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Last update: 01/19/14 13:54:31
Account: EGN Artist Quota
Location: AMERICA NORTH: USA: Texas (TX)
Signed up: 04 Mar 2006 10:14 AM
Members: Paul Fredric, Marshal, Joel 313, Vasquez
Influences: Laibach, Covenant, VNV Nation, Funker Vogt, Krafwerk, Electric Hellfire Club, Psychic TV, Front 242, Nitzer Ebb
Founded in 1999 by Industrial veterans Paul Fredric and Marshal, Asmodeus X quickly ignited the electro underground in the urban-technocracy of Houston, Texas. Synthesizing the electronic with the esoteric, Asmodeus X began producing high-energy, daimonic EBM and Darkwave. Or "DBM" as some have called it.
They were soon playing shows regularly throughout Texas, and receiving much notoriety via regional press, including winning the Critics Choice Vote for Best Industrial/Noise Act of 2000 by the Houston Press Music Awards.
A self-release E.P. in 2000 Cult of the Naassarene established many of their essential influences, with minimalist industrial tracks reminiscent of Nitzer Ebb and Laibach interwoven with neo-classical soundscapes recalling the experimental work of Phillip Glass.
Enthusiastic response to this E.P. led to interest from California darkwave label St. Thomas Records, and a tour of Southern California. Three CD singles were subsequently released from 2001-2002. First, Holy Fire/San Francisco Girls, the latter being a dark cover of the 60s hit by psychedelic godfathers Fever Tree. Asmo found in this an opportunity to explore the Industrial musics ironic connections with history of San Franciscos legendary underground movements.
Next came The Cow/Beyond the Water, which demonstrated in no uncertain terms that Asmodeus X also had the ability to rock. With this release Asmo began receiving generous rotation via radio and internet streaming.
Meanwhile, the San Francisco Girls single had attracted attention from the fragmented White Panther Party of 60s Detroit counterculture fame, which -- in a collaboration unprecedented by any industrial group -- led to the recording of a third single: The Tiger, by Detroit Psychedelic guru Victor Peraino (Arthur Brown, Kingdom Come) and featuring guest drumming by Dennis Machine Gun Thompson (of the legendary MC5).
November of 2002 saw the release of Asmodeus Xs first full-length album: Wolf Age, on their own independent Black Pepper Records. In premonition of the Hellectro fusion of Industrial and Black Metal, Wolf Age offered punchy electronics, dark synth lines, distorted guitar textures, and even acoustic guitar, with vocals ranging from distorted industrial-style to synth-pop.
Wolf Age garnered much critical acclaim, earning the group further comparisons with the likes of Rammstein, Ministry, and Skinny Puppy, while at the same time maintaining the uniqueness and integrity that had fueled their sound since the beginning.
June of 2004 saw the release of Asmos most ambitious project yet: Morningstar, on the esoteric Latex Records. Morningstar tells the Promethean story of a fall from grace, a struggle for identity, and the emergence of self-aware being. For this effort Asmodeus X delved deeply into the spheres of ebm, darkwave, future-pop and trance. A largely synthetic creation drawing on analogue, digital and vintage synths, electronic percussion, and vocoders. Morningstar seeks to explore the seductively forbidden side of the human psyche and the essence creation, with hypnotic beats and darkly rich synth layers that point to a spacey new paradigm for Darkwave music.