16Volt

16volt began in 1991 with the mission to merge the raw guitars of early punk with the heavy beats and energy of industrial dance music. In 1992, 16volt’s founder and frontman, Eric Powell, signed with the Cargo Records industrial subsidiary and now infamous Re-Constriction Records. 16volt’s debut, “Wisdom,” was co-produced by David Ogilvie (Nine Inch Nails, Skinny Puppy) and Keith “Fluffy” Auerbach (Ministry) and was released in 1993. Met with worldwide acclaim from fans and press alike, “Wisdom” officially put 16volt on the map and, along with Powell, was credited with helping spawn a genre of industrial known as “coldwave.” That same year, 16volt hit the road, playing shows to club crowds on the West Coast of the United States.

In 1994, 16volt skipped the industry-standard “sophomore jinx” and released the slightly more raw-sounding “Skin.” This release brought more praise and won features in Alternative Press, Kerrang!, CMJ, Industrial Nation, B-Side, and more. “Skin” reached the #2 slot on Rolling Stone’s alternative charts and charted everywhere from the United States (CMJ) to France, Germany, Ireland, and Japan. 16volt hit the road again for club shows and radio junkets and destroyed it everywhere they showed up.

16volt’s third release came in 1996 by the name of “LetDownCrush.” Co-produced by Jeff “Critter” Newell (Ministry, Filter) and featuring special guests Stella (Stella Soleil, Sister Soleil), William Tucker (Ministry), Marc LaCorte, and Bryan Black (Haloblack, Motor, Xlover), the release once again proved that 16volt was a major force to be reckoned with. Interviews and features followed in huH, B-Side, Alternative Press, Kerrang!, CMJ, Industrial Nation, Guitar Player, and many more respected national rags. LDC charted again, this time at #1 on the Rolling Stone alternative charts and globally on college and commercial radio. This release also marked the debut of 16volt’s national touring career. Vowing to stay on the road for as long as possible, Powell put together a lineup that would tour for over nine months straight in a custom van, making their way around the United States several times with the likes of Chemlab, Bile, Acumen Nation, and Korn.

The touring paid off and interest in 16volt grew. The band returned home to be wined and dined by much larger labels. In 1998, along with full-time members Mike Peoples on bass and Kraig Tyler (Chemlab, Crazytown) on guitar, 16volt signed with Slipdisc/Mercury/PolyGram and got to work on the band’s fourth release, “SuperCoolNothing.” Produced by Bill Kennedy (NIN, Megadeth, Sepultura) and Joseph Bishara (Drown, Danzig), SCN was the band’s most aggressive album to date. This time, Powell and Co. got a hand from special guest Chris Vrenna (NIN, Tweaker) on drums. Upon completion of the album and the most intense promotion schedule to date, they hit the road adding John “Servo” DeSalvo (KMFDM, Chemlab) on Drums, playing shows with the likes of Orgy, The Flys, and Candlebox. During the first two weeks of touring, however, Mercury/PolyGram was purchased by Seagram’s, creating a ripple that would send 16volt back home and cause the firing of the entire Mercury team slated to work on the SCN record promotion.

Two weeks after the chaos, SCN was released with no promotion, no touring, and no support. 16volt quickly began to search for another label to pick up the pieces, but it was too late and the mess too large. After close to a year of fighting, lawsuits, and the inability to make something good come from the bad, Powell shut down operations and pulled the plug. Kraig moved on to join Crazytown and Mike and Servo carried on with their own side projects.

After a long and well-deserved hiatus, the band convinced an investor to buy back SCN from the dead labels; they then re-released it on their own as “SCN2.0.” The double-disc set included remixes by Filter, Orgy, Deadsy, and Crazy Town, in addition to some demo tracks that the band had started working on. Powell gathered the troops sans Tyler and began to mount a comeback.

Shortly after the re-release, 16volt was tapped by Sony to provide the soundtrack to a new PlayStation 2 game called “Primal”. At the end of production, 16volt had furnished 12 tracks and was actually digitized into the game as the opening-cinematics band.

