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'

PSY'AVIAH 'Lightflare' ALFA MATRIX

Review: Caustic – 'American Carrion';

CAUSTIC 'American Carrion' NEGATIVE GAIN PRODUCTIONS

Monday, 9 July 2018

Throbbing Gristle announce more reissues




Throbbing Gristle announce the second phase of their ongoing reissues with Mute. 14 September 2018 will see remastered editions of Journey Through a Body (on silver vinyl and CD) and Mission of Dead Souls (on white vinyl and CD) available, while Heathen Earth will be re-released on blue vinyl and as a 2CD set.

The releases follow the 40th anniversary release of The Second Annual Report, as well as new editions of 20 Jazz Funk Greats and The Taste Of TG: A Beginner’s Guide to Throbbing Gristle – all out now http://smarturl.it/THROBBING-GRISTLE

JOURNEY THROUGH A BODY (1982, Industrial Records), widely referred to as Throbbing Gristle’s most haunting work, was recorded as a piece of radio art for Italian National Radio RAI, Rome in March 1981. Following Robert Wyatt’s recommendation, RAI originally commissioned Cosey Fanni Tutti to create a sound work based on the theme of ‘A Journey Through the Body’. This went on to become a Throbbing Gristle project – first broadcast by the RAI, Journey Through a Body was the band’s final studio recording prior to 2004’s reactivation of the band. 

Recorded in five days, a day per body section, the tracks were not pre-planned and nothing was re-recorded or added to after the track’s initial recording, instead each track was mixed immediately. “What’s most noticeable about the album, as a sonic experience is the openness to acoustic instrumentation on display.” (The Vinyl Factory) and Journey Through a Body stands as a perfect testament to Throbbing Gristle’s artistic ethos. Unavailable on vinyl since 1983, Journey Through a Body will be released on silver vinyl with a foil-blocked cover featuring photos from the session. The album is also available on all digital platforms for the first time, and on CD after being long out of print.


MISSION OF DEAD SOULS (1981, Industrial Records) documents the final performance, before Throbbing Gristle’s original disbanding (the band reactivated in 2004 before their final performance in 2010). Recorded at the Kezar Pavillion, San Francisco on 29 May 1981, the album “proves that TG’s assault never lacked talent or skill.”  - AllMusic. The album has been unavailable on vinyl since the early 1990s, and is here presented on limited edition white vinyl, recreating the original sleeve with the addition of silver ink, with a new inner sleeve including photographs and a passage by Jon Savage. 

A public statement by Throbbing Gristle stating ‘This Mission Is Terminated’ was released following Mission of Dead Souls, and the legacy of the band began to solidify with its influence on generations of artists to come. The album is also available on all digital platforms for the first time, and on CD after being long out of print.

HEATHEN EARTH, originally released in 1980 (Industrial Records), is a live document of a performance by Throbbing Gristle to a small and invited audience on 16 February 1980.
Described by The Quietus as “more cohesive and marshaled” than any of their other live recordings, the album is a testament to a band at the height of their creative powers, recorded just over a year before Throbbing Gristle disbanded and terminated the mission. 

Heathen Earth will be released on 2CD and as a limited edition blue vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, echoing, for the first time since its original release, the first pressing of the album (the initial blue pressing was an edition of only 750 copies, before the album was repressed on black vinyl). The vinyl also contains an eight-page 12” booklet entitled ‘Industrial News’ dedicated to the Heathen Earth and includes an unseen photographic print from the performance. The album comes with a digital copy of 11 bonus tracks, including live recordings from 1980 and 7” versions of ‘Subhuman’ and ‘Adrenalin’.

Throbbing Gristle are Chris Carter, Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson (who sadly passed away on 25 November 2010), Cosey Fanni Tutti and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, their impact on music, culture and the arts is immeasurable and still felt today.






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Sunday, 8 July 2018

Review: Mortiis – 'Perfectly Defect'




'Perfectly Defect'
OMNIPRESENCE PRODUCTIONS 

With Mortiis' scathing last outing 'The Great Deceiver' having run it's promotional course the man behind the troll, Håvard Ellefsen, has been in a nostalgic mood it seems with a big re-evaluation and revisiting of the 'Era I' section of his discography, but also in the re-release of the download-only album 'Perfectly Defect' that was released before the band's short hiatus.

Unlike the 'Era I' material which has been receiving a lot of well-overdue praise and attention especially for it's influence in what has come to be known as Dungeon Synth music, 'Perfectly Defect' at the time of it's release received a mixed reception. Stylistically it's a continuation of the 'Era III' sound that included 'The Grudge', but many viewed it as a purely stop-gap effort. However in this revised and expanded version, the album becomes a more rounded affair that warrants another listen.

Tracks such as 'Closer To The End', 'Perfectly Defect', 'Sensation Of Guilt', 'Thieving Bastards', and 'This Absolution' from the original release power the track list along, and see the industrial rock of 'Era III' reach a mournful and downbeat conclusion. The vocals more pained and twisted, and the atmospheres more claustrophobic, and the menacing yet ambient industrial sounds are pushed to the fore.

The new additions to the track list 'The Sphere', 'The Punished', 'Hermaphro Superior', and 'Contrition' are primarily instrumentals (with 'The Punished' featuring vocals towards the end) and while many criticisms levelled at the album in the past were that there were too many instrumental and remix sounding tracks, the inclusion of these four shifts the balance and gives the album a more soundtrack-like feel. This may not be to everyone's taste and while initially sceptical of 'This Absolution' no longer rounding off the album, the light airy strains of 'Contrition' is arguably more effective.

