Recording-studio intern Eric Fisher 1st met programmer/keyboardist Charlie Clouser even though working in the same studio room in Philadelphia, PA. When he noticed the audio that Clouser could easily get from electronic devices, he was influenced enough to start out writing having a sequencer along with a sampler. He quickly discovered guitarist Steve Stagg and bassist Lou Louvenir to greatly help him along with his eyesight, until finally the trio selected the name Tapping the Vein and continuing onward. When auditioning performers, Heather Thompson arrived in and instantly won herself the work with her solid vocals. They documented a demonstration and started operating locally, but Stagg and Louvenir decreased out and switched the band right into a duo. Thompson and Fisher earned guitarist Tag Burkert and bassist Joe Rolland to record another demo. They began starting for like-minded performers within their hometown, ultimately gathering quite the neighborhood group of fans while their music started to capture on nationally through their participation with MP3.com. They authorized to Nuclear Blast in 2001 and documented their debut, The Harm, for any 2002 release.