Contrary to recent public statements made by Devin Townsend, it now appears that he will in fact be releasing a new STRAPPING YOUNG LAD CD sometime next year. According to an official statement posted by Devin's wife/manager Tracy at Townsend's web site (www.hevydevy.com), seeing Devin had previously felt that he was no longer able to write music in a heavy vein, people thought that by deciding to record again, he was somehow 'forcing' it for the benefit of cash/record sales. I can assure you that neither of these are true. The terrorist events in September sparked some creative anger that the current tour, from working closely with the band, has fostered further. This will be a collaborative effort. While Devin does not think he can write the record alone, he can with the assistance of the other guys who are certainly heavy to the core. Furthermore... please... everyone... the revenue generated from SYL is no persuasion. We don't own the rights to the SYL material so the majority of revenue earned remains with Century Media [Records]. There are a lot of people out there who believe that there has been some great fortune earned from SYL sales... You would make more working at McDonald's for a year than we have earned in 7 years and 3 STRAPPING records, so relax. Plans also exist for Townsend to simultaneously issue an acoustic/pop record similar in style to the track Life off the acclaimed OCEAN MACHINE CD, featuring acoustic versions of other cuts from Devin's back catalogue.