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Devin Garret Townsend (born May 5, 1972) is a Canadian musician and record producer best known as the co-founder, vocalist and guitarist in extreme metal outfit Strapping Young Lad. 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 continued to write and record albums with Strapping Young Lad, along with solo material released under his own independent record label, HevyDevy Records. Townsend’s solo releases, a diverse mix of hard rock and progressive metal, have featured a varying lineup of supporting musicians. In 2002 he formed The Devin TownDevin Townsend performing with Strapping Young Lad in November send Band, a dedicated lineup which recor2005. ded and toured for two of his solo releases. Townsend’s trademark production style, Background information featuring a heavily multitracked wall of Devin Garret Townsend Birth name sound, has been compared to the styles of May 5, 1972 (1972-05-05) Born Phil Spector and Frank Zappa. His versatile New Westminster, British Columbia, vocal delivery ranges from screaming to Canada singing, and his songwriting is similarly diverse in nature. Townsend’s musical style is Progressive metal, progressive rock, Genre(s) extreme metal, industrial metal, rooted in metal, and his albums are written ambient to express different aspects of his personality. Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician, producer In 2007, Townsend disbanded both StrapInstrument(s) Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards ping Young Lad and The Devin Townsend 1993–present Years active Band, in order to spend more time with his family and less time touring. Townsend has HevyDevy, Century Media Label(s) since produced a number of albums for other The Devin Townsend Band, Strapping Associated groups, and continues to write and release Young Lad, Steve Vai, Punky Brüster, acts self-produced albums from his home studio. IR8, Front Line Assembly, Grey Skies, Townsend is currently working on a four-alCaustic Thought, Noisescapes, Ayreon bum series called the Devin Townsend Prowww.hevydevy.com Website ject, with each album being written in a

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different style. The first entry in the series, Ki, is due to be released in May 2009.

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Biography
Early life
Devin Townsend was born in New Westminster, British Columbia on May 5, 1972.[1] Townsend began playing the banjo when he was 5 years old, learning to play from his father.[2] At the age of 12, he received his first guitar, and received lessons from Terry Armitage, a local guitar teacher, between the ages of 13 and 16. Armitage claimed to have taught Townsend differently from other students, saying that instead of teaching him numerous scales, he showed Townsend that the guitar was more about self-expression and focused lessons on how to put the expression onto tape. Townsend would practice ten hours a day, from the time he got home from school until midnight.[3] At the age of 17, he taught at his teacher’s studio for a year, until he finished school and then enrolled himself into the University of Victoria. He only attended one semester, at which point he "couldn’t take it anymore", and dropped out to pursue his musical interests.[3]

Townsend (right) playing with Caustic Thought in Vancouver, BC, 1992. Impressed with Townsend’s vocal work, Vai offered him the role of the lead vocalist on his new album Sex and Religion. Townsend took the offer, unfamiliar with Vai’s work and unaware of his acclaim in the music world. After recording Sex and Religion, Townsend accompanied Vai on a world tour in support of the album.[5] Townsend’s over-the-top personality and antics left him with a poor reputation after the Sex and Religion tour, and he ended up working in a Vancouver restaurant. This setback was brief, and Townsend soon landed a second touring gig, this time with the opening band of Vai’s tour, The Wildhearts.[6] He played live with the band throughout half of 1994 in Europe, and appeared as a guest musician on their single Urge. Ginger, the band’s frontman, remained close friends with Townsend,[7] later co-writing several songs on Infinity and the Christeen + 4 Demos EP. While on tour with The Wildhearts, Townsend got in touch with Metallica’s then-bassist Jason Newsted. Townsend and Newsted formed a short-lived thrash metal project known as IR8, featuring Newsted on vocals and bass, Townsend on guitar, and Tom Hunting of Exodus on drums. The group recorded a few songs together, although

