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Münster, Germany (1987 – present)

The seminal band was begun by schoolmates André Schmechta and Jorg Bohme (also known as Sevren Ni-Arb and Regan Eracs respectively) in 1987 near Münster, Germany. They were originally called Scarecrow, but after leaving their first label with Talla 2XLC to join his new Zoth Ommog label , the band was renamed X-Marks the Pedwalk (the name coming from a short story by sci-fi/fantasy author Fritz Leiber about a future dystopia where vehicular manslaughter is considered a sport). Over the course of three years they produced three maxi-singles (Arbitrary Execution, Danger / Disease Control, Abattoir) each more successful than the last, before releasing their first album (Freaks) in 1992. Another maxi-single (Cenotaph) and the first European tour followed shortly after.

With the success of the tour and increasing popularity Severn chose to withdraw from college and devote full attention to the band and pursue music production as a career. He also setup the now famous T.G.I.F.Studios where in time over 50 CDs would be recorded by acts such as Eco, Evil’s Toy and Armageddon Dildos. Regan wanted to go in a different direction, so he departed and was replaced by Sevren Ni-Arb’s brother Thorsten Schmechta (aka Raive Yarx) for the next maxi-single (The Trap) and the second full-length album (Human Desolation). A second European tour was conducted with even more dates and better attendance than the first. Almost immediately after the tour yet another maxi-single (Paranoid Illusions) was released.


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    31 Oct 2014 Reply
  • versionfiv

    i'm appalled at how few listeners the most recent album has. i still haven't given it a proper listening but it seems to be better than Inner Zone Journey which was hit or miss for me.

    5 Mar 2014 Reply
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  • de_spy

    Check out side-project SN-A folks!

    3 Aug 2013 Reply
  • DJ_Tyrant

    'The Day I Start To Die' is certainly more subdued. It's a quite different feel of a track. Estefania's vocals are really the finest that I've ever heard them on any XMTP album. A monumental leap forward for her.

    30 Sep 2012 Reply
  • inflikkt

    im thinking the day i start to die is better than side of the wrong. damn this album flows all the way though! really into the songs

    29 Sep 2012 Reply
  • ZombieXBoy

    Yeah, I never got into Santa Hates You, they do seem like a joke and their name bothers me for some reason. I will stick to the amazing Project Pitchfork ^^

    28 Sep 2012 Reply
  • inflikkt

    new album sounding great!! and... santa hates you has always been a joke... no point arguing with that guy lol

    28 Sep 2012 Reply
  • ZombieXBoy

    The new album is indeed phenomenal! I must agree with DJ_Tyrant the production on this album is great as with all their albums.

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • tripodthunder

    Obviously this is your favorite band and we all have different tastes. For me it was like listening to easy listening electronic music. I need more "oomph" in my music. I will only keep one song from this abum, The side of the wrong was an OK song.

    22 Sep 2012 Reply
  • DJ_Tyrant

    @tripodthunder - You. are. insane. This album is phenomenal and an even greater advancement in the "crossover" sound from the previous album. The pacing of the album is great. The production of this album separates XMTP from every other act in "mainstream" post-industrial, i.e. appealing to the widest audiences and not fringe subgenres like dark ambient or IDM. I would actually rate one, maybe two acts in those genres as slightly better mixed & mastered than this, but certainly not more. If anyone is expecting "4 on the floor" clubstompers from every track, then of course you're going to be disappointed, and really should look at more pedestrian acts. However, if you want a mature, nuanced sound, rich & deep layered songs, and THE crispest production values this album is for you.

    22 Sep 2012 Reply
  • tripodthunder

    Add this album to the totally disappointed list of new releases for 2012. What a crap year for music, I hope Santa Hates You can make up for this. Last album was way better!

    20 Sep 2012 Reply
  • versionfiv

    im going to wait but thank you anyway.

    17 Jul 2012 Reply
  • tripodthunder

    9/14/12 (someone else said that below), the link below gives you a 11:00 minute preview and track list !!!

    5 Jul 2012 Reply
  • tripodthunder

    5 Jul 2012 Reply
  • versionfiv

    great, we now have a release date - september 14th

    28 Apr 2012 Reply
  • tripodthunder

    New album before the year is over!

    24 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Tanor-Faux

    Time Tunnel and Sweep Hand are the first songs I heard from them. ^^ They're good.

    2 Apr 2012 Reply
  • LiamEBM

    wow, 'Human Desolation' was released the same year I was born. I feel so young.

    12 Mar 2012 Reply
  • versionfiv

    that's cool man. i thought that the last CD might have been it.

    23 Sep 2011 Reply
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