To celebrate the release of “Primal,” 16volt hit the road in 2002 with KMFDM for a North American whirlwind, completing 34 shows in 36 days. Most of the dates were sold out, and by KMFDM’s own admission the tour was one of the best packages they had ever put out. 16volt returned home on the tour bus and inked a deal with Capitol Records. The band then spent 11 months working on demos and being bombarded with pressure to compromise, which ultimately forced Powell to walk away and head back underground.

In 2005, Powell inked a one-off deal with Cleopatra Records to release 16volt’s first-ever “best of” collection. The double-disc set titled “The Best of Sixteen Volt™” features fan-picked tracks on one disc and the first-ever live release of 16volt on disc two. Powell cleaned house, went into isolation, and began working on the next phase of 16volt.

In August of 2006, Powell had a new record under his belt called “FullBlackHabit” that he began shopping to indie labels. He found a new home at Metropolis Records and inked a worldwide multi-album deal. The new record, slated for release in early 2007, features guests appearances by Paul Raven (Ministry, Killing Joke, Prong); Steve White (KMFDM); Bildeaux (Necrofix, OHN); Kraig Tyler (Chemlab, Virus23, Crazytown); Scott Robison (Dr0ne); and Jason Bazinet (SMP).

In the Spring of 2008 16volt, with live members Steve White (KMFDM), Jason Bazinet (Chemlab, SMP), and the return of 16volt veteran Mike Peoples hit the road for a highly successful U.S./Canada tour. Playing 28 shows in 30 days the band once again set it’s mark to a high level by playing to larger than expected crowds on all stops of the tour.

On September 8, 2009, 16volt released “American Porn Songs” on Metropolis Records. It has met with nothing less than very positive reviews by fans and pros alike, and is generally being heralded as their most kick butt work to date. It is yet another solid record, featuring the band’s trademark layering of heavy, aggressive guitars over pummeling electronics and beats.

16volt hit the road again in the Spring of 2010 along with Chemlab and Left Spine Down on the highly energized and successful MIDI Ghetto Tour. Included was a stop at the Kinetik Festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, playing alongside Leather Strip, Imperitive Reaction, and more.

16volt recently announced that their new studio album, Beating Dead Horses will be released on May 10th of 2011. Beating Dead Horses will be 16volt’s third album on industrial powerhouse label Metropolis Records. It was produced by Eric Powell and mixed by Shaun Thingvold (Strapping Young Lad, Front Line Assembly, Lamb of God) and will feature thirteen new songs. In support of the new album, 16volt hit the road in late spring for an three week east coast tour of the United States with industrial legends My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, followed by another 3 week west coast tour with KMFDM.

Over the winter 16volt inked a new deal with Metropolis Records to re-release the bands back catalog. Finally back in print are the legendary "Wisdom", "Skin", "LetDownCrush" and "Super Cool Nothing" Albums. The re-releases were all remastered and feature remixes, bonus tracks and cover songs. The band plans to tour in Fall of 2012 in support of the releases.

People keep asking, is this band stoppable and apparently Eric Powell and Co. are continuing their self imposed trend of prolificacy.

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Playlist
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Beating Dead HorsesBeating Dead Horses
BurnBeating Dead Horses
Sick Sick SickBeating Dead Horses
Alkali (Mirror Remix)American Porn Songs // Remixed
American Porn Song (Skold Remix)American Porn Songs // Remixed
To Hell (Acoustician Remix)American Porn Songs // Remixed (Deluxe)
AlkaliAmericanPornSongs
With Fire And BurningAmericanPornSongs
American Porn SongAmericanPornSongs
I'm Just A MessFullBlackHabit

