is the second solo album by Canadian musician Devin Townsend
. The album was released in October 1998 on Townsend's label, HevyDevy Records.
After the completion of Strapping Young Lad
's extreme metal
and his solo progressive rock
, Townsend began to approach a mental breakdown. "I started to see human beings as little lonesome, water based, pink meat," he explained, "life forms pushing air through themselves and making noises that the other little pieces of meat seemed to understand." In 1997, he checked himself into a mental-health hospital, where he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder
. The diagnosis helped him understand where the two sides of his music were coming from; he felt his disorder "gave birth to the two extremes that are Strapping's City
record and Ocean Machine's Biomech
After being discharged from the hospital, Townsend found that "everything just clicked" and he was able to write his second solo album, Infinity
, which he described as "the parent project" of City
. Townsend returned to the studio, accompanied by drummer Gene Hoglan, to work on the album, on which Townsend played most of the instruments.
was released in October 1998 on Townsend's independent label, HevyDevy Records. It was distributed in Canada by HevyDevy, in Japan by......