Strapping Young Lad City on LP
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. The album was recorded at Steve Vai's Mothership Studios in L.A. with acclaimed Swedish engineer Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Meshuggah) and would be the group's first offering to feature the current lineup of Byron Stroud (Fear Factory) on bass, Jed Simon (Frontline Assembly) on guitars and the mighty Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel, Death, Testament) on drums.
In the spring of 1997, Strapping Young Lad embarked on the Full Of Hate European tour alongside Crowbar, Entombed and Obituary, which immediately led into a U.S. tour with Stuck Mojo and Testament.