The Noob’s Guide to Devin Townsend, Part 1

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A couple of you turds aren’t big Devin Townsend fans because you either A) aren’t familiar with much of his material or B) aren’t big on it because you haven’t heard enough of his material. I wanted to do a Career Analysis of this musical genius, but I couldn’t do it alone… So for this multi-part analysis, I have chosen a great partner (you might say the greatest) and we are going to hold hands and jump into the deep end of the Toilet to explore the career of DEVIN TOWNSEND!

For the first part, I am going to dissect his work with Strapping Young Lad by my lonesome, for George Lynch was still busy with Dokken and Lynch Mob during the years this band was active. Plus, SYL is an immensely important band for this Baltimore Detective, as it was 25% of the reason that I made the decision to flush nu-metal and hard rock down the world’s filthiest toilet and venture into the world of legitimate heavy metal. I was a junior in college (circa 2001) and somebody mentioned that Strapping Young Lad was the “heaviest, most violent, and pissed-off” band in existence. I was curious, as Fear Factory was the heaviest thing I had heard prior, and I instantly fell in love. Now most of you know that I’m not a pissed-off individual. Yet, I cannot explain why this music appealed to me. Perhaps it’s because I secretly knew that nu-metal sucked. The band’s sophomore effort City would become one of the most-played albums in my entire life (a burnt CD-R courtesy of Napster and a 2X CD-RW drive).


 

heavy

(1995) Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing

I started with City, but years later found this in a record store for $6 (notice on the original cover they hadn’t developed the signature font yet)! This is the work of a furious yet sarcastic musician making his first album. There is an industrial tinge to all the songs, perhaps maybe a little TOO reliant on the samples and programmed drumming. But, there are still some face-slapping riffs, most notably in the tracks “In the Rainy Season” and “Critic“. In the live setting they would typically include the first track “S.Y.L.“, and though it featured Devy’s signature heavy-as-fvck-yet-melodic hooks, it’s not THAT great (keep in mind, this was before the Killswitch Engage good-cop/bad-cop fiasco that sadly lasts to this day). This album has a few heavy and thrashy tracks but also a few stinkers. DT definitely brought the LOLZ here, as most evidenced by “Happy Camper” and “Satan’s Ice Cream Truck“; it’s just not a serious heavy metal album.


 

city(1997) City

This will always remain in my top five metal albums of all time, no matter what may come in the future. The first track I heard, “Detox“, changed everything. This is the most important gateway album OF ALL TIME to me; it’s the reason why I’m here. The riffs are furious and unrelenting. The vocals must come from a power plant that can run an entire city for a week. The drumming (“Gene Hoglan, who’s that?”) changed the way I view music. The samples are used more efficiently, best exemplified on “Oh My Fucking God“. And finally, the album has production values that stand to this day! Would you like to hear the greatest metal song ever composed? It contains both the band’s fastest breakneck riffs and Devin’s ridiculously catchy hooks. Here you go:

Soon after this release, the band would go into “indefinite hiatus.” That made me a positively sad McNulty.


 

(2003) Strapping Young Ladstrapping-young-lad-4e3c68357eb0e

Is five years a long time to have a hiatus? Not these days, as bands like Gorguts and Carcass have proven; but it was a lot to me at the time. Devin had made an announcement sometime in 2002 that he was “pissed off again due to the 9/11 bombings” and would be reuniting Strapping Young Lad. It was the most beautiful thing I’d ever heard at this point in my life. I skipped Physics 201 to drive to F.Y.E. and pick up the album, and I teared up listening to it for the first time. They’re back!!! Now, over time, this album doesn’t hold up as nicely. It brings the aggression, but that’s about it. Most of the samples – along with the sense of humor – are gone. The production is like a brick wall, as every instrument is competing for your earholes. There are good riffs here and there, but it’s mostly just meh; there just isn’t much creativity present in this release. Even the progressive “Aftermath” (weighing in at 6:46) – while a good track – doesn’t really bring the juice. It’s a decent album but definitely the black sheep of SYL’s discography. I guess “Force Fed” is the standout track on this album and contains the most Devy-like melodic choruses.


