Rieflin drumming with Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 in 2009
|Birth name||William Frederick Rieflin|
|Born||September 30, 1960|
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Died||March 24, 2020 59)(aged|
|Genres||Industrial, experimental rock, alternative rock, heavy metal, progressive rock|
|Instruments||Drums, keyboards, guitar, bass|
|Associated acts||Ministry, R.E.M., Sweet 75, Revolting Cocks, KMFDM, Pigface, Nine Inch Nails, King Crimson, Robbie Williams, Swans|
William Frederick Rieflin (September 30, 1960 – March 24, 2020) was an American musician. Rieflin came to prominence in the 1990s mainly for his work as a drummer with groups (particularly in the industrial rock and industrial metal scenes) such as Ministry, the Revolting Cocks, Lard, KMFDM, Pigface, Swans, Chris Connelly, and Nine Inch Nails. He worked regularly with R.E.M. following the retirement of Bill Berry in 1997. He was a member of King Crimson from 2013 until his death in 2020.
Rieflin was born on September 30, 1960 (some sources say September 29)and began his professional career in his hometown of Seattle. In 1975, he was in The Telepaths, a band which played backup for a couple of live gigs by the pre-The Screamers band The Tupperwares. He played drums for The Blackouts starting in 1979. His bandmates included Mike Davidson, Paul Barker, Roland Barker and Erich Werner. Eventually that band dissolved and Paul Barker joined the nascent Ministry. His earliest collaboration with Al Jourgensen was on the second single by the Revolting Cocks, You Often Forget.
Later, he participated in the creation of Ministry's album The Land of Rape and Honey , and was noted for his performance in the live video In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up (alongside fellow drummer Martin Atkins).His work with Ministry and its side projects lasted through to the mid-nineties, though he noted that he was never credited as a member of Ministry proper, always as an "other" musician. Therefore, when he parted ways with the band during the Filth Pig sessions, he did not really quit since he was never an official member.
Rieflin helped Atkins kick off Pigface, the industrial collective that would grow to incorporate hundreds of artists, formed a friendship with labelmate Chris Connelly and founded First World Music.Like Connelly, Rieflin's work grew beyond his industrial roots. They have collaborated on several recordings; two in particular, The Ultimate Seaside Companion (as "The Bells") and Largo, showcase Rieflin's keyboard skills.
Rieflin's solo debut, Birth of a Giant featured him singing in something other than a background role, and also featured Robert Fripp.Improvisations from these sessions turned up later on the CD The Repercussions of Angelic Behavior, which was credited to Rieflin, Fripp and Trey Gunn.
Rieflin appeared on all KMFDM records released from 1995 to 2003 as a drummer, programmer, vocalist and keyboardist.He toured with the band as a bassist in 2002 in support of its comeback album, Attak and performed on the 2011 KMFDM album, WTF?! . He also drummed for Scott McCaughey's band, The Minus 5, which occasionally included guitarist Peter Buck. Eventually Buck offered Rieflin the opportunity to sit in with R.E.M., who were missing a permanent drummer since the 1997 departure of Bill Berry. The band gave him the live drummer slot in its 2003 tour. They later announced that Rieflin would fill the role indefinitely, though once again as a hired musician rather than as an official member. In recordings, Rieflin also contributed bouzouki, keyboards and guitars to the group, serving as an auxiliary member until R.E.M. disbanded in 2011.
Rieflin formed an experimental ensemble under the name Slow Music in 2005 (including Fripp and Buck) in which he played synthesizers rather than drums. The group played a small handful of live dates in 2005 and 2006 and became inactive for several years.He was also involved in a music collaboration project entitled The Humans, which consisted of him, Chris Wong, Fripp and Toyah Willcox. The band performed a series of live dates in Estonia in Autumn 2007 and 2009, and released their debut album We are the Humans in 2009. Hector Zazou's 2010 album Corps Electriques featured Rieflin, as well as KatieJane Garside, Lone Kent and nu-jazz trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær.
Rieflin was a regular contributor to Swans ever since the 1995 album The Great Annihilator ,and played an array of instruments on all their studio recordings since the band reformed in 2010 and released My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky . Rieflin is listed as an "honorary Swan" on the band's 2012 album The Seer .
In 2012, Rieflin performed on drums for Robbie Williams's album Take the Crown .Later that year he produced the single Crush Vaccine for Atomic Bride.
