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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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  • child_in_time

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

    Yesterday 9:51pm 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 5:44pm Reply
  • Meloku666

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

    11 Jul 10:38pm Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

    oh wow is fucking abysmal hahaha

    12 Jun 3:33am Reply
  • Chirurg666

    Desensitized, Industrial and Submit, everything else is irrelevant.

    10 Apr 4:38pm Reply
  • Freestyler90

    I miss this band

    19 Mar 6:14am Reply
  • Zvakic

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

    13 Mar 10:03am 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 10:19am Reply
  • astralprison

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

    8 Feb 10:50am 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 1:43am 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
  • SpaceGoo

    I heard they were slated for a 2013 album, does anyone know if that's still the plan, or has it been pushed back [again]/canceled?

    25 Jun 2013 Reply
  • spikeyben

    @tricksterc listen to Industrial and you will soon see why the 2 bands get compared! Desensitized still reminds me of Killing Joke at their ugliest, then they streamlined their sound and JS drastically changed his vocal style. the oddest thing is that JS could be heard at most gigs saying how much the band disliked the first 4 releases, to the point that they felt there was only 2 good songs from that era, Triad and Virus, hence them getting regular airings at the shows.

    11 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ketamineface

    I love both old and new, Industrial is sheer brutality and PSI is catchy.

    18 May 2013 Reply
  • tricksterc

    "Godflesh > old Pitchshifter" Um...I guess that's subjective. I've always thought of them as completely different bands, despite falling under the industrial tag, they don't even sound similar.

    17 Mar 2013 Reply
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  • JavierGarciaCeb

    Godflesh > old Pitchshifter

    4 Feb 2013 Reply
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