Devin Townsend is a Canadian musician, songwriter and record producer. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist in extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad from 1994 to 2007 and has an extensive career as a solo artist.
After a two-year hiatus, he began recording again, and soon announced the formation of the Devin Townsend Project. The project has release eight albums from 2009 to present, each written in a different style, and Townsend continues to record and tour under the new moniker. The Devin Townsend's Project's latest release is entitled, "Transcendence," released in September 2016.
Across all his bands and projects, Townsend has released twenty-three studio albums and three live albums. Townsend's trademark production style, featuring a heavily multitracked wall of sound, has been compared to the styles of Phil Spector and Frank Zappa. His versatile vocal delivery ranges from screaming to an opera-esque singing, and his songwriting is similarly diverse. Townsend's musical style is rooted in metal, and his albums are written to express different aspects of his personality.