Extreme Noise Terror

Last updated

Extreme Noise Terror
Origin Ipswich, England, United Kingdom
Genres
Years active1985–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website www.extremenoiseterror.co.uk
Members
  • Dean Jones
  • Ben McCrow
  • Ollie Jones
  • Andi Morris
  • Michael Hourihan
Past members(See below)

Extreme Noise Terror (often abbreviated to ENT) are a British extreme metal band formed in Ipswich in 1985 and one of the earliest and most influential grindcore bands, [1] [2] particularly in the crustgrind fusion genre. [3] Noted for one of the earliest uses of dual vocalists in hardcore, [3] and for recording a number of sessions for BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, the band started as crust punks and helped characterise the early, archetypal grindcore sound with highly political lyrics, fast guitars and tempos, and often very short songs.

Extreme metal is a loosely defined umbrella term for a number of related heavy metal music subgenres that have developed since the early 1980s. It has been defined as a "cluster of metal subgenres characterized by sonic, verbal and visual transgression".

Ipswich Town and Borough in England

Ipswich is a large historical town in Suffolk, England, located in East Anglia about 66 miles (106 km) north east of London. It is also the county town of Suffolk. The town has been continuously occupied since the Saxon period, and its port has been one of England's most important for the whole of its history.

Grindcore is an extreme fusion genre of heavy metal and hardcore punk that originated in the mid-1980s, drawing inspiration from abrasive-sounding musical styles, such as: thrashcore, crust punk, hardcore punk, extreme metal, and industrial. Grindcore is characterized by a noise-filled sound that uses heavily distorted, down-tuned guitars, grinding overdriven bass, high speed tempo, blast beats, and vocals which consist of growls and high-pitched shrieks. Early groups like Napalm Death are credited with laying the groundwork for the style. It is most prevalent today in North America and Europe, with popular contributors such as Brutal Truth and Nasum. Lyrical themes range from a primary focus on social and political concerns, to gory subject matter and black humor.

Contents

Biography

Early years

Extreme Noise Terror were formed in early 1985 in Ipswich, England, originally consisting of dual vocalists Dean Jones and Phil Vane, guitarist Pete Hurley, bassist Jerry Clay and drummer Darren “Pig Killer” Olley. [4] Prior to ENT, Vane and Hurley had played with Discharge-influenced acts Freestate and Victims of War, [1] whilst Jones had been singing with Raw Noise. [3] Hurley claims that the band name came from an insert for an album by the Dutch band Lärm: "It featured a bandanna-ed hardcore kid with 'Extreme Noise Terror' surrounding him. Those three words summed up exactly what we were aiming at." [1] Aside from Discharge, the band cite as early influences Anti Cimex, Rattus and Antisect, another early proponent of the "one high, one low" vocal approach. [3] ENT signed to the small UK-based indie label Manic Ears after a solitary gig supporting Chaos UK. [1]

Discharge (band) British hardcore punk band

Discharge are a British musical group formed in 1977 by Terence "Tezz" Roberts and Royston "Rainy" Wainwright. While the band has had substantial line-up changes over its history, the classic line-up from the early 1980s featured bassist Wainwright, drummer Gary Maloney, Anthony "Bones" Roberts playing guitar, and vocalist Kelvin "Cal" Morris.

Lärm were a Dutch straight edge hardcore band formed in 1981, first playing under the name of Total Chaoz. They referred to their music as "extreme noise", though having nothing to do with noise rock or noise music.

Anti Cimex band

Anti Cimex were a Swedish crust punk band, based in Skövde, Gothenburg, Linköping, and Malmö, at different times, that formed in 1981. They were one of the first bands to define Scandinavian hardcore punk. Their second 7", Raped Ass, is considered to be a subgenre-defining D-beat record. Scene historian Peter Jandreus describes the group as the most famous Swedish punk band of the 1977–87 era.

