They have NIN's mastery of technology and Sepultura’s politics, brought from the third world to ours with a pronounced spiritual twist. This four-piece Industrial Metal band from Chicago was the brainchild of producer, engineer, drummer, and keyboardist Brian Eaton. North uses technology to the hilt, giving the band its industrial strength rock sound, but there’s more hiding below the surface. North’s vocalist Don Grillo (former Atlantic Records Recording Artist), manipulates his voice in unearthly ways, scowling and screaming, drifting into harmonies then laying his soul bare. Bassist Nick Sanzeri knocks the listener flat with intricate bass lines coming up from the depths. Classically trained, Sanzeri is the perfect compliment to Eaton’s rhythmic base. Jon Studtmann has the duty of filling in the high parts with searing guitar work. Equal parts of metal and rock mixed with a style all his own, Studtmann uses his guitar as an emotional Richter scale, reversing the feel of a tune with the changing of a note. Eaton’s samples provide an overall Gothic feel to the band’s debut album, Genocidal World.
Brian Eaton: drums, percussion, keyboards & vocals
Don Grillo: lead vocals
Jon Studtmann: guitars & trombone
Nick Sanzeri: bass
Produced & Engineered by Brian Eaton
The debut full-length album featuring 'Strong' & 'Veteran's Day'
"Genocidal World is a must have.” — Showcase Chicago
'Veteran's Day' debuted at #13 on WITR’s (NY) radio charts and went to #7 in its second week of rotation. And Genocidal World made the staff play list at the Illinois Entertainer Monthly Magazine when it was released.
"Amazing, why haven't I heard this band on the radio?" — Plazguitar, YouTuber
Originally recorded in 1993, as part of a three-song demo in the master bedroom of Eaton’s townhouse in Chicago on a 16-track analog tape recorder, North decided not to include ‘Murder Of The Minds’ or the second track from the demo, ‘Hypnotic Fever,’ on their 1994 debut album, Genocidal World. What did survive was the demo’s third track, ‘Veteran’s Day,’ which was retooled and re-recorded for the album. However, after a decade and a half of recording the original demo it became apparent, in retrospect, that the two original unreleased songs were more than worthy of being re-mastered (digitally this time) and released as the CD single - Murder Of The Minds.
“At CD Poster Shop we hear a tremendous amount of music. North fits well into an established genre except that the music immediately grabbed everyone in the room when we tested the CD. So much that we left it playing and played it again. The band has impeccable musicianship, interesting song writing and an outstanding mix. North seems to take a variety of influences and produce a new dynamic recipe of sound and ideas that has a whole sound that is greater than its parts."— Jason Sacks, CD Poster Shop
A little known piece of North trivia: the entire Genocidal World album plays in reverse after the last song...which is only available on the CD.