IVM's Top 40 Releases of 2017

With 2017 a now a fading memory of political turmoil, social upheaval and high-profile perverts, we can at least look back at the year's musical output and say that it was a great one. As is the custom, we've put together a list of 40 notable releases from the previous twelve months that we think are worthy of praise.

Blood Pack Vol. 5 Released!

To download it all you have to do is go to our bandcamp page here: https://intravenousmagazine.bandcamp.com/album/blood-pack-vol-5

Interview: Angelspit

“I get the feeling we are moving through a period of despair. Perhaps this is due to the state of the environment, politics, or dealing with being "social" in the electronic age. We are so frustrated, so exhausted...we don't have the energy or money to plan for the future.I wanted to write lyrics that people can related to, and music that would energize that to forge ahead.”

Review: Psy'Aviah – 'Lightflare'

PSY'AVIAH 'Lightflare' ALFA MATRIX

Review: Caustic – 'American Carrion';

CAUSTIC 'American Carrion' NEGATIVE GAIN PRODUCTIONS

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Review: Various Artists – 'We're In This Together: A Tribute To Nine Inch Nails'




VARIOUS ARTISTS 
'We're In This Together: A Tribute To Nine Inch Nails' 

Only a month after their impressive tribute to Bile, the Tribulations team unleash to arguably the biggest band to ever come out of the industrial scenes, Nine Inch Nails. There have been a few tribute albums to NIN over the years, including piano, lullaby, acoustic, and string quartet versions... so the contributing artists have their work cut out for them to come up with some different variations on the ample source material.

Acts such as Corlyx, Killchild, Man Woman Machine, Acidrodent, Visions In Black, Marc Lowe, The Cryptids and more take on iconic tracks such as 'Reptile', 'Wish', 'Heresy', 'Hurt', 'Into The Void', 'The Becoming', 'Gave Up', and Something 'I Can Never Have.

The variations in artistic styles are far greater her than say the previous Bile compilation, and some acts stick close to the source material while others go off in other directions. It's a shame there are two versions of 'The Becoming', and 'Reptile' – while both versions of each track are great – with no representation from 'Year Zero' or 'Hesitation Marks' it feels like the album could have covered more ground.

As with all compilations the mastering ties things together nicely once again by creating a cohesive sound from amidst the various genres at play here. Even with some major stylistic shifts in the track list the album flows nicely from start to finish.

Nine Inch Nails are a band that have been covered many times and in many different ways. Approaching this as a tribute album curator or a contributing artist is no small feat, and everyone involved once again deserves praise. And if this wasn't enough we can expect a tribute to Front Line Assembly in the near future as well.

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Review: Various Artists – 'We Reject: A Tribute To Bile'




VARIOUS ARTISTS
'We Reject: A Tribute To Bile'
TRIBULATIONS

A cornerstone of the 90's Industrial surge, Demonic Electronic group Bile are well overdue a tribute album of their own. And who better to fulfil that than Tribulations. With tribute albums for Skinny Puppy, Ministry and Coil already released the label has quickly built a reputation for putting serious effort into these digital compilations.

The aggressive and experimental fluid nature of Bile's back catalogue offers an untold wealth of potential for covers and the likes of Killchild, Acidrodent, Flesh Eating Foundation, Neo Land, and Cyphier among others are stepping up to the mark to take on the likes of 'Sex Reflex', 'Jerk', 'Teknowhore', 'I Reject', 'In League' and more.

As with the last release the track listing is shorter and tighter than the impressive sprawls of the first two albums in the series. But that isn't a sticking point by any means. Instead the track list is more focused, and there are no repeated covers.

The artists on this tribute not only compliment the sound of Bile, but also each other and the whole album flows really nicely. There are some stylistic shifts between the artists but on the album has been curated in a way to keep any jarring jumps between genres to a minimum and ensure the album progresses smoothly. And once again the result is a strong collection that shifts effortlessly between the idiosyncrasies of each band as they stamp the originals with their own mark.

