I first became aware of the ’90s Swedish industrial remixer/producer Ulf “CyberSank”/”Sank” Sanquist as the person responsible for the single edits and full remixes of Killing Joke‘s amazing Millennium and Pandemonium releases. I guess he’s also indirectly responsible for the Fear Factory cover of the former too.
Despite being seemingly simple his sound from that era is quite distinctive – very clean, big guitars, big bass, clear separation between elements, vocals distorted to a greater or lesser degree. None of the rolling samey-ness of Charlie Clouser‘s mixes though.
I always assumed Cyber/Sank had done a lot of work on the continent (and kinda regretted that he wasn’t called up to contribute to Die Krupps’ The Final Remixes album). It turns out that I’d already laid hands on a substantial selection of his contemporary work, e.g. his mix of Machines Of Loving Grace‘s Butterfly Wings, plus a couple of his Clawfinger b-side remixes).
His masterwork of the period (narrowly edging out the aforementioned Millennium remix) has to be his 1993 collaboration with former Hair Metal (we still called it Hard Rock back then) band Shotgun Messiah. Looking for a new direction and surprisingly dodging the many traps and trends of the Grunge era the band worked with Ulf on the album Violent New Breed. I bought a tape copy of it at the time having heard the KMFDM-y industro-thrash-tastic Enemy In Me played on the Radio One Rock Show.
The whole album is great, consistent and highly recommended although secondhand CDs are about £25 on Amazon.co.uk at time of writing. Gah! In any case, the album’s standout is the title track linked below, if you click on nothing else click on this. Big industrial sound, sincere Def Leppard-esque “woah-ooh!” vocalisations, distorted vox, faux-sample stings/interjections, tick-tick-tick-drop dynamics and some great guitar work. I likes it!