These Arms Are Snakes
These Arms Are Snakes was an American post-hardcore band that formed in 2002 and featured former members of Botch and Kill Sadie. Before disbanding in 2009, they released three studio albums: Oxeneers or the Lion Sleeps When Its Antelope Go Home and Tail Swallower and Dove. Former members of These Arms Are Snakes play in Russian Circles, Minus the Bear and Hooves, they toured with the bands Minus the Bear, Big Business, Cursive, The Blood Brothers, Engine Down, Hot Water Music, Pelican and Against Me!. The band formed as a five-piece in 2002 with Steve Snere of Kill Sadie, Brian Cook of Botch, Ryan Frederiksen of Nineironspitfire in addition to Joe Preston and Jesse Robertson, they chose the name "These Arms Are Snakes" as their band name because it was "ridiculous and sound like any other band name that's out there." The group announced that they had signed to Jade Tree Records in March 2003, released their debut EP This Is Meant to Hurt You on August 19, 2003. This was the only release with a full-time keyboardist, as Jesse Robertson left the band in 2004 after having differences in opinion about the group's touring style.
AllMusic rated the debut EP three stars out of five and called the lyrics "smart cunning."They continued as a four-piece band from this point forward. Before recording their follow-up album to This Is Meant to Hurt You, Joe Preston left the group and was replaced by Erin Tate who played in Kill Sadie with Steve Snere and Minus the Bear. Preston and other members of These Arms Are Snakes got into a van accident with a semi-truck following his farewell show. Brian Cook would still perform keys throughout the remainder of the group's existence. According to Ryan Frederiksen, this move opened up more space on stage allowing them to "run free across the whole stage," allowing for a more intense live show; the loss of Robertson allowed These Arms Are Snakes to focus on their overall sound and create "stripped-down, spacious arrangements." These changes impacted their debut full-length Oxeneers or the Lion Sleeps When Its Antelope Go Home released though Jade Tree in September 2004. In support of Oxeneers, These Arms Are Snakes joined the "Totally Badical Tour" with headliner Underoath and openers The Chariot and Fear Before the March of Flames.
The band was not warmly received on this tour. Audience members bought merchandise, though according to the group this felt more like an "empty gesture." Band members experienced friction between themselves and some of the other bands on the tour. Underoath is composed of Christian band members that would express their thoughts on religion and politics and would conflict with the ideals of These Arms Are Snakes; these Arms Are Snakes followed up their debut album with Like a Virgin, a split EP with Seattle group Harkonen through Hydra Head Records. The EP featured two new tracks from both bands, one track written and performed by both groups; this would be the second and final release with drummer Erin Tate, replaced by Ben Verellen in 2005 before going on tour with Minus the Bear. One of the tracks included is "Touched for the Very First Time" in collaboration with the band Harkonen. Verellen quit the band without an explanation given in 2005, was replaced by drummer and producer Chris Common.
Ben Verellen would go on to join Helms Alee and form his own amplifier company called Verellen Amplifiers. The group's previous conflicts with Underoath would loosely inspire their second studio album, released through Jade Tree in 2006. While These Arms Are Snakes weren't trying to make a public statement about organized religion, themes about religion were present. A more prominent lyrical theme throughout Easter was vocalist Steve Snere trying to examine the "bigger picture" of life and existence. At the end of 2006, they toured in support of their new album with Thrice, Planes Mistaken for Stars, Mouth of the Architect and Young Widows. In early 2007, These Arms Are Snakes did a small headlining tour in Europe with various bands, returned to America to open for Against Me! and Mastodon. For their third studio album, These Arms Are Snakes signed to Suicide Squeeze Records—a label that far better supported the band than their previous record label, Jade Tree. Over their former label, they praised Suicide Squeeze's treatment of the band and ability to market and sell records, in addition to being with more familiar groups like Minus the Bear.
