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Die Warzau

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Formed in 1987 by performance artists Jim Marcus and Van Christie, Die Warzau (originally referred to as Die Warzau Synfony) has operated on the fringes of industrial music, creating a unique sound. An everpresent and important part of Die Warzau’s appeal is the sociopolitical lyricism and emotive vocals of Jim Marcus.

Originally signed to Chris Parry’s Fiction Records, the band released Disco Rigido in the late 1980s (distributed in the United States by Atlantic Records), which featured “Welcome To America”, “Land of the Free” and “I’ve Got To Make Sense”. Though the album falls solidly into the EBM genre, it contains hints of the experimentation and genre-bending that later recordings would feature (e.g. “Y Tagata en Situ”).

A second album, Big Electric Metal Bass Face, built on the foundation laid with Disco Rigido and upped the ante with excursions into funk (listen to “Funkopolis” as well as the live take of “Coming Down”). Contributors to the band at the time included Chris Vrenna and James Woolley, who both served time in Nine Inch Nails during the mid-Nineties.

Marcus and Christie then teamed up with Jane Jensen to form Oxygiene 23, and released an album (“Blue”) on Fifth Column Records.

Engine, a 1995 release on WaxTrax!, was a huge jump forward and found critical acclaim for its decimation of genre boundaries. Die Warzau could no longer be simply pigeonholed into the “industrial” category, as their music became more organic, rounder on the edges yet still retaining their trademark knack for insistent rhythm and pure, unrefined electronic noise.

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  • ketamineface

    They are a breath of fresh air to me.

    17 Apr 3:08am Reply
  • Akatian

    It's in your body!

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
  • breadysoul

    Technically Die Warzau doesn't exist anymore. If you want new music from Jim Marcus, you want Go Fight.

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • DrFloccin

    quit playing with sex toys and make another album!

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Neuralblastoma

    amazing.

    26 May 2013 Reply
  • SalivaAdNauseam

    Only 18.5K listeners?

    13 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Crystalseth

    love these guys :P

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    industrial music has been a confusing venture for me - but it's worth it when you find the right acts

    14 Feb 2012 Reply
  • inflikkt

    these guys have a sick sound. cant believe im just finding them.

    19 Dec 2011 Reply
  • ayuxx

    It's a shame they never put Supergangbang out. Hopefully Go Fight will be good. The one song they have up is pretty cool.

    5 Oct 2011 Reply
  • voodoodrew

    FYI...Go Fight is the new project...you can get free downloads from their Facebook page and their official website www.gofight.net

    23 Sep 2011 Reply
  • sjniazi

    These guys need to be more well-known!

    21 Sep 2011 Reply
  • ayuxx

    Damn, I'm not sure how I missed that note when it was first posted.

    8 Jun 2011 Reply
  • ayuxx

    It's going to be their very last show? :( I'm really glad now that I'm going.

    8 Jun 2011 Reply
  • voodoodrew

    so Jim Marcus announced today (05/30/11) on their Facebook page that Die Warzau will play their very last show at the WTII Records show

    31 May 2011 Reply
  • drummerdeftones

    anyone know where i could find lyrics?!

    19 Apr 2011 Reply
  • ayuxx

    Ha. I love it! Thanks for sharing it.

    11 Mar 2011 Reply
  • vx_GASMAN

    I second Haz567. Disco Rigido is quality. I only got Convenience recently but I've already fallen in love with it. It's not at all industrial, just really well-made experimental electronic pop.

    24 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Haz567

    Convenience is really good. Disco Rigido is the fucking shit, though,.

    22 Jun 2010 Reply
  • TheBlackRaven87

    I only have "Big Electric Metal Bass Face", and it's very interesting. sounds like a experimental mix of Industrial / Acid Funk / New Beat or so. reminds me of the self-titled album of the band "Ajax". I didn't expect that sound in Die Warzau's music, but I'm positively surprised!

    15 May 2010 Reply
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