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Deitiphobia

Industrial
Austin, Texas, USA

Deitiphobia was initially formed in 1990 under the name Donderfliegen by artists Wally Shaw and Brent Stackhouse. They released a demo album, Digital Priests, on their own independent label, Slava Music. The band changed their name to Deitiphobia on their way to the Bushnell, Illinois Cornerstone Festival in 1991, as they felt that the name Donderfliegen failed to properly represent the band’s image. The name change was first announced on-stage at the Cornerstone New Band Showcase performance of 1991. Their first major release, Fear of God, was released later that year when the band was signed to Blonde Vinyl Records. Slava Music subsequently became a sub-label of Blonde Vinyl.

A remix of the band's independent first release, Digital Priests - the Remixes followed in 1992 on the new Slava Music sub-label, and became known as Deitiphobia's unofficial second album. 1992 also brought a change in the line-up when Stackhouse parted ways with the band to form Wigtop with his vocalist wife, Heather - which released its first and only album, Revelation 1921 that year on Blonde Vinyl / Slava Music. Stackhouse went on to be involved with the electronic dance band X-Propagation with Bryon Payne. The band released one spiritual warfare themed album, Conflict, in 1993.

After Shaw and Stackhouse separated, Shaw relocated to Chicago to continue with Deitiphobia releases. Shaw's fiancé, Sheri Swaback (later Sheri Shaw) stepped in to fill the keyboard and vocals position in Deitiphobia. Joined with guitarist and percussionist Josh Plemon, the band released Clean on Myx Records in 1994. The following year brought Fear of the Digital Remix. The album was more of a project by former Blonde Vinyl head and alternative artist Michael Knott than an effort by the band. For the album, Knott remixed elements of the band's first two albums into new compositions. The band also featured another new member at live performances, former Sorrow of Seven guitarist Kevin 131.

The Shaws spent the later half of the 90's focused on their industrial rock side project Massivivid (originally known as Vivid), formed in 1996. Unlike the electronic sound of Deitiphobia, Massivivid featured a more guitar-driven sound. Subsequently, the band won a Dove Award for its debut album, Brightblur, released in 1998.

Deitiphobia was relaunched in 1999 with Wil Foster, who was a member of Massivivid and also founded techno band Sheltershed. The band's fourth official studio album, Lo:Fi.Vs.Sci:Fi, was released on N*Soul Records that year. Wally Shaw went on to run a remix competition on MP3.com in 2000, where he released the source material under the name DPHB3K. After the competition three subsequent versions of a remix album, Persist! Remix!, were released on MP3.com, along with /Vivaphobia - Medium.Rare, a collection of demos and miscellaneous tracks by Deitiphobia and Massivivid. The following year the original Donderfliegen demo was re-released as Donderfliegen by Millennium Eight Records.

Shortly after the launch of Lo:Fi.Vs.Sci:Fi, Sheri Shaw left both Deitiphobia and Massivivid. As of September 2007 she has been working on a new project, Sstaria, alongside Lyte of industrial / progressive trance band Delta-S, following a collaboration on the song “Erase” from the album Voyage to Isis. In 2007 Foster and Wally Shaw also independently released a Deitiphobia compilation album titled Sweet:Hereafter. However, contrary to speculation, Wally confirmed that Deitiphobia would not be making a comeback, although they did continue to write for Massivivid.

Discography

1991 Donderfliegen Digital Priests СЛАВА Records
1991 Deitiphobia Fear of God Blonde Vinyl Records
1992 Deitiphobia Digital Priests - the Remixes Blonde Vinyl Records / Slava Music
1994 Deitiphobia Clean Myx Records
1995 Deitiphobia Fear of the Digital Remix Myx Records
1999 Deitiphobia Lo:Fi.Vs.Sci:Fi N*Soul Records
2000 Deitiphobia Viviphobia - Medium.Rare MP3.com
2000 Deitiphobia Persist! Remix! v1.0 MP3.com
2000 Deitiphobia Persist! Remix! v1.1 MP3.com
2000 Deitiphobia Persist! Remix! v1.2 MP3.com
2007 Deitiphobia Sweet:Hereafter

Digital Priests

1991 СЛАВА Records (DP001)

Brent Stackhouse
Wally Shaw

  1. Red Society
  2. The World From an Altar
  3. Dance on My Creation
  4. Graveyards (are for the Dead)
  5. …and there were mystic voices
  6. Have Mercy
  7. Attack the City Walls
  8. Love Among Thieves
  9. What Faith?

