"S.Y.L." (Townsend and Adrian White) – 4:47
"In the Rainy Season" (Townsend and White) – 4:37
"Goat" (Townsend) – 3:30
"Cod Metal King" (Townsend) – 5:08
"Happy Camper (Carpe B.U.M.)" (Townsend and White) – 3:00
"Critic" (Townsend) – 4:07
"The Filler - Sweet City Jesus" (Townsend) – 5:24
"Skin Me" (Townsend) – 3:29
"Drizzlehell" (Townsend) – 3:09
"Satan's Ice Cream Truck" (Townsend) – 2:33
"Japan"* (Townsend and White)– 5:18
"Exciter"* (Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton) – 13:40
Strapping Young Lad (usually abbreviated as SYL or Strapping) began as a solo project by Canadian musician Devin Townsend. Once he had completed his work as vocalist on Steve Vai's Sex and Religion and that album's subsequent tour, he recorded the majority of the instruments (except drums by Adrian White; excluding where drum machine is used) on the debut album, Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing. Rather than remain a solo project, additional members and the release of their album City saw SYL secure their line-up permanently. City was released to a huge response, prompting Kerrang! magazine to call it one of the heaviest albums ever.
After recording several very successful solo albums, Townsend founded The Devin Townsend Band in late 2002 as a separate entity with a different line-up to that of SYL, and the two bands have since existed in tandem; albeit with somewhat divergent musical directions.
SYL's third album, the self titled Strapping Young Lad, marked the band's first new release on Devin's own label, Hevy Devy Records, which was founded just after the release of City and is managed by Devin and his wife Tracy. Strapping toured heavily throughout 2003 and 2004 making stops in the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia.