Psyclon Nine

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Psyclon Nine
Origin Castro Valley, California, United States
Genres Aggrotech
Industrial Metal
Black Metal
Years active 2000–2009
Labels Metropolis.
Associated acts Dawn of Ashes, Helltrash, Mushroomhead, Columbine, Nocturne

"Psyclon Nine" was an Industrial Metal band formed by Nero Bellum and Josef Heresy in San Francisco, CA. Their early efforts are generally categorized as Aggrotech, However their more recent material has incorporated a more Black Metal, and Industrial Metal sound. Their 2009 release We the Fallen was the only album of their's to reach the Billboard charts and to be sold at Hot Topic stores across the nation.


Early Days (2000-2003)[edit]

Psyclon Nine began in 2000 when roommates, Marshall Groppert and Josef (last name unknown) created a Electronic Metal music project called "Defkon Sodomy", influenced by bands like KMFDM and Ministry. The band only performed under that name twice before changing it to Psyclon Nine. The name is a malapropism of the cyanide-based insecticide used in the Holocaust called Zyklon B. Its believed that the 9 represented Aleister Crowley numerological writings. Around this time is when Marshall and Josef took on their stage names as Josef Heresy, and Nero Bellum. Nero's name was taken from the Roman Emperor Nero Caesar, and Bellum is Latin for War. Once Psyclon Nine began performing locally in the Bay area, See Colin Slash frontman, Eric Gottesman joined the band as a synth player.

Divine Infekt (2003-2004)[edit]

Josef Heresy, Nero Bellum, Eric Gottesman in 2004

Bellum met with European NoiTekk record label executive Marco Gruhn at a San Francisco Grendel show, and persuaded him to sign Psyclon Nine. The band's first album, Divine Infekt was recorded shortly thereafter, produced and engineered by Da5id Din of Informatik, The title track was remixed by Tactical Sekt front man Anthony Mathers, and the album was released on September 15th 2003.

Psyclon Nine toured lightly on the West Cost, and in Europe. Supporting acts such as Dismantled, Nocturne, and Martin Atkins.

Bellum later said in an interview for Vampirefreaks about the Divine Infect remix,"Tactical Sekt remix left a bad taste in my mouth", and attributed that to Anthony Mathers of Tactical Sekt philosophical beliefies made him not to want to collaborate with anyone outside of Psyclon Nine again.

I.N.R.I. (2004-2005)[edit]

In 2004 Psyclon Nine singed with the American Industrial recored label Metropolis. The band returned to Da5id Din's studio for mixing, and the album was released on April 26th 2005 on both Metropolis and NoiTekk Records. The album featured thirteen tracks of dark, aggressive electro focused on religious themes. The album also featured a cover of the Ministry song “You Know What You Are.”

In 2005 Nero Bellum met Rotny Ford of the Industrial Metal band Nocturne, on the social networking site LiveJournal. The two discussed musical ideas which led to the band using guitars and drums in their live performances. Ford joined the band on Keyboard and guitar.

Psyclon NIne made several major live appearances following the albums release, including several dates opening for Mindless Self Indulgence. The tour gained the band a fan base. Psyclon Nine returned to Europe for another tour that included a spot on the worlds largest Gothic festival, Wave-Gotik-Treffen. It was around this time when drummer Abby Nex also of Nocturne joined the band as a live drummer.

Crwn Thy Frnicatr (2006-2008)[edit]

Psyclon Nine on the cover of Orkus Magazine

At the end of 2005 the band had droped from their European lable NioTekk, and Eric Gottsman quit the band. Gottsman was replaced by Electronic band 'Columbine's' VII, and added bassist Daniel Columbine. With a full Metal band, Psyclon Nine began to stray from their early EMB sound into a darker Black Metal approach.

In late 2006 The band was featured on the cover of the German Gothic magazine Orkus.

Psyclon Nine went on their first headlining US tour. With creative differences Columbine bassist Daniel decided to leave the band at the end of the tour. Abbey Nex replaced him on bass, and Mushroomhead drummer 'Daniel Fox' was used as a live fill in drummer.

In early 2007 the band opened for Mushroomhead's 'Savor Sorrow' North American Tour which gained the band huge attention among the underground Industrial Goth seen.

In May 2007 Psyclon Nine did a European Tour that Included a spot again at Wave Gotik Treffen. After the European tour Rotny Ford decided to leave the band for personal reasons.

In October the band opened for Mushroomhead again on their second North American tour with Josef of Guitar and Keys, Abbey on Bass, VII on Synth, and Daniel on drums.

In early 2008 The band released its first music video of the fan favorite track 'Parasitic' directed by Mushroomheads Richard Thomas.

After the tour with Mushroomhead, Josef Hersey decided to leave the band to go back to collage, and VII left to returned to his band Columbine. Daniel Fox continued with Mushroomhead. At this time Nero Bellum decided to move to Los Angeles, CA to begin writing a new album.

We the Fallen & Hiatus (2008-2010)[edit]

Nero Bellum appeared on the internet channel NoisescapeTV in 2008 and said that he was in the studio working on an album entitled We the Fallen, and has decided to stray away from the EBM music style and incorporate a more Black Metal meets Dark Ambient sound.

