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Terminatryx

Terminatryx is a rare and unique sight & sound on the South African music scene, its exciting Alternative approach setting it apart from most, and defying expectations.

Terminatryx (pronounced: "terminaytricks") - a new breed of South African music.

In 2002 Paul Blom and Sonja Ruppersberg created Terminatryx - blending their eclectic love of hard- and electronic music, with that of the moods created by Sci-Fi / Horror / Extreme movies, perceptions of the world around them, and a touch of sexually charged danger to initialize their own dark-edged Industrial-Rock movement, something of which there is a short supply in South Africa.
In the first few years of the band’s existence they cultivated and sculpted their sound, systematically shaping these creations, encapsulating the fusion-, symbiosis and corruption of man and technology, illustrating and supplementing it with a wide range of moods and subjects, from socio-political and protest grievances, the media and consumerism, to alien visitation, biological- and digital infection etc. A strong sense of individuality, free speech- & choice filters throughout. Reacting on the state of the world (and beyond), there is no mincing of words.

With a dark blend of female-fronted, Industrial-infused Metal-scapes, Terminatryx is an anomaly and an exciting sound with many musical elements subtly filtering through across diverse songs, from Alternative, Hardcore and Punk flavors to Electronic, Darkwave and Gothic hints across the mood-laden and energetic songs.

With the striking Sonja on lead vocals, the other key component of the Terminatryx collective is Paul (also member of South Africa’s most influential Metal band V.O.D - Voice Of Destruction and former drummer of SA Music Award winners K.O.B.U.S.). Besides song-writing, Paul also handles all musical and production aspects from programming, bass and guitars, to keyboards and backing vocals, with Ronnie Belcher on drums and Patrick Davidson on guitar.
Since its inception, Terminatryx has performed in various cities and at festivals across South Africa, including Oppi Koppi, Ramfest, Rock The River, Noise Fest, Metal for Africa, World Goth Day & more.

Terminatryx was one of four South African bands that performed at a 2006 Popkomm festival showcase in Berlin, Germany and have supported several International acts including VNV Nation (Germany), Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic (UK), Sheep on Drugs (UK) and Diary of Dreams (Germany).

The band’s music video “Virus” screened at various film festivals and was awarded Best Music Clip at the 2011 Barossa Film Festival in Australia (and the band also produced an extended short film version, "Marked").
Terminatryx has been the cover feature on Vixxen-, LMG- & Kultur Magazine, and featured on the likes of Kerrang! Radio (UK).

The new anticipated studio album "Shadow" is released 04 / 04 / 14


HIGHLIGHTS:

2002 - Formed in Cape Town, South Africa

2003 - The band’s first live shows were supporting Diary Of Dreams (Germany) on their Dream Collector Tour; First demo recordings available

2004 - Write, produce and direct the short film imPERFECTION, feat. Terminatryx and F8 music (official selection at Edinburgh ‘09 Film Fest); Assemble an album's worth of songs

2005 - Paul & Sonja create the annual South African HorrorFest Film Festival; Create the Venus Rising Show (female-fronted rock bands); Feat. on Kerrang! Radio; Produce the “Midnight” music video

2006 - Invited to play as one of 4 South African bands at Popkomm, Berlin, Germany; Perform their live soundtrack to the silent vampire classic Nosferatu at the 2nd S.A. HorrorFest

2007 - Invited to play the Ramfest alternative rock festival; Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari live soundtrack performance at the S.A. HorrorFest; Link up with WildFire Tattoos & Body Piercing as sponsor

2008 - Release the critically acclaimed debut album; Perform live Häxan movie soundtrack at the S.A. HorrorFest; Produce the “Siek+Sat“ music video feat. make-up FX by Last House On The Left / Death Race 2 artist Clinton Smith of Cosmesis (while screening at Oppi Koppi and various film festivals in 2009, the video is still unreleased)

2009 - Release “Terminatryx / Nosferatu” DVD; Produce & release Kopskoot!, the historic compilation album feat. heavy Afrikaans bands; Perform the live Nosferatu soundtrack at Oppi Koppi, South Africa's largest rock festival; Support VNV Nation (Germany / UK); Support Sheep On Drugs (UK); Begin securing a wide range of artists to remix all the Terminatryx debut album tracks; Paul does a reunion tour (on drums) with one of his first bands, the South African Metal Godfathers V.O.D - Voice Of Destruction

