YMMV / Devin Townsend

  • Anvilicious: Much of Strapping Young Lad's Self-Titled Album is given over to ranting about war ("Relentless"), rape ("Rape Song") and other atrocities, which was actually Devin's primary impetus for getting the band back together. But Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped.
  • Archive Panic: Has definitely reached this status with the gigantic discography seen on the main page, especially when one keeps in mind that many of these albums (e.g. Epicloud, Transcendence, Casualties of Cool, probably others) have been given special editions with bonus discs that are around as long as the albums they accompany.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Performing a sellout show at the legendary Royal Albert Hall in London. He performed the Dark Matters half of Z2 in its entirety and, in the second set, finally performed "The Death of Music" for the first time since he wrote it 18 years prior. And it was glorious.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: So much, he has his own page.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: A shitload of it. But "The Death of Music" from Ocean Machine tops them all.
    • Album-wise, City, Alien, Ocean Machine: Biomech, Infinity, Terria, Ziltoid the Omniscient, and Deconstruction are often regarded as some of his finest works.
    • The intro to "Juular" in The Retinal Circus starts with Devin snarking at his "evil self," ending with "I say to the Devil, I say...BRING IT!" followed by a sudden crash into the song's opening
    • Even if he won't acknowledge it as one of his best albums, "Namaste" in Physicist can make you headbang for the entire song.
  • Ear Worm: An awful lot of them.
  • Epic Riff: A lot of them, especially in Strapping Young Lad songs. "The New Black" and "Force Fed" are great examples. Amongst his solo work, "Kingdom" is a standout example.
  • Face of the Band: It goes without saying that he's this to the Devin Townsend Project. He was also the most well known member of Strapping Young Lad, though Gene Hoglan gets a lot of attention, too, due to him being considered a god among drummers. Jed Simon seems to be liked by fans since he's the only member of the band who Devin is still in touch with. No one ever really took much notice of Byron Stroud.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: While he does have a decent sized fanbase in America, he's far more popular in Europe. (Particularly in the UK).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight or "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Perhaps depending upon one's political views, the lines "You're a puppet / I am a puppet / We are all puppets" from "Color Your World" can be examples of one or the other after the infamous "No puppet! No puppet! You're the puppet!" exchange from Donald Trump's debates with Hillary Clinton.
  • Memetic Mutation: This picture became pretty popular and has been reposted a lot.
  • Misaimed Fandom: According to Devin:
    Strapping Young Lad started as the giant middle finger, and then suddenly there were people saying "Yeah! Tell us we're assholes!"
    • Perhaps more horrifyingly, Word of God indicates that Devin is dissatisfied with "Rape Song" because apparently some people misinterpreted it as a pro-rape song (with lyrics like "Rape is just cause for murdering/Waste life/Die bastard die bastard burn" one assumes that some people didn't actually bother reading them). Of course, this is far from the only time this has happened in rock history; Nirvana and Hüsker Dü had the same problems with "Polly" and "Diane" respectively.
  • Narm Charm: The chorus of "Stagnant" is incredibly cheesy ("And I feel it in my heeeEEEEEeeeeEEAAAAADD! Wooooo...") but the song still manages to be great despite (or because) of it.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • "Deathscope" off of Casualties of Cool. Sounds like the same ghostly rockabilly as the other songs on CoC until you notice Devy growling under the main vocals followed by him screaming at the top of his lungs right before a barrage of white noise. This leads into the same simple riff being played as if outside of a vehicle, creating the effect of being left behind. The piece ends with a lonely ambience along with a voice over from Che.
    • "God, quiet! Just a little bit of quiet, please! Just stop the noise for once...PLEASE!!"
    • "S.Y.L" from Strapping Young Lad's debut album Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing. It starts with a rather cute sounding child telling a story about a bear eating children and suddenly gets overtaken by an eerie droning followed by loud metallic banging until we hear electric sounds accompanied by Devin screaming as loud as he can. The first verse is particularly chilling, not helped by Devin's aggressive, raspy vocals.
    I am the coming of a new age
    Past your shit by far
    I was a puzzle in your sick life
    But will never be a piece anymore
    Because I worked through your fucking bullshit
    And I worked through your fucking lies
    Now I'm working on the edge
    With a thousand times the stress
    So I can damn you down to size
    • The screaming woman that's heard at the start of "Bad Devil". She sounds like she's either writhing in agony, absolutely terrified or both.
    • His conversation with his "evil self" in The Retinal Circus. It's just a head floating in a black space.
    • The cover for Infinity features a naked Devin looking at you with what's essentially a Slasher Smile.
    • "Info Dump", the last song from Strapping Young Lad's Alien, has to be one of the most unnerving uses of white noise to date. Couple that to the ever-growing loudness curve and the scream in the end, and you get a really disturbing aural experience.
    • Speaking of screams in the end, the ear-piercing shriek at the end of "Things Beyond Things" from Ocean Machine will leave you in shambles. The effect is compounded due to the album being in the softer side of Devin's work.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Physicist, upon release, was pegged as okay but undoubtedly Dev's weakest album to that point (arguably, it still is). He immediately wrote and recorded Terria, usually considered one of his best and most personal works.
    • Regarding instead Strapping Young Lad, the Self-Titled Album had a reception similar to: "it's actually good, but ultimately forgettable". After that, there comes Alien, widely regarded as Devin's greatest work since City and excluding Ziltoid.
  • Spiritual Successor: Zimmer's Hole, not the least of which due to the overlap in musicians with Strapping, but also E.Val seems to be channeling Devin's vocals, to the point some fans thought it really was Devin.
  • Tough Love: Devin's manager Andy Farrow had to do a lot of this to him to get him out of his latest Creator Breakdown. He describes it in detail in his interview with Chris Jericho.
  • Ugly Cute: Poozers, the loyal race of creatures from the planet Titan that invade Earth in Z2.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Ziltoid loves this trope.
    In "Omnidimensional Creator":
    Modular forms and elliptic curves!
    Infinite phi revolving around infinite parallels,
    fractals of infinite reality,
    each cascading, gliding in an infinite wheel!
    Tell me the true nature of my reality!

    In "Messages from Ziltoid":
    Acknowledging the past of me that was lost.
    I have repressed too many years!
    My utopia was within my grasp!
    Doomed in absentia!
    Left to be sentenced!
    Still rising to cherish all the things I have left.

    In "A Ziltoidian Rapture":
    Tell me, are you going to finish all that yourself?
    The knot backwards, he put his jaws upon his beard
    They make laments upon the wonderous truths
    Ow! Ow! Ow! Grab me your hand and pluck
    The branch lit off the great thorn.
    And the true crime
    Why dost thou mock me?
    What's to be?
    • Devin and his friends had to have smoked something before making this.