There are three bands called Sonar: an ambiental psychedelic rock band from Hungary, a Belgian industrial act and an italian house/trance act. about the Belgian one: During the last ten years sonar has become one of the most well-known and appreciated rhythmic-industrial projects. Countless releases and high-energetic live performances assured their top position in this genre. For those unfamiliar, Sonar's sound can be described as synthesized outbursts, strategically placed samples and droning bass pulses, corseted in strict driving beats and minimalistic sequences.
about the Belgian one:
During the last ten years sonar has become one of the most well-known and appreciated rhythmic-industrial projects. Countless releases and high-energetic live performances assured their top position in this genre. For those unfamiliar, Sonar's sound can be described as synthesized outbursts, strategically placed samples and droning bass pulses, corseted in strict driving beats and minimalistic sequences. Presently the sonar line-up consists of Dirk Ivens (Dive, The Klinik,Absolute Body Control) and Eric Van Wonterghem (Monolith, Insekt,Absolute Body Control).
discography (excerpt) 09.2k6:
alien overdrive. cd. ant-zen act196. 2006
bad man ep. cd-ep. faceless fac001. 2005
volt revisited. 2x12". hands productions b021. 2003
volt control. cd. daft records d1042cd. 2003
parallel friction. 7". klanggalerie gg42. 2001
remote assault. cd. daft records d1036cd. 2000
voodoo vision. 10". triton 31. 1999
cosmic rays. 12". hymen records ?013. 1999
overdose simulation. cd. daft records d1029cd. 1998
connected. lp triton lp 12. 1998
on mission inside. 12". drag & drop industrial ddi3335. 1997
dislocated. 10". ant-zen act65. 1997
rotation. 7". divine comedy records dc001. 1996
sonar. cd / lp. daft records d1017cd / ant-zen act46. 1996
about the Hungarian one:
The idea of the Sonar became reality in a short series of tentative rehearsals in 2004. The computer-based pulsing of electronic musical schemes had soon been fused with a live, electro-acoustic musical background. The band made its first record after the sixth month of its birth. This first record let the group start its way off in becoming a real stage performance. VJ Lab became their partner in forming the visual appearance of the gigs. Special effects got a significant role in shaping what now the Sonar is on stage. VJ Lab boosted the innovative electric sound of the Sonar with vibrating visual effects. The band recorded its first EP, Deltroid, in 2006. This material drew up the outlines of what the future Sonar had soon become. However, the first LP, released in 2008, fully capture the authentic sound and essence of the Sonar.
Sonar EP (2005)
Deltroid EP (2006)
On Air (2012)
side-projects of the members:
About the Italian act
The Italian Sonar is a house/trance act who have released two releases on the popular label UMM. Both releases were done in 1994.
State of Panic (1994)
Mellow Monday (1994)