Discography
SUPERCOOLNOTHING · MET 775D· buy Digital
1. I Fail Truth 2. Everyday Everything 3. Don't Pray 4. Keep Sleeping 5. Moutheater 6. Happy Pill 7. The Enemy 8. Machine Kit 9. Low 10. And I Go 11. Dead Weight 12. At The End 13. Happy Pill (The Pharmacy Mix feat. The Durtee Unit) 14. Low (Filter Mix) 15. At The End (Club Mix)
SUPERCOOLNOTHING · MET 775· buy CD
1. I Fail Truth 2. Everday Everything 3. Don't Pray 4. Keep Sleeping 5. Moutheater 6. Happy Pill 7. The Enemy 8. Machine Kit 9. Low 10. And I Go 11. Dead Weight 12. At The End 13. Happy Pill (The Pharmacy Mix Feat. Durtee Unit) 14. Low (Filter Mix) 15. At The End (Club Mix)
LETDOWNCRUSH · MET 774D· buy Digital
1. Swarm 2. The Dreams That Rot In Your Heart 3. A Cloth Like Gauze 4. Something Left 5. The Cut Collector 6. Crush 7. Breed 8. Two Wires Thin 9. Shameface 10. Carla's Tarantulas 11. We Ain't Goin' Out Like That
LETDOWNCRUSH · MET 774· buy CD
1. Swarm 2. The Dreams That Rot In Your Heart 3. A Cloth Like Gauze 4. Something Left 5. The Cut Collector 6. Crush 7. Breed 8. Two Wires Thin 9. Shameface 10. Carla's Tarantulas 11. We Ain't Goin' Out Like That
SKIN · MET 773D· buy Digital
1. Skin 2. Perfectly Fake 3. Uplift 4. Slow Wreck 5. Skin Graft 6. Stitched 7. Built To Last 8. Bottle Rockets 9. Downtime II 10. Flick 11. Dead Skin 12. Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon 13. Skin (Guitarless Mix) 14. Turning Japanese 15. Stitched (Face-Rip)
SKIN · MET 773· buy CD
1. Skin 2. Perfectly Fake 3. Uplift 4. Slow Wreck 5. Skin Graft 6. Stitched 7. Built To Last 8. Bottle Rockets 9. Downtime II 10. Flick 11. Dead Skin 12. Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon 13. Skin (Guitarless Mix) 14. Turning Japanese 15. Stitched (Face-Rip)
WISDOM · MET 772D· buy Digital
1. Motorskill 2. Wisdom 3. Head of Stone 4. Filthy Love of Fire 5. Hand Over End 6. Will 7. Dreams of Light 8. Downtime (Part 1) 9. Motorskill (Quad - Hate Dept. Remix) 10. Dreams of Light (Nightmare - Hate Dept. Remix) 11. Filthy Love of Fire (Unreleased David Ogilvie Remix) 12. Black Hole (Unreleased Bonus Track) 13. Motorskill (Demo Version)
WISDOM · MET 772· buy CD
1. Motorskill 2. Wisdom 3. Head of Stone 4. Filthy Love of Fire 5. Hand Over End 6. Will 7. Dreams of Light 8. Downtime (Part 1) 9. Motorskill (Quad - Hate Dept. Remix) 10. Dreams of Light (Nightmare - Hate Dept. Remix) 11. Filthy Love of Fire (Unreleased Dave Ogilvie Remix) 12. Black Hole (Unreleased Bonus Track) 13. Motorskill (Demo Version)
BEATING DEAD HORSES · MET 706D· buy Digital
1. Beating Dead Horses 2. The Wasteland That Is Me 3. Fight Or Flight 4. Burn 5. You Will All Go Down 6. Breathing Water 7. Ghost 8. We Disintegrate 9. Dissembler 10. Sick Sick Sick 11. The Carrion 12. Veins 13. Somewhere New
BEATING DEAD HORSES · MET 706· buy CD
1. Beating Dead Horses 2. The Wasteland That Is Me 3. Fight or Flight 4. Burn 5. You Will All Go Down 6. Breating Water 7. Ghost 8. We Disintegrate 9. Dissembler 10. Sick Sick Sick 11. The Carrion 12. Veins 13. Somewhere New
AMERICAN PORN SONGS // REMIXED (DELUXE) · MET 9644D· buy Digital
