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New Strapping Young Lad Album Now Available, Embark On US Tour

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Once an underground phenomenon, Strapping Young Lad are now on the verge of a major genre-defying breakthrough with "Alien," their highly anticipated fourth studio album. Their critically acclaimed new offering is now available and it is quickly going to redefine the meaning of extreme.

These Canadian extremists will embark on a massive U.S. headlining tour this spring with The Agony Scene, Misery Signals and Reflux in the support slots. The trek kicks off on April 5th and will make a stop at the legendary New England Metal and Hardcore Fest on April 23rd. This tour also marks the first time the group have ever played any of their new material live, and expect nothing less than a balls-out, highly energetic set. The group recently shot a video for “Love?” with acclaimed director Joe Lynch (Devildriver, Kataklysm) and its unique concept is definitely going to catch people’s attention; look for it to make its Headbangers Ball debut on April 2nd.

The final segment of "The Making of Alien" was also just posted online and click here to view the entire series. Strapping Young Lad documented their entire recording process, and the first four parts will provide an in-depth look into Armoury Studios (Kiss, Van Halen) where mastermind Devin Townsend (vocals, guitars) describes how the album was assembled. Also, for the first time, fans can witness how Gene Hoglan (ex-Dark Angel, ex-Testament), Byron Stroud (now also in Fear Factory) and Jed Simon lay their tracks down. The final three parts of this series focus on the more technical aspects (gear, settings, samples, etc.) of the recording.

Click here to download "Love?" from Alien, the group's most maniacal and outlandish offering yet.

Strapping Young Lad w/ The Agony Scene, Misery Signals, & Reflux tour dates:

Apr. 05 Starlite Room- Edmonton, AL
Apr. 06 Warehouse- Calgary, AL
0Apr. 08 Riddel Center- Regina, SK
Apr. 09 Pyramid Cabaret- Winnipeg, MAN
Apr. 10 Ascot Room- Minneapolis, MN
Apr. 11 Ranch Bowl- Omaha, NE
Apr. 12 House of Blues- Chicago, IL
Apr. 13 QC Live- Davenport, IA
Apr. 14 Peabody's Down Under- Cleveland, OH
Apr. 15 Rex Theater- Pittsburgh, PA
Apr. 16 Northern Lights- Clifton Park, NY
Apr. 17 BB King's- New York, NY
Apr. 18 Café Campus- Montreal, QC
Apr. 19 Barrymore's Music Hall- Ottawa, ONT
Apr. 20 The Opera House- Toronto, ONT
Apr. 21 Penny Arcade- Rochester, NY
Apr. 22 The Chance- Poughkeepsie, NY
Apr. 23 The Palladium- Worcester, MA (New England Metal and Hardcore Fest)
Apr. 24 Trocadero- Philadelphia, PA
Apr. 25 Webster Theatre- Hartford, CT
Apr. 26 Jaxx- West Springfield, VA
Apr. 27 Jesters Pub- Fayetteville, NC
May 03 Sanctuary- San Antonio, TX
May 04 Trees- Dallas, TX
May 06 The Mason Jar- Phoenix, AZ
May 07 House of Blues- West Hollywood, CA
May 09 The Boardwalk- Orangevale, CA
May 10 The Pound @ Pier 96- San Francisco, CA
May 11 Roseland Grill- Portland, OR
May 12 Fat Tuesday's Concert Hall- Spokane, WA
May 13 Graceland- Seattle, WA
May 14 Commodore Ballroom- Vancouver, BC

Source: Century Media Records

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