In the fall of 2008 Nero's mother committed suicide which delayed the album for several months. In early 2009 a MySpace blog Q&A video announced that Ronty Ford had rejoined the band, after reconsolidating at Nero's mothers funeral.

Nero and Ronty began the recording process for 'We the Fallen' that included several guest spots including Brandan Schieppati from Bleeding Through, Gary Zon of Dismantled, Jamison Boaz of Epsilon Zero, Johan van Roy of Suicide Commando The album was produced by Jason Miller of Godhead. We the Fallen was released on September 9th, 2009 and was well received by the fans, clamming it to be some of Psyclon Nine's best work. The album reached the top Billboard 500 sales and was released in Hot Topic stores across the nation.

In late 2009 Psyclon Nine embarked on a co-headline tour with Imperative Reaction. Jon Siren of Mankind is Obsolete became the bands new full time drummer, and Vlixx of HellTrash filled in on Synth. The tour was very hard on Nero, and at the end of the tour Nero and his then girlfriend separated, and Nero went into rehab for drug addiction problems.

In Early 2010 a controversy evolving the band and a eBay auction left many fans to abandoned the band for not receiving their paid for items. Psyclon Nine and Nero Bellum went on a hiatus canceling their European tour, and remix album that was planed for the year. Many rumors begin to be speculated about the band and their disappearance from the music seen.

Re-Birth (2011-2013)[edit]

In late 2011 Nero Bellum posted on his social networking sites a long exclusive apologetic personal letter addressing the fans as to what had happen with the eBay auctions. Explaining that he had to seek rehab for drug related problems.

On October 31st, 2011 Psyclon Nine played their first show in over 2 years in New York City. Abbey Nex and Vlixx were replaced by Nero's brothers.

Psyclon Nine played a few off dates together in 2012.

in 2012 Nero Bellum went on tour with Dismantled as a live guitarist.

in mid 2013 Nero Bellum recored guest Vocals on Industrial Metal Band Dawn of Ashes new album 'Anathema' and was featured in their music video for 'Poisoning the Steps of Babel'.

In late 2013 Nero Bellum, Eric Gottsman, and Jon Heresy (the original members) played a one off night show in San Francisco, CA at the DNA Lounge, a venue that the band played frequently when getting started. They played the first album 'Divine Infekt' in its entirety for the albums 10 year anniversary.

Order of the Shadow & Breakup (2013-2014)[edit]

In late 2013 Nero Bellum announced on the Psyclon Nine's FaceBook page, that the bands new album would be titled 'Order of the Shadow [Act I]' and would be released in November 2013 with the help of the bands BandCamp website that allowed fans to donate to help raise funds for the albums production. In return fans would receive different sorts of merchandise. Chris Vrenna of Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails helped produce a few tracks on the album.

After a long hiatus, Psyclon Nine went on their first US tour in over 4 years. Co-headline with Dawn of Ashes that included a stop at the Industrial Festival in New York City Triton Fest. Both Ronty Ford, and Jon Siren returned, However two perviously unknown musicians filled in the live spots for bass and synth. It's believed they were referred to as Merritt on bass, and synth player Glitch Nix.

On November 12th, 2013 Psyclon Nine released Order of the Shadows through Metropolis Records. There was much hype with the new release from the band, However the album failed to achieve what their pervious album 'We the Fallen' accomplished in 2009.

In February 2014 the band released a music video for the track 'Use Once and Destroy' on YouTube.

The band had booked a European tour for May of 2014, and was planing on releasing a remix album for Order of the Shadow. However the merchandise from BandCamp was never shipped to the people who donated. Leaving many fans to believe that Nero had stolen from them once again.

After the BandCamp controversy Rotny and Jon both quit the band for Nero disappearing again. Stating they felt he was irresponsible. Jon left a very apologetic letter to the fans on his personal FaceBook page, explaining again how he and Ronty had nothing to do with the BandCamp donations.

On March 30th, 2014 Nero Bellum explained on his personal FaceBook page that he was in therapy and was unable to send out the BandCamp orders when we should of. Due to Ronty and Jon quitting the band and other misunderstandings Nero felt it was time to put an end to Psyclon Nine, canceling their remix album, and European tour. However Nero still hoped to make Psyclon Nine's last show be at the Dark Munich Festival in Germany on April 26th, 2014.

Band members[edit]

  • Nero Bellum – vocals (2000–2014)
  • Rotny Ford – guitars, synth (2006–2007, 2008–2014)
  • Jon Siren – drums, percussion (2009–2014)
  • Josef Heresy − synth (2000–2008) guitar (2006–2008)
  • Abbey Nex – drums, percussion (2005–2006) bass (2007–2009)
  • Eric Gottesman – synth (2000–2006) bass (2004–2006, 2007)
  • VII – keyboards, synth (2006–2008)
  • Daniel Columbine – bass (2006)
  • Vlixx – keyboards, synth (2009)
  • Daniel Fox – drums, percussion (2007–2008)
  • Merritt – bass (2012–2014)
  • Glitch NIX – keyboards, synth (2013–2014)



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