Strapping Young Lad - City


8.6 | 390 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.

Guest review by
ScreamingSteelUS
Rating:
10
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.

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published 20.02.2012 | Comments (6)

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24.12.2010 - 16:53
Rating: 9
JÄY
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".
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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
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20.09.2011 - 13:09
Rating: 10
musicalkaratekid
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/
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23.10.2011 - 14:39
3rdWorldFuckface
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Irritating fillers ruin the whole experience.
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08.04.2012 - 03:56
Lit.
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You can feel the raw, unpasturized anger in this album. Sick as hell.
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22.09.2012 - 05:23
chronic-headache
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
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28.12.2012 - 01:51
megadeath13
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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.
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11.01.2014 - 17:11
Rating: 9
mz
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
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Giving my ears a rest from music.
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16.03.2015 - 06:02
Rating: 10
Maco
Handbanana
It's an explosion.
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I'm derp.
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30.04.2015 - 16:21
Rating: 8
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Vicious assault from start to finish, but leaves something to be desired...not quite as fulfilling as I would have it.
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12.06.2015 - 03:53
Rating: 10
Maco
Handbanana
IT'S AN EXPLOSION.... OF EPIC PROPORTIONS
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I'm derp.
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12.09.2016 - 15:07
Rating: 10
ManiacBlasphemer
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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20.04.2017 - 16:06
Rating: 9
VIG
I don't get how this guy went on to do prog.
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21.04.2017 - 19:08
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by VIG on 20.04.2017 at 16:06

I don't get how this guy went on to do prog.

To be honest you can kinda understand it coming as it did after Alien, because that album was definitely thrashy industrial metal first and foremost, but it had some more subtle hints of melody and perhaps even some prog influences to it. SYL wasn't always just heavy as shit lampooning of the brutal bands that take themselves way too fucking seriously. I'd say Devy definitely dropped a hint or two at what was coming with his solo career with some of the band's work

Having said that, Alien didn't drop til 2005 and Devy had already dropped quite a few solo albums before that so.... yeah, going from this to that kinda stuff is a pretty big stylistic jump. But hey man, some people have a lot of different influences and just get the itch to explore them more. You could also easily ask how the fuck Ulver went from melodic BM to droney electronica.... but it happened
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Written by RaduP on 14.01.2016 at 02:08

So you're not actually a bearded shaman opening his third eye through music?
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22.04.2017 - 02:57
Rating: 6
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
Written by Apothecary on 21.04.2017 at 19:08

Written by VIG on 20.04.2017 at 16:06

I don't get how this guy went on to do prog.

To be honest you can kinda understand it coming as it did after Alien, because that album was definitely thrashy industrial metal first and foremost, but it had some more subtle hints of melody and perhaps even some prog influences to it. SYL wasn't always just heavy as shit lampooning of the brutal bands that take themselves way too fucking seriously. I'd say Devy definitely dropped a hint or two at what was coming with his solo career with some of the band's work

Having said that, Alien didn't drop til 2005 and Devy had already dropped quite a few solo albums before that so.... yeah, going from this to that kinda stuff is a pretty big stylistic jump. But hey man, some people have a lot of different influences and just get the itch to explore them more. You could also easily ask how the fuck Ulver went from melodic BM to droney electronica.... but it happened

Could be a good idea for a list. Band/artists that shifted styles drasticly.
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23.04.2017 - 03:27
Rating: 9
VIG
Written by Apothecary on 21.04.2017 at 19:08

To be honest you can kinda understand it coming as it did after Alien, because that album was definitely thrashy industrial metal first and foremost, but it had some more subtle hints of melody and perhaps even some prog influences to it. SYL wasn't always just heavy as shit lampooning of the brutal bands that take themselves way too fucking seriously. I'd say Devy definitely dropped a hint or two at what was coming with his solo career with some of the band's work

Having said that, Alien didn't drop til 2005 and Devy had already dropped quite a few solo albums before that so.... yeah, going from this to that kinda stuff is a pretty big stylistic jump. But hey man, some people have a lot of different influences and just get the itch to explore them more. You could also easily ask how the fuck Ulver went from melodic BM to droney electronica.... but it happened

Yes, that does make more sense putting it that way. I'm not good writing big long responses like this, but yeah, I agree!
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23.04.2017 - 03:28
Rating: 9
VIG
Written by M C Vice on 22.04.2017 at 02:57

Could be a good idea for a list. Band/artists that shifted styles drasticly.

Then make it.
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23.04.2017 - 04:10
Rating: 6
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
Written by VIG on 23.04.2017 at 03:28

Written by M C Vice on 22.04.2017 at 02:57

Could be a good idea for a list. Band/artists that shifted styles drasticly.

Then make it.

I can only think of 3 offhand. Someone more knowledgeable would probably do it better.
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23.04.2017 - 16:09
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by M C Vice on 23.04.2017 at 04:10

I can only think of 3 offhand. Someone more knowledgeable would probably do it better.

Hmmm....

Bathory: BM to Viking, pioneered both
Cynic: Tech death to prog
Opeth: Prog death to prog rock
Ulver: BM to electro whatever the fuck they feel like
Menace Ruine: BM/drone/noise whatever to neofolk

Just the ones I can think of right now, I'm sure there are a lot more.
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Written by RaduP on 14.01.2016 at 02:08

So you're not actually a bearded shaman opening his third eye through music?
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24.04.2017 - 11:40
Rating: 6
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
Written by Apothecary on 23.04.2017 at 16:09

Written by M C Vice on 23.04.2017 at 04:10

I can only think of 3 offhand. Someone more knowledgeable would probably do it better.

Hmmm....

Bathory: BM to Viking, pioneered both
Cynic: Tech death to prog
Opeth: Prog death to prog rock
Ulver: BM to electro whatever the fuck they feel like
Menace Ruine: BM/drone/noise whatever to neofolk

Just the ones I can think of right now, I'm sure there are a lot more.

Semargl: industrial black to electro pop, via an electro industrial album. Plus possibly Devin, since that's what started this line of thought.
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