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!

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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'


Review: Caustic – 'American Carrion';


Monday, 19 November 2018


OK, stop that. Whatever you're doing. Yes, that. Stop whatever it is your doing, and what's this.

In the balmy summer of 1954 the prime time variety showcase of American comedian Red Skelton boasted three special guest stars in a spooky, elongated skit. Lon Chaney Jr, firmly established as one of the few bonafide US horror stars of the post-war era and still a much-loved celebrity; Vampira, at that point still the macabre host of a horror showcase TV show; and Bela Lugosi, his career at an all-time low, struggling to resurrect his career. As a slice of timeless gothica, it is irreplaceable, uncanny, and perfect.

Beginning with a scene of Lugosi watching the start of the show on a small television, it moves on to the then-standard format of a corporate sponsor introducing the show (in this case, Geritol). Announcing that Red Skelton will be starring in 'Dial B For Brush', it sets off into an opening gag where Skelton is offered a job as a door-to-door brush salesman on wages of $12 a week, with $15 a week deductions (“Sure I'll take it, I need the money!”) and sent on the worst sales job purely to get him out of the picture.

Cut to a spooky castle laboratory, and Lugosi in lab coat singing jollily as he sharpens his tools. Examining the sleeping girl on the slab, he laments “They don't make gurls like dis anymooor!”. The wolfman (his 'half brother/half wolf') is Chaney, gurning comically through oversized teeth. Mistreated, he's keen to make it up to Dr Lugosi - “Didn't I get your lunch from the blood bank?”. Lugosi explains his plan to place a 'new, unused brain' into the body of a robot, to unlock the secrets of the universe.

Skelton arrives at the door, and is promptly mailed by Chaney. “This is going to be an easy sale!”, he yelps cheerily. As they are sizing him up the slab appears again, the woman screaming unprompted. “Don't ad lib, kid – you're among stars!” Determined to make the sale, Skelton exclaims “I never say die!”, to which Lugosi and Chaney reply in unison “...but we do!”. Drugged, Skelton falls unconscious, Lugosi dances and sings “It's so peeeecceful in de graaaveyaaard!”, and part one of the skit is over.

The second part begins with dancing skeletons, which look quite impressive even today, before Skeleton awakes in a graveyard with Lugosi and Chaney. “Where am I? Pasadena?” Then, stage left, enters Lugosi's 'half-sister' Vampira who instantly lets rip a characteristic shriek. Spotting some new blood in the water in the form of Skelton, she invites him to call her 'after he's dead'. Skelton is unconvinced by her advances - “This is a physical impossibility” (we've all been there). Subsequently hypnotised by Vampira, Skelton is taken to the lab in the graveyard.

After the transformation, Skelton behaves less like a wise god but as a small child – cue much corpsing (no pun intended!) amongst the cast. Lugosi implores him – “Give me the information! I must have the information!”, and when he can't hear Skelton's reply Lugosi looks confused, misses his line, and everyone corpses again. Skelton chases them around the lab, amidst many groans and wails, and Vampira emerges from a slab in the wall to exclaim “Be quiet! You're making enough noise to wake the living!” And then, stage right, enters Geritol-man again to bring proceedings to a close.

It's frenetic 20 minutes of chaos, chills, and sheer joy. Not only are the characters smiling as they perform their macabre work, but the actors are too – it's a wonderful slice of spooky from the golden age of American gothic, and after watching it this terrifying world doesn't seem so bad.

So, yes. Stop whatever it is you're doing, and watch this. After all, it's so peaceful in the graveyard...

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Saturday, 10 November 2018

Front Line Assembly To Release New Single featuring Robert Görl of D.A.F.

The legendary Front Line Assembly returns with the release of their crushing new single "Eye On You," taken from the forthcoming album "Wake Up The Coma” coming in early 2019. Featuring Robert Görl of the pioneering German band D.A.F. along with smashing remixes from Terence Fixmer and Orphx. This single will be released by Metropolis on November 16th.


