State of the Union emerges as a powerhouse in the alternative/electronic/industrial scene. Their unique blend of industrial dance and more accessible forms of EBM with contemporary electronic styles and very deep, thoughtful,inspiring lyrics ranging from hard-hitting electronic beats to haunting ballads and symphonic orchestrations. State of the Union has earned incredible acclaim for their energetic live performances and gained a fanatical worldwide following. State of the Union is one of the brightest bands to explode onto the scene in quite some time. Johann Sebastian, the singer and architect behind this multidimensional project continues to leap from strength to strength with his follow-up album "Evol Love Industry" to be release in North America, Europe and rest of the world on January 17 of 2008.
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State of the Union's name itself is an expression of Johann's outlooks, enveloping political overtones at the same time still resembling the rage and emotion that he was initially trying to portray in his music. They felt it was only fitting to follow their own aspirations in pursue of their own musical scope.
Their debut Album Black City Lights inspired by the loyalist to the EBM and Darkwave scene, fuses together expressions and elements of philosophy, politics, love and symbolism through the medium of hard hitting and addictive dance music.
Inpendum: Inpendum was a full length album released on March 29, 2004. After the single 'Timerunner' the full length album 'Inpendum' has now been released. 'Inpendum' is the second cd of the American EBM/Futurepop project around Johann Sebastian after their debut cd 'Black City Lights'. This album contains 13 mostly dancable and powerful electropop tunes with industrial influences and heavy pounding drumbeats. Next to 'Timerunner' there are more clubtracks on this cd. Such as 'Unforgiving Time', 'Afterlife' or 'Lights in the Abyss'. The music is futurepop with influences from Latin-American music added to this. The songs are very well crafted. Something which really stands out in tracks like 'Nara' and 'Makina Mata'. Which is my favorite song next to the 'Timerunner' and 'Afterlife'. Also special are the intermezzo's and musicals, often rhythmical and percussive experiments. the music on all the songs contribute to a very well crafted album. Lyrically and conceptually there's a lot of depth and insight to be found, as the beautiful artwork shows. Politics and philosophy are themes which are dressed up in extremely catchy futurepop tracks. All in all this cd means a consolidation of the position Sebastian had taken with his debut cd. Its tracks are "Inpendum," "Escape," "Timerunner," "Nara," "Unforgiving Time," "Suffer the Fallen," "Makina Mata," "Hypnosis," "Afterlife," "The Search," "Lights in the Abyss," "Rupture," and "Barrenlands."
Timerunner: Timerunner was a single released on February 23, 2004. After a greatly inspired debut-cut, comes the “Original version” of Timerunner. It’s an excellent danceable piece combining elements of EBM and a catchy future-pop like melody. There’s a “Radio edit” as well, and the “Quantum state remix” by Koito. The title song is definitely the right appetizer to await the 2nd full length. Among the other pieces left, we get an excellent remix of Children of the night. This is one of the songs extract of the debut album that I kept in mind. This is pure dancefloor sensation, combining a carrying and catchy chorus with body-pop structures guided by the right danceable tempo! Next comes the Experiment 3-cut, which reveals another great piece of music, merging elaborated EBM structures together with some background trance influences. This piece remains instrumental, but perfectly works this way."Its tracks are "Al Principio," "Timerunner (Original Version)," "Experiment I," "Experiment II," "Children of the Night (Resident Evil Mix)," "Experiment III," "Timerunner (Radio Edit)," and "Timerunner (Quantum State Remix by Koito)."
extremely catchy futurepop tracks. All in all this cd means a consolidation of the position Sebastian had taken with his debut cd. Its tracks are "Inpendum," "Escape," "Timerunner," "Nara," "Unforgiving Time," "Suffer the Fallen," "Makina Mata," "Hypnosis," "Afterlife," "The Search," "Lights in the Abyss," "Rupture," and "Barrenlands."
Black City Lights: Black City Lights was a full album released on May 13, 2002. The debut release from one of the brightest artists to explode on to the scene in sometime. Led by the multi-dimensional instrumentalist/programmer/vocalist Johann Sebastian, State of the Union set out to defy all boundaries with their debut Black City Lights. Fusing an intelligent mix of Electro, Techno, Trance and Synthpop, with Johann's distinctive delivery and emotion has created a sound they can only call their own. Solid from start to finish, Black City Lights is only the beginning of what this band has to offer and provides a glimpse of what is to come in the future. Its tracks are "Enemy of the State," "Black City Lights," "Romancing the Stone," "Citizen," "Vicious Sentiment," "Firewall," "Mankind," "Children of the Night," "World Chaos," and "Walk in my Shoes".
State of the Union has contributed to two compilation CDs published by WTII Records. The song "Enemy of the State" appears on the album The Resurrection and the song "Makina Mata" appears on the album The Resurrection 2.
The band has also contributed to several compilations published by Infacted Recordings. State of the Union created the song "Fall From Grace" for the album Infacted Vol. 1 and "Honour (Spanish Version)" for the album Infacted Vol. 2. They contributed "Children of the Night (Resident Evil Remix)" to the album Infactious Vol. 1. State of the Union was one of four bands featured on the album Infact1on Vol. 1, which included the tracks "The Sphynx's Answer," "Fall From Grace," "Fallen Angels," "Blindfold, and "The Color Of My Skin."
For Bruderschaft's Forever EP, State of the Union produced the "Darkness Pulls Me Under" remix. They also created a remix of the song "White Wall" by Lights of Euphoria for their album Gegen Den Strom.
"Citizen" appeared on the compilation Strangelove Vol. 6, published by the music label "Orkus."
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