Once again the album is well mastered to ensure the tracks don't clash and any discrepancies in the various recording processes and styles don't distract from the presentation of the album as a whole.

The series from Tribulations and it's contributing artists deserve praise for consistently creating high-quality free releases that not only pay tribute to some of the most important names in the scenes but allow talented acts show off their abilities to create interesting and original reinterpretations of the source material.


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ASH CODE SIGNS WITH METROPOLIS RECORDS




Metropolis Records is proud to announce that they have signed the explosive Italian Darkwave band ASH CODE. Firstly, Metropolis will be releasing (on both vinyl and CD) Ash Code's most recent album entitled 'Perspective' on November 9th, which was originally released in Europe in the Spring of this year. This will be followed by reissues via Metropolis in December of 'Posthuman,' originally released in Europe in 2016, along with their debut album 'Oblivion' from 2014. The future looks very bright for Ash Code, a band that masterfully blends influences ranging from early Depeche Mode to The Sisters of Mercy into a dark stew of Post-Punk, Synthpop, Cold Wave and EBM.

http://www.ashcode.eu
https://www.facebook.com/ashcodemusic
https://www.metropolis-records.com/product/11652/perspektive

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

C-TEC - DELUXE REISSUE OF 'DARKER + CUT' PLUS U.S.A. TOUR.




It's been a long time coming, but our definitive remaster of C-Tec's back catalogue is upon us. The feted 1990’s collaboration of Front 242's Jean Luc DeMeyer, Cubanate's Marc Heal, Crisis NTI's Ged Denton and Nitzer Ebb's Julian Beeston, our newest release combines their two classic albums, 'Darker' and 'Cut', remastered in their entirety. Also included are two previously unreleased bonus tracks. The whole collection has been crisply remastered by Jules Seifert at Epic Audio Media, under the watchful ears of DeMeyer and Heal. To celebrate this phenomenal release we have put together a couple of cool C-Tec bundles for you featuring shirts and some other cool bits and pieces featuring brand new designs based on the original album artwork. Get ordering here, and please share the hell out of it, if you would all be so lovely.

C-Tec are playing this years Cold Waves shows as well as playing a series of satellite gigs alongside our old friends Chemlab. If you're anywhere close, then these shows will be unmissable. Tour dates as below...



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LAIBACH ANNOUNCE THE SOUND OF MUSIC



“The hills are alive, with the sound of music
With songs they have sung, for a thousand years”


LAIBACH have announced details of their eagerly awaited album, The Sound of Music, out on Mute on 23 November 2018 on vinyl, CD and digitally.


Listen to the opening track, a classic Laibachian interpretation of ‘The Sound of Music’, here: https://youtu.be/2oD0W6SSBUA


The Sound of Music was conceived when Laibach were infamously invited to perform in North Korea in 2015. The band performed several songs from the 1965 film’s soundtrack at the concert in Pyongyang, chosen by Laibach as it’s a well-known and beloved film in the DPRK and often used by schoolchildren to learn English. Laibach are joined by Boris Benko (Silence) and Marina Mårtensson on vocals and the album gives the Laibach treatment to tracks such as ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Edelweiss’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’ and ‘Maria’, here reworked as ‘Maria / Korea’ (“How do you solve a problem like Maria / Korea?”).


While the majority of the tracks on the album are from the film, the band also included ‘Arirang’, an interpretation of a traditional Korean folk song considered the unofficial national anthem of both North and South Korea (and released recently to mark the historic summit in Singapore between President Donald Trump and the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un), as well as their own workout of the Gayageum, a traditional Korean zither-like string instrument performed by students from the Kum Song Music School in Pyongyang and a recording of the band’s “welcome” speech to Korea from Mr. Ryu from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Committee for Cultural Relations.


