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Origin Champaign, Illinois
Years active 1996–2003
Associated acts Deitiphobia

Massivivid was a Christian band founded by Wally Shaw and Mark Nash. Their sound was based in industrial rock and electronic pop, but with a hard edge and intensity similar to that of Nine Inch Nails or The Smashing Pumpkins.[1] Massivivid was founded as a live side project to Deitiphobia.[2] They have released to critical acclaim, garnering a Dove Award.


The band was born in 1996 as a project of Michael Knott's record label Ear Candy.[3] They produced an EP that year and held their first show at the 1997 Cornerstone Festival.[1]

After producing a demo for the label they were picked up by Tattoo Records and produced their first album, BrightBlur.[4] The name of the album refers to a line in C. S. Lewis's Letters to Malcolm where Lewis describes God as a "bright blur becoming brighter and blurier [sic]".[5] Several other Lewis references appear on the album: to The Space Trilogy in "Deep Heaven", and quotes from Mere Christianity in "Unmade".[6] Lyrically BrightBlur is centered on the struggles faced by humanity, specifically the contrasts that technology introduces to society. The album propelled Massivivid to take the 1998 Dove Award for "Hard Music Album."[3]

The band toured heavily throughout 1999. The follow-up record, Dressed To The Nines...Armed To The Teeth, was released in 2002 on Accidental Sirens, an indie label partially owned by Allan Aguirre of Scaterd Few.[7] A review in HM Magazine was heavily critical of the album, stating that its "fuzz-tone guitar based electro industrial" sound had at best the quality of a demo.[8]



  • Sheri Shaw
  • Wally Shaw
  • Mark Nash
  • John Hogan
  • Wil Foster
  • Tom Wilson
  • Bob Carlton
  • Jesse Davis
  • Jason Scott


  1. ^ a b Thompson Brooks and Robert Kendall (March–April 1999). "bankshots / Massivivid". 7ball (23): 40. ISSN 1082-3980. 
  2. ^ Simon, Matt (January–February 2001). "Deitiphobia". 7ball (34): 36. ISSN 1082-3980. 
  3. ^ a b Van Pelt, Doug. "Massivivid - Dressed to the Nines". HM Magazine. 
  4. ^ "Massivivid Info". Tattoo Records. Archived from the original on 1999-10-13. 
  5. ^ "The Cumberland River Lamp Post - An Appreciation Of C.S. Lewis". 
  6. ^ Powell, Mark Allan (2002). "Deitiphobia (a.k.a. Donderfligen) and Massivived". Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music (First printing ed.). Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. pp. 249–250. ISBN 1-56563-679-1. 
  7. ^ (The) Kern County Kid (January–February 2002). "Massivivid". HM Magazine (93): 14. ISSN 1066-6923. 
  8. ^ a b Culver, Roy (March–April 2002). "Reviews / Dressed To The Nines... Armed To The Teeth". HM Magazine (94): 52, 54. ISSN 1066-6923. 
  9. ^ Eaves, Ken (February 1999). "Massivivid - BrightBlur". Cross Rhythms (49). 
  10. ^ Well, Chris (January–February 1999). "Reviews: Massivivid / BrightBlur". 7ball (22): 45. ISSN 1082-3980. 
  11. ^ Finley, Shane (January–February 1999). "Tools / Music / BrightBlur". YouthWorker Journal. XV (3): 60–61. ISSN 0747-3486. 

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