I’ve been listening to a lot of Strapping Young Lad lately (And other Devin Townsend stuff. It is certainly an aquired taste. There’s metal, and there’s death metal, and then there is Strapping Young Lad (SYL). SYL is the closest you can get to the feeling of being violently raped by music; a wall of noise that will rip the nuts right out of your sac and jump all over them. Their new album has gone really old-school, which is a little strange. I don’t like it as much as the last album, City, but perhaps it will grow on me. The drumming by Gene Holgan is impressively inhuman. What can I say? I like listening to ‘difficult’ music. Stuff that most people wouldn’t even try to appreciate. That is not to say that I like shitty music — just difficult music that is still really good.