THE KLINIK (B)

In 1985, Marc Verhaeghen joined forces with two other bands, Absolute Body Control, and The Maniacs to form one supergroup Absolute Controlled Clinical Maniacs. This rather unwieldy name was soon dropped in favour of the shorter name The Klinik. Together with Front 242 and The Neon Judgement, The Klinik can be considered as one of the most influential groups from the Belgian electronic/industrial scene. Coming from the minimal, coldwave, industrial techno space, they didn't need to resort to cheap tactics such as cranking up the volume to make your ears bleed. Klinik do not need to do that to make an impact as they have a full understanding, appreciation of the constructional approach to composition of electronic music that weaves together original sound creation, efficient (and therefore minimalist) use of recording tracks. There is little to no personal ego involved here, but personal principles are obviously being applied. The result explains why Klinik have been an influence on countless other artists down the years. The best acts know when less is more. Klinik understand this impeccably. Combine that with a rare talent for musical creativity and it should be no surprise that Klinik are as revered as much as they are.

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