2010 - Play the reputed Metal 4 Africa Summerfest late-January; Support Sigue Sigue Sputnik’s Martin Degville 20 Feb; Play Noisefest VII (April); Appear on UCT Radio; Their live movie soundtrack project is dubbed The Makabra Ensemble and Maciste In Hell is performed at Oppi Koppi 2010; Makabra performs live soundtrack to 1925 Phantom Of The Opera at the S.A. HorrorFest; Sonja appears as the cover feature on the August issue of VixxenMagazine; Sonja & Paul appear on LMG Magazine's October issue cover; Link up with Paul Bothner Music as affiliate; Headline the LoveCats (Nov) and Sailor's Grave (Dec) shows

2011 - Release the "Virus" music video - wins Best Music Clip at Barossa Film Festival (Australia); Release "Remyx v1.0", the full remix version of their debut album, incl. remixers like Sigue Sigue Sputnik (UK), Sheep On Drugs (UK), Industriezone (Austria), The Awakening (USA), Modern-e-Quartet (Greece) & various noted alternative South African acts, like Battery 9, NuL, Axxon, Mr. Sakitumi etc.; Headline the Reel Ink Tattoo Film Festival's music chapter; Muse Magazine feature; Perform live original soundtrack to the silent 1920 Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde at the HorrorFest film festival; Exclusive “Remyx v1.0” album launch at Sound & Motion Studios (preceded the night before by a warm-up show for City Varsity sound engineering students)

2012 - Start the year on Jan 1st playing Rock The River New Year's Festival; Perform at Metal4Africa's 2012 Summerfest (28 Jan); Receive positive reviews of "Remyx v1.0" in magazines incl. Rolling Stone, Muse, and Kultür; Re-edited & launched the "Midnight" music video for the remixed version (by The Awakening); Produce the music video for the "Obsession" bonus cover version on "Remyx v1.0"(it makes its theatrical premiere at the CineMacabre event, as well as the 5th annual X Fest Film Festival); Headline Cape Town chapter of World Goth Day event; Metropolis is the 7th movie scored and performed live by The Makabra Ensemble; Featured in Gorgeous Freaks Magazine issue 8; On cover of Sunday Independent’s Life segment (July); Working on new material for the next album, recording the song “Shadow”; Band cover-feature in Kultür Magazine’s September issue; Set to release the self-titled Terminatryx album and "Remyx v1.0" to all the top on-line download stores (August)

2013 - Release live music video clip for the song "Virus"; Record another track for the new album - "Scars" (with co-producer Theo Crous at Bellville Studios); First show of 2013 at the Underground In: Chapter II event (ROAR); Further pre-production for the rest of the new album, entitled “Shadow”; perform at Buckley’s (playing in the Northern suburbs for the first time in 5 years, since the Kopskoot! launch); Perform the live Häxan soundtrack as The Makabra Ensemble at the Sound On Screen Music Film Festival; Paul & Patrick are selected as judges for the Wacken Metal Battle: South Africa competition; Positive CD review in Playboy Magazine (April); Cover feature in Fanbase Magazine (June) as well as The Riff Magazine (July); 4th radio studio visit to The Holy Grail of Rock on UCT and also guest at The O-Zone on Zone Radio (playing pre-mastered versions of new tracks “Shadow” and “Scars”); A Terminatryx poster can be seen in the room of Spud in the feature film Spud 2 - The Madness Continues; Band feature in Gorgeous Freaks Magazine 8; Record the rest of the “Shadow” album at Flamedrop Productions and Bellville Studios until late-July 2013; Set up an Indie Go Go crowd funding campaign to support the album cost - http://www.igg.me/at/terminatryx-shadow ; "Shadow" release date aimed for September 2013; More live shows for the year which will be part of the 10th anniversary celebration and series of album pre-launch & launch shows –
10 August @ ROAR (Observatory, Cape Town) – Women In Metal event
7 September @ The Rabbit Hole (Durbanville, Cape Town)
11 October @ Mercury Live (Zonnebloem, Cape Town)
14 December @ Aandklas (Stellenbosch, Cape Town)
Experimental Golden Age painting style photo-shoot with Dr-Benway features in De Kat Magazine

2014 - Finish mixing and mastering of the new "Shadow" album; Feature in Playboy SA Magazine; First 2014 show at Mercury 28 March (Cape Town) with The Awakening; The complete Golden Age photo shoot features in March edition of Kultur Magazine; Shoot "Shadow" music video 29 March (directed by Sonja and Paul); Release "Shadow" 04 / 04 / 14; Cover feature (with album art by Dr-Benway) for April issue of Kultur Magazine

