In a galaxy far, far, away…

This is a prequel to my original post titled “A Long, Long Time Ago…”. There I explain the history of Deadset A.D., and give away the album for free. Enough about that.

In the days before Deadset A.D., there was a band called “Stranger than Phiction”. This band was blend of punk, metal, rock, and on the recording – industrial. [GASP] Industrial music before Glyptic Minority? How far back does this go? We’re talking late-mid 90’s. So yeah, it was bad. But good. You’ll see.

On the recording you’ll hear the worst layering of acoustic and electric drums that you have ever heard. We just hooked up some cheap mics to a crappy drum kit and had the drummer play along. Oh yeah. The drummer. His name was Bulldog. Well, it was actually Randy – but nobody called him that (I guess he earned the name in prison). Then we had another Randy who played bass (didn’t go to prison, so he got to keep his name). James played and sang with us for a while (eventually went to prison, but he’s good now). We had a number of people who played here and there (I’m guessing at least one or more of them wound up in prison). I can’t even remember them all. But those were the key people over the few years we played.

A few production notes… This was probably recorded on a combination of a MiniCD player and a 486 Micron PC with a SoundBlaster sound card (thanks, Dad for letting me use it). Both the guitar and vocals were recording using the first generation of guitar floor pedal multi-processors. Don’t laugh. It was the only thing I had. Also, it was entirely produced in Acid Pro 2 in my parents basement, which is basically like playing with Lincoln Logs by today’s standards. My guitar was a plaid Samick Blues Saracino, which played terribly. I’ll look for pictures.

Can’t wait to hear how awfully amazing the 90’s Industrial garage band scene was?! Look, or listen, no further. Check it out. But, please be sure to fasten your seat belt securely and park your mind in a judgment free zone. Extra points will be awarded for those who make it to the end.

In case you’re wondering what kind of Christian band lets such shady characters play with them, it was the kind of Christian band that worked with at-risk youth and young adults. So yeah, we had a lot of really cool people play with us that didn’t always make the best choices in life, myself included. Eventually I came to the conclusion that STP was equally a ministry for the people who joined us for so many short stints. It was about the fellowship with other believers who had real life struggles with hard issues. Not every believer looks and acts like The Church Lady. Believers are people who claw and struggle to get through life while placing their faith in Jesus Christ. Not to be cliche, but we’re not perfect – just forgiven.

Industrial Influence: Mad at the World

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.

Industrial Influences: Deitiphobia

Deitiphobia - Fear of God

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.
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Industrial Influences: Mortal

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

Deadset AD Album Cover

A Long, Long Time Ago…

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.


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