Biography

UNDERER is the solo project of avant-garde multi-instrumentalist and recording artist Nick Shellenberger (Cleric, Shardik), and was conceived in 2016 as an escape from the mentality of writing and performing in a collaborative setting. While the music of UNDERER explores a markedly minimal sound palette and writing style, Shellenberger’s compositions are meticulously crafted with the rhythmical chaos, creepy electronics, and volatile dynamics he has refined throughout his experimental career. 

UNDERER’s debut LP, The Code, brings together the precision of programmed drums with the experimentation of free and improvised composition, telling a harrowing tale over the course of seven acutely distressing tracks. Capturing a slice of time during a period of a few months in the summer of 2017, The Code was initially programmed in Shellenberger’s home studio and then finished with Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Dysrhythmia) at Menegroth, the Thousand Caves. Available June 2020 via Nefarious Industries.

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UNDERER: The Code review – Album of the Year

“This album is chaotic, cathartic, and complex. It truly is exactly what you think you should get from avant-metal with some interesting industrial aspects as well. And it’s a super enjoyable and crazy-ass listen!” – Album of the Year

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UNDERER Present Thrillingly Wild Avant-Garde Metal on Explosive Debut Album

“…like rushing right on up to the edge of a cliff, falling over — and then getting right back up to the top to fall over again. It’s controlled chaos of a powerful variety.” – Captured Howls

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UNDERER: The Code – Scream Blast Repeat

“From the opening china splashes of ‘01:19’, The Code sets out its stall as a tumultuous descent into cabin fever and paranoia, like watching English actor, Stephen Graham, at his most unhinged. […] Fans of Dillinger Escape Plan’s seminal 2007 album, Ire Works, will recognise a kinship on ‘Lady’, and Mr Bungle afficionados have plenty of reasons to be excited by ‘Steven’. […] Simply press play and prepare for a bludgeoning.” – Scream Blast Repeat

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UNDERER: Decibel Magazine Streams The Code Debut Album By Cleric Member’s Solo Project; Album Sees Release Via Nefarious Industries Friday; Album Proceeds To Benefit Several Charities – Earsplit Compound

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photo by Nick Shellenberger

Decibel Magazine is hosting an exclusive advance stream of The Code, the debut album from Camden, New Jersey-based UNDERER – the solo project of Nick Shellenberger of Cleric and Shardik. The stream hits just ahead of the record’s official release through Nefarious Industries this Friday.

Alongside the UNDERER album stream, Shellenberger breaks down the entire album with a detailed track-by-track breakdown on the meaning behind each song.

Shellenberger offers, “The Code is the first collection of cohesive music that I’ve ever written and performed entirely on my own (besides some oddball soundtracks in my 20s), and the time that it took to do so is a fraction of the time that led to that point and the time since. As such, it’s an interesting glimpse (to me especially) of a very specific window of time during the summer of 2017, in which all of this came to fruition. It was also the first time I allowed things to happen that I didn’t plan for or obsess over, the first time I left my voice and instruments mostly unaffected, and the first time I’ve really spoken about my lyrics in any public way. Musically, I think it captures a chaotic discomfort that I feel much of every day and to have been able to execute that with a lot of intricacy and nuance while maintaining a level of consistent brutality is something I’m really proud of.”

Writes Decibel with their advance stream of the album, “UNDERER‘s debut album, The Code, is a gloriously chaotic and experimental take on heavy music, informed by the likes of Genghis Tron, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, and Swarm Of The Lotus… the programmed drums add a robotic precision to the shrieked vocals and other instrumentation, which ranges from minimalist ambient to weirdo grind and bizarre doom.”

Stream UNDERER’s The Code early at Decibel Magazine RIGHT HERE.

UNDERER’s The Code sees digital release through Nefarious Industries this Friday, June 19th. Shellenberger is dividing all proceeds from the album between several charities surrounding the ongoing protests, including The Okra Project, Black Trans Protestors Emergency Fund, and Unicorn Riot.

Preorders are live at Bandcamp HERE and the Nefarious Industries webshop HERE.

UNDERER was conceived in 2016 as an escape from the mentality of writing and performing in a collaborative setting. While the music of UNDERER explores a markedly minimal sound palette and writing style, Shellenberger’s compositions are meticulously crafted with the rhythmical chaos, creepy electronics, and volatile dynamics he has refined throughout his experimental career.

