The Electric Hellfire Club
is an industrial metal
band mixing elements of glam metal
, gothic rock
, black metal
lyrical themes and experimental noise
. The band also makes use of sampling
, mainly from grindhouse
horror films and criminal documentaries.
Based in Kenosha, Wisconsin
, the Electric Hellfire Club was formed in 1991
when Thomas Thorn
(aka Buck Ryder), departed the industrial/techno band My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult
The Electric Hellfire Club initially comprised Thorn (vocals, keyboard programming), co-founder and keyboardist Shane Lassen (aka Rev. Dr. Luv), and guitarist Ronny Valeo. After the initial string of live shows, drummer Eric Peterson (aka Janna Flail) would be added to enhance the band's live shows, thus completing the band's original lineup. Prior to recording the first album, Burn, Baby, Burn!
, dancer and back-up singer Sabrina Satana
would join the group, and Peterson would be replaced on drums by percussionist Richard Frost.
The EHC toured extensively throughout the early to mid-1990s, both as an opening act, and as headliners in their own right. They toured with Type O Negative
, Christian Death
, Spahn Ranch
, Penal Colony
, and Genitorturers
, amongst others.
On January 22, 1996, Shane Lassen was killed in an automobile accident. After the death of The Rev. Dr. Luv, the band regrouped and recorded the album Calling Dr. Luv
, dedicating the title track, a cover of the KISS
song from which Lassen drew his stage name, in... Read More