“America’s Most Dangerous Kult” commemorates 30 years together with a celebration in Flint, Michigan.

My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult turned back time and performed their first two iconic albums on Wax Trax! Records; I See Good Spirits And I See Bad Spirits (1988) and Confessions Of A Knife (1990), as well as other Thrill Kill Kult favorites.

Groovie Mann (Frankie Nardiello) and Buzz McCoy (Marston Daley) remain the two constant conspirators behind Thrill Kill Kult. These two, it has been said, met in 1987 while touring together with the band Ministry. Soon after, Nardiello and Daley began to conceive an art film to be called My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult.

The film was never completed, but the music they had recorded, for its soundtrack, appealed to Wax Trax! Records. Dubbing themselves Groovie Mann and Buzz McCoy, they launched My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult. Rounding out the rest of the band, on this tour, is Mimi Star (bass), Bradley Bills (drums), and “Bomb Gang Girl” Arena Rock (backing vocals).

As the lights went black, the sound of the bass guitar filled the air. A tribal style drum beat quickly arose behind it, while the keyboard quietly joined in. The lights started to pulsate and the crowd could see Mimi, Bradley and Buzz. As their instrumental, “Heresy,” comes to a close, Groovie Mann enters the stage, followed by Arena Rock, and the band quickly segued into “X-Communication” then “Do You Fear (For Your Child).”

Tonight, there is no stage banter nor any direct conversation with the crowd. Groovie Mann lets the music do the talking for him. He prowls around the stage resembling that of a character out of “Mad Max” mixed with “Escape From New York” and “Streets of Fire.”

The crowd enjoyed dancing while the band worked their way through their debut album. As soon as the beginning sample to “A Daisy Chain 4 Satan” came on, the place went ecstatic. Everyone started cheering with arms waving in the air and a massive dance ‘pit’ formed with many people dancing in their own unique style however somehow in sync with each other. This was definitely a group of dedicated fans who came out to see ‘their’ band.

Other highlights were “The Days of Swine and Roses,” “Kooler Than Jesus,” “Leathersex,” “’Cuz It’s Hot” and “After The Flesh,” a song which the band is remembered for by performing it in the movie The Crow. Thrill Kill Kult spent the better part of 90 minutes cramming all of these early dark tracks into one magnificent evening as it had been many years since their fans had heard many of these songs live.

Known as pioneers of the industrial music genre, this electronic, rock band mixed their music with club heavy beats. They blended in funk and disco with psychedelic house beats, yet often amplified them to a sometimes abrasive level.

The band’s popularity among the underground club scene was fuelled by many of these hard-hitting dance tracks Thrill Kill Kult played tonight. Their sound has always been fearlessly experimental and has become hugely influential to many artists today. They continue to morph and stretch the fabric of music and as we know it, always remaining true to the ‘Kult’ and true innovators.

Having built a reputation for making the darkest elements of the world sound sexy, Thrill Kill Kult definitely do not fall into the typical industrial rock category, but a category in which one might call industrial disco. Mix in some spoken word samples lifted from B-movies and old television shows, along with humorous and satirical references to Satan, Jesus and sex and you have the recipe for, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult!

Our photographer, Thom Seling, was on-hand to capture moment. Here are his images from the evening.

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Event Date: 19-Oct-2017

About The Author

Erik’s interest in music began at an early age. In high school, he was the co-host of the underground metal show the Social Mutilation Hour, on 89.5 WAHS, under the name of Neurotik Erik. During this period of his life, he independently promoted shows under the name of Ding Dong Ditch Productions. Erik would rent out local VFW Halls, use space at Oakland Community College Auburn Hills Campus, or simply throw basement parties around the Detroit area. While at college at Ferris State University, he became head of the student run organization, Entertainment Unlimited, and continued to promote shows, but on a larger scale. He also helped start an underground magazine, ‘Outpunk’, where he interviewed bands and wrote music reviews. Additionally, Erik joined the staff at the Ferris State University Torch and wrote on a larger scale.

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