The debut UNDERER full-length The Code brings together the precision of programmed drums with the experimentation of free and improvised composition, telling a harrowing tale over the course of seven acutely distressing tracks. Capturing a slice of time during a period of a few months in the summer of 2017, The Code was initially programmed in Shellenberger’s home studio after which it was fully engineered, mixed, and mastered at Menegroth the Thousand Caves by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Dysrhythmia) who provides cymbals/percussion to the track “Marlin.” The cover art was created by Shellenberger.

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Full Album Stream: UNDERER “The Code” – Decibel Magazine

UNDERER‘s debut album, The Code, is a gloriously chaotic and experimental take on heavy music, informed by the likes of Genghis Tron, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, and Swarm Of The Lotus. […] The programmed drums add a robotic precision to the shrieked vocals and other instrumentation, which ranges from minimalist ambient to weirdo grind and bizarre doom.” – Decibel Magazine

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UNDERER: Metal Injection Premieres “Miniature Jimmon” From Cleric Member’s Solo Project; The Code Nears Nefarious Industries Release + Album Proceeds To Benefit Several Charities – Earsplit Compound

Underer press photo
[photo by Nick Shellenberger]

Metal Injection is now streaming “Miniature Jimmon,” the new single by Camden, New Jersey-based UNDERER – the solo project of Nick Shellenberger of Cleric and Shardik. The song is a precursor to the outfit’s debut album, The Code, nearing release through Nefarious Industries at the end of the month.

“’Miniature Jimmon’ might be my favorite song on the record because of how many incongruous elements it manages to cram into one piece and how often they sort of exist in their own box without much reference to what came before or is coming after. It also has the most inhuman blast beats of any track, which is obviously good. Lyrically, it’s about the battle between Jimmon, the World’s Tallest Man, and Miniature Jimmon, his disturbed and violent alter-ego. The inspiration was from a series of mental health incidents in my life and the lives of my loved ones, but ultimately it’s about the sometimes stark and upsetting distinction between who we want and believe ourselves to be and the parts of us that we can’t control.”

Writes Metal Injection with the song’s premiere, “Nick Shellenberger (Cleric, Shardik) is back with a completely insane new project UNDERER. I’m here to push you headfirst into that chaos with my premiere of UNDERER ‘s brand new song “Miniature Jimmon.”

Hear UNDERER’s “Miniature Jimmon” through Metal Injection at THIS LOCATION.

Fans of Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Swarm Of The Lotus, Genghis Tron, Cleric, and labelmates OXX need to check out UNDERER’s The Code, which see digital release through Nefarious Industries next Friday, June 19th.

Shellenberger is dividing all proceeds from the album between several charities surrounding the ongoing protests, including The Okra Project, Black Trans Protestors Emergency Fund, and Unicorn Riot.

Preorders are live at Bandcamp HERE and the Nefarious Industries webshop HERE.

UNDERER was conceived in 2016 as an escape from the mentality of writing and performing in a collaborative setting. While the music of UNDERER explores a markedly minimal sound palette and writing style, Shellenberger’s compositions are meticulously crafted with the rhythmical chaos, creepy electronics, and volatile dynamics he has refined throughout his experimental career.

The debut UNDERER full-length The Code brings together the precision of programmed drums with the experimentation of free and improvised composition, telling a harrowing tale over the course of seven acutely distressing tracks. Capturing a slice of time during a period of a few months in the summer of 2017, The Code was initially programmed in Shellenberger’s home studio after which it was fully engineered, mixed, and mastered at Menegroth the Thousand Caves by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Dysrhythmia) who provides cymbals/percussion to the track “Marlin.” The cover art was created by Shellenberger.

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Underer Debuts Kaleidoscopic Dissonance With “Steven” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

“With the most unceremonious title of any track released in 2020, Heavy Blog presents “Steven”, one of the most bizarre and satisfying tracks to come from UNDERER‘s debut LP The Code. UNDERER – the brainchild of one Nick Shellenberger (Cleric, Shardik) – belongs in a grey area between any genre tag currently trending on Bandcamp. Dissonant, distressing, and damned enjoyable […] “Steven” is a little dangerous, but a lot desirable, especially for anyone patiently waiting for that Genghis Tron update.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

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UNDERER: Heavy Blog Is Heavy Premieres “Steven” From Solo Project Of Cleric’s Nick Shellenberger; The Code Nears June Release Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

Underer press photo
[photo by Nick Shellenberger]

Heavy Blog Is Heavy is hosting the premiere of “Steven,” the new single from UNDERER – the solo project of avant-garde multi-instrumentalist and recording artist Nick Shellenberger (Cleric, Shardik). The song release advances UNDERER’s debut album, The Code, nearing June release through Nefarious Industries.

