'K-Nitrate' began life in early 1993 with Graham Rayner and Steve Etheridge. Their highly anticipated first album, 'Xenophobia' was released within months. With its fiercely political commentary of the first Gulf War, 'Xenophobia' pulled no punches with tracks like "Human Shield" and "Killer Religion". 'Xenophobia' was a superlative debut. 1996 saw the recruitment of guitarist Dan and the release the 'Hyperphobia' EP. 'Hyperphobia' contained remixes of material from 'Xenophobia' and five new tracks that showcased the band's move to a more intense live sound.