Strapping Young Lad - City

8.6 | 386 votes |
Release date: 1997
Style: Industrial metal, Thrash metal


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Disc I
01. Velvet Kevorkian
02. All Hail The New Flesh
03. Oh My Fucking God
04. Detox
05. Home Nucleonics
06. AAA
07. Underneath The Waves
08. Room 429 [Cop Shoot Cop cover]
09. Spirituality
10. Centipede [Japanese bonus] [2007 reissue bonus]
11. Home Nucleonics ['96 Demo version] [2007 reissue bonus]
12. Headrhoid [Gunt demo version] [2007 reissue bonus]
13. Detox ['96 demo version] [2007 reissue bonus]
14. AAA ['96 demo version] [2007 reissue bonus]
+ Detox [video] [2007 reissue bonus]

Disc II [Live] [2012 reissue bonus]
01. Dire
02. Consequence
03. Relentless
04. Rape Song
05. Home Nucleonics
06. S.Y.L.
07. In The Rainy Season
08. Devour
09. Aftermath
10. Oh My Fucking God
11. Force Fed
12. Detox
13. All Hail The New Flesh
14. Far Beyond The Metal

Top 20 albums of 1997: 14

Additional info
All the songs from the 2012 bonus CD were recorded at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver (Canada), January 16th 2004. Taken from the For Those Aboot To Rock DVD, previously unreleased on CD.

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This album is an explosion. City is the musical equivalent of a nuclear warhead detonating directly into your eardrums. Few other albums can bend and blur the borders of genres like City; the result is a crushing, homicidal whirlwind of extreme hardcore blackened death doom thrash grind industrial carpet bombing. From the first pounding, metallic second of "Velvet Kevorkian" to the final droning, haunting moment of "Spirituality," Strapping Young Lad's sophomore effort is a nonstop roller coaster ride through the darker half of Devin Townsend's manic depression.

published 20.02.2012 | Comments (6)

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24.12.2010 - 16:53
Rating: 9
Metal slave
Would prolly be a 10 if it didnt end on such a weird note (429 is strange....still good and then spirituality is kinda boring) Im a firm believer that the last song should sum up the album...instead of being a "closer".
11.01.2011 - 06:29
Rating: 10
Evil Chip
Really amazing album from what I'm listening right now. This record is surprising me like no other record has done it for while
20.09.2011 - 13:09
Rating: 10
Excellent album by SYL. Probably one of the craziest ventures through music i have had the pleasure of experiencing, but even Room 429 seemed to fit the atmosphere that the rest of this album created perfectly\m/
23.10.2011 - 14:39
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Irritating fillers ruin the whole experience.
08.04.2012 - 03:56
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You can feel the raw, unpasturized anger in this album. Sick as hell.
22.09.2012 - 05:23
How is the remaster compared to the original? Is it worth me getting (aside from the bonus tracks) Im talking about the original songs production quality
28.12.2012 - 01:51
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Very excellent! Its musical madness from the first second on, but i just cant listen to this album in one loop. When it goes to Industrial, City for sure belongs to the best.
11.01.2014 - 17:11
Rating: 9
This embodies anger.
The first album with elements of industrial metal I heard and was crushed to death some 4 years ago. The best thing is that this not only angry but also contains sections of humor and oddly enough, manages to make me laugh
Giving my ears a rest from music.
16.03.2015 - 06:02
Rating: 10
It's an explosion.
I'm derp.
30.04.2015 - 16:21
Rating: 8
High Fist Prog
Vicious assault from start to finish, but leaves something to be desired...not quite as fulfilling as I would have it.
12.06.2015 - 03:53
Rating: 10
I'm derp.
12.09.2016 - 15:07
Rating: 10
Black Knight
This album was a kick in the face for all those washed-up 80s thrash bands who confused change with sell-out. Townsend and the other SYL guys proved that you can still make thrash metal to be relevant in the grunge/nu-metal decade by being creative. Not by selling-out. All those washed up thrash bands such as Slayer, Metallica, Anthrax, Exodus or Sepultura could've taken 10 years break to come up with new material and they could never come up with a record of such high quality like City. This album to me almost made the 80s thrash scene to be like classic rock. That's how heavy it is. And that's how innovative and relentless it is. They became generic. However, that does not mean the album is perfect. Tracks 3 and 5 tend to be a little random, rather too chaotic, lacking in melody. Also, the cover track is kinda mediocre, but that isn't a Townsend song thus it is skipable. The rest of the tracks are top-notch. They set the quality standard so high that none of the subsequent SYL releases were able to top it. In particular, the last track kinda predicts what Dev would write for his subsequent solos releases.

Great tracks: All Hail The New Flesh, Detox, AAA, Underneath The Waves, Spirituality.

Average tracks: Oh My Fucking God, Home Nucleonics, Room 429.

Bonus tracks: Centipede (can be found on the Japanese 2007 remastered edition; an ok track inspired by a Soundgarden song).

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