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lykle_wolfheart
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Posted 07-01-2006 0:43 by lykle_wolfheart Wijzig reactieProfiel van lykle_wolfheartQuote dit berichthttp://www.gothtronic.com

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Op 6 januari 2006 17:58 schreef TekNoir het volgende:
ik vind dit veels te muzikaal

heb het doorgespeeld naar collega Lykle voor reviewen.


Duizendmaal dank, de eerste indruk is geweldig!


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zeer muzikale man. Zeker cd's als Terria (prachtig!) en Infinity kan ik erg waarderen, Strapping Young Lad vond ik live geweldig. Ik moet alleen wel zeggen nog niet bekend te zijn met andere bands als The Devin Townsend Band.


So you can make me come that doesn't make you Jesus (Tori Amos)


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Devin is een Heerschvent!


Zo, dat staat.


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Nieuwsbrief :




HEVYDEVY RECORDS
PO Box 153, Maple Ridge, BC, V2X 7G1, Canada
Email: hevydevy@shaw.ca Web: www.hevydevy.com Fax: (604) 460-1263


Issue #72


Happy New Year everyone. This new year brings new things, namely new albums.
The new Devin Townsend Band album, Synchestra is scheduled for release
January 27-30 depending on where you live.

There are two versions of this release, the CD version which has 14 songs
(13 listed, one "secret" track) and a Special Edition that includes the CD
version as well as a DVD with an intimate in-studio live performance, a
video for the song "Storm", and a funny collection of tour clips assembled
by DTB member Brian Waddell. It also comes with a hidden "Easter egg" that
is definitely worth seeking out. Inside Out's European version comes in
digipack format, the HevyDevy version comes in a double jewel case, both
with expanded artwork done by HDR webmaster, the amazing Geoff Rousselot.
Also, all DVD versions are NTSC format which Inside Out says is no longer an
issue for Europe, that European DVD players can now do both.

HevyDevy's Synchestra CD is available for preorder now, or direct order Jan
23. The European DVD edition is also ready for pre-order now and the HDR
version will follow approximately Feb 10. Notes on pre-order: It must be
done through PayPal before Jan 20, after the 20th the website will be open
for orders. Shipping will begin Jan 23rd but due to the post may arrive
after the release date. Also, I can only package them up so fast so the
first ones ordered are the first sent. Price depends on where you live
(postage is included) so check the website for that information. A video for
"Vampira" is set to be completed in March.

The Devin Townsend Band was offered a highly desirable slot on the USA
Opeth/Dark Tranquility tour in February. After becoming friends during the
Sounds of the Underground last summer Devin was eager to join the tour but
being seven weeks in length, he was unable to commit that much time. Opeth
were kind enough to allow the band to take only part of the tour and those
dates are as follows:


Feb 15th - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
16th - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
17th - Towson, MD - Recher Theatre
18th - Millvale, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre
19th - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts
20th - Louisville, KY - Headliner's Music Hall
21st - Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
24th - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
25th - Providence, RI - Heartbreak Hotels
26th - Quebec City, QC - Imperial
28th - London, ON - The Drink Nightclub

There are also 3 separate dates. These are:
Feb 11th - Vancouver, BC - Red Room - headlining
Feb 23rd - Springfield, VA - with Dark Tranquility
Feb 27th - Toronto, ON - headlining


The reason that Devin was unable to commit to the full seven weeks is that
he is already hard at work writing the next Strapping Young Lad album. The
band is rehearsing daily and are set to begin recording early March for a
summer release.

For those who are into that sort of thing we have recently created a DTB
page on myspace.com. We plan to add to it as time goes on with pictures and
news. Here you can also hear an mp3 of "Gaia" from Synchestra. The address
is www.myspace.com/devintownsenddtb. Beware other pages on that site as
there are a few imposters that we have been trying to get rid of. Devin will
likely not be posting much but I will do my best to keep it up to date.