2015 - Terminatryx was official support band for MINISTRY's single South African show (4 March 2015, Carfax, Johannesburg); Performing at the biggest African weekend Metal festival, Witchfest on Sun 5 April, as the last local band on the bill before it is closed out by Epica and other international acts - line-up also incl. Septic Flesh, Cannibal Corpse, Hatebreed, Kataklysm, Belphegor, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Aborted, Alestorm etc. (plus loads of killer local acts) - unfortuantely Paul's band V.O.D can longer perform at the event; "Shadow" music video will feature on the Montreal Comicon's Horrorfest compilation DVD, the song also the official track of the DVD; New T-shirt launched featuring the stunning "Shadow" album cover artwork by Dr. Benway; Terminatryx adapted an Afrikaans poem by legendary South African poet Ingrid Jonker for the upcoming tribute compilation album "Die Kind Is Nog Jonger" (The Child Is Even Younger) - her life was depicted in the movie Black Butterflies; Sonja was named Best / Favorite World Class Vocalist for Kick Ass Metal's Person Of The Year Awards; "Shadow" nominated for Best Music Video at South African Metal Music Awards; Cover feature of alt.SA magazine's 4th edition; The band was selected as one of a handful acts to perform and be interviewed for a documentary on South African Metal (by Sam Dunn and Banger Films, makers of "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" and Iron Maiden's "Flight 666"); Terminatryx teamed up with the world's number one name in Horror, Fangoria Magazine, releasing "Lucky 13: Anthology I", a special exclusive digital collection (across the band's catalog) on the Fangoria Musick imprint + Lucky 13 live show at Mercury (7 Nov); Live image of Sonja featured in Digital Soul Magazine and Rock Profiles exhibition in Johannesburg; Terminatryx live shows at the end of the year incl. Nightmare Before Christmas (19 Dec, ROAR), and one of the headliners at the Geraas Plaas new year's event; More music videos to be produced early 2016

2016 - Sonja won Audio Inferno's 2015 Vocalist Of The Year (only female nominee); Laying low on live shows, the first Terminatryx show for 2016 is on 1 April at ROAR; A live video clip was edited and released, consisting of fan-shot footage and stills taken at the Terminatryx support slot of Ministry on their first ever SA show - What makes this clip so special is the inclusion of Battery 9's Paul Riekert, invited to join Sonja and Paul on vocals for a live version of his remixed version of "Siek+Sat" (from the "Remyx v1.0" album); Two new music videos are in pre- and -post production respectively, the former for "Medusa", the latter for the Afrikaans song "Ontvlugting" (from the Ingrid Jonker 36-artist tribute album, released May 2016); Terminatryx interview / feature at Sweden's Battle Helm magazine; Released the "Siek+Sat" music video shelved for 8 years(!); Terminatryx will be pulling back on live shows for 2016, with only soem selective shows; Self-titled debut album celebrates its 8th anniversary; Wheels are in motion for "Remyx v2.0", the remixes of the "Shadow" album; Patrick's band Mind Assault playing Rockstadt festival in Romania (August 2016); Sonja was one of the judges for the Wacken Metal Battle's South African leg - South Africa's selection Zombies Ate My Girlfriend won the overall Wacken Metal Battle in Germany early-August!; 26 November perform live at ROAR for the 17th anniversaty of the Gandalf's venue (of which ROAR is a part) - incl. first public screening of the new Terminatryx music video for the Ingrid Jonker tribute poem adaptation "Ontvlugting" (Escape); 2 December international release of the "Ontvlugting" music video

2017 - 2017 sees TERMINATRYX entering its 15th year! There will be a minimum of 3 shows linked to this celebration, including Metal 4 Africa's Winterfest '17 (29 July), an official birthday show at ROAR (26 August) and a performance at the 18 Til I Die event (30 September); The various remixes from the "Shadow" album will be released (accumulated as "Remyx v2.0"); Between July and the end of the year various flashbacks and gifts from across the band's history will see the light; The first "Remyx v2.0" single and music video for the "Medusa" remix by iRONic was launched 29 August at the Metal4Africa Winterfest '17 show; Two more pre-mastered singles followed, the Grimehouse remix of "Scars", and the Khemical Krypt remx of "Gone" (all at Bandcamp). Sadly guitarist Patrick departed (amicably) with the band after a decade - his last show was at 18 Till I Die on 30 September; Terminatryx reluctantly threw the door open for potential new guitarists. After several impressive applications, the band found the right man for the job, Mark Allnutt (whose bands include All Guns Full Ammo and Pajama Panet) - this was announced on Halloween 2017; The Terminatryx-linked Makabra Ensemble's live silent film soundtrack perfromance at the 13th South African HorrorFest was for Metropolis (celebrating its 90th anniversary); The first physical incarnation of the "Shadow" album's remixes, "Remyx v2.0" is in the shape of a limited edition key-shaped laser engraved metal USB flash drive / pendant - it will be followed in November by a digital release at all reputed on-line stores, and ltd. ed. CD option

