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Cesium_137 is Vince Guzzardo and Isaac Glendening. Blending elements of EBM, trance, synthpop and IDM, the two have set out to create a unique form of emotive electronic dance music. Cs_137 originally formed when Matt Cargill and Isaac Glendening became close friends in 1995 while in high school. Both teens were enamored with the rising dark-electronic music scene and began to collaborate under the official banner of Cesium_137 in 1997.
They had created a demo with the aid of their friend Tom Shear (Assemblage 23) in 1998-99 and picked up Vince Guzzardo as a live electronic drummer along the way. Little did they know that Guzzardo had a lot more to offer them in terms of actual songwriting and their collaboration quickly pulled Vince in to the Cesium-fold.
The group’s first release was the album Advanced/Decay in 2001 on Tonedeaf Records. Its style was electro-industrial. It gained widespread attention, particularly with the moody dance track “Regrets,” which was also released as a single and became a danceclub hit.
Soon after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Matt Cargill joined the U.S. military and was no longer available as a member of Cesium_137. Cesium_137 had a hiatus of three years before their next release.
That release was Elemental in 2004; it was issued with Metropolis Records, a much more prominent label than Tonedeaf. It was soon followed by an E.P. release, Luminous, also in 2004 on Metropolis; it composed largely of remixed material from Elemental. Cesium_137’s style was much mellower and synthpop inspired and less angst-ridden on these releases than on Advanced/Decay. In 2006, Cesium_137 released their album Intelligent Design. Like its predecessor, it was released by Metropolis.
Cesium_137 have recently released a digital single (“Flight”) and a full-length album (Proof of Life).2 The album put a conscious emphasis on themes of self-exile, terminal illness and perseverance.
The duo is currently planning their eleventh release under the Cesium_137 moniker, tentatively titled Identity.
As a prelude to this release, Metropolis Records has acquired the rights to re-release Cesium_137’s first single (The Fall) and album (Advanced/Decay).l