HDR has decided to significantly reduce the stock we carry. This will result
in a discontinuation of many of the shirt lines we have and much of what we
have now will not be re-ordered. You may have already noticed that many
items in the store are marked "SOLD OUT". After much discussion, it is
apparent that currently we are putting everything we earn into maintaining
this massive stockpile that as time goes on keeps getting bigger and harder
to manage. So, we need to simplify. We have also decided to stop carrying
hoodies entirely. Due to yet ANOTHER Canada Post price increase Jan 16,
postage for a hoodie overseas is going up to $27.55!!! While popular, they
are too costly to produce and ship. We have already added some items to the
Ebay store that can be had for cheaper than the website. The Ebay store is
http://stores.ebay.com/hevydevyrecords. Others will be added there over
time. Input is welcome.

This issue's contest. We have five SYL "Alien" 2-song (Shitstorm & Love?)
promotional CDs, and SYL stickers to give away. The trivia question is.
What movie was the inspiration for SYL's Love? video? a) Evil Dead b)
Halloween c) Psycho d) Nightmare on Elm Street e) March of the Penguins.
The rules: All entries with a correct answer to the trivia question will be
added to the contest bucket for lottery draw on March 29, 2006. Please send
your answer along with your mailing address -I cannot accept entries that do
not include a mailing address. You may enter as many times as you like but
only one entry per person allowed by email. Fax, email, and snail mail
entries are permitted but must be received by midnight March 30, 2006.

For last issue's contest winners. The trivia question was. Which of the
following songs does not have a video? a) Life b) Christeen c) S.Y.L.
d) Underneath the Waves e) Storm. The correct answer is D. The winners are
1. Jan, Sweden 2. Mike, NY, USA 3. Kelly, CA, USA. See you next issue!


Tracy


Devin's commentary on 'Synchestra'
(also posted on the HDR web forum)


Let it Roll - Is in two parts. It starts the record in a subtle way. In
fact, the first 2 tracks (LiR and the beginning of Hypergeek) are
essentially long intros. Most of the records I do smack you in the face on
the first song but the climax of Synchestra is the 11th song, 'A Simple
Lullaby'. Synchestra makes you wait for it. The story is about finding
certain answers to life questions as a result of going too far - 'be careful
what you wish for' and the way that reacts with a sensitive mind. Humility.
Let it roll basically says just that. It is a resignation, almost like; 'I
blew it...but there's nothing I can do about it now, so let it roll.'

Hypergeek - The intro is the wake up call, roosters and frogs and birds,
with the words 'wake up' and 'joy' ending with a conductor that starts the
whole thing officially with double kick about a minute in. Hypergeek is
actually instrumental, but starts things off with a bit of a bang (it
doesn't really let go though...again, it makes you wait.) This is the first
scene.

Triumph - A subtle realization. 'One word - collective' there is a sense of
relief in letting it roll, an apprehensive joy, things from the past
culminating in a genuine present. Steve Vai plays on this song for a reason,
peace is made with the past. Brave enough to make a step.

The Baby Song - references to Infinity, as well as a sober alternative to
'Possessions' off of Alien. I'm 33 and this concept is a biggie in my life.
This is the only song on the record that is a little 'precious' - it evokes
a touch of weirdness, especially when the melody returns at the end in a
minor key. It's a Heavy Metal Lullaby that is intended to start the
questioning again after a re-awakening. A sober part of reality that needs
to be addressed at this age.

Vampolka - a polka prelude to Vampira to essentially lighten the mood after
the baby song and set the stage for the transition song on the record,
Vampira.

Vampira - The single, the attention getter for those who don't have the
patience for the whole thing, but as such serves a definite purpose. It's
essentially about over-dramatizing the negative aspects of life, a real
fop-ish 'woe is me' attitude, personifying the dark aspects of the reality
of a current situation as an entity named 'Vampira'. A Judas Priest-esque
rocker that is supposed to be a comedic version of the SYL energy.
'Night...follows me when you're gone, and now...how am I to carry on?' A
parody of that side.

