Exhumed: 1996​-​98

by Ichor

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Exhumed: 1996-98 collects, for the first time, the recorded work of Ichor (US) in the years following the release of their debut album Nonplus––their most active period as a touring band. As witnessed by audiences at their explosive live shows, Ichor's post-Nonplus work amplified their dynamic intensity to staggering extremes, from creeping atmosphere to brutal aggression. Over twenty years later, it stands as a classic specimen of mid-90s industrial rock.

The first five songs on Exhumed were originally recorded for an EP that was planned, but eventually cancelled by the label. These songs were staples in Ichor's live sets, and a few of them were released on compilations at the time, but they were never released together as intended––until now.

Exclusively for this collection, three additional, unfinished songs have been restored from the archives and presented here with their original working titles. Never before released in any form, these instrumental pieces provide a rare look into the band's creative process, and a glimpse at what might have been.

All tracks have been digitally remastered by Chad Blinman from the original stereo master tapes.

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released September 1, 2019

Written and produced by Ichor

Steve Ashburn - keyboards, guitars
Chad Blinman - programming, drums
Ron Jon Hartman - vocals

Recorded and mixed at The Eye Socket in Venice, California, 1996-98

Photography by Clovis IV

2019 archival restoration and mastering by Chad Blinman at The Eye Socket

All songs written by Ashburn/Blinman/Hartman and published by Hallux Music/Zooxot Particle Mechanics/BMI

© 2019 Functional Equivalent Recordings

Recorded for and on behalf of Fourth Side Communications

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Ichor Los Angeles, California

Ichor (US) was a dark electro/industrial rock band active between 1994-1998 and comprising Steve Ashburn, Chad Blinman and Ron Jon Hartman.

The trio released their debut album Nonplus in 1995 on the German label Danse Macabre, touring Europe that year with label mates Das Ich. In 1996 Ichor toured the U.S. with Faith and the Muse, Sunshine Blind and Malign.
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Track Name: Is This What You Wanted
Inside my head there is a prehistoric stone
It's constantly knocking and scraping against the bone
I dreamt it rained and the clouds all got black and blue
I swallowed your sounds and they tasted a lot like you

I crawl like an insect
But I fly like a bird
If I seem alien to myself
I can rest assured

When did you decide that you didn't want me?
Is this what you wanted?
When did you decide that you didn't care?
Is this what you meant?

I have all these things embedded in my skin
I wonder was it really you who stuck them in

I crawl like an insect
But I fly like a bird
If I seem alien to myself
I can rest assured

When did you decide that you didn't want me?
Is this what you wanted?
When did you decide that you didn't care?
Is this what you meant?

Is this what you wanted?
Is this what you meant?
Is this what you wanted?
Is this what you meant?
Track Name: The Interest of Time
You've got a plan
It's all worked out, it's fine, it's good
See the cynics cant
See them trapped under your feet

Every day it is the same
I close my eyes to block the sun
Underneath your scrutiny
I am afraid to run
Would you open up to me?
Is there anything for me?
Would you let me have my dream?
Will you keep all this from me?

In the interest of time
By a right that is mine
In the absence of a life
Will you take me there?
I react with you in mind
I will not waste your time
In the absence of a life
I will take you there

You've got a scheme
It is complete, replete: Not me
It takes from me my only dream
You destroy my self-esteem

Every day it is the same
I close my eyes to block the sun
Underneath your scrutiny
I am afraid to run
Would you open up to me?
Is there anything for me?
Would you let me have my dream?
Will you keep all this from me?

In the interest of time
By a right that is mine
In the absence of a life
Will you take me there?
I react with you in mind
I will not waste your time
In the absence of a life
I will take you there

Every day it is the same
I close my eyes and block the sun
Underneath your scrutiny
I am afraid to run
Would you open up to me?
Is there anything for me?
Would you let me have my dream?
Will you keep all this from me?

In the interest of time
By a right that is mine
In the absence of a life
Will you take me there?
I react with you in mind
I will not waste your time
In the absence of a life
I will take you there
Track Name: Invisible
I don't care what you believe, I don't care what you say
Tell me what you want from me and I'll take it away
Can I hurt you?
Can you feel me?
Tell me when the stars come out so we can go and play

People asking questions, they wonder where you go
No one needs to understand, no one needs to know
Will I hurt you?
Will you feel me?
I'll open up the curtains, then we'll begin the show

Pretend I'm not there
It's not fair
Invisible
Love affair

I know that you need me to rise and take a stand
You want me to dominate, to take the upper hand
I will hurt you
You will feel me
You can handle anything, you know what I have planned

Make me twist and turn you, let me lift you up
I want to be anonymous and you can be made up
Does this hurt you?
Do you feel me?
I won't give you anything until you open up

Pretend I'm not there
It's not fair
Invisible
Love affair

Pretend I'm not there
It's not fair
Invisible
Love affair

Will you get delirious from puncturing my vein?
You don't have to love me if you promise to remain
Don't I hurt you?
Don't you feel me?
Will you die a little death for every little pain?

Pretend I'm not there
It's not fair
Invisible
Love affair

Pretend I'm not there
It's not fair
Invisible
Love affair
Track Name: Parasite
I try to extract you from the holes you make
But you just burrow deeper where you find more things to take
The marks you leave on me blister, itch and burn
You destroy and devour and give nothing in return

Parasite

You cling to me, attach yourself and suck out what's inside
You feed on my weaknesses from the places where you hide
You infest my wings, my eyes, my reason and my bed
I tolerate the things I should hate you for instead

Parasite

Tell me when it's okay to look

I want to ignore you but the pain is far too real
If I didn't feel you I'm afraid I wouldn't feel

Parasite
Track Name: Melted
Here is another emotion
There is a broken dream
Here is a firecracker
There is gasoline

Gasoline

A table set with broken dishes
A plate full of prophecy
A brain comprised of empty wishes
A birthright to battery

Battery

An unknown composition
Explosive personalities
Heated beyond retribution
An unstable chemistry

Chemistry

The sacrificial cocoon of fire
The heretic becomes the liar
The truth destroyed by true devotion
Melted by a burning notion

A stain on carpet, a spot on the wall
The quiet bodies of the enemy
There they go in a fireball
The lasting impression of circuitry

Circuitry

The sacrificial cocoon of fire
The heretic becomes the liar
The truth destroyed by true devotion
Melted by a burning notion

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