Early musical career (1991–1996)
Growing up in the Vancouver music scene, Townsend participated in several metal bands while he was in high school. At the age of 19 he founded Grey Skies, his first major band. Around the same time joined a popular local group called Caustic Thought, replacing Jed Simon on guitar and playing alongside bassist Byron Stroud, both of whom would later become members of Townsend’s flagship band, Strapping Young Lad. Townsend went on one tour down the west coast with Caustic Thought before leaving the band.[2] In 1993, Townsend began writing material under the name Noisescapes, a project which he would later describe as "just as violent as Strapping Young Lad."[4] Townsend recorded a Noisescapes demo, and sent copies of it to various record labels. Relativity Records responded to Townsend with a record deal and Townsend began work on what was to be the first Noisescapes album, Promise.[5] Shortly afterward, the label introduced him to musician Steve Vai.

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Townsend says that they never intended to go further than that. "People heard about it and thought we wanted to put out a CD, which is absolutely not true," he explains. "People took this project way too seriously."[4] A demo tape was put together, but the material was not released until 2002, when Newsted published the IR8 vs. Sexoturica compilation. While Townsend was proud of what he had accomplished so early in his career, was discouraged by his experience with the music industry. Despite his respect for Vai, he was not engrossed in the music, and was artistically hindered. "I was becoming a product of somebody else’s imagination, and it was mixing with my own personality," he later reflected. "This combination was appalling."[8] He pushed to get his own projects off the ground. Despite getting multiple touring gigs with successful musicians, however, Townsend continued to face rejection of his own music. Relativity Records dropped Noisescapes from their label shortly after Townsend accepted Vai’s offer, seeing no commercial appeal in Townsend’s music.[9] "I have a hunch they only offered me a deal to get me to sing with Steve," he mused.[4] While touring with The Wildhearts, Townsend received a phone call from an A&R representative for Roadrunner Records, expressing an interest in his demos and an intention to sign him. The offer was ultimately rescinded by the head of Roadrunner, who regarded Townsend’s recordings as "just noise".[10] Townsend got his first successful deal when Century Media Records offered him a contract to "make us some extreme albums".[10] Townsend agreed to a five-album deal with the record label.[11] With a record deal in place, Townsend began his first solo project, recording material under the pseudonym Strapping Young Lad. Townsend avoided using his real name at this point in career, looking for a fresh start after his high-profile Vai gig. "At the beginning, I wanted to avoid at all cost to use my name because I was known as the singer for Steve Vai and it wasn’t the best publicity to have," he later explained. "I was playing somebody else’s music and I was judged in respect to that music."[8] Townsend produced and performed nearly all the instruments on the debut studio album, Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing, which was released in April 1995. Following the release of the record, Townsend

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and several other musician friends he knew in Vancouver recorded an album in 1996 entitled Cooked on Phonics for another one-off side project, Punky Brüster. Written and recorded in under a month, the album was produced as a parody of punk rock bands and documents the act of selling out for mainstream success.

City and Ocean Machine: Biomech (1996–1997)
Townsend assembled a permanent lineup of Strapping Young Lad to record City, including prolific metal drummer Gene Hoglan, along with his former bandmates Jed Simon on guitar and Byron Stroud on bass. The industrial-influenced[12] album was released in 1997. To this day, the album is widely considered Strapping Young Lad’s best [13][14][15] with Metal Maniacs calling it work, "groundbreaking"[16] and Revolver naming it "one of the greatest metal albums of all time".[17] Townsend himself considers it the band’s "ultimate" album.[18] Later that year, Townsend released his first solo album, Ocean Machine: Biomech. The album featured a mix of hard rock, ambient, and progressive rock.[16] Townsend founded his own independent record label, HevyDevy Records, to release the album.[16]

