Hell is full of musical amateurs.George Bernard Shaw
After years of playing music in different bands (ORGASMIC GROAN, ABREAST, et al.) time was ready to bless the ears of mankind with our interpretation of Extreme Musick.Enamoured by bands like NAPALM DEATH, GUT, AGATHOCLES and others we decided to occupy our leisure time with making music without restrictions and any borders. Therefore we launched CAUSE OF DIVORCE in early 2001 as a side-project and just for fun. And so, another redundant Grindcore-Band was formed.
Quickly we found our own –old school inspired- style of mixing non-genre like grind attacks with Hardcore, Punk and Death Metal Elements. Although each of us had different musical predilections it finally came down to this common denominator which we call “GRINDCORE FOR THE UNLOVED”. And we then and now –still, almost after 20 years of grinding- are in love with this kind of extreme music.
As the years meander along and due to the Line-Up-Changes we surely experienced an evolution of our musical style and every members own preferences has changed while getting older. We begun as an Old-Shool Grind-Band, but from the very Beginning we never played only Grindcore – there were always different Influences and music styles which affected our songwriting. Step by Step our music changes from pure Grindcore to a style which we nowadays can not label and we’re also not willed to be pigeonholed. We currently don’t know how to describe our music: grind, crust, punk, metal, e.g. You are free to choose any label for us. At least we are playing extreme music and that is what we always wanted – so we don’t care anyway. In-house we use the working titel “Betreutes Geballer” (assisted banging).
We understand ourselves as a “political” band. It is not our intention to transport pompous messages and admonish our listeners, but if our lyrics and attitude maybe stimulate some independent thoughts or induce a discussion about the fucked up status quo of our sickened society, then this is a desirable side-effect, which we certainly will not refuse.
We are AGAINST any racist, fascist, white supremacist, reactionary, patriotic, sexist and homophobe mindset and never tolerated these opinions in our band and never will in the future. And in our opinion it is warrantable to spread this attitude within our music and lyrics.
We do this just for fun and not for profit. All productions are totally D.I.Y. and this is intentional. We are not interested in doing any deals, make it big or shovel in money. Even though it might be incomprehensible for some people, but we don’t want to be “Rock stars”, because we deny your interpretation of music. We do this only for the love for extreme music. It’s that simple.
Music is Art! We don’t care about rules and regimentation. We don’t care about “the scene” and their elitist CODE OF BEHAVIOUR. We play like we want to play, we will behave like we want to behave and we will remain faithful to our way of music and life. To those “Scene-Gurus” and “Punk-Masters” who remain teaching that this, that and the other isn’t “scene-conform” or inappropriate: STFU! We don’t want to be part of your “scene”!
(If anyone wants to discuss or criticise the way how we reveal our opinion in our lyrics, don’t hesitate to contact the RESPONSIBLE person: marc (at) causeofdivorce.com)
In the second year of our bands history we released our first demo (CDr/MC) “GENOZID” and we begun playing our first shows. 2004 our second demo (CDr/MC) “NON SERVIAM” followed. Before the release of our third demo (CDr) “PHOBOPHOBIE” in 2007 our bass-player Norman left the band due to musical differences. We took Niklas aboard until we separate from him in 2009 due to political differences. After that we finally found the right axe-man Christian and released our fourth demo (CDr) “GRINDSTEIN” in 2010.
In 2010 we released our first vinyl, published by a bunch of Underground-Labels (Truemmer-Pogo & Doomed to Extinction Records & BoelzCore Music): “BARGAIN HUNTING” – a 12” Split-LP with the Grind-Maniacs BANGSAT from Indonesia. Then our drummer Rolf left the band. We quickly found a replacement in our old friend Nuno (ex-ABREAST) who swings the sticks since then. In 2010 also our long-time-member and friend Ivo left the band.
After these Line-up-changes we decided to start over with the band again and wrote completely new songs. We abstain from the old material because we rediscovered a raw and pure energy while composing the new songs and we wanted to allow them to recover the lost space which the separated members caused.
In 2011 we finally had enough songs to start playing live again. From then on we composed new songs and played as many shows as our leisure time allowed. In 2012 we released our new recorded stuff on a 12″ Split-LP (and MC) with INTESTINAL DISEASE from Hellgium. The LP was released by the Underground-Labels Aktiver Ausstand in Plastik, Doomed to Extinction Rec. and KapotteRadio in December 2012. In February 2013 we also released our Songs of the Split and a few Bonus-Tracks on CDr “Love the Dead not the Debt”.
In Mai 2015 we’re released a new EP ‘PAX PALINKARIUM’ on CDr, which was released also as 10″ Split-EP with AGATHOCLES in March 2016. In April 2018 the Split with AGATHOCLES came out on MC with the Help of WHOARG Rec. & Grindfather Productions.
In the Beginning of 2019 we released our newest recorded stuff via CHAOS CONTROL (UK) with SATANIC MALFUNCTIONS as a Split-CD. In the meantime this Split is also available as 12″ Vinyl by Looney Tunes Rec., Sedum Rec. and Aktiver Ausstand in Plastik.
The Year is 2020 and we started writing new songs, trying to land a couple of shows and we are still in Love with this Kind of Extreme Musick – after almost 20 Years. Thanks for your Support!
And then this fucking CORONA-CRISIS herald the start of Doomsday… all activities were ceased and no more shows will happen this year. Unfortunately our long-time-friend and bass player Christian left the Band due to personal reasons. There were no bad blood involved and we gratefully thank him and wish him all the luck of the world for his future! We decided to carry on as a Three-men-Combo for now and will see, if and how the vacant post could be re-staffed again.
As long as there is no alteration on this Corona-Crisis, we will crawl away into the safe darkness of our rehearsal room. Hopefully 2021 will bring back life …
It is the Year 2021 and this fucking Corona-Crisis is still going on. Everything s(t)uck(s) and we’re patiently waiting until Life comes back …
Exactly 7275 Days ago we had our first live show with CAUSE OF DIVORCE – with APATIA NO at the Fabrik in Duisburg. In the last 20 years we had a lot of fun and met many crazy people.
Unfortunately, our drummer Nuno had to leave the Band due to reasons of health. Now only Christoph on guitar and my humble self on vocals are left. As we have lost all hope to find suitable replacements on drums and bass guitar, it seems that we won’t play live with CAUSE OF DIVORCE nevermore.
Maybe Christoph and me will proceed somehow – with a drumcomputer and modern tools that replace the vacant instruments. Perhaps not. Maybe we’ll find willingly musicians by accident and there will be a reunion. We’ll see if there will be released anymore Music under the brand ‘CAUSE OF DIVORCE’ at this place in the future. This website will be kept alive until further notice or vanish sometimes clandestinely.
Thanks to all who supported us in the last 20 years: Grind on!
So long and thanks for all the fish!
In Grind We Crust!