THD (Total Harmonic Distortion),
a duo formed in 1989 in north-eastern Pennsylvania,
plays electronic industrial/goth dance along the lines of
Front Line Assembly,
After Machine Religion (G.P.C.), published as Teknition, and the
cassette Rigid Fixation, THD's proper debut,
Mechanical Advantage (Hard, 1993 - Cleopatra, 1994), with
CyberChrist and No Faith ,
is very derivative of that school, but also refined in its use of keyboards
and distorted vocals.
After an EP of remixes, Hypocrisis, the band released the second
album, Outside In (Hard, 1995), and even more explicit
cyberpunk manifesto that points its finger to the
evils of society.
The catchy and energetic tracks include
Corpsegrinder and Serial Port Killers.
Watz Your Program (Pendragon, 1998) is to industrial dance what
progressive-rock is to rock and roll: an intellectual exercise embellished
with tempo shifts and textural sounds. Mastery of high-tech equipment
allows the duo to experiments with ambient (Watz Your Program),
funk and rap (Days Ahead),
and techno (Genetik Lullaby).
The following album,
Under a Static Sky (Pendragon, 2000),
is hardly related at all to their beginnings.
In between dub (Some Urban Myth builds) and
ambient (Check it Out, Under a Static Sky), the duo pens
the nine-minute progressive-techno chameleon TR Generation and
the bizarre sound collage of Another Solvent Bath.
They have turned into one of electronica's most eclectic units.
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