The seething of synthetic aggressions, the siren song of a carnal existance,
and the irresistable drive of the beat. This is AREA88, Industrial music
exploring the darker side of Human nature.
Founded in 1991, Attenuated Euphoria is still engaged in
the active process of evolution and maturity. When m.c. Death, the mastermind
behind Attenuated Euphoria , conceived the project during his
undergraduate years at University of Oregon, he envisioned Attenuated
Euphoria as being an "Industrial Dance-meets-Hip-Hop" project, along
the lines of early Consolidated, Meat Beat
Manifesto, and Nine Inch Nails. However, as time
went on, Attenuated Euphoria absorbed additional
inspiration from other genres of music and artists, both recent and old.
Drawing influences from sources as diverse as Thine Eyes,
Duran Duran, Pete Shelley, and many others,
Attenuated Euphoria amalgamates the sonic menagerie of their
influences and augments them with m.c. death's vitriolic and intensified text
about a personal world of mayhem.
Cult of One
Cult of One started in the early summer of 1996, and became
'official' six months later. It is, however, the culmination of Terry
Freeman's twenty year obsession with the sounds and textures which surround us
all in daily life. A tapist by nature, he applies varying levels of processing
to the sounds he harvests from his home and his city.
There is no 'grand philosophy' to his pieces, he merely takes what is familiar
to him and turns it into a distorted analogy and a personal vision of the
soundscape that is his life.
Fell.Head is a Portland, Oregon based electronic composer.
Combining electronic textures and concrete sounds with Classical, Jazz, Punk
and Industrial idioms, Fell.Head explores the realms of
polyrhythms, microtonality and the experimental side of Industrial performance
Gasket started about nine years ago as the recorded ramblings
of parties. This kind of instantaneous inspiration has held through time. One
example being the song Home on the Resurgence
compilation. The sequence was made in five minutes and their was no lyrics
written down for the vocals. Consequently, the song that ended up on the
compilation was the first take. Eventually Gasket will release
its first demo, which is the collection of the last nine years of experimental
noise and songs.
lxl is the solo musical project of lucian X. The underlying
philosophy stems from an attempt to merge noise and beauty by way of
electronics, and to formulate its own pulsating style amid the resultant chaos.
All material is generated, distorted, and otherwise digitally manipulated
on a Pentium PC, utilizing self-written programs and a host of digital
signal processing applications.
lxl is still a project in its infancy, but hopes to have a
suitable amount of material for its first demo tape by mid-to-late 1998.
Nefarium is the current sonic project of a few creatures
inspired by classic dark and electronic structures driven by images of divine
beauty and the intense feelings associated with wanting to achieve more and a
feeling of resignation to continue plodding day in night out through the
swiftly passing flicker of consciousness in hopes of somehow attaining peaceful
existence and not fall apart into the earth leaving no pattern of lasting
enchantment except static dispersion of a very temporary yet somehow eternal
form of frustration venting creativity which will someday succumb to the same
forces and be discharged back into nonexistence.
Noxious Emotion has an EBM sound to move your ass, as well as
upbeat New-Wave rhythms overlaid with Medieval melodies and a mechanical
undercurrent that gives this music a depth rarely found in the Industrial Dance
style. Lyrically, also, the band set themselves apart. While many bands aim to
shock, Noxious Emotion prefer to make you think by delving
into their own personal feelings and pain for their lyrics. If you think
Seattle is synonymous with grunge and guitars, Noxious Emotion
will remind you that the Northwest is home to some of the finest and most
innovative Industrial sounds around. The band's frequent performances locally
and recent shows across the U.S. and Canada (including Alaska) have pulled ever
growing crowds to their feet and out onto the dance floor.
Past tours have taken Noxious Emotion as far away as Anchorage
AK, Philadelphia PA, Miami FL, Austin TX, and Sacramento CA with great
success. There have also been a few nightmares on tour, having equipment
stolen back in January on the road with SMP (fellow NEC brothers) on the
"Data-Corruption '96" tour. Luckily both bands have bounced back in style after
a few short months.
