The Chicago label Bloodlust has re-issued Chris Connelly’s 2011 album Artificial Madness on translucent red vinyl. Originally available on CD via extreme metal imprint Relapse, the LP version of Artificial Madness preserves Orion Landau’s original album art, adapted for the new format by Philadelphia-based designer/artist Jonathan Canady.
Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland (where he handled vocals for dance-rock outfit Fini Tribe), Chris Connelly has called Chicago home for more than 25 years. He has been involved in several famous/infamous industrial rock projects, including Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Pigface and The Damage Manual, and has more recently recorded more progressive, pop-oriented material under his own name.
Connelly’s return to a more aggressive vocal style came with the release of Turning Lead Into Gold…, a 2010 album by The High Confessions, a group that also featured Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley.
Artificial Madness opens with the title track, a nice bit of blitzkrieg rock that recalls David Bowie’s underrated side project Tin Machine. “Wait for Amateur” follows suit quite nicely, recalling the punk and post-punk of Connelly’s teenage years. Other album highlights include “Cold Blood in Present Company” (which features a gutter-fuzz bass intro to one of Connelly’s most elegant vocals), “The Paraffin Hearts” (spoken verses and a sung chorus employed to maximum effect), “The Goner” (100% muscle at a brisk 2 ½ minutes) and the album-closing “A Career in Falsehood.”
Artificial Madness was written by Chris Connelly and recorded with current and former members of top underground metal outfits Nachtmystium, Wolves In The Throne Room, Minsk and Indian.