Tail Swallower and Dove was released in October 2008. It was again produced by Chris Common and was only recorded in one month—the shortest recording period of an album for the group; the album was seen as a departure from their more hardcore-sounding songs and took a more experimental approach, more traditional song structures. During this period, These Arms Are Snakes released a number of split releases, they released Pelican / a split release with Pelican through Hydra Head. A limited edition 12-inch split with Cook's side project Russian Circles was released on tour, a split with Tropics, Meet Your Mayor / Future Gets Tense was made in limited quantities; the band's final release before disbanding was a split single with All the Saints, released as a limited edition 7-inch vinyl through Touch and Go Records, but released as a digital download. Their contributed track "Washburn" was recorded during Dove sessions. On December 25, 2009 These Arms Are Snakes announced. Though the announcement was made in 2010, the band had been inactive since late 2009 with most of the member
Los Angeles the City of Los Angeles and known by its initials L. A. is the most populous city in California, the second most populous city in the United States, after New York City, the third most populous city in North America. With an estimated population of four million, Los Angeles is the cultural and commercial center of Southern California; the city is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity and the entertainment industry, its sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles is the largest city on the West Coast of North America. Los Angeles is in a large basin bounded by the Pacific Ocean on one side and by mountains as high as 10,000 feet on the other; the city proper, which covers about 469 square miles, is the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated county in the country. Los Angeles is the principal city of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the second largest in the United States after that of New York City, with a population of 13.1 million. It is part of the Los Angeles-Long Beach combined statistical area the nation's second most populous area with a 2015 estimated population of 18.7 million.
Los Angeles is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States, with a diverse economy in a broad range of professional and cultural fields. Los Angeles is famous as the home of Hollywood, a major center of the world entertainment industry. A global city, it has been ranked 6th in the Global Cities Index and 9th in the Global Economic Power Index; the Los Angeles metropolitan area has a gross metropolitan product of $1.044 trillion, making it the third-largest in the world, after the Tokyo and New York metropolitan areas. Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics and will host the event for a third time in 2028; the city hosted the Miss Universe pageant twice, in 1990 and 2006, was one of 9 American cities to host the 1994 FIFA men's soccer World Cup and one of 8 to host the 1999 FIFA women's soccer World Cup, hosting the final match for both tournaments. Home to the Chumash and Tongva, Los Angeles was claimed by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo for Spain in 1542 along with the rest of what would become Alta California.
The city was founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. It became a part of Mexico in 1821 following the Mexican War of Independence. In 1848, at the end of the Mexican–American War, Los Angeles and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, becoming part of the United States. Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850, five months before California achieved statehood; the discovery of oil in the 1890s brought rapid growth to the city. The completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, delivering water from Eastern California assured the city's continued rapid growth; the Los Angeles coastal area was settled by the Chumash tribes. A Gabrieleño settlement in the area was called iyáangẚ, meaning "poison oak place". Maritime explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo claimed the area of southern California for the Spanish Empire in 1542 while on an official military exploring expedition moving north along the Pacific coast from earlier colonizing bases of New Spain in Central and South America.
Gaspar de Portolà and Franciscan missionary Juan Crespí, reached the present site of Los Angeles on August 2, 1769. In 1771, Franciscan friar Junípero Serra directed the building of the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, the first mission in the area. On September 4, 1781, a group of forty-four settlers known as "Los Pobladores" founded the pueblo they called El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles,'The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels'; the present-day city has the largest Roman Catholic Archdiocese in the United States. Two-thirds of the Mexican or settlers were mestizo or mulatto, a mixture of African and European ancestry; the settlement remained a small ranch town for decades, but by 1820, the population had increased to about 650 residents. Today, the pueblo is commemorated in the historic district of Los Angeles Pueblo Plaza and Olvera Street, the oldest part of Los Angeles. New Spain achieved its independence from the Spanish Empire in 1821, the pueblo continued as a part of Mexico.
