Truth Or Dare


As a Brit it is well within my portfolio to complain about the weather. Some people might not agree, but I consider my job to be semi

outdoors so I revel in cold and dry frosty mornings. Snow and ice I detest as a driver, rain is frustrating as I’m in and out of a vehicle on a regular basis and once I’m wet I stay wet. This blast of heat we are currently enduring is OK as long as I’m not working and being as sedentary as possible, as I’m not I really don’t enjoy this weather – it makes me grumpier than usual, mainly due to little sleep during the humid nights. 

Anyway, back to the music. 

When I wrote about Misery Loves Co. a few weeks back who were playing at Bloodstock (and thanks to roadworks I managed to miss), then there was the possibility of the Ministry show last weekend, I’ve wanted to post a batch of industrial noise that I have a penchant for. 

First up and hailing from Switzerland are the electro-industrial duo that consisted of Ane-H on vocals and programmer STR – collectively known as Swamp Terrorists. Not a name that will be familiar with many people I’m guessing – I certainly don’t know anyone else who knows of the band. 

When I was experimenting with the industrial scene on the back of Ministry and Nine Inch Nails I picked up a compilation CD entitled Terror – An Industrial Metal Compilation. Amongst the 15 tracks on offer were bands like Die Krupps, Godflesh, KMFDM and Einstürzende Neubauten. But the track that grabbed my attention over everything else was Braintrash from Swamp Terrorists. As the title of the album suggests it is music from the electronic industrial scene with that bit of a metal influence with guitar riffs intertwined with the rhythmic beats. 

I managed to get a local record shop to source me a copy of the band’s debut album Grim – Stroke – Disease released on Machinery Records. As it was an import I recall it costing more than it should have, but it was worth it. 

This was around the time that I was attempting to produce a very basic printed fanzine, and as I wanted to cover all of my eclectic bases I managed to get an interview back from the band. In the days before internet and me owning a computer it involved me typing up a set of questions, mailing them off to a band or record label then impatiently waiting for it to wing its way back to me. I think the band or label did me proud with a few extras and I think I had a couple of vinyl test presses in the return package. 

Somewhere littered around the house I have copies of most zines that I created – glue sticks and scissors all the way! – so I’m now intrigued to see what was said in an interview conducted through the mail more than 25 years ago. Well that’s my inquisitive side piqued now and too much time will be lost in the search for this most basic of fanzines. 

Reading up on Wikipedia there were a few releases after Combat Shock so that will be another chunk of time lost seeing if I can track down anything post 1994. They were only an entity for a decade with a combination of line iOS and they have long been dispatched to the EBM graveyard. 

Truth Or Dare is the lead off track from the album, and until half an hour ago I’d never seen this video. I just stuck their name into YouTube and just expected a few audio rips. An actual promotional video is an added bonus. When I get chance to fire up the PC this album and it’s follow ups Grow – Speed – Injection and Combat Shock will be getting an airing at excessive volume.