Mental Tan - the second awakening, a mellow soundscape that occurs after the
smoke has cleared from Vampira, the only lyrics 'Oh my God I'm one...' this
is the transition point on the record from re-awakening into reality and
actually finding your place in it. The main melody is a major version of the
theme that appears at the end of the song 'Judgment'

Gaia - Concern for the earth, personified with the name Gaia, the feminine
energy of a sentient being that we abuse daily. 'Send the message to Gaia,
the air is getting thin' Analysis of selfish existence, and the beginning of
a downward spiral of guilt. Being awake in a beautiful, vibrant reality and
feeling that on some level you've neglected it all for the sake of things
that are ultimately destructive and self absorbed...

Pixillate - A cry to God, Infinity, The Devil, whatever your poison is, to
say 'I'M A FUCKING IDIOT, I CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT I'VE DONE, I CAN'T BELIEVE
WHAT I'VE STOOD FOR, I DON'T DESERVE ANY OF THIS, I DON'T DESERVE ANY OF IT'
A moment of clarity into a fallible human existence, compared to the majesty
of nature, all we do is gauche and simple. The song is a lumbering beast
that is supposed to beat that message in. The record at this point starts to
get more emotionally involved. This song asks the question.

Judgment - The answer comes, 'YES, you ARE a fucking idiot... but that's OK,
you're human, and that's where the beauty of humans lie, in their duality.
Know that you are fallible, and continue with that knowledge and make it
work... NOW FUCKING BOW.' the song ends with the minor melody from Mental
Tan, and the pulse of Pixillate, almost like a momentary set up for the
climax of the record.

A Simple Lullaby - The celebration...500,000 people, prayers and rejoicing
during a PAINFULLY long intro (again, it makes you wait.) This song is the
celebration, the liberation, and the summary of the questioning. Cannons,
Fireworks...you name it.

Sunset - This is where the credits roll, and people collect their bags on
the way out of the theatre. A coffee after the dinner. It is a great way to
release the energy of the prior songs. It keeps going and subtly builds the
tension for the summary song, for the people that choose to stay seated.

Notes From Africa - Summarizes the whole damn thing. References and opposes
'Love?' from Alien, and really hammers the point of the record home. A real
solid groove and a VERY STRANGE MELODY that has been in my head since
Infinity. It fades out into echoes that put you in a 5 minute jungle scape
after the song is over - We went to an indoor rainforest and taped the
sounds of the waterfalls and birds. By this point of the record, I just
wanted people to be in a tropical paradise for a few minutes. It's warm and
beautiful. Technically, the record is over...

EXCEPT. Sunshine And Happiness - If you stick around in the jungle for
awhile, this song comes in. What is it supposed to represent? Nothing. If
anything, it's just supposed to be the happiest song EVER. To leave you with
a smile. Dave played all of the guitar, Mike and Brian do guest vocals. It
is supposed to wrap up the record on a note that doesn't take itself too
seriously... 'If you say it's up to me to make the call, well I would say
SUNSHINE AND HAPPINESS FOR ALL!!!'

Dev.




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Posted 21-01-2006 3:06 by lykle_wolfheart Wijzig reactieProfiel van lykle_wolfheartQuote dit berichthttp://www.gothtronic.com

"Synchestra" is geweldig!


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Tormented soul
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uhu


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Zeker een goeie CD. Vooral nummers als Triumph, Vampira en Gaia. En het laatste nummer natuurlijk!


11.45: restate my assumptions


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Posted 31-01-2006 17:02 by NecRobert (Hoofdredacteur) Wijzig reactieProfiel van NecRobertQuote dit bericht

hehe en Steve Vai's knotsgekke solo in het nummer Triumph. Heershend.


Zelfmoord plegen is wel het laatste wat ik zou doen.


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Zo, vanmiddag Synchestra maar even legaal gehaald, inclusief t-shirt.



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Posted 13-03-2006 20:23 by ZelThoR Wijzig reactieProfiel van ZelThoRQuote dit bericht

Can anyone say: Patton?


Deze account is precies 8 jaar gebruikt, om precies 20.000 posts te maken en (uiteindelijk) precies 1 ban te krijgen.