Fear of God

1991 Blonde Vinyl Records (BVCD3342)
1998 Flaming Fish Music (FFMCD009)

Wally Shaw – Vocals, keyboards, percussion
Brent Stackhouse – Vocals, programming

Alexei the Russian – Additional vocals on “A.O.G.L.X.E.M.I.X”
Heather Stackhouse – Additional vocals on “Communion”
Adam Smasher – Trash guitar on “Crucifixion of Will (DEITIdemo)”

  1. Crucifixion of Will (3:29)
  2. My Sins are Gone (0:05)
  3. Tripizoidal (0:58)
  4. SPILL! (5:15)
  5. Architekt = X (3:51 Shaw / Stackhouse
  6. Digital Symphony Opus 1 (0:21)
  7. Dancing Messiah (5:04)
  8. Communion (4:30)
  9. Ethereal Worship Sequence (0:57)
  10. A.O.G. (4:39)
  11. Jesu Christe Network (0:19)
  12. Altitude 0 (4:06)
  13. Target: Humanity (4:27)
  14. Lost in Light (0:12)
  15. I Tore the Sky (3:25)
  16. Liars and Fools (4:41)
  17. A.O.G.L.X.E.M.I.X (7:03)
  18. Architekt = X (Sigma 7 Mix) (6:10)
Re-issue bonus songs:
  1. Crucifixion of Will (DEITIdemo) (5:09)
  2. My Jesus is Real (Phobia vs. MC White-E) (5:27)
  3. I Tore the Sky (DEITIdemo) (3:29)

Fear of God was entirely written between April and August of 1991. Only three songs (“Crucifixion of Will,” “SPILL!,” and “I Tore the Sky”) were ever performed under the band’s previous name, donderfliegen (which means nothing literally in any language but to the band meant “darn that fly”, related to Satan as Lord of the Flies). At Cornerstone ’91, the band felt that God was telling them to clarify their image and message which led them to the name change. The focus of this album is on God as revealed through the Bible, and through sharing the Gospel. Though this type of music is unusual, the Lord has blessed the ministry that Wally and Brent have been involved in.”


Digital Priests – the remixes

1992 Blonde Vinyl Records (BVCD3462)
1998 Flaming Fish Music (FFMCD010)

Wally Shaw – Vocals, keyboards, percussion
Brent Stackhouse – Vocals, programming

Simon O’Leary – featured on “Graveyards Are for the Dead (Donderdemo)”

  1. Red Society (4:48)
  2. The World From an Altar (4:36)
  3. Dance on My Creation (3:48)
  4. Graveyards (3:23)
  5. Mystic Voices (5:08)
  6. Have Mercy (4:44)
  7. Attack the City Walls (3:40)
  8. What Faith? (5:54)
  9. Bow to the Cross (2:09)
  10. Forgiven (5:54)
  11. Battleground (7:13)
  12. Almost Gone (I.V.) (4:32)
  13. Attack the City Walls (Mastermix) (4:36)
Re-issue bonus songs:
  1. Fluid (3:43)
  2. Graveyards Are for the Dead (Donderdemo) (3:56)
  3. Love Among Thieves (Donderdemo) (5:26)

Digital Priests was originally released by donderfliegen during the summer of 1991 as an independent cassette. Only 250 were manufactured and fewer than that were sold. Judging from the mail that we received asking for some of those songs, we decided to re-release them (sort of) on a much larger scale. We have upgraded some of them and added some of our more current material. The entire project has been revamped, re-recorded, and re-mastered. This is not a follow-up to our debut, Fear of God, but instead a kind of experimental collection of past and present donderfliegen/Deitiphobia. Enjoy.”


Clean

1994 Myx Records (FLD9457)

Wally Shaw – Vocals, keyboards, percussion
Sheri Shaw – Keyboards, vocals
Josh Plemon – Guitars, percussion
Luke Mazzeri – Keyboards, sub enforcement
Michael Knott – Guitars and vocals on “Vivid” and “Ancient”
Monique Swaback – Prayer on “Clean”
Janet Chalupnik/Judge Nothing – Gang shouts on “The Shake (Part 1 [Body])”

  1. The Shake (Part 1 [Body]) (5:08)
  2. Take the Sin (4:31)
  3. Hypnotique (2:47)
  4. Ancient (5:16)
  5. Redemption Draweth Nigh (4:08)
  6. Vivid (3:52)
  7. Clean (3:16)
  8. Go Prone (4:20)
  9. The Shake (Part II [Brother]) (4:52)
  10. Enraptured (5:37)
  11. Perfect Eyes (4:38)
  12. Redemption (k-otic mix) (4:18)
  13. Perfect Eyes (20/20 mix) (7:48)
  14. Transmission v. 1.1 (0:00)

