Daren Diolosa playing at Klank's comeback show July 1 at Cornerstone Festival 2007.
|Origin||New York City, New York, USA|
|Years active||1994–2001, 2007–present|
|Labels||Tooth and Nail Records
|Associated acts||Circle of Dust
|Members||Daren "Klank" Diolosa
Danny "Ducci" Owsley
|Past members||Ray Scheuring
Klank is the nickname for New York City-based musician Daren Diolosa and the name of Diolosa's band. Diolosa formed Klank in the mid 90's when he was a member of industrial metal band Circle of Dust, for whom Klank was a guitarist. Klank initially shared Circle of Dust's classification as industrial metal, routinely exhibiting Diolosa's characteristic guttural growl, but later releases developed a more melodic, heavy dance groove sound. Klank achieved a ranking on the Top 40 CMJ charts in 2000 with the song Blind.
Early years as Circle of Dust guitarist
Klank got his start as guitarist for Circle of Dust, a notable ground-breaker in Christian industrial metal formed by Scott Albert in 1990. In 1994 Klank began to expand beyond Circle of Dust by releasing a handful of early solo tracks on compilations, playing live with hardcore metal band Six Feet Deep, and working with The Blamed on their album 21. It was through that experience that Klank met Brandon Ebel, president of Klank's future record label, Tooth & Nail Records. Also in 1994, Klank contributed vocals to the album Misguided by Argyle Park. Legal and financial troubles at Circle of Dust's record label caused the touring lineup of Circle of Dust to break up in 1995, at which point Klank began to work on his first solo record.
Still Suffering, 1996–1998
In 1995, Klank signed with Tooth & Nail for the release of his first album, Still Suffering. He gained some notoriety at the time by signing the contract in his own blood, which he explained as a signifier that he took his contract and his band very seriously. Still Suffering featured production and programming by Scott Albert, and Buka of Argyle Park contributed guest lyrics and vocals. The music was very similar to the industrial metal and industrial rock stylings of Circle of Dust, with the first four songs on the album originally having been written for Circle of Dust. Klank cited death metal and groove metal bands Fear Factory and Machine Head as influences. The album's lyrics bluntly discussed real life issues such as child abuse, betrayal, and religious doubt.
The single "Downside", released on Tooth & Nail's first Songs from the Penalty Box compilation, was released as a remix EP with several remixes done by Albert. Additionally, Klank recorded a cover of Stryper's "The Way" in 1996 for a tribute album released by Flying Tart Records. Klank performed at several Cornerstone Festivals during the mid- and late 1990s. The touring lineup at the time consisted of guitarists Mike Nicosia and Carl Weaver and drummer Eric Wilkins, formerly of rapcore group Every Day Life (EDL).
Diolosa released the album Numb in 1999 through his own label SmokeDogg Productions. Numb showed Klank's versatility and melodic sensibilities, and the band dubbed their new style as "Dancy Aggressive Dark Electronically Influenced Groove". Numb did quite well for an independent release, and it was eventually re-released by Progressive Arts Media in 2000 with an altered track listing. The video for the first single off the album, "Blind", appeared on MuchMusic.
Klank appeared as a guest on a couple of albums that same year. He contributed lead vocals to the song "Silhouette of Rage" on the sophomore Argyle Park album Suspension of Disbelief, and also lent lead vocals to the song "So Alive" by 54, a synthpop side project of Klank's band.
In Memory Of...
After the release of Numb, band members took a hiatus to start families and explore other musical ventures. Klank began working with Ringling Brothers Circus as a transportation manager and show welder and steel fabricator. Diolosa continued recording material over the years, and stockpiled more than 100 songs. In July 2007, Klank played a surprise show at the at Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell, Illinois and concurrently released a new EP, titled In Memory Of ..., which collected a few rarities from Klank's earlier years as well as six new songs.
NUMB...Reborn was released on April 20, 2010. It consisted of 15 tracks which included 3 remixes and guest appearances from Jim Chaffin, Larry Farkas and Mike Phillips. NUMB...Reborn finds KLANK returning to their roots with a straight up, guitar driven, aggressively heavy release. Songs like Don't Count Me Out, Blind, D.F.L. and The Rules are a few examples of the raw heaviness and aggression, while songs like Broken, God? and So Very Real give the band's melodic side a chance to shine through.
Albums and EPs
- Still Suffering (1996, Tooth & Nail Records)
- Downside Remixes EP (1997, Tooth & Nail Records)
- Numb (1999 SmokeDogg Productions)
- Numb (re-issue) (2000, Progressive Arts Music, alternate track listing)
- In Memory Of... EP (2007)
- Numb...Reborn (2010)
- Urban Warfare (2012)
- Demo-lition II (1994, R.E.X. Records) – "Animosity (demo)"
- Can You Dig It? III (1994, R.E.X. Records) – "Animosity (demo)"
- Sweet Family Music: A Tribute to Stryper (1996, Flaying Tart Records) – "The Way" (cover of Stryper)
- Tooth & Nail Records Sampler Vol. 3 (1996, Tooth & Nail Records) - "Downside"
- Songs from the Penalty Box (1997, Tooth & Nail Records) - "Downside"
- 4th Anniversary Box Set (1997, Tooth & Nail Records) - "Downside"
- Audiomata 1.0 (1999 Flaming Fish Music) - "Blind"
- Runnin' With the Devil - a Tribute to Van Halen (2000 Progressive Arts Music) – "I'll Wait" (cover of Van Halen)
- The Classics Hard (2004 Tooth & Nail Records) - "Downside"
- The Blamed – 21 (1994, Tooth & Nail Records)
- Argyle Park – Misguided (1995, R.E.X. Records)
- AP2 – Suspension of Disbelief (2000, Tooth & Nail Records)
- 54 - "So Alive" on Audiomata 2.0 (2000 Flaming Fish Music)
- "Klank at Discogs.com". Retrieved 2009-05-06.
- Official Klank Band Website
- Official Klank music downloads, discography and lyrics website
- Official Facebook Page
- Official MySpace page
- Progressive Arts Music- a short bio with info and a picture.