Infinity through Terria (1997–2001)
After the completion of City and Biomech, Townsend began to approach a mental breakdown. "I started to see human beings as little lonesome, water based, pink meat," he explained, "life forms pushing air through themselves and making noises that the other little pieces of meat seemed to understand." In 1997, he checked himself into a mentalhealth hospital, where he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The diagnosis helped him understand where the two sides of his music were coming from; he felt his disorder "gave birth to the two extremes that are Strapping’s City record and Ocean Machine’s Biomech."[19] After being discharged from the hospital, Townsend found that "everything just clicked" and he was able to write his second solo album, Infinity, which he described as "the parent project" of City and Biomech,[19] with music influenced by Broadway.[16] Townsend returned to the

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studio, accompanied by drummer Gene Hoglan, to work on the album, on which Townsend played most of the instruments. Infinity was released in October 1998. Later in his career, Townsend has cited Infinity as his favorite solo record.[12] With Infinity, Townsend began to label all albums outside of Strapping Young Lad under his own name, dropping the Ocean Machine moniker, to reduce confusion. He wanted to show that despite the highly varied nature of his projects, they are all simply aspects of his identity.[8] The album Biomech was relabeled and redistributed as Ocean Machine: Biomech, under Townsend’s name, to reflect the new arrangement. Townsend’s bandmates began to play two sets at their shows, one as Strapping Young Lad, and one as the Devin Townsend Band, playing songs from Townsend’s solo albums.[1] Townsend’s next project took several years to come to fruition. After the creation of the IR8 demo tape, Townsend and Jason Newsted had begun work on a new project called Fizzicist, which they claimed would be "heavier than Strapping Young Lad". When the IR8 tape was leaked, Newsted’s Metallica bandmates James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich learned of the project. Hetfield was "fucking pissed" that Newsted was playing outside the band, and Newsted was prevented by his bandmates from working on any more side projects.[20] With the project stalled, Townsend instead wrote the album himself, entitling it Physicist. Townsend assembled his Strapping Young Lad bandmates to record it, the only time this lineup was featured on a Devin Townsend album.[1] The thrash-influenced[16] Physicist was released in June 2000, and is generally considered a low point in Townsend’s career. Drummer Gene Hoglan and the rest of the band were dissatisfied with the way the sound was mixed,[21] and Townsend considers it his worst album to date.[22] Feeling he had "ostracized a bunch of fans" with Physicist, Townsend felt he had the chance to make a more personal and honest record.[12] Townsend was inspired one morning while driving across Canada with his band, and looked to write an "introspective" album dedicated to his homeland.[23] He produced and recorded Terria, a "highly illustrated stream-of-consciousness" al[12] with Gene Hoglan on drums, Craig bum, McFarland on bass and Jamie Meyer on

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keyboards. Townsend cited Ween’s White Pepper as an inspiration for the album.[12] Terria was released in November 2001.

Strapping Young Lad through Synchestra (2003–2006)
Townsend’s solo run lasted until 2002. After a five-year break from recording, Strapping Young Lad reunited to record a new album. Townsend credits the album, Strapping Young Lad, as an emotional response to the attacks of September 11, 2001 in the United States. "If the world’s about to blow up," said Townsend, "let’s write the soundtrack for it."[21] The album’s lyrics were based more around fear and insecurity than the "hostile" lyrics of City.[12] Musically, Strapping Young Lad was less industrial than City,[24] and more reminiscent of death metal,[25] with a "larger-than-life" rock production style.[12] Townsend cited Front Line Assembly, Grotus, and Samael’s Passage as influences.[12] The self-titled album was released in February 2003. It received moderate reviews, with critics finding it inferior to City,[26][27] but it had the distinction of being the band’s first charting album.[28] While Strapping Young Lad was being reunited, Townsend formed a new, permanent band "on par with Strapping" to record and tour for his solo releases.[12] The Devin Townsend Band consisted of Brian Waddell on guitar, Mike Young on bass, Ryan Van Poederooyen on drums, and Dave Young on keyboards. Townsend performed guitar, vocals, and production, as he did in Strapping Young Lad. Townsend worked on the band’s first album, Accelerated Evolution, at the same time he was working on Strapping Young Lad, spending half the week on one and half on the other.[29] Accelerated Evolution, named for the pace of putting a new band together in under a year,[12] was released a month after Strapping Young Lad. Mike G. of Metal Maniacs called it "the album of the year", praising it for "the hard-toaccomplish trick of being extreme yet accessible, simultaneously heavy ’n’ rockin’ yet majestic and beautiful."[16] Prior to the formation of the Devin Townsend Band, Townsend had represented his solo releases live with the Strapping Young Lad lineup; the band would play one set of Strapping Young Lad songs and one set of Devin Townsend songs.[30] After the release of Accelerated

