Members: Devin Townsend- vocals/guitars/keyboards
Gene Hoglan - drums, Jed Simon - guitars
, Byron Stroud- bass
Canadian extremists STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have returned with The New Black, a stunningly well-defined and more diverse effort that is soon to be a landmark in the epic pantheon of heavy metal. The group, led by singer, songwriter and producer Devin Townsend, have redefined their sound, creating what is soon to be the definitive release of their already stellar career. The album, mixed by the renowned Mike Fraser (Aerosmith, Metallica), is a thoroughly entertaining roller coaster encompassing a stunning blend of musical technicality, undeniable melodies and an abundance of shredding guitar solos, all backed up with humorous yet intelligent lyrics. Safe to say, expect the unexpected.
STRAPPING YOUNG LADs most recent offering, Alien, earned wide acclaim, from the likes of Billboard and Stuff to Decibel, Metal Edge, Outburn and Revolver, among others. After relentless touring, the groups biggest break came in the summer of 2005 on the inaugural Sounds of the Underground tour, as their overly intense live performances clearly set the band well ahead of the pack while captivating the uninitiated crowds who were immediately drawn to the bands trademark blend of melodic industrial thrash intensity.
In 2006, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD boldly take the next logical step in their continuous evolution, leaving their contemporaries wondering how they could ever possibly compete.