Their first release for the label was a split LP with Chaos UK in 1986, entitled Radioactive Earslaughter. Although there were still musical similarities between the two bands, ENT were already beginning to twist hardcore into what would later become known as "grindcore". ENT have however expressed misgivings about the use of the term:

We were known as hardcore punk. Then it became this 'Britcore' thing that Sounds and NME came up with, with the Electro Hippies, Napalm, Carcass and Bolt Thrower all rolled into one, all playing the same shows and then Napalm Death made the word 'grind' up. But they were always a bit more metal than us and we didn't really know what this word 'grind' meant. [3]

<i>Sounds</i> (magazine) magazine

Sounds was a UK weekly pop/rock music newspaper, published from 10 October 1970 to 6 April 1991. It was produced by Spotlight Publications, which was set up by Jack Hutton and Peter Wilkinson, who left Melody Maker to start their own company. Sounds was their first project, a weekly paper devoted to progressive rock and described by Hutton, to those he was attempting to recruit from his former publication, as "a leftwing Melody Maker". Sounds was intended to be a weekly rival to titles such as Melody Maker and New Musical Express (NME). It was well known for giving away posters in the centre of the paper and later for covering heavy metal and Oi! music in its late 1970s–early 1980s heyday.

<i>NME</i> British weekly music journalism magazine

New Musical Express (NME) is a British music journalism website and former magazine that has been published since 1952. It was the first British paper to include a singles chart, in the edition of 14 November 1952. In the 1970s it became the best-selling British music newspaper. During the period 1972 to 1976, it was particularly associated with gonzo journalism, then became closely associated with punk rock through the writings of Julie Burchill, Paul Morley and Tony Parsons. It started as a music newspaper, and gradually moved toward a magazine format during the 1980s and 1990s, changing from newsprint in 1998.

Electro Hippies were a crust punk band formed in St Helens/Wigan, United Kingdom, in 1985.

In 1987, ENT came to the attention of John Peel, on the recommendation of fellow Ipswich group The Stupids. [5] After seeing them live at the Caribbean Centre in Ipswich with his wife and son, [5] Peel offered them their first (of four) Peel Session for BBC Radio 1, [6] which was released through Strange Fruit. [2] A second Peel Session was recorded the following May. [7]

John Peel English disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer and journalist

John Robert Parker Ravenscroft,, known professionally as John Peel, was an English disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer and journalist. He was the longest serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, broadcasting regularly from 1967 until his death in 2004.

The Stupids are an English hardcore punk band formed in the 1980s by Tom Withers.

BBC Radio 1 British national radio station

BBC Radio 1 is a British radio station operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation which also broadcasts internationally, specialising in modern popular music and current chart hits throughout the day. Radio 1 provides alternative genres after 7 pm, including electronica, dance, hip hop, rock and indie. The choice of music and presenting style is entirely that of programme hosts, however those who present in the daytime have to rotate a number of songs a specific number of times per week. It was launched in 1967 to meet the demand for music generated by pirate radio stations, when the average age of the UK population was 27. The BBC claim that they target the 15–29 age group, and the average age of its UK audience since 2009 is 30. BBC Radio 1 started 24-hour broadcasting on 1 May 1991.

During this period, the drum stool was filled by former Napalm Death drummer Mick Harris, although he left soon afterward to form Scorn and was replaced by Tony "Stick" Dickens (of crust band Doom). Bassist Clay was replaced by Mark Gardener, [8] and this line-up recorded ENT's debut album, A Holocaust in Your Head, which was later voted number 3 in Terrorizer 's essential European grindcore albums, who described it as "marrying a thick crust-punk crunch and vitriolic lyrical assault with the newborn, clattering fury of grindcore, 'Holocaust...' followed Napalm's heroic uppercuts and haymakers with a Doc Martin in the goolies." [9] The band undertook a headline tour of both Europe and Japan in support of the album. In 1990, Jones and future ENT guitarist Ali Firouzbakht guested on Raw Noise's "Sound of Destruction" single release, [8] and bassist Gardener was replaced by Peter Nash from the band Doom. [2]

Napalm Death British grindcore band

Napalm Death are a British extreme metal band formed in Meriden, West Midlands, England, in 1981. While none of its original members remain in the group since December 1986, the lineup of vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway, bassist Shane Embury, guitarist Mitch Harris and drummer Danny Herrera has remained consistent of the band's career since 1992's Utopia Banished, although, from 1989 to 2004, Napalm Death were a five-piece band after they added Jesse Pintado as the replacement of one-time guitarist Bill Steer; following Pintado's departure, the band reverted to a four-piece rather than replace him.

