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Devin Townsend is a Canadian musician, songwriter and founder of extreme metal band "Strapping Young Lad." Devin began his professional career straight out of High-School when he was discovered by a record label and asked to provide lead vocals on Steve Vai's album Sex & Religion. After touring and recording with Vai, Townsend became discouraged by what he found in the music industry and went on to produce several solo albums under the pseudonym "Strapping Young Lad." Since then, Devin has recorded many more successful albums and now performs with the "Devin Townsend Project."
Townsend is no stranger to musical diversity, and 2011 saw him complete a four-album cycle – Ki, Addicted, Deconstruction and Ghost – of which no two releases sounded similar. Now his newest album Epicloud, takes his love of multiple genres to a new level: “I’ve rarely done the same things twice”, Townsend says, “but as I’ve grown as a musician, one of the things I've learned is that it should be possible to make different genres 'play ball' with each other while illustrating a common theme.”
Epicloud celebrates the music of his past while looking forward to the future. A mixture of moods and styles summarizes Epicloud and the DTP to date, but this is not meant as a 'definition' of a career, rather a celebratory moment of creative liberation that isn't held down by genre expectation.
Take a look at Devin's acoustic rig featuring his Expanse Series Slate.