 

(2005) Aliensyl-alien

Did they… did they hear me talk shit on Strapping Young Lad? Because 2005’s Alien not only rectifies any [semi]missteps of the previous album but also solidifies them as the greatest heavy metal band on the planet! This album is BETTER than City in every way: the riffs are crazier, everyone is angrier, the samples are awesome-er, the drum fills are more interesting, and the songwriting is more creative. The album includes GUITAR SOLOS (a first for the band), and the production is simply perfect. Yes, City was important for this heavy metal n00b, but Alien blew my mind in a way that I could not think possible. To this day, I’m not sure I’ve heard an album that has affected me in the same magnitude! There are just a FEW small faults with the album (repetitive choruses on “Shine” and “Possessions”) but they aren’t enough to derail the thing. It is simply perfect. Here is the second YouTube embed that I need to share: “Shitstorm”, a track that somehow takes everything great about SYL’s best song “Underneath the Waves” and manages to top it:


 

(2007) The New Black115695

I guess this is a Star Trek movie thing: the odd-numbered releases just don’t hold up. The New Black includes a few spectacular songs but we all could tell it was the beginning of the end. Most of the songs have guitar solos now, and one track is even a re-imaging of a song from their live EP No Sleep Till Bedtime (“Far Beyond Metal“). Unfortunately, it’s just too polished and non-aggressive. This album became the definitive transition of Strapping Young Lad into solo Devin Townsend material, and the best evidence I can provide is in the track “Almost Again” (definitely click the link, it’s an utterly fantastic song – just not SYL material). It’s plainly obvious to the casual listener that, aggressive or not, our dear Devin was headed towards a more melodic approach to music. Sure, we have one stalwart SYL track in “Wrong Side” (fuck it, I’ll include a third YouTube link), but it’s the exception and not the rule on The New Black:


And this is the point at which George Lynch and I combine forces for a career analysis of Devin Townsend’s solo efforts. From here on out, things get less aggressive but the creativity and grandiosity are boosted by at least 200%. Stay tuned, turds.

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  • My fav (which you’ll get to next time).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEJJxPgwkzA

  • My fav (which you’ll get to next time).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEJJxPgwkzA

  • I will enjoy this guide. Thanks for putting this in the blog, Macnulti and Jorge Línch!

    I liked the first part of Z2, I listened it last week because a friend shared it to me and I want to delve more in Devin’s work.

    • Strapping Young Lad’s City.

        • tertius_decimus

          More local [anything]! What’s pictured here? Care to elaborate the story behind the photo?

          • Let me try to describe the entire pic, bro:

            That’s the commercial centre of the city. The public disposal system for the garbage is very very very bad and when it’s christmas time, you literally have to walk through the trash to buy.

            The red umbrellas are tents of informal commerce.

            And the old cars are the public transport.

          • BAXXX BXAXXBXAXX

            Venezuela #waronchristmas

          • tertius_decimus

            Whew! That sucks. Such a view is present to your fellow citizens only when it’s Christmas time or municipals do not care 24/7/365?

          • The commercial center drags too much people because it lives with informal commerce. It’s not only problem of the municipal goverment, it’s just there are few disposal trucks, just one dump and too much garbage.

            This is a bad planned city that got a explosive demographic expansion since the 60 and 70 with the oil company; so, a lot of those people didn’t get any formal job so they established in the informal side.

            I can’t really blame the municipal goverment more than their incompetence to solve the problem with better plans, but I can’t ask for much because we can’t afford more disposal trucks because the dollar problem and the lack of money in the mayorship. It’s a complex problem.

          • tertius_decimus

            If done properly, garbage can be monetized.

          • In the last decade a lot of reciclying projects were discarded because everything in this freaking country is dominated by mobs.

            For example, the public transport issue would be easily solvented dumping all those bad cars and making a public net of transport administrated by the State. But nobody wants to do that because a little group of people control all of those old cars and get paid by the drivers of those old cars to maintain that system.

          • KJM

            That happens here too. The Boston Taxi companies do their best to prevent our subway system from being 24/7. Only just last year the subways started staying open until 215AM on the weekends.

          • tertius_decimus

            I don’t know exactly all the nuances of the social structure in your country but I see whether you’re coming from. In real world (i.e. corrupted government/careless municipal system/low HDI/fucked up everything and so on) all these recycling projects do not work because they:

            a. lack money;
            b. display themselves as some sort of “charity”. People hate charity.

