Song: DoppelgÃ¤nger I Love You
Zeromancer is a Norwegian industrial rock band formed in 1999 by members of the band Seigmen. The current lineup is Alex MÃ¸klebust (vocals), Kim Ljung (bass guitar/backup vocals), Noralf Ronthi (drums) Lorry Kristiansen (programming) and Dan Heide (lead guitar). They have released five studio albums to date, with The Death of Romance being the latest.
The core of Zeromancer met in the influential Norwegian band Seigmen. During the 1990s, Seigmen dominated the Norwegian rock scene and also made a name for themselves internationally, playing concerts abroad. When Seigmen split in March 1999, Kim Ljung (bass guitar/backup vocals) and Erik Ljunggren (programming) went to Los Angeles and got an idea for a new band called Zeromancer. Two more members of Seigmen joined them in Los Angeles: Alex MÃ¸klebust (vocals) and Noralf Ronthi (drums). James Saes recorded the first demos with the band and stood in as their guitar player. A little later, the band was complete, when they joined with Chris Schleyer (guitar), formerly of Kidneythieves and Prick which was released under Trent Reznor’s label (Nothing/Interscope).
On March 13, 2000, Zeromancer released their first album, Clone Your Lover. The title track was a minor hit at many clubs and venues. The album also won Zeromancer the award for the best newcomer of 2000 at the German Alternative Music Awards. A music video was created for the song “Clone Your Lover”.
In 2001, Zeromancer released the album Eurotrash, which featured a cover version of the song “Send Me an Angel” by Australian band Real Life, the original having been a major hit in 1983. A music video was created for the song “Dr Online”.
In spring 2003, coinciding with the US reissue of Clone Your Lover, the band toured in the United States with the early 1990s bands Pigface and My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. This tour did much to increase Zeromancer’s fanbase in the United States. The tour also allowed Zeromancer to take a break from recording their third studio album, working on it after the tour was over.
In autumn 2003, Zeromancer released their third album, Zzyzx. The songs on the album were a lot calmer than the first two albums, which fans had not expected. The name comes from a street sign that the band saw while touring in the United States. In San Bernardino County, California, there is a place named Zzyzx Springs, which was named to ensure that it would be last in the index of all US place names. A music video was created for the song “Erotic Saints”.
Following the release, Chris Schleyer left the band, and joined A Perfect Circle as a rehearsal guitarist. In 2007, Chris Schleyer created his new band Affected, and worked with Nine Inch Nails on their tour.
The band went on a temporary hiatus for three years. During this time Kim Ljung created his solo project, Ljungblut, and recorded a double-CD with Dan Heide. Alex MÃ¸klebust did some producing for a few Norwegian bands (such as GÃ¥te and Don Juan Dracula) and Erik Ljunggren has lent his programming skills to a number of other artists (Satyricon, Undergod) and began to study at a filmschool in Lillehammer. Seigmen also reunited for some concerts and recorded a live CD and DVD.
Zeromancer returned in fall 2006 and began touring again. An early ten-track demo from the oval room was recorded. They released a single titled “DoppelgÃ¤nger I Love You”. It was played in Europe, peaking at number 4 on the Deutsche Alternative Charts . There was also a music video created for the song. It has since been leaked to the internet. The song is from an upcoming Zeromancer album called “Sinners International”. On October 22, 2007, Zeromancer released their second single from their upcoming album, titled “I’m Yours To Lose”; it was released on a CD single which includes a remix of “DoppelgÃ¤nger I Love You”.