Mick Harris commonly known and credited both as Mick Harris or occasionally M.J. Harris, is an English musician.

Scorn is an English electronic music project. The group was formed in the early 1990s as a side project of former Napalm Death members Mick Harris and Nic Bullen. Bullen left the group in 1995 and the project continued on until the end of 2011 as an essentially solo project for Harris.

Collaboration with the KLF

On their return from Japan, ENT were invited to perform their third Peel Session, [10] which was released along with their first as a full-length LP by Strange Fruit. The band then embarked on another European tour, after which they released their second record, Phonophobia, through Vinyl Japan and returned to tour Japan once again. Further radio support from John Peel brought ENT to the attention of Bill Drummond of The KLF; [8] the two acts got in touch and Drummond asked ENT to re-record a version of KLF's hit single "3 a.m. Eternal", with the intention of the band performing live on Top of the Pops at Christmas. [2]

Bill Drummond Scottish musician, music industry figure, writer and artist

William Ernest Drummond is a Scottish artist, musician, writer, and record producer. He was the co-founder of late 1980s avant-garde pop group The KLF and its 1990s media-manipulating successor, the K Foundation, with which he famously burned £1 million in 1994. More recent art activities, carried out under Drummond's chosen banner of the Penkiln Burn, include making and distributing cakes, soup, flowers, beds and shoe-shines. More recent music projects include No Music Day, and the international tour of a choir called The17. Drummond is the author of several books about art and music.

The KLF are a British electronic band started in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

3 a.m. Eternal 1989 single by The KLF

"3 a.m. Eternal" is a song by the British acid house group The KLF. Numerous versions of the song were released as singles between 1989 and 1992. In January 1991, an acid house pop version of the song became an international top ten hit single, reaching number-one on the UK Singles Chart and number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and leading to The KLF becoming the internationally biggest-selling singles band of 1991. When, the following year, The KLF accepted an invitation to perform at the 1992 BRIT Awards ceremony, they caused controversy with a succession of anti-establishment gestures that included a duet performance of "3 a.m. Eternal" with the crust punk band Extreme Noise Terror, during which The KLF co-founder Bill Drummond fired machine-gun blanks over the audience of music industry luminaries. A studio-produced version of this song was issued as a limited edition mail order 7" single, the final release by The KLF and their independent record label, KLF Communications.

The BBC, however, felt that the song was inappropriate for broadcast on daytime television and thus refused to air the track, leading to the KLF boycotting the show. [11] The single eventually saw limited edition release through KLF Communications and won Single of the Week from both the NME and Melody Maker . ENT also worked on the abandoned KLF album The Black Room (the KLF had previously released an ambient album called The White Room ), but when Drummond and KLF co-member Jimmy Cauty announced the band's retirement, they also deleted the recordings. [11]

When asked how the collaboration came about, Jones said: "What actually happened was that Bill heard us on Peel when he was in the bath and got in touch. They had wanted to do rock versions of their songs with Motörhead but something fell through, so he rang us... The message said it's Bill from The KLF, but I thought they said 'the ALF' so I didn't take much notice... Later, we got another message saying it was definitely Bill from The KLF and I said 'f--- off! What does he want with us?' But it all got explained eventually." [12] The two bands were later asked to appear at the 1992 BRIT Awards, at which they caused controversy by firing blanks from machine guns into the audience, [2] [8] a performance that the NME listed at number 4 in their "top 100 rock moments". [13]