The NEC is a collective of bands, based in Seattle but encompassing groups from
Portland to Achorage, who are striving to support and promote Industrial music
throughout the Northwest, Noxious Emotion is proud to be a
part of this endeavor.
Upcoming releases: Noxious Emotion has remixed the songs
"Adhunik" and "To Dream Away" by Numantra, "Entity" by Project Pitchfork, and
are working on several others at this time (SMP, Idiot Stare, and Red-7 to name
a few). They have been diligently working on the next release entitled
Symbols" which is slated for a mid '98 release date.
Even though February of '98 marks the mere first 365 days of
OMNIbOX proper, there's more beneath the fresh gloss. The
music has age, a vibe that goes beyond CD rack classification or web site
biographies. Mike Lewis and Brandon Hutchinson generate headspin rhythms with
jack hammer guitars and deep space synths.
The OMNIbOX contribution to Resurgence, Hold, is a
perfect example of the duo's ambient-aggro kick. It's a Molotov cocktail, think
with holy white noise and a chorus that wakes you from your slumber hours after
your first taste. So drink up, but don't get caught.
PEN-15, is an artistic embodiment of open minded
experimentation. As Christ was to the cross, PEN-15 is to
music, PEN-15 was erected in 1994 for composing audio projects
and acquiring instruments. Sonically, visually, and internally executed
PEN-15 is the final holding pen before the slaughter house,
bloodstained floors and smile smeared faces. Now attempting to finish a
collection of pieces.
Pet of the Future
Pet of the Future is the Portland-based solo project of
electronic musician Greebo. Utilizing modern electronic music technology,
Pet of the Future aims to engulf the listener in a world of
vibrant atmosphere and dramatic intensity. Salamander, featured on
Resurgence, marks the project's second official release.
Salamander exhibits Greebo's efforts as a heavy-dance/industrial artist;
recently, his sound has evolved into a harsher -- yet more melodic -- style of
industrial. Pet of the Future's first demo CD should be
available by the end of 1998.
The culmination of such diverse influences as The Beastie Boys, Pink Floyd, New
Order, Danny Elfman, Mozart and Beethoven -- as well as several industrial
music luminaries -- sexwithsarah has created their own unique
style of ever-evolving hard-edged electronic music, layering intricate synths
over deep percussive grooves and topping it all off with just the right amount
of flawless, refined guitar. Percussionist Damon Law, bassist db and guitarist
Legion erect a solidly emotive foundation on which frontman sinseven lays his
impassioned vocals, ranging from sultry and seductive to aggressive and
While SMP is in the process of soliciting labels for their
upcoming CD Ultimatum, they have been working on a number of
compilations. Born of Science will appear on the Resurgence CD by
Doppler Effect. Fun & Games will appear on the Cyberbabies CD. Wet
Wire will appear on The Glory of Destruction CD by Catastrophe records.
Metro, a Berlin cover song, will appear on Nod's
Tacklebox of Fun by Cargo/Reconstriction. An SMP remix of the
Collide song Strange will appear on the Collide remix
CD Distort by Cargo/Reconstriction. Finally an SMP remix of
the Scar Tissue song Crashtime will be released
by 21st Circuitry.
SpineFolder is the creative outlet for studio musician and
sound designer Tim Ebling. Since 1993, the SpineFolder name
has been associated with one full length CD, three compilation appearances, and
soundtracks for two commercial computer games. Striving to find the perfect
balance between dissonance and tonality, this project covers a wide range of
styles within the electronic music genre, from ambient "space-music" epics to
guitar-driven synthcore. Illartia (previously unreleased) was recorded
during sessions that led to the creation of the full-length CD, The
Desecration of the Firmament.
static. represents a new permutation in the realm of
Industrial related music. Having coined themselves to be a multi-ethnic bio
Industrial, static. induces a womb-like, opiated state with
natural samples, before dropping the guillotine with their edge sound.
static. embraces the concept of synthesis between the analogue
and the digital, the synthetic and the organic, a new level in the amalgamation
of traditional instrumentation with digital textures, within the confines of a
very song-oriented, pop format.