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Posted 13-03-2006 20:30 by Tormented soul Wijzig reactieProfiel van Tormented soulQuote dit bericht

dit had ik een tijdje terug geschreven over Synchestra:

Kent iemand de ‘moordwal’ nog? Een doorzichtige geluidmuur die de buurtbewoners van een hoge snelheidslijn herrie moesten beschermen, maar de laatste rustplaats van bijna 4000 vogels werd? Devin Townsend doet hetzelfde trucje keer op keer, maar hopelijk wordt deze geluidswal niet veranderd!

De gekke professor met de scheve tanden, het lange haar en kale kruin én het kleine brilletje brandt al heel wat jaartjes vakkundig oren tot as verbrand met Strapping Young Lad. SYL maakt zeer harde en brute metal waar de waterdichte muren van geluid een sonische aanval op de hersenkwab vormen. Al zijn agressie, woede en haat komen naar boven in dit project, en de tegenpool is zijn eigen band: The Devin Townsend band. Ook hier zijn de typische geluidsmuren prominent aanwezig, maar mixt hij het met emotionele lyrics, rare gitaarfratsen en een positief gevoel. Waar Infinity nog een beetje carnaval was en Psychist iets te spacy is Terria zijn absolute meesterwerk. Het detail in de plaat is geweldig, af en toe snoeihard maar nooit haatdragend. Accelerated Evolution uit 2003 was prima, maar voelde teveel als een ‘light versie’ van SYL. En nu is daar Synchersta.

Opener Let It Roll begint akoestisch en valt de rest van de band hem substiel bij, totdat er halverwege Hypergeek een draadje in Devin’s hoofd knapt en er een stevige gitaarrifs en dubbele bass drums worden ingezet. Is het dan Strapping Young Lad? Neen! Het eerste ‘echte’ nummer Triumph laat prima horen waar het over gaat, melodieuze metal waar invloeden uit country en andere genres niet worden geschuwd. Ook de bizarre gitaarsolo van Steve Vai doet minstens één wenkrbouw oplichten. In latere nummers komen nog polka’s, psychedelica en vreemde samples naar boven. Maar halfweg begint het échte genieten.

Na het prima Gaia trekt Devin de geluidsmuur weer op: heel veel gitaarwerk, samples, keyboards en sympfo stukken worden vakkundig onder elkaar geknutseld waardoor het een glashelder en overweldigend geheel vormt.

En nu komen de negatieve opmerkingen. Ten eerste mag die geluidsmuur o zo lekker klinken, hij heeft dit truukje al vaker uitgehaald op zijn albums, en dan moet ik Terria echt een betere plaat noemen. Op Synchestra is d ebalans een beetje zoek. Wat bedoelt is als een conceptalbum met nummers die in elkaar overlopen, werkt het in de praktijk behoorlijk frustrerend. Vanaf de eerste noten tovert Devy elke nummer andere stijlen uit zijn mauw (de overgang van Triumph naar babysong en vampolka/Vampira) werkt me nogal op de zenuwen. Bovendien is de plaat ná Vampira een stuk beter maar ook anders dan de eerste paar nummers. Ik had liever een plaat gezien met de sfeer van mental-tan tot en met A Simple Lullaby, nu klinkt het meer als een gimmick. De nummers op Synchetra zijn stuk voor stuk weer transparant en bevatten veel 'verborgen' samples, zanglijnen en ander gefrutsel, maar het wordt nergens een muzikaal landschap als hij neerzette op Terria.


Al met al een gave cd met minpunten. Als Terria nooit het levenslicht had gezien, mocht je er een ster bij doen.

nu zijn dat er 3,5

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quote:
Op 4 januari 2006 17:27 schreef FRNK het volgende:
Toen je 12 was ja?

Nee 16.
Brings back memories.

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Disko Disko Partizani


FRNK
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@ TS : Cool stuk hoor! alleen dat 'gimmick' staat me niet aan ghegh. Vaker luisteren ofzo Verder cool ja

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Het is de meest gedraaide cd van 2006... in mijn huis


FRNK
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Na nummer 7 (Mental Tan) begon ik een beetje het Patton gevoel kwijt te raken, maar wel in nummer 8 (Gaia) was het meteen met de eerste zanglijn weer raak, volgens mij hoor ik daar Therapy?.