Retro-bution, Vane's departure and subsequent albums

Extreme Noise Terror continued to tour throughout 1993 and 1994, and underwent further line-up changes; drummer Dickens left to join DIRT and was replaced by former member Pig Killer, Lee Barrett (founder of Candlelight Records and also member of Disgust) took over on bass, and Ali Firouzbakht joined on lead guitar. At the request of Digby Pearson, this line-up signed to Earache in June 1994 and recorded Retro-bution, essentially a compilation of re-recorded material from the band's earlier days, which was released in January 1995. The motivation behind this release was due to the band's dissatisfaction with their earlier recordings and saw ENT take a slightly more metal direction, including the addition of some guitar solos. [14] A short UK tour followed, followed by touring in Europe and the US and a further line-up change occurred with Pig Killer being replaced by former Cradle of Filth drummer William A. "Was" Sarginson. (After several years as a professional photographer, in 2013 Pig Killer joined The Featherz under the name Dazzle Monroe.) The line-up changes continued with the departure of founder member Phil Vane, who left to join Napalm Death in late 1996. [8] In an example of trading places, Napalm Death frontman Mark "Barney" Greenway agreed to join ENT during the recording of their next album, Damage 381.

The album, whose title comes from the BPM recorded on the title track, saw ENT moving further into death metal territory, reincorporating some of the blast beats and screamed vocals that had been missing from their previous two releases. [15] The album benefited from a production from noted metal producer Colin Richardson. At the same time Napalm Death were having a hard time getting the vocals that they wanted from Vane and asked Greenway to return, which he agreed to do, leaving ENT once again lacking a second vocalist. [15] Vane subsequently returned to the band in 1997.

Further line-up changes occurred in 1999, with Vane once again departing to be replaced by Adam Catchpole, Sarginson being replaced by Zac O'Neil, and former Cradle of Filth member Gian Pyres joining on lead guitar. [16] In 2001, the band signed to Candlelight and released their fourth full-length album, Being and Nothing . The band also played a fourth session for BBC Radio 1 in February 2001 [17] and continued to tour round Europe, including a slot on the main stage at Wacken Open Air in 2003. [18]

Recent activity

Ever struggling with line-up problems, Paul "Woody" Woodfield took over on lead guitar for studio and live duties in early 2001, whilst Stafford Glover took over on bass (from the departing Barrett, who left to concentrate on To-Mera) and Desecration's Ollie Jones was added to the line-up as permanent second guitarist. [19] In early 2006, Phil Vane once again returned to the band after living in Switzerland for six and a half years. [20] Zac O'Neil also left the band, to be replaced by Mic Hourihan (of Tigertailz). In 2007, ENT toured the US with grindcore band Phobia and released a split recording with Driller Killer through French label Osmose. The following year the band released a split 7" with Trap Them (released on Deathwish Inc.) to coincide with their joint US West Coast Distortion tour, [8] [19] which culminated at the 2008 Los Angeles Murderfest. In amongst playing shows worldwide, including Indonesia, Russia, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Finland, Germany, Estonia and at the Obscene Extreme Festival in the Czech Republic, ENT recorded their next album, Law of Retaliation which was released in early 2009 by Osmose in Europe, MCR Company in Japan, and Deep Six Records in the US. Terrorizer described it as "a rabid, intense and gleeful return to explosive, hyper-speed hardcore punk insanity". [21] The band continued to tour with shows throughout 2009 in Europe and a third Japanese tour, this time with Slang. [16]

Though still fiercely political, in recent years the band has become more open-minded regarding some of their beliefs, especially concerning vegetarianism, and the use of drugs and alcohol. Jones commented:

I think now it's more acceptable not being vegetarian, being PC, admitting that you like having sex, because at one point with the likes of Profane Existence [anarchist punk fanzine] and Maximumrockandroll [legendary punk zine, infamous for scene policing[ clarification needed ]], and I hate to say it, but it felt like some sort of restrictive Nazi regime. You have to be like this to be crust. Which to me was the total opposite to what it should be. I stayed with my beliefs, but I didn't like being told what to do to fit in with the audience [...] But now, the progression is more to do with that the fact that everyone is doing what they want, whether it's drink, drugs, sex. So yes, it has progressed. [3]

On 17 February 2011, Phil Vane died in his sleep due to a cerebrovascular accident at the age of 46. [22] The band have continued to tour and release music with former Gorerotted and The Rotted frontman Ben McCrow, with the band dedicating their 2015 self-titled album to Vane's memory.

