In 2002 the Terminatryx project kicked off. Here are some of the highlights that made it happen:

Sonja & Christina

Sonja & Christina (2002)

> In 2002 Sonja and Paul were living in Three Anchor Bay on the Atlantic Seaboard coast just outside of the Cape Town CBD – their friend Christina Storm literally living a block away (a prominent SA model at the time) – They collaborated on an alternative photo shoot they devised along with stylist Terence Norman and photographer Francois Oberholster, titled Desert Storm (which featured in Stage Magazine) – a behind-the-scenes video of this photographic project will be posted sometime soon at

Desert Storm

Christina is Desert Storm photo project in Stage Magazine

> In the wake of this the girls were driven to create a hard-edged band with two female vocalists

> With South African history very sparse when it comes to female fronted Alternative bands diverting from Pop, Paul jumped onto creating some songs for them with bass & programming, from the start having a very Industrial-Metal feel (not a conscious genre decision, just a natural flow, with Paul’s background being in Metal with V.O.D and his solo bass-guitar-only F8 project – est. 1997 – digging into a more electronic hardcore approach) – Check F8 out at and


Paul’s bass-guitar-only solo project F8

> With the idea to be a counterpoint for commercial girly pop groups of the time like Atomic Kitten, some band names were floated around like ÜberPuss! But a combo of some prominent sci-fi movies and esoteric elements were combined into TERMINATRIX (at the time still spelled with an ‘ i ‘ not a ‘ y ‘ )

Sonja & Paul

Sonja & Paul at a Mercury Live show

> Tom Somers (originally from the US) played bass with Paul’s band V.O.D on a few SA shows across 1998-99 (with bassist Diccon still in the UK), and was set to be the guitarist

Paul & Tom (V.O.D)

Paul & Tom in the V.O.D “Needledive” music video (1998)

> Terminatryx was born and early demo recordings and ideas looked like it could result into something exciting

> Some of these songs became tracks like ‘SleepWalkers’, ‘Midnight’ and ‘We Come In Peace’)

Coming soon, the 2003 rundown!


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The first of our year-by-year rundown of the TERMINATRYX history!

> In 2000 Terminatryx co-founders Paul and Sonja had a fateful meeting at the only Oppi Koppi festival ever held in Cape Town (Oppi Koppi is the biggest South African rock festival based in Northam)

Sonja & Paul

Sonja & Paul at Metal4Africa Summerfest

> At the time Paul had been back in South Africa for a few years after his band V.O.D (Voice Of Destruction) recorded in the UK fir their German label, and toured Europe across 1995 – 1997.  As V.O.D’s drummer, Paul bought a bass guitar while int he UK during this time, which had him expand to programming, guitar, production, synths etc.

V.O.D - European Tour 1996

V.O.D – European Tour 1996

> Paul remained occupied with music via his F8 (Fate) bass-guitar-only solo project.  When V.O.D vocalist Francois also returned to South Africa, a few shows included festivals up north (like two nights at Oppi Koppi in 1998 and closing the Woodstock festival in 1999)


Paul’s bass-guitar only solo project F8

> Paul was sharing an apartment with future guitarist Bret

Bret Elkington

Bret: 2003-era guitarist, rejoined 2020 on bass

> At the time Sonja was friends with the band members of Grämlich (featuring as the Goth girl in the band’s first music video), with future Terminatryx drummer Ronnie (Grämlich performing on the same bill as V.O.D in Stellenbosch at one of the V.O.D 1998 pre-Oppi Koppi warm-up shows)

> The stage was set for Sonja and Paul to start their own band!

(to be continued)

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Besides many live shows since we last posted on this blog,

– Terminatryx released the “Remyx v2.0” album (remixes of the full “Shadow” album)

– released more music videos like the remix of the track “Medusa” and lyric video for the remix of Afrikaans track “Masjien” (Machine) – Check them and others out at:

– guitarist Patrick Davidson retired from the band after a decade and resulted in the band running as a 3-piece unit for a few years, with Paul switching playing live guitar

– recently Bret Elkington, guitarist from the 2003-era Terminatryx rejoined early-2020, but on bass guitar

– Terminatryx performed live with Grimehouse at his annual show The Pit

– single tracks got released leading up the forthcoming new album incl. “Destroy, “Blame, and Afrikaans track “Suiker” (Sugar) featuring Battery 9’s Paul Riekert on co-vocals – Find all these and other Terminatryx songs & albums at

– several Makabra Ensemble live silent film soundtrack performances to classic movies like “Vampyr” and “The Phantom Carriage”
and a whole lot more!