Laibach’s groundbreaking performance in North Korea was documented by director, artist and cultural diplomat, Morten Traavik in the film Liberation Day (described by MOJO as “a humorous, disturbing, illuminating and sometimes moving immersion into an anomalous communist mirror-world …”) which is out now via ITunes following its screening for Storyville on BBC4.


The album was recorded and produced in Ljubljana, Slovenia and in Pyongyang, DPRK and represents another successful collaboration between Laibach and Silence (Primož Hladnik and Boris Benko), who previously co-created Laibach’s 2006 Volk album.


The cover was created by Valnoir, who has previously collaborated with Laibach and oversaw visuals across the band’s North Korean project. Valnoir explains, “Laibach and NSK have been without any doubt the most influential artists in my career. And since I was in charge of most of the visual elements for Laibach’s North Korean project, it was both logical and easy for me to dive into this fantastic and monumental project!”


The band will open the Steirischer Herbst festival in Austria with the live premiere of The Sound of Music on 20 September. The performance will feature a string sextet and children’s choir, and a member of Laibach will DJ in a club in the middle of a mountain in the city of Graz later that evening. On the 21 September Ivo Salinger (aka Ivan Novak) will be in conversation with the director of the festival. Ahead of then, the band will perform in Ljubljana with a Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra and have confirmed two dates in Russia in October, further dates to be added – full details at http://www.laibach.org/future-events/


7 Sep – Ljubljana, Križanke SI - Laibach with Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra 

20 Sep – Graz, Steirischer Herbst festival AT - premiere of The Sound of Music + DJ set
9 Oct – St Petersburg, Opera Club RU - Also Sprach Zarathustra & The Sound of Music
11 Oct – Moscow, Glav Club RU - Also Sprach Zarathustra & The Sound of Music 


THE SOUND OF MUSIC TRACKLISTING

The Sound of Music
Climb Ev'ry Mountain
Do-Re-Mi
Edelweiss
Favorite Things
Lonely Goatherd
Sixteen Going On Seventeen
So Long, Farewell
Maria / Korea
Arirang
The Sound of Gayageum
Welcome Speech

Over 35 years on from their genesis in the then-Yugoslavian industrial town Trbovlje, Laibach are still the most internationally acclaimed band to have come out of the former Communist countries of Eastern and Central Europe. Founded in the death year of the country’s founding father Tito, and rising to fame as Yugoslavia steered towards self-destruction, Laibach can make you think, dance and march to the same music.




www.laibach.org
www.mute.com

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Dead Can Dance announce 'Dionysus' and Tour




Dead Can Dance are pleased to announce details of a brand new album entitled ‘Dionysus’,
which is set for release on 2nd November via [PIAS] Recordings.

ACT I : Sea Borne - Liberator of Minds - Dance of the Bacchantes
ACT II : The Mountain - The Invocation - The Forest – Psychopomp

Pre-order the album and find tour dates & tickets here:

Formed in Melbourne in 1981 by Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry, the style of Dead Can Dance
over eight previous studio albums can be described as compelling soundscapes of mesmerising
grandeur and solemn beauty that has incorporated African polyrhythms, Gaelic folk, Gregorian
chant, Middle Eastern mantras and art rock.

Ever since the group's inception, the duo have also been informed by folk traditions from all over
Europe, not solely in musical terms but also by secular, religious and spiritual practises. The idea
behind ’Dionysus’ comes from this backdrop and was shaped as Brendan Perry explored the long
established spring and harvest festivals that originated from Dionysian religious practices, a journey
that brings to the fore rites and rituals that are still practised to the present day.

Two years in the making, Perry has amassed an array of folk instrumentation on ‘Dionysus’ while
taking inspiration from across the world, with tracks evolving less like songs and more akin to
fragments of the cohesive whole. The album also incorporates field recordings that include chanting,
beehives from New Zealand, bird calls from Latin America and a Swiss goatherd. The aim in Perry’s
mind is to not just invoke the atmosphere and symbolic reference points but to highlight that music
can be found everywhere in some form or other.

