Thought Industry

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Thought Industry
Origin Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Genres Avant-garde metal
Progressive metal
Thrash metal
Experimental music
Alternative rock (1996-2001)
Years active 19892001
Labels Metal Blade
Members Brent Oberlin
Mike Roche
Jeff Borkowski
Cam Taylor
Mark Baldwin
Past members Dan Roe
Steve Spaeth
Paul Enzio
Christopher Lee
Herb Ledbetter
Dustin Donaldson
Jared Bryant

Thought Industry, formerly known as Desecrator, was an American progressive metal band. It was founded in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1989 by vocalist/bassist Brent Oberlin, drummer Dustin Donaldson (who formed I Am Spoonbender in 1997), guitarist Christopher Lee Simmonds (a.k.a. Christopher Lee), and guitarist Steve Spaethn who replaced original Desecrator guitarist, Dan Roe. Spaeth left the band due to internal conflicts with Simmonds and started the band Clockmaker. The position was filled by guitarist Paul Enzio in time for 1992's Songs for Insects, their Metal Blade Records debut. This was followed up by Mods Carve the Pig: Assassins, Toads and God's Flesh. 1996's Outer Space Is Just a Martini Away subsequently saw a significant change in the band's sound and lineup when Donaldson was replaced by Jared Bryant. Oberlin switched to guitar and bassist Herb Ledbetter was added. Thought Industry continued to strip down their lineup and sound with 1997's moody Black Umbrella, which saw the departure of Lee. Bryant, Enzio and Ledbetter also left the band in 1999 which prompted Oberlin to assemble an entirely new lineup for 2001's magnum opus Short Wave on a Cold Day. Engineer Mike Roche, who recorded Thought Industry's Black Umbrella and Fred Thompson Trio's "Scary Halloween Sound Effects" and filled in on bass from time to time, was added as a full-time guitarist along with drummer Cameron Taylor, bassist Mark Baldwin and guitarist Jeff Borkowski.

Recent projects[edit]

Christopher Lee Simmonds continued to perform as a singer/songwriter in the Chicago area through 1996. Simultaneously recording with Filter on 1997's Title of Record and recording and producing the debut album by local band MiLkBabY for his label Moonquake Mobile. Simmonds also recorded 2 solo albums, toured the mid-west and east coast through late 2007 and re-located to Baltimore Maryland that September. There Simmonds established himself as a studio engineer and producer of many projects. Most notable would be Good Charlotte, Jimmie's Chicken Shack, Marcy Playground, Underfoot, Filter, Gods & Aliens, Bullhead and most of the local scene. Simonds continued with his progressive metal nature and created what most consider to be the continuation of Thought Industry, Bullhead. Bullhead is a culmination of the most extreme of Simmonds' work.

As of November 2007, Simmonds is performing with his newest band, The Static Dynamic, based out of Boston, Massachusetts. There is a 10-song CD (self titled) distributed by Tunecore through iTunes and Rhapsody. Simmonds is currently recording the 2nd album from The Static Dynamic while performing weekly and embarking on the occasional east coast tour. Simmonds continues to perform as a solo singer/songwriter in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia on a regular basis. As a singer for Cosmonaut, Oberlin released Pipebomb Full of Nails in 2004. Cosmonaut's debut release was released on Swollen Lip Records.

On July 18th and 19th 2014, a Thought Industry reunion with a line-up of Brent Oberlin, Paul Enzio, Herb Ledbetter, Mike Roche and Jared Bryant took place at Shakespeare's Pub and at Louie's Trophy House Grill respectively, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Other bands included Genius Hired Guns, No Tomorrow, Waterladies, and International.


Studio albums[edit]


  • "Gelatin 7"", Metal Blade Records, 1993


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