In 1990, Bryan Erickson started what would become Velvet Acid Christ with a few like-minded friends whose side and main projects had merged. Recalling early Death In June and Clan of Xymox, the act's debut effort, Fate, came across as the work of people capable of rapid reinvention. 1995's Neuralblastoma found the outfit incorporating urgent electronic percussion and a menacing undertone within the melancholic atmospheres of its music — think Skinny Puppy, circa Too Dark Park. By 1996, Erickson was more or less helming the act alone, and acted as the primary songwriter until he went on hiatus in 2001 to transition into a healthier lifestyle. The time off didn't hurt. Last year, Erickson re-emerged with Maldire, one of his strongest albums to date. This Saturday, February 9, at Casselman's Bar & Venue, Velvet Acid Christ performs live for the first time in over a decade.
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