As a follow up post to The Most underrated Industrial Music influential people/bands we saw a lot of comments on Reddit and also had a think and came up with a few more that we just have to mention because we can!
Clawfinger , Die Form and PLP
Ok, We do realize for example that we happened to mention three part time members of KMFDM in the previous article, but well it happens as in the industrial music world people do collaborate a lot and who has NOT been a member of fame band Pigface?
Surprisingly 2 of these bands are Swedish.
And yes, a part 3 will come.
Say what you want about them today. But at the time when they started (1989!) they were a bit ahead of their time when it comes to the sound and style that was later similar to Rammstein (that came with the same heavy guitars 5 years later!) for who they also did some remixes for… and System Of A Down, also formed about 5 years later on is a bit of evolved version of Clawfinger one might claim (?).
The band’s origin dates back to the summer of 1989 when Zak Tell and Jocke Skog met while working together at the Rosenlund Hospital somewhere in the vicinity of Stockholm. In 1990, they were joined by the Norwegian guitarists Bård Torstensen and Erlend Ottem who were also working at the same hospital. Soon the four realized their similar interests in music. Bård and Erlend previously played in a band called Theo in their hometown Arendal back in Norway. Their free time was invested in exploring the musical world, composing and writing songs while evolving into a band.
Their original demo comprising three tracks (Waste of Time, Nigger and Profit Preacher) quickly secured them local radio airplay and consequently brought them to the attention of the MVG label. “Nigger” is an anti-racism statement that caused quite a stir and was a massive success; it was also released as a single. By the beginning of the 1990s, Clawfinger self-released their debut Deaf Dumb Blind. This sold in over 600,000 copies worldwide and was critically acclaimed in Swedish press. With the addition of André Skaug and drummer Morten Skaug, Clawfinger went on tour and played at countless European festivals including major support slots with Anthraxand Alice in Chains.
The band received many awards, including two home Grammies at the Swedish Grammy Awards in 1994 for best hard rock band and best music video. After touring, they went straight back in the studio to record their second album, Use Your Brain. After the release of this album they went on yet another touring campaign, most notably participating at Ozzy Osbourne‘s Monsters of Rock Festival in Argentina, Brazil and Chile in 1995, rocking alongside American metal counterparts like Megadeth, Faith No More, and Alice Cooper. Back in Europe they continued their touring campaign by participating at festivals and countless gigs.
Their self-titled album Clawfinger was released in 1997. The first song on the album is Two Sides, which expanded the band’s reach by using female choir vocals and a Middle Eastern sound. The rest of the album continues with the band’s typical aggressive voice and socio-political lyrics.
Clawfinger contains 12 songs with an additional 3 bonus tracks on the limited edition. They released three singles and two videos (Biggest & the Best and Two Sides).
A Whole Lot of Nothing was the fourth album released on 23 July 2001. The music showcases the same aggressive guitars, with more distortion effects and sounds, adding a whole new level of diversification. As for the synthesizers, on this particular album they’re more present than on any other of Clawfinger’s works.
A Whole Lot of Nothing contains 13 tracks and 2 bonus tracks on the limited edition. Clawfinger also released four singles, two of which are limited editions.
Zeros & Heroes was released in 2003 and it caused controversy in America because the song Step Aside did not sit well with most American audiences due to the fact it slams George W. Bush and the post 9/11 (and not only) military politics of the US. It offers yet another style change for the ears of the listener. The electronic sound and synthesizers fromA Whole Lot of Nothing are gone and replaced by a more complex and melodic guitar riffing.
Hate Yourself With Style was released in 2005. The album continued the path entered on Zeros & Heroes and is characterized by hardrock style melodic speedy guitar riffs. The keyboards which particularly characterized A Whole Lot of Nothing have completely disappeared.
Unlike the previous albums, where the limited edition featured two or more bonus-tracks, the limited edition of this album features a DVD with live footage from the Greenfield festival and videoclips of all singles up to Clawfinger’s third album.
