STRAPPING YOUNG LAD are preparing to release a new EP which is to include four new songs and four cover tunes. Among the cuts set to appear on the effort is a song called "Love", which is said to incorporate all of the heaviness of past STRAPPING YOUNG LAD releases with a bit of dark "Infinity" (solo project of SYL mastermind Devin Townsend) flair. STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have also agreed to appear on an upcoming MELVINS tribute album with their rendition of the song "Zodiac".

In related news, Townsend is working on a book entitled "Temperamental", which is being described as "a collection of random thoughts from the past 5-6 years. No word yet on when or how these writings will be used (CD insert, lyrics for a future project, or possibly a mail-order-only book).

Also on the Townsend front, Devin is currently working hard on the soundtrack for a video game for Interplay Entertainment called "Fallout", the third in a series. It is "stimulating his ambient side and he is finding it a nice challenge, though difficult to write with restrictions," according to Devin's official web site. "We have no idea at this time when the game will be available on the market."

In addition to the above endeavors, Devin has started a project called KERMIT with one of his engineers, Dan Kearley. "We hope to have a full record to be available as a bonus with the next [DEVIN TOWNSEND] record, which is already a few songs into the writing," reads a message on Devin's web site. "They are hoping that KERMIT will be a fun, live improvised multimedia thing."

Another project currently in the works is a "heavy metal puppet show," which involves many friends and colleagues, including Chris Valagao of ZIMMERS HOLE whose movie-effects work gave him experience with Frank Oz. "The aim will be to mix comedy and metal in short skits with, you know, evil sheep and all of the other things you would expect to see in a heavy metal puppet show," according to the site. "Many of the who's-who in metal have already agreed to appear. Devin has called the series 'Use Your Delusion' and will get to that when time allows. This isn't a priority but a future plan he is working on."


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