Strapping Young Lad Bio:
Strapping Young Lad was an incredible band with amazing fans, along with a really great crew of folks that made the whole thing run. I feel honored and blessed to have been involved with it and I hope that the future generations of extreme metal bands will look back on it, enjoy what we did, and maybe take it to the next level.
In the 12 years that the band operated, we saw the best and the worst the industry had to offer... from 2 month tours in the winter with no money in a beat up van (you know the type), to summer festival tours playing to tens of thousands of people in the nicest busses available. We really covered the gamut. We played a barn in Carmel Saskatchewan to 12 people, and were the only Western band to play the 2002 World Cup in Korea, televised to 3 million viewers. We toured Australia 7 times, with a few mindblowing trips to Japan as well. From the inaugural 'Sounds Of The Underground' tour in America, we also played many many shows in Europe, touring with every elite metal band of the time. The main festivals throughout Europe also saw SYL pummel our way into the hearts of many while playing Wacken, With Full Force, Rock Am Ring, Rock Im Park and Dynamo. The SYL experience extended straight through to 2006, where we played a main stage slot at the incredible 'Download Festival' in the UK, as well as our final appearances on the Ozzfest second stage in the USA.
SYL recorded 6 albums, five studio albums and a live album, as well as the full length DVD, 'For Those Aboot To Rock'. We filmed 7 videos and we were lucky enough to grow through the decade with the elite metal force of Century Media Records, who showed an immense amount of loyalty and support that we are very grateful for. Our management team at Outerloop management kicked all manner of ass for us, and we basically lived out every heavy metal fantasy a band can ask for.
1994-2006 Chaos Years is a celebration of the Strapping Young Lad legacy. It includes what we think is a good cross section of our material that we think will provide a good idea of what the music stood for and how it naturally evolved through the decade. Also included are all of our videos, as well as the new, never before seen, video for 'Almost Again' from our last studio album. Finally... the entire Download Festival performance is included here to demonstrate Strapping Young Lad at the top of our game.
So from Devin, Gene, Jed and Byron...the lads ourselves...we humbly thank each and every fan for an incredible ride and salute everyone in the extreme metal scene for the incredible support and camaraderie.