            It has to be either business project aimed towards making money solely or long chain of family affairs. Lots of thick wallet men won’t start such a business because it is pretty dirty job. Lack of prestige (or whatever silly beau-monde reason they follow) is what makes it no mans land for them but all the trash lying on the ground is money. Money lying under your feet. Another way is very long-term project and it’s effective but it doesn’t bring you any $: you are responsive for all that surrounds, so teach your children to care, show ’em behavorial pattern. In my country there are no businessmen to clean the streets for profit, so people fed up with all the garbage started to teach their children to not to drop things on the floor. When I see such a parent, my hope for society rises.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            That sounds scarily like what’s going on in Naples, Italy with the mob controlling all trash service contracts. Huge surprise: they don’t pick up any of it, and the city has to deal with mountains of garbage in the streets (gross: http://tinyurl.com/ofgep2m). The stuff they do manage to dispose of is usually dumped in an incredibly toxic & unregulated way, so much so that local farmers have reported instances of their sheep & livestock mutating because of all the toxins seeping into the soil and water.

          • wow, that’s very extreme! 🙁 now I’m thinking.. The trash service didn’t come near the LinkCave in the last three weeks, and the front of the reseidence is getting nasty!

          • KJM

            And this is why paying taxes is a good idea. As the saying goes “with taxes, you buy civilization”.

          • We pay taxes! There’s 16.4 % of taxes in the price of every product you buy and there’s some other taxes to informal and formal commerce. It’s just a REAL bad administration what’s sucking us and a bad political concience in the entire population.

          • KJM

            Ah, they’re not spending it properly, probably keeping a bunch for themselves too.

          • tertius_decimus

            In perfect world only. Among all countries on the planet Earth, Ukraine is on the forefront of robbing everyone with very sophisticated tax system. We have more than 130 different taxes and we live in shit.

          • This is a inside pic in one of those alleys. You can note that all the tents are together, like african or asian informal open air markets-style:

            http://www.correodelorinoco.gob.ve/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/maracaibo2.jpg

            This is a air view (this pic is old, because it’s kinda organized, now is a deliquency nest) (The corner you saw in the photo with the trash is in the last corner of the avenue, and the blue construction is a museum)

            http://www.correodelorinoco.gob.ve/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/maracaibo3.jpg

            This is what happens when it rains. I have to pass this avenue walking to go to the bus terminal to go to my hometown in saturdays if I don’t get a cab:

            http://cdn.noticiaaldia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/402.jpg

            The best part in that zone is the museum:

            http://www.pueblosdevenezuela.com/Zulia/PUZU-Maracaibo-CC-CentroDeArteLiaBermudez.jpg

          • I will never understand how this country hasn’t just fallen apart and drifted off to sea.

          • I… I…

            I think you’re right and I don’t have answer for that..

            o_o)

        • Strapping Young Link would do well to gtfo that city.

  • More McNulty is always a good thing but I don’t think DT will ever click for me. Ki is his only album I can listen to for very long and even that one I consider mostly filler. Flush me I guess.

    • Tyree

      I’m with you on this. Same with Ihsahn.

      • Ihsahn solo work was too much for me. To my ears, it was too long and all over the place just to be cool.

      • See, I dig most of Ihsahn’s solo stuff (though he’s been on a bit of a downward slump since After) but SYL and DT do absolutely nothing for me. Guess it’s just not my thing.

      • Now that I think about it, are there any good DT bands? Devin Townsend, Dream Theater, Dark Tranquility…all locker-worthy.

        • It’s a conspiraTHy!

        • BAXXX BXAXXBXAXX

          Dolt Thrower

          • DDubya.

            Dank Throne.

          • BAXXX BXAXXBXAXX

            Dimethyltriptamine

          • Herr Schmitty

            Just the fact that you typed that out makes me sooooo happy.

            DMT >>>>>>>>>>>

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I never tried it. It is something I would have tried if given the option. Not currently looking to, though. Lol.

          • KJM

            Surprisingly enough, neither have I.

          • Väinämöinen

            I am disappoint

          • Herr Schmitty

            It’s hard to find. I’ve only found it in the drug-laden lush environments of Florida Festival Culture.

