Devin Townsend Discusses Strapping Young Lad’s “Alien” In Seventh Episode Of His “Devin Townsend Podcast”

Devin Townsend has shared the seventh episode of his “Devin Townsend Podcast.” This one finds the frontman discussing Strapping Young Lad’s “Alien.”

Ché Aimee Dorval (Casualties Of Cool) Covers Strapping Young Lad’s “Almost Again” With Devin Townsend

Devin Townsend‘s Casualties Of Cool bandmate Ché Aimee Dorval has recorded a cover of Strapping Young Lad‘s “Almost Again.” The track features Townsend on bass and it can be accessed through Dorval’s GoFundMe campaign, which she launched for her new quarantine EP.

Dorval commented:

“It’s out! Phew….sorry for the wait. I’m glad I took my time though because I’m actually quite proud of how it turned out!

Thank you to everyone who threw out Devin song suggestions. I’m such a shit when it comes to seeking out new (to me) music, even when it’s by people in my life who I adore, so the exercise of going through all of your requests gave me a chance to sit down with devs work and really see all of his different musical sides and it was really eye opening and so solovely.

Also, A huge thanks to @dvntownsend who played bass on it and really saved my ass. ❤️❤️❤️ For those of you who have showed your love via donations to the GoFundMe pre-release campaign, thank you from the bottom of my heart. We’re all going through a really rough time right now but the fact that you’re still taking the time to help out others is beyond beautiful❤️ Anyways, I hope you all enjoy…”

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It’s out! Phew….sorry for the wait. I’m glad I took my time though because I’m actually quite proud of how it turned out! Thank you to everyone who threw out Devin song suggestions. I’m such a shit when it comes to seeking out new (to me) music, even when it’s by people in my life who I adore, so the exercise of going through all of your requests gave me a chance to sit down with devs work and really see all of his different musical sides and it was really eye opening and so solovely. Also, A huge thanks to @dvntownsend who played bass on it and really saved my ass. ❤️❤️❤️ For those of you who have showed your love via donations to the GoFundMe pre-release campaign, thank you from the bottom of my heart. We’re all going through a really rough time right now but the fact that you’re still taking the time to help out others is beyond beautiful❤️ Anyways, I hope you all enjoy and to those who want to check it out the links in my bio:) #almostagain #devintownsend #cheaimeedorval #strappingyounglad #coversong #newmusic #quarantine #quarantinelife #quarantinesongs

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Devin Townsend Discusses “Accelerated Evolution” & Strapping Young Lad‘s Self-Titled Album In Sixth Episode Of His “Devin Townsend Podcast”

Devin Townsend has shared the sixth episode of his “Devin Townsend Podcast.” This one finds the frontman discussing “Accelerated Evolution” and Strapping Young Lad‘s self-titled album.

Devin Townsend Discusses Strapping Young Lad’s “City” In Second Episode Of His “Devin Townsend Podcast”

Devin Townsend has shared the second episode of his “Devin Townsend Podcast.” This one finds the frontman discussing Strapping Young Lad’s “City.” Townsend commented:

“This is episode 2, about the second Strapping Young Lad album, CITY. I figured instead of doing Terria next, Id do them in order (though Ive still ignored HAARHT and Punky thus far, but I’ll get to them) and City was done simultaneously to Ocean Machine and best keeps the momentum going. It took less time to do this than I thought, so I may wait a day before starting Infinity, but if you’re bored…heres another rambling slab of…well..me.”

Devin Townsend Plans To Start Performing Strapping Young Lad Songs Live Again In 2020

It looks like Devin Townsend is going to start performing Strapping Young Lad songs live again in 2020. The frontman confirmed the news during a recent interview on the “Everblack” podcast.

Townsend said the following:

“I’m doing a tour in November that’s gonna be a very selfish tour for me — a ton of people onstage, playing a bunch of stuff that I’ve wanted to play for years, a lot of improv, a lot of really interesting things.

But starting next year, I’m gonna be touring everything, and that includes the Strapping stuff. I’m gonna be doing what equates to… like, what’s a ‘best of’ what I’ve done over the past few years. Let’s make this live venture for me the best it can possibly be and learn from your past and come back out.”

He also added:

“I think there’s a lot of musicians that fall away from metal. But I kind of fell back in love with it recently. But in no way does that mean that it’s taking over.

It’s a big part of what I do and it’s a big part of who I am, and I think I’ve denied that for a certain amount of time. But it’s everything, man. It’s like ‘Empath‘ was for me — the metal part of it is just as big a part of my trip as the mellow part of it. It’s not one over the other; it’s just who I am.

I don’t wanna get rid of [the metal side of my music.] I love it. It has to play ball with the other stuff, and that stuff has to play ball with the other stuff. It’s healthy for me to recognize that it’s a part of my nature as opposed to denying it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

New Band Featuring Threat Signal, Ex-Strapping Young Lad, Etc. Members Reveal Their Name

Jed Simon (ex-Strapping Young Lad, Scar The Martyr, etc.), Brian “Beav” Waddell (The Devin Townsend Project), Byron Stroud (ex-Strapping Young Lad, etc.), Ryan Van Poederooyen (The Devin Townsend Project), and Jon Howard (Threat Signal, Arkaea) have officially confirmed that their new band will be called Imonolith. Van Poederooyen made the following post regarding that:

Threat Signal’s Jon Howard Joins Ex-Strapping Young Lad & The Devin Townsend Project Members In New Band

It was previously revealed that Jed Simon (ex-Strapping Young Lad, Scar The Martyr, etc.), Brian “Beav” Waddell (The Devin Townsend Project), Byron Stroud (ex-Strapping Young Lad, etc.), and Ryan Van Poederooyen (The Devin Townsend Project) were working on a new project together. Now, the group have also confirmed that they have welcomed vocalist Jon Howard (Threat Signal, Arkaea) to their lineup.

