7 years… That’s how long it’s been since Penal Colony’s seminal Cleopatra release, “5 MAN JOB”. In that time, many of Penal Colony’s contemporaries have released new records and toured in support of those records several times over. Entirely new flavors of electronica have come and gone. A different president was in office when “5 MAN JOB” came out. All of this begs the question: What happened?
Chemlab is a Coldwave and Industrial rock (or "Machine Rock") band formed in Washington D.C. in 1989 by Dylan Thomas More and Jared Louche with the help of short-time member Joe Frank. Influenced by the pioneers of the industrial genre, such as Throbbing Gristle, Chemlab brought a rough, experimental approach to their music.
There is more than one artist under the title Excessive Force: 1) Most well known as a heavy techno-industrial side project of Sascha Konietzko (KMFDM) and Buzz McCoy (My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult), Excessive Force was described by Konietzko as "a one off that turned into a two off."
Formed in 1991 by the frontman, guitarist, keyboardist, percusssionist, and vocalist Steven Seibold, Hate Dept. combines a mixture of hard rock, punk, industrial, and dance music with venomous, angry lyrics.
Marc Heal and Phil Barry, otherwise known as industrial terrorists Cubanate, have explored the hybrid style created by mixing industrial music with the high-speed rhythms of techno. The group formed in London in late 1992 with Heal on vocals and Barry playing guitar, along with keyboard player Graham Rayner and percussionist Steve Etheridge.
H3llb3nt was a collaborative industrial rock supergroup from the United States that formed in 1995. The project featured a number of industrial artists including Eric Powell (16Volt), Jared Louche (Chemlab), Charles Levi (My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult), Bryan Black (Haloblack), Lee Fraser (Sheep on Drugs), Martin Atkins (Pigface), and Raymond Watts (Pig, KMFDM).
En Esch and Günter Schulz formed Slick Idiot after the temporary breakup of KMFDM in 1999. They carried with them several of the distinctive sounds that made KMFDM one of the leading industrial innovators of the 80's and 90's.
In his past lives, PIG was Lord Raymond Watts, known variously as Raymond Scaballero in Foetus, an icy addition to Psychic TV, a savage PA destroyer in Einstürzende Neubauten, and a founding catalyst of KMFDM. Watts began his arrest record in London where he was most likely pissed off about something and doing sound manipulations, loops and live sound for Psychic TV.
The Damage Manual is an industrial supergroup that originally formed in 2000. It featured Martin Atkins on drums and loops, Chris Connelly on vocals, Geordie Walker on guitar and Jah Wobble on bass. Originally stemming from discussions between Atkins and Wobble, Walker was brought aboard when Wobble expressed interest in working with him.
Cyberaktif was a one-off collaboration between Bill Leeb of Frontline Assembly, and Cevin Key and Dwayne Goettel of Skinny Puppy. Blixa Bargeld from Einstürzende Neubauten guested on the tracks "Paradiessiets" and "Meltdown".
Machines of Loving Grace was an industrial rock band from Tucson, Arizona, United States. Formed in 1989 as Machines of Loving Grace (named for a Richard Brautigan poem), the original lineup consisted of Scott Benzel (vocals), Stuart Kupers (guitar and bass), and Mike Fisher (keyboards), with Brad Kemp (drums) added shortly thereafter.