In an online diary entry dated September 6, 2013, Robert Fripp announced a new lineup for King Crimson that included Rieflin as one of the band's three drummers.A few days after the first full-length live release of the band with Rieflin on board (Live in Toronto 2015), Fripp announced Rieflin's decision to take a sabbatical from the band, effective March 6, 2016, "a decision supported by all the Crimson Brothers." In early 2017, Fripp announced that Rieflin would be returning alongside his replacement, Jeremy Stacey. Due to Fripp's desire to stave off complacency after several years of touring, Rieflin "will be focusing on mellotron, keys and fairy dusting, rather than using drums as a main instrument" in the new Double Quartet configuration, thus becoming the band's first full-time keyboardist ever. For the US Autumn 2017 tour dates in October–November, he was replaced on keyboards by the Seattle-based guitarist Chris Gibson. He rejoined in 2018 before taking another indefinite sabbatical in 2019, he was replaced on keyboards by Soft Machine's sax player Theo Travis. In 2020 Fripp made the decision of not replacing Rieflin, thus reverting King Crimson to a seven members band.
Rieflin was married to painter Francesca Sundsten until her death in 2019.Albums made by groups Rieflin has been part of have featured her artwork on their covers, such as Pigface's Gub , KMFDM's Nihil , Filthy Friends' Invitation and King Crimson's Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind . Rieflin died on March 24, 2020 from cancer at the age of 59.
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|1988||Ministry||The Land of Rape and Honey||Drums, programming, keyboards, guitar, background vocals|
|1988||Revolting Cocks|| Live! You Goddamned Son of a Bitch ||Drums|
|1989||Ministry||The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste||Drums, programming, background vocals|
|1990||Revolting Cocks||Beers, Steers, and Queers||Drums, programming|
|1990||Ministry|| In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up ||Drums|
|1990||Lard||The Last Temptation of Reid||Drums (two tracks)|
|1990||1000 Homo DJs||"Supernaut"||Drums|
|1990||KMFDM||Naïve||Drums (one track)|
|1991||Pigface||Gub||Drums, guitar, bass, synthesizer, sounds|
|1991||Pigface||Lean Juicy Pork||Interviewee|
|1992||Ministry||Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs||Drums|
|1992||Revolting Cocks||Big Sexy Land||Drums|
|1992||Pigface|| Welcome to Mexico... Asshole ||Drums|
|1993||Revolting Cocks||Linger Ficken' Good||Drums, organ, programming, production|
|1995||Swans||The Great Annihilator||Drums, sounds, percussion, 12-string acoustic guitar, sequencing|
|1995||KMFDM||Nihil||Drums (three tracks)|
|1995||Michael Gira||Drainland||Rhythm programming, keyboards, electric bass guitar, samples, engineering, production, arrangement, studio provision|
|1996||Ministry||Filth Pig||Drums (one track)|
|1996||Swans||Soundtracks for the Blind||Drums|
|1997||Lard||Pure Chewing Satisfaction||Drums|
|1997||KMFDM||Symbols||Drums, programming, percussion, photography, sequencing (three tracks)|
|1999||Angels of Light||New Mother||Percussion, piano, bass guitar, organ, synthesizers, acoustic guitar, backing vocals|
|1999||KMFDM||Adios||Programming (one track)|
|1999||Nine Inch Nails||The Fragile||Drums (one track)|
|1999||Bill Rieflin||The Repercussions of Angelic Behavior||Drums, mixing|
|1999||Bill Rieflin||Birth of a Giant||Drums, bass, guitar, production, vocals|
|2000||Lard||70's Rock Must Die||Drums (one track)|
|2001||Bill Rieflin & Chris Connelly||Largo||Keyboards, mixing, piano, production, vocals|
|2002||KMFDM||Attak||Drums, bass, programming, synthesizers, percussion, guitar|
|2003||KMFDM|| Sturm & Drang Tour 2002 ||Bass|
|2003||KMFDM||WWIII||Drums, vocals, loops (three tracks)|
|2004||R.E.M.||Around the Sun||Drums, percussion|
|2006||Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3||Olé! Tarantula||Choir, drums, percussion|
|2007||Angels of Light||We Are Him||Drums, bass, guitar, organ, percussion, piano, synthesizers|
|2007||R.E.M.|| R.E.M. Live ||Drums|
|2009||Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3||Goodnight Oslo||Drums, vocal harmony, vocals|
|2009||The Humans||We Are the Humans||Drums, bass, synthesizers, organ, production|
|2009||R.E.M.|| Live at the Olympia ||Drums|
|2010||Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3||Propellor Time||Drums|