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Saturday, 3 November 2018


COSEY FANNI TUTTI announces the release of her second solo album, TUTTI, out on Conspiracy International on 8 February 2019.

TUTTI is comprised of eight soundscapes: an audio self portrait comprising of manipulated sound recordings from Cosey’s life, music and art: “It’s the only album I’ve made that is an all encompassing statement expressing the totality of my being. A sense of the past in relation to the present and everything in between.”

These eight pieces were originally conceived as the soundtrack to the autobiographical film ‘Harmonic Coumaction’, and performed live in February 2017, part of a series of events that accompanied the COUM Transmissions retrospective which opened Hull UK City of Culture 2017. Later that year, ‘Harmonic Coumaction’ was presented as an audio-visual installation for Cosey Fanni Tutti’s solo exhibition at Cabinet Gallery, London.

Cosey Fanni Tutti explains: “Working on the COUM Transmissions exhibition also coincided with writing my autobiography - collating archive material and re engaging with my past. My work is a continuum, the past feeding the present and vice versa. The album is an interpretation of my past and present, of my understanding the shifting perceptions of how they inform one another. One form creating another through a metamorphic process.”

On TUTTI, the music has been updated and enhanced with elements of the original tracks re-recorded and further processed specifically to create a unique stand-alone document, separate to the live performance and installation.

Recorded at Cosey Fanni Tutti’s studio in Norfolk, the album, as on her debut release, Time To Tell, merges Cosey’s art activities with her exploration of sound: The album’s autobiographical theme is not locked into any specific time or place, the ‘voices’, instruments and sounds together span decades of my life, music and art. In this context my name 'TUTTI’ shifts from its role as a noun to perfectly represent the concept of the album, also acting as sign for me the artist.

TUTTI is Cosey Fanni Tutti’s only solo album release since 1982’s Time To TellTime To Tell was recently given its first release on vinyl, on a long awaited official deluxe edition. The interim years between solo releases has seen a blisteringly prolific output as an artist and musician. Renowned for her art, her work in the sex industry, as co-founder of Industrial music and Throbbing Gristle, and her pioneering electronic music solo and as Chris & Cosey, Carter Tutti and Carter Tutti Void, she has created throughout with the motto “my life is my art, my art is my life”. 

Cosey’s autobiography ART SEX MUSIC was published to worldwide acclaim by Faber & Faber in 2017, a Japanese edition has just been published with further translations and an audio book to follow.

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SEER signs with Artoffact Records.

Formed in the Autumn of 2014, doom metal outfit Seer have curated an eclectic sound across three EPs and a full length record, punctuating traditional doom and glacial sludge with both clean and harsh vocals, folk passages and ambient meditations. The five-piece, Vancouver-based quintet comprises vocalist Bronson Lee Norton, guitarists Peter Sacco and Kyle Tavares, bassist Josh Campbell, and drummer Madison Norton. Seer cite bands like Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Blue Oyster Cult, and King Crimson as the pillars of their sound.
As with any strong music scene, the one Seer finds itself in draws its strength from the musicians who inhabit multiple projects, often diverse in genre and atmosphere. Seer members also play in Wormwitch, Empress, and many others, making for a brimming cauldron of creativity.
The current Seer sound incorporates black metal and NWOBHM influences, venturing into territory occupied by groups like Judas Priest, Queensryche, Taake, Bathory, The Ruins of Beverast, and Dissection. In 2018, the band recorded their latest, a record dubbed simply Vol. 6, and signed with Toronto-based Artoffact Records (Dead Quiet, Xandria, The Sorrow, Front Line Assembly). The album was produced by Jordan Koop (Wolf Parade, Lié, The Courtneys), with stunning cover art by Caué Piloto (Un, Jupiterian), and mastered by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust).
Kyle Tavares expands on the album’s themes: “Vol. 6 tells the story of a monk who belongs to a monastery built upon the tallest mountain on the planet. This monk has been chosen to make pilgrimage to the peak of the mountain where lies the power to return their world to a golden age long past. This pilgrimage is taken once each decade, and no monk has ever returned from his journey and completed the quest. The main theme is dogma and the consequences of accepting rigid principles one must not stray from.”


