Grendel started out in 1997 under a different name, but due to the band splitting up the name was changed into the current one. The name Grendel originates from a character in an old mythological tale entitled ‘Beowulf’. In this tale a beast, namely Grendel, would lure people from the nearby villages and take them to the bottom of a marsh and drown them.
In the early part of 2000 the first promo CD was released which included the Dutch dance floor hit ‘Strangers’. Within a very short period of time the promo was being played at many locations throughout the Netherlands and internationally (a.o. in Germany, Belgium and Spain).
Soon after this, Grendel started recieving requests for live gigs and [FLRS] (live synthesis & engineering) joined the band.
Half a year later the first demo CD was releases entitled ‘Inhumane Amusement’. This demo caught the ear of the German record label NoiTekk (a sub-division of Black Rain records), which convinced the label to such an extent that they signed Grendel immediately. This demo was re-mastered, re-designed and released in combination with new material in 2000 as the band’s debut album. This first release set the band’s name and recieved praise from throughout the scene.
To follow this up, the “End of Ages EP” was released in 2002 and marked new territory for Grendel with tracks such as the international hit title-track “End of Ages”, the pounding “Catastrophe” and the intrigueing “Noisome”.
Next to this the EP was completed with remixes done by the bands Feindflug, Arzt+Pfusch and God Module. With the unorthodox and original use of orchestration, obscure samples incorporated with harsh and pounding EBM structures this release again recieved almost only great reactions from both the media and listeners and would set Grendel’s sound for the future.
And most recently Grendel has recorded it’s latest full-length release, entitled “Prescription : Medicide”, which will be released in October/November 2003 on NoiTekk Records. This album takes you another step deeper into the world of [Grendel] with it’s complex, yet harsh, pounding & danceable structures, dismal orchestration and distressed nature.
Soon after the recording of this album [FLRS] sadly had to depart from Grendel and was replaced by [4N1T4], who is currently performing with the band on stage.
Over the last few years Grendel has recieved many request for live gigs with bands such as Suicide Commando, Feindflug, XPQ-21, God Module, Terminal Choice, Das Ich, Blut Engel, Davantage and more plus performing at large & wellknown events such as the Leipzig Wave-Gotik Treffen, Maschinensturm & Xtreactor. Check out the live section for the most recent performances.
Next to this, Grendel has also recieved many remix requests from bands such as Lights of Euphoria, Bruderschaft, Infekktion, God Module, Plastic Noise Experience and more plus appeared on a good selection of quality compilation cd’s.