Interview with Eric Powell
16Volt Interview by Last Sigh

interview with Eric Powell and Marc LaCorte

interview with Eric Powell by Sonic Boom
another interview with 16volt by Sonic Boom
Interview with Eric Powell and Marc Lacorte by Jill Grant and Chris Whitley
Interview with Eric Powell by Gair
Last Sigh Interview with Eric Powell

Voltage Magazine 16volt interview
Godsend interview with Eric Powell

Album Reviews
Let Down Crush Review
Another Let Down Crush Review
Let down crush review by Gair and MJ Owen

supercoolnothing review
Supercoolnothign review by Last Sigh

Concert Reviews
16volt with 29 Died and IAM

Chaos '95 Haloblack/16 Volt/Virus 23/Bile

16 Volt - LetDownCrush "Somewhere between 'Skin' and 'Wisdom' lies 'LetDownCrush'. It's energy is everywhere. This disk is minimalist in it's use of electronics but it still fits into the industrial class. The song structure is more mature than on the previous two disks and each song could easily be released as a single . Songs like the brutally-funky 'A Cloth Like Gauze' and adrenaline-laced 'The Cut Collector' have caused me to listen to this disk endlessly since I got it! 16Volt may just expand well beyond our little industrial community and gain a much larger audience with this disk - it's just that good. I for one hope they do. My only complaint with this disk is that it's way too short. "(D)

16 Volt -Wisdom(Re-Constriction) : Interesting. The best way I can describe this band if you haven't already heard it is Skinny Puppy's Too Dark Park album mixed with songs fromf NIN's Broken, except at a slower
pace. In fact, I think they use a sample from one of the songs on Too Dark Park except put it through some effects. This is their first album, and their second one is called Skin. If you like the sound I described above, I
suggest you get off your ass and get this band! They are one of the leaders of many guitar-industrial bands right now and deserve to be so! This band has not been so truly original in any way, it's just that they're damn
good.Highly Recommended.


The Fenix, Seattle, Washington

April 3, 1997

This was my first experience with the Fenix and I was pleased to discover it’s a decent, if somewhat

small, club right next to the King Dome in downtown Seattle. Arriving at about 9:30, the turnout looked

dismal, but by the time Rorschach Test went on, it was filling in nicely, and 16 Volt had a full (though

not packed) crowd going on.

Up first, though, were Scar Tissue, a two-man project on 21st Circuitry (and featured in the latest IN).

Unfamiliar as I was with their material, this probably wasn’t the best way to experience it. The sound

was not good, with the vocals effected to the point of incomprehensibility, which was fine as they

tended to get buried along with everything else under the overwhelming drums and noisy samples. The

more upbeat numbers worked best, whereas the rest of the material became tedious very quickly and

the cheesy vocal effects didn’t help, either. The blank response from the crowd assembled by that

point pretty much said it all...

Rorschach Test are more of a full-on band, with live guitar and drums, plus no real vocal effects.

Once again, I’m not familiar with most of their work, most of which had a metallic edge without

sounding ‘metal’ at all. These tunes didn’t really work for me, as the vocals tended to get a bit

screechy, but the more mellow songs were surprisingly good and showed a dimension to the band I

wouldn’t have guessed existed. I would have much preferred more selections in this direction, but it

was still a halfway decent set. Whoever was running the strobe must have been drunk, though...

Apparently 16 Volt had canceled their past couple of Seattle shows, so they really had a lot to live up

to with this one. Kicking off with “The Dreams That Rot In Your Heart,” the band quickly got up to

speed and the brilliant mesh of guitars and electronics that Eric Powell & Co. have built three albums

on. The energy really shone through on cuts like “Breed,” “Head of Stone” and “The Cut Collector.”

Two cuts from the second album, Skin, came across particularly well, namely “Perfectly Fake” and

the title track. The band admittedly have a heavier sound live than on disc, but it works, especially with

the newer tracks and the band seemed far more into the show than either of the previous bands, which

helped get the audience moving during the more upbeat songs.

A mixed evening that ended on a good note, with a band that never seems to tire of touring....and it


[Daniel Hinds]