MK-Ultra (band)

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Origin Chicago, United States
Genres Thrashcore, hardcore punk, grindcore[1]
Years active 1993-2000
Labels Lengua Armada Discos
Associated acts Charles Bronson, Los Crudos, Fourteen Or Fight, The O.S.S., Punch In The Face, VMW, American Mosquito, Sick/Tired, Pillage, Government For Hire
Past members Ebro Virumbrales
Jeff Jelen
Kirk Syrek
Frank Hanney
Gary Cihak
Jeff Bachner

MK-ULTRA (also spelled Mk-Ultra, MK Ultra, or Mk Ultra) was a hardcore/thrash band from Chicago, Illinois formed in 1993. They were known for their fast music and outspokenness on political and social topics ranging from capitalism to Christianity. Due to "legal troubles", the band was forced to drop the name "MK-ULTRA" in 1999.[2] They finally broke up in 2000, although the band continued donating songs to compilations for some years afterwards. MK-ULTRA went on 3 tours, including "roughly 26 states and Montreal".[3]

Drummer Ebro Virumbrales also played in well-known hardcore bands Charles Bronson and Los Crudos at the same time as MK-ULTRA.[4] Singer Frank Hanney went on to form Fourteen or Fight and The O.S.S. Jeff Jelen went on to form Punch in the Face with Ebro Virumbrales on vocals, VMW with Mark McCoy on vocals, and American Mosquito with former vocalist Jeff Bachner. Kirk Syrek plays bass currently in Sick/Tired and also in another band, Pillage, with Ebro Virumbrales. Original drummer Gary Cihak went on to form Government for Hire.

A 56-track double LP with nearly all of their recorded songs was released by Mark McCoy's Youth Attack! Records on August 12, 2009. The band announced a one-time reunion show to be held on October 3, 2009 in Chicago.[5]

Their name was taken from the secret CIA Project MKULTRA.


  • Jeff Jelen - Guitar (1993–2000)
  • Kirk Syrek - Bass/Vocals (1993–2000)
  • Frank Hanney - Vocals (1994–2000)
  • Ebro Virumbrales - Drums (1997–2000)
  • Gary Cihak - Drums (1993–1997)
  • Jeff Bachner - Vocals (1993–1995)[3]



  • Statues (Bleeding Ear Records, 1994)


  • Stick Figure 7" (self released, 1995)
  • Melt 7" (Lengua Armada Discos, 1996)
  • EP collection (27 song tour cassette, 1999)


  • Network of Friends Part 3 CD/LP with Seein' Red (Coalition Records, 1998)
  • Split 7" with Los Crudos (Lengua Armada Discos, 2003)


  • All That and a Bag o' Dicks 7" (Disgruntled Records, 1995)
  • No Royalties LP (Bad People Records, 1996)
  • Vida/Life: Benefit 7" for Project Vida 7" (Lengua Armada Discos, 1997)
  • Blindspot Mailorder Distro CD (No Idea Records and Toybox Records, 1997)
  • Limited Options...Sold as Noble Endeavors: Benefit Compilation 10" (Half-Mast Records, 1997)
  • Double Dose of Dicks 2x7" (Disgruntled Records, 1997)
  • The 49th Parallel CD (Disillusion Records/Lake Eerie Hi-Fi, 1997), re-released on LP (Old Glory Records, 1998)
  • Bllleeeeaaauuurrrrgghhh!: A Music War 7" (Slap-a-Ham Records, 1998), later re-released on CD as Bllleeeeaaauuurrrrgghhh!: The CD (Goatsucker Records, 2003)
  • Reality Part No. 3 CD/LP (Deep Six Records, 1999)
  • Thrash of the Titans LP (Know Records, 2000)
  • Chicago’s on Fire Again 7" (Lengua Armada Discos, 2001)
  • Tomorrow Will Be Worse Volume 2 LP (Sound Pollution Records, 2001)
  • Deadly Sins 4x7" (Hater of God Records, 2001)
  • Off Target CD (Coalition Records, 2004)
  • Discography 2xLP (Youth Attack! Records, 2009)[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Baron (2009-08-13), Zach. "In Honor Of Matador's Gerard Cosloy, A "Fuck Victory Records" Playlist". Village Voice. Retrieved 2017-05-07. 
  2. ^ "Page Title". Archived from the original on April 17, 1999. Retrieved 2006-11-24. 
  3. ^ a b c Syrek, Kirk (2009). Discography (Vinyl liner notes). MK-ULTRA. Brooklyn, New York: Youth Attack! Records. 
  4. ^ Interview with Everyday Stronger (in French)
  5. ^ Official MK-ULTRA blog Archived 2009-02-07 at the Wayback Machine. on MySpace

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