Noise Unit

Noise Unit is a Canadian industrial band, founded by Bill Leeb of Front Line Assembly as a side project.[1][2] The band has seen several changes in line-up, with Bill Leeb being the only permanent member.

Noise Unit
OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresIndustrial, EBM, electro-industrial, goa trance
Years active1989 (1989)–present
LabelsWax Trax!, Antler-Subway, Dossier, Cleopatra, Off Beat, Metropolis
Associated actsConjure One, Cyberaktif, Decree, Delerium, Equinox, Fauxliage, Fear Factory, Front Line Assembly, Haujobb, Intermix, Klinik, Left Spine Down, Pro>Tech, Skinny Puppy, Stiff Valentine, Synæsthesia, Will
MembersBill Leeb
Chris Peterson
Past membersRhys Fulber
Jeremy Inkel
Daniel Myer
Marc Verhaeghen
Craig Joseph Huxtable

HistoryEdit

Noise Unit's first album, Grinding into Emptiness, arose from the collaboration between Leeb and Marc Verhaeghen of Belgian industrial band Klinik.[3][4] It was released in 1989 through Wax Trax! and Antler-Subway.

The 1990 album Response Frequency included Rhys Fulber. After the completion of the album, Verhaeghen left Noise Unit for several years.[5] Fulber remained with the band for the next three releases, including the contemporary techno album Decoder in 1995.[6]

Verhaeghen resumed his collaboration with Noise Unit for the 1996 album Drill, which also featured members of German industrial band Haujobb.[7]

After an eight-year hiatus, Leeb teamed with former Front Line Assembly member Chris Peterson in 2004 to release Voyeur in 2005.[1] Jason Filipchuk and Michael Balch also contributed to the album.[8]

In 2016, Canadian label Artoffact reissued the albums Grinding Into Emptiness, Response Frequency and Drill on vinyl and CD.[9]

In May 2020, it was announced that Rhys Fulber and Bill Leeb were working on a new Noise Unit album, the first in 15 years.[10]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • Grinding Into Emptiness (1989, Wax Trax!, Antler-Subway)
  • Response Frequency (1990, Antler-Subway)
  • Strategy of Violence (1992, Dossier, Cleopatra)
  • Decoder (1995, Dossier, Cleopatra)
  • Drill (1996, Off Beat, Metropolis)
  • Voyeur (2005, Metropolis)

SinglesEdit

  • "Deceit" / "Struktur" (1989, Wax Trax!, Antler-Subway)
  • "Agitate" / "In Vain" (1990, Antler-Subway)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Noise Unit". Metropolis. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  2. ^ Michael Barclay; Ian A. D. Jack; Jason Schneider (2011). Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance, 1985-1995. ECW Press. pp. 707–. ISBN 978-1-55490-968-1.
  3. ^ "Two classic EBM albums of Noise Unit back on vinyl". Peek-a-boo. Belgium. November 22, 2015. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  4. ^ Ankeny, Jason. Noise Unit at AllMusic. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  5. ^ "Noise Unit". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  6. ^ AllMusic. Noise Unit Decoder at AllMusic. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  7. ^ Mercer, Matt (1997). "Noise Unit Drill". Ennui. Kent, Ohio. 2 (2): 38.
  8. ^ Carlsson, Johan (June 13, 2005). "Noise Unit: Voyeur". Release. Gothenburg: Release Musik & Media. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  9. ^ Van Isacker, Bernard (August 1, 2016). "3 new Noise Unit to be re-released as deluxe vinyl sets". Side-Line. Belgium. Archived from the original on August 6, 2016. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  10. ^ Van Isacker, Bernard (May 5, 2020). "Rhys Fulber and Bill Leeb working on a new Noise Unit album". Side-Line. Retrieved May 13, 2020.