Fear of the Digital Remix

1995 Myx Records (FLD9521)

Michael Knott – Digitally Edited Remixer

  1. TV (3:53)
  2. Blind Hate (3:20)
  3. Exorcist (4:38)
  4. Need (4:08)
  5. Religious Fanatic (4:52)
  6. Mastermind (2:18)
  7. Wilbur (4:21)
  8. The Late Pastor Harry Dean (3:36)
  9. Arc (3:50)
  10. B-Movie (2:52)
  11. Vamp Jesus (2:37)

“All songs on this project were originally written and recorded by DEITIPHOBIA. They were creatively procured and extracted, then digitally spindled, folded, and otherwise manipulated until they hardly bore a resemblance to the original masters (Fear of God, Blonde Vinyl, 1991 and Digital Priests: the remixes, Blonde Vinyl, 1992). By adding his misunderstood genius, Michael Knott was able to create a veritable plethora of new and interesting sounds. Think of it as a sonic painting using the sounds of DEITIPHOBIA as the colors. The collage contained on this album is his creation as a tip of the hat between friends.”


Lo:Fi vs. Sci:Fi

1999 N-Soul Records/Eclectica Music (NSD-1809)

Sheri Shaw – Keyboards, vocals
Wil Foster – Keyboards
Wally Shaw – Vocals, keyboards, percussion

  1. Humanifesto (3:32)
  2. Hurler Avec les Loups (1:01)
  3. SpitStatic (4:25)
  4. Disembarking (0:33)
  5. Episinner (3:47)
  6. Electronomicon (1:08)
  7. Tripwire (4:53)
  8. [unlisted] (0:51)
  9. SoldierSoul (5:21)
  10. Transmission (4:01)
  11. Publick! (0:38)
  12. SaviorSelf (4:53)
  13. MagnesiumBlue (4:43)
  14. EBN (1:04)
  15. Persist:Resist (4:15)
  16. Coelocanthe (3:55)
  17. Charyatid (11:42)
  18. Retrofit (3:30)
  19. [Publick! (reprise – deep intellectual poem)] (3:57)

Viviphobia – Medium.Rare

2000 Mp3.com

  1. Deitiphobia - A.O.G. (4:36)
  2. Deitiphobia - Fluid (3:40)
  3. Deitiphobia - She Won’t Be Home (3:00)
  4. Donderfleigen - What Faith? (5:16)
  5. Massivivid - Flesh:wound (Q101) (3:23)
  6. Vivid - Cobalt (4:17)
  7. Vivid - …A Hand Brushed By Tired Eyes (3:36)
  8. Vivid - Unmade (6:08)
  9. Vivid - Flesh:wound (4:00)
  10. Vivid - Crop Circles (4:41)
  11. Vivid - Deep Heaven (3:00)
  12. Vivid - Drop (5:44)
  13. Deitiphobia - Turn (4:15)

“This album is a collection of demos and miscellaneous tracks by Deitiphobia and Massivivid.”


Persist!Remix! V1.0

2000 Mp3.com

  1. Tripwire [Smudge] (4:50) (Remixed by Adam Smasher)
  2. Persist:Resist [Compulsion] (5:00) (Remixed by Adam Smasher)
  3. Tripwire [Greymatter] (6:36) (Remixed by Adam Smasher)
  4. Magnesium Blue [Balance] (6:59) (Remixed by pH Balance)
  5. Spit Static (504 Remix V1.0) (5:44) (Remixed by Tears Of Technology)

“Wally Shaw ran a remix competition on MP3.com in 2000, where he released source material to certain songs under the name DPHB3K. After the competition, three subsequent versions of this remix album were released on MP3.com. The track listing above is for version 1.0.”


Donderfliegan: Digital Priests 1990

2001 M8 (M8D-1085)

Wally Shaw – Vocals, keyboards, percussion
Brent Stackhouse – Writing, vocals, programming, artwork

  1. Red Society (4:58)
  2. The World from an Altar (4:36)
  3. Dance on My Creation (3:55)
  4. Graveyards (4:44)
  5. Attack the City Walls (6:00)
  6. Have Mercy (4:59)
  7. Love Among Thieves (6:19)
  8. …And There Were Mystic Voices… (5:56)
  9. What Faith? (6:28)
  10. Almost Gone (4:36)

All of these tracks were recently uncovered from the original Donderfliegen recording sessions. The first nine of them were released in a limited run of 250 cassettes in 1991. They have not been touched since. Here they are in their original versions… unedited, unabridged, unabashed. This is POST:Nuclear.rocknroll v1.0.

“Almost Gone” featuring Brent Stackhouse is previously unreleased – from original demo. “Love Among Thieves” is in its much sought after original version, with vocals. This song has been under wraps for over a decade.“


Sweet:Hereafter

2007 Independent

The Wikipedia entry for Deitiphobia states that in 2007 Wil Foster and Wally Shaw independently released this Deitiphobia compilation album. No other details are available.