ANDRE' vd WALT
VAN COKE KARTEL
V.O.D was born in the mid-'80s as an anti-establishment Punk/Hardcore band amid a tumultuous South African political climate, where the controversial State Of Emergency reigned of the old regime. From this standpoint V.O.D attacked injustice from all sides with speed and volume. With the new rhythm section joining in the late-'80s, V.O.D's Crossover flavour head further into the Metal direction. By the early '90s V.O.D's legend-status grew even more in alternative circles, and toured regularly across the country (in a pre-internet & cell phone era) to spread the word of VOD - with some of the most explosive and unforgettable shows of that time. After several independent cassette albums, demo releases, compilations, a few video related releases, as well as the expected "local record company scam-artist" experience, V.O.D head for Europe in the mid-'90s to record the classic "Bloedrivier" album for their new German record label. This also led to a full European tour. In 2006 the 10th Anniversary edition of the "Bloedrivier" album was released (as "The V.O.D Archives Vol. I", loaded with extras), and in 2009 V.O.D will arise with to shake the earth with a long-overdue tour, DVD and more.
Andre' van der Walt is a band from Gauteng, South Africa. The line-up consists of Paul van der Walt on guitar, keys, vocals, beats & programming, Tjaardt Swanepoel on bass and Andre Pereira on vocals. The band started in November 2005 and sings in Afrikaans. Their sound could be described as a fusion of hardcore & electronic music.
Since June 2006, the band has toured most of the major cities in South Africa (numerous times), including Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban, Stellenbosch and Cape Town.
Andre van der Walt released their debut 6 song EP, "Kontra", in August 2007. The band won the "Hardest Song" category of the 2008 MK Music Video Awards for their "Beeldskoon Is Nie Goed Genoeg Nie" video.
The band is currently busy recording their debut album entitled "Pneuma" and is also busy with the post-production of their latest music video.
photograph by Sean Metelerkamp
Terminatryx (pronounced: “terminaytrix”) came into being around 2002 with Sonja on lead vocals and Paul taking care of production and instrumentation.
This Industrial-Metal project resulted in part as an urge to create original sounds with a visual element, and in reaction to the South African musical milieu not having much to offer at that time. Their sound also includes hidden integrated elements of genres like Gothic, Hardcore and Darkwave, which further contributes to this unique new breed of South African music.
Besides performances across South Africa, Terminatryx was one of 4 bands chosen to represent South Africa in 2006 at Popkomm in Germany.
Their self-titled debut album was released mid-2008, and their first DVD, “Terminatryx/Nosferatu” saw the light on Halloween 2008 (and also includes the classic 1922 vampire movie Nosferatu, with a new original soundtrack by Terminatryx and special guests, as recorded live at the 2006 S.A. HorrorFest Film Festival).
All the Terminatryx songs are in English, but they make a point of including one cut in their mother tongue with each release – the first chosen here as Kopskoot! contribution.
For live shows, Sonja and Paul are accompanied on stage by Patrick (on guitar) and Ronnie (on drums).
(Disco / Punk / Dubstep)
Helsinki is a fresh, brand new project. The band was formed a few months ago and DNA on Kopskoot is their first official release. Helsinki’s mission is to produce electronic/dance music of the highest quality with lyrics in Afrikaans, English and Tswana. So much low quality music is released in SA – especially in Afrikaans, but also in other official languages (read extremely shit). Sorry, I didn’t mean to use the word ‘shit’… I actually meant p@#sh@#rd@@sn@@i shit. Helsinki aims to make a notable difference to this sad state of affairs. They are currently recording their EP – Helsinki – which will be released next year. Helsinki’s other interests include reading, dancing, drinks and girls.
Huyser and Arnaud have been involved in, among others, Battery 9, Somerfaan, Radio Lava and Diesel Whores. Pateletso has released an independent EP as Setseno (Crazyman).
"DNA" - written by Arnaud van Vliet, Huyser Burger, Pateletso Mokgotla
Initially formed as an experimental project in 2000 by vocalist Francois Breytenbach Blom & guitarist Theo Crous, South African band K.O.B.U.S.’ 1st release, (kobus! – 2002) displayed a flagrant disregard for uniformity.
Straying completely from the respective styles of their previous bands (Crous- Springbok Nude Girls, and Blom- Voice of Destruction). The 2nd release (100% Skuldgevoelvry – 2004) continued and expanded upon this genre-busting theme.
K.O.B.U.S.’ 3rd offering, the acclaimed SWAARMETAAL - 2007, sees founder members Crous & Blom comfortably and unapologetically getting back to the business of doing what they do and enjoy best, rip-roaring Heavy Metal.
Hailed as a first of its’ kind, the first real Afrikaans-language metal album, SWAARMETAAL has since spawned a host of new bands in it’s wake (ranging from bad imitators to talented explorers of heavy music’s many different sub-genres) and a vibrant new scene have emerged within the all too often stagnant Afrikaans music culture.
In 2008 the SWAARMETAAL album received the SAMA award in the 14th South African Music Awards in the category Best Afrikaans Rock Album.
