Thinking Metal Music
Electronic Music for the 21st Century

Thinking Metal is an independent record label based in the North East of England. The label was formed in 1995 and currently represents SkinMechanix, Ion & The Cray Twins.

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Thinking Metal Music

We're passionate about music. We're passionate about artists and getting a fair deal for all.

We're about honesty, integrity and the desire to boogie the night away to the best possible music on the planet.

Come and join the party.

Who we are and what we do:

  • Ion are primarily focussed on soundtrack work and synchronisation licensing. Their music has featured on a wide range of projects - from small, minority interest podcasts, to medium budget relaxation vidoes and even a couple of (modest) Hollywood movies.
  • SkinMechanix are heavyweight, industrial art-house shockers. They're our prodigal son. They do their own thing. They're a bit scary, frankly.
  • T-Bass are (or were) pure, unadulterated synthwave and proud of it. If you like your music loud and muscular, love big shoulder pads and perms, and your white linen jacket is just back from the Dry Cleaners then they're for you.
  • Uranium Saints are our dance / trance outlet. They're a new act, yet to perform live but they're keen and a bit loud. Wait and see.

on Radio Northumberland

Thinking Metal is proud to sponsor Bridges, a radio show dedicated to Electronic Music is all of its weird and wonderful forms. The show airs on Radio Northumberland on the first Saturday of each month with repeats on the second, third annd fourth Saturday. Additional repeats are broadcast on Monday & Thursday nights at 2200 hours. This is a small community radio station with big ambitions. We hope to have a proper DAB licence early in 2024. The focus of the show is mainly on dark electro, shouty guitar bands, cool ambient and lots and lots of bands local to the North East of England..

Other projects : Arts & Multimedia:

We're huge film fans. We've been making our own promotional movies for twenty years, learning the skills, slowly improving our technique and building up a healthy array of production tools. Last year, we began experimenting with animation and a few off-the-wall production techniques, which makes us unique in this region.

We've produced promo videos for a range of clients large and small, most recently for The Hoppings, which is Europe's largest travelling fun fair.

We're also huge technology geeks. We design, prototype and manufacture our own instruments - mostly sequencers & synthesisers - as well as experimenting with alternative techniques for creating and manipulating sound and video.

News / Updates

  • 28-May-24 : The Blog is back

    The Blog is back. I wondered where it had gone.

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  • 18-Apr-24 : New Ion Video

    Ion have released another new video, Nocturne, and whilst this one isn't taken from the new album, it does show how their work is progressing.

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  • 11-Apr-24 : New Ion Video

    Ion have released a new video, Secrets, to illutrate the work-in-progress on their new album, which is still as yet untitled.

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  • 08-Apr-24 : Electronic Music Open Mike Night at The Ship Isis

    I performed a one-off mini-gig at the Electronic Music Open Mike Night at The Ship Isis pub in Sunderland on Thursday. I had me some fun... :)

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  • 09-Jan-24 : Synchronicity restoration

    The full and intact version of Ion's Synchronicity is once again available on BandCamp.

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  • 05-Jan-24 : Psychosis Series Update

    I added a new video in the Psychosis series although it seems less popular than the real-time view of the rotting corpse of a dead badger. I'm trying to figure out why...

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  • 11-Dec-23 : Electronic Music Open Mike Night at The Ship

    I'd been offered at slot at the Electronic Music Open Mike Night at The Ship Isis pub in Sunderland last week but...

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  • 10-Dec-23 : Psychosis Series

    Eagle-eyed readers may have spotted that I've started releasing music again.

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  • 07-Aug-23 : Electronic Music Open Mike at Independent

    Thursday night - I took punt and went along to the Electronic Music Open Night at Independent in Sunderland. Umpteen acts, largely unknowns with one notable exception - Ian Boddy.

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