This blog is dedicated to two of the pioneers of electronic music,
Robert Moog (1934-2005) and Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007).

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Suicide Commando

Suicide Commando was formed in 1986 as an experimental electronic music project by it's only member, Belgian Johan van Roy. Between 1986 and 1993 several demo tapes were released, and Suicide Commando appeared on some compilations. In 1994 the first commercial CD, Critical Stages, was released, and that was followed in 1995 by Stored Images, which contained the break through song for Suicide Commando, "See You In Hell":

Suicide Commando has released nearly one CD a year since his first, the latest being When Evil Speaks (2013), and is very much still active. Here is his website. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Aggrotech

A electro industrial music spread during the 1990s, it began to morph into another sub genre, this one called aggrotech. Aggrotech music sound quite similar to electro industrial, but mixes in elements of techno, in particular the bass, or "kick", drum (usually electronic) and the "super saw" sound of the Roland JP-8000 synthesizer. One of the first artists to go into the new sub genre was an electro industrial act knows as :wumpscut, which was the solo project of a German DJ named Rudy Ratzinger. In the early 1990s Ratzinger became less interested in being a DJ and more interested in producing his own music, and the :wumpscut project was born. Two demo tape were released in 1991, Defcon and Small Chambermusicians.In 1993 the first CD was released, Music For A Slaughtering Tribe, and the track "Soylent Green" found widespread popularity in German clubs:



By the mid 1990 :wumpscut moved into a more aggrotech direction, with the release of of Embryodead in 1997, and Wreath of Barbs in 2001:


:wumpscut has released a total of 14 studio albums, the most recent this year, called Madman Szpital. He has also appeared in numerous complations. Here is his website (in German).



Sunday, November 10, 2013

Placebo Effect

Another popular dark electro band also came out of Germany in 1989, called Placebo Effect. It was formed by  Axel Machens, Cristoph Kunze, and Achim Windel, and was primarily synthesizer and sample oriented. In 1989 they released a demo tape entitled Pacebo Effect, and their first commercial release was in 1990, called Gargoyles:

"Gallery Of Pain" form Gargoyles.

They released 4 more albums until breaking up in 1995. Machens went on to form a side project called Breathe, while I have no information about the others. In 2011 the first two albums were remastered and re- released as a CD by Infected Records, but otherwise, I have no information as to their whereabouts now. There is a little of their material on YouTube, but no website that I know of. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Dark Electro

During the early 1990s electro industrial music was catching on in Europe, and began to morph into similar sub genres. One of the first sprung up in Germany, and was called Dark Electro. It took elements of the emerging dark ambient sub genre and combined it with the rhythmic elements from electro industrial; the primary difference was the lyrics and the themes of the songs, which were often occult and ritual oriented. One of the first dark electro bands was called yelworC (named for occultist Aleister Crowley), formed in 1987 by Peter Devin and Oliver Buttner. After numerous cassette demos, they released a CD in 1993, called Brainstorming.


"Curse" form Brainstorming.

yelworC split up in the following year, with Devin keeping the name and Buttner joining the experimental music project amGod. Devin released a new album as yelworC in 2004, Trinity, and two others during the past decade. There is a website here (in German), and a Myspace page here.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Haujobb

While most electro industrial bands were in North America, the music became very popular in Europe, and it wasn't long before some electro industrial projects to spring up there. Haujobb was formed in Germany in 1993 by Daniel Meyer, Dejan Samardzic, and Bjorn Judemann, releasing their first album, Drift Wheeler, the same year. with several more to follow. The best known Haujobb album is Solutions For A Small Planet, in 1996.


 "Anti/Matter" from Solutions For A Small Planet.

Junemann left the group in 1995, an Meyer and Samardzic continued to produce albums as Haujobb throughout the rest of the 90s, and 2000s. Their most recent album was 2012's Let's Drop Bombs:


In the late 1990s Haujobb began to cross over into other genres, including ambient and techno, and introduced elements of those genres into industrial music. They were also involved in side projects too numerous to mention here: we will likely run into them again when I get to the other sub genres of the 1990's.


Friday, October 25, 2013

Yeht Mae

Yeht Mae is an electro-industrial band formed in 1988 in California by Jeremy Daw and vocalist Lynda Sterling. After two self distributed cassette demos, they were signed to Gymnastic Records, and in 1991 the first CD, 1000 Veins, was released. This is "Heartbreaker", from that album:


In 1992 they signed with Zoth Ommog records, releasing 2 more albums, and with Metropolis records in 1996 were they released their final album. They have appeared on numerous compilation CDs. They disbanded after 1996, and to my knowledge, have not been heard from since. There is a website, yehtmae.com, where several mps3 are freely available, and there are numerous Youtube posts of their music.
This is "Bring On The Rain" (album unknown), which is a favorite of mine:


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Mentallo And The Fixer

Mentallo and The Fixer is an electro-industrial group formed in 1988 by Texans Gary and Dwayne Dassing, who had been previously done more traditional rock music, but became interested in electronics duirng the late 1980s. There first release as Metallo and The Fixer was No Rest For The Wicked, a limited edition release on the Portuguese label Simbiose. That was followed by Revelations 23 in 1993, on what was to become a long relationship with Metropolis Records. This is "Tachyon" from Revelations 23:



That was followed by 5 more albums on Metroplois during the 90s, along with numerous appearances on compilations. They also had a side project called Mainesthai, which released two more albums in 1994 on Zoth/Ommog Records:



Dwayne left the group in 1999, and Gary continues to use the Mentallo and The Fixer name, releasing 6 more albums, the latest being Music From The Aether (2012). There is no website that I know if, but there is a Myspace page with several streaming tracks, and there is quite a bit of their material on Youtube.