Devin Townsend

Devin Townsend

 

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Devin Garrett Townsend (born May 5, 1972) is a Canadian musician, songwriter and record producer. He founded extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad and was its primary songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist in from 1994 to 2007, and has an extensive career as a solo artist. After performing in a number of heavy 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 the solo album Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing 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 released three more studio albums with Strapping Young Lad, along with solo material released under his own independent record label, HevyDevy Records.

Townsend's solo albums, a diverse mix of hard rock, progressive metal, ambient, and new-age, have featured a varying lineup of supporting musicians. In 2002 he formed the Devin Townsend Band, a dedicated lineup which recorded and toured for two of his solo releases. In 2007, he disbanded both Strapping Young Lad and the Devin Townsend Band, taking a break from touring to spend more time with his family. After a two-year hiatus, he began recording again, and soon announced the formation of the Devin Townsend Project. The project began with a series of four albums, released from 2009 to 2011, each written in a different style, and Townsend continues to record and tour under the new moniker.

Across all his bands and projects, Townsend has released twenty-three studio albums and three live albums. Townsend's trademark production style, featuring a heavily multitracked wall of sound, has been compared to the styles of Phil Spector and Frank Zappa. His versatile vocal delivery ranges from screaming to an opera-esque singing, and his songwriting is similarly diverse. Townsend's musical style is rooted in metal, and his albums are written to express different aspects of his personality.

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Strapping Young Lad
 
Ki
 
Ki is the eleventh studio album by Canadian musician Devin Townsend, and the first album in the Devin Townsend Project series.
 
Z² (short for Ziltoid 2; pronounced "zed squared" or alternately "zee two") is a double album by Canadian musician Devin Townsend and his musical project Devin Townsend Project, released on October 27, 2014.
Addicted
 
Addicted is the twelfth studio album by Canadian musician Devin Townsend, and the second album in the Devin Townsend Project series.

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Five great things to do: Dec. 10-16
  –  December 9, 2017
2. MUSIC: Clutch with Devin Townsend Project, The Obsessed and Sons of Texas, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Bourbon Theatre, 1415 O St. Maryland Southern-tinged hard rockers Clutch are trying out some new material on stage before they hit the studio to record in January.
Regional Concerts
  –  December 8, 2017
April 15, 2018 — UWGB Music and the Civiv Symphony of Green Bay ... 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 — Whiskey Myers at 8 p.m. Dec. 14 — Devin Townsend Project at 8 p.m. Dec. 16 — Brett Young at 8 p.m. Dec. 16 — Chevelle at 8 p.m. Dec. 19 — Lil Pump at ...
Telekinetic, prophetic, dynamite: Clutch brings its psychedelic rock to Baton Rouge
  –  December 7, 2017
Clutch's music features explosive metal ... Doors open at 7 p.m. The concert features openers Devin Townsend Project and The Obsessed. While humility and relentless touring have served Clutch well in the long run, Sult admitted that it would be hard ...
SCRAPE RECORDS Reinvents Itself from Rock-Shop to Music Label
  –  December 6, 2017
However, in celebration of SCRAPE’S 20th anniversary in early November, the shop’s owner, simply known to the local music community as J.J ... from various artists including the Devin Townsend Project, Hellyeah, Sabaton, Devildriver and many more.
SONS OF APOLLO Feat. PORTNOY, SHEEHAN, BUMBLEFOOT, SOTO, SHERINIAN: Bulgarian Concert W/ Orchestra To Be Recorded For Release
  –  December 13, 2017
Tickets are available at this location. The concert falls one year to the day that Devin Townsend — who, like SONS OF APOLLO, is managed by Andy Farrow of Northern Music — performed with an orchestra at the same venue to commemorate the twentieth ...
John Baizley and Sebastian Thomson Detail Their Dream BARONESS Setlist & Tour
  –  December 12, 2017
Before wrapping up the conversation, we asked the two about their dream tour and setlist alike the previous articles we've done with Rosetta, Marty Friedman, Cattle Decapitation, Opeth, Periphery, Clutch, Between the Buried and Me, and Devin Townsend.
Is Amp Modeling as Good as Tubes? Here's What Established Guitarists Think of It Today
  –  December 12, 2017
And then we talked to some of the guys from Kemper when we were on the Devin [Townsend] tour in February this year and they talked us into trying it. “And then after doing it I kind of had time to sit down and tune the amp the way I wanted to and to ...
Five great things to do: Dec. 10-16
  –  December 9, 2017
2. MUSIC: Clutch with Devin Townsend Project, The Obsessed and Sons of Texas, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Bourbon Theatre, 1415 O St. Maryland Southern-tinged hard rockers Clutch are trying out some new material on stage before they hit the studio to record in January.
Regional Concerts
  –  December 8, 2017
Dec. 9 — Sixteen Candles at 8 p.m. Dec. 10 — Steel Panther at 8 p.m. Dec. 13 — Logic at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 — Whiskey Myers at 8 p.m. Dec. 14 — Devin Townsend Project at 8 p.m. Dec. 16 — Brett Young at 8 p.m. Dec. 16 — Chevelle at 8 p.m. Dec ...
Telekinetic, prophetic, dynamite: Clutch brings its psychedelic rock to Baton Rouge
  –  December 7, 2017
The tour lands at Baton Rouge's Varsity Theatre on Friday. Doors open at 7 p.m. The concert features openers Devin Townsend Project and The Obsessed. While humility and relentless touring have served Clutch well in the long run, Sult admitted that it ...
SCRAPE RECORDS Reinvents Itself from Rock-Shop to Music Label
  –  December 6, 2017
Perks include Zimmer’s Hole and SCRAPE merchandise as well as autographed collectables from various artists including the Devin Townsend Project, Hellyeah, Sabaton, Devildriver and many more. Check out SCRAPE’s Indiegogo page to find all the goodies ...
THE OBSESSED Kicks Off Tour With Clutch And Devin Townsend Project
  –  December 3, 2017
Doom rock icons THE OBSESSED will join Clutch and Devin Townsend Project for a final run of shows to close out the year. The month-long journey begins tonight, November 29th in Greensboro, North Carolina and will draw to a close December 31st in Columbus ...
This week’s best Tampa Bay concerts: 97X Next Big Thing, Charlie Daniels Band, H.E.R., more
  –  November 29, 2017
For that, bands like Queens of the Stone Age and Mastodon owe them a couple of six-packs. The Devin Townsend Project and the Obsessed open. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $24.50 and up. (727) 565-0550. jannuslive.com.
VUUR UK Tour
  –  November 29, 2017
"I will always play songs from The Gathering and Devin Townsend because I love them," she says. "I also know for a fact that people want to hear those songs, so I'll never leave them out. I also have my absolute favourite songs from The Gentle Storm that I ...

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