Imperative Reaction

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Imperative Reaction
Ted Phelps performing live
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Electro-industrial, Industrial Rock, EBM, synthpop, futurepop[1]
Years active 1996–present
Labels Pendragon, Zoth Ommog, Metropolis
Website Facebook Page
Members Ted Phelps
Clint Carney
Trevor Friedrich
Adam Vex

Imperative Reaction is an electro-industrial band founded in 1996 by Ted Phelps and David Andrecht from the remains of the band D.N.A.[2]


A demo tape titled Debris was originally released in 1996, but was eventually recalled and destroyed as the band chose to go a different direction.[2] The band's next effort, a demo entitled Persistence of Memory, featured the track "Predicate", which was included on Possessive Blindfold Recordings compilation album Exoskeleton Vol. 1.[2]

The band's first studio album, Eulogy For The Sick Child, was released in February 1999. The next month, it had reached the top ten of CMJ's (RPM) charts.[2] The popularity of the album in the United States caused Zoth Ommog Records to pick it up for European distribution in April 1999.[2] In the summer of 1999, the band changed labels, due to the buyout of Pendragon Records by Metropolis Records.[2]

In 2000, Jason DM and Sam P. of Pulse Legion joined the live band. The band became known not just for their studio albums and play in clubs, but also as a band to see live.[2]

In the beginning of 2001, Phelps began work on the band's next album, which was delayed due to data loss on the primary music storage drive.[2] The re-done material sounded different than originally planned. Titled Ruined, it was released on July 9, 2002.[3] The band followed with a tour in support of the album, playing for increasingly larger crowds.[2]

Soon after the tour, the band worked on their next album, which was released in the United States on March 9, 2004.[4] Redemption was considered more aggressive than the group's previous albums.[1] In 2005, following the initial success of the album, the band toured along with VNV Nation as well as several other major acts.[5]

Following the success of Redemption, the band worked for more than a year to release As We Fall on November 7, 2006.[6] Minus All, their fifth album, was released on October 7, 2008.[7] The band toured in support of the album in the fall of 2008,[8] and again in the fall of 2009 with Psyclon Nine.[9]


The band's first two albums have been described as "progressive electro".[1] Their third album has been described as "having more of a bite".[10] As We Fall was said to have "some nods towards European-style futurepop",[11] while Minus All has been described as "guitar-driven industrial if rephrased for an electro purist".[12]


Year Title Label
1999 Eulogy For the Sick Child Pendragon
2002 Ruined Metropolis
2004 Redemption Metropolis
2006 As We Fall Metropolis
2008 Minus All Metropolis
2011 Imperative Reaction Metropolis


  • "Requiem For The Lost Children (Imperative Reaction Remix)" - Temple Of The Times, "Requiem For The Lost Children" (2000)
  • "Awake (Imperative Reaction Mix)" - Assemblage 23, "Addendum" (2001)
  • "Phoenix (Imperative Reaction Remix)" - Decoded Feedback, "Phoenix" (2002)
  • "Momentary Absolution (Imperative Reaction RMX)" - System Syn, "Futronik Structures 4" (2003)
  • "Conflict (Imperative Reaction Mix)" - The Azoic, "Conflict" (2003)
  • "I Hate My Fucking Job (Imperative Reaction Remix)" - The Strand, "RMX01" (2004)
  • "Atrophy (Imperative Reaction Remix)" - Cesium 137, "Luminous" (2004)
  • "No Frequency (Imperative Reaction Remix)" - Terrorfakt, "Cold World Remixes" (2005)
  • "Dissect (Imperative Reaction Remix)" - Filament 38, "Unstable" (2005)
  • "The Truth Within (Imperative Reaction Remix)" - Flesh Field, "Conquer Me EP" (2005)
  • "Blood And Skin (Imperative Reaction Remix)" - Fake, "Interbreeding V: Terrorland" (2005)
  • "Das Licht (Imperative Reaction Remix)" - XP8, "Forgive(n)" (2005)
  • "The Source (Imperative Reaction Mix)" - God Module, "Viscera" (2005)
  • "Age of Computers (Data Corruption Mix)" - Interface, "Beyond Humanity (Expanded Edition)" (2006)
  • "Deception (Imperative Reaction Mix)" - Inure, "Subversive (Limited Edition)" (2006)
  • "Dented Halos (Imperative Reaction Mix)" - Cylab, "Disseminate" (2007)
  • "With These Cold Eyes (Imperative Reaction Remix)" - Hypofixx, "After December" (2007)
  • "Return (Imperative Reaction Remix)" - Bruderschaft, "Advanced Electronics Vol.7" (2008)
  • "Scarred (Imperative Reaction Mix)" - Combichrist, "Scarred" (2010)
  • "Shut The Fuck Up (Imperative Reaction Remix)" - Extinction Front, "Destruction Show" (2010)
  • "The Inconvenient (Imperative Reaction Remix)" - System Syn, "Here's To You" (2010)
  • "Inhuman (Imperative Reaction Mix)" - Aesthetic Perfection, "Inhuman EP" (2011)



  1. ^ a b c Kavadias, Theo. "Redempton Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Artists: Imperative Reaction". Metropolis Records. Retrieved April 21, 2010. 
  3. ^ Kavadias, Theo. "Ruined Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Imperative Reaction's third album soon out". Release Music Magazine. March 4, 2004. Retrieved April 21, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Imperative Reaction". Vampire Freaks. Retrieved April 21, 2010. 
  6. ^ "On Record: Imperative Reaction As We Fall". Release Music Magazine. October 31, 2006. Retrieved April 21, 2010. 
  7. ^ "On Record: Imperative Reaction Minus All". Release Music Magazine. October 15, 2008. Retrieved April 21, 2010. 
  8. ^ Januros, Sam (September 30, 2008). "Imperative Reaction Tour Dates". ReGen Magazine. Retrieved April 21, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Imperative Reaction & Psyclon Nine :ruina: Tour". The Unclean. August 14, 2009. Retrieved April 21, 2010. 
  10. ^ Froid, Stephane (May 6, 2007). "Redemption Review". Idio Magazine. Retrieved April 21, 2010. 
  11. ^ Johnson, Matthew (November 20, 2006). "As We Fall Review". ReGen Magazine. Retrieved April 21, 2010. 
  12. ^ McNeally, Vlad (September 28, 2008). "Minus All Review". ReGen Magazine. Retrieved April 21, 2010.