The album consists of two acts across seven movements that represent the different facets of the
Dionysus myth and his cult and takes the form of an oratorio, which has informed both spiritual and
secular pieces of music as far back as the early 16th century. Retaining a prevalent hold on
contemporary paganism in Europe, the voices used on these movements are imagined as
communities celebrating - in communion with each other at times, chanting and call and response.
The various voices are present to convey emotion beyond the boundaries of language itself.

Although taking its main inspiration from the Dionysus story, the album artwork resonates with links
to rituals depicting a mask made by the Huizhou of the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico – famed
for their beadwork and yarn paintings, whilst also partaking in peyote as a sacred rite and ritual for
the purposes of healing and mind expansion. This is at the heart of Dionysus, a celebration of not
just humanity but humanity working hand in hand with nature in respect and appreciation.

Dead Can Dance will embark on an extensive European tour throughout May and June 2019,
celebrating their life and works from 1980 to the present day. Confirmed dates are:

May 02: Le Liberte, Rennes, France
May 04 / 05: Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK
May 07 / 08: Cirque Royale, Brussels, Belgium
May 10 / 11: Grand Rex, Paris, France
May 13 / 14: Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
May 16 / 17: Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany
May 20 / 21: Barts, Barcelona, Spain
May 23 / 24: Aula Magna, Lisbon, Portugal
May 26 / 27: Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, Milan, Italy
June 16: Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany
June 18 / 19: Ruhrcongress, Bochum, Germany
June 21 / 22: Torwar Hall, Warsaw, Poland
June 24: Kongresove Centrum Praha, Prague, Czech Republic
June 26: Papp Laszlo Budapest Sportarena, Budapest, Hungary
June 28: Sava Centar, Belgrade, Serbia
June 30: Roman Theatre Of Philippopolis, Plovdiv, Bulgaria


www.deadcandance.com 

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Emperion to release new EP




Emperion return with "i am electronic / red noise" out 21.09.18. Released on 12" vinyl (4 tracks) and CD (6 tracks), this brand new AA sided EP offers far more than a mouth-watering glimpse of ‘Resume’, the long awaited new album by Empirion. The much admired Essex based techno-industrial act is well and truly back with an absolute banger of an EP containing perhaps the strongest tracks of their entire career.

'I Am Electronic' is a grinding breakbeat/trance maelstrom with an irresistible and instantly memorable vocodered refrain that makes the track irresistible on the dance floor, while 'Red Noise' represents the industrial roots of the band and melds Nitzer Ebb/Front 242 style EBM with Hardfloor-ish acid/IDM elements. Man vs Machine and an unmissable comeback!


The 12” vinyl is a limited edition of 1000 copies (300 in red vinyl) and includes exclusive remixes, while the EP is a CD single with alternative exclusive remixes and two additional bonus songs.


12”

A1 I Am Electronic

A2 I Am Electronic (Olowex Remix)

AA1 Red Noise

AA2 Red Noise (Dark Prince Remix)



CD

1 I Am Electronic

2 Red Noise

3 Red Noise (Rotersand Rework)

4 Strange

5 I Am Electronic (Victory Pill Remix)

6 Clear The Area


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AMPHI FESTIVAL 2019 ANNOUNCES IN EXTREMO AND MANY MORE!




Children of the night, how time flies! Just a moment ago we had the idea of bringing an open-air festival to life and bang, fifteen years later the same colorfully black fifth season celebrates its 15th anniversary. A story that fulfills us, the promoters, with a humble sense of pride as well as it induced you as the audience over the years with countless unforgettable memories and the joy of anticipation for the next Amphi Festival on 20. & 21.07.2019 at Tanzbrunnen Cologne. After news broke of NITZER EBBs glorious return and a record-worthy pre-selling start, bursting out all early-bird tickets within just a few hours, the time has finally come to lift the curtain for what more can be expected at Amphi next year. Clear the stage for our first big line-up pack, featuring the following artists:

