Stephan Groth started Apoptygma Berzerk and was early joined by Jon Erik Martinsen, and Per Aksel started Angst Pop, who’s band name was taken from a bootleg LP by the infamous industrial act SPK.
When Apoptygma Berzerk released their first demo-tape in 1990, “Victims Of Mutilation”, it was on Per Aksel’s “label”, Sluzk Records, which also was the name of the record-shop that Per Aksel owned and ran at the time.
Per Aksel was promoting Apoptygma Berzerk, working almost as a manager for the band, and at the same time he was recording 4-track demos with Angst Pop as early as 1989. It was clear however that Apoptygma Berzerk was the project that was going to take off, and all the energy was put into this.
Then Jon Erik left Apoptygma Berzerk in 1990, and at the same time, Per Aksel stepped in to fill that place. Suddenly the two friends had this project going together, and they worked hard to make it big and to make it happen!
18 years later, it was time again, when Per Aksel mentioned to Roy-Julian Digre of Technomancer, that it would be cool to make a 2012 version of “Ødipus Rex” for the 20th Anniversary of Angst Pop. No sooner had Per Aksel mentioned it, Roy picked up on it, and in just a couple of days, a freshly produced 2012 demo was ready!
Per Aksel had to go into the studio of Jonas Groth (brother of Stephan) to record the vocals again, as the original vocal-tracks had been gone for years, and Roy-Julian recorded some brilliant backing vocals. The band also managed to find the original samples from the 1994 version. The result is a very up-to-date 2012 version of “Ødipus Rex” that still has that original feel to it, and we’re very very happy with the result!
||Ødipus Rex (original Version)
||Panic (At T.C.F.)
||Live Your Life (Demo 1990)
||Maschinensturm (Demo 1990)
||Ødipus Rex 2012
||Ødipus Rex 2012 (Apoptygma Berzerk Dark Club Mix)
||Ødipus Rex 2012 (Despair Mix by Clive Pierce of Hard Corps)
||Ødipus Rex 2012 (Kant Kino Remix)
||Ødipus Rex 2012 (SKL Club Mix)
||Ødipus Rex 2012 (Spiritual Warfare RMX by Technomancer)
||Ødipus Rex 2012 (Anstalt Electro Club Remix)
||Ødipus Rex 2012 (6 AM Dance Remix by Elec-This)