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by Terminatryx

A unique female-fronted Alternative blend of Industrial, Metal and other exciting flavors.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Industrial Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Venus Rising
2:17 $0.99
2. Consume
4:54 $0.99
3. Virus
4:06 $0.99
4. Midnight
3:32 $0.99
5. Sleepwalkers
3:15 $0.99
6. Tabloid Android
3:19 $0.99
7. Symbionik
2:38 $0.99
8. We Come in Peace
3:43 $0.99
9. Up to You
2:58 $0.99
10. The Love Song
3:52 $0.99
11. Siek + Sat
3:53 $0.99
12. Absinthium
2:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Terminatryx self-titled debut album was released on CD in May 2008 through ENT Entertainment, South Africa - distributed by IRIS (cat. no. CDENT 010), and for the first time as download on CD Baby in August 2012.

The Terminatryx sound is a unique one in the South African musical milieu with the combination of eye-catching and provocative vocalist Sonja Ruppersberg and the music of extreme music veteran Paul Blom (V.O.D, F8, and SAMA winners K.O.B.U.S.) blending into an Industrial-Metal soundscape rarely found in this country.
In addition there are many musical elements subtly filtering through across the diverse songs, from Alternative-, Hard Core- and Gothic elements, to Electronic-, Dark Wave- and Punk hints.

From the start Terminatryx never attempted to sound like anyone out there, developing a flavour all their own with inspiration coming from cinematic moods rather than other musical references.

The undercurrent of the fusion-, symbiosis- and corruption of man & technology is illustrated and supplemented with subjects ranging from socio-political issues, individualism & independent thought, consumerism, a critical tirade in Afrikaans, a love song alternative, biological- and viral infection, alien visitation, instrumentals and more.

With a natural aversion to cheap commercial sentiments and a blind consumer society, Terminatryx is truly a unique South African audio adventure, looking at the world with a satirical eye as they take the listener through a juxtaposed range of sonic intensity and calm, merging technology with the organic in a David Cronenberg vs. H.R Giger trip.

Produced by Paul, the track elements were re-recorded in February 2008 at Flamedrop Productions (with many of the original segments which were recorded since 2003 retained).
All of the songs are original creations with Sonja and Paul also acting as executive producers.

Early March 2008 Paul joined Simon "Fuzzy" Ratcliffe across a 10-day period at Sound & Motion Studios where mixing commenced. The final mastering was done late-March.

The album cover pictures were shot by Graham Abbott (of One Productions), with concept, design, art-direction & post-production by Paul Blom.

The video clip MIDNIGHT and a web link are included as an enhanced CD segment on the album. The video features clips from F.W. Murnau’s silent German classic Nosferatu.
TERMINATRYX also created an original soundtrack for Nosferatu with collaborators, performed live to the screen at the 2006 South African HORRORFEST Film Festival (a DVD of which was released in October 2008).
This collaborative project is now known as The Makabra Ensemble.

The Midnight video clip (and others) are also at the YouTube.com/Terminatryx channel.
3 Midnight video versions can be found here, with either the new audio track or the older demo version, as well as the remixed version (as it appears on the Remyx v 1.0 album).

Album launch shows happened in Gauteng in May 2008, and Cape Town on the 4th of July (at the Labia Thetare beneath the big screen, with a synced-up video backdrop, and followed by a premiere sneak preview of the werewolf movie Skinwalkers).

In a televised talent show-, and mock reality drenched commercial media decline, Terminatryx is not merely a breath of fresh air, but a long awaited new direction out to rattle the cage just enough to make a saturated public stand still and realize there's more out there than they are being fed.

Terminatryx Track Listing
(lyrics at the official band site)

1. Venus Rising
This instrumental opener crashes in with a fusion of Industrial beats, loops and Metal guitars, setting the scene for an exciting ride.

2. CONsume
Taking a dig at the ludicrous consumer society in which humanity has trapped itself, here its absurdity is reflected back at the listener, often in a satirical way.

3. Virus
The song explores the view that mankind can be seen as a virus on planet earth, while referencing both the hazards of organic human viral infection as well as that in cyber space, and how they relate (illustrated with the blending of a heart beat and modem connection in the intro).

4. Midnight
Born from vocalist Sonja's many years in the Cape Town Gothic community, this is her love letter to an ever shrinking sub-culture (all with a vampiric slant). After a wolf's howl and the hypnotic rolling beat is introduced, a German nursery rhyme narration by guest Christina Storm opens the song.

5. SleepWalkers
A condemnation of self-proclaimed leaders (political, religious and others), with only their own interests at heart. The song has a trippy feel. Original guitarist Tom Somers' closing lead segment was retained.

6. Tabloid Android
After a highly misinformed and incompetent newspaper article on Terminatryx (the so-called writer even going so far as to alter the band's name!), it sparked this song which attacks bogus journalism and tabloid stupidity.

7. Symbionik
A pulsating electronic instrumental that could be the open credit music to an as yet un-produced futuristic video game.

8. We Come In Peace
The song takes a look at the possibility of alien life and their possible motivations for visit earth.
Another lead guitar piece by original guitarist Tom was used.

9. Up To You
A rallying call for independent thought, a sense of self, individuality and living with your decisions.

10. The Love Song
A tongue in cheek anti-love song with an explosion of expletives.

11. Siek + Sat
One of the more intense songs on the album, this is a free-flow tirade against a list of things that pisses many of us off.
The lyrics are in Afrikaans, one of South Africa's indigenous languages. Special guest Jenna Bird added a few well-placed notes of piano.

12. Absinthium
This ethereal instrumental closes the album off.
Features fretless bass guitar and special guest Simon Ratcliffe on upright bass and a variety of exotic flutes, adding an organic emotional element to the predominantly electronically programmed backbone of the track.

Terminatryx 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), play-listed on the MK music TV channel; 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)



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Various reviews of the Terminatryx debut album
Here you can access a variety of publications' reviews for the self-titled Terminatryx album. These and more can also be found at http://www.terminatryx.com/TXpress.htm :

Reflection Of Darkness, 8/10 review: http://www.reflectionsofdarkness.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3681&Itemid=44

Muse Magazine: http://www.museonline.co.za/albums-and-digital-music-reviews/album-review-terminatryx/

BPM Magazine: http://www.terminatryx.com/TXpress_bpm_jul08.htm

Underground Press review: http://www.terminatryx.com/press/undergroundpress/cd_review/index.php.htm

The Big Issue Review: http://www.terminatryx.com/TXpress_bigissue_jun08.htm

Something Wicked Magazine: http://www.terminatryx.com/TXpress_somethingwicked_aug08.htm

Slippery Lyzard Review: http://www.slipperylyzard.blogspot.com/2012/03/terminatryx-debut-remyx-10-review.html