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Zeromancer

Zeromancer at Zita Rock festival 2008
Background information
Origin Norway
Genres Industrial rock
Electronic rock
Years active Since 1999
Labels Warner Music Group
Sony Music Entertainment
Cleopatra Records
Associated acts Seigmen
Ljungblut
Affected
Website http://www.zeromancer.com
Members
Alex Møklebust
Kim Ljung
Noralf Ronthi
Dan Heide
Lorry Kristiansen
Former members
Chris Schleyer
Erik Ljunggren

Zeromancer is a Norwegian Industrial rock band formed in 1999 by members of the band Seigmen. The current Lineup is Alex Møklebust (vocals), Kim Ljung (bass guitar/backup vocals), Noralf Ronthi (drums) Lorry Kristiansen (programming) and Dan Heide (lead guitar). They have released four studio albums to date and are currently producing their fifth studio album for release in March 2010, entitled 'The Death of Romance'.

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History

Formation, Clone Your Lover (1999-2000)

The core of Zeromancer met in the influential Norwegian band Seigmen. During the 1990s, Seigmen dominated the Norwegian rock scene and also made a name for themselves internationally, playing concerts abroad. When Seigmen split in March 1999, Kim Ljung (bass guitar/Backup Vocals) and Erik Ljunggren (programming) went to Los Angeles and got an idea for a new band called Zeromancer. Two more members of Seigmen joined them in Los Angeles: Alex Møklebust (Vocals) and Noralf Ronthi (drums). James Saes recorded the first demos with the band and stood in as their guitar player. A little later the band was complete when they joined forces with Chris Schleyer (guitar), formerly of Kidneythieves and Prick which was released under Trent Reznors label (Nothing/Interscope).

On March 13, 2000 Zeromancer released their first album, Clone Your Lover. The title track was a minor hit at many clubs and venues. The album also won Zeromancer the award for the best newcomer of 2000 at the German Alternative Music Awards. A music video was created for the song Clone Your Lover.

Eurotrash and United States Tour (2001-2003)

In 2001 they released the album Eurotrash, which featured a cover version of the song "Send Me an Angel" by Australian Group Real Life, the original having been a major hit in 1983. A music video was created for the song Dr Online.

In the spring of 2003, coinciding with the US reissue of Clone Your Lover, the band toured in the United States with the early 1990s bands Pigface and My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. This tour did much to increase Zeromancer's fanbase in the United States. The tour also allowed Zeromancer to take a break from recording their 3rd studio album only to improve on it after the tour was over.

Zzyzx, Chris Schleyer Departure, and hiatus (2003-2006)

In the autumn of 2003 Zeromancer released their third album, Zzyzx. The songs on the album were a lot calmer then the first two albums which fans hadn’t expected. The name comes from a street sign that the band saw while touring in the United States. In San Bernardino County, California, there is a place named Zzyzx Springs, which was named to ensure that it would be last in the index of all US place names. A music video was created for the song Erotic Saints.

Following the release, Chris Schleyer left the band, and joined A Perfect Circle as a rehearsal guitarist. In 2007, Chris Schleyer created his new band Affected, and worked with Nine Inch Nails on their tour.

The band went on a temporary hiatus for three years. During this time Kim Ljung created his solo project, Ljungblut, and recorded a double-CD with Dan Heide. Alex Møklebust did some producing for a few Norwegian bands (such as Gåte and Don Juan Dracula) and Erik Ljunggren has lent his programming skills to a number of other artists (Satyricon, Undergod) and began to study at a filmschool in Lillehammer. Seigmen also reunited for some concerts and recorded a live CD and DVD.

Sinners International and current events (2006-present)

Zeromancer returned fall of 2006 and began touring again. An early ten track demo from the Oval room was recorded. They released a single titled "Doppelganger I Love You" it was played in Europe, peaking at number 4 on the Deutsche Alternative Charts[1]. There was also a music video created for the song. It has since been leaked to the internet. The song is from an upcoming Zeromancer album called "Sinners International". On October 22nd, 2007, Zeromancer released their second single from their upcoming album, the single titled "I'm Yours To Lose" was released on a CD single which includes a remix of "Doppelganger I Love You".

In an Interview from www.Heavy-Metal.de with Kim Ljung on August 22, 2007, Kim was asked about the new album:

Your last CD "ZZYZX" was softer than your preceeding two albums. What can we expect from the new album "Sinners International"?

All albums of Zeromancer are different, because we are writing and recording the songs at different times. Our guiding principle is that we're never making over a song. There are many bands who do the same over and over again. We are always trying to change us, not at least to feel alive. I think the new album will sound differently than all three before. It will be like a combination of all CDs. Take the deeper meaning, put in all the things we liked and blend everything to something new. So, we hope to exceed the best.

[1]

Lorry Kristiansen has replaced Erik on keyboards and programming.

A post on their official website, zeromancer.com, has announced that the release date for "Sinners International" will be February 13, 2009, with a tour to follow in March.

The band will release the "It Sounds Like Love (But It Looks Like Sex) EP, this october the EP will contain remixes from tracks from "Sinners International" and their Depeche Mode cover "Photographic".

Zeromancer also announced they will release a full length new album on March 2010, the album will be entitled "The Death of Romance", this will be their 5th album and will be released through Trisol in both Europe and America

Music

The music of Zeromancer largely falls within the category of Industrial rock, alongside such bands as Nine Inch Nails, KMFDM, Die Krupps, Stabbing Westward, Oomph!, and Rammstein. Elements of Synthpop are present in some of their work, bearing similarities to that of Depeche Mode.

Band Members

Current Members

Former Members

Discography

Studio Albums

Singles/EPs

  • 2000: Clone Your Lover (Single)
  • 2001: Doctor Online (Single)
  • 2001: Need You Like A Drug (Single)
  • 2003: Famous Last Words (Single)
  • 2007: Doppelgänger I Love You (Single)
  • 2007: I'm Yours To Lose (Single)
  • 2009: It Sounds Like Love (But it Looks Like Sex) (EP)

Music Videos

  • 2000: Clone Your Lover
  • 2001: Doctor Online
  • 2003: Erotic Saints
  • 2007: Doppelgänger I Love You

In other media

  • An edited version of Zeromancer's song "Chrome Bitch" was used as part of the opening bumper for the syndicated radio program Loveline.
  • "Flirt with me" was used in a Norwegian program called "Singel 24/7" on TV3.
  • "Dr. Online (Rico remix)" appears on the Graver's Paradise album, remixed by Rico Darum. Another version of "Dr. Online" appears on Non-Stop Ride, an industrial album compiled by the band Godhead.
  • "Cupola" appears on Beauty in Darkness Vol. 6.

Etymology

Zeromancer derived their name by combining the titles of the novels Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis, and Neuromancer by William Gibson.[2]

References

  1. ^ Drockner, Ilka (2007-08). "With Zeromancer at the green grass”". www.Heavy-Metal.de. http://www.heavy-metal.de/?id=10334. Retrieved 2008-08-29. 

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