hypnoskull emerged as a project of patrick stevens (°1973) in 1992 and signed to ant-zen audio & visual arts in 1998. after years of underground activism in the worldwide electronic underground network of industrial music, hypnoskull reached a larger audience by putting out the album 'rhythmusmaschine 1-2' (1998), followed by 'ffwd>burnout!'(1999) and 'electronic music means war to us' (2001). before that, stevens also made a name as one half of the duo sonar, a hardcore belgian rhythmical industrial project. patrick stevens also works with miss mieke m. under the name 'tunnel' and with raoul roucka (noisex) under the name '<cybernetic:fuckheadz>'. his solo projects like sona eact(r), reset, sliding elements, trivial gender, ultra s t a t a l s ! and 33mhz are released under various labels all around the globe.
this fourth album in a row on ant-zen, 'operation tough guy [ready to scream, ready to die!]' is again a hard clash between new influences of several contemporary dance styles and the hard side of underground industrial electronics. the project continues with the aim to create a new form of dance music without a compromise, controversial as hell and to-the-point. hypnoskull tracks are like dark, scary movies full of urban tragedy and fast beats; they represent a life on the fast track. that is probably why urban scenes all over the world incorporate this unique sound in their daily sceneries. live sets are remarkable: unstoppable rhythm-machines like bulldozers over your head. virtual fights and continuously repeating samples and loops create a scary, wild atmosphere. the atmosphere nobody wants to feel in reality - but what is reality anyway? a vicious game of putting things in a row, in a scene. confront yourself with the harsh reality of everyday life and get the perfect soundtrack to it.
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released 06 September 2002
recorded in february 2002 at new ground mezzanine studio, temse, belgium.
all tracks by patrick stevens aka hypnoskull © 2002
miss mieke m. for active support and vocal contributions on this record, you’re the one !, sub:urb for support and help, stefan alt at ant-zen, herman klapholz at illecktric tools, jan h8red for endless patience and understanding and support. thanks and hello to the belgian scene, all organisers, promoters, creative heads and open-minded programmers, you know who you are !