Seeing as we’re loving the vintage experience of all things ’90s, it’s no surprise that Italian trio Army Of The Universe’s 1999 & The Aftershow is dominating our Fall playlists. From the opening track “1999,” with its distorted guitars and Strange Days influenced music video, to the ambient noise “Snake Was Right” and the funk infused “Late Detroit Nights, 1999 & The Aftershow showcases the broad diversity that the label “Industrial” can encompass, all without losing a distinct dance sensibility. Other favorites include “The Aftershow” with its vicious guitar riffs and the delicate, near-ballad gem “The Albert Hotel”
Says the band:
“We built 1999 & The Aftershow on modern sound design with inspiration from the dark wave, industrial, and underground scenes; we believe it’s our most diverse album to date.”
2. Down Till Dusk
3. Another Escape
4. Digital Slag
5. Zeus (My Own Rebel)
6. I Lost My Sound
7. The Aftershow
8. Little Paranoia
9. Snake Was Right
10. Late Detroit Nights
11. Nobody 2.0
12. The Albert Hotel
13. Ninety Ninety Noise (B…ACK)
Army Of The Universe was founded in 2008 by Electronic Dance producerTrebla (aka Albert Vorne) and lead singer Lord K. In 2010, guitar player Dave Tavecchia joined the band and one year later Chris Vrenna (NIN, Marilyn Manson, Tweaker) co-produced their first album Mother Ignorance (Metropolis Records). Army Of The Universe’ sound is made of analog synths and blade guitars, speeding around the echoes of 80’s vibes and 90’s industrial, throughout the underground of Brit’s school electronica, new wave and techno beats.
The band and their debut album Mother Ignorance have been considered one of the newest and most exciting surprises throughout both the industrial and rave scenes.
Between 2011 and 2014 the band toured North America and Europe for over 80 shows, including several DJ set gigs, a mix of dark underground sounds with live vocal performances.
In the meanwhile The Army released one more EP on Metropolis Records, Until The End followed by a second album, The Hipster Sacrifice, and a new single, “Uniforms”, in 2014. Their experimentation also landed the band on Dim Mak Records for Kill The F* DJ EP and the single “PNKRZ!”