During Mexican rule, Governor Pío Pico made Los Angeles Alta California's regional capital. Mexican rule ended during the Mexican–American War: Americans took control from the Californios after a series of battles, culminating with the signing of the Treaty of Cahuenga on January 13, 1847. Railroads arrived with the completion of the transcontinental Southern Pacific line to Los Angeles in 1876 and the Santa Fe Railroad in 1885. Petroleum was discovered in the city and surrounding area in 1892, by 1923, the discoveries had helped California become the country's largest oil producer, accounting for about one-quarter of the world's petroleum output. By 1900, the population had grown to more than 102,000; the completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, under the supervision of William Mulholland, assured the continued growth of the city. Due to clauses in the city's charter that prevented the City of Los Angeles from selling or providing water from the aqueduct to any area outside its borders, many adjacent city and communities became compelled to annex themselves into Los Angeles.
Los Angeles created the first municipal zoning ordinance in the United States. On September 14, 1908, the Los Angeles City Council promulgated residential and industrial land use zones; the new ordinance established three residential zones of a single type, where industrial uses were
Dominick Fernow is an American experimental musician and multimedia artist. He is best known for extreme music released under the stage name Prurient, as well as numerous other aliases including Vatican Shadow and Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, his first releases date back to 1998, the same year in which he founded the record label Hospital Productions. Fernow was born in Wisconsin into a Roman Catholic household. Fernow recounts his entrance into public school and his exposure to death metal and tape trading as early sources of musical interest. In particular, Fernow cites the death metal band Deicide's album Once Upon the Cross as, "frightening... A huge record for me, still to this day."Fernow has resided in both New York City and Los Angeles, runs the labels Hospital Productions and Bed Of Nails. In his early work as Prurient, Fernow worked with a microphone and amplifier, sometimes drums, he began utilizing more electronics, works with laptop and synthesizers. In the past, he collaborated with artists like John Wiese, Jeff Plummer, Kris Lapke, Wolf Eyes and Philip Best.
Fernow performed in various bands, such as Football Rabbit, Vegas Martyrs, Taylor Bow, Ash Pool, as part of Cold Cave. Prurient has released material on numerous independent record labels, such as Hanson Records, RRRecords, Load Records, Troubleman Unlimited, Chrondritic Sound, Kitty Play Records, American Tapes, his own label Hospital Productions. Fernow has recorded music under a variety of aliases, including Vatican Shadow, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, Exploring Jezebel, River Magic, Winter Soldier, Window Cleaning By Ian, December Magic, Tortured Hooker. Prurient has been covered in outlets such as Pitchfork Media and The Village Voice. Papua Land Where Spirits Still Rule Folklore Venom Green Graves Ambient Black Magic The Plant With Many Faces Black Magic Cannot Cross Water Water Rose Above The Head Water Witches Enthronement by God as the First-Born of the Dead Cadence Upon The Threshold Of Judgement The Sharp Lines That Delineate His Robes Which Echo Again and Again On a Business Trip to London Prurient on AllMusic Prurient discography on RateYourMusic Prurient discography on Discogs
Alternative rock is a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became popular in the 1990s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music; the term's original meaning was broader, referring to a generation of musicians unified by their collective debt to either the musical style or the independent, DIY ethos of punk rock, which in the late 1970s laid the groundwork for alternative music. At times, "alternative" has been used as a catch-all description for music from underground rock artists that receives mainstream recognition, or for any music, whether rock or not, seen to be descended from punk rock. Alternative rock broadly consists of music that differs in terms of its sound, social context and regional roots. By the end of the 1980s, magazines and zines, college radio airplay, word of mouth had increased the prominence and highlighted the diversity of alternative rock, helping to define a number of distinct styles such as noise pop, indie rock and shoegaze.
Most of these subgenres had achieved minor mainstream notice and a few bands representing them, such as Hüsker Dü and R. E. M. had signed to major labels. But most alternative bands' commercial success was limited in comparison to other genres of rock and pop music at the time, most acts remained signed to independent labels and received little attention from mainstream radio, television, or newspapers. With the breakthrough of Nirvana and the popularity of the grunge and Britpop movements in the 1990s, alternative rock entered the musical mainstream and many alternative bands became successful. In the past, popular music tastes were dictated by music executives within large entertainment corporations. Record companies signed contracts with those entertainers who were thought to become the most popular, therefore who could generate the most sales; these bands were able to record their songs in expensive studios, their works sold through record store chains that were owned by the entertainment corporations.