Members

Current
Former

Timeline

Extreme Noise Terror

Discography

Studio albums

Split albums

EPs

Live albums

Compilation albums

DVDs

Music videos

See also

Related Research Articles

The Black Room is a never-released LP by The KLF/The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, originally intended to be a complement to their earlier LP The White Room.

Crust punk is a form of music influenced by English punk rock and extreme metal. The style, which evolved in the early-1980s in England, often has songs with dark and pessimistic lyrics that linger on political and social ills. The term "crust" was coined by Hellbastard on their 1986 Ripper Crust demo.

Thrashcore fusion genre of thrash metal and hardcore punk

Thrashcore is a fast tempo subgenre of hardcore punk that emerged in the early 1980s. Thrashcore is essentially sped-up hardcore, often using blast beats. Songs can be very brief, and thrashcore is in many ways a less dissonant, less metallic forerunner of grindcore. The genre is sometimes associated with skateboarder subculture.

D-beat

D-beat is a style of hardcore punk, developed in the early 1980s by imitators of Discharge, after whom the genre is named, as well as a drum beat characteristic of this subgenre. D-beat is known for its "grinding, distorted and brutally political" sound. Discharge may have themselves inherited the beat from Motörhead and the Buzzcocks. D-beat is closely associated with crust punk, which is a heavier, more complex variation. The style was particularly popular in Sweden, and developed there by groups such as Crude SS, Anti Cimex, Mob 47, and Driller Killer. Other D-beat groups include Doom and the Varukers from the UK; Disclose from Japan; Crucifix and Final Conflict from the U.S.; Ratos de Porão from Brazil; and MG15 from Spain. While the style initially developed in the early 1980s, a number of new groups working within the subgenre emerged in the mid-1990s. These include the Swedish groups Wolfbrigade, Totalitär, Avskum, Skitsystem, and Disfear.

Earache Records is an independent record label, music publisher and management company founded by Digby Pearson, based in Nottingham, England with offices in London and New York. It helped to pioneer extreme metal by releasing early grindcore and death metal records between 1988 and 1994. The label roster has since diversified into more mainstream guitar music, working with bands such as Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement, Blackberry Smoke and The White Buffalo. The company also hosted the 'Earache Express' stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2017 and will be hosting 'The Earache Factory' at Boomtown Fair 2018.

Jesus "Jesse" Ernesto Pintado Andrade was a lead guitar player born in Mexico who at an early age moved to the US. He started in the grindcore band Terrorizer where he recorded the album World Downfall, the first album to feature Pete Sandoval who would later leave the band to join Morbid Angel. It was Jesse Pintado who coined the term "grindcore" for the first time, to describe a musical mixture of "noise and chaos" which he was developing at that time.

Lee Dorrian British singer

Lee Dorrian is an English singer, best known as a former member of Napalm Death and later frontman of Cathedral. He is currently the vocalist of With the Dead and Septic Tank.

Sore Throat were a British crust punk/grindcore band, formed in Yorkshire in 1987. They are known for being one of the earliest exponents of the grindcore subgenre known as "noisecore", as well as for launching the careers of several prominent members of the British heavy metal community.

Gorerotted were a British death metal band formed in 1997 which split up in January 2008 and reformed with new members as The Rotted. Gorerotted's lyrics and song titles were largely inspired by horror films and serial killers. The band's song titles often incorporated humorous rhymes or puns such as "Cut, Gut, Beaten, Eaten", "Put Your Bits in a Concrete Mix", and "Only Tools and Corpses", a pun on the popular British sitcom, Only Fools and Horses, the latter beginning with a suspiciously similar introductory drumbeat to the sitcom's theme music.

Optimum Wound Profile were an industrial metal band from Ipswich, UK, active between the years 1991-1996. Combining elements of metal, crust punk, and sampling/programming technologies they released three albums and toured across Europe.

