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The Klinik became a favourite band of mine back when I started to delve into the deeper well of 80s and 90s industrial and EBM. They sounded like nothing else at the time, and I was fascinated both by the music and the band, hiding their faces behind layers of bandages. The early albums used primitive equipment, and have a pretty unpolished sound, which gradually got more refined until their final album "Time" (a favourite of mine). After that album the band split up, and Marc continued under the name Klinik - without the "the" - branching out into other genres such as psychedelic trance. Dirk focused on his own projects such as Dive, Sonar and Absolute Body Control.Belgian industrial/EBM vets Suicide Commando will be returning to North America for a few shows this year including a "retro/vintage set" in NYC at Gramercy Theatre on May 22. Making that show doubly exciting, likeminded Belgian band The Klinik will be co-headlining, and simultaneously making their US debut at the show. The Klinik was formed in the early '80s by Marc Verhaeghen (the group's only constant member) yet never made it over to the states (though related band Absolute Body Control made their US debut in 2008). Unfortunately, due to illness, Marc has actually had to sit out from touring with the band lately, and won't be at the Gramercy date, but hopefully this sole US show will still be a memorable one. NJ's Cenotype open, and tickets for the show are on sale now.
Finally gathering the troups again, together with new member Peter Mastbooms - who has worked with Dirk and The Klinik on stage before - the new Out of Line album "Eat Your Heart out" is a welcome return and a continuation of their sound while at the same time developing and modernizing it. [Release Magazine]
Stream some classic material from The Klinik and Suicide Commando, along with the Gramercy show flyer and the list of Suicide Commando's other North American dates, below...
The Klinik - "Right Way"
The Klinik - "Insane Terror"
Suicide Commando - "Critical Stage"
Suicide Commando - "Murder"
Suicide Commando -- 2014 Tour Dates
26.04.2014 (San Francisco - USA) Elbo Room
27.04.2014 (Los Angeles - USA) Avalon
29.04.2014 (Ann Arbor - USA) Necto Nightclub
01.05.2014 (Tampa - USA) The Orpheum
22.05.2014 (New York - USA) Gramercy Theatre w/ The Klinik, Cenotype