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Devin Townsend

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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Track List: Ki (Radio Single)

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Nobody does more original music than Devin. He rules!!
One of music's truly genius artists.
Captain Ziltoid was awesome! Especially Planet Smasher... \m/
If you combine all of Devin's work he has over 22 albums. I enjoy everything he has done.
Terria for the win!
cpotter110
Ok Pandora. That makes three DT songs in a row.
cpotter110
I think Pandora gets the Devin stuff in bulk. I hear more DT tracks than anything else.
Devy just spews talent.. One of the best of all time.
natakiro
Favorite artist right here. :D
ijunk2008
Hearing Hyperdrive for the first time. Loving it.
TOWNSEND IS THE F**KING MAN!!
Hi Chris I love you just wondering
Hey hi Bell is 71
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Hunters. Jit
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Hunter. Said. Mat
Jit
You. Love. Me
Eat your beets! Recycle! Recycle!
c_cassier
Don't eat your beets! Recycle! Recycle!
I would have to say I think my favorite albun is zilly
January 24 @ Ace of Spades Sacramento- Hevy Devy and freaking Gojira on the same ticket. It going down. msg me if intersted in attending as well...?
JUST SIMPLY AMAZING MUSICIAN
@geata: Word!!!
Heaven's End = Planet of the Apes??? lol
This bio needs some serious updating...
Earth Day has got to be the best f**king song in the world!!!
giovannilomb a r d o r a d i c e
Yes they uploaded Infinity!!! My favorite CD by The Devin Townsend Band (obviously that's my opinion). frickin sweet.
I got my tickets for the Seattle show at El Corazon at the end of this month. Plus The Ocean is opening! Check them out
Had to miss his show here in Portland a few days back, but my husband got to meet him afterwards. Devin took the time to come outside the gate, took a pic and just chatted...so very awesome!!!!
very talented musician
thelastgunsl i n g e r 6 9
devin is a genius. period.
Addicted! is a very great album...it provides a really accessible heavy sound if you're trying to share that kind of music with friends/fami l y
The "wall of sound" that Terria produces is amazing. Sit back, close your eyes, and crank it up.
Devin is the s**t. One of the most talented composers of our time and is WAY under-apprec i a t e d for that fact. His stuff is very similar to each other, but it is all VERY different from everything else. It's great. Devin is amazing. I don't care if you love metal or not, his music is good. All of it. If you like this, go check out Strapping Young Lad.
Amazing music! Get Infinity on here, my favorite of Devin's!
A great musician, songwriter, composer, grilled cheese sandwich maker!!! I can't say enough good things about Devin.
barryapter
Ki & Accelerated Evolution is beyond awesome!
Infinity and the REAL Ziltoid album need to be added. Also, Please add Addicted to the available music by DT soon please!
Cynic and Devin Townsend are the only two bands worth seeing on that bill...will definitely leave before BTAM comes on. Their music is terrible and their live shows are worse.
littleangryf i n n
Don't miss his band's tour with Between the Buried and Me, Cynic, and Scale the Summit! Coming to Cleveland 1/25/10!! So excited!
Add Infinity to the catalogue. That is an exemplary piece of his work.
citizenaustu r i a s
I hope they add Ki soon.
Gato, Coast, Disruptr, Ki and Winter are some of his greatest works.
one hell of a musical genius love his music
the 'wall of sound' musician. good stuff.
Modd, have you checked out synchestra? I think that's a great album.
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