SONJA (lead & backing vocals)
PAUL (guitars, bass, programming, keyboards, backing vocals)
RONNIE (drums. programming)
In 2002 Paul Blom and Sonja Ruppersberg protested against the barrage of pandering radio-pop, commercial love songs and second rate American Hip-Hop imitations in their native country of South Africa, by creating TERMINATRYX - blending their eclectic love of Alternative, harder and electronic music, with that of the moods created by Sci-Fi / Horror / Extreme movies, perceptions of the world around them, and a touch of sexually charged danger to initialize their own dark edged Alternative / Industrial-Rock movement, something of which there is a short supply in this beautiful, sunny country with a dark and bloody history.
Since then they cultivated and sculpted their sound, systematically shaping these creations, encapsulating the fusion-, symbiosis- and corruption of man & technology, illustrating and supplementing it with a wide range of moods and subjects, from the duality of man, socio-political & protest grievances, the media & consumerism, to alien visitation, an alternative to the traditional love song, a critical tirade, biological- and digital infection, emotional matters, mythical creatures, relationships and impacting instrumentals. The band also includes one track per album in one of their local languages, Afrikaans. A strong sense of individuality, emotional consciousness, free speech, and free choice filters throughout. Reacting on the state of the world (and beyond), there is no mincing of words.
Categorization has been difficult with the band’s dark blend of female-fronted, electronically infused Industrial Metal-scapes, but in addition there are many musical elements subtly filtering through across the diverse songs, from Alternative-, Hard Core- and Punk flavours, to Electronic-, Dark Wave- and Gothic hints.
With the enticing Sonja on lead vocals, the other key component of the TERMINATRYX collective is Paul, also member of South Africa’s most influential Metal band V.O.D - VOICE OF DESTRUCTION (www.VOICEofDESTRUCTION.com), and former drummer of SAMA-winners K.O.B.U.S. Besides songwriting, Paul also handles all musical and production aspects from programming, guitars and bass, to keyboards and backing vocals.
TERMINATRYX is completed by the third side of the pyramid, drummer Ronnie Belcher (also of Gramlich and The Damned Crows).
Sadly for personal reasons good friend and guitarist Patrick Davidson resigned late 2017. The band is now continuing as a 3-piece.
Having handled all guitar and bass recordings since the band's inception, Paul always played bass for live shows, but will now switch to live guitar. This new configuration changes nothing to the sound and energy of Terminatryx.
In addition, Sonja and Paul are also involved in video production (creating most of the band's striking music videos), and are the creators and directors of the South African HORRORFEST Film Festival. With their MAKABRA ENSEMBLE project they create original soundtracks for classic silent horror / sci-fi / thriller films, performing it live to the screen with collaborators Matthijs Van Dijk, Simon Ratcliffe and Sean Ou Tim (incl. Nosferatu, The Cabinet Dr. Caligari, Häxan, Maciste In Hell, Metropolis and others).
Across the band's 12 year lifespan, they've released their self-titled debut album, its full remixed version "Remyx v1.0" (feat. international and local remixers), the "Terminatryx / Nosferatu" DVD including the full silent vampire classic with its new soundtrack, the "Kopskoot!" heavy Afrikaans compilation, and now (on 04 / 04 / 14) the latest studio album "Shadow" co-produced by Paul Blom and the renowned Theo Crous, taking the band into a new realm on their musical journey, from its sonic scope, through to the song-writing.
"Shadow" also received its full remixed version with "Remyx v2.0" sendign the songs into a new adventurous direction.
It is time for this unique force to burst from its South African chains and infiltrate the rest of this rotten peach of a planet!
(see year on year highlights from 2002 to present below)
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Africa (incl. Sonja on vocals, Paul on bass & programming, Tom Somers on guitar and Christina Storm on backing vocals)
2013 - Release live music video clip for the song "Virus"; Finish the track "Scars" for the new album (with co-producer Theo Crous at Bellville Studios); First show of 2013 at the Underground In: Chapter II event (ROAR); Further pre-production for the rest of the new album, entitled “Shadow”; Perform at Buckley’s (playing in the Northern suburbs for the first time in 5 years, since the Kopskoot! launch); Perform the live Häxan soundtrack as The Makabra Ensemble at the Sound On Screen Music Film Festival; Paul & Patrick are selected as judges for the Wacken Metal Battle: South Africa competition; Positive CD review in Playboy Magazine (April); Cover feature in Fanbase Magazine (June) as well as The Riff Magazine (July); 4th radio studio visit to The Holy Grail of Rock on UCT and also guest at The O-Zone on Zone Radio (playing pre-mastered versions of new tracks “Shadow” and “Scars”); A Terminatryx poster can be seen in the room of Spud in the feature film Spud 2 - The Madness Continues; Band feature in Gorgeous Freaks Magazine 8; Record the rest of the “Shadow” album at Flamedrop Productions and Bellville Studios until late-July 2013; Set up an Indie Go Go crowd funding campaign to support the album cost - www.igg.me/at/terminatryx-shadow ; Experimental photo-shoot with Dr-Benway based on Golden Age paintings gets featured in De Kat magazine; More live shows for the year –
2014 - Terminatryx enters its 12th year; Finish mixing and mastering of the new "Shadow" album; Feature in Playboy SA Magazine (incl. special Sonja photo-shoot with Dr-Benway); First 2014 show at Mercury 28 March (Cape Town) with The Awakening; The complete Golden Age photo shoot features in March edition of Kultur Magazine; Shoot "Shadow" music video 29 March (directed by Sonja and Paul); Release the "Shadow" album 04 / 04 / 14; Produce music video for the track "Gone" (mid-April) directed by Johnny Swanepoel; Cover feature of Kultur Magazine's April issue (feat. the "Shadow" album artwork by Dr-Benway); Almost all of the 2 dozen "Shadow" album reviews very positive; More live shows in support of the new album incl. Bring Out Your Dead at ROAR (31 May, Observatory), co-headlinging M4A's Winterfest (2 August, Stellenbosch), co-headlining Women In Metal show (29 August, ROAR, Observatory); Terminatryx confirmed alongside Paul's band V.O.D to perform at the 2015 Witchfest (early-April, Gauteng), "Shadow" music video lanched Friday 13 June; A studio / live / lyric video in pre-production; Makabra Ensemble live movie soundtrack for the SA HorrorFest over Halloween was The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari; "Shadow" music video official selection for Montreal Comicon's Horrorfest (Canada in September); "Gone" music video launch 24 Oct at ROAR (Observatory, Cape Town); 12th anniversary party show set for 14 November (Mercury, Cape Town);
TERMINATRYX "Shadow" music video
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TERMINATRYX (pronounced: "terminaytrix") – a new breed of South African music.