Biography : Psyclon Nine
Psyclon Nine began in 2000 when Nero Bellum (then using the name Marshall Carnage) and Josef Heresy began working on a guitar-oriented electronic project called "Defkon Sodomy", influenced by bands like KMFDM and Ministry. Renamed Psyclon Nine they played a small festival headlined by See Colin Slash, whose frontman, Eric Gottesman, was promptly recruited as the band's third member.
Nero met NoiTekk head Marco Gruhn at a San Francisco Grendel show, and persuaded him to sign the band. The band's first album, Divine Infekt was recorded shortly thereafter, produced and engineered by Da5id Din of Informatik and din fiv, a electro-industrial/futurepop band on the local scene. The title track was remixed by Tactical Sekt, and the album was released in 2003.
Nero later said in a interview for Vampirefreeaks: "Tactical Sekt remix left a bad taste in my mouth", and attributed that to Anthony Mathers of Tactical Sekt political differences to his own overview on American politics. He also said the incident made him not to collaborate with anyone out of the band (a belief he held strongly until We the Fallen).
The band toured lightly in the U.S. and Europe in support of the album, playing with bands including Dismantled, Nocturne, Feindflug, Aslan Faction, Grendel, and American industrial rock figurehead Martin Atkins on his spoken word tour.
Several tracks for the follow-up album had already been in the band's live rotation for some time when writing began in earnest. Those tracks were "Lamb of God", "Nothing Left", "Rape This World", "Faith:Disease", and an early, very different version of "The Feeble Mind". By the time the album began to take shape, the band had signed in the United States with Metropolis Records.
After several months writing at home, the band had produced a complete album's worth of demo material. Most of the songs focused on Christianity, some actively hostile towards it, others discussing its history and influence, and the title track became "INRI". The demo version of "Lamb of God" appears on the Noitekk compilation United I. Psyclon returned to Da5id Din's studio for mixing, and the completed album was released in April 2005 on Metropolis in the U.S. and Noitekk in Europe.
Psyclon made several major live appearances following the album release, including several dates opening for alternative act Mindless Self Indulgence and a headlining slot at the German Wave-Gotik-Treffen festival. The MSI shows especially helped solidify the band's younger fanbase, which had been expanding from the traditional rivethead music crowd and out in to the larger alternative music population.
Crwn Thy Frnicatr
In 2006, Psyclon Nine released their third full-length album, entitled Crwn Thy Frnicatr. Taking another step away from their terror EBM roots, the album features black metal-styled guitars prominently, and frequently complements them with blast beat kick drums and high-pitched, shrieking vocals typical of black metal.
The music on Crwn Thy Frnicatr was written almost exclusively by Nero, with only occasional contributions by Eric Gottesman. Some lyrics were written in conjunction with founding member Josef Heresy, but mainly handled by Nero.
We the Fallen
Nero Bellum appeared on internet channel NoisescapeTV in 2008 and said that he was in the studio working on an album entitled We the Fallen, scheduled for release on September 9, 2009. On that album and its preceding tours, Jon Siren of Kidneythieves, Mankind Is Obsolete, and Hate Dept. became Psyclon Nine's new drummer.
We the Fallen was well received and hit number two in Hot Topic and will be released in Billboard's top 200. The album featured guests Brandan Schieppati from Bleeding Through, Gary Zon of Dismantled, Jamison Boaz of Epsilon Zero, Lisa Marx, Johan Von Roy of Suicide Commando. We the Fallen also signalized Nero's return to his electronic roots, with prominent electronic sounds throughout the album, 4/4 music signatures, and typical aggrotech music structure, on which guitar was just layered like any other sound used in the album.
In interviews, the band has stated that they are frequently accused of Nazism, partly because their name is derived from Zyklon B, an insecticide best known for its use by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. In response to the accusations, Nero stated that "people who think we're nazi's [sic] are fucking idiots and I don't want them listening to my music". To charges of supposed antisemitism, the band also pointed out that former member Eric Gottesman is Jewish and that their song "Requiem for the Christian Era" features lyrics from a Hebrew prayer.
From early 2010 onwards, Marshall Goppert (Nero Bellum) has been accused of scamming many fans for money via Western Union. As of August 2010, over 40 fans have reported personally sending money to Goppert for Psyclon Nine band merchandise via Western Union, and then not receiving what they had ordered. While the other band members/former band members strongly deny any association with these alleged scams, Goppert himself has not affirmed nor denied association with these scams. Since late August 2010, all band members aside from Goppert were removed from the Psyclon Nine Myspace band page, therefore making Goppert the only member responsible for band merchandise.
On October 10, 2010, Marshall posted a new blog entry on his personal Myspace page that addresses the "scam," and announced the termination of Psyclon Nine till further notice.
Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psyclon_Nine