Strapping Young Lad was a Canadian extreme metal band formed by Devin Townsend in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1994. The band started as a one-man studio project; Townsend played most of the instruments on the 1995 debut album, Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing. By 1997, he had recruited permanent members; this line-up, which consisted of Townsend on vocals and guitar, Jed Simon on guitar, Byron Stroud on bass, and Gene Hoglan on drums, lasted until the band's dissolution.

Containing elements of death metal, thrash metal, black metal, progressive metal and industrial metal, Strapping Young Lad's music was characterized by the use of complex time signatures, polyrhythmic guitar riffing and drumming, blast beats and Wall of Sound production. The band's musical direction was mainly determined by Townsend, whose battle with bipolar disorder and dark sense of humour were major influences on his songwriting. Townsend was also noted for his eccentric appearance and on-stage behaviour, which greatly contributed to the band's intense live performances.

The band gained critical success and a growing underground fan base from their 1997 album City. After a hiatus between 1999 and 2002, the band released three more albums, reaching their commercial peak with the 2006 effort, The New Black. Townsend disbanded Strapping Young Lad in May 2007, announcing his decision to retreat from public view while continuing to record solo albums.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1995 Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing 7
1997 City 4 8
2003 Strapping Young Lad 7
2005 Alien 9
2006 The New Black 4 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2008 1994 - 2006 Chaos Years 2

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1997 No Sleep 'till Bedtime: Live in Australia 2
2004 For Those Aboot to Rock 1
2004 2004-06-04: Waldrock Festival, Bergum, Netherlands 1
1997-08-13: St. Louis, MO, USA 1
2003-03-20: Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK 1
2003-06-12: Hultsfred Festival, Hultsfred, Sweden 1
Blitzing Tokyo 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2005 Alien Sampler 1
2007 C:enter:### 1
Devour / Aftermath 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2003 Tour EP 1

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