Wel een leuke CD, maar op het moment vallen me vooral de gelijkenissen met andere bands op.


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Erg mooie plaat! Lekker gevarieerd. Dit is de eerste wat ik ken van hem (Op Strapping Young Lad na dan) wat is nog meer mooi spul van deze man.


Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam.


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Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria

kan het nóg duidelijker? dat is zijn absolute meesterwerk en een rasechte klassieker

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Ik hoor het jullie alleen maar hebben over Terria als de grote klassieker, maar ik vrees dat geen van jullie dan de release van Ocean Machine heeft meegemaakt.

Dat is in mijn boekje namelijk een ECHTE klassieker.


Drummer nodig?


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quote:
Op 13 maart 2006 22:53 schreef Tormented soul het volgende:
Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria Terria

kan het nóg duidelijker? dat is zijn absolute meesterwerk en een rasechte klassieker


Tormented soul
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quote:
Op 13 maart 2006 22:59 schreef MystuS het volgende:
Ik hoor het jullie alleen maar hebben over Terria als de grote klassieker, maar ik vrees dat geen van jullie dan de release van Ocean Machine heeft meegemaakt.

Dat is in mijn boekje namelijk een ECHTE klassieker.


ik heb de relase niet bewust meegemaakt nee, toen zat ik op de basisschool naar de Spice Girls te luisteren

maar die plaat is ook goed hoor


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quote:
Op 13 maart 2006 22:59 schreef MystuS het volgende:
Ik hoor het jullie alleen maar hebben over Terria als de grote klassieker, maar ik vrees dat geen van jullie dan de release van Ocean Machine heeft meegemaakt.

Dat is in mijn boekje namelijk een ECHTE klassieker.

Ocean Machine is goed, maar haalt het niet bij Teria.



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TeRRia is zalig
atmosfeer drijft je wel into oblivion
zijn stem is zo zachtgedreven en toch intens krachtig... eargasmic


Piramides en kippen - de goddeloze connectie


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Ocean Machine is inderdaad een prachtige CD. De eerste vier nummers begint het lekker meeslepend, en vanaf "Sister" is het een grote trip... Tot aan de schreeuw aan het eind van het laatste nummer aan toe.


11.45: restate my assumptions


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HEVYDEVY RECORDS
PO Box 153, Maple Ridge, BC, V2X 7G1, Canada
Email: hevydevy@shaw.ca Web: www.hevydevy.com Fax: (604) 460-1263

Issue #73

Hi Everyone! There has been a lot of action in the past couple of months and
this is officially the longest newsletter we have ever had. First this year
was the release of Synchestra which has been received phenomenally, more so
than any other Devin album. It managed to make the charts in France, Germany
and Finland so thank you for that! The momentum is just beginning too with
the release of the video for “Vampira” that can now be seen on YouTube
(www.youtube.com and search for Vampira), the MySpace page
(www.myspace.com/devintownsenddtb), or the HevyDevy website Fan section. The
video is hilarious and maybe not what you would expect from an album like
Synchestra but sure to get attention!

The second big announcement recently is the addition of Strapping Young Lad
to the Ozzfest lineup this summer. This is a great opportunity for them and
the exposure from such a tour may provide for more headlining tours in the
future. The scheduled dates are as follows and remember that we have nothing
to do with the booking of this tour or where it goes. There are also some
off-day shows planned as well that are not known at this time. Please check
the website for updates.