The record companies worked with radio and television companies to get the most exposure for their artists. The people making the decisions were business people dealing with music as a product, those bands who were not making the expected sales figures were excluded from this system. Before the term alternative rock came into common usage around 1990, the sort of music to which it refers was known by a variety of terms. In 1979, Terry Tolkin used the term Alternative Music to describe the groups. In 1979 Dallas radio station KZEW had a late night new wave show entitled "Rock and Roll Alternative". "College rock" was used in the United States to describe the music during the 1980s due to its links to the college radio circuit and the tastes of college students. In the United Kingdom, dozens of small do it yourself record labels emerged as a result of the punk subculture. According to the founder of one of these labels, Cherry Red, NME and Sounds magazines published charts based on small record stores called "Alternative Charts".
The first national chart based on distribution called the Indie Chart was published in January 1980. At the time, the term indie was used to describe independently distributed records. By 1985, indie' had come to mean a particular genre, or group of subgenres, rather than distribution status; the use of the term alternative to describe rock music originated around the mid-1980s. Individuals who worked as DJs and promoters during the 1980s claim the term originates from American FM radio of the 1970s, which served as a progressive alternative to top 40 radio formats by featuring longer songs and giving DJs more freedom in song selection. According to one former DJ and promoter, "Somehow this term'alternative' got rediscovered and heisted by college radio people during the 80s who applied it to new post-punk, indie, or underground-whatever music". At first the term referred to intentionally non–mainstream rock acts that were not influenced by "heavy metal ballads, rarefied new wave" and "high-energy dance anthems".
Usage of the term would broaden to include new wave, punk rock, post-punk, "college"/"indie" rock, all found on the American "commercial alternative" radio stations of the time such as Los Angeles' KROQ-FM. Journalist Jim Gerr wrote that Alternative encompassed variants such as "rap, trash and industrial". In December 1991, Spin magazine noted: "this year, for the first time, it became resoundingly clear that what has been considered alternative rock – a college-centered marketing group with lucrative, if limited, potential- has in fact moved into the mainstream"; the bill of the first Lollapalooza, an itinerant festival in North America conceived by Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, reunited "disparate elements of the alternative rock community" including Henry Rollins, Butthole Surfers, Ice-T, Nine Inch Nails and the Banshees and Jane's Addiction. That same year, Farrell coined the term Alternative Nation. In the late 1990s, the definition again became more specific. In 1997, Neil Strauss of The New York Times defined alternative rock as "hard-edged rock distinguished by brittle,'70s-inspired guitar riffing and singers agonizing over their problems until they take on epic proportions".
Defining music as alt
JK Flesh is a moniker of English musician Justin Broadrick employed for his solo work within "heavy" or "brutal" electronica music. Broadrick's usage of the title spans back to his work in the 1990s with Kevin Martin in Techno Animal, but he first released a solo studio album as JK Flesh in 2012. Unlike Broadrick's most well-known projects and Jesu, his work as JK Flesh is electronic and lacks metal riffs. Over the years, the project has shifted into a more minimal and dub sound while retaining its industrial influences; as JK Flesh, Broadrick has released three studio albums, five EPs, a split album with Prurient, a number of remixes. In the early 1990s, Justin Broadrick became interested in producing drum and bass music. While this influence is felt in some of his more prominent releases, like in Godflesh's 1991 EP Slavestate and 1992 album Pure, Broadrick explored these genres in a solo capacity or incorporated the work into his collaborative projects such as Techno Animal with Kevin Martin.
