Scorn was an English electronic music project. The group was formed in the early 1990s as a side project of former Napalm Death members Mick Harris and Nic Bullen (the latter as one of the founding members of the band in 1981). Bullen left the group in 1995 and the project continued on until the end of 2011 as an essentially solo project for Harris.
Since their early years, Scorn is often associated with industrial and experimental music, particularly with their early releases as a duo with much of their Earache Records-era output. Since the departure of Bullen, much of the output has been minimalist beats with an emphasis on very deep bass lines, often resembling dub and trip-hop in structure. The departure from their early sound eventually led to Harris parting ways with Earache after the Logghi Barroghi release, both sides apparently having been unhappy with how the project was being handled.
Scorn was formed in 1991 in Birmingham, England by drummer Mick Harris and vocalist/bassist Nic Bullen, former members of English grindcore band Napalm Death. Another Napalm Death member, Justin Broadrick, appeared on several early Scorn releases. With Bullen’s departure in April 1995, Harris has been the only member of the project since then.
After leaving Earache Records, the project kept pushing the dirty bass and heavy beat sound, subtly changing with each release. Over time, the band became associated with KK Records/Invisible and then Hymen – eventually parting ways with KK around 1998, and Hymen in 2002. The intervening years since saw a break in recorded output (save for what was a release of a live internet jam on Vivo Records in 2004) with live dates popping up periodically.
Starting in 2006, Harris began stepping up activities as Scorn, starting with the 10″ Whistle For It, which (apparently to Harris’ dismay) was so poorly mastered as to have lost Scorn’s trademark low end. After a 5 year absence, 2007 saw Scorn return to the studio properly with the long awaited full-length entitled Stealth on Brooklyn-based Kurt Gluck/Submerged (DJ)’s Ohm Resistance label. In early 2008 Scorn released the first of two 12″s on Combat Records. The second release came out in 2009. Each 12″ contains one new track and a remix by a Combat Recordings artist. Combat also released a 12″ containing remixes of the aforementioned tracks by other artists. At the same time, Mick also recorded another new 12″ for California based Record Label Records, which was released in 2009 as limited edition of 300 copies on clear vinyl with handmade packaging.
2010 saw another new full-length entitled “Refuse; Start Fires”, again released on Ohm Resistance, where Mick seems to have found a home with a supportive label that is like-minded in terms of meeting Scorn’s high standard for the sound of the finished product. This album also marked the first time since Bullen left the project that Mick has worked full-on with another musician (excluding the track Scorn did with David Knight on the “Rise|Converge” compilation), drummer Yan Treasey. On the heels of this full-length, Mick returned with the “Yozza” EP in 2011, again with Treasey.
On November 10th of 2011, Mick stated the Scorn project was “put to bed”, while leaving open the possibility of more work under different names.
Vae Solis (Earache, 1992)
Colossus (Earache, 1993)
Evanescence (Earache, 1994)
Gyral (Earache, 1996)
Logghi Barogghi (Earache, 1996)
Whine (Invisible, 1997)
Zander (Invisible, 1997)
Greetings From Birmingham (Hymen Records, 2000)
Plan B (Hymen Records, 2002)
List of Takers (Vivo, 2004)
Stealth (Ohm Resistance, 2007)
Refuse; Start Fires (Ohm Resistance, 2010)
Ellipsis (1995, remixes collection)
Anamnesis – Rarities 1994 – 1997 (1999)
Singles & EPs
Lick Forever Dog (1992)
White Irises Blind (1993)
Silver Rain Fell (1994)
Leave It Out (1996)
Imaginaria Award (2000)
Born a Fielda, Die a Fielda (limited edition 10 inch vinyl picture disc) (2006)
Whistle for It (limited edition 10 inch vinyl single) (2008)
Super Mantis Part 1 (2008)
Super Mantis Remixes (2008)
Gravel Bed (2009)
In The Margins (limited 12 inch) (2009)
Yozza (Ohm Resistance, 2011)
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