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Origin Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Genres Techno
Years active 1992–1997
Labels Exit Records (Dietrich Dexter), Wax Trax! Records
Past members Paul Sebastien, Daniel Lenz, Vox Day, Michael Larson

Psykosonik was an American techno music group that enjoyed moderate success in the early 1990s.[1] The band had four Billboard Top 40 Club Chart hit singles.[1]

Psykosonik was featured on the Mortal Kombat: Annihilation soundtrack.[2]

The band's lyrics feature cyberpunk and extropian themes such as virtual reality, AI, cybernetics, life extension, and general science.[citation needed]


In 1991, Smilehouse lead singer Paul Sebastian met Vox Day at The Underground in Minneapolis and the two men put together a band, with Day on keyboards and Sebastian on guitar and vocals. They recorded two songs together before finding a drummer, Michael Larson, and a deejay/production engineer, Daniel Lenz, and forming the complete band. The band Psykosonik recorded a three-song demo tape at Sebastian's apartment where he had a recording studio, and later performed in local clubs, including First Avenue, 7th Street Entry, and Glam Slam. Their first recorded song was the unreleased "Sex Me Up"[3], which led to the band being signed to Wax Trax! and TVT Records.Their first album, Psykosonik, was released in 1993. Their second album, Unlearn, was released in 1995.

The band's third album, Spiritual Machine, was completed by 1997 but was never released by the band's label, Wax Trax! Records, who were by this time owned by TVT Records. The experience led to the subsequent disbanding of Psykosonik.

Daniel Lenz went on to produce a single album with vocalist Brent Daniels under the band name Hednoize. In 2001 Lenz launched a short lived project called PsykoHed on He released his debut solo album, Stuck in a Dream, in 2008, featuring guest appearances by Brent Daniels, as well as Paul Sebastien. He has since recorded many soundtracks for various television shows and movies, including the music for the Disney Cars 2 movie.

In 2004, Paul Sebastien teamed up with Caesar Filori to release two singles under the name Basic Pleasure Model, titled Sunyata and How to Live. Sunyata was a Psykosonik song that had been written and previously recorded by Sebastien and Day for the Unlearn CD, but was not included on it.

Michael Larson went on to become the audio director for Fenris Wolf, then for Epic Games. He produced the soundtracks for the Gears of War series.





Title Release date Label Songs
Demo 1992 Unreleased Sex Me Up, Cosmic Trigger, Down to the Ground
Psykosonik US: 1993-02-02
Japan: 1993-11-01
Wax Trax!/TVT
Japan: Polystar
Silicon Jesus, Welcome to My Mind, Technojihad, Shock on the Wire, Neutropia, Down to the Ground, Krank Phreak, Rhythm of the Rage, Acid Hammer, I Am God
Unlearn 1995-11-06 Wax Trax!/TVT Secret Life, Unlearn, Need to Die, Eye of the Mind, Vacuous, Breathing Room, Alone, Imagine, Ride, PGP, Chromagnum, Dreaming Real, Within, Maurautius
Spiritual Machine 1997 Unreleased
Additional songs various Wax Trax! / Unreleased Count to Zero, Chiba City Blues, Sunyata


Song Release date Album Notes Label Billboard chart rank
"Silicon Jesus" 1993-05-25 Psykosonik Released as four-track vinyl and six-track CD. Wax Trax!/TVT 37
"Welcome To My Mind" 1993-11-23 Psykosonik Released as five-track vinyl and seven-track CD. Wax Trax!/TVT 26
"Unlearn" 1995-08-08 Unlearn Released as five-track vinyl and ten-track CD. Wax Trax!/TVT 11
"It Has Begun" 1997-04-12 Mortal Kombat: More Kombat Wax Trax!/TVT 16
"Panik Kontrol (PQM's Deephead Pass)" Unknown Mortal Kombat: Annihilation Released only as a white label promo. Wax Trax!/TVT

Movie and Game Soundtracks

Song Release date Title
Various 1993 X-Kaliber 2097|Activision
Various 1994 CyClones|Strategic Simulations, Inc.
"Unlearn (Josh Wink's Live Mix)" 1995 Mortal Kombat
"Theme" 1995 Marathon 2: Durandal
"Theme" 1996 Marathon Infinity
"It Has Begun" 1996 Mortal Kombat: More Kombat
"Panik Kontrol" 1997 Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Psykosonik". Billboard.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Psykosonik Chart History". Billboard. October 25, 1997. p. 16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "The true and obscure history of Psykosonik". Retrieved 14 Jan 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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