Alongside a hi-tech light show, static. delivers an intense physical
performance and the ability to retain the quality of their music in any live
A collaborative effort between Cult of One, a lo-fi analog
sound sculptor, and electronic composer Fell Head,
Tension Factor was born in the summer of 1996 in a bar over
mutual affection for martinis, HP Lovecraft and 4th dimensional math. Since
then, the group has evolved from studio work to recorded and live performances
celebrating extremes in sonic architecture.
Tension Factor uses improvisation, spoken word, audio samples,
concrete and synthesized sounds, and a novel combination of both hi and lo-tech
signal processing to achieve a unique and creative sonic landscape, spanning the
emotional and aural spectrum.
Thine Eyes. A trio of goofs from Portland and Seattle with a
taste for the funky, the stupid, and the brutal. Reared on Industrial and Goth,
Rian Callahan, Laird Sheldahl and Tanner Volz mesh the dramatic melodics of
their parent genre with jerky beats and a manic pop sensibility. Their debut
US release, Christian Sex Loops will be available from Doppler
Effect in early 1998, undoubtedly to a wave of critical confusion.
Since 1987, Kevin J. O'Conner has been exploring the moods and textures of the
psyche through his music and sound art project, Tinty Music.
As the goals and working methods of Tinty Music have become
more focused, the scope of the project has become much broader, while the
sounds produced have become more personal and richer in meaning. Opacity
Grid is both a recontextualization of a previous compilation track,
Refraction Grid, and part of a new multi-media work in progress,
The Inescapable Self, an ongoing examination through art of
the true nature of the self.
Triple Point saw its origins in the mid to late 80s when
Daniel Hinds and Vico grew up in a backwards southern Oregon town. Daniel's
tastes were in the underground Metal scene while Vico focused on Alternative
music back when there was such a thing. With time their musical visions fused
and grew into what is now Triple Point.
Triple Point is a hybrid of musical styles ranging from EBM to
Metal and Industrial to Gothic, always maintaining an electronic base. Daniel
remains in charge of the music, while Vico tackles lyrics and vocals. No
Ordinary Psychosis is an example where these duties have crossed over.
Up until now, Triple Point has recorded three demo tapes. They
contributed a track, Lorrie Pours Out in the Rain, to the
Undercurrent compilation and were most recently featured on
Reconstriction's TV Terror comp Triple Point is currently
compiling tracks for their debut CD.
viktim is an amalgamation of laconic thoughts and sonic
accostment. There is a type of thought you cannot understand, and there is a
type of thought you understand only through experience. It is my belief that
the inflicted mind shall overpower the ignorant and philistine person only
through collective action. That the unspoken barriers be dissolved definitively
by all parties with a realized integrity, to triumph over those ignorant
bodies; those bitter men without ears to hear; those ignorant women without
minds to learn; those cruel "theys" without the patience for a blue empathy.
Rhythm. Form. Frequency. Disturbance. Chaos. Knowledge. Euphoria. Pain.
Volition began in the early 80's at the dawn of MIDI with
primitive synthesis engines. Only recently changing the name from Euphonics,
Volition has a goal to create a catharsis by synthesizing
rhythms and harmonies. Mostly instrumental, the songs and styles have evolved
from simple beats and off-the-wall sounds to Dance, Techno and Industrial
creations intended not to be heard but to be listened to. The music has a heavy
rhythmic texture formed by synthesizing samples and loops combined with sounds
originating from both the analog and digital domains.
Each song is a monaural enthusiast's nightmare. Created with some of the latest
digital audio, computer, and synthesizer software and hardware,
Volition strives to create a stereo image laced with
subliminal images of music. The challenge to the listener is to discover the
subtle differences between each musical section.
Sometimes I'm Frightening. Sometimes I Scare Myself. Sometimes It Makes Me Cry.
Emerging from darkened depths. Underground. Ultramarine layers of dust.
Old laws release death from exile. Revolution underground. Disgust takes
many forms. Machines capsizing the mind, drunk on the elixir of
absolution. A new vice born. The frenzied suns of kingdom's darkness, a
vulgar demolition gang. Constructors of the ruins. Beyond understanding,
we made ourselves. Receptacles of the echoes. Mere recording devices.