From 24 March 2020 we’ll be doing a series of the Terminatryx history across the first 2 decades (into the current 3rd) of the 2000s, posting a daily rundown for each year


Terminatryx Logo

New Terminatryx logo

Hey! Yes, we’ve been very slack here on this WordPress blog…
There’s just so much to do, and besides making music and creating content, you have to juggle a multitude of social media profiles, official website and more!
(Quite a bit has happened over the last few years! From new music and videos to new band members to new logos!)
But, we’ll get onto this on a more regular basis.

With TERMINATRYX in its 18th year, the band has covered most of the first two decades of the 2000s, and steaming forward into the first year of its 3rd decade! So, we’ll be posting a year-by-year rundown of the TERMINATRYX history from 2002 to present.

Are you in?
Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, do connect via our social media locations in the left margin.


Source: Terminatryx (Cape Town, South Africa) * July 27th, 2017 NECKBREAKING NEWS FEATURE AND WRITE-UP

Period horror flicks always need to be set in England. That’s the rule. The more Victorian the better. That’s the Marshall rule of horror and slasher films. Spend extra on fog machines …

Source: Tonight at Horrorfest 02 November 2016

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TERMINATRYX self-titled debut album (2008)


When we started 14 years ago (in 2002) Terminatryx was an artistic outlet and a drive to do something different that is not represented on the SA scene (especially at that time)

We wrote songs, played shows and banged out a few demo discs, having fun – but as with every band, you need to have your music released to legitimize your efforts and have it stand up to public scrutiny (or at the very least have something in your hands to reflect that it has been worth the blood, sweat, tears and cost – if for no-one else, yourself).  We’ve never felt we needed to be defined by public approval (especially since we know our aim is not to rack up radio hits), but you know you’re doing something right if you get both positive and negative feedback from all sectors (your music moving something in people while it gets under the skin of others!).


TERMINATRYX 2008/9 – Pic by Dr-Benway

We’d been at it for 6 years between 2002 and 2008, and to use one of Sonja’s favourite phrases, it was a matter of “fish or cut bait” – We had to lay down our music properly, and get it out there, or call it a day. Having been a part of the alternative-indie-DIY realm since the mid-1980s (with V.O.D), the same ethic was applied and we decided to buy a Mac and Pro Tools and get this shit recorded.

We set up in our lounge in Three Anchor Bay, Cape Town, and recorded everything from programming and guitars to vocals.

ENT Entertainment was interested and we inked an agreement with them.  While I produced and recorded the album, Simon Ratcliffe from Sound And Motion mixed and mastered it (with me looking over his shoulder!).  We took a song a day (and also had simon play flute on “Absinthium”, giving it that special touch, and his assistant Jenna added a few piano chords I felt would give a segment in “Siek+Sat” that extra kick.  Lead breaks recorded by original guitarist Tom on one of the demos of “SleepWalkers” and “We Come In Peace” was retained, and initial co-vocalist Christina’s German nursery rhyme intro on “Midnight” was also kept.

The mixing was not without its drama, but not how you’d imagine.  Sonja came in on a Sunday when we mixed “We Come In Peace”, by the time we head home she was almost folded double with abdominal pain.  We rushed to the emergency room where she passed out from the pain, and it was established that her appendix was well into rupturing!  The next day she had emergency surgery and stayed in hospital for a few days – Something she did not enjoy in the least.

What was also significant with the release of the 2008 debut album is that it established Patrick (guitar) and Ronnie (drums) as an integral part of the project when we toured the album, galvanising the line-up up until today and stepping into the next phase (having played with programmed drums and various guitarists before that).


TERMINATRYX debut album launch tour (Zeplins, Pretoria, 2008) – Pic by Trevor Charles Miller

Our launch tour in June and July 2008 had us fly to Gauteng and play Pretoria and Johannesburg, and for our hometown launch in Cape Town did something a bit more special – a double feature of a different kind:  We did this at the Labia theatre in front of the cinema screen with our synched video backdrop emblazoned behind us, and was followed by a special pre-release screening of the werewolf movie SkinWalkers (with Rhona Mitra, whom I also interviewed for Fangoria Magazine when she was in South Africa to shoot the Neil Marshall movie Doomsday).


TERMINATRYX live 2003 (with former guitarists Brett & Malcolm)


We decided to make the debut album self-titled, as we felt that if we weren’t going to continue or have another release after this, it could stand as this singular entity – But, since then we’ve released “Remyx v1.0” (a full remixed version of the debut), our “Shadow” album (co-produced with Theo Crous), the “Nosferatu” DVD, various compilations (incl. “Kopskoot!”, “Ladies First” & the Ingrid Jonker tribute album “Die Kind Is Nog Jonger”), and a digital anthology from across our catalog to celebrate our 13th anniversary (in 2015).


TERMINATRYX debut album launch tour (Zeplins, Pretoria, 2008) – Pic by Trevor Charles Miller

Currently remixes of the “Shadow” album are underway and work on the next album is set to begin in the very near future.

