H3llb3nt – Haloblack’s Bryan Black, Chemlab’s Jared Louche, 16 Volt’s Eric Powell, and anyone else they could rope in at the time – released the album Hardcore Vanilla back in 2001. It was mostly ignored, which is a shame, because it was at least attempting to do something that didn’t sound exactly like everything else at the time.
Their closest contemporaries would be Ohgr, who was Nivek Ogre from Skinny Puppy and Mark Walk from Ruby. Not that it ever added up to a “scene” or anything. Just a couple of albums with a few great tracks that sank without trace because they weren’t fashionable at the time. I often wonder what would have happened if this quirky electronica had actually caught on.
Here’s my favourite track from Hardcore Vanilla.