Strapping Young Lad (occasionally referred to as SYL) is the eponymous third album by Canadian heavy metal band Strapping Young Lad. It was released on February 11, 2003. In December 2001 Townsend announced that, contrary to his earlier public statements, a new Strapping Young Lad album would be released in 2002.
Alien is the fourth studio album by Canadian extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad. It was released on March 22, 2005. The album was written by Devin Townsend and Gene Hoglan over a six-month time period. The album reached No. 32 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and No. 35 on the Top Independent Albums chart. Love?" became the album's single and had a music video which aired on Headbanger's Ball. The video (a tribute to the movie The Evil Dead) depicts the band performing in a haunted cabin in the woods.
Strapping Young Lad. Released March 22, 2005. I am copying what Devin himself reflected on the album, on its 13th anniversary. About Alien 1 contributor. 1. ArjunSwami 119. 100%. I don’t think any other person -not being him- can even get close with any interpretation. This album changed everything for me. After Alien, I knew I was finished with SYL. After Alien, I knew I needed to change my lifestyle
Strapping Young Lad’s fourth Alien album outing marked a landmark in my forays not only into Metal but across the board. Since listening to this its marked a falling of the scales, an epiphany and other normally tackily teenaged phrases aboot music and has actually changed my life (for the better). I think that SYL isn’t going to be for everybody at the end of the day and I accept that some people think that the lyrics are one dimensional and puerile. Type. Album (Studio full-length). Proposed track "Whats New, Pussycat?" a Tom Jones cover was taken off of the album at the last minute because the band thought it didn't fit with the flow of the album. 500 copies were made. Alien (LP + LP, S/Sided, Etch + Album, Ltd, RE, RM). Blood Music (2). BLOOD-022. ICARUS 107. Strapping Young Lad.
Band Name Strapping Young Lad. Album Name Alien.
Strapping Young Lad- a name uttered so often by Canadian metal fanatics, yet a name so ignored by the vast majority of music lovers. Formed in 1995, SYL has always been the brainchild of musical deviant Devin Townsend. After contributing soaring vocals to Steve Vai’s Sex and Religion album, Townsend needed a release. He was prone to extreme mood swings (a condition which was later diagnosed as bipolarity), and nothing seemed to vent his angst and anger better than music. So came the first Strapping Young Lad album, a maelstrom of dissonance mixed with harmony.
This album has an average beat per minute of 118 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 78/190 BPM). See its BPM profile at the bottom of the page. Album starts at 98BPM, ends at 78BPM (-20), with tempos within the -BPM range. Try refreshing the page if dots are missing). Recent albums by Strapping Young Lad. The New Black. 2003.
- Licensed From – Century Media
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Century Media Records Ltd.
- Copyright (c) – Magic Arts Publishing
- Pressed By – GZ Media – 108209E
Notes2015 Repress, limited to 250 total copies
140-gram 2xLP. Mirror Finish on side D.
remastered specifically for vinyl (the same mastering as the "The Complete Works" box set).
350gsm heavyweight board single pocket jacket, featuring the high resolution original artwork.
Black inner sleeves.
© 2005 Magic Arts Publishing.
℗ 2005 Century Media Records Ltd.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Matrix / Runout (Side A): 108209E1/B
- Matrix / Runout (Side B): 108209E2/A
- Matrix / Runout (Side C): 108209E3/A
|8327-2||Strapping Young Lad||Alien (CD, Album, Enh)||Century Media||8327-2||US||2005|
|DSR017||Strapping Young Lad||Alien (2x10", Album, Ltd, Num, Gre)||Deepsend Records||DSR017||US||2005|
|BLOOD-022||Strapping Young Lad||Alien (LP + LP, S/Sided, Etch + Album, Ltd, RE, RM)||Blood Music||BLOOD-022||Finland||2013|
|ICARUS 107||Strapping Young Lad||Alien (CD, Album, Enh)||Icarus Music||ICARUS 107||Argentina||2005|
|BLOOD-022R||Strapping Young Lad||Alien (LP + LP, S/Sided + Album, Ltd, RE, RM, RP)||Blood Music||BLOOD-022R||Finland||2017|