Old school heavy-beat electro team Nitzer Ebb – whose stripped-down synth bass lines, crushing beats and violent war-cry vocals brought them to prominence during the early years of Europe's electro-industrial/EBM movement – are finally gearing up for the release of Industrial Complex, their first new studio album since Big Hit in 1995. Despite the long gap between full-length projects, the duo of Douglas McCarthy and Bon Harris haven't exactly been sitting idle for the past decade and a half... read on and find out what they've got in the works!
After parting in the late '90s, McCarthy and Harris reformed a few years ago for a successful world tour and soon got back to writing new material – including the 2007 single Payroll, which made an appearance on the SAW IV soundtrack and saw a great deal of international club play (and will reportedly be among the 12 tracks on Complex). The band has also recently licensed tracks to hit TV shows like NCIS, and continues to contribute to the SAW series, supplying the track Never Known (also from the new album) to SAW VI.
Production on the new songs was guided by Grammy-winning producer Flood – who has worked with the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Smashing Pumpkins, U2, The Killers and PJ Harvey – and Martin Gore of Depeche Mode (for whom Ebb opened on several tours in the '80s and '90s) supplies backing vocals to the track Once You Say. Belgian electro label Alfa Matrix will release the album in multiple versions, some containing remixes and bonus tracks to be announced soon. The official release for Industrial Complex is slated for January 22nd.