Battery9 is one of the very few “Industrial” projects to come from South Africa, and thus far the only one to break out of the sub-culture mould.
Which is surprising: the music is by nature extreme and unsafe. The lyrics (predominantly in Afrikaans and also in English) examine the darker side of the human psyche, driven by distorted vocals, chunky guitars and relentless beats. It contains a fat dose of cynical humour, twisted electronica, and abrasive sounds from industry. Basically, subject matter and sounds the neighbours get upset about.
Yet, since humble beginnings in 1995 with a self-financed first album, Battery9 has grown to be one of the bigger acts on the difficult South African music scene. The live act toured extensively around the whole of South Africa, both in the club circuit and at major music festivals.
Thirteen years later with seven album releases and one South African Music Award behind them, Battery9 are once again spewing bile at the rabble with latest release Galbraak.
Battery9 is the brainchild of Paul Riekert, who writes the lyrics and music, and sings, plays, records and produces most of what appears on the CDs in his own studio.
DIE KRUIS, spawned during the mid-90s in revolt against what Afrikaans-language music had to offer the at the time. Writing of lyrics & music for the 1st demo ‘Begrawe Jou Engele’, was begun as early as 1994 and released in 2000 as a limited 100 copies.
The new album ‘Niktofobia’ is to be released in 2009.
(Electronic Revolution Music)
NuL is more than a band. NuL is part of a revolution, rising from the undiscovered underground of the Internet to surface
randomly all across the worldwide web. It exploits the greed of the modern commercial Music Industry, by placing itself in
the ever-widening cracks in the Music Industry's draconian marketing strategy. The music of NuL does not adhere to any
formula. It is raw, pure, and from the gut. NuL is musical guerilla warfare.
All of NuL's music is freely available as high-quality downloads, and being Creative Commons licensed, NuL allows the
music to be freely copied and distributed by anyone for non-commercial purposes.
Mind Assault was created as a metal band in 2004 by the four friends: Jacques Fourie (vocals), Francois Pretorius (guitar – lead), Patrick Davidson (guitar), and Donovan Tose (bass & backing vocals). In October that year, another friend was recruited to assist with drums on a temporary basis. As it turned out, Stephan Lenhoff remained with the band for two years!
Finally in 2007, Andries Smit took over behind the drums as the 5th permanent member. This completion of line-up brought the bands sound to that which had always been desired.
Mind Assault released their demo EP in 2005, titled ‘Social Engineering’, followed by their much publicized home DVD release, ‘Fok Voort en Suip Baie’ in 2007. Finally, in February 2008, the band released their debut studio album ‘Stigma’.
Over the years, Mind Assault has managed to place themselves on the map of Southern Africa by means of energetic and entertaining live performances, leading them to the stages of most of Southern Africa’s top events within the genre.
After V.O.D’s European stint (1995-1996), drummer Paul returned to the mountain and ocean of his motherland (Cape Town, South Africa). With a bass guitar purchased in the UK he began playing around with bizarre song ideas (1997). This led to crazy tunes with friends Julian and Werner, and a few lo-fi home recordings resulted. This took the evolution turn which became his one-man project F8 (pronounced: “fate”).
The minimalist combination of bass (mostly with a liberal dose of distortion), Roland TR-626 drum machine programming and voice, all the finer details got blown away to capture the core. This original sound-combination also led to the creation of F8’s own genre: Tekno-Grind. The style and themes fluctuate constantly, and can be serious or totally banal. The super-rare demo recordings “A D8 With F8”, “Pronounced: Fate”, “Addictions”, and “beLIEve” is markedly different. Thus far the track “SexHex” is the only Afrikaans F8 song, and was originally recorded for the (unreleased) Way Cool Records compilation in 1998 (at The Music Room with Dirk Van Straaten – R.I.P.).
Breinskade: Permanente Skade (1994-2005)
Brain Damage: Permanent Damage ('94-'05)
The unflattering, absurd side of the human psyche is normally suppressed or ignored in this rational and sterilised society; Breinskade celebrates it. (Think Dada, Surrealism, Absurdist Theatre.) Humor, bad taste and aesthetic unacceptability are the foundations of the project, which is why there are no "nice songs" with intricate chord structures and clever bridges.
The first Breinskade recording saw the light in 1994, when Paul Riekert (Battery9) started to make Rotterdam gabba -inspired tracks (with a distinct local flavour) as a hobby. A 6-track cassette-only release, Bierbaard, followed and sold surprisingly well.
A silly suggestion to perform Breinskade on stage led to the forming of a "performance art ensemble" by Paul, At Nel (Somerfaan) and Huyser Burger (DJ Fokolnonsens). The show was exactly 10 minutes long, brimming with absurdity, humour, unpredictability and violence; the set and props (consisting of failed consumer electronics) were smashed to bits in the last minute. This is still the only predictable minute of the show, the the other nine remain an uncomfortable surprise.
Permanente Skade (1994-2005) documents this madness, with a collection of tracks spanning the eleven years in the title.
An unsettling document of urban paranoia and terror, that will either leave you feeling happy and relieved, or will have you scuttling to the medicine cabinet for a tranquilizer.
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