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Suicide Commando is a Belgian electro-industrial music act created by Johan Van Roy in 1986.[1]. For live shows, it consists of Van Roy himself on vocals, Torben Schmidt on keyboards, and Mario Vaerewijck on drums.

Suicide Commando
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Johan van Roy
Background information
OriginLeopoldsburg, Belgium
Years active1986–present
Associated actsKombat Unit
MembersJohan van Roy (all music & vocals)
Torben Schmidt (live keys)
Mario Vaerewijck (live drums)



Van Roy began experimenting with electronic music back in 1986. Two years later he released his first tape under the moniker Suicide Commando, and his track appeared on the vinyl compilation Electronic. He continued to release more tapes until he was signed by the rising German label Off Beat. Van Roy's first album, Critical Stage was released in 1994. The following year, he released a second album Stored Images, which contains one of his most popular songs, "See You in Hell". In 1996, he released the compilation album Contamination for the act's tenth anniversary.

In 1998, Suicide Commando released the album "Construct-Destruct" and its sister release, "Reconstruction" including the new clubhits "Desire" and "Better Off Dead".

Van Roy was one of the founders of the Dependent label in 1999. It was on this new label that Suicide Commando's next releases, two singles and one EP: "Hellraiser", "Comatose Delusion", and "Love Breeds Suicide", accompanied Suicide Commando's 2000 release, "Mindstrip", which reached the number one spot on the German Alternative Charts (DAC). The "Mindstrip" album also was licensed and released in North America by Metropolis Records.

In 2002, Suicide Commando released the DCD "Anthology" on Dependent, a "best of" compilation, including the band's biggest hits "Hellraiser", "See You in Hell", "Love Breeds Suicide" ... , and offered some exclusive new remixes and rare versions.

For Suicide Commando's next release, "Axis of Evil", a special edition double single called "Face of Death" was released beforehand. The regular edition of the single continues to sell, and "Axis of Evil" was voted album of the year (2003) by the Deutsche Alternative Charts. In 2004 Suicide Commando released another limited edition double single, "Cause of Death: Suicide + One Nation under God".

In 2006, Suicide Commando returned with the album "Bind, Torture, Kill" (also available as limited edition including a bonus disc, poster and sticker), featuring the single "Godsend + Menschenfresser". The album once again reached the top position in several alternative charts across the world and got voted "album of the month" in the German Orkus magazine.

Released in 2007, one year after the band's 20th anniversary is the "X20" boxset including 3 CD's (one remix CD, one "best of" CD and the "Fuck You Bitch" EP) and Suicide Commando's very first live DVD.

In 2009 Suicide Commando signed a deal with the German Out Of Line label. First release on Out Of Line was the 7" "severed head/until we die", not much later followed by a new EP called "die motherfucker die" which once again reached the top position in the German Alternative Charts.

In 2010 Suicide Commando released the "implements of hell" album on Out Of Line in 3 different editions (including the single "God is in the rain") and once again licensed in the USA by Metropolis Records.

Again the album reaches the number one position in the German Alternative Charts.

At the end of 2010 even a 3rd single from the "implements of hell" album was released called "death cures all pain".

In 2011, Suicide Commando re-releases their first three studio albums as "The Suicide Sessions," a special limited six-CD box including remastered versions of his first three albums "Critical Stage," "Stored Images," and "Construct-Destruct," and three discs with lots of bonus material and previously unreleased songs.

One year later, van Roy returned with brand new material and first single ("Attention Whore") from his upcoming album "When Evil Speaks," which was released in 2013. When Evil Speaks got released again in three different versions and this time reached the official German Media Control Charts at position 47.

At the end of 2013, Suicide Commando released with "Unterwelt" a second single taken from the When Evil Speaks album.

Simultaneously with the new single the band, also released a strictly limited (to 500 copies) picture disc vinyl with a remastered version of their first major hit single "See You in Hell."

In 2015, Suicide Commando returns with a first new single "The Pain That You Like" (featuring Jean Luc de Meyer from Front 242 as a guest vocalist) taken from his upcoming new album, Forest of the Impaled which was released in 2017. The album reached the official German Media Control Charts at position 28.

With the "Death will find you" MCD a 2nd single taken from their "Forest of the impaled" album is released in 2018.


Studio albumsEdit

Compilation albumsEdit

  • Contamination (1996)
  • Re-construction (1998)
  • Chromdioxyde (1999)
  • Anthology (2002)
  • X20 (2007)
  • The Suicide Sessions (2011)
  • Electro Convulsion Therapy RE-RELEASE (2015)
  • X-30 COMPENDIUM (re-release compilation of : Mind Strip|Comatose Delusion|Hellraiser|Loves breeds Suicide|Face of Death|Axis of Evil|Cause of Death: Suicide / One Nation under God|Godsend/Menschenfresser|

Bind, Torture, Kill|F*** You Bitch| plus many remixes, b-sides and bonus tracks ) [2016]

Singles and EPsEdit

  • Never Get Out (1993)
  • State of Emergency (1997)
  • Comatose Delusion (2000)
  • Hellraiser (2000)
  • Love Breeds Suicide (2000)
  • Face of Death (2003)
  • Cause of Death: Suicide (2004)
  • Cause of Death: Suicide / One Nation Under God (2004)
  • Godsend / Menschenfresser (2005)
  • Until We Die / Severed Head (2009)
  • Die Motherfucker Die (2009)
  • God Is In the Rain (2010)
  • Death Cures All Pain (2010)
  • Attention Whore (2012)
  • Unterwelt (2013)
  • The Pain That You Like (2015)
  • Death will Find You (2018)


  • Suicide Commando (demo) (1988)
  • This Is Hate (1989)
  • Industrial Rape I (1990)
  • Crap (1990)
  • Go to Hell (album) | Go to Hell (1990)
  • Into the Grave (1991)
  • Industrial Rape II (1991)
  • Black Flowers (1992)
  • Electro Convulsion Therapy (1993)


  1. ^ "Biography". Suicide Commando. Retrieved 7 March 2010.

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