The Bloodstock team are proud to announce that legendary multi-instrumentalist DEVIN TOWNSEND has been added to the bill for Bloodstock Open Air 2010 as a Very Special Guest appearance. This will be his ONLY UK SHOW in 2010!
Devin Townsend is the mastermind behind extreme metal pioneers Strapping Young Lad and a series of diverse solo albums released under his own name and also as The Devin Townsend Band and The Devin Townsend Project. In addition, he has collaborated with a huge number of other artists and is also a noted producer.
Devin was born in Canada in 1972 and spent his high school years performing in a series of local metal bands. His first big break came in 1993 when he was recruited to perform lead vocals on guitarist Steve Vai's Sex Religion album. The first Strapping Young Lad album Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing appeared in 1995, and although mostly performed by Devin himself, he soon assembled a full line-up who in 1997 released City, widely considered to be the bandâ€™s best work. Following a five year hiatus, SYL returned with Strapping Young Lad (2003), Alien (2005) and The New Black (2006) after which Devin disbanded the group once more, this time seemingly for good.
Unlike the chaotic fusion of extreme metal styles favoured by Strapping Young Lad, Devinâ€™s solo work offers a diverse blend of hard rock, progressive metal and even ambient music performed in collaboration with a varying line-up of supporting musicians. His first solo recording was 1997â€™s Ocean Machine: Biomech which was followed by no less than eight further albums including the extreme Physicist (2000), 2003â€™s Accelerated Evolution - the first of two releases as The Devin Townsend Band - and the bizarre Ziltoid the Omniscient (2007). Following the release of Ziltoid, Devin temporarily retired from touring prior to assembling the Devin Townsend Project which issued its debut album Ki in May 2009. Ki forms the first instalment of a planned series of four albums, each with a different theme and involving a different group of musicians. The second release, Addicted, is expected in November while the third, Deconstruction, has been tentatively pencilled in for spring 2010.
â€œHey folks, Devin Townsend here. Coming at you after a multi year hiatus of playing live.
I am extremely proud to say that I have the honor of playing the 2010 Bloodstock festival in England this coming summer! It's been a while since I've played any shows so I hope you'll join me as I finally get the chance to bring this vision to the big stage.
I will be playing selections from Addicted, Deconstruction, Ziltoid, Physicist, Ki, Infinity, Ocean Machine and various other albums from the past 15 years. I'm extremely proud to have the opportunity to finally bring these albums to you; I have been planning this for many years. It will be an experience that I hope we will all remember for years to come.
There's no time like the present, Lets kick some ass.
Few musicians in any genre are as talented, prolific and unpredictable as Devin Townsend. His Bloodstock debut and ONLY UK SHOW of 2010 is set to be a truly explosive event.
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DEVIN TOWNSEND â€“ Oh My Fucking God - BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2010.
With just under 10 months to go, the outdoor metal event is already shaping up to be an unmissable experience, with BEHEMOTH, OBITUARY, RAGE, ANDROMEDA and ROSS THE BOSS also confirmed.