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(1991 – present)

16volt began in 1991 with the mission to merge the raw guitars of early punk with the heavy beats and energy of industrial dance music. In 1992, 16volt ’s founder and frontman, Eric Powell, signed with the Cargo Records industrial subsidiary and now infamous Re-Constriction Records. 16volt’s debut, “Wisdom,” was co-produced by David Ogilvie (Nine Inch Nails, Skinny Puppy) and Keith “Fluffy” Auerbach (Ministry) and was released in 1993. Met with worldwide acclaim from fans and press alike, “Wisdom” officially put 16volt on the map and, along with Powell, was credited with helping spawn a genre of industrial known as “”. That same year, 16volt hit the road, playing shows to club crowds on the West Coast of the United States.

In 1994, 16volt skipped the industry-standard “sophomore jinx” and released the slightly more raw-sounding “Skin.” This release brought more praise and won features in Alternative Press, Kerrang!, CMJ, Industrial Nation, B-Side, and more. “Skin” reached the #2 slot on Rolling Stone’s alternative charts and charted everywhere from the United States (CMJ) to France, Germany, Ireland, and Japan. 16volt hit the road again for club shows and radio junkets and destroyed it everywhere they showed up.

16volt’s third release came in 1996 by the name of “Letdowncrush.” Co-produced by Jeff “Critter” Newell (Ministry, Filter) and featuring special guests Stella (Stella Soleil, Sister Soleil), William Tucker (Ministry), Marc LaCorte, and Bryan Black (Haloblack, MOTOR, Xlover), the release once again proved that 16volt was a major force to be reckoned with. Interviews and features followed in huH, B-Side, Alternative Press, Kerrang!, CMJ, Industrial Nation, Guitar Player, and many more respected national rags.


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  • Edgecrvsher

    Supercoolnothing is one of the best albums ever. There's not too many pieces of music out there that take my emotions for a ride like it, as it's so overwhelmingly dense to the brim with infectious beats and riffs. Very disappointed the band broke up, especially when they were just about to release new material, but I'll definitely check out Black December. Wherever Eric Powell goes, I shall follow.

    24 Jul 6:14am Reply
  • Nikachu88

    Eric Powell's new band's first album is out:

    10 Jul 11:45pm Reply
  • BlazeEternia

    The thing with 16Volts breakup compared to other bands is slightly different because half of them are still carrying on. Just go check out Black December, Eric Powell is vocalist for them and it is basically carrying off where 16Volt finished. The demo tracks they have released are also awesome.

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Youraei

    Why did they have to break up? I never even got to see them live...

    1 Sep 2014 Reply
  • special_user

    splitting up??? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    7 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Plarkspug

    Guys, they've released a new album teaser on their Facebook Make sure to check it out

    31 May 2014 Reply
  • ataraxi4

    sick sick sick in the head

    23 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Crystalseth

    amazing band! I like their cover of Thats what I get more than NINs original lol

    10 Apr 2014 Reply
  • DrThelonius

    Extremely underrated band; all of their work is truly outstanding and worthy of praise. Some of the best music to some of the best times of my life.

    4 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Ynnlarcron

    bile is similar to this band

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
  • porcupanda

    Such a great band. Even the stuff I didn't like at first I ended up loving. :3 Definite favorite!!

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • DeValanten

    Bloody atmospheric stuff!

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • yuvalzak

    no way dude. all of their stuff is fucking awesome

    15 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ketamineface

    They did get a bit lame in their later work.

    18 May 2013 Reply
  • YuvalZak28

    One of the best bands ever .

    6 May 2013 Reply
  • ketamineface

    Wisdom is just fuckin' mental, One of the best in its genre.

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • franco333


    8 Jan 2013 Reply

    You cant get much more classic than 16Volt! just a fantastic band!

    22 Nov 2012 Reply
  • justine_tranter

    holy shit, they're awesome!!!

    6 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Crystalseth

    SUCH A GOOD BAND, One of my favs ;)

    6 Sep 2012 Reply
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