Finnish extreme metal non-profit Blood Music has set an April 17 pre-order date for the incredibly long-overdue vinyl worship session of every last bit of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD's music one could ever ask for.
The monstrous limited edition 7xLP box set discography will contain all five STRAPPING YOUNG LAD full-lengths, as well as extra vinyl dedicated to the band's non-album material. The "mystery" seventh LP contains virtually every SYL bonus track that ever existed, remastered for vinyl.
The track listing for the "Demos & Rarities" LP is as follows:
05. Home Nucleonics ('96 demo)
06. Headrhoid (Gunt demo)
07. Detox ('96 demo)
08. AAA ('96 demo)
09. The Long Pig
The genre-busting Canadian industrial/death band has never seen their seminal albums "Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing", "SYL" nor "The New Black" touch wax before. Their other two records — "City" and "Alien" — were pressed in ultra-limited numbers of 500 copies only and sold out within months of their release.
The front cover for every STRAPPING YOUNG LAD album was re-designed and re-imagined for the new SYL "The Complete Works" box set by Travis Smith of Seempieces in conjunction with Devin Townsend and Jed Simon of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and Blood Music, compiling the pieces into a uniform collection. The designs were based on the albums' original artworks and aural feeling.
For more information, visit www.blood-music.com.
STRAPPING YOUNG LAD was a heavily-loved Canadian extreme metal band who genre-bent from progressive death to industrial metal in the blink of an eye. They are most well-known for their unique leader, Devin Townsend, whose dark lyrical humor and insane stage antics catapulted them into every '90s high school metalhead's dreams. Townsend has gone on to further acclaim in his solo act, DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT.
In a recent Twitter posting, Devin stated about the possibility of new STRAPPING YOUNG LAD tours and music: "I'm not doing SYL anymore as I'm not at that point of my life anymore. Nothing to do with 'anger' etc. I have changed. I like to think as folks get older, most people accept change. I love the band, I just am not the same dude anymore."