Perversion (album)

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Gravity Kills Perversion Cover.png
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 9, 1998
September 6, 1998
RecordedMr. Blood, Upper Room Studios, St. Louis
GenreIndustrial rock
Industrial metal
Electronic rock
Alternative rock
Length40:45 (U.S.)
40:50 (UK)
LabelTVT (U.S.)
Dragnet Records (Germany)
ProducerRoli Mosimann, Gravity Kills
Gravity Kills chronology
Singles from Perversion
  1. "Alive"
    Released: 1998
  2. "Falling"
    Released: 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]
eMusic4/5 stars[2]
The US packaging for meat image was used in album's artwork.

"Perversion" is a 1998 album by industrial rock act Gravity Kills. During an online chat session on April 17, 2000, the band disclosed that the title of the album was originally going to be "Whore", but their record label TVT Records thought it was not a good idea. Two days before manufacturing the CDs, the band decided on the name 'Perversion' instead.

On the front cover of the album, there is writing that says "Safe Handling Instructions" and information, protection and instructions on how to keep clean and alive written underneath. Possibly the songs and graphic designs references the signs of meat or poultry, viruses or bacteria and illness or diseases. Inside the case (where there are two pictures split up in half), on the left is a picture of Jeff Scheel tied to a chair and rapidly moving his head back and forth. On the right, there is the band members Doug Firley, Matt Dudenhoeffer and Kurt Kerns near the right corner listening to something with headphones. There are pigs in both pictures.

Release and Reception[edit]

Before Perversion was released, a promotional CD was released under the name 'Perversion' in 1998, which contained all of the album's songs and had "Drown" titled as "Drowned" (or sometimes as "Drowning"), this song was renamed before official album release. It was once said on a website that Perversion was originally going to be released on June 6, 1998, but at one point it was shifted back a couple of days to June 9, due to some unknown reason. Perversion has been met with mixed reviews and ratings. Allmusic gave the album 2.5/5, eMusic gave it a 4/5 and MOG gave it a 3/5. On June 27, 1998, Gravity Kills's Perversion album reach #107 on the Billboard 200 and one of the reviewers describe the album's music as "A Bullet bouncing in a can" or "More golden angst-driven hits" or "Very similar to NIN". A critic of Spin named, Joshua Westlund commented that he felt like the band was recreating NIN's song "Head Like a Hole" and said "Gravity Kills songs have no subjects because pronouns don't matter to singer Jeff Scheel; the charges against "you" in the first verse always come back as revelations about "me" in the second. Lust, disgust, and ennui sound like the same numb sensation in GK's music. Which might explain why "darkness" has seldom sounded so gray."[3]


Misprinted track name[edit]

In an online chat session on April 17, 2000, the band disclosed that the actual title of Track 10 is "Belief" and claimed that there was a misprint during the cover production process in 1998.

Alive (CD single) production error[edit]

Some copies of the Alive CD singles only contain one track. As the Record label has the listing for both tracks, it is possibly assumed that this was a production error.

Chart positions[edit]


Country Chart (1998) Peak position
U.S. Billboard 200 107


Country Chart (1998) Title Peak position
U.S. Mainstream Rock Falling 35

Complication-promo appearances[edit]

Some of the songs appeared in some complication volumes and promos:

Year Song Complications/promos
1999 Drown Crossing All Over, Vol. 9
Alive (Hurricane Mix) Offroad Tracks Vol.16
If (Compound Remix) TVT Warped '99
Alive Creed on (CD Sampler)
- Falling Virtually Alternative 92

Game appearances[edit]

Both "Drown" and "Alive" were featured in Test Drive: Off-Road 2. "Falling" was featured in Test Drive 5. "If" was featured in MTV Sports: Pure Ride.

Track listing[edit]

10."Belief (To Rust)"4:16
Japanese Bonus track
11."Poetry and Power (from the Gary Numan tribute CD)"3:19
Unidentified bonus track
12."Alive (Hurricane Mix)"3:36
Various – industrial bonus track
12."Enough [Mix]" 


Gravity Kills
  • Produced by Roli Mosimann and Gravity Kills
  • Engineered by Doug Firley and Federico Panero
  • Mixed by Gary Townsley and East Side Sound
  • Written by Gravity Kills
  • Photos by Joseph Cultice
  • Package Design by David Lau


  1. ^ "Perversion - Gravity Kills". Allmusic.
  2. ^ "Perversion by Gravity Kills". eMusic.
  3. ^ Spin magazine October 1998 Reviews - Gravity Kills - Perversion. Spin.