The Brotherhood of the Bomb

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The Brotherhood of the Bomb
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Studio album by Techno Animal
Released11 September 2001
Label Matador
Techno Animal chronology
The Brotherhood of the Bomb
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Drowned in Sound 9/10 [4]
PopMatters Favorable [5]
Stylus Magazine B [6]

The Brotherhood of the Bomb is the fourth album by the Illbient band Techno Animal, released on 11 September 2001 through Matador Records.

Illbient is a genre of electronic music. The term was allegedly coined by DJ Olive to describe the music being produced by a community of artists based in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York in 1994. The word "Illbient" combines the hip hop slang term "ill" and "ambient".

Techno Animal is an industrial hip hop duo formed in 1990 in London, England by British composers and musicians Justin Broadrick and Kevin Martin. The name addresses the concept of a technological animal and is not a direct reference to the techno genre.

Matador Records American record label

Matador Records is an independent record label, with a roster of mainly indie rock, but also punk rock, experimental rock, alternative rock, and electronic acts.


Track listing

All music composed by Techno Animal.

1."Cruise Mode 101"Rubberoom4:48
2."Glass Prism Enclosure" Beans, High Priest, M. Sayyid 4:23
3."Hypertension" 6:14
4."DC-10" Rob Sonic 4:33
5."Robosapien" 5:45
6."Freefall" 5:03
7."Monoscopic" 5:54
8."Piranha"Toastie Taylor4:58
9."Sub Species" 4:18
10."We Can Build You" El-P, Vast Aire 4:16
11."Blood Money" 5:22
12."Hell" dälek 5:33
Total length:61:07


Credits adapted from The Brotherhood of the Bomb liner notes [7]

Techno Animal
Justin Broadrick Record producer, musician, singer

Justin Karl Michael Broadrick is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist and drummer. He is best known as a founding member of the band Godflesh, one of the first bands to combine elements of extreme metal and industrial music. He was briefly in the English grindcore band Napalm Death when he was a teenager in the mid-1980s, writing and recording guitar for Side One of Napalm Death's debut album, Scum. Broadrick has also maintained a parallel career as a producer, producing records and remixes for groups such as Pantera, Isis, Mogwai and Hydra Head labelmates Pelican. Since 2012, he has been releasing hard techno music under the solo moniker JK Flesh. Broadrick has set up record labels such as HeadDirt, Avalanche Recordings, Post Mortem Productions, Lo Fibre and Heartache.

JK Flesh pseudonym of Justin Broadrick

JK Flesh is a moniker of English musician Justin Broadrick employed for his solo work within "heavy" or "brutal" electronica music. Broadrick's usage of the title spans back to his work in the 1990s with Kevin Martin in Techno Animal, but he first released a solo studio album as JK Flesh in 2012. Unlike Broadrick's most well-known projects, Godflesh and Jesu, his work as JK Flesh is electronic and lacks metal riffs. Over the years, the project has shifted into a more minimal and dub sound while retaining its industrial influences.

Record producer individual who oversees and manages the recording of an artists music

A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many, varying roles during the recording process. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.

Additional musicians

Antipop Consortium is an American alternative hip hop group. The group formed in 1997, when Beans, High Priest, M. Sayyid, and producer Earl Blaize met at a poetry slam in New York City. They are notable for their stream-of-consciousness lyrics and musical references to contemporary composition methods.

Rob Sonic American rapper

Robert Smith, better known by his stage name Rob Sonic, is a hip hop artist from The Bronx. He is a former member of hip-hop groups Sonic Sum and Hail Mary Mallon.

Scratching turntablism technique

Scratching, sometimes referred to as scrubbing, is a DJ and turntablist technique of moving a vinyl record back and forth on a turntable to produce percussive or rhythmic sounds. A crossfader on a DJ mixer may be used to fade between two records simultaneously.

Technical personnel
Audio mastering form of audio post-production

Mastering, a form of audio post production, is the process of preparing and transferring recorded audio from a source containing the final mix to a data storage device, the source from which all copies will be produced. In recent years digital masters have become usual, although analog masters, such as audio tapes, are still being used by the manufacturing industry, notably by a few engineers who have chosen to specialize in analog mastering.

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