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Jairus Khan
Background information
Origin Canada
Genres Industrial
Years active 2005 (2005)-present
Labels Tympanik Audio
Glitch Mode Recordings
Associated acts Antigen Shift
Members Jairus Khan

Ad·ver·sary is an industrial music project fronted by Jairus Khan, based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[1]


In 2005, after working as a DJ, Khan released his first EP, Cyanotic vs Ad·ver·sary - Music For Jerks, as Ad·ver·sary.[2] He later toured the United States and Canada with Iszoloscope, and has acted as tour support for Terrorfakt, Antigen Shift, and Adam X. His remix work includes material from Iszoloscope, Converter, Cyanotic and Urusai.[3]

In 2008, Ad·ver·sary signed to the Tympanik Audio label to release his debut album Bone Music, [4] which was also made available as a free download under Creative Commons licensing. The album was mastered by Yann Faussurier of Iszoloscope, containing remixes by Antigen Shift, Tonikom, and Synapscape. [5][6] and received generally positive reviews.[7][8][9]

In 2009, Khan released a second album, A Bright Cut Across Velvet Sky.

Ad·ver·sary performed at the 2012 Kinetik Festival, ending his set by screening a video, We Deserve Better, which criticized headlining acts Combichrist and Nachtmahr and the industrial music genre in general,[10][11] and, according to the website IdieYoudie, "openly critiques ... the use of misogynist and racist tropes in those bands' music and publicity materials".[12][13]

Khan's sister is the Juno nominated artist Eternia.


  • Cyanotic vs Ad·ver·sary - Music For Jerks (EP, 2005)
  • Bone Music (CD, 2008)
  • A Bright Cut Across Velvet Sky (CD, 2009)


  1. ^ "Ad·ver·sary: an interview with Jairus Khan". Connexion Bizarre, September 8, 2008
  2. ^ "An Interview with Jairus of Ad·ver·sary". I Die You Die, March 9, 2012
  3. ^ "Ad-ver-sary- Bone Music". Grave Concern, by Matthew Johnson
  4. ^ "Ad-ver-sary - Bone Music". Reflections of Darkness, by Sebastian Huhn. 19 May 2008
  5. ^ "Ad-ver-sary – Bone Music (cd Tympanik Audio)". Side-Line Magazine, 22 May, 2008 Archived at the Wayback Machine]
  6. ^ "Ad-Ver-Sary: Bone Music". ChainDLK. August 4, 2008. Mark Tater
  7. ^ "Bone Music" review, "Ad∙ver∙sary: Bone Music". ChainDLK. May 17, 2008
  8. ^ "Review: Ad·ver·sary Bone Music - Archived copy". ReGen. Archived from the original on 2010-03-11. Retrieved 2009-01-12. .
  9. ^ "Ad·ver·sary - Bone Music: Archived copy". Connexion Bizarre. Archived from the original on 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2009-01-12. .
  10. ^ "When Do Misogynistic Lyrics Become Hate Speech?". Pop Matters, Hans Rollman 21 July 2015
  11. ^ "Ad·ver·sary, Antigen Shift take on racism, sexism in the industrial genre". ReGen Magazine, May 18, 2012.
  12. ^ "Kinetik Update 2012: Ad·ver·sary's Performance". IdieYoudie. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  13. ^ S. Alexander Reed (3 June 2013). Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music. Oxford University Press. p. 204. ISBN 978-0-19-933962-4. 

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