1. Alkali (Mirror Remix) 2. Somebody To Hate (Cyanotic Remix) 3. American Porn Song (Skold Remix) 4. Become Your None (Sparrow Remix) 5. Useless People (Villainous Remix) 6. Alkali (Left Spine Down Remix) 7. American Porn Song (Black Remix) 8. To Hell (Heroin Jazz Remix) 9. Blackbird (The Gunnery Remix) 10. It Turns All Bad (Drone Remix) 11. Become Your None (Silent Strangers Remix) 12. Enjoy The Pain (Novus Anesthetic Remix) 13. Alkali (Everything Goes Cold Remix) 14. Can You Find God? (Torsion / Solex Remix) 15. Enjoy The Pain (Orko13 The Attitude Remix) 16. American Porn Song (Team Cybergeist Remix) 17. Become Your None (SMP Vs. Stiff Valentine Remix) 18. It Turns All Bad (Unter Null Remix) 19. American Porn Song (Be My Enemy Remix) 20. Somebody To Hate (Caustic Scapegoat Remix) 21. To Hell (Acoustician Remix) 22. Bad Turns It All
AMERICAN PORN SONGS // REMIXED · MET 644D· buy Digital
1. Alkali (Mirror Remix) 2. Somebody To Hate (Cyanotic Remix) 3. American Porn Song (Skold Remix) 4. Become Your None (Sparrow Remix) 5. Useless People (Villainous Remix) 6. Alkali (Left Spine Down Remix) 7. American Porn Song (Black Remix) 8. To Hell (Heroin Jazz Remix) 9. Blackbird (The Gunnery Remix) 10. It Turns All Bad (Drone Remix) 11. Become Your None (Silent Strangers Remix) 12. Enjoy The Pain (Novus Anesthetic Remix) 13. Alkali (Everything Goes Cold Remix) 14. Can You Find God? (Torsion / Solex Remix) 15. Enjoy The Pain (Orko13 The Attitude Remix) 16. American Porn Song (Team Cybergeist Remix) 17. Become Your None (SMP Vs. Stiff Valentine Remix) 18. It Turns All Bad (Unter Null Remix)
AMERICAN PORN SONGS // REMIXED · MET 644· buy CD
1. Alkali (Mirror Remix) 2. Somebody To Hate (Hate Hegel Remix) 3. American Porn Song (Skold Remix) 4. Become Your None (Sparrow Remix) 5. Useless People (Villainous Remix) 6. Alkali (Left Spine Down Remix) 7. American Porn Song (Black Remix) 8. To Hell (Heroin Jazz Remix) 9. Blackbird (The Gunnery Remix) 10. It Turns All Bad (Drone Remix) 11. Become Your None (Silent Strangers Remix) 12. Enjoy The Pain (Novus Anesthetic Remix) 13. Alkali (Everything Goes Cold Remix) 14. Can You Find God? (Torsion / Solex Remix) 15. Enjoy The Pain (Orko13 The Attitude Remix) 16. American Porn Song (Team Cybergeist Remix) 17. Become Your None (SMP Vs. Stiff Valentine Remix) 18. It Turns All Bad (Unter Null Remix)
AMERICANPORNSONGS · MET 600D· buy Digital
1. Alkali 2. Enjoy The Pain 3. With Fire And Burning 4. American Porn Song 5. Blessed 6. To Hell 7. It Turns All Bad 8. Blackbird 9. The Lord Doesn't Want Her 10. Become Your None 11. Can You Find God? 12. Orange Insect 13. Useless People 14. Somebody To Hate 15. American Bomb Song
AMERICANPORNSONGS · MET 600· buy CD
1. Alkali 2. Enjoy The Pain 3. With Fire And Burning 4. American Porn Song 5. Blessed 6. To Hell 7. It All Turns Bad 8. Blackbird 9. The Lord Doesn't Want Her 10. Become Your None 11. Can You Find God? 12. Orange Insect 13. Useless People 14. Somebody To Hate 15. American Bomb Song
FULLBLACKHABIT · MET 493D· buy Digital
1. I'm Just A Mess 2. Come For You 3. Cables & Wires 4. Suffering You 5. And You Are All Alone Again 6. The End Of It All 7. Afterglow 8. Feel It Through 9. The Defect People 10. The Error 11. You Run 12. Whisper Cure 13. Therapy
FULLBLACKHABIT · MET 493· buy CD
1. I'm Just A Mess 2. Come For You 3. Cables & Wires 4. Suffering You 5. And You Are All Alone Again 6. The End Of It All 7. Afterglow 8. Feel It Through 9. The Defect People 10. The Error 11. You Run 12. Whisper Cure 13. Therapy

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