IC 434 began its story in 1991 as TALES OF DOOM, when making electronic music after several years of experimenting with pianos, tapes and old radios. While appearing with the industrial act GENOCIDE and performing as keyboarder with the death metal band HARADWAITH, things changed drastically in August 1994 when a more professional synth made its entry: the legendary Korg M1.
IC 434 was born as probably the first Belgian so-called 'dark electro' band and was named after the Horsehead Nebula, a remarkable galactic cloud in the constellation of Orion. Impressed by one of the concerts in 1996, Dirk Ivens (ABC, THE KLINIK, DIVE and SONAR) decided to offer IC 434 a contract on his label DAFT (BODY) RECORDS. IC 434 released three albums on this label between 1996 and 2002.
A while after collaborating with Johan Van Roy of SUICIDE COMMANDO on a few songs in the Stored Images period (Johan also played live keys in IC 434 in the late 90's), a side project, called PANGEA, was started around the millenium change. Some people describe it as a mix of EBM and Goa/Psy Trance. IC 434's frontman also joined VOMITO NEGRO when former frontman Guy Van Mieghem remixed the PANGEA song Permafrost a while after he broke up the collaboration with Gin Devo in 2002. Because of an overflow of bands called PANGEA, this IC 434 side project was renamed PANGEAN DREAMS later on.
Six years later, in 2008, IC 434 was signed to the German record label INFACTED RECORDINGS, resulting in the albums Bacteriate and recently Anhedonia, both reaching long-lasting top 4 places in the Deutsche Alternative Charts (DAC) and other well known rankings.
As you can expect from the name of the project, the lyrics mainly contain astronomical descriptions, linked with very personal experiences with death and mental pain - almost all lyrics are autobiographic and may be taken literally. The mysteries on our planet and in the universe also have an important place in the lyrics, just as animal rights, nature in general and the sickness of our society.
The IC 434 sound is still completely based on the 80's Korg M1, with only a couple of additional samples. This doesn't mean that the band creates a typical old school sound, but just a kind of timeless dark electronic and 'danceable' music, combining elements from now and earlier days.
From 2014 on, you'll see IC 434 only on rare occasions on stage. The future of this project is unclear. Nowadays, the focus lies on sideproject Skyshifter.
Booking and info
+ many other places
+ many other places