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Fusing hip-hop vocals and ryhthms with classical compositions and post-industrial rock, Stromkern have been carving out a unique sound for over a decade. Founded by J. Ned Kirby in the early 1990s, initial releases (such as the 1997 debut Flicker Like A Candle) were heavily influenced by the danceable sounds of the European electro scene, but already the influences of Ned's classical training and love of hip-hop and noise were readily apparent, especially on tracks like the international hit "Heretic". The follow-up album, 1999's Dämmerung im Traum, was a more experimental affair, blending orchestral arrangements with minimal techno elements.
The band took to the road in 2000 for the first time on European club and festival tour. In 2001, with Ned now joined in the studio by Kelly Shaffer, Stromkern released the Armageddon album, their first in the States. The album spawns three singles, all of which spend the maximum alloted time in the German Alternative Charts, and the album version of "Night Riders" becomes an instant classic. Joined by Rob Wentz of Monstrum Sepsis on keys and Matt Berger on drums, Stromkern began to perform live with increasing frequency, quickly developing a reputation as a powerful live act due largely to a commitment to live performance as opposed to simple playback, the status quo for so many heavily electronic acts.
Now, almost four years after the release of Armageddon comes Stromkern's 4th studio album, Light It Up. The effects of four years of touring can be heard throughout the record, but most clearly on tracks like "Forgiven" or "Delete", with pummeling acoustic drums and guitars meshing with Stromkern's signature electronic core. The new album also marks the band's first forays into outside vocal collaborations, with Frank Spinath of Seabound guesting on the technoid "Sentinel" and Victoria Lloyd of Claire Voyant on the ballad "Hindsight". The first single "Stand Up", a classic Stromkern track packed with dense sequences and Ned's rapid-fire vocal, peaked at #4 in the German Alternative Charts and remains in regular rotation at clubs throughout the world. Lyrically, Light It Up presents Ned's reflections on the last several years spent living in the United States: war, terrorism, globalization, corruption and greed are the topics of the day.
To coincide with the album's release Stromkern are preparing to undertake yet another US tour, possibly followed by a European leg later in the year. With a live lineup bolstered by Tyler Newman (Battery Cage), Dan Clark (Null Device), Chuck Spencer (Stochastic Theory) and Vince Grech (Sister Machine Gun, Thanatos, 13mg), this promises to be the most dynamic and powerful live incarnation of the band to date. And we're just getting started...
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Stromkern's first new release since 2005's Light it Up.
Hindsight On Sale $3.98
The third and final single from the Light it Up album. Features guest vocals from Victoria Lloyd.
The mega clubhit single Stand Up from the album Light it Up.
Light it Up
Light it Up is the 4th full length album from Stromkern and their most highly touted release to date.
8 track EP features remixes of Re-align, Terrorist, Perfect Sunrise, No Release and Armageddon.
Stromkern's domestic debut continues to punish the minds and bodies of their followers. Armageddon features the singles Perfect Sunrise, Re-align and Night Riders.
The Resurrection 2 On Sale
The Resurrection 2 features tracks from Beborn Beton, cut.rate.box, Deceptio Mentis, HMB, La Floa Maldita, Monstrum Sepsis, PTI, Regenerator, State of the Union, Stromkern and Trigger 10d.
The Resurrection On Sale
The Resurrection features tracks from Arcanta, Beborn Beton, Controlled Fusion, Deceptio Mentis, HMB, In Strict Confidence, Melotron, Regenerator, State of the Union, Stromkern and Trigger10d.
Stromkern Singles 3 Pack
Specially priced 3 pack includes all three CD singles from the Light it Up album, Stand Up, Reminders and Hindsight plus a 2002 and 2005 tour poster.