Bill Leeb (Front Line Assembly, Delerium) started Noise Unit in 1989, originally with Marc Verhaeghen of Belgian act Klinik. The project was envisioned as an outlet for ideas that did not fit into Front Line Assembly and quickly became a favourite amongst Leeb’s fanbase. After one album with Verhaeghen (Grinding Into Emptiness, released on Wax Trax), Rhys Fulber joined the band, and the three members produced Response Frequency in 1990.
Following this, Noise Unit became a duo with Leeb and Fulber at the helm. This incarnation created two spellbinding EBM records, Strategy of Violence and Decoder, both released as CD-only albums in the early 90s. The magic of the Leeb-Fulber writing duo is in full force on these records, an incredible knack for pure EBM, Canadian-style: driving basslines, steel-can drums, dystopian vocoded vocals, and spacy synth lines!
The second Leeb-Fulber Noise Unit album, Decoder, ventures further into techno territory and explores dystopian soundscapes with minimal, processed vocals reminiscent of Forma Tadre, Haujobb, and Headscan.
Now, for the first time ever, Decoder is reissued as an incredible double-LP vinyl. The record is remastered, artwork is restored, and the entire set is housed in a gorgeous gatefold sleeve. What’s more, Bill Leeb dug deep into the archives and found two ridiculously amazing unreleased bonus tracks, which appear only on this Artoffact Records edition.