Strapping Young Lad
evin Townsend, who had previously made a name for himself as a vocalist for such artists as the Wildhearts and Steve Vai, formed Strapping Young Lad but surprisingly took a much different musical direction, focusing on dark and heavy Industrial Metal. The debut, Heavy As A Really Heavy Thing, featuring himself along with Adrian White (drums) and Jed Simon (guitar) came in 1995, with a full band being recruited for the follow-up release of (1997) by replacing White with Gene Hoglan (ex-Testament/ex-Dark Angel/ex-Death/ex-Old Man's Child/ex-Daemon) and Byron Stroud stepping in to assume bass.
John Morgan was in for keyboards for the next album, No Sleep 'Til Bedtime - Live In Australia (1998) a live album, but was gone by the time SYL (2003) came to be. In addition to his efforts with Strapping Young Lad, Townsend has recorded several solo albums (along with Jed Simon), and also recorded with another project named Ocean Machine. He also sponsored another project called Zimmers Hole that featured Simon and Stroud amongst its members; Zimmers Hole, however, predated Strapping Young Lad.