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Engram release debut album 'Das Kapital'

Martin with Attrition and John mostly under his own name. Together they have concocted an atypical mix of minimal wave, body music, soundtrack tonalities and lush melodies, bound with washes of dark electronics.
In 2018 a wheel turns full circle and a partnership forged 22 years ago is finally fulfilled.
Back in 1996 the original version of What Am I? was released in demo form on US label Silber Records compilation, Alleviation.
In 2013 the project was consolidated with a remodelled version of What Am I?
c/w the compelling atmospherics of Law of Betrayal and Hi Teikei No.
In 2015 the next single arrived and Karl Marx was given a new platform on the electro dancefloor.
'Leninism, Stalinism, Revolution...'
An 80's influenced political marriage of minimal synth wave and dark electronic rhythms & textures.
'Invasion, Infiltration, Intimidation...'
"A crisply chilling political observation..." Hot Music Live 

Produced by Martin Bowes & John Costello
Mixed and Mastered by Martin Bowes at The Cage Studios, Coventry, England. 2013 – 2018
Cover image by Rainer Ganahl

ENGRAM Photos by Antony Weir.
A limited edition, signed numbered digipack...

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018


When does horror become horrific? This a question that has been on my mind recently. When do the conceptual, primal horrors of the word and the film become the kind of horror that actually keeps us awake at night?

The culture of terror has always been concerned with the demons of our subconscious, or their manifestations in modern society. So when we talk about monsters, we are actually talking about science, and passions, and fear, rather than actual beasts. A dragon itself isn't as terrifying as the emotions and projections behind it. The witch, the wizard, the ogre, the ghost, the dungeon; these are all expressions of other ideas. By expressing them we exorcise our own negativities, either by catharsis or by turning them into thrills, chills, or laughter.

The horror is the horror; but it is not horrific. The horrific relates to the real pain of real people the actual movements of power and experience that render us powerless. We can all probably recount many examples of the horrific from our own lives, where the reality of pain and suffering makes the memory hard to withstand. These horrors are not entertainment; they are sobering, disorientating, and without comfort.

Furthermore, there is an increasing amount of the horrific in the world today. From the separation of families, the uncovering of abuse on a massive scale, the rise of extremist street violence, and the election of authoritarian misrulers the world over, we are seeing an invasion of the horrific into the world on a massive scale. Fear of disorder, oppression, violence are filtering through into the collective subconscious of society. What can Pennywise or Jason Vorhees do that Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro would not?

It is no wonder, then, that Halloween, that evening of escapism and the macabre, has turned into a month-long festival of spooky: as the horrific grows, horror becomes all the more important. As the real world becomes more and more horrific, the exorcism of our personal demons becomes the preferable alternative to misery. And often, a pretend hell is preferable to a hell on earth.

So, get carving those pumpkins; practice your hexes; and sharpen your scythes. We may be needing the cast our own spells soon enough. And, Happy Halloween!

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Monday, 29 October 2018


The seventh edition of our famous opening event "CALL THE SHIP TO PORT" sets off on 19. July 2019. Aboard Europe's biggest domestic eventship, the MS RheinEnergie, we invite you again to start the Amphi-weekend with an enchanting evening cruise along the Rhine.

No matter if you choose to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere at the promenade deck with cocktails, snacks and various other refreshments or to rock out to the concerts at the fully air-conditioned main hall, CALL THE SHIP TO PORT remains the ultimate overture to the Amphi Festival weekend.

Speaking of the bands, we once again focused strongly on presenting you a well-paired selection, to make you bust a move instantly! As headliners expect nobody less than the British synthpop-veterans MESH. Also look forward to masterclass electropop with  SOLAR FAKE as well as the ever impressive DIORAMA, whose songs unleash an electrifying energy on stage.