|2010||Swans||My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky||Drums, piano, guitar, synthesizers, organ, vocals|
|2011||R.E.M.||Collapse into Now||Drums, bouzouki, keyboards, guitar|
|2011||KMFDM||WTF?!||Engineering, sounds (one track)|
|2011||The Humans||Sugar Rush||Percussion, keyboards, bass, production|
|2012||Swans||The Seer||Drums, piano, organ, guitar, percussion, synthesizers, bass, vocals|
|2013||Taylor Swift||"The Last Time"||Drums|
|2014||The Humans||Strange Tales||Drums, keyboards, guitar, bass, sounds, vocals, production|
|2014||Swans||To Be Kind||Drums, percussion, synthesizers, piano, guitar, bass, keyboards|
|2015||King Crimson|| Live at the Orpheum ||Drums, percussion, synthesizers, vocals|
|2016||King Crimson|| Live in Toronto ||Drums, percussion, keyboards|
|2016||Swans||The Glowing Man||Drums, piano, synthesizers, bass, guitar, vocals|
|2016||King Crimson|| Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind ||Drums, keyboards|
|2017||King Crimson|| Live in Chicago ||Keyboards|
|2018||Lead into Gold||The Sun Behind the Sun||Drums|
|2018||King Crimson|| Meltdown: Live in Mexico City ||Keyboards, production|
Robert Fripp is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the guitarist, founder and longest lasting member of the progressive rock band King Crimson. He has also worked extensively as a session musician and collaborator, notably with David Bowie, Blondie, Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel and David Sylvian. He has also contributed sounds to the Windows Vista operating system. His discography includes contributions to over 700 official releases.
Ministry is an American industrial metal band founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1981 by producer, singer and instrumentalist Al Jourgensen. Originally a synth-pop outfit, Ministry evolved into one of the pioneers of industrial metal in the late 1980s. The band's lineup has changed frequently, leaving Jourgensen as the sole original member left in Ministry. Musicians who have contributed to the band's studio or live activities include vocalists Nivek Ogre, Chris Connelly, Gibby Haynes and Burton C. Bell, guitarists Mike Scaccia and Tommy Victor, bassists Paul Barker, Paul Raven, Jason Christopher, Tony Campos and Paul D'Amour, drummers Bill Rieflin, Martin Atkins, Rey Washam and Roy Mayorga, keyboardist John Bechdel, and rappers and producers DJ Swamp and Arabian Prince.
KMFDM is a German industrial band from Hamburg led by Sascha Konietzko, who founded the band in 1984 as a performance art project.
Revolting Cocks, also known as RevCo, are an American–Belgian industrial rock band and, sometimes, supergroup that began as a musical side project for Richard23 of Front 242, Luc van Acker, and Al Jourgensen of Ministry.
Nihil is the eighth studio album by German industrial band KMFDM, released on 4 April 1995 by Wax Trax! Records. The album marked the return of former band member Raymond Watts and the first appearance of journeyman drummer Bill Rieflin, and was mostly written by frontman Sascha Konietzko, who emphasized a less guitar-driven sound.
Wax Trax! Records is an American independent record label based in Chicago. It began as a record shop in Denver, Colorado, opened by life partners Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher, who sold the store in 1978 and moved to Chicago. In November of that year, they opened a store under the same name in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. During the 1980s and 1990s, the accompanying record label became a presence on the new wave and punk rock scenes in the city, and an outlet for European bands. The label was purchased in 1992 by TVT Records and was discontinued in 2001. In 2014, it was re-established by Julia Nash, daughter of co-founder Jim Nash.
Xtort is the ninth studio album by German industrial band KMFDM, released on 25 June 1996 by Wax Trax! Records. It was recorded from the end of 1995 through early 1996, shortly after the death of Wax Trax! co-founder and band friend Jim Nash. Xtort features a variety of guest artists from the industrial music scene and studio musicians from other genres, but includes limited participation from core member En Esch.
Naïve is the fifth studio album by German industrial band KMFDM, released on 15 November 1990 by Wax Trax! Records. It was recorded following KMFDM's return from their first visit to America and subsequent tour with Ministry. It was also the first record they released after signing directly to Wax Trax! Records.
