Tenebrae Vision

Tenebrae Vision
Studio album by Cyberaktif
Released 1991 (1991)
Recorded Vancouver Studios, Vancouver
Genre Industrial
Length 46:01 (CD)
Label Wax Trax!
Producer cEvin Key, Wilhelm Schroeder
Professional ratings
Review scores
Electric Shock TreatmentUnfavorable[2]
Music From the Empty QuarterFavorable[3]

Tenebrae Vision is the only album of Canadian industrial band Cyberaktif which consisted of cEvin Key and Dwayne R. Goettel of Skinny Puppy and former Skinny Puppy member Bill Leeb of Front Line Assembly.[4] For Cyberaktif, Leeb adopted his stage name, Wilhelm Schroeder, he had used while with Skinny Puppy.[5] The album was released in 1991 through Wax Trax![6] and features Blixa Bargeld of German industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten.[7]


Tenebrae Vision was accompanied by two singles, Nothing Stays and Temper, both of which were released in 1990 and contain different mixes of the title tracks as well as non-album tracks.[8][9] The track "Nothing Stays" was voted the sixteenth greatest industrial song of all time by COMA Music Magazine in their feature article 101 Greatest Industrial Songs of All Time.[10] It appeared also in different versions on various compilation albums.[11]

According to cEvin Key, Cyberaktif is reminiscent of tape trading in the industrial music scene which the band members started off with.[5] "Cyberaktif is [...] the experience of discovering the whole electronic genre", said Key, "[it] is exploring the enthusiasm we once had for that genre."[5] Bill Leeb described their work as "rehashing old things", but said, "it was different this time because we were a bit more established."[12] About the collaboration with Blixa Bargeld, Leeb reported that he and Key were fans of Einstürzende Neubauten and Bargeld happened to be in Vancouver just at the right time.[13] With Bargeld being "an icon to us" and having "major attitude back then", Leeb remembered the collaboration being both "stressful" and "fun".[13]

Cyberaktif uses samples from the films The Unholy, Videodrome, Dune, and Halloween III: Season of the Witch.[14]

Track listing

All tracks written by cEvin Key, Dwayne R. Goettel and Wilhelm Schroeder, except where noted. 

1."The Road Kill" (Written and composed by Key and Schroeder)3:48
2."Brain Dead Decision"  4:17
3."Acid Cripple"  4:34
4."Paradiessiets" (Written and composed by Schroeder and Blixa Bargeld)5:57
5."Nothing Stays"  5:24
6."Ruptured Freaks"  4:14
7."Discourse Illusion"  4:01
8."Temper"  4:27
9."Face to Face" (Written and composed by Key, Schroeder and Randy Owen)4:19
CD additional track
10."House of Pain" (Written and composed by Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony and David Lee Roth)5:00



Additional musicians

Technical personnel


  1. Cyberaktif: Tenebrae Vision at AllMusic. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  2. "Cyberaktif: Tenebrae Vision". Electric Shock Treatment. Glasgow: Brian Duguid (1): 30. 1991.
  3. XXIII (May 1991). "Cyberaktif: Tenebrae Vision". Music From the Empty Quarter (1): 25.
  4. brandtgassman (February 11, 2011). "Artists – Cyberaktif". Wax Trax! family website. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  5. 1 2 3 Woods, Karen (1990). "Hilt Intermission.". Alternative Press. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  6. brandtgassman (February 11, 2011). "WAX 7118 – Cyberaktif – Tenebrae Vision". Wax Trax! family website. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  7. "Side Projects". Skinny Puppy Hungarian website. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  8. brandtgassman (February 11, 2011). "WAX 9119 – Cyberaktif – Nothing Stays". Wax Trax! family website. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  9. brandtgassman (February 15, 2011). "WAX 9117 – Cyberaktif – Temper". Wax Trax! family website. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  10. Schock, David (March 9, 2012). "101 Greatest Industrial Songs of All Time". COMA. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  11. "Cyberaktif Discography". Private Cyberaktif website. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  12. "Front Line Assembly". Chaos Control. 1993. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  13. 1 2 Carlsson, Johan (July 18, 2013). "Front Line Assembly and Bill Leeb go full circle". Release. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  14. "Cyberaktif Samples". Private Cyberaktif website. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
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