Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Strapping Young Lad: 1994-2006 Chaos Years

To anyone who has been paying even slight attention to my musical tastes, Devin Townsend is a name I hold in extremely high reverence.

He got his big break singing with the mighty Steve Vai, then went on to front one of the best extreme metal outfits in the history of forever, the absolutely stellar Strapping Young Lad. Devin disbanded that unit in 2007 and embarked on a solo career that has taken on myriad shapes and styles to the present day.

But let’s talk about Strapping Young Lad for right now.

In 2008, Hevy Devy released 1994 – 2006 Chaos Years, a fantastic retrospective of that units best material.

It also contained a bonus dvd with a full set of insanity filmed in front of a huge crowd at the Download festival, plus other assorted live and video clips. All in all, a great introduction to the band and to the genius of Devin Townsend.

I highly recommend the tracks In The Rainy Season, Love?, Aftermath, S.Y.L., Relentless, Shitstorm, Oh My Fucking God, Almost Again, and of course, Satan’s Ice Cream Truck!

Get it…crank it…live it!

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