Mad at the World might seen like an odd influence if you are familiar with them. I say that because most people probably remember them for albums like Season of Love, Boomerang, Through the Forest, and The Ferris Wheel. But Roger and Randy Rose started the band with a completely different sound. In 1987 their debut album was euro-synth-pop the likes of Depeche Mode. It caught my ear back in ’87, but not like their second release “Flowers in the Rain” in 1988. This album was similar in sound, but more edgy and guitar driven. I would liken it to Gary Numan.
Flower in the Rain
Skip to the 2nd track in this video to give the title track a listen. The song Puppet Strings features Randy on vocals. His raspy voice is incredible. I would love to hear this album re-recorded and produced by Travis Wyrick.
The band went on to produce several more rock albums. Randy went on to produce some solo work as well. It’s an interesting thing for me to look back at how different bands helped to shape my musical tastes. These guys are cool in my book.
The first time I heard Deitiphobia (circa 1989), I was a volunteer DJ at a local Christian radio station. They were known as Donderfliegen at the time. Industrial or even electronic music was, at the time, unheard of. But here was a band that sounded like nothing else at the time. I’m sure they sounded a bit like Skinny Puppy, but they had a sound of their own. Fear of God was their first real debut. It’s a rare gem.
Mortal, Jerome Fontamillas and Jyro Xhan, were among the first to blend Industrial music with their Christian faith. I was a junior in High School when their album Lusis came out on Intense Records. It was an instant favorite, and still is. While the band experimented with hard rock on the album Wake, in the end they formed Fold Zandura as their primary rock outlet and returned Mortal back to Industrial with the album Pura. Continue reading
In a galaxy far, far away…
There was a band called Deadset AD. This was pre-Glyptic Minority and post-STP. STP (Stranger Than Phiction) is another story from another galaxy, call it a prequel. There are some really crazy stories from each of those bands, but this post is dedicated to Deadset, a metal-core band with a split personality. Just don’t try to visit the old website url… last I knew it was not kid friendly.