A few of these experiments saw release within various compilation albums, others such as his short lived projects Tech-Level 2 and Youpho saw releases on British jungle label Hardleaders. Broadrick himself ran a minimal techno label in the late 90s called Lo Fibre through which he released EPs of his projects Solaris B. C. with Diarmuid Dalton and The Sidewinder with Martin. A portion of this material was rereleased compiled under the name The Lo Fibre Companion on Invisible Records. Broadrick and Dalton would play together in Jesu and release three albums together as Council Estate Electronics, an analog synthesizer project inspired by Shard End where they grew up in. In 2009 Broadrick compiled some of the JK Flesh tracks he created from 1997 to 1999 in an album named From Hell released under the title Krackhead, but it wasn't until 2012 that he embarked on the project. In an interview, Broadrick estimated around 17,000 electronic tracks that had created between 1990 and 2012 and were sitting in his archives.
Regarding JK Flesh's inception, Broadrick said: JK Flesh was conceived as the antithesis of Broadrick's more melodically driven electronica project Pale Sketcher, with JK Flesh constituting "the angry, disenchanted side of electronic beat-driven, bass-driven music". It is an "electronic continuation" of Greymachine, a "monolith of nasty, bloated sounding shit"; as a project for Broadrick to explore niche areas of electronic and dub music, JK Flesh eschews many conventions that he and his listeners had become used to. The project's debut album, still features downtuned guitars, thick distortion, a bleak mood–aspects all common in Broadrick's other music–but the beats are less industrial and more dance- and techno-oriented; the heavy guitars weren't his "long term vision for project" though, were instead added based on the label's suggestion. JK Flesh's following releases ventured further into extreme distortion and drum and bass with the Nothing Is Free EP and the second album, Rise Above; the EPs Exit Stance and PI04 adopted a more purely techno sound.
Following another EP in 2018 titled Wasplike, JK Flesh's third studio album, New Horizon, was released on 28 September 2018. Broadrick's electronic work was informed by the early rave parties he attended in the early 90s seeing Jeff Mills, Robert Hood and Aphex Twin as well as his friendship with fellow Brummie Karl O'Connor better known as Regis, the head of Downwards Records. Broadrick went on to call Dillinja his "favorite producer of filthy bass and cutting breakbeats direct, textures unlike any, the ultimate DnB producer". Broadrick has credited Moritz von Oswald's dub techno projects Basic Channel and Maurizio as well as his record label Chain Reaction as a main influence on JK Flesh. JK Flesh's sound has been compared to Andy Stott and Ancient Methods. Posthuman Rise Above New Horizon Nothing Is Free Suicide Estate / Suicide Estate Antibiotic Armageddon Exit Stance PI04 Wasplike Worship Is the Cleansing of the Imagination with Prurient "Black Market" / "Resist Stance" EP with Submerged and Blacktacular Knights of the Black Table with Goth-Trad Halved with Klaska "Nothing Is Free" Submerged Technology – album released as Solaris B.
C. From Hell – album released as Krackhead "No Self Control" – track on the A Disseminated Darkness on Inner Personality Status compilation "Need for Ritual" – unreleased track on the Electric Deluxe 170 podcast "The Stranger" – unreleased track on the Secret Thirteen 200 podcast "Entitlement Issues" - track on the Unrelenting Noise VA001 compilation "One Desire No Purpose" – unreleased track on the Solid Steel podcast "Light Bringer" – collaborative track with Orphx on the Berlin Atonal – Force Majeure compilation "Dog" and "Pray" – bonus tracks on Concrete Desert by The Bug vs Earth "Being" – track on the Elephant Road compilation "Warning" – track on the Music to Heal the Earth compilation "Chelmsley Wood" – track on the Variable compilation "Underpass" – track on the Shared Meanings mix/compilation by Mumdance "In the Pit" – unreleased track on the FACT mix 673 podcast by The Bug "Inquisition" – track on the V. A. - 0.02 compilation "Static Demon" – track on the Limits Of Existence Vol.4 compilation "Decontrol" - track on the Berghain 09 mix/compilation by Vatican Shadow Necessary Intergalactic Cooperation – "Big Smoke Dub" Final – "Inanimate Air (JK F
Oxbow is an experimental rock band from San Francisco, California. Founded in 1988, the band has released seven studio albums. Oxbow began as a recording project. In 1988 bandmates Eugene Robinson and Niko Wenner wrote songs with an approach decidedly different from their band at the time Whipping Boy. Wenner concocted an underlying musical architecture for his abrasive-then-plangent music, through use of arch form and musical palindromes unusual in the noise music genre the band was placed; this organizing structure grew to encompass the second Oxbow recording as well, drew relationships between the two. For his part Robinson changed his vocal approach to include in-the-studio improvisations and extensive vocal multi-tracking; this first record, titled Fuckfest has drumming split evenly between Tom Dobrov. Dan Adams joined on completion of the first recording. All but Davis and Dobrov were at various times members of Whipping Boy and Dobrov had been bandmates in the hardcore band Grim Reality Dobrov departed amicably after the band's 1995 European tour, but performed as guest second-drummer, with Davis, for the studio recording of "Shine" on the 2002 album An Evil Heat.
