Velvet Acid Christ
Date of establishing :
dark electro, ebm, electro, industrial
Band members:Bryan Erickson - vocals, guitar, production
Biography:Velvet Acid Christ was formed in 1991 by Bryan and Chris. Soon they were joined by Grig. The band's name was originally Cyberchrist, although this was changed within a few months to Velvet Acid Christ. Grig left the band in 1992, leaving the core of Bryan and Chris, who cite a number of influences to their hard driving industrial sound, including Legendary Pink Dots, the Cure, Skinny Puppy, Orbital, and a surprising number of metal bands, including Napalm Death, Godflesh, and Metallica. They also expose a number of social issues, including animal rights and their concern regarding the basic survival of mankind against the onslaught of technology. Chris soon left the band, leaving Bryan as the sol member of Velvet Acid Christ.
This American Electro-Industrial act had become creates albums that are densely sequenced with multiple layers, pounding beats, and fantastic samples. Never loosing the touch Velvet Acid Christ has aggressive electronics, throbbing beats, and obscure samples which are a resurrection of the past combined with the latest in sonic development. What is characteristic to its sound, the band use distorted vocals fuse to create an extremely dark and versatile music.
Much discussed "Between the Eyes" early retrospective ‘vault’ series started in 2004. All 4 parts contained many of the early hits, several tracks from early demo tapes unreleased tracks of rarities, outtakes, and original versions of songs from "Church of Acid" and "Calling ov the Dead".
As possibly the most complete and diverse Velvet Acid Christ album in the past ten years, "Lust For Blood". Angry and other times haunting vocals are forged to incessant beats, permeating melodies, and relentless bass lines. As an homage to early electronic music, guitars are once again introduced interesting mix of sounds. It proved that Velvet Acid Christ has not even begun to tap into the innovations they are capable of even with a decade of musical experience under their belt.
In 2009 with "The Art Of Breaking Apart", Velvet Acid Christ has taken a huge leap in not only style, but song structures as well. Fans will notice signature tracks such as “Tripped Out,” “Vaporized,” and “Phucked Up Phreak,” however many of the songs are quite different from what they expect. Not only does the album feature acoustic guitar, but untreated vocals as well. Velvet Acid Christ has broken out of his restraints and created something new and refreshing.