BioTechno Animal formed in 1990. A mechanoid manifestation of Justin Broadrick and Kevin Martin's increasing appetite for studio explorations, the name was a practical abbreviation addressing the concept of a technological animal.
The pair met when Martin booked Godflesh's first-ever show. They shared the same taste for musical intensity and general extremity, and after various God and Godflesh live/tour convergences, Martin invited Broadrick to appear on The Pathological Compilation, produce God's first recording "Dum Dum Slug" and co-produce the group's first single "Breach Birth". Both were increasingly thriving on a musical diet of contemporary classical, dub, obscure soundtracks and various electro-acoustic oddities, in addition to their blatant lust for punk-driven noise in all its agitational forms. Realizing neither could fully incorporate such influences into their day jobs, due to the inflexible demands of the Metal fraternity in the case of Godflesh and the practical problems recording God's big band, they began electronic experiments as Techno Animal.