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Nottingham, United Kingdom (1989 – present)

Pitchshifter are a British industrial rock/metal band originally hailing from Nottingham.

The band was formed in 1989 by bassist Mark Clayden with guitarist and programmer Johnny Carter, later joined by vocalist JS Clayden and Stuart Toolin. During this time, the band played with local bands and soon gained attention of the Peaceville Records. During this time, JS went to live in France to sell paintings.

During 1990, the band started recording their début album, Industrial, with the main vocalist being Mark Clayden instead of JS, who contributed with backing vocals. The band later went on a small tour with bands like Napalm Death.

Their first few releases had a distinctive industrial sound where the influential gaze of Godflesh was abundantly apparent.

The simplified 808 style drum tracks and sluggish drone guitars evolved over the next decade to produce some of the most intense loop based crunching metal/punk riffs and hard floor dance rhythm sections.

Throughout their highly acclaimed career although often commercially overlooked, Pitchshifter were often heralded with founding the Electro Punk genre with JS Claydon’s ‘sex pistols’ barrages on the current state of the UK, simplistic chord driven guitar lines and the inclusion of more and more elaborate sampling and synth based elements.

Similar to previous attempts at this meld of minds such as (PWEI) Pitchshifter created an intense and dedicated fan-base who still work hard to promote the outfit.


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  • Edgecrvsher

    Pitchshifter kicks ass, doesn't matter if they're playing Godflesh-influenced Industrial Metal or Dnb-infused Industrial Rock. I would like to see them release a new album in the future, but seeing as its been about a decade since they made new material, it makes me wonder if that will happen or not.

    24 Jul 6:42am Reply
  • ST3RST1K4R

    hopefully they are alive and well....its long overdue for an interview

    29 Mar 6:10am Reply
  • Zvakic

    Pitch Shifter > Pitchshifter [3]

    23 Feb 11:18am Reply
  • Aleksandryuki

    Pitch Shifter > Pitchshifter [2]

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • xk00dyax

    Pitch Shifter > Pitchshifter

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Kaotic13

    Still waitin...its so sad vital sign for 3 years Jon...!!!!!

    10 Nov 2014 Reply
  • child_in_time

    Still no news of this band? They were supposed to release a new album in 2012...

    29 Oct 2014 Reply
  • metaldiscussor

    Here's what happened on the album Industrial when the band first formed: "Hey guys, did you hear that band godflesh? Yeah me too. Let's get together and make music just like that".

    24 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Meloku666

    Desensitized, Industrial and Submit, everything else is irrelevant. [2] Yeah their copy-Godflesh albums are good.

    11 Jul 2014 Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

    oh wow is fucking abysmal hahaha

    12 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Chirurg666

    Desensitized, Industrial and Submit, everything else is irrelevant.

    10 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Freestyler90

    I miss this band

    19 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Zvakic

    I prefer Pitch Shifter over Pitchshifter if you catch my drift.

    13 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Temon357

    "Industrial" sounds really like Godflesh. A little poserish, but in a good oldschool IM style. "Desensitized" & "Infortainment" is more like 16volt's "Coldwave Industrial". ""; is unique but sounds more like modern IM. So, later albums are Industial rock with a metal elements. Don't know, listen it a little. Not enough hate in music...

    15 Feb 2014 Reply
  • astralprison

    @tricksterc Early Pitchshifter is pretty much Streetcleaner worship, which I have absolutely no problem with. The comparison is pretty obvious.

    8 Feb 2014 Reply
  • db5vry

    Has anyone heard anything about new songs from these guys? Crazy to think their last album was 12 years ago! I think one of the band members suffered with ill health, hope everything is all good with them, that's the main thing, a new album in 2014 would be amazing from them!

    21 Jan 2014 Reply
  • xHxYxBxRxIxDx

    I have given up hope for a new album.

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Siberiandreamer

    Well often early material from bands will be a sum of their influences as young musicians. Old fans may often prefer it, but that isn't 'their' sound which obviously evolved a lot more as it went on.

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Mechayoshi

    Will always be one of my favs.

    14 Aug 2013 Reply
  • spikeyben

    last i heard was they were writing in their own studios in nottingham with the intention of taking their time and maybe dropping something in 2012! so i guess it could be the stuff they were working on last year. but since they now self release all their gear they are very well aware that they have all the time they want to take with no pressures

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
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