Discography:

TERMINATRYX - Shadow (CD / Download)
UndergroundPress.co.za - “Shadow truly keeps your soul burning for more"
Kultur Magazine (April 2014) - "...pure dark energy personified in the studio as well as live on stage"
This album was co-produced by Paul Blom & Theo Crous
A Flamedrop Production. Independent release 04 / 04 / 14

TERMINATRYX - Terminatryx (CD / Download)
Reflections Of Darkness.com review by Sebastian Huhn: 8 / 10
The critically acclaimed debut album was produced and recorded by
Paul Blom at Flamedrop Studios; mixed and mastered at Sound & Motion
Studios, and released thru ENT Entertainment in May 2008.
Enhanced CD segment include “Midnight” music video & web link.
Lyrix at the official band website
A Flamedrop Production of an ENT Entertainment release - 2008.

TERMINATRYX / NOSFERATU (DVD)
Reflections Of Darkness.com review by Sean M. Palfrey : 7.5 / 10
The first Terminatryx DVD features the full version of the classic vampire film
Nosferatu, with the new soundtrack as recorded live at its South African
HorrorFest Film Festival screening by Terminatryx and special guest artists (from Lark, Dawn Treader, & V.O.D).
The DVD also features Terminatryx music videos, live Nosferatu performance footage, the dark short film imPERFECTION, & photo galleries.
The DVD sleeve is interchangeable to feature either “Terminatryx ” or “Nosferatu” design.
A Flamedrop Production of an ENT Entertainment release - 2008/09.
From 2009, this Terminatryx -led live soundtrack collaboration is known as The Makabra Ensemble.

KOPSKOOT! (CD)
Translated: “Headshot!”
Historic compilation album produced by Paul Blom & Sonja Ruppersberg, featuring 16 heavy tracks from bands and artists using Afrikaans, one of the indigenous South African languages (derived from Dutch).
Includes Metal, Industrial, EBM, Hardcore, Alternative, Rock.
Features the Terminatryx track “Siek+Sat” (translated: “Sick+Tired”), V.O.D,
and Paul's solo project F8. Also includes Mind Assault, K.O.B.U.S., Van Coke Kartel, NuL, Insek, Helsinki, and exclusives from Somerfaan (special remix), Lion's Pride (from Belgium with a track in Flemish, very close to Afrikaans), and USA/Japan Conquest For Death (re-recording a song in Afrikaans especially for Kopskoot!).
A Flamedrop Production of an ENT Entertainment release - 2008/09.

TERMINATRYX - Remyx v 1.0 (CD / Download)
Rolling Stone Magazine review by Jon Monsoon: 3.5 / 5
The entire debut album remixed by the likes of Sheep On Drugs, Sigue Sigue
Sputnik Electronic (both UK), Industriezone (Austria), Modern-e-Quartet (Greece),
The Awakening (USA), and local acts like Battery 9, Mr. Sakitumi, NuL, Axxon,
iRONic, Jekyll & Hyde, & Terminatryx. Plus bonus tracks of a Makabra Ensemble
track and the Terminatryx cover version of ‘80s classic “Obsession”.
A Flamedrop Production of an ENT Entertainment release - 2011.

TERMINATRYX - Lucky 13: Anthology I (Download)
These 13 tracks celebrated the band’s 13th anniversary (in 2015), and include songs from across the band’s recordings, incl. the self-titled debut album (2008), "Remyx v1.0" (2011), and "Shadow" (2014).

INGRID JONKER - Die Kind Is Nog Jonger (CD, LP, Download)
Ingrid Jonker is one of South Africa's most celebrated (and tragic) poets.
With the 50th commemoration of her untimely death in 1965 (committing suicide by drowning), her daughter spearheaded an exciting music project to not only reinvigorate Ingrid's timeless words, but also preserving it via a wide range of artists and their brand new song recordings exclusive to this collection.
The TERMINATRYX contribution of their "Ontvlugting" adaptation (Escape), has been lauded and praised in the press.


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