Pigface is an industrial rock supergroup formed in 1990 by Martin Atkins and William Rieflin.
The Power to Believe is the thirteenth studio album by English progressive rock band King Crimson. It was released on 4 March 2003 through Sanctuary Records and was met with generally favorable reviews, with several critics appreciating its heightened aggression. The Power to Believe was preceded by the companion studio EP Happy with What You Have to Be Happy With (2002), which features alternate and otherwise unreleased tracks.
Beers, Steers + Queers is the second studio album by American–Belgian industrial rock band Revolting Cocks. Released in May 1990, the album was supported by three singles and was reissued several times. Its sound is industrial and built upon repetitive percussion and samples. David Jeffries of AllMusic described Beers, Steers + Queers as dominating college radio and clubs. The album's supporting tour was recalled by Chris Connelly as "ridiculous" and particularly chaotic.
James Marcus is a musician, artist, political activist, and respected typographer who is best known for his work as the lead singer and founder of the Industrial band Die Warzau. He is credited as engineer, remixer, vocalist, songwriter, percussionist, drummer, bass player, pianist, keyboardist or artist on albums by Die Warzau, GoFight, Sister Machine Gun, Björk, Pigface, Pansy Division, The Swans, Haloblack, Chris Connelly, KMFDM, Skrew, Machines of Loving Grace, Stabbing Westward, Gravity Kills, Everplastic, Screaming Rachel, Dessau, Chemlab, The Final Cut, Testify, Mindfunk, Little Louis and various other artists across many different genres. His work can be heard on some of the most popular tracks by many of these groups, such as the Pigface's "Asphole", "Aboriginal", "Steamroller", etc., KMFDM's "Light", Sister Machine gun's "Wired", "Lung", "Nothing", etc.
"Larks' Tongues in Aspic" is a suite of music by the English progressive rock band King Crimson. Spanning thirty years and four albums, the series comprises five parts, all of which carry unifying musical motifs. Parts I and II were released as the introductory and final tracks on King Crimson's 1973 album of the same name, part III was featured on their 1984 album Three of a Perfect Pair, part IV appeared on 2000's The Construkction of Light, and the final part, "Level Five", was included on the 2003 album The Power to Believe. Despite breaking the naming convention, Robert Fripp, King Crimson founder and only constant contributor to the suite, insists that "Level Five" is part of the pentalogy.
The Blackouts were a punk rock band formed in Seattle in 1979 by singer/guitarist Erich Werner, bassist Mike Davidson, and drummer Bill Rieflin, who were all former members of a local punk band, The Telepaths. They were joined by Roland Barker, first on synthesizer and later on saxophone.
Sugar Rush is a 2011 studio album by The Humans. It is the second album by avant-garde rock singer Toyah Willcox and bassists Bill Rieflin and Chris Wong, a trio formed in 2007. The music is augmented in the studio with other instruments, notably the guitar of guest Robert Fripp of King Crimson, who appears on every track of Sugar Rush. Igor Abuladze joined The Humans on their US and UK tour in 2011 in support of the album.
Live at the Orpheum is a live album by the band King Crimson, released by Discipline Global Mobile records in 2015. The album was recorded on 30 September and 1 October at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California on the band's The Elements of King Crimson US tour of 2014.
Whiplash Boychild is the solo debut album by Scottish musician and singer-songwriter Chris Connelly, who is best known for his work for bands such as Ministry, The Revolting Cocks, and Pigface. It was released in 1991 through Wax Trax! Records. The album also features session contributions from drummer William Rieflin, and bass guitarist Stuart Zechman, who later reunited with Connelly on his next album, Phenobarb Bambalam (1992).
Live in Chicago, or Official Bootleg: Live in Chicago, June 28th, 2017, is a live album by the English progressive rock band King Crimson, released through Discipline Global Mobile records on 14 October 2017. The album was recorded on 28 June at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Illinois during the band's 2017 United States tour. It is the first full-length release by the eight-piece incarnation of the band and features new songs and rearrangements of compositions mostly from the early 1970s.
Meltdown: Live in Mexico City is a Blu-ray and triple-disc CD live album by the English progressive rock band King Crimson. Recorded over five nights in July 2017, Meltdown was released on 20 October 2018 and was produced by Bill Rieflin from multitrack recordings. The release was announced in August 2018 and was preceded by streaming of the track "Indiscipline" on 4 October.