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?
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.
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).
Christ Analogue was devised in 1995 by programmer/vocalist Wade Alin. The 1996 release of their debut album, “The Texture ov Despise,” earned the band instant respect and established them as a force in the electronic/industrial music scene.
Formed in 2003 and Based in Vancouver, BC, Canada; Left Spine Down (also known by the acronym LSD) plays a style of music they refer to as iPunk fusing the sounds of Industrial, Metal, Punk and Drum & Bass. The band features Jeremy Inkel of Industrial music legends FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY & NOISE UNIT and has no shortage of fire power both on stage and in the studio.
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.
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.
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.
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."