Clawfinger have at that point been working on a re-recording of their debut album Deaf Dumb Blind. The plan was to re-record all the songs from that album and bring in guests. Zak Tell has stated they were speaking with the members of Rammstein and Peter Tagtgren from the bands Pain and Hypocrisy.
On August 24, 2013, Clawfinger announced on their Facebook page that the group is disbanding.
On 5 October 2013, it was announced that Jocke Skog had joined the Swedish death metal band Feared as their new bassist.
In May 2014, the band announced, through their Facebook, that the group would play a one-off show at the ZAHID festival in Ukraine on 8 August 2014.
These guys needs so much more recognition. At least we think so. They have been around since the bleedin 70s! And they are still on tour with new album on the way as well!
Die Form is the primary project of the French electronic musician and multimedia artist Philippe Fichot. He began by recording a number of experimental cassette releases in the late 1970s, with the first Die Form vinyl release (‘Die Puppe’) appearing in 1982. Whilst the project was still in its infancy, the underlying concepts were still evident – a combination of esoteric electronic experiments with an underlying theme of erotism, death and other ‘taboo’ subjects, apparent in both the music and the album artwork, which Philippe also produces. Other early projects of Philippe Fichot included Krylon Hertz, Mental Code, Camera Obscura, Eva-Johanna Reichstag, Hurt and Fine Automatic.
‘Some Experiences With Shock’ followed in 1984, with the project taking a direction towards a more commercial sound on 1986’s ‘Poupée Mécanique’. The project then consolidated its experimental and melodic sides on ‘Photogrammes’, before introducing vocalist (and model) Eliane P. on the 1991 album ‘Corpus Delicti’, who remains with the project to this day. The next release, 1992’s ‘Confessions’ saw a club hit in ‘Silent Order’, with sister album ‘Ad Infinitum’ (which originated from the same recording sessions) released a year later.
The next ‘Die Form’ releases saw the poetic, emotional side of their sound richen via ‘The Trilogy of Passions’, starting with ‘Suspiria De Profundis’ in 1994, followed by ‘L’âme électrique’ the following year. 1997’s ‘Duality’ does not complete the trilogy, Phillipe Fichot choosing to leave the project open-ended. The ‘Histories’ compilation discs appeared in 1998, with the next album ‘Extremum/XX’ appearing in 2000. Then followed the ‘diptych’ of ‘InHuman’ (2004) and ‘ExHuman’ (2006), continuing their release of interrelated concept albums.
“The Bach project”was released in January 2008, an album obviously devoted to Bach. Die Form first presented this work live during the annual Bach Days in the German city of Leipzig, where they got invited. Die Form has created a new show for this project with the German dancer Sabine Seume.
Die Form left Trisol to join Out of Line in late 2008. A new single, “Her[t]z Frequenz”, was released in October 2008, followed by the “Best of XXX” in November 2008 (a compilation with reworked and remastered songs from the past 30 years).
Out on May 29, 2009, “Noir Magnétique” will see Die Form going back to a club-oriented sound. The album will be made available on CD only, with a special edition limited to 999 copies in a box with a 7″ single and extra artwork. Die Form has created a new show with performances of Laina Fischbeck on stage.
In March 2010, a vinyl boxset compilation of early K-Cassette material was released on Vinyl-On-Demand.
In 2011, a double-CD digipak limited edition of Sombre Printemps (“Ambient & Film Music 1+2”) has been released on Out Of Line.
PEACE, LOVE AND PITTBULLS
Peace, Love & Pitbulls (1992 — 1997) was a Swedish/Dutch industrial rock band headed by Joakim Thåström.
Thåström, who became famous in the 1970s and 1980s with his bands Ebba Grön and Imperiet, took a break from Sweden and moved to Amsterdam where he worked on the PLP project. Peace, Love & Pitbulls released three albums, all with songs in English and heavy, experimental rock music.
PLP was musically influenced by the German industrial rock band Einstürzende Neubauten, one of Thåström’s own favorite bands and the Swedish metal band Entombed.
Even though the band wasn’t quite a success in their home country, their music is said to have inspired a lot of artist in the same genre. One such artist was Marilyn Manson, who spoke of PLP as a source of inspiration.