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Strapping Young Lad - Alien (8,5/10) - Canada - 2005

Genre: Modern Metal
Label: Century Media
Playing time: 55:36
Band homepage: Strapping Young Lad


  1. Imperial
  2. Skesis
  3. Shitstorm >mp3
  4. Love? >mp3
  5. Shine
  6. We Ride
  7. Possessions
  8. Two Weeks
  9. Thalamus
  10. Zen
  11. Infodump
Strapping Young Lad - Alien

Well, Devin and the boys are at it again with another piece of mayhem. While the self titled release was intense and extreme to the max, it's not something that I can listen to regularly. It was too much for me. After that piece of work, I was wondering just how much further they could go with the "Extreme" factor. What else is left? I can say that after listening to this that I was surprised and happy all in one felt swoop. This album is just as chaotic as anything else that was pumped out, but the dynamics go beyond the stars and that's what makes this CD a pleasure to listen to in an insane way.


"Imperial" is pretty much an intro track that pretty much sets the tone of what's to come without misleading the listener. The unorthodox vocal patterns of Mr. Townsend continue to amaze while the drum destroyer: Gene Hoglan is nothing short of impressive with his timing and technique. The atmosphere is what makes me love this band a lot because they add a lot of depth and dimension to their work that makes them stand out. "Skesis" is the first true track where we hear what they have composed after a two year hiatus. I am impressed at how Gene can produce those drum beats albeit it being produced slickly. It sounds almost inhuman and that it was done by a programmed machine.


Jed's riffing is actually melodic and catchy if you listen closely. This song really sinks you into their world. It's so sci-fi and intense at the same time that it's unique and nothing else can be compared to it. Devin has a good ear for composition. If you thought track two was heavy, then you haven't heard "Shitstorm." The song lives up to its name with more of its lunatic ways. The drums get faster and the voice is just full of rage and anger. While other bands are trying to emulate their idols or what not, SYL is busy being original and coming up with concepts that no one else would think of. They want to suck you into another dimension where nothing is real. It's really bizarre how the band utilizes melody in their world of lunacy, but to hear the harmonies during the chorus of "Love?" is rather interesting. Hey drummers!


Wanna get your rocks off, then check out "We Ride." I can't believe that Gene can have that much energy to last a long time like that. Fuck! This is just nuts and I love it. I know the movie “White Noise” is out now in theaters and all you geeks that are into EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) are going to think that "Infodump" has a hidden message. Go ahead and see what you can make of it, but I think that Devin is just fucking with all of your minds. Some may say that SYL is over rated, but this is a much better record than the last time around and there is just so much to hear. (Online May 4, 2005)

Joe Florez

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