Camden, New Jersey-based UNDERER was conceived in 2016 as an escape from the mentality of writing and performing in a collaborative setting. While the music of UNDERER explores a markedly minimal sound palette and writing style, Shellenberger’s compositions are meticulously crafted with the rhythmical chaos, creepy electronics, and volatile dynamics he has refined throughout his experimental career.

UNDERER’s debut LP The Code brings together the precision of programmed drums with the experimentation of free and improvised composition, telling a harrowing tale over the course of seven acutely distressing tracks. Capturing a slice of time during a period of a few months in the summer of 2017, The Code was initially programmed in Shellenberger’s home studio after which it was fully engineered, mixed, and mastered at Menegroth the Thousand Caves by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Dysrhythmia) who provides cymbals/percussion to the track “Marlin.” The cover art was created by Shellenberger.

Writes Heavy Blog Is Heavy with the “Steven” track premiere, “Dissonant, distressing, and damned enjoyable, Shellenberger’s solo project originally stemmed from a desire to step aside from the traditional confines of collaborative songwriting; truly letting his freak flag fly in the most inconspicuous of manners. ‘Steven’ is a little dangerous, but a lot desirable, especially for anyone patiently waiting for that Genghis Tron update.”

Shellenberger offers in part, “It’s a somewhat clumsy analogy for humans accepting comfort in exchange for what’s in their heart and also just a reflection of my own desire to stop performing for society and live in the woods somewhere where no one can find me.”

Listen to UNDERER’s “Steven” via Heavy Blog Is Heavy RIGHT HERE.

Fans of Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Swarm Of The Lotus, Genghis Tron, Cleric, and labelmates OXX should tune in to hear UNDERER.

The Code will see digital release through Nefarious Industries on June 19th. Find preorders at Bandcamp HERE and the label webshop HERE.

Watch for additional audio previews and more to be issued in the weeks ahead.

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UNDERER: The Code – Sentinel Daily

“Everything is structured supremely tightly, whether it be sub one-minute grind blasts like opener “1:19” or more progressive explorations in to avant garde noise manipulation such as my fave track on the record “Steven”. […] It’s unhinged, for sure, yet at the heart of the madness Shellenberger’s compositional smarts hold everything together to create something strangely pleasing to the ear.” – Sentinel Daily

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UNDERER: Solo Project From Cleric’s Nick Shellenberger To Release The Code Via Nefarious Industries In June; “1:19” Now Streaming – Earsplit Compound

Underer press photo
[photo by Nick Shellenberger]

Nefarious Industries presents The Code, the debut LP by Camden, New Jersey-based UNDERER – the solo project of avant-garde multi-instrumentalist and recording artist Nick Shellenberger (Cleric, Shardik). The album’s cover art, track listing, preorders, and the lead track “1:19” have been issued.

UNDERER was conceived in 2016 as an escape from the mentality of writing and performing in a collaborative setting. While the music of UNDERER explores a markedly minimal sound palette and writing style, Shellenberger’s compositions are meticulously crafted with the rhythmical chaos, creepy electronics, and volatile dynamics he has refined throughout his experimental career.

UNDERER’s debut LP The Code brings together the precision of programmed drums with the experimentation of free and improvised composition, telling a harrowing tale over the course of seven acutely distressing tracks. Capturing a slice of time during a period of a few months in the summer of 2017, The Code was initially programmed in Shellenberger’s home studio after which it was fully engineered, mixed, and mastered at Menegroth, the Thousand Caves by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Dysrhythmia) who provides cymbals/percussion to the track “Marlin.” The cover art was created by Shellenberger.

Listen to UNDERER’s “1:19” at Bandcamp HERE and YouTube HERE.

The Code will see digital release through Nefarious Industries on June 19th. Find preorders at Bandcamp HERE and the label webshop HERE. Fans of Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Swarm Of The Lotus, Botch, Genghis Tron, Cleric, and labelmates OXX, tune in.

Watch for additional audio previews and more to be issued in the weeks ahead.

UNDERER - The Code

The Code Track Listing:
1. 1:19
2. Lady
3. Steven
4. Friendly Son
5. Marlin
6. The Nothing
7. Miniature Jimmon

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