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Grendel started out in 1997 under a different name, but due to the band splitting up the name was changed into the current one. VLRK continued under the name Grendel, which originates from a character from the old Anglo-Saxon tale ‘Beowulf’.
In 2000 Grendel’s first promo CD was released which included the Dutch dance floor hit ‘Strangers’. Within a very short period of time the promo was being played at many locations throughout the Netherlands and internationally.
To follow this up, the “End of Ages EP” was released in 2002 and marked new territory for Grendel with tracks such as the international hit title-track “End of Ages”, the pounding “Catastrophe” and the intrigueing “Noisome”. With the unorthodox and original use of orchestration, obscure samples incorporated with harsh and pounding EBM structures this release again recieved almost only great reactions from both the media and listeners and would set Grendel’s sound for the future.
In 2003, Grendel recorded their second full-length release, entitled “Prescription : Medicide”. This album took another step deeper into the world of [Grendel] with it’s complex, yet harsh, pounding & danceable structures, dismal orchestration and distressed nature. It meant a big breakthrough for the band, recieving many great reviews, becoming album of the month in a.o. Zillo and Orkus plus reaching top 5 positions in underground charts world wide.
Later, “Soilbleed” was released, which instantly became an unmissable dancefloor classic. This gained a huge amount of support, great reviews and maintained top 5 positions in a.o. the DAC & DUC for maximum periods. As a consequence of this EP’s success, the band was highly occupied with performances and tours world wide for the next year and a half.
In 2006, VLRK and new members found time to work on their third full length album entitled “Harsh Generation”. This album marked new territory for the band, which a more matured sound and style, gaining more support and success & taking them to the top of the genre. After it’s release in early 2007, this album remained on top 5 positions (often peaking at no. 3) on the DAC and GEWC and remained there for maximum periods of time.
Due to the success of this album, Grendel spent the following years touring intensively worldwide and drawing increasingly larger audiences. Eventually, in 2009, the “Chemicals + Circuitry” EP was written & recorded. This turned out to be a slight diversion from the band’s familiar sound, exploring different sounds and styles. Luckily the response to this was positive, again reaching top 5 positions in the charts and becoming a staple record for EBM/Industrial DJs across the globe.
Finally, Grendel is back in the studio producing their upcoming album “Timewave : Zero”, which is set for release late 2011 on Infacted, Metropolis and Gravitator Records. With this new release, Grendel both return to their signature sound and take it further into new territories, continuing their tradition of delivering cutting edge Harsh EBM!
Be part of the harsh generation and live by the bassline!