IN EXTREMO
LORD OF THE LOST + WELLE: ERDBALL + DAS ICH + SAMSAS TRAUM
FADERHEAD + SOLITARY EXPERIMENTS + HAUJOBB + CHROM
THE BEAUTY OF GEMINA + THE CASSANDRA COMPLEX + SPARK!
OST+FRONT + HENRIC DE LA COUR + DIVE + HOLYGRAM + CRYO
JÄGER 90 + HEARTS OF BLACK SCIENCE + LOGIC & OLIVIA


TICKETS & INFO
More festival information is available as always at www.amphi-festival.de or www.facebook.com/amphifestival. Original Amphi Festival tickets and "Amphi/E-tropolis 2019" combi-tickets are exclusively available at Amphi Shop, www.amphi-shop.de !


XV. AMPHI FESTIVAL 2019
20. & 21.07.2019 - COLOGNE | TANZBRUNNEN

IN EXTREMO + NITZER EBB
LORD OF THE LOST + WELLE: ERDBALL + DAS ICH + SAMSAS TRAUM
FADERHEAD + SOLITARY EXPERIMENTS + HAUJOBB + CHROM
THE BEAUTY OF GEMINA + THE CASSANDRA COMPLEX + SPARK!
OST+FRONT + HENRIC DE LA COUR + DIVE + HOLYGRAM + CRYO
JÄGER 90 + HEARTS OF BLACK SCIENCE + LOGIC & OLIVIA

+ many other bands & supporting programme coming soon

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A PRIMITIVE EVOLUTION set to release BECOMING on METROPOLIS




The Toronto-based band A Primitive Evolution (A.P.E.) will be releasing their Metropolis Records debut on October 5th with 'Becoming,' their third actual album. Recorded at their own self-built Desolation Studios, 'Becoming' includes collaborations with writer/producer Ian D’Sa (Billy Talent) and engineer Kenny Luong (Metric). A Primitive Evolution's brand of dark electronic metal was forged from a wide array of influences such as NIN, Radiohead, The Prodigy and Tool. 


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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Review: May May Graves – 'Monsters'



Award winning drag performer, burlesque artist, and head queen at the Dallas School of Burlesque unleashes her debut musical outing in the form of 'Monsters', a blend of high-fashion, cyberpunk and 80s slasher menace this EP is like an apocalyptic party. Billed as the "genderfuck of your nightmares", May May quit her job as a Church of Christ preacher in 2011 to be in a punk band... It all goes downhill from there.

'Monsters' is a dance-floor ready blend of throbbing bass, pounding dance beats and filthy modular synths framing seductive and sinister vocals. Evoking UV-drenched party monsters, neon-clad villains and the decadence of a 21st century Weimar Berlin the EP is a compelling listen.

The opening tracks 'Die Like It's The 80s' and 'Monsters' hit hard and fast with their up-tempo and sing-a-long friendly construction that won't fail to get bodies moving on the dance floor. 'Ghost' then pulls things back into a slower, darker and disorientating direction that maintains it's dance appeal but still gets really interesting. 'My Villain' goes more up-tempo again but this time invoking some very nice Pet Shop Boys style melodies that is carried on through to the final track 'Mermaids'.

The album is rounded-off with some very nice remix contributions from Surgyn, Aberrant Behaviour, Adventu Impar, and Isserley who all do a great job of making the tracks their own. But hidden between them is 'Cantaloupe', another solid dance number that feels a little more straight-forward in it's construction but nonetheless sounds great.

The production has a nice gritty cyberpunk edge to it, and the modular synths really emphasise this. With this being a dance record primarily it's heavy on the beats and bass, but the melodies and vocals always shine through in the mix giving it plenty of sing-a-long potential.

This is a strong fist-outing that hints a a few different directions a full-length release could go in. Hopefully there will be more from May May Graves in the near future.

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