Strapping Young Lad may have disbanded in 2007 but there is a treat coming soon for the fans of the band. The mock-up image and specs for the long-awaited Die Hard edition of the Strapping Young Lad The Complete Works 7xLP box set that's been 1.5 years in the making has been posted.
It has been reported that Devin Townsend has announced during a Ziltoid the Omniscient press conference that he has put an end to Strapping Young Lad and The Devin Townsend Band, and that he shall do no more tours in the future. He will though apparently continue to release solo music.
"Yesterday InsideOut Music and the Tora! Company held an exclusive media showcase for the new Devin Townsend solo album Ziltoid The Omniscient, including an appearance and Q&A session with the man himself. This turned out to not in fact include a musical performance from Devin, but a hilarious puppet show using Devin's superb hand-made rubber Ziltoid puppet he uses in the videos on the Ziltoid MySpace page, and held a press conference from a booth on the stage of the Underworld in Camden, London.
SYL guitarist Jed Simon has issued the following update on the band's MySpace page:
The good folks at the Download Festival have put our entire set up for viewing.
See the link in our 'bio' section. here.]
I watched the whole thing again, and it still gives me goosebumps. That was an amazing event, and a great day. Thanks to all of you who were there to see us, and to those who weren't but enjoyed it anyway! Welcome to the family.
Strapping Young Lad posted a video from their upcoming album "The New Black", the song titled "Wrong Side" is a glimpse to what is to come off the new SYL album that is to be released on July 11 via Century Media Records. You can watch the new video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asZf3nvN2yo
Also you can download the full version of "You Suck" also featured on the upcoming new album at http://mp3.centurymedia.com/syl/thenewblack/syl_usuck.mp3
Century Media Records also re-relesed the 1995 classic "Heavy As A Really Heavy Thing", the reissue features a twelve page booklet, four bonus tracks, and a small blog from Devin Townsend, the mastermind behind Strapping Young Lad.
"The first segments of "The Making of Alien" are online. Each week on every tuesday, Century Media will post exclusive web videos at until ALIEN is released.
1. At Armoury Studio in Vancouver
(online February 7th)
2. Gene Hoglan pounds through 11 tracks at Armoury Studio in only three days
(online February 14th)
3. At Greenhouse Studios in Vancouver, recording bass, guitars and female vocal for "Possessions"
(online February 21st)
4. At the Dev Lab, recording vocals and keys
(online February 28th)
5. The technical secrets of "Alien": Devin talks about effects and samples
(online March 7th)
6. More technical secrets of "Alien": Gene Hoglan talks about drums
According to Blabbermouth.net, the Canadian band set the title of the new album as "Alien". The release of the album is scheduled for March 2005, through Century Media Records.
"It took drummer Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel, ex-Death) only three days in late August to pound through 11 tracks at the Armoury in Vancouver before the band moved on to Greenhouse Studios (also in Vancouver) to record the guitars and vocals. The remaining work is being done in SYL mainman Devin Townsend's studio in Maple Ridge (suburb of Vancouver). Songtitles set to appear on the CD include:
SYL is back in studio on Aug 17th, more info to come about the new recording on hevydevy and on the SYL site. To finish, the Strapping young lad "for Those Aboot To Rock" (DVD) will be released in Europe on Nov. 2nd 2004 (same release date for the US). We will keep you updated, we will probably have some of the DVD available on the site.