Strapping Young Lad Alien on 2LP
Led by singer, songwriter and producer Devin Townsend, genre-busting Canadian industrial/death band Strapping Young Lad quickly caught people's attention with their debut album, Heavy As A Really Heavy Thing (1995), created solely to punish the senses of the metal underground. However, it was the sheer blast of utter insanity and carnage caught on 1997's City that brought the entire metal community to its knees and helped the band garner cult status. After constant touring followed by a 5 year hiatus where Townsend pursued a flourishing solo career the band returned in 2003 with their acclaimed self-titled third album.
Strapping Young Lad's lineup, now more determined and focused than ever, unleashed Alien upon the unsuspecting masses in 2005. This was the first SYL album written as a cohesive unit, and Townsend delivered on his promise to create the group's most maniacal and outlandish offering to date. The record quickly redefined the meaning of extreme and helped the group further solidify their spot as one of the scene's elite artists, which led them to their biggest break (at the time) in the summer of 2005, a slot on the inaugural Sounds of The Underground tour, which also featured Lamb Of God, Opeth, and Unearth.
The group's overly-intense live performances clearly set the band well ahead of the pack while captivating the uninitiated crowds who were immediately drawn to the band's perfect blend of melodic industrial thrash intensity. The word quickly spread to promoters and directly resulted in a spot on the Transgression Tour with Fear Factory, Soilwork and Darkane later that year.