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The Cruxshadows released their cassette debut Night Crawls In in 1993, and their first CD, Telemetry of a Fallen Angel arrived three years later. Curry and Flanagan left the band in 1997 to be replaced by Trevor Brown, Chris Brantley, and Kevin Page. The Cruxshadows' lush blend of thick industrial sounds and elegant darkwave aesthetics were strengthened at this point, but Brown withdrew from the band due to personal reasons. Rachel McDonnell stepped in, with Brown only being minimally involved.
The band was signed to Nesak International/Kado Records but were shipped over to Dancing Ferret Records and Mere Mortal Records after Nesak was bought out; Mere Mortal Records folded in mid-1999. The limited edition Until the Voices Fade and the group's third full-length album, The Mystery of the Whisper, were both released in 1999, and the band toured nationally, extensively playing dates around the Midwest and East Coast. In mid-2000, the group released the Paradox Addendum EP.
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Monica Richards, already a punk rock girl in the early '80s, became the face of the D.C.-bred band Strange Boutique. It was more hardcore punk than dreary goth rock aesthetic, and her time with the band also included opening gigs for the Meat Puppets, Bad Brains, and the Circle Jerks. She formed Madhouse in 1983, and that band released several singles and a debut full-length, but by 1987, Richards had rejoined Strange Boutique once more. Richards and her bandmates went on to become one of D.C.'s biggest alternative acts, later sharing the stage with Killing Joke, UK Subs, and Xmal Deustchland, as well as releasing two EPs and an album. In 1993, while on the road in support of The Charm, Strange Boutique opened a series of dates for the Shadow Project, and that's when Richards met William Faith.
Faith had previously worked with Christian Death, Mephisto Walz, and the Sex Gang Children, and by the mid-'90s, he wanted another musical outlet besides being in a group. His musical work with Richards led her to move to his native Los Angeles on a permanent basis so that the two could fully focus on Faith & the Muse. Their first musical composition was a cover of the Bauhaus classic "Hollow Hills, which would be featured on the 1996 compilation A Passion of Covers: A Tribute to Bauhaus. In 1994, they issued a debut album titled Elyria, which grounded the underground club hit "Sparks" and two years later, Annwyn, Beneath the Waves was released. The lush fairytale elements were far more haunting this time around, marking Richards' and Faith's commitment to artistic creativity. Countless tours and festival dates across Europe and the U.S. filled the remainder of the '90s, and upon 1999, the band released another album, Evidence of Heaven, as well as Richards' and Faith's own label, The Mercyground. While recording Evidence of Heaven, however, they endured the sad suicides of Christian Death's Rozz Williams and Faith & the Muse bassist JT Murphy, as well as Richards' grandfather. Such dire times called for a well-deserved break, and the two set off to hibernate in their L.A. digs. Two years later, they rekindled a spark, for the Faith & the Muse inked a new deal with Metropolis and surfaced with their fourth album, Vera Causa, in October 2001. This particular double-disc included previously unreleased remixes, covers, and live tracks alongside cult classics like "The Unquiet Grave" and "The Silver Circle." In 2002, Richards contributed vocals to the Viva Death self-titled effort. A year later, Faith & The Muse returned with their first album of original material in five years. The Burning Season, which appeared in July 2003, marked the pair's most experimental work to date.
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As Switchblade Symphony, Root's musical theater training and Wallace's film-scoring experience showed in their theatrical vocals and orchestrated, dreamlike sound. Early, self-released cassettes like 1991's Fable and 1992's Elegy were sold at shows and caught the attention of influential forces in the darkwave scene, such as Propaganda magazine and Cleopatra Records.
Cleopatra signed Switchblade Symphony and the group issued their debut album, Serpentine Gallery, for the label in 1995. Serpentine Gallery featured lusher, fuller versions of many of the songs on the group's initial recordings, mixing a poetic, ethereal sound with hints of harsher, industrial beats. The album gained critical acclaim and provided Switchblade Symphony with opening dates on tours with labelmates like Christian Death in 1996, and other prominent darkwave acts like the Sisters of Mercy and Type O Negative.
1997 saw the group return with Bread & Jam for Frances, technically Switchblade Symphony's first new material for Cleopatra. A heavy electronica influence permeated the album, which featured dub loops and trip-hop beats mixed into their dark, ornate signature sound. Bread & Jam for Frances also kept the group's critical momentum going, receiving great word of mouth; two singles, "Clown" and "Drool," followed in its wake, along with a limited-edition tour album, Scrapbook. After spending much of 1998 on headlining and supporting tours, Switchblade Symphony released their third album, Three Calamities, the following year. A fusion of Serpentine Gallery's opulence and Frances' futurism, it reflected the group's advances as songwriters and performers.
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“Counting To Zero” would make a perfect soundtrack to Clash Of The Titans when the Titans were being lured into Medusa’s cave. They know they shouldn’t look….but…they can’t help it as the voice is drawing you in. Movie and TV producers are picking up on the allure of Collide’s sound though, as they have recently been featured on the HBO series, True Blood with their song “Slither Thing” off of “Some Kind Of Strange”.
Fans of Curve often reminisce about the glory days of Dean Garcia and Toni Halliday. And while we are fond of those days too, lets not get stuck in the past folks. kaRIN and Statik offer a very similar dynamic with their music, while at the same time keeping it fresh and original. In 2007, kaRIN and Statik actually teamed up with Dean Garcia for a project called The Secret Meeting.
Collide has been making music since 1992 and they are getting stronger and stronger with each release. Below are a few videos off of “Counting To Zero” including a full-length video for “Mind Games” as well as a sampler for “In The Frequency”.
When not making music, kaRIN is the creative mastermind behind Saints & Sinners (http://www.saintsandsinners.tv). Saints and Sinners is a market place of mens and womens clothing, leather belts, cuffs, jewelry, purses, scents and other odds and ends all designed and hand crafted by kaRIN. Do yourself a favor and checkout what they have to offer. Who needs boilerplate accoutrement from Hot Topic when you can get original hand crafted goods made by artists that you know and love!
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Although he had previously written music, it wasn't until 1988, when, at a concert by Depeche Mode, Shear was inspired by the industrial sounds spun by the opening DJ. He soon shifted from instrumental synth-pop (under the name Man on a Stage) to a combination of his punk, synth-pop, and industrial influences. Changing the name to Assemblage 23, Shear self-released Wires in 1992, with little interest from record labels. In the mid-'90s, he produced tracks for a side project called Nerve Filter, exploring dark, instrumental techno (previous endeavors included playing bass for the Advocates, as well as the short-lived synth-pop project Procession). Finally, in 1995, Arts Industria released the first Assemblage 23 track, "Graverobber," on a compilation. In 1998, Canadian label Gashed signed Assemblage 23 and the following year released its first full-length, Contempt. In 2001, the follow-up, Failure, a mature recording of electro and industrial dance, was issued and found popularity in dance clubs. After difficulties with Gashed, Assemblage 23 signed with Metropolis in 2001, re-releasing Contempt and Failure.
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