Industrial metal singer/guitarist Devin Townsend was born May 5, 1972 in Vancouver, BC; after picking up the banjo at age five, at 12 he moved to guitar, and within a few years was leading the band Grey Skies, later known as Noisescapes. Sending the group's demo to the Relativity label, Townsend was not only offered a solo deal but was also tapped to sing on Steve Vai's 1993 LP Sex and Religion, a collaboration which further extended to the guitar god's 1996 effort Fire Garden. In between, Townsend worked on a series of projects with Front Line Assembly, and in 1995 issued the solo Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing under the alias Strapping Young Lad. A stint with the satiric punk band Punky Bruster yielded the Cooked on Phonics LP before Townsend began work on the second Strapping Young Lad disc, 1997's City; he next formed Ocean Machine for 1999's Biomech. Ocean Machine: Biomech appeared two years later. ~ Jason Ankeny, RoviPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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