Crimson Death is a Toronto-based Jungle DJ, whose music is influenced by the sounds and imagery of Black Metal.
Known for his extreme studio creations, unique covers and high energy remixes, he seamlessly blends elements of opposing genres into dynamic dance-floor anthems.
The music of Crimson Death can be categorized as technically complex drum and bass reinforced through "wall of sound" drum programming. Dark, distorted bass lines and layers of cold ambience are accompanied by haunting, demonic vocals delivering otherworldly lyrics which, focus on all aspects of perceived reality and experienced emotion within the collective sub-conscious.
DJ Crimson Death began his experiments in the art of music construction and manipulation while a student at Fanshawe College in London Ontario.
Long hours in the studio interrupted only by frequent live performances resulted in a project called Fetus In A Can: a mesh of traditional black metal and punk using experimental instrumentation and textures.
After college Crimson recorded a series of experimental EBM tracks using samples, turntables and computer programming. In time, his metal sound began creeping into these recordings. Crimson became the world's first black metal DJ, a pioneer in what is now frequently called "Grave Music". (A cross between Goth and Rave).
A club set by DJ Crimson Death usually features a blend of original track elements with live vocals and breaks. He has also been known to perform "mainstream" DJ sets on occasion, though still donning his trademark spikes and corpse paint (in tribute to his Norwegian Metal influences).
In the summer of 2009 Crimson Death was signed to UK record label EML Recordings. On October 31 (Halloween) 2009 EML officially released Crimson’s long awaited LP: The Crystalline Imprint. It continues to gain popularity amongst fans and DJs alike.
An EP entitled Crimson Death vs. Pixieguts was released on May 1st of 2010. This 5-song EP is a collaboration between Crimson Death and Australian vocalist Pixieguts. Interweaving industrial, drum & bass and trip hop genres with elements of folk, jazz, and alternative, each track varied in style, bringing an epic quality to the release as a whole.
A new LP entitled "Atrophy" was released through EML Recordings on March 4th, 2011, followed by a split single with Moonshot, "Word Bomb".
On July 1st, 2011 Crimson is scheduled to release his 6th full length L.P., "City of Death".
The content will focus on sonic refinement of the drum and bass/industrial sound that Crimson has been pioneering since the early millennium.
More DJ Crimson Death:
City of Death embodies the sub-sonic fury, melodic songwriting and pristine production values you've come to expect from Crimson Death's work. Long hailed as a pioneer of the Industrial Drum and Bass / Grave movement, this collection offers a rare glimpse into some of his finest work over the past ten years. All tracks have been carefully re-mastered for club playback, with an emphasis on bass
Atrophy blasts your system with powerful low end delivered through dark, dynamic drum and bass compositions. Each track has a unique sound, once again lending an epic quality to Crimson's work. This L.P. features four collaborations and pummels it's way through eight tracks of sonic madness. Guaranteed to slam your subs to the limit!
The Crystalline Imprint: The outward expansion of life and physical perception within this compressed and organic state. "A mineral body which has assumed a regular geometric form" and the mathematical codes used to formulate, maintain, and control the properties of said form.The Crystalline Imprint takes the listener on a journey through industrial style drum & bass, comprised of intelligent Amen loops, metal riffs, classic breakdowns, and hauntingly evil vocals.The long awaited amalgamation of 'Goth' and 'Drum & Bass' has created an entirely new genre which is captivating the rave scene.
Sick Again : A drum and bass single by DJ Crimson Death, featuring Electromagnetic Impulses. Released through EML Recordings on June 1st, 2010.A demo mix of the track had been leaked in March 2009, leading to Electromagnetic Impulses' remix of the track in the summer of 2009.
Unhappy with the sonic quality of the two existing mixes, Crimson returned to the musical drawing board and reworked the track using parts from both mixes in early 2010. The track had originally been titled "Sick" and the new mix was given the name "Sick Again".Crimson describes the track as having a "sickly sound" reminiscent of the title. In an unusual move, Crimson hasn't included any of his distinctive black metal vocal stylings or guitars, claiming "this one is purely for the DJs!"
EML RECORDINGS RELEASES WORDBOMB A DRUM AND BASS EPIC BY CRIMSON DEATH AND MOONSHOT WordBomb is the first collaboration between Canadian Industrial Jungle DJ and Producer, Crimson Death and UK Electro outfit, Moonshot. The single, released **insert date** April 2011 on EML Recordings combines Crimson Death's trademark deep drum and bass beats with Moonshot's ethereal synths and thought-provoking lyrics to create a sweeping, thumping soundtrack to rock your night and touch your soul. The track features the vocal talents of dance diva, Nikki Booth, whose passion and incredible range adds a sublime drama and intensity throughout. In addition, the single includes Moonshot's remix of the Crimson Death classic, SubMerge, as a B-side. Complex, yet subtle in its reworking, Moonshot's mix provides a hauntingly mellow interpretation, bound to please both sets of long-term fans and new converts alike.