Devin Townsend Band
From: Vancouver, Canada
Last Known Status: Active
Chosen by guitar virtuoso Steve Vai, a 19-year-old Devin performed vocals and guitar opposite Vai on his album "Sex & Religion" and accompanying world tour. This exposure led to offers from prominent musicians world-wide. Stints with Jason Newsted of Metallica, industrial band Front Line Assembly, the Wildhearts in England and appearances on several tribute records gave Devin the confidence in 1995 to release his first album himself under the name Strapping Young Lad.
Following the desire to experiment musically and frustrated by the limitations of being signed to a label, in 1997 Devin decided to begin his own label called HevyDevy Records. His first solo release, "Ocean Machine," won rave reviews for its epic, lush, prog-hard-rock-ambient compositions and began to establish Devin as a strong creative force on the metal scene. The year 2000 came with the release of "Physicist" which has been described as “speed-metal pop songs” and reflected the confusion and anticipation of the millennium. His sixth album, "Terria," a highly characterized and blend of ambient and progressive metal - self-introspection at its most honest. The Devin Townsend Band is a collection of futuristic pop metal that is not afraid to be sensitive – emphasis on heavy.
While very different in style, each album follows a theme inspired by life and documents his emotional state at that phase in his life, like a musical diary that gives you an insight into the many facets of one man’s personality. With his unique approach and creativity, Devin stands poised to establish himself as one of the most prolific, innovative, and extraordinary musicians in the metal genre.