Rorschach Test (band)

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Rorschach Test
OriginDenver, Colorado, United States
GenresIndustrial metal
Years activec.1992–early 2000s, reformed 2010s
LabelsE-Magine, Slipdisc

Rorschach Test is an American industrial band from Denver, Colorado, formed by James Baker.

James Baker[edit]

Baker was a young minister based in Denver until being defrocked in the early 1990s for his allegedly heretical questioning of church doctrine.[1]

He began writing music and lyrics after leaving the church. Soon after, he met guitarist Benjamin Anderson, from Yuma, Arizona, and the two began writing songs together.[2] Baker and band members began composing "metallic, industrial songs with a definite debt to Ministry and Skinny Puppy but including elements of conventional metal."[1]


Rorschach Test formed in Denver, Colorado, with Baker joined by Anderson, guitarist Kris Geren, and keyboard player/programmer Troee Keer,[2][3] they later relocated to Seattle where they were signed to Chicago-based label Slip Disc Records.[3] They enjoyed a successful career during Seattle's lively music scene in the 1990s, they toured North America playing shows with bands including Korn, Type O Negative, Genitorturers, and Queensrÿche.

The band's second album, Unclean, was released in 1998 on Slip Disc,[3] they later signed to E-magine, who reissued the album in 2000.[3]

The band's third album, Peace Minus One (2000), was listed as a "must hear" album by CMJ New Music Report, who described it as "one part raw metal, one part industrial...sharper than a bag full of razor blades."[4] It also reached the top ten of the CMJ Metal chart;[5] the band, along with Bile and Videodrone, Snake River Conspiracy, and N17 embarked on the 'Bush And Gore 2000' tour of the US that year.[6]

In 2004 former Rorschach Test guitarist Aaron Slip joined Prong.[7]

After breaking up in 2002, the band reformed after a hiatus of more than ten years, with a new album, American EyeDull, planned.[8]



  1. ^ a b McIver, Joel (2002). Nu-Metal: The Next Generation of Rock & Punk. Omnibus Press. p. 109. ISBN 0-7119-9209-6.
  2. ^ a b Prato, Greg. "Rorschach Test biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 23, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d Stone, Doug "Unclean Review", Allmusic. Retrieved October 10, 2015
  4. ^ "Loud Rock", CMJ New Music Report, 22 May 2000, p. 32
  5. ^ "Metal", CMJ New Music Monthly, September 2000, p. 69
  6. ^ Mancini, Rob (2000) "Rorschach Test, Bile, Videodrone, More Line Up "Bush/Gore" Tour", MTV, July 17, 2000. Retrieved October 10, 2015
  7. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry (2005) New Wave of American Heavy Metal, Zonda Books Limited, ISBN 978-0958268400, p. 244
  8. ^ [1][dead link]

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