Strapping Young Lad - _City_
(Century Media, 1997)
by: Adrian Bromley (9 out of 10)
The follow-up to 1995's _Heavy as a Real Heavy Thing_, entitled _City_, is one "ball-busting-rip-roarin'-intensified-muthafucker" of a ride. Unlike the grinding groove bestowed on _HaaRHT_, _City_'s material is ten-fold heavier and ten-fold more sinister. Lashing out at break-neck speed and coated with some of the coolest rushes of momentum and anger I have heard in some time, _City_ never rests. >From opener "Velvet Kevorkian" onto "Oh My Fucking God" and "Home Nucleonics", singer/producer/mastermind Devin Townsend leads a fantastic charge of creativity. While _HaaRHT_ was the stepping stone for Townsend to break away from previous work with Steve Vai, The Wildhearts, and g//z/r, and be more creative and intense vocally and material-wise, this album sets the direction where Townsend obviously feels comfortable and where he should be. This is a very extreme sounding record with innovative ideas and sounds, as well being able to combine elements of Frontline Assembly, Ministry and a slew of technical ideas. Living it loud and proud, Townsend takes SYL one step further into the mind of a madman. At 39:40 minutes (nine songs), it's short, but enough for one sitting. Trust me.

(article published 4/2/1997)

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