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Evolution, Townsend’s two bands toured separately for their separate albums.[1] Strapping Young Lad began working on their next album, Alien, in March 2004.[31] Feeling that the band’s previous album did not live up to expectations, Townsend decided to take his music to a new extreme.[32] To prepare for the new album, Townsend stopped taking the medication prescribed to treat his bipolar disorder.[33] "I think that as an artist, in order for me to get to the next plateau, I kind of feel the need to explore things and sometimes that exploration leads you to places that are a little crazy," he explains. "And Alien was no exception with that."[34] Although Townsend considered the album an "impenetrable mass of technicality",[35] it was well received on its release, selling 3,697 copies in its first week[36] and appearing on several Billboard charts.[37] Shortly thereafter Townsend began putting together the next Devin Townsend Band record, with the working title Human.[38] Townsend intended the album as the more "pleasant" counterpart to Alien. "It’s basically a record about coming back down to earth after being in space with Alien for a while."[34] The album, Synchestra, was released in January 2006. Townsend showcased a wide variety of musical styles in Synchestra, blending his trademark "pop metal" with influences from folk, polka, and Middle Eastern music.[39]

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travelling, touring, and self promotion" and wished to do production work, write albums, and spend time with his family without the stress of interviews or touring.[42] In 2008, Townsend lent his voice to characters in several episodes of the Adult Swim cartoon Metalocalypse (see Musician cameos in Metalocalypse for more). The original character design for Pickles the Drummer, one of the series’ main characters, bore a striking resemblance to Townsend. The series’ co-creator Brendan Small acknowledged the similarity, and altered the design before the series began. "We made sure he didn’t look like Devin Townsend. We gave him the goatee and the dreadover so he wouldn’t look like that."[43]

Devin Townsend Project (2008–present)
After removing himself from the music industry, Townsend cut his trademark hair off[44] and gave up drinking and smoking.[45] Townsend found it "disconcerting" that he had difficulty writing music without drugs, and that he had trouble identifying his purpose as a musician. He spent a year producing albums in absence of writing, but found it unrewarding and decided to "pick up the guitar and just write."[44] This began a period of "self discovery"[45] where he learned "how to create without drugs."[46] Over two years, Townsend wrote over 60 songs, and found that they fit into "four distinct styles".[44] In March 2009, Townsend announced his plans for a four-album series called the Devin Townsend Project,[46] with the goal of clarifying his musical identity and being "accountable" for the persona he projects to the public.[44] The project’s concept includes a different "theme" and a different group of musicians on each album.[46] Ki, the first album of the Devin Townsend Project, is written to "set the stage" for the subsequent albums.[46] Townsend channeled his newfound control and sobriety into Ki, a "tense, quiet" album that contrasts with much of the music he has been known for.[44] Ki is due to be released in May 2009.[47] After Ki, Townsend plans a "commercial, yet heavy" album called Addicted, followed by the "chaotic" Deconstruction which represents what Townsend "was trying to achieve with Strapping Young Lad."[44] The fourth album, currently untitled, will be a New