Ryan Van Poederooyen commented:

“We are proud to announce our frontman/singer, Mr. Jon Howard of Threat Signal and Arkaea acclaim. We were looking into a few other known singers and then, Jon was recommended to us through a mutual good friend, Neil A. Lim Sang. Thanks to, Neil for suggesting, Jon and keeping it on the down-low!

We got in touch with Jon and were immediately blown away with the talent this guy possesses. He recorded vocals for a couple demos of ours, just a couple days after talking with him for the first time. Once we heard his vocal demos, we knew we found our guy. Jon can sing, scream and growl with the best of them.

He’s showing off his voice in more ways than one in this band. We can’t wait for you to hear the versatility and power of Jon‘s voice at our future live shows and on our debut album. Brian ‘Beav’ Waddell, Byron Stroud, Jed Simon and I are beyond stoked to have him fronting the band. Welcome, Jon everyone!

Thanks once again, to all of you for your incredible support, comments and general excitement for this band. We’re really excited for you all to hear our music. We’re also looking forward to performing it live around the globe, and making it ALL happen soon.

Next, we will be announcing the name of the band on Friday morning. There may even be something that YOU guys can have a say in, come Friday 😉 Lastly, spread the news, share the posts and let people know about this brand new metal band on the scene! We’re eager, working hard and excited to get this out to you guys ASAP. Stay posted for a lot more news on what to expect from us, our new social media pages, pictures, videos, live feeds, a studio/recording announcement and much more…. – RVP”

Ex-Strapping Young Lad & The Devin Townsend Project Members Form New Band

Considering Devin Townsend recently put The Devin Townsend Project on hiatus, members of the group have joined forces with ex-Strapping Young Lad members in a new band. The lineup includes Jed Simon (ex-Strapping Young Lad, Scar The Martyr, etc.), Brian “Beav” Waddell (The Devin Townsend Project), Byron Stroud (ex-Strapping Young Lad, etc.), Ryan Van Poederooyen (The Devin Townsend Project), and a mystery singer, who is expected to be revealed on March 14.

Devin Townsend Discusses His $10 Million “Cock Symphony” Project, Strapping Young Lad, & Meet & Greets

Devin Townsend was recently interviewed by Noisey about a variety of topics ranging from his $10 million “cock symphony” project, Strapping Young Lad, and more. You can read some of his comments below.

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On his $10 million “cock symphony”:

“I’m here at Sony tonight to pitch something I need ten million bucks for! The whole show is a metaphor for sex and power, and the idea of it all being related to some sort of God who’s ultimately futile. But it’s this symphony with all these cocks and vaginas and death and it’s gotta be so over-the-top, with symphonies and choirs and it’s got to include the best of the best and it’s so fucking expensive!

I’d like to not think about money, but what I want to do is just get so much money, absurd amounts of money, and just put it all into this thing that’s a fundamentally unsellable spectacle, but make it so palatable that halfway through you’ll just be like, ‘The fuck are we watching here?’

I love that idea of absurdity and spectacle coming together. ‘The Retinal Circus‘ was like a high-school play; Z² and the Royal Albert thing was fun, but again, it was more like a rock show. But what I wanna do now is just blow things up, right? So I need ten million bucks…”

On if it boosts his ego when fans ask about a Strapping Young Lad reunion:

“Sometimes, until I see live videos! There was nobody there for our last American tour; that was one of our least-attended tours, there were like fifty people in these 500 and 600 capacity venues. But it’s looked at with rose-tinted glasses by people who didn’t see it and it’s built up to be something more than it was, so they think we must’ve been the best. We clearly weren’t!

I wouldn’t reform Strapping for the same reason I never did coke or heroin, because I know myself enough to know what’s good and healthy for me. Life is literally for living, so why would you want to spend time being a martyr for people? It just seems like that mentality is contrary to anything creatively astute.

But at the same time, the fact that people pay attention to what I do and keep asking why I don’t do Strapping again? Yeah, that’s flattering, especially considering nobody liked it when I put the first record out. It was just Blackadder meets poorly-produced Fear Factory.”

On meet and greets:

“I have two thoughts on the matter and they cancel each other out, so that kinda sucks. The music industry is really difficult. The overhead for me to do this is fucking crazy; we have to pay around $14,000 a month just to function. We didn’t tour for a year so I had to come up with fourteen grand a month just to keep everything going, then when we do tour, it’s fucking expensive. $1,000 per person to fly shit class from Vancouver, too. A lot of the times, fans may think bands are taking the piss by simply doing a meet-and-greet, but if we don’t do them we simply can’t do what we’re doing. It’s not like we do them then get a bonus at the end of the tour.

On the other side of it, if you’re in the band and you’re hypersensitive to people’s energy, like I believe I am, meet-and-greets fucking beat the shit out of you. Not because you don’t want to meet people, but because in order to do it correctly, you really have to invest yourself and be present and ready to talk to people and sometimes accept hyperbolic praise or criticism, and you have to be emotionally resilient enough to not let either… I mean, it’s about them.

They’re paying for a moment and your job is to be present and that’s really challenging on tour. If you think meet-and-greets are fundamentally stupid then you’re never not gonna think that. Some bands are like, ‘Fuck that, you can come meet me at the bar.’ I never go to the bar and if I am at the bar, please don’t talk to me because I’m there to hang out with my friends. We try to do the best with our packages, but at the same time there’s still people who are critical of it.”

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