During the 8 years since the debut’s release we also produced many music videos (some acclaimed and screening at international film festivals & winning awards) – Even in this technological age, we are still very much isolated here at the southern tip of Africa – Videos have helped greatly to get the Terminatryx awareness beyond out borders (compared to the cost involved with the launch tour we linked to the debut release, our main cities extremely far apart).

Since then we’ve supported many international acts from Diary Of Dreams and Sigue Sigue Sputnik to VNV Nation and Ministry, and played some top festivals (like Witchfest), each time expanding the band’s brand awareness.

We’ve also noticed a resurgence in “scene pride” over this time, which is always encouraging.


TERMINATRYX 2008/9 – Pic by Dr-Benway

For the debut album our intention was very much a fusion of electronic and organic sound (inadvertently slotting into the Industrial-Metal region).

Over the years we’ve blended into simply doing what comes naturally, not compelled to lean in one or the other direction.  The new material for the next album also looks like it will glide into a new dimension with some exciting prospects.

With the debut we very much dove into it, but it worked in our favour.  Between the home recording of the debut to the world-class studio of Theo for “Shadow”, there has been a steady progression when it comes to production – but we’ve always focused on bringing the best out of the songs, whatever the tools or techniques used to get you there.

For “Shadow” we also had Ronnie play live drums while retaining programmed beats and loops to blend with it.


TERMINATRYX debut album launch tour (Zeplins, Pretoria, 2008) – Pic by Trevor Charles Miller

I wrote most of the first album’s songs, but Sonja has embraced her abilities and wrote some of the coolest tracks on “Shadow”.

Thus far we’ve always made our releases available on CD (and download), but this is something we’re not sure whether it will be the case for any future albums.  It’s costly and less people are buying discs, so there’s a lot to consider (but at shows people are still looking for tangible merch…)

With the debut we already had many set ideas we always implement, from the cover design having an ‘altered state’ option to link to its remixed version’s cover down the line, to the inclusion of an instrumental opener and a track in Afrikaans on each album (seeing as most of us speak the language).


TERMINATRYX debut album launch tour (Zeplins, Pretoria, 2008) – Pic by Trevor Charles Miller

The Afrikaans track on the debut is “Siek+Sat” (Sick+Tired), a stream of consciousness tirade about some social aspects of the human condition that sticks in the craw.

We already had a video for the song “Midnight” which released along with the album, but I had an idea for a “Siek+Sat” music video of calm erupting into rage.  We try to make a point of making our own videos so that our stamp is burnt onto it.  My idea was straight forward but with effective possibilities – to have the band perform against calm, green flames in the verses but exploding into red fire and a drastically altered appearance in the faster choruses as disdain exudes.  For that transformation the talented duo of Clinton Aidan Smith and Daleen Badenhorst (of Cosmesis) resulted in amazingly detailed undead make-up application and black-out eyes (half a decade before Die Antwoord we need to note!).

The foundation for transformation and horror themes were also established with the “Midnight” and “Siek+Sat” videos, and features in most of our clips (another one shot for this album is the werewolf clip for “Virus”, also with make-up FX by the Cosmesis folks).

This “Siek+Sat” video was however shelved for numerous reasons.  HD was not yet commonplace and the video was shot on standard definition DV – this resulted in the detail of the striking make-up FX not fully translating visually on the lower resolution, and the green screen issues (especially with motion and hair was a total headache).  It took me quite some time to edit and I think the saturation resulted in the clip being shelved.  I wanted it to be perfect (something I always have to remind myself is as relative as the length of a piece of string!).  We did screen it as an opener to our Makabra Ensemble’s live silent film performance of Nosferatu at Oppi Koppi, and ended up included it as our synched live video backdrop for the song.

Ironically our live version of the “Siek+Sat” remix by Battery 9’s Paul Riekert (shot live at the Ministry show) saw light of day before the 2008 video!

But when the 8th anniversary of the debut self-titled album dawned on us, we decided to revisit the clip.  On watching it, it was actually not as bad as originally thought, and we decided to dust it off and throw it out to the public for the very first time, 8 years after its creation!  Nothing was changed except for the addition of English subtitles.  One could still whittle at it to improve the sticky bits, but just like mixing a song, you can keep at it forever and give yourself a stroke! – Eventually you need to let it go.


On the airport heading to Gauteng for the debut TERMINATRYX album launch shows – 2008

I feel original content not shared is a waste – sure, you’ll have many jumping on it taking aim from behind their keyboards, but there will be as many who will get a kick out of it in one way or another.  With this video I felt we shouldn’t leave it in silent obscurity forever, especially since many people put in their time and talent to make it happen, from Silver Bullet Lighting supplying the lights, to Roice Nel shooting it, and of course Cosmesis and their cool make-up FX.

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