            But oh man; it’s a 15 minute ride that you don’t soon forget. Deemsters!

          • i cannot wait to try it. have you read the online guide to creating it? and how it’s in all living matter? mind=blown.

          • Lacertilian

            it’s rampant here, in all the Acacias but only a few people do anything about it.

          • JJM

            *flies to Australia…

          • Lacertilian

            *alerts border protection & customs officials*

          • …Ov The Embed
          • Lacertilian

            find an Acacia

          • Tyree

            That’s not a bad Stoner Sludge metal band name honestly. Who wants to join me in Dank Throne?

          • I’m in! We can tour with Cannabis Corpse.

          • tertius_decimus

            Cannabis Corpse is a counterfeit band that’s better than original!

          • Dibs on groupie.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            Dibs on vocals.

          • BAXXX BXAXXBXAXX

            I think Kjm and myself are guaranteed a spot in this band

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I’m a great vocalist though!

          • KJM

            Official mascot and “provider”.

          • BAXXX BXAXXBXAXX

            Official joint/blunt roller

          • Tyree

            These are dire things for Dank Throne. Welcome aboard.

          • BAXXX BXAXXBXAXX

            Are we even going to make music? We should just sit beside our instruments and smoke weed on stage

            #nextlevelstonermetal

          • Tyree

            We could just make fart noises in the microphones.

          • Väinämöinen

            So it’s a tween wave band then?

          • BAXXX BXAXXBXAXX

            The new album is 60 minutes of coughing and giggling

          • Akerskronks ov Steele

            We’ll hold a single chord for 4 minutes and 20 seconds then call it a day.

          • KJM

            In that case, we could tour with Cannabis Corpse AND Sunn O.

          • KJM

            We could do a Hip Hop jam and invite Rev X to guest star!

          • Väinämöinen

            Dibs on hammered dulcimer. No band is complete without hammered dulcimer.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I agree. No band is complete without hammered dulcimer.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            On top of having dibs on vocals I called dibs on sitar. No stoner music is complete without sitar.

          • Väinämöinen

            I demand you record a sitar album!

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I will one day.

          • First EP’s cover art will be a toilet-shaped bong.

        • Tyree

          Ihsahn’s solo work really dose nothing for me unfortunately.

          Yes though, those DT bands can all be flushed.

        • tertius_decimus

          Domination Through impurity.

        • YourLogicIsFlushed

          Torrential Downpour?

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            Wrong way ’round. Could be good.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        Sad. I know you and the HD and a few others don’t dig Ihsahn but I like some of his solo stuff. I don’t think it sounds as try hard as you guys do I guess. I went on a little Ihsahn kick for awhile.

    • That’s an OK argument, bro!

      For my side, I will try to delve in this discography because I’ve read a lot of stuff of his work, and I liked that album I commented below.

    • Ki and Casualties of Cool are A-OK in my book. The rest…. ehhhhhh

      • Casualties of Cool left me feeling the same way his heavy stuff does. It’s like he understands the conceit of a genre and puts all the right pieces in order but it just always feels forced to me.

      • Akerskronks ov Steele

        I’m just not into industrial that much.

    • tertius_decimus

      +1 human to the crowd. Only Casualties of Cool did it for me. Devin Townsend in my book is very rare example of “failed listener rather than musician that suck”. I sincerely respect this man who does it all alone most of the time and does it hard. It’s just mental vibes that do not intersect.

      • JamesGrimm

        agreed.

    • KJM

      I have no ear for his music at all.

    • Howard Dean

      *Flush Christian down the world’s dirtiest, ugliest, stinkiest toilet ov hell*

      Have fun on the dive bar tour. Ask the sound guy to help move the oh so heavy, backbreaking pool table. Play some Keno against Kerry “Burger” King.

      Exit Light
      Enter Hevy Devy

      • Aaahh! It burns! And yet…it’s so familiar…

        • Howard Dean

          I think bob used to say stuff like that. That’s probably why it seems familiar. Maybe bob will stop by again and we can ask him about it.

          • Tyree

            I wonder if he ever got that tattoo of a dick on his dick but only bigger.

          • Howard Dean

            I heard bob got a 10:1 scale replica of the Hindenburg on his cock. After he got it, he would approach women, pull out his tattooed dick, and say: “Whadya think of that? Think you wanna take a ride on this Led Zeppelin?”

