Devin Townsend , born May 5, 1972 in New Westminster, is a multi-instrumentalist (among others singer, guitarist and keyboardist) Canadian, practicing in different styles of heavy metal.
He leads a solo career, but also and especially with his various groups Strapping Young Lad, The Devin Townsend Band (from 2003 to 2006) and the Devin Townsend Project (since 2009). He also appears on many albums as a guest (Front Line Assembly, Paradise Lost, Ayreon, Gojira ...) and / or producer (Soilwork, Lamb Of God, Bleeding Through, Gwar, Zimmer's Hole ...). He also recorded a few demos with Jason Newsted (then in Metallica) through IR8 (Tom Hunting also from Exodus) and Tree Of The Sun (quartet with Scott Reeder Kyuss and Dale Crover Melvins).
Devin Townsend was born on May 5, 1972 in New Westminster, a suburb of Vancouver, Canada. He begins by practicing the banjo at the age of five, then the guitar at twelve. While in high school, he participated in several groups on the Vancouver local scene, and founded the Gray Skies group, later to be known as Noisescapes. He is then noticed by sending the demo of his group to the label Relativity Records, among others. The label responds positively and allows him to work on the first album of the band Noisescapes, Promise. Steve Vai, who is then signed at Relativity, marks him, impressed by his vocal abilities, and decides to use it in his next project. This leads him to participate as lead vocalist in the Vai Sex & Religion album, released in 1993>. Townsend then goes on tour with Vai to promote the album. After that, he went on tour with The Wildhearts, which played in the first part of Vai's concerts. Also begins on this occasion a long friendship with their singer, Ginger>. At the same time, Townsend participates as a guitarist in several albums of the group Front Line Assembly>.
In 1995, Townsend began what was then a predominantly solo project, Strapping Young Lad. He sings and plays most of the instruments on his first album Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing, released in April 1995. He then creates a pop-punk parody album, Cooked on Phonics, under the name of Punky Brüster, which comes out same year>.