Strictly limited to only 1333 pieces, the highly coveted CALL THE SHIP TO PORT 2019 tickets are now exclusively selling at the Amphi Shop at www.amphi-shop.de. As always the CALL THE SHIP-TICKETS are delivered together with an Amphi Festival 2019 weekend-ticket!

In case you already bought an Amphi Festival 2019 weekend-ticket earlier, we then give you the alternative to buy the CALL THE SHIP-UPGRADE. The upgrade provides only admission to CALL THE SHIP TO PORT and not the Amphi Fest itself. A small hint: the shop also allows to combine the CALL THE SHIP-UPGRADES with Amphi/E-Tropolis 2019 combi-tickets!

In any case we recommend to get your tickets soon. Last time CALL THE SHIP TO PORT was booked out after just a few weeks.

For more info on CALL THE SHIP TO PORT please head over to www.amphi-festival.de/calltheshiptoport.html

19.07.2019 - MS RheinEnergie | Cologne
(The Amphi Festival Opening Event)
Boarding: 7:00 pm | Departure: 8:00 pm

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Indarra is the brand new project from the sensual and gifted Canadian vocalist Sue Hutton (Rhea's Obsession) that includes a mandala of players: Producer/instrumentalists Kevin Laliberté, Chris Gartner, percussionist Deb Sinha, tabla by Ed Hanley, Heiki & Scott M2 on synths and backing vocals on "Turn The Light Within" by Athan Maroulis (NØIR). Indarra brings together touches of the haunting mystical qualities of Rhea's Obsession along with activism, social issues, and empowerment into a timeless sonic tapestry. Indarra will release their exotic debut album entitled 'Walk On Fire' on Metropolis on November 9, 2018. Indarra will also make their live debut on Saturday, October 27th 2018 at Cattivo in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Metropolis Releases Cabaret Voltaire Tribute Compilation

Occupying the middle ground between punk and industrial, there was a British music group from Sheffield, England called Cabaret Voltaire. While their earliest performances were Dada-influenced performance art, Cabaret Voltaire went on to blend pop with dance music, techno, dub house and experimental electronic music, evolving into one of the most prolific and important groups of their time. While their tenure was short, their impact was no less profound and influential to the bands they would help to shape in the future.

It is with this in mind that, "WHY KILL TIME (WHEN YOU CAN COVER CABARET VOLTAIRE)", was conceived. Bringing together bands such as: AkA, Bestial Mouths, Bioassay, Black Agent, Canter, Elegant Machinery, God Module, Having Issues, Kriistal Ann, Maleagant, Manufactura, Microchip Junky, Mirland/Larsen, Missing Witness, NØIR, PulseWidthMod & Databomb, Snowbeasts and SØLVE. Eighteen  bands with different approaches to music, joined by the common thread of paying a respectful homage to one of the progenitors that they all owe a small piece of their sound to. "WHY KILL TIME (WHEN YOU CAN COVER CABARET VOLTAIRE)" is available digitally through Metropolis. 

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Saturday, 13 October 2018


MUTE have announced updates to MUTE 4.0 (1978 > TOMORROW), a series of special events and releases continuing through 2018 with plans for 2019 and beyond, ahead of this weekend’s Rough Trade Easttakeover on Saturday 13 October where Mute will host a whole day of performances, including a lunchtime modular set from Chris Carter plus shopscapes from Simon Fisher Turner.  In the evening, A Certain Ratio and Lost Under Heaven will play live, and Maps will be DJing. Online tickets are now sold out for the evening event. There will be a small amount available on the door, and everyone is welcome during the day when Chris Carter and Simon Fisher Turner will be performing.

A series of Pitchblack Playback events marking MUTE 4.0 (1978 > TOMORROW), launches on Tuesday 16 October, with Yazoo’s Upstairs at Eric’s. At these unique events, listeners are invited to enjoy the album in full without distraction, in a pitchblack room (blindfolds are optional!) on The Lexi’s immersive cinema soundsystem.

