||This article may contain original research. (May 2008)|
|Origin||New York City, USA|
|Genres||Avant-garde jazz, grindcore, experimental rock, death metal|
and occasional reunions from 1997 onwards
|Past members||Mick Harris|
Painkiller (also officially known as Pain Killer) is a band originally formed in 1991. Their style can be described as a mix of avant-garde jazz and grindcore; later albums also incorporated elements of ambient and dub.
The three primary members of the band were: John Zorn on saxophone, Bill Laswell on electric bass and Mick Harris (formerly of Napalm Death and founding member of Scorn) on drums. The band has also had several musicians make guest appearances both live and in the studio, including Yamatsuka Eye, Buckethead, Mike Patton, Makigami Koichi, Justin Broadrick and G. C. Green of Godflesh, and Keiji Haino of Fushitsusha.
Harris departed from the band in 1995 to dedicate himself solely to computer music; following his departure many assumed that Painkiller was defunct. However, Zorn and Laswell resurrected the band name and played some dates generally with Yoshida Tatsuya playing drums. Hamid Drake also sat in on the occasion of their show during Zorn's 50th Birthday month run of shows at Tonic in NYC. That show (which also had Mike Patton guest) was released by Tzadik.
- Guts of a Virgin EP (Earache, 1991)
- Buried Secrets EP (Earache, 1992)
- Rituals: Live in Japan (Toy's Factory, 1993)
- Execution Ground (Subharmonic, 1994)
- Painkiller: The Collected Works (Tzadik, 1997)
- Guts of a Virgin/Buried Secrets (Earache, 1998)
- Talisman: Live in Nagoya (Tzadik, 2002)
- 50th Birthday Celebration Volume 12 (Tzadik, 2005) - this album features Drake and Patton; it is the only one listed on which Harris does not play.
(A bit of overlapping occurs in the discography: obviously Guts of a Virgin/Buried Secrets collects the first two discs onto a single CD; Collected Works includes the first two EPs with Execution Ground and a bonus live disc.)
- Christie, I. Trouserpress.com Painkiller entry accessed 22 July 2008.