Blackhouse is a Christian industrial band. Blackhouse plays what has been cited as "primo industrial rock", contrasting with post-industrial styles promulgated by artists such as NIN, Klank, or Circle of Dust. Blackhouse was formed in 1984 and is cited as the first band to make industrial music for the Christian market.
Musically acclaimed and sometimes cited as being a founding band of the entire genre. Their career had ensued over three decades, and the band has produced a myriad of releases in that time. Often Blackhouse finds itself riding the fine line between artistic expression and forming a message in a way that could be accepted in the broad Christian community. One album featured a cover showing a bunny crucified, with the thought of exposing the real meaning of Easter.
The sound that Blackhouse offered was far outside the norms of Christian music at the time of the band's formation, and live performances met with resistance from both the Christian right and Neo-Nazi youth organizations. The Neo-Nazi groups protested the religious content, which was unusual in a genre more known for espousing negative themes including nihilism, pornography, sadomasochism, and drug culture, and the Christians took point with the style that the band offered, again due to its association with negative elements of society. After a time the band went underground, focusing on producing recorded material rather than touring.
Their music continues to be on the cutting edge of creativity and experimental, avant-garde music. One review of their 2006 collaborative project Beetu Lathri Kwan found that their genre-mixing produced what was deemed an "intentional dissolution of traditional concepts of... music." The music's effect on the reviewers has shown a great variety of responses. One reviewer reported that the sound finds the "border of our conscious and unconscious thinking", while others have insisted that the sound is "barely good for background noise" or "more frustrating than enjoyable". Lyrics are generally noted as being few and far between, but containing positive messages and espousing Christian faith.
- 1984: Pro-Life
- 1984: Hope Like A Candle
- 1985: Hope (Review: Vortexx)
- 1986: Five Minutes After I Die
- 1987: Holy War
- 1988: We Will Fight Back! (Also 2009 reissue, Review:Cornerstone)
- 1989: Stairway to Heaven
- 1990: The Gospel According to the Men in Black
- 1991: Material World
- 1991: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost
- 1991: Hidden Beneath the Metal
- 1994: Stairway to the Gospel World
- 1995: Shock the Nation
- 1997: Reason for the Season
- 1998: Shades of Black (Reviews: Phantom Tollbooth, Cross Rhythms)
- 1998: Lawnmower Man
- 1999: Sex, Sex, Sex
- 1999: Y2K
- 2000: Dreams Like These (Reviews: Phantom Tollbooth, Cross Rhythms)
- 2002: Vox Ultra
- 2002: Heart of Black
- 2005: Rhythm Boxing
- 2005: Dribbles
- 2006: Beetu Lathri Kwan (Collaboration with Pacific 231, Review: Cross Rhythms)
- 2009: We Will Fight Back!
- 2010: 25th Years Anniversary + Hope...
- 2011: Comin' On Strong (Collaboration with Hypnoskull)
- 2012: Thirty In 30
Brian Ladd is the sole permanent member of Blackhouse. Early releases were credited to Ivo Cutler and Sterling Cross. Ladd has explained this was because "I always thought of Blackhouse as being SUPERMAN and I was merely a Clark Kent"
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- "Hard News". HM Magazine (86): 25. November / December 2000. ISSN 1066-6923.
- Rake, Jamie Lee (Winter 1986). "Interview with Blackhouse". Vortexx: 1–2.
- Powell, Mark Allan (2002). "Blackhouse". Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music (First printing ed.). Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. pp. 87–88. ISBN 1-56563-679-1.
- Lewis, Chelsea (2000-11-07). "Blackhouse / Dreams Like These". The Phantom Tollbooth.
- Morris, James Richard (2007-01-17). "Blackhouse Beetu Lathri Kwan". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved 2009-07-16.
- Spencer, Josh (1998). "Blackhouse / Shades of Black". The Phantom Tollbooth.
- Stafford, James (Feb 2001). "Blackhouse Dreams Like These". Cross Rhythms (61). Retrieved 2009-07-16.
- Bond, Jeani (Winter 1986). "Blackhouse / Hope". Vortexx: 10.
- Lobaugh, Rod (June 1998). "Blackhouse Shades Of Black". Cross Rhythms (45). Retrieved 2009-07-16.
- http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=409060370&blogId=441939626 Blog entry by Brian Ladd on Blackhouse's official MySpace