it sound AWESOME! Before this, I thought bluegrass plus Dream Theater equaled a fail. Oh how I w
:O D: :O :O :O :D =O Good SHITE! Yay pandora!
devy's just the s**t!
Great stuff.This guys is seriously amazing though. Great composer and musician.Ver y inspiring to me.The fact that he's cleaned up and still rocks and stuff is just the icing on the cake!I really hope that somehow I can meet him someday and talk to him.One day with him would probably be more helpful than anything else!I love composing, but I only do it on piano. Idk why I'm writing all this here, haha. I'm kinda hoping he reads this somehow I guess, hahaha.
robb419
holy shiate!
Between strong, creative vocals and a taste of Steve Vai-style riffs in an eclectic guitar foundation, this band is well worth your time. Another great new find for me, another success for the Genome Project.

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