Ziltoid and hiatus (2006–2008)
Townsend’s wife, Tracy Turner, gave birth to their first son, Reyner Liam Johnstan Townsend, on October 4, 2006.[40] Around this time, Townsend withdrew from touring to spend time with his family. From home, Townsend completed his second solo ambient album, The Hummer, releasing it exclusively on his website in November 2006. In May 2007, Townsend released Ziltoid the Omniscient, a tongue-in-cheek rock opera about a fictional alien named Ziltoid. Townsend recorded the album alone in its entirety; he utilized Drumkit from Hell, a software drum machine used by Meshuggah on their album Catch Thirtythree, for the drum tracks.[41] Shortly after the album’s release, Townsend announced that he no longer planned to tour or make albums with Strapping Young Lad or the Devin Townsend Band. He explained that he was "burnt out on

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Age[44] ambient[46] record. Townsend has announced that "universe willing", all four albums in the Devin Townsend Project will be released in 2009, and they will be followed up next year by an eight-disc box-set, containing all four albums, as well as four bonus discs (including videos) and a booklet. After the completion of the project, Townsend plans to return to the live stage at select locations worldwide to play music from the four albums.[48]

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Mike G. of Metal Maniacs.[16] Townsend uses software suites such as Pro Tools, Steinberg Cubase, and Logic Pro, when recording, mixing, and producing his music.[34] Townsend’s musical ideas and production style have drawn comparisons to Phil Spector[39] and Frank Zappa.[55]

Influences
Townsend draws influence from a wide range of music genres, most prominently, but not exclusively, heavy metal. Townsend has cited, among others, Judas Priest, W.A.S.P., Frank Zappa, Broadway musicals, Abba, new age music, Zoviet France, King’s X, Morbid Angel, Barkmarket, Grotus, Jane’s Addiction, and Fear Factory as his influences,[56] and has also expressed his admiration for Meshuggah on several occasions, calling it "the best metal band on the planet".[57] Townsend stated his main influences for Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing were Napalm Death and Fear Factory,[58] City was influenced by bands such as Foetus and White Noise,[10] and The New Black’s influences were Meshuggah, and "more traditional metal" like Metallica.[59]

Musical style

Townsend (right) performing with Strapping Young Lad in Bologna, Italy, 2006. Townsend has designed his two main projects, the aggressive Strapping Young Lad and his more melodic solo material, as counterparts.[49] Strapping Young Lad’s music was a diverse mix of extreme metal genres; death metal, thrash metal, black metal[50] and industrial metal. Townsend’s solo material is known to blend many genres and influences,[51] with elements of atmospheric ambient music,[52] hard rock and progressive rock,[16] along with pop metal and arena rock[51]. Despite Strapping Young Lad’s greater mainstream acceptance, Townsend identifies more with his solo material, and has always considered Strapping Young Lad a side project, an "outlet to freak out"[53] that was never the intended focus of his music.[54] As a self-proclaimed "fan of multitracking"[34], Townsend has developed a trademark production style featuring an atmospheric, layered "wall of sound".[39] Townsend has drawn critical praise for his productions, which "are always marked by a sense of adventure, intrigue, chaotic atmospherics and overall aural pyrotechnics," according to

Discography
Townsend has released nine solo studio albums (including two with the Devin Townsend Band), with his tenth forthcoming, and five studio albums with Strapping Young Lad. He has also released numerous EPs, live albums, compilation albums, and collaborations under a variety of monikers, and has produced dozens of albums for other artists. A thorough discography of Townsend’s career can be found at Devin Townsend discography. His major studio releases are listed below. Solo albums Strapping Young Lad

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Title Ocean Machine: Biomech Infinity Physicist Terria Accelerated Evolution Devlab Synchestra The Hummer Ziltoid the Omniscient Ki Addicted Deconstruction Untitled Title Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing City Strapping Young Lad Alien The New Black Release date July 21, 1997 June 17, 1998 June 26, 2000 November 6, 2001 March 31, 2003 December 4, 2004 January 30, 2006 November 15, 2006 May 27, 2007 May 22, 2009 Unannounced Unannounced Unannounced Release date April 4, 1995 February 11, 1997 February 11, 2003 March 22, 2005 July 11, 2006

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Devin Townsend
New Westminster, British Columbia

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