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After the release of Slave, the band took hiatus over two years on three separate continents as the record label coped with rising technology and diminishing sales.

By 2000 it was clear that the experiences of Europe, record industry realities, and disillusionment meant the only certainty was uncertainty.

click to enlargeNow sole member, Alan continued to write, travelling between Berlin to Sydney to Melbourne to London and various trips around Europe. Modern Music, mother company to Machinery Records was bought by Sanctuary Music, which in turn not long after was sold to Universal Music, who then in turn sold Sanctuary to BMG in 2012.

With the independent arm of the original label being severed, this left Static Icon without a deal and no desire to seek out a similar experience again. Once bitten, twice shy.

For many years a third release seemed like a far distant reality. However, by 2014 the time and space were right to dust off and master the demo tracks that would form the album Metropolis Mindfuck. Thanks to sites like Bandcamp, the avenue for a truly independent release was available again.

Alan would like to give his grateful thanks to the fans over the years who have been remained in contact, offering their warm hearted praise and patience for the release of this third instalment.

This third album is the most personal, no holes barred, and honest account of life in our post-millennium dystopia. Human evolution .. man made hell.

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click to enlargeSlave is released in Feburary 1997, and receives rave reviews.

The band do a scaled-down European tour, performing selected gigs throughout Europe.

In 1998, the band take a break and plan to start writing new material.

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click to enlargeThe band play their last gigs in Melbourne and Adelaide during January and February and travel in March to the city of their record company - Berlin.

Over the next six months the band perform over forty concerts throughout Europe, playing to an estimated 10,000 people.

Sin Machine wins the hearts of the German press and radio.

In September the single It's A Lifestyle is recorded, and released in November.

As the single is released, the band find themselves back in the studio, this time in London, working with Marc Heal (Cubanate) as producer.

Alan takes up residency in London.

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click to enlargeThe compilation 'How to use Machinery Volume Three' was released and featured the instrumental Reality Of Life (incorrectly entitled Cold As Stone).

Writing and rehearsals of new material for a second album occupied most of 1995. Michael Walker joined the group.

In November plans were made for the re-recording of Sin Machine, as the multi-track tapes sent to Berlin were mysteriously stolen. The album was completed in Melbourne in December and sent to Berlin.

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click to enlargeIn January the band played its first show in Melbourne, and were extremely well received by the audiences and local press alike.

Communication continued with Machinery and by March, negotiations for a contract began.

In June and July, the first album, Sin Machine, was recorded in Adelaide and sent to Berlin to be mixed.

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click to enlargeStatic Icon continued to perform over 1993 and made the successful crossover from small city pubs to large night clubs. Timo joined the band.

The video Voyeur was made and featured interviews with the band as well as the two songs Collective Heart and Higher, which were compiled from live shows over 1993.

In July a third demo, Barrage, and a remix version were recorded. They featured the four songs which would complete the 'Passion' section of the Sin Machine album.

In November Alan moved to Melbourne, where plans were made for more live shows. There he met with local band This Digital Ocean and Snog, who recommended that he send tapes to their label Machinery Records.

Just prior to Christmas, a package was sent to Berlin, home of Machinery.

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Static Icon formed in 1990, in Adelaide, South Australia. It was their intention from the outset to fill a void in the local scene which would reflect their musical influences. The original line-up comprised of Alan Wicks, Warren Bullock and John Staines.

Writing and rehearsals were soon underway, and over the last half of 1990 and throughout 1991, the band played numerous gigs, and were received by their audiences with a tremendous response.

The first demo recording was made, Next Sentiment, and featured the earliest versions of eight songs from the Sin Machine album. It received radio airplay and was used to generate shows.

A second demo, Higher, was soon to follow.