Byron Stroud

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Byron Stroud
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Byron Stroud during a Strapping Young Lad exhibition in 2005
Background information
Birth nameByron Stroud
Born (1969-02-12) February 12, 1969 (age 50)
New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
GenresHeavy metal, death metal, industrial metal, alternative metal
InstrumentsBass, backing vocals
Years active1987–present
Associated actsFear Factory, Zimmers Hole, Ani kyd, Tenet, Caustic Thought, Front Line Assembly, Punky Brüster, Unit:187, Devin Townsend, 3 Inches of Blood, Strapping Young Lad

Byron Stroud (born February 12, 1969 in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada) is a Canadian bassist. He was the former bassist for metal bands Fear Factory and Strapping Young Lad,[1] current bassist for metal bands City of Fire, Imonolith, and Zimmers Hole, and studio bassist for 3 Inches of Blood.


Stroud has been involved in the Vancouver heavy music scene since the 1980s. His first serious band was Caustic Thought, who were formed in 1987, when he was only eighteen years old. The band also featured Jed Simon and Devin Townsend. Following Caustic Thought, he made his way to Front Line Assembly, joining them on the Hard Wired tour as a drum tech. Then he enrolled himself in the lineup for Strapping Young Lad. [2]

Although he was a staple member of Strapping Young Lad at the time, he joined Fear Factory as a full-time member in 2004. He made his Fear Factory debut on their 2004 album Archetype (note: Stroud did not play on the album as all bass tracks were recorded by guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers). Stroud insisted his allegiance remained with both bands, as well as with Zimmers Hole, a somewhat comedic band he plays in with fellow Strapping Young Lad musician Jed Simon amongst others. Strapping Young Lad disbanded in 2007, allowing him to concentrate more on Fear Factory until his departure in 2012. Throughout his time in Fear Factory, he did not record on any of their albums, possibly due to either contractual reasons or other commitments.

Stroud was also part of Unit:187 along with John Morgan. He is a co-founding member of Zimmers Hole and he also featured on Devin Townsend's punk parody project Punky Brüster. [2]

Stroud is also involved with Jed Simon's Tenet project.

In early 2011, 3 Inches of Blood asked Stroud to become their new manager. In January 2012, he joined them as their new bassist. In February 2012, Stroud left Fear Factory and was replaced by former Chimaira rhythm guitarist Matt DeVries.

Previous bands[edit]

Current bands[edit]


  • 1994 – Caustic Thought – Caustic Thought
  • 1996 – Punky Brüster – Cooked on Phonics
  • 2000 – Devin TownsendPhysicist
  • 2005 – Ani Kyd – Evil Needs Candy Too

Fear Factory[edit]

  • Archetype (2004) (Stroud is listed as a band member even though guitarist and ex-bassist Christian Olde Wolbers recorded the bass tracks.)
  • Transgression (2005) (Again, listed as a band member but did not record due to Christian handling not only the guitar, but also the bass on the record)
  • Mechanize (2010) (Dino Cazares recorded all bass tracks)

Strapping Young Lad[edit]

Unit 187[edit]

  • Unit 187 (1995)
  • Loaded (1998)

Zimmers Hole[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]


AC/DC, Deep Purple, Nazareth, Van Halen, Slayer, Metallica, Kyuss, U2, Queen, The Cars, SOD, Black Sabbath, Dio, Aphex Twin, Beastie Boys, Bob Marley, Claw Hammer, Bullet LaVolta, Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Johnny Cash, Iron Maiden, Jane's Addiction, Voivod, ZZ Top, At The Gates, Entombed, Ted Nugent, Sepultura, Soundgarden, The Police, The Cult, Rush, Dayglo Abortions, Ozzy, Morbid Angel, The Melvins, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, KISS, Weezer, Judas Priest, & GBR.


Fender Custom Shop 5 String Basses, Fender Heartfield 5 String Bass, Fernandes Tremour Basses, ESP Horizon 5 String Basses, Fender Strings, DR Strings, EMG pick ups, Bill Laurence pick ups, Ampeg 1968 SVT, Ampeg SVT 2pro, Ampeg SVT 4pro, Ampeg BSP pre amp, Mesa/Boogie M-Pulse 600, Ampeg 8x10 classic speaker cabinets, Mesa/Boogie 8x10 speaker cabinets, Tech 21 Sans Amp-Bass Driver DI, Line 6 Bass Pod Pro, DigiTech effects pedals

Byron has recently signed a deal with Ashdown Amps for equipment of the ABM range.[3][failed verification]


  1. ^ Garry Sharpe-Young (2005). New Wave of American Heavy Metal. Zonda Books Limited. p. 293. ISBN 0-9582684-0-1.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Ashdown Music".

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