June 29 – Seattle, WA, White River Amphitheater
July 1 - San Francisco, CA, Shoreline Amphitheater
July 2 - Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheater
July 7 - Phoenix, AZ, Cricket Pavilion
July 8 - San Bernardino, CA, Hyundai Pavilion
July 11 - San Antonio, TX, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 14 - Kansas City, KS, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 15 - St. Louis, MO, UMB Bank Pavilion
July 16 - Chicago, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 18 - Pittsburgh, PA, Post Gazette Pavilion
July 19 - Detroit, MI, DTE Music Energy Theatre
July 21 - Columbus, OH, Germain Amphitheater
July 22 - East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theatre
July 23 - Indianapolis, IN, Verizon Wireless Music Center
July 26 - Scranton, PA, Toyota Pavilion
July 27 - Buffalo, NY, Darrien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 29 - New York, NY, Randall's Island
July 30 - Hartford, CT, New England Dodge Music Center
Aug 1 - Boston, MA, Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
Aug 4 - Camden, NJ, Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
Aug 5 - Virginia Beach, VA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug 6 - Bristow, VA, Nissan Pavilion
Aug 9 - Raleigh, NC, Alltel Pavilion
Aug 13 - West Palm Beach, FL, Sound Advice Amphitheatre

As well as Ozzfest, SYL will be playing several of the European festivals
with some headlining dates in June. What we know so far is as follows:

June 3 – Festival du Chateau de Moncel, Jarny, France
June 5 - Flame Fest, Bologna, Italy
June 6 – Le Transbordeur, Lyon, France
June 7 - Elysee Montmartre, Paris, France
June 9 – Download, Donnington, UK
June 11 – Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
June 12 – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
June 13 – 013, Tilburg, Netherlands
June 14 – Lille Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
June 15 – Festivalen, Hultsfred, Sweden
June 17 – Provinssirock, Seinajoki, Finland

SYL have been busy recording a new album to be released in July to coincide
with the summer tours. It is called The New Black, features 10 songs
including DECIMATOR, YOU SUCK, ANTIPRODUCT, HOPE, WRONG SIDE, MONUMENT, FAR
BEYOND METAL, FUCKER, ALMOST AGAIN, POLYPHONY, THE NEW BLACK. Devin says:
“It’s all sorts of styles in one. It’s about Infinity, it’s really cool to
listen to and sounds great. Each SYL disk has been it’s own thing, and this
is too. It’s really heavy, it has lots of cool textures and the band is
proud of it. There are two bonus tracks, THE LONG PIG and C:enter:###. The
album is being mixed by Mike Fraser of ACDC/Aerosmith/Metallica fame. From
the Century Media press release: “The soon-to-be genre defying epic will
showcase a new dimension of the SYL beast that puts an emphasis on
incorporating more hooks and catchier melodies into the group's renowned
insanity, which is backed up with an abundance of devastating guitar solos.
It would be safe to say that you can expect the unexpected. [Devin says]
‘The recording process went amazingly well, and Strapping as a whole is
really excited about this effort. We were very inspired with the idea of
doing Ozzfest, and the concept we are running with on this record is really
based around abhorring the current music scene, yet being a part of it in
some weird way. SYL is ready to be a subversive product for the unwitting
14-year-olds to scream along with… We also intend to sprinkle a little ugly
around all the pretty bands this year. You can think of us as the proverbial
pubic hair in the cheesecake of this year's festival. We are ugly, large and
angry. We have also been around longer as a band than 90% of the other
bands. Most of all, we're just really excited to be a part of Ozzfest and
this summer is going to be crazy.’ In 2006, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD prepares to
deliver their most accessible offering yet, which Townsend also promises
will still challenge their listeners and claims is the next logical step in
the group's continuous evolution. This is the year that SYL leaves their
defining mark on the genre.”

The Devin Townsend Band have a show with King’s X April 24th at the Red Room
in Vancouver. Devin is honoured to be playing with them as the band were a
huge influence on him early in his career.

From Gwar’s website comes: “GWAR and Slave Pit are as pleased as a pimply
porcupine to announce that none other than the incredible Devin Townsend
(STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, producer of about a million killer bands) will be
co-producing the new GWAR record, tentatively entitled 'Go to Hell!' The
bulk of the material is already completed, and recording at Flattus/Cory's
Karma Studios begins in early April. Then Oderus and Flattus will travel to
the semi-frozen wasteland of Vancouver (in the bat-shaped helicopter, of
course), to mix and master what is without a doubt going to be the heaviest
album in GWAR's discography. To ensure this every album will come with a
large brick, that fans are encouraged to throw at someone. The concept of
the album is the closest thing to a rock opera that GWAR has done since
'Ragnarok', and concerns GWAR's epic journey into the tunnels and caverns
that honeycomb your world, a journey not only to escape their earthly prison
'from within,' but also to find and confront this so-called 'Satan,' who
seems to think that he is a bigger badass than Oderus. Along the way GWAR
encounters a bevy of demonic dickheads and hapless victims, all ready to die
for your entertainment. The album will also have a special 'enhanced'
section, with incredible behind-the-scenes footage and GWAR knows what else!
Look for GWAR's latest and greatest album yet to hit the stores in
September.” I couldn’t have possibly said it better myself.

Also coming in the next few months, Century Media Records is re-releasing
SYL’s "Heavy As A Really Heavy Thing" in Europe on June 12. Also from
Century Media: “The re-issue features a re-mastered version of this classic
debut, four bonus tracks, the "S.Y.L." video and a 12-page booklet with
extended liner notes from Devin Townsend himself. As Devin recalls, ‘I had
finished with THE WILDHEARTS just prior to this [1994], and they were so
anti-everything that I decided to take a similar approach while focusing on
dissonance and just being as over-the-top as I could. Songs didn't really
matter; it was just the intensity and the vibe plus lots of humour.
Screaming and laughing are pretty close, I think, and I have just never been
'hard,' so we do what comes naturally, right? Right.’” The re-issue includes
the Japanese bonus track ‘Japan’, the Judas Priest cover of Exciter, and one
never-before released track called ‘Monday’. Monday was written in 1995 with
a drum machine and is the last song from that era. Devin played with the
idea at the time but thinks that he was never able to finish it properly.

The DTB was planning a tour of Europe in May that we apologize was forced to
be cancelled. Contrary to popular opinion, the reason was not for Ozzfest or
for the new SYL album but Devin and I found out we are going to have a baby.
Not a great shock to those who analyze the album lyrics but Devin decided
that he needed to be home for the first part of the pregnancy and medical
tests. The baby is due in October which will postpone any touring until
2007. No gender is known or names chosen at this time though I keep
insisting to Devin that “Gollum” Townsend is not an option.

After a brief lull in posting, the Ebay store is back going in full swing.
New things are being posted regularly so check back often for clearance
deals. http://stores.ebay.com/hevydevyrecords

This issue’s contest… Century Media sent us 5 copies of their “Metal of
Honor” DVD video samplers to give away and we’ll add some more of those SYL
stickers as well. This disc includes SYL’s Love? and 18 others with Arch
Enemy, Shadows Fall, The Haunted, Lacuna Coil, Borknagar… The trivia
question is … SYL’s song “Far Beyond Metal” has finally been studio-recorded
for the new album. Some of the lyrics for this song were “borrowed” from
another band. That band is: a) Pantera b) Gwar c) Roxette d) Metallica
The rules: All entries with a correct answer to the trivia question will be
added to the contest bucket for lottery draw on June 30, 2006. Please send
your answer along with your postal address –We cannot accept entries that do
not include a postal address. You may enter as many times as you like but
only one entry per person allowed by email. Fax, email, and snail mail
entries are permitted but must be received by midnight June 29, 2006.

For last issue’s contest, the question was… What movie was the inspiration
for SYL’s Love? video? a) Evil Dead b) Halloween c) Psycho d) Nightmare
on Elm Street e) March of the Penguins. The answer is a) Evil Dead. The
winners of the SYL promo CDs are… Scott, CO, USA; Charles, ON, Canada;
Vincent, France; David, UK; and Jason, MD, USA.

We would like to thank the readers of Terrorizer magazine for voting for
Devin/SYL in their reader’s poll. He/they were listed under best band,
vocalist, musician, and personality categories... That’s really awesome,
although I don’t understand Devin’s being left out of the “Most Shaggable”
category - that is an obvious oversight on your part )




Tracy


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