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Terror Punk Syndicate
Terror Punk Syndicate was an electronic music group from Karlskoga, Sweden, founded by John David Karlgren and Giovanni Falcone in autumn 2002. We were heavily inspired by the band Skinny Puppy, and wanted to create a similar-sounding group. We also wanted to oppose the rapidly growing trend of bands dismissing their use of hardware equipment in favour of cheap computer programs/plugins, and made a statement that we would only utilise *real* synthesizers and hardware in our setup, as we felt the ease of doing everything "in the box" (with the computer) had a negative impact on both the "authenticity" and quality of the music.
We released the demo CD Limited Edition in July 2004, after having spent close to two years writing lyrics and refining our sound. The CD marked the first ever release from Studio Stök, was hand-printed in 50 copies, and included the songs Horizon and Dysmorphia. Later that year, after a falling out one alcohol-infused evening, Falcone left the group and I, David, remained as its sole member. Dysmorphia later appeared on a couple of American and European compilation albums and also got some radio play. I began to work on my own on new material for Terror Punk Syndicate, and in the meanwhile I did a few remixes for other bands of the genre/scene that I had made contact with.
In September 2007, after almost three years of writing, composing and polishing the material to near-perfection, the album Extended Playtime was finally released by Swedish label Progress Productions and met positive criticism from reviewers. German magazine Zillo Musikmagazin gave it an incredible 9/10 rating, and Swedish Zero Music Magazine and Release Music Magazine both gave it 8/10. Other reviewers gave similar praise. The album was much better received than I had anticipated it would be. In fact, in February 2008, Terror Punk Syndicate was nominated for an Album of the Year award at the Manifest Awards in Stockholm, Sweden, and won!
After the album was released, I continued to do remixes for others and helped produce a couple of bands. I made some minor attempts at producing new material for Terror Punk Syndicate, but finishing the album had been an incredibly cumbersome process, and I was burned out. I did one final remix in 2010, but then, after eight years of various struggles, having released just one album and not played a single live show, having lost my once intense passion for hardware instruments, and finally no longer identifying myself as part of the "synth" scene/subculture here in Sweden, I decided it was time to move on. Terror Punk Syndicate had proved to be a fairly successful project, but the spark had since long faded and I was more interested in doing other things.
All in all, the complete Terror Punk Syndicate discography spans about a dozen records, two video games and approximately 25 songs.