Seven years ago today, IBM’s chess-playing supercomputer Deep Blue defeated the then-world champion chess grandmaster Gary Kasparov in a series of six games. If we put on our tinfoil conspiracy-theorist hats, then this was the day that the slow and eventual machine takeover of humanity really begun. With that in mind, we’re taking a break from building our survival anti-Skynet bunker to put together this week’s Slaylist of future-fearing machine-war heavy metal.
Pitchshifter are a British industrial rock/metal band originally hailing from Nottingham.
The band was formed in 1989 by bassist Mark Clayden with guitarist and programmer Johnny Carter, later joined by vocalist JS Clayden and Stuart Toolin. During this time, the band played with local bands and soon gained attention of the Peaceville Records. During this time, JS went to live in France to sell paintings.
During 1990, the band started recording their début album Read more on Last.fm
Pitchshifter on Thrash Hits
November 27th, 2012
It’s Day 2 of our retrospective across the 25 years of Earache Records, and today we’re charging through the mid-1990s with records from Brutal Truth, Sleep, Fudge Tunnel, Pitchshifter and At The Gates. Today we’ve even grabbed some expert opinions from some of the people who were working at the label at the time of the release, as well as some of the musicians who’ve felt the influence of these records right down to their riff-soaked bones.
November 1st, 2012
If there’s one band from the pre-Millenial Brit-metal set that everyone seems to have a story about, then it’s Pitchshifter. With Guy Fawkes’ Night a few days away, Hugh Platt takes a look at ‘Un-United Kingdom’.
So Halloween is over. Done. No Halloween-flavoured bootleg this week. Nosiree. Instead, we’re going to be looking at an altogether more British affair: Guy Fawkes’ Night. Well, more specifically, a song that references it once in its lyrics. Yep, that’s the level of topicality we’re maintaining with Midweek Bootleg. Long-time readers of Thrash Hits might remember a guest column I wrote for the ladies over at Reign In Blonde way back in 2010 on this subject, and yeah, I’m cribbing the focus of this week’s bootleg – Nottingham’s perennial reunion band, Pitchshifter – from that very column.