          • Tyree

            That’s soooo Bob. OMG!

          • Louis Quatorze
          • Look, all I know is I’M not bob…

          • bob

            Yes you are, you fuck.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      The Max commentary on Devin Townsend was one of the best commentaries of our community ever even though I lacked the knowledge or expertise to confirm or deny his arguments.

      • uh-oh. i’ll have to go through the archives and make sure GL and i aren’t covering old ground!

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          Joe posted it here for all of our convenience if you haven’t seen it already.

          • JJM

            yup, got it. thanks mang!

      • RJA

        It literally took my thoughts on Devin Townsend and put them to paper

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          Or to computer screen. But yes, I agree whole heartedly with what @disqus_tQGvq7i64T:disqus wrote

          • RJA

            Touché. I remember reading this when Max first wrote it and thought, “man, me and this guy are on the same wavelength” and then later on I think I saw him say he hates the Clash which is one of my favorites so – I guess we’re not soul mates.

      • From the vaults, courtesy Max:

        I’ve just never gotten it and I just never will. Strapping Young Lad,
        Ocean Machine, Devin Townsend Project, this Ziltoid thing…whatever it
        is, I just can’t see or hear the appeal. I haven’t listened to a lot of
        it, but I’ve heard enough to know it doesn’t move me at all.

        Look,
        he’s got a very dedicated fanbase, and that’s to be sincerely admired –
        coveted, even. And every time I’ve read an interview with the guy it
        seems like he knows what he’s doing, by his own logic. Good for him.

        But
        sorry everybody, he isn’t a “prolific genius”. He’s an indulgent
        workaholic with a recording contract and that truly fortunate and rare
        circumstance of having a largely uncritical and extra-devoted fanbase,
        much like the Grateful Dead’s live audience, or Star Trek fans. It
        doesn’t mean that the Grateful Dead necessarily put on a more
        consistently spectacular live show than anybody else touring, nor that
        Star Trek is particularly good sci-fi compared to (say) 2001 or Doctor
        Who. It’s just one of those sub-cultural phenomena that occur from time
        to time and reinforce themselves over decades.

        And the music just
        leaves me cold. It’s always produced in a really sterile, cloudy,
        over-compressed way. And the message behind it laughs at metal. Maybe I
        can’t take a joke unless it’s Spinal Tap (I also don’t care much for
        Metalpocalypse or whatever it’s called), but something about it really
        embarrasses me on metal’s behalf. Flatulence? Puppets? “Hevy Devy?” Nah,
        man.

        At any one period in metal history, there’s always at least
        one popular band that I don’t get into – nothing surprising there. But
        what’s interesting is that sometimes, that one popular band makes me
        realize there’s a lot of metal fans out there who may well have gotten
        into metal for the exact opposite reasons I did. It’s almost like
        there’s actually two different types of music coincidentally called
        “metal” that evolved concurrently before anybody realized it might be a
        better idea to distinguish them with two different names.

        Instead,
        you’re in a situation where there’s a whole bunch of people who look
        like you, talk like you, join bands with you, swap records with you and
        so on until one day it dawns on them and yourself that in terms of
        musical appreciation, you actually have very little in common with each
        other at all. For me, Devin Townsend is the high priest of the “other
        metal” tribe.

        That’s the only way I can explain that I just. Don’t. Get. It.”

        • thanks bby

        • I can relate with Max about the production. But I think that was the intention since the beginning and I can only respect that, even when I sense it “lifeless” too.

          But the comedy side I think it was part of the concept of the entire SYL, and it’s fine for me, there’s isn’t tooo much comedy acts besides Dethklok, Weird Al stuff, Brian POSERhn, that Jack Black stupidity and Spinal Tap, from what I remember.

          At least the last Devin Townsend stuff I’ve heard was more centered and serious. So I don’t think the content itself must be one argument to ditch the guy to the “other metal” tribe; from what I understood of his position.

          All in all, it’s a valid response and I respect it as much as I respect the work of Devin Townsend (I’m not a fan nor a casual listener of him, like i said, I just listened one record of him lol)

          • JJM

            To: @linkleonhart:disqus
            re: Brian POSERhn and Jack Black stupidity

            Dear Link, i liek the two people you listed. fight me.
            -JJM

          • Hey, hey! Didn’t want to disrespect. Let me edit it.