<i>Being and Nothing</i> album by Extreme Noise Terror

Being and Nothing is the fourth studio album by British extreme metal band Extreme Noise Terror. It was released in 2001 by Candlelight Records. It is the first and last to feature Adam Catchpole as a vocalist after Phil Vanes left the band. The sound in this album leans more towards to death metal rather than their traditional crust punk roots.

Trap Them

Trap Them were an American hardcore punk band based in Boston, Massachusetts and Seattle, Washington.

Driller Killer was a Swedish extreme metal band. They were formed in 1993 in Malmö and are named after the Abel Ferrara movie of the same name. They are signed to the French record label Osmose Productions and have released seven full-length albums, and a variety of split releases to date. Their style has been described as hardcore punk, crust punk and D-beat. They are also strongly influenced by the sound of Discharge.

Nails (band) American hardcore punk band

Nails is an American hardcore punk band from Oxnard, California. The group was formed in 2009 by frontman Todd Jones, formerly the guitarist of Terror, along with bassist John Gianelli and drummer Taylor Young of Disgrace. They released their debut EP Obscene Humanity in 2009, followed by the studio albums Unsilent Death (2010), Abandon All Life (2013) and You Will Never Be One of Us (2016) and a split EP with Full of Hell. Gradually, Nails have achieved widespread critical acclaim for their savage death metal-infused sound.

Extreme Noise Terror is the sixth studio album by English grindcore band Extreme Noise Terror. It was released on 6 November 2015, by Willowtip Records. The album marks the return of their hardcore punk roots with highly aggressive raw sound and the first album to feature Desecration bassist Andi Morris and The Rotted former vocalist Ben McCrow.

References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Mudrian, Albert (2004). Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal & Grindcore , p. 30–31, Feral House, ISBN   1-932595-04-X.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Larkin, Colin (1999). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Heavy Rock, p. 155, Virgin Books, ISBN   0-7535-0257-7.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Bonniwell, Alex (2009). In Grind We Crust, Terrorizer 181, pp. 46–51.
  4. Extreme Noise Terror biography @ Allmusic
  5. 1 2 Peel, John (2004). Introduction to Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore, p. 17.
  6. "BBC - Radio 1 - Keeping It Peel - 10/11/1987 Extreme Noise Terror". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  7. "BBC - Radio 1 - Keeping It Peel - 01/05/1988 Extreme Noise Terror". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  8. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Extreme Noise Terror biography @ Rockdetector Archived 12 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  9. Hoare, James. Grindcore Special. Essential Albums|Europe, Terrorizer 180, February 2009, p. 54.
  10. "BBC - Radio 1 - Keeping It Peel - 06/02/1990 Extreme Noise Terror". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  11. 1 2 McIver, Joel (2000). Extreme Metal, p. 80, Omnibus Press, ISBN   0-7119-8040-3.
  12. Kelly, D. "Welcome to the Sheep Seats", New Musical Express , 29 February 1992 (link Archived 19 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine )
  13. "NME.COM'S TOP 100 ROCK MOMENTS OF ALL TIME - NME". 15 January 2001. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  14. Interview with Phil Vane, 1995
  15. 1 2 "Chronicles of Chaos - Extreme Music Webzine - Metal Reviews and Interviews". www.chroniclesofchaos.com. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  16. 1 2 "ENT/Dwarves Split, by Extreme Noise Terror". Extreme Noise Terror. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  17. "BBC - Radio 1 - Keeping It Peel - 28/02/2001 Extreme Noise Terror". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  18. "W:O:A - Wacken Open Air : Intro". www.wacken.com. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  19. 1 2 "Extreme Noise Terror (Official) - Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos". Myspace. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  20. "World Wide Freedom" . Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  21. Ellis, Graham (January 2009). Terrorizer 179, p. 69. Review of Law of Retaliation.
  22. "EXTREME NOISE TERROR Vocalist PHIL VANE Dead at 46". Blabbermouth.net . Roadrunner Records. 23 February 2011. Archived from the original on 26 February 2011.

Further reading