STRAPPING YOUNG LAD's Devin Townsend has sent out the following holiday message to a few select friends on his mailing list:
"Merry Christmas everybody!!!
"Be safe! Here's to safety, love and comfort!
"This year is going to be crazy. I wish all of you and yours safety in these times.
"It's fucking retarded to think that anyone actually cares, but I'm at the computer after family dinner (FUCK!!! That's hard...) and I feel like writing, which is rare. So if you care, and can view this as something other than an advertisement, here we go...
"My new two records are necessary. I think you'll soon see why. Enjoy them for what they are. A metal record and a hard rock / pop record. And really good at that!! I gets different from here on out, but these two were plugging up the system so...here they are! ...not to be repeated, so please enjoy!
"Times will be hard... War and all that...
"Find solace in your passions? I don't know. Nothing makes sense.
"I just have a feeling that there is reason to the rhyme. It's all too mathematical... Too perfect.
"I believe in music, but I don't believe in fame. i.e.: Keep your distance and things will be fine. I realize now in hindsight how much I projected on Perry Farrell. Drugs. Personal experience. Rending yourself through personal suffering in order to put food on the table. Fucking gross right? Well there I am.
"People are looking for something to invest themselves in these times. Soon there will be plague and War...it's easy to milk it at the moment. Just analyze and use that to give 'em what they want.
"But what do I want!?
"Nothing. That's the point. I'm existential as opposed to nihilistic just to give myself something to do. I've died before. Mix the two and we should have them by the balls.
"If this is a forum to vent... cool. If this is an appropriate place to talk about ME...well then
"My next record will be really weird.
"SYL is great. Trust me...give it time. Think of it as a metal band and you'll love it.
"DTB [DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND] is great. Really immediate songs in the vein of my solo stuff. So gosh-darned emotional-n-stuff.
"They needed to be done for a number of reasons, but by no means is it indicative of the future. These two records close this chapter. The next stuff will be really weird I think.
"I hate interviews and photos. If you like the music, Fine. If you don't...That's really fine too. Go away now.
"Kissy faces and questions directed towards making you feel more enlightened than you really are.
"My opinions change hourly, I hide and lie all the time. I'm lying now.
"I'll see you guys on the other side, I wish you all peace and harmony. (to oppose the inevitable war and dissonance)
"Go to The Hun.net
"LOVE, MOTHERFUCKERS, LOOOOOOOOVE!!! Devin."