          • Lacertilian

            Fight me second, after you’re all tired from @James_Jimmy_McNulty:disqus and his shenanigans.

        • Max has a brain tumor. YOU ALL HAVE BRAIN TUMORS.

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            OR since you are the minority herw, you are the one with tumour. Pressing some nerve in your head and preventing you from feeling the additional pain normally caused by Devin, by keeping you constantly in pain.
            Your body has in fact grown so accustomed to the pain that you no longer feel it at all.

          • NO PAIN, NO GAIN. SUFFER, TO RETURN HARDER.
            Devin improves lives.
            OBJECTIVELY.

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          1000% this

      • Max

        Tip: Never let knowledge or expertise get in the way of a good argument, Ed! Elections have been won, custody disputes resolved, and classic albums recorded all without recourse to such archaic concepts.

    • <3 thanks bae. Ki and Addicted are pretty good, but that's where i tend to fall off the DT train.

      • I have to give Addicted a major flushing, soz

        • Tyree

          Wasn’t that album inspired by a Nickleback album?

  • MoshOff

    Only one man can switch from being a Class-A derp maestro to being a completely classy dude on a dime, and that man is Devin Townsend. (Second pic might be considered NSFW at certain companies)

    http://www.alternativenation.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/townsend-devin-4fb98be1a6c73-2.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/VaRTU.jpeg

  • BAXXX BXAXXBXAXX

    I just can’t, jimmy. I just cant.

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    For some reason I can only appreciate his work at a maximum of 2 songs per day. I have no idea why this is.

  • Or C) Have brain tumors.

  • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

    I like Pete Townsend too! Is Devin his son?

    (I don’t dig SYL very much, some good songs, DT has more good songs. But most of his stuff is highly meh to me)

    • Tyree

      It’s an Eminence Front BRO!

      • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

        Aw damnit, I thought I said I Won’t Get Fooled Again but I did!

  • Väinämöinen

    I’ve tried Devin and don’t really dig his music. At least he’s better than other DT, Dream Theater.

  • I enjoyed SYL’s 1st 2 albums but never got into them since. Saw them play once at this club I hated because the owner was a douche. Devin ripped the dude a new asshole during the 1st 2 songs of their set. Fight broke out, show cancelled, everyone got their money back. Fun show.

  • Guacamole Jim

    SYL will forever hold a place in my heart. I vastly prefer it to DT’s solo material, although Ocean Machine is a fantastic album. You’re right about Alien and City being their best though.

    • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

      Like I said at the Z2 review his newer stuff sound like the work of a very tired man. He keeps speaking of taking a break and never does. Reflects on his music.

  • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

    I loved Ziltoid and Z2. I haven’t listened to much else of his solo stuff besides thay. SYL is my shit though.

    • Guacamole Jim

      Z2 was pretty bland, IMHO.

      • DDubya.

        Cosigned. I gave it a big ol’ meh.

        • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

          Wait, wait, WHAT? Bland?!?!? Both are epic as hell in scope. Silly, but the production and ideas are stellar!

      • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

        Z1 was no T2 either…

  • Scrimm

    A couple of us aren’t fans because we don’t like it. Room 429 excluded.

    • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

      Ever heard the original by Cop Shoot Cop?

      • Scrimm

        Yep. Didn’t know it was a cover for a long time

        • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

          Same here! Such an underrated and brutal band.

  • Akerskronks ov Steele

    Oh and btw guys, remember when Back to the Future traveled forward to 2015? We’re posers. http://www.damnlol.com/i/e884d019c14b54357e56652e62c6d583.jpg

    • DDubya.

      This is the dankest thing in this thread. Even danker than Dank Throne.

    • VVayne Brady

      Also, dude, there are sexy Russians near you.

      • Akerskronks ov Steele

        Shhhhhh, I know that. Keep quiet, I’m trying to lure those commies into my elaborate trap involving some coal rolling.

      • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

        Yeah, we call that Logan Square and Ukrainian Village in Chicago.

  • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

    My Devy experience has been like sex:

    SYL and Ziltoid was the foreplay.
    Ki through Ghost was the humpy-bumpy fun time to the moment of climax.
    Epicloud was the accident slip out at the moment of victory… it didn’t feel as good, but I still managed to sploosh with minor disapointment.
    Now with everything taking place after, I have no more interest and just want to take a nap.

    • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

      No Ocean Machine?!

      • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

        No…Devy and I weren’t dating then.

  • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

    Interview I did with Devin ages ago in person, and one of my first.

    http://www.chaindlk.com/interviews/Strapping-Young-Lad/

    Really nice guy, and Gene Hoglan is short but built like a fucking linebacker!

    • Howard Dean

      Dude, that’s awesome! Byah!

      • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

        I miss my journalism days. BTW, wrapping up the Drew Stone interview and talked to him earlier. Hopefully gonna have that done and over to him by tonight or tomorrow morning.

    • “Well (laughs) it’s red! Just pour some hot fudge on it and wrap it up, and just give it to the one you love! It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day gift!”

      I got the perfect idea this 14th feb!

      • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

        Lol, yeah, he does have a dry but quirky sense of humor!

  • Ethan, the Pokémon Trainer
    • Väinämöinen

      I am slightly interested, since I missed the last one.

      • Ethan, the Pokémon Trainer

        Hope more people sum up. No disrespect for Periphery fans. It’s just that the circle pit website mades me laugh so much.

      • Ethan, the Pokémon Trainer

        forget it, it’s too old. the Magikarps probably won’t bait.

        • Väinämöinen

          I like you, Pokemon Trainer. Gonna start a Nuzlocke Alpha Sapphire soon.

          • I’m radicated in Johto, but I’ve traveled quite a bit. Hoenn is a good region. I liked bathe in termal waters with the old gals.

    • If you want eyes on, post it in the FB group is your best bet.

      • Ethan, the Pokémon Trainer

        You’re right.

        Pidgeot uses fly.

        Ethan flew away.

        • Actually, this one’s like six days old, I think its time is done.

  • HessianHunter

    Yeah, Almost Again is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever, ever heard. I’ll get on kicks of listening to it multiple times daily that can last weeks.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwuReRw23_0

    • HessianHunter

      I think Wrong Side and the last 3 tracks of the album are magnificient, although the rest of that album is a bit of a stinker.

  • Devin Townsend is going to be someone who I will binge on eventually. I’m hoping that I’ll finally finish listening to all the albums that came out in 2014 on my list so that I can work through the discographies of a few bands on my list (the first will be Tiamat). I liked Casualties of Cool and probably would’ve like Z2 if A) I had listened to the first one and B) Read the lyrics while listening.

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    I liked the first 2 SYL albums, anything Devin has put out since then I’ve struggled to give a shit about

    • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

      I’d strongly reccomend giving his stuff a listen, starting with ‘Alien’. That one is where he stopped doing his bi-polar meds on purpose and recorded what happened. It’s furious to say the least.

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        Ok, but it’s not like I haven’t tried to like him. His fans are so ardent that everything he touches turns to gold that I feel like I’m missing out on something.

        • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

          Nah, like I didn’t like ‘The New Black’ and ‘Ki’. But his overall catalog is pretty fucking solid.

          • Lacertilian

            Ki had a couple of cool chilled tracks.

  • Warheart

    I have tried before.

    NO thanks.

  • Lacertilian

    Alien was cool, the first four tracks are awesome from memory.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Skeksis is a fucking amazing song.

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    Been wanting to go through Devin’s and SYL’s discography for quite some time, as I’m sure there’s something in there for me. Thanks for the excellent write up.

    • JJM

      you’re welcome, m8! it’s kind of intimidating to a n00b, so i’m here to hold your hand…

      • Further Down the Metal Hole

        The protector this site needs!

  • Count_Breznak

    No need for a 2nd or 3rd part. This here is all you need to know.

  • …Ov The Embed

    Nice work McNulty. Looking forward to Part 2 with GL.

    This songs an outtake, but still hits the industrial metal spot…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpERFDMSA9w

  • Bucket ‘o Blood

    I don’t like DT’s solo stuff. SYL is cool tho

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    You made me give City another try and I’ll be damned if it isn’t simply awesome this time around!