Toronto, Canada’s SCHIZOID has been producing blackened industrial noise metal since 1998, first with his speedcore terror 1999 debut album “Enough Is Enough.” At that time SCHIZOID joined up with D-TRASH Records and helped his fellow digital hardcore artists run the electronic collective.
SCHIZOID‘s second album “All Things Are Connected” was the first pro-pressed release for D-TRASH Records, which SCHIZOID then grew rew into a cult underground label known for its extreme noise rock electronics over the 2000’s and beyond. Songs from that album appeared on a 3xCD compilation of underground picks by ALEC EMPIRE for a DIGITAL HARDCORE Recordings compilation. D-TRASH has now released over 160+ albums, from a roster of almost 100 artists (including PUNISH YOURSELF, 64REVOLT, HANSEL, CUTTING PINK WITH KNIVES, THE BUREAU DE CHANGE, ACID ENEMA, THE SHIZIT, PANIC DHH, STUNT ROCK), most if not all material for free download (YEARS before RADIOHEAD or NIN). Current YouTube stats for D-TRASH put the videos viewed at over a million views, with D-TRASH having as well as 800,000+ listens through Last.FM.
SCHIZOID Influences: “Black metal like MAYHEM, DARKTHRONE, LEVIATHAN, XASTHUR, JUDAS ISCARIOT BLUT AUS NORD, BURZUM. Rotterdam oldschool cassettes like DJ CIRILLO, MAX DURANTE. Earache/Relapse bands like MALFORMED EARTHBORN, MEATHOOK SEED, DEAD WORLD, CANDIRU, PITCHSHIFTER, TEARBOX, PURGE, GODFLESH. Canada 1990s industrial scene: MONSTER VOODOO MACHINE, MALHAVOC, SOULSTORM, MUNDANE. And by all means ATARI TEENAGE RIOT, EC8OR, ALEC EMPIRE, THE SHIZIT et all…”
SCHIZOID’s highly anticipated third full-length album “The Next Extreme” contains 16 original tracks of industrial grind electronics. Conceived as a sonic suicide note, it takes the form of something not black metal, not digital hardcore, not breakcore but somewhere in-between. “The lyrics to the songs are definitely more misanthropic than the last disc’s more positive political undercurrent… For a long time, I thought this was going to be my last recording, so a lot of songs feel very literal, a lot of lyrics about “death” and “the end” felt very real.. Many songs are just about tolerating day to day life in this poisonous civiliziation we live in…”
SCHIZOID debuted live in 2001, then with guitarist .miq/ZYMOTIC, performing with EC8OR, FAXED HEAD, THE FIRST SEED, BELLADONNAKILLZ, MERZBOW, C64, HANSEL, SUZUKI KID, NO BRIGADE. SCHIZOID has since been a staple of the Toronto hardcore electronic scene, even a judge on “Breakcore Elimination Challenge”. He was recently featured in independent feature “FEED TORONTO” giving his opinions on the Toronto scene. In the years since his last album, SCHIZOID performed in other projects such as EXIST (acid noise), REALITY TERROR (vegan grindcore), and DEAD OF WINTER (black metal). SCHIZOID was asked by the CBC to perform at Brave New Waves 20th anniversary party, as well as contribute a guest mix to the national broadcaster. As well he performed exclusive remixes artists such as RED HARVEST, MORTIIS, AGNOSTIC FRONT, CANDIRU, SMP.
But it was in DEAD OF WINTER where much of the negative impetus for this release came. SCHIZOID, vocalist did some songwriting on their frightening “At The Helm Of The Abyss” album, then the 1st CD release for now infamous label PROFOUND LORE Records, capturing the insanity of the 1990s Norwegian black metal madness in real life. One member was hospitalized with a foot of bowel taken out. Members fought internally, went to prison, and one comrade died by his own hand, after having near murdered his roommate.
“Nothing I would write seemed to cut it for SCHIZOID after writing black metal. The 16 songs that appear on “The Next Extreme” have existed in some form for the most part for the last 10 years, some played live at shows in an early form… This is more than 16 “tracks”, I didn’t want to be another producer with a bunch of disjointed tracks, it was very important to me to make these all “songs”, and as memorable as possible. I feel like it’s the ultimate digital hardcore album, the last possible album of this style, the third arm of the SCHIZOID trimark and definitely a fine bookend to the project. I’ll always continue recording SCHIZOID in one form or another, I just finally wanted a real album to represent all those times.” Clocking in at just under an hour, “it was important every one of these songs appear on the album, and all in this order…”
The “Next Extreme” phase kicked off in Summer 2011 when the self titled video hit the YouTube airwaves, now at 3500+ views, a shocking and negative portrait of synthetic dysphoria, which topped “Generation Fuck You”, the last music video from SCHIZOID which received 50,000 views. A 7” was released with local artist HUMAN HERD. An 18 song remix album of just the title track was released, to a limited amount of copies featuring remixes from NEEDLE FACTORY, MONAD, TALIXZEN (whom has recently joined the live experience as noisician). A remix album of this entire album, “The Remixed Extremes” is planned and features amongst others, DIRTY FINGERS LICKED, NOT HALF, ROBOT(A), AMBASSADOR 21, TUAREG GEEKS. As well, HYPERDRIVER has remixed the album in its entirety, the “Hyperdriven Extremes” CD due… A live DVD and UK tour is also planned… A second music video for the song “Epitaph” has been completed and will be released with a maxi-single featuring more remixes and b-sides.
Each song contains a cameo appearance of SCHIZOID’s D-TRASH brethren, songs 1-16 as follows: BABYLON DISCO, THE FIRST SEED, THE NAMED/RABBIT JUNK, PHALLUS ÜBER ALLES, ANGEL ENEMY, LEECH WOMAN / INEBRIOUS BASTARD, NO BRIGADE, JUL!E D:STROY, DK DANCE, DIRTY FINGERS LICKED, LUNA SEAUX, JUNKIE KUT, ROBOT(A), HANSEL, DRUGZILLA, CELEBRITY DEAD.. “These are less for conventional “marketing/hype” reason and more meant tribute to SCHIZOID‘s comrades in the underground digital hardcore underground and a thanks for their involvement…” The virus has long since been spread, “The Next Extreme” backs up the SCHIZOID legacy in a solid and extreme(!) style.
THIS IS THE NEXT EXTREME!