This nu metal outfit was formed in Peoria, Illinois, USA in 1996 by Gurrg (Greg Tribbett; guitar), sPaG (b. Matthew McDonough; drums), Kud (b. Chad Gray; vocals), with Ryknow (b. Ryan Martinie; bass) added to the line-up two years later. Always concerned with the visual aspect of their performances, the band developed bizarre stage identities, while their sound (dubbed math metal in an attempt to explain its intricacies) had little in common with most of their peers. Characterised by challenging arrangements and with influences ranging from new wave, electro to metal, the result was a compelling mix of staccato riffing, raging vocals, and electronica with jazzy flourishes.
After developing a substantial local following the band began touring more widely across the USA. Their Kill, I Oughta demo led to a recording contract with Epic Records (the demo was later repackaged under the title The Beginning Of All Things To End). The...
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