History of Guns
History Of Guns have always been the kind of band that polarise opinion. Either they're a confused jumble of contradictory styles including electronica, punk, industrial, ambient, rock, dance, goth, disco and metal, or they are muti-genre pioneers of music's evolving form.
Centrally comprising of Del Alien (vocals) and Max Rael (keyboards, guitars, programming) they sometimes work as a duo, sometimes with a revolving cast of supporting musicians/contributors.
They self-released two albums FLASHES OF LIGHT (2004) and APOHPENIA (2006), before signing to Line Out Records in 2007. In response to criticism that every song on previous album APOPHENIA appeared to be in a different genre, the band focussed purely on the punk/rock side and scaled back all the electronics. The result was ACEDIA released in 2008 to mostly rave reviews (including a 9/10 score in Rock Sound Magazine).
"it is Max Rael who controls the music (being writer, player and producer). His world of sonic construction and manipulation is, at times, astonishingly open – and yet moments of dense and confrontational music appear all through Acedia. It is as if he has taken a pair of scissors and snipped up rock from the inside out; there are even moments where History Of Guns almost transcend their ultra-depressive aesthetic and aspire to reach Jesu-like realms of soaringly glorious redemption."
– The Dreaded Press
"Overall, “Acedia” sounds almost exactly like what one might have imagined, back in the day, punk rock should be in the twenty-first century. Too bad, most punk rockers never looked beyond their narrow alleys, which History of Guns have clearly done." - Connexion Bizarre
In 2012 they released their 4th album, WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T TURN UP AT TWELVE via Line Out Records / Zero State Media. It picks up seamlessly from where ACEDIA left off and ends somewhere very different. It's about life, death, beyond, and all of that.
"It may take a few listens but once it's in your head you'll not regret it." – Somojo Magazine
"This is oddly brilliant, like a goth metal Underworld… they've got the potential to make a truly unique record." – Metal Hammer
"Vocalist Del Alien, with his throaty goth timbre and blend of Ian Curtis and Bowie inflections, speaks, whispers, sings, and leads the way over slightly chaotic landscapes of shuffling electronic dance percussion, brooding piano, industrial noise undercurrents, electronics that swirl and shimmer, moody melodic synth passages, and real rock instrumentation." - Grave Concerns
For media enquiries / guest places contact Harry at Zero State Media at firstname.lastname@example.org
To date History Of Guns have released:
Three EPs 'LITTLE MISS SUICIDE EP' (1999), 'DISCONNECT EP' (2001), 'THE MIRROR POND EP' (2003)
Thirteen Free Singles and Download EPs/Albums: 'FLASHES Pt1' (2003), 'WHITBY OCT'04 PROMO' (2004), 'APOSPEMIA' (2005), 'ISSUE ONE - UDDERS' (Mar2006), 'ISSUE TWO - ELECTRICITY IS THE ANSWER' (May2006), 'ISSUE THREE - POKER FACE' (Jul2006), 'ISSUE FOUR - WHITBY OCT'06 PROMO' (Oct2006), 'ISSUE FIVE - ALL THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF A GOLF COURSE' (Apr2007), 'ISSUE SIX- MAKE IT LOOK LIKE AN ACCIDENT (Oct2007), 'EMPTY EYES / ...BUT I'LL BE WAITING' (Aug2008), 'IT'S EASY / EXHAUST FUMES' (Oct2008), 'THE SPICE GIRLS EP' (Apr2009), 'DIASPORA' (Dec2009) (some of which are currently available for free download here.)
One dvd 'TWENTY SEVEN PACES' (2004)
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