Sounds Like: Industrial, EBM, Electro Label: NoiTekk/COP Int'l/Gravitator!/ Deathwatch Asia Label Type: Indie

Formed in 2004, FGFC820 is the new harsh EBM project from well-known and respected New York City DJs Rexx Arkana and Dr?cos. Drawing on joint and separate influences ranging from old school industrial to modern gabber, Arkana and Dr?cos combine to create a sound that is at once melodic and relentlessly rhythmic, "bringing the 'thump' back to EBM', as one reviewer recently put it.

In addition to his twenty years of experience as both a DJ and promoter --- having worked with everyone from industrial stalwarts Skinny Puppy and Ministry to newer stars Covenant and VNV Nation --- Rexx Arkana is also the founder of the scene supergroup Bruderschaft. A collaboration of some of the electronic music world's top talents, Bruderschaft drew together, under Arkana's leadership, members of VNV Nation, Covenant, Apoptygma Berzerk and Icon of Coil in a charitable effort to benefit cancer research and treatment. As an artist in his own right, Arkana has also written lyrics and/or recorded vocals for such prominent underground acts as The Retrosic ("New World Order") and davaNtage side project Supreme Court ("Mass Media Murder").

Dr?cos spent the last half of the 90s in Boston where he attended Berklee College of Music and graduated with a degree in music production/engineering. While in Boston, Dr?cos also played the local club circuit as a DJ as well as performing live with Disciples of Astaroth (an industrial/EBM group he had co-created). In '99, Dr?cos relocated to NYC where he began building a bigger name for himself as a DJ for the some of the scenes' most notorious parties. Dr?cos also started Subsurface Productions (www.subsurfaceproductions.com) in NYC to encompass all of his various projects, since he had begun DJing and releasing original tracks/remixes under his various aliases.

As DJs, it's not surprising their compositions inspire movement, nor that their messages --- be them political or cultural --- have been enslaved by the beat. FGFC820 create bone-crushing dancefloor anthems, drawing early comparisons to such legends as Front 242 and Nitzer Ebb. Of their debut EP, "The Hanging Garden," ReGen Magazine (www.regenmag.com) recently wrote: "FGFC820 is perhaps the best example of pure, beat-driven EBM to be unleashed onto the scene in years. The rhythms pound their way into your psyche with militaristic grandeur, stomping like a Teutonic march the likes of which have been mostly lost in this new age of synthpop wannabes."

VIRUS! Magazine exclaimed "interesting and innovative --- needless to say something very good could come out of FGFC820," while Sweden's Moving Hands Magazine pronounced the band "forcefully and convincingly an act to keep an eye on in the future."

In May 2006, FGFC820 signed a worldwide record deal with German independent label NoiTekk Records. Their full length debut, "Urban Audio Warfare," was released later that year by NoiTekk in Europe and COP International Records in North America.

The band's sophomore effort, "Law & Ordnance," arrived in October 2008 from NoiTekk, COP International, Gravitator! (Russia) and Deathwatch Asia (Japan). The band has spent most of 2009 touring, supporting Funker Vogt on the East Coast in April and performing at festivals in Montreal (Kinetik), Germany (Wave Gothic Treffen), Lima (Peru), Bogota (Columbia), Spain and Portugal.

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