Imperative Reaction

"I decided that this album would be a new beginning for Imperative Reaction,” says Ted Phelps of the band’s upcoming self-titled release. Showcasing an evolved sound that combines the band’s explosive live show with the precise, electronic anthems Imperative Reaction has built its name on; Imperative Reaction is both as much a summation as it is a huge step forward for a band never content to rest on past successes. In Phelps' words: “It is our defining album.”

The change is immediately clear on the forthcoming single, Surface. Grinding, synthesizers merge with a pummeling dance beat that gives way to a huge chorus comprised of a wall of guitar and larger-than-life gang vocals. “Side Effect” opens Imperative Reaction with a groove that builds into an all out dance floor assault. “Song Of The Martyr” and “Time Doesn’t Care” marry crushing electronics with rock guitars and IR's signature vocal hooks, while “Siphon”, with it’s dance beat and sing-song chorus, proves that the band can update its sound without losing its club roots. From the cold beauty of “Torture” to the unbridled anger of “Closure”, melody and aggression interlock and combust throughout Imperative Reaction to form a career defining album.

Ted Phelps founded Imperative Reaction with David Andrecht in 1996. After gaining momentum in the Los Angeles Industrial scene, in 1999, the band released their first album entitled, Eulogy For The Sick Child. The debut was met with critical praise and a growing fan base. Songs like “Scorpio” and “The Longing” quickly found their way onto DJ playlists world-wide.

2002 saw the departure of Andrecht and the release of the sophomore album Ruined. The aggressive album led Phelps to recruit Sam P. and Jason DM of Los Angeles based Pulse Legion to complete the live line-up. Shortly thereafter, the growing band completed its first North American tour.

In 2004 Imperative Reaction unleashed Redemption. This album combined the rock feel of Ruined with a more club friendly sound which helped propel the first single “Giving In To The Change” to become a dance floor staple. Jason DM was replaced on keys by Clint Carney (System Syn, God Module) and the band set out on its second North American tour. The Redemption tour led to an invitation to join VNV Nation as direct support for their 2005 Formation Tour. Over the course of 36 shows Imperative Reaction transformed itself into a celebrated live act in front of over 25,000 fans.

As We Fall , released in 2006, was met with universal acclaim. Imperative Reaction joined EBM legends Covenant on their successful Skyshaper US tour. Shortly thereafter, IR was asked to join VNV Nation on their European Judgment Tour. Upon returning to the US, the band was picked to open for Combichrist on their 2007 North American tour. Further solidifying themselves as one of the premier electronic live acts, IR returned home to Los Angeles just in time to head out with psychobilly giants, Tiger Army on their US Razor’s Kiss Tour. The desire to expand and strengthen the live show led Phelps to hire Trevor Friedrich (Combichrist, Eighteen Visions, Suffer Well) to drum for the band.

In 2008, Imperative Reaction released Minus All and embarked on its most ambitious headlining tour to date. Shortly after the completion of the tour the band added guitarist/keyboardist Adam Vex (Seraphim Shock) and the live chemistry was solidified once and for all.

In 2009, the band took time off from writing to hit the road with fellow Metropolis Records artist, Psyclon Nine. The co-headlining tour, named "The Ruina Tour", saw the bands playing to capacity crowds across the US.

2010 was spent holed up in the studio creating the band’s most ambitious album to date. Imperative Reaction is an electronic rock masterpiece that showcases a band in its prime; ready to blow any preconceived notions out of the water. There is no escape.

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Playlist
trackalbumlisten
Side EffectImperative Reaction
Surface (Rotersand Rework)Surface
Giving UpMinus All
FunctionalMinus All
As We FallAs We Fall
The Longing (For Detachment)Eulogy For The Sick Child
Something I Left BehindRedemption
SeveredRuined