The first album from Oxbow, was released in 1989. It was described as "one of the most unique first statements in modern avant-rock" by Rock-A-Rolla magazine, "staggeringly eclectic" by Simon Reynolds, "a fierce, rigorous album that challenges every preconception rock listeners might have" by Allmusic. Fuckfest was followed by King of the Jews and by two Steve Albini-recorded albums: Let Me Be a Woman and Serenade in Red, the latter featuring guest vocals from Marianne Faithfull. An Evil Heat followed in 2002 on Neurosis' Neurot Recordings label. Oxbow's 2007 album The Narcotic Story was named the number one album in the "Best of 2007" by Rock-A-Rolla magazine, was listed with three other bands' albums in the nomination of Joe Chiccarelli as'Producer of the Year' at the 50th Grammy Awards. In May 2017 Oxbow released Thin Black Duke their seventh full-length album, like The Narcotic Story produced by Joe Chiccarelli and Niko Wenner and again on Hydra Head Records, to critical acclaim. Oxbow's material is musically varied and has been compared both to bands such as Neurosis and The Birthday Party, modern classical composers such as Penderecki and John Luther Adams.
Elements of blues, noise rock, heavy metal and contemporary classical music are mentioned. Allmusic writer Jason Ankeny identified elements of free musique concrète. Dan Adams - bass guitar, keyboards Greg Davis - drums, percussion Eugene S. Robinson - vocals, lyrics Niko Wenner - guitars, music Dan Adams, multi-instrumentalist, engineer who worked on animatronics in films such as Free Willie and Anaconda, award winning jazz drummer used to drum for North Carolina's hardcore punk band the Ugly Americans. Oxbow composer and producer Wenner "a master of sculpting noise and tone" has toured and recorded as part of the bands God, Swell and Jellyfish. Wenner has engineered recordings for Oxbow and others and performed music for contemporary dance, appeared performing in an Academy Award nominee for best short film. On Fuckfest "Robinson howls in a high-pitched, anguished voice somewhere between Robert Plant and Birthday Party-era Nick Cave", although his lyrics sound incomprehensible. Robinson has provided guest vocals for several bands, including Xiu Xiu, L'Enfance Rouge, Black Sun, Old Man Gloom, DJ /Rupture, Ultraphallus among others.
Vocalist Robinson an amateur fighter, has on several occasions dealt with misbehaving audience members with physical force. He is known for shedding his clothes on stage. Robinson is the author of the books "Paternostra", "Les sons inimitables de l'amour: un plan à trois en quatre actes", A Long Slow Screw and Fight: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ass-Kicking but Were Afraid You'd Get Your Ass Kicked for Asking, is both a Deputy Editor at OZY.com, a video host of Knuckle Up on Bloody Elbow and a regular contributor to Vice magazine. He has had his written work appear in GQ, the LA Weekly, The Quietus, PC Gamer, Revolver and The Wire, among others, his infrequent film and television work has seen him appearing in Leonard Part 6 with Bill Cosby, Midnight Caller, King of Love, MTV's Liquid Television's Las Apassionadas, commercials most notably one directed by Gus Van Sant for Miller Genuine Draft. DVD included in the CD/DVD compilation Love That's Last: A Wholly Hypnographic and Disturbing Work Regarding Oxbow.