Mute also announces a collaboration with 1 of 100, a specially designed t-shirt based on the The Normal T.V.O.D artwork which will be available in a strictly limited edition of 100, each shirt made to order in your chosen size, numbered and printed on organic, climate neutral cotton. The t-shirts will be available to order in the coming weeks from https://weare1of100.co.uk/mute-records-the-normal/ 

Forthcoming releases that tie in with Mute 4.0 include artists from across Mute’s catalogue as well as newer signings to the label.

Today, 12 October will see the release of special vinyl editions for Mute 4.0: “probably the world’s first teenage electronic pop group”, Silicon Teens, and their one and only album ‘Music For Parties’; Mute’s first signing, Fad Gadget - ‘Fireside Favourites’; Josh T. Pearson’s lauded ‘Last Of The Country Gentlemen’, Apparat - ‘The Devil’s Walk’; Vince Clarke and Martin Gore’s project, VCMG - ‘Ssss’ and A Certain Ratio - ‘The Graveyard & The Ballroom’. Pearson will be released on gold vinyl, Apparat on violet and the rest will be on very limited Mute 4.0 orange vinyl.

In addition, A Certain Ratio’s ACR:SET is out on today and features two new tracks from the band and Barry Adamson’s Memento Mori Anthology 1978-2018 – which includes a brand new track - is out on 26 October. Those releases will be followed in November by brand new albums from Irmin Schmidt (Klavierstucke 5), Mick Harvey & Christopher Richard Barker’s opus The Fall and Rise of Edgar Bourchier and the Horrors of War plus Laibach’s long awaited The Sound of Music. January 2019 will see the release of Lost Under Heaven’s second album, Love Hates What You Become and Mark Stewart has recently announced the definitive reissue of his debut solo album, Learning To Cope With Cowardice, available with newly discovered unreleased tracks.

Mute / BMG releases include Yazoo’s Four Pieces vinyl set and Three Pieces (CD set), both collating their two albums alongside the BBC sessions (available for the first time in full), remixes and rarities (out on 26 Oct); Grinderman’s debut album, released on limited edition green vinyl on 26 October and Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ soundtrack for The Proposition, available on vinyl for the first time on 2 November.

Further releases include Mute Synth 4.0, the third handheld analogue synth collaboration between Mute, Adrian Shaughnessy and Dirty Electronics.

From The Port To The Bridge”, a retrospective exhibition of the work of Thomas Leer and Robert Rental, is at the Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock until 28 October. The exhibition will include a new film about Leer and Rental featuring interviews with Daniel Miller, Chris Carter, Cosey Fanni Tutti, JD Twitch (Optimo), family members and more. Their groundbreaking work was a huge influence on early 80s synth pop and the independent music scene in the late 70s. Daniel Miller met Robert Rental at a Throbbing Gristle performance and then went on to work with Rental (releasing Live At West Runton Pavilion, 6-3-79 on Rough Trade in 1980) and release music by both Robert Rental and Thomas Leer. Robert Rental's classic double a-side single ‘Double Heart’ / ‘On Location’, was Mute's 10th single in 1980.

Mute and Thames & Hudson recently worked together on Mute: A Visual Document, a visual history of the label. One of Uncut and Rough Trade’s Books of the Year, it was described by the shop as “Beautifully bound, this book is as iconic and dynamic as Mute's musical past”. Learn more about the publication here: http://smarturl.it/MuteBook 

MUTE 4.0 (1978 > TOMORROW) acknowledges the launch of a label that started out of necessilty rather than design (to release the 7” single by The Normal, ‘T.V.O.D.’ / ‘Warm Leatherette’, recorded by Daniel Miller on a KORG 700S keyboard with a TEAC four-track recorder), and marks the past 40 years, but crucially, looks forward to the label’s many years to come as it travels unapologetically into tomorrow.

New Mute merchandise will be launched in the coming months, and future announcements will include a specially commissioned release well as unique events and evenings.

Visit the recently relaunched MuteBank site: https://www.mutebank.co.uk/ 

Pre-order the Mute 4.0 special editions - http://smarturl.it/MUTE4.0

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