Biography

Dehumanation is a one-man band from Elkton, Maryland created by Matthew Kelly.

Originally conceived around 1995 as an project that would introduce elements of and , years of experimental studio sessions and futile attempts at forming a band resulted in a total inversion of this plan. The concept of mixing and seemed preposterous in 1995, especially to the community: music played on synthesizers was “fake”, drums from a machine sounded “soul-less”, and ambience coming from a sampler was “cheap”. As a result, including these elements in would make the music… not metal. History tells us now that Kelly’s movement was eventually embraced - however, it took over a decade to gain credibility.

Evolving through phases of -, , electronically-enhanced and even , all the while being constantly plagued by failed lineups, as a last resort before calling it quits Kelly hesitantly embraced Trent Reznor’s approach. Forced to use the methodology of drum machines for rhythm and synthesizers for backing and textures - mostly due to a lack of local musicians who he hadn’t already alienated or outright offended - the sound of Dehumanation evolved into a melange of and with only occasional, obvious highlights.

With the Necrotech demo (2004) his vision became more focused. An obscure 5-song CD Kelly and friends handed out and left laying in record stores and music clubs, Necrotech featured a full-length background soundtrack consisting of WWII-era Nazi rallies, thunderstorms, horror movie murder-scenes and other intimidating or violent effects. Metal programs on local stations as well as internet radio stations picked up the demo within a few weeks, and the resulting underground buzz affirmed what Kelly had suspected: people were looking for something new in black metal, something unique in death metal, and something truly vicious in industrial.

With Orwellian, anti-utopian themes emerging as the central concept of “a nation dehumanized” (thus the name, “Dehumanation”), Kelly began recording what would become Dehumanation’s first album. Volume I (2005) is the result of years of trial and error: a bastardized cross-breed of and melded with and .

It’s impossible to pin the sound down as a single genre, with unpredictable shifts between various styles - sometimes from one track to the next. Yet overall the sound remains firmly rooted in the more extreme subgenres that make up the foundation of Dehumanation’s bizzare theme.

A new EP (“Hallowed Black Divine”) is in the works, as well as a split with Belgian (“hell rock’n’roll”) desecrator extraordinaire, Plaag. Kelly has stated that the EP will offer just a taste of what’s to come on the next album musically while veering sharply into uncharted territory lyrically and conceptually.


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Edited by dehumanation on 19 Jul 2010, 07:49

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Formed in
  • 1995
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  • Elkton, Maryland
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