There are six selections included on the DVD: Music For Adults Music For Adults Oxbow live in Diksmuide, Muziekclub 4AD May 19, 2002 Oxbow live in San Francisco, USA, Great American Music Hall November 14, 2004 SbarX The Snake &... DVD based on Oxbow's 2009 European tour. Contains three selections: "The Luxury of Empire" by Mariexxme "Still Before" by Manuel Liebeskind Oxbow live in Paris, France, La Maroquinerie November 8, 200916mm film, multi-camera, three selections are performed live, one selection is performed to the studio recording. There are 4 selections included on the DVD: The Snake... She's a Find Ecce Homo Bomb Official website Allmusic
Dälek is an American experimental hip hop group formed in Newark, New Jersey in 1998. The group is composed of Mike Manteca; the group originated in the New Jersey DIY scene of the mid-1990s, based around a studio lineup of Dälek and Joshua Booth. The group recorded and played live with several DJs, including DJ rEk on from 1998 to 2002, from 2002 and 2005 with still, from 2006 to 2009 with Motiv. With this core, the group released four full-length LPs on Ipecac Recordings, a string of EPs, singles and remixes on various independent labels. Booth left the group to complete his doctorate in 2009, Oktopus had relocated to Berlin by 2010. Dälek released a single LP, with Brooks and Momin as the sole members, in 2011. From 2011 to 2015 the group was on permanent hiatus. In 2015, Brooks reunited with Dälek collaborator Mike Manteca. In 2016 the group released a full-length LP Asphalt for Eden on Profound Lore Records. In December 2016, Ipecac Recordings announced, their most recent album, Endangered Philosophies, was released in August 2017.
Spyros Stasis of PopMatters described it as an'enticing and alluring' mix of'hip-hop, krautrock and shoegaze'. Paul Simpson of AllMusic found it'equally abrasive and hypnotic' and'bracing yet beautiful'. Dälek have shared the stage with artists covering a wide range of genres, such as Godflesh, Prince Paul, The Melvins, Tool, De La Soul, RJD2, The Young Gods, Meat Beat Manifesto, The Pharcyde, Grandmaster Flash, KRS-One, Dub Trio, Charles Hayward, Cult of Luna, Zu, Gaslamp Killer, Dillinger Escape Plan, The Bug and Lovage. Oktopus and MC dälek collaborated with experimental metal/hardcore punk band Starkweather on their 2010 album This Sheltering Night. Dälek's music is dark and atmospheric inspired by industrial music like Einstürzende Neubauten, the layered noise of My Bloody Valentine and the dense sound collages of Public Enemy, their sound is constructed through sampling and a musical base atypical of most hip hop, making it difficult for people to classify their sound. They have been described as trip hop, glitch hop, metal and hip hop, as well as being criticized for their broad range of sound.
MC dälek described the duo's music to the Chicago Sun-Times: Negro Necro Nekros From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots Absence Abandoned Language Gutter Tactics Untitled Asphalt for Eden Endangered Philosophies Megaton/Classic Homicide split collaboration with Techno Animal Ruin It in collaboration with Kid 606 Dälek vs. Velma split collaboration with Velma Derbe Respect, Alder in collaboration with Faust Streets All Amped My Education vs. dälek in collaboration with My Education Deadverse Massive Vol. 1 Rarities 1999–2006 Griots And Gods – Les Eurockeennes Festival Belfort 2010 Live collaboration with The Young Gods. Anguish in collaboration with Faust and Fire! Orchestra Respect To The Authors Dälek at Ipecac Recordings Pizza joint recording session with'They Shoot Music – Don't They'