Discography
SIPHON EP · MET 884D· buy Digital
1. Siphon (Cut the Rope Mix) by Blaqk Audio 2. Side Effect (Club Edit) 3. Song of the Martyr (Mick Kenney Remix) 4. Side Effect (Sumin' For The Huniez Mix) by Alter Der Ruine 5. Time Doesn't Care (Mercury Lust Remix) 6. Siphon (Continues Remix) 7. Song of the Martyr (Vexxed Remix) by Mark Thwaite 8. Siphon (Demo) 9. Song of the Martyr (Demo)
IMPERATIVE REACTION · MET 739D· buy Digital
1. Side Effect 2. What Is Left To Say 3. Siphon 4. Song Of The Martyr 5. Torture 6. Surface 7. Time Doesn't Care 8. The Signal 9. Hype 10. Permanent 11. Closure
IMPERATIVE REACTION · MET 739· buy CD
1. Side Effect 2. What Is Left To Say 3. Siphon 4. Song Of The Martyr 5. Torture 6. Surface 7. Time Doesn't Care 8. The Signal 9. Hype 10. Permanent 11. Closure
SURFACE · MET 729D· buy Digital
1. Surface 2. What Is Left To Say (Club Edit) 3. Surface (Club Version) 4. Surface (Under The Surface Remix by Scandy) 5. Surface (Sebastian Komor Remix) 6. Surface (Shok's Zeitmahl Remix) 7. Surface (Pull Out Kings Remix) 8. Surface (Rotersand Rework)
SURFACE · MET 729· buy CD
1. Surface 2. What Is Left To Say (Club Edit) 3. Surface (Club Version) 4. Surface (Under The Surface Remix by Scandy) 5. Surface (Sebastian Komor Remix) 6. Surface (Shok's Zeitmahl Remix) 7. Surface (Pull Out Kings Remix) 8. Surface (Rotersand Rework)
MINUS ALL · MET 568D· buy Digital
1. Minus All 2. Product 3. Drown 4. Giving Up 5. Torn Down 6. Fallout 7. Defect 8. Functional 9. In Decline 10. Head Up Too High 11. Without 12. You Remain 13. Panic Cycle
MINUS ALL · MET 568· buy CD
1. Minus All 2. Product 3. Drown 4. Giving Up 5. Torn Down 6. Fallout 7. Defect 8. Functional 9. In Decline 10. Head Up Too High 11. Without 12. You Remain 13. Panic Cycle
AS WE FALL · MET 458D· buy Digital
1. Collapse 2. Judas 3. Further To Fall 4. Only In My Mind 5. Never Ending 6. As We Fall 7. Hang From Your Own Rope 8. Closed In 9. Divide 10. Dissolve
AS WE FALL · MET 458· buy CD
1. Collapse 2. Judas 3. Further to Fall 4. Only In My Mind 5. Never Ending 6. As We Fall 7. Hanging From your Own Rope 8. Closed In 9. Divide 10. Dissolve
EULOGY FOR THE SICK CHILD · MET 432D· buy Digital
1. Scorpio 2. The Longing (For Detachment) 3. Forced 4. Compressed/Terror 5. Flatline 6. The Sick Child 7. The Settling/Flight 8. Syntax 9. Overcast 10. Predicate 11. Out:Obsolete/Vision 12. Life In The Walls 13. 3 1/2 Minutes Of Pain 14. Scorpio '06
EULOGY FOR THE SICK CHILD RE-ISSUE · MET 432· buy CD
1. Scorpio 2. The Longing (for detachment) 3. Forced 4. Compressed/Terror 5. Flatline 6. The Sick Child 7. The Settling/Flight 8. Syntax 9. Overcast 10. Predicate 11. Out:Obsolete/Vision 12. Life In the Walls 13. 3 1/2 Minutes of Pain 14. Scorpio '06
REDEMPTION · MET 311D· buy Digital
1. Arrogance 2. Something I Left Behind 3. Giving In To The Change 4. Guilt 5. Faded Into One 6. Malady 7. Your Truth 8. Redemption 9. Salvation 10. Alone 11. This Distance
REDEMPTION · MET 311· buy CD
1. Arrogance 2. Something I Left Behind 3. Giving In To The Change 4. Guilt 5. Faded Into One 6. Malady 7. Your Truth 8. Redemption 9. Salvation 10. Alone 11. This Distance
RUINED · MET 251D· buy Digital
1. Severed 2. Fault 3. Beneath My Silence 4. Diminish Me 5. Disoriented 6. Ruined 7. Parallel 8. Rift 9. Never Tomorrow 10. Paradox
RUINED · MET 251· buy CD
1. Severed 2. Fault 3. Beneath My Silence 4. Diminish Me 5. Disoriented 6. Ruined 7. Parallel 8. Rift 9. Never Tomorrow 10. Paradox

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