There are some great tracks in the original release of 'Perfectly Defect' and the new inclusions sit well within the original framework. It's hard to understand why all of these tracks weren't used on the original release, but thankfully they're included now. Still a bit of an oddity in the Mortiis back catalogue, especially considering 'The Grudge' and 'The Great Deceiver' sit alongside it, but definitely one worthy of listening too again.

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Review: AlterRed – 'Trauma: Trauma Reinforcement'





'Trauma: Trauma Reinforcement'

The curtain rises once again on the electro-creepshow as London's AlterRed unveil their fifth full-length studio album 'Trauma: Trauma Reinforcement'. Picking up where 2015's 'In The Land Of The Blind' Left off, the band continue to evolve a heavier and darker sound that leaves the cabaret-tinged electro rock style of their first three albums behind.

A dark mournful piano intro opens the album providing a stylistic link back to their earlier material, but the inclusion of the sample over the top hints at the darker more industrial material which is subsequently revealed by the first track proper the frantic and grinding 'Speed Test'. The guitars are louder and nastier, the beats are harder and faster, the synths more scathing and sharp and Mikey's vocals take or a distinctive snarl.

The album maintains a hard rocking angsty backbone with tracks such as 'Wait For The Recoil', 'Mad Dogs', 'Breaking News', 'PS Fuck You', 'You Get Nothing', and 'Bohemian Class' providing plenty of opportunities to wreck your neck. But there is also playfully disturbed edge that incorporates the dramatic flair of their previous work with tracks such as 'Dead & Cold', 'Only Way Is Down', and the inspired cover of 'Wild Boys' bringing some variety to the fast tempo rage.

This is the band's heaviest work too date and while there are still nods to the sound pioneered on their early work, this is a much darker and grittier production. More raucous and punk rock in it's spirit and industrial in it's outlook. Not quite electro-punk and nor quite industrial rock, but rather an intelligent take on both. They've nicely balanced their melodic avant-garde charms with with violent incorporation of heavier elements well. It continues to show that AlterRed have a lot more versatility to their sound than they have previously shown.

'Trauma: Trauma Reinforcement' is a strong, pissed-off album that grabs you by the ears and forces you to follow it to the end. AlterRed have hit their stride with this album and it is sure to attract fans of the heavier end of the electro rock/industrial rock scene but it still does enough to keep the interest of long-term fans. The band's continued musical evolution sees them stronger than ever.

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More DJs announced for Infest plus Charity Tea Party!




This year's Infest is already shaping up to be the must see UK festival of the year with a knock-out line-up of bands already announced. Joining the band's are some of the scene's top DJ talents with these latest announcements.

DJ GLITTERHAWK – UK – !!INFEST DEBUT!!
Glitterhawk is a Drag Queen, DJ and promoter based in Nottingham. Founder of Dark Waters Alternative Festival and a co-founder of Batronic and Nottingham’s Queer Alternative DirtyFilthySexy. Born with a love of electronic music from Witch House to Synthpop, EBM, Electro and much much more.

DJ DIMETHOXY – UK – !!INFEST DEBUT!!
Helping keep the dark electronic scene alive and kicking in S Wales! The mind behind Cardiff’s experimental electronic club MK Ultra and a DJ at long running night Dead Of Night. With a taste for twists on classic hits, dark, hard and gritty beats, you can expect the unexpected.

DJ WILDHONEY – BE – !!INFEST DEBUT!!
DJ, reviewer, photographer, webmaster who grew up as a teenager in the 80’s with New-Wave, EBM and Punk music and has broadened his musical spectrum with influences of Metal (Thrash, Hardcore, Doom, Death, Black, Grunge, …), Alternative Rock, Crossover, New-Beat, Acid, Techno, etc… Expect an interesting mix!

DJ FRANKIE D – UK – !!INFEST DEBUT!!
One of the scenes most enduring figures as head of Flag Promotionssince 1991 and bringing many of your favourite Industrial and EBM acts to the UK over the last 25+ years! A regular DJ at the Slimelight and various Glasgow nights, Stigmata, Asylum, Shadowplay and Club Tron, he continues to spread his eclectic web!

DJ UDO – DE – !!INFEST DJ DEBUT!!
Founder of HANDS, one of the most important labels for electronic music, and Winterkälte, the pioneers of rhythm’n’noise. An Udo Wiessmann DJ set offers pure energy from the wide ranging rhythm’n’noise to techno universe, mashed up with Industrial Music, EBM and more.


Also back by popular demand is the charity tea party and cake sale on Infest Sunday. Please join us for a tasty cake, a cuppa and a natter.

IN THE ESCAPE BAR BETWEEN 2PM AND 4PM ON SUNDAY 26TH AUGUST

All proceeds will go to charity. You decide which one when you buy your tea and cake! Choose from any of our chosen charities for this year: Bradford Samaritans, Yorkshire Cancer Research or Guide Dogs.

CAKE DONATION

The festival is asking for cake donations on the Sunday from 12noon please, or drop them off when the box office is open during the event on prior days.
If you are donating a cake please download and print, then fill in a “cake ingredients slip” per cake. This is to ensure everyone can make an informed decision about which cakes to enjoy, with regard to any allergies or intolerances they may have. Download the cake ingredients slips on the website.


This years festival will take place from Thursday 23rd until Sunday 26th August at University of Bradford's Student Union and marks its 20th Anniversary. More line-up details and tickets will be available from the festival's official website: https://infestuk.com

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Thursday, 28 June 2018

Review: Suffering For Kisses – 'Forever Waiting'




SUFFERING FOR KISSES
'Forever Waiting'
SELF-RELEASED

With a name like Suffering For Kisses, the expectation for some classic melodramatic goth is pretty high, and it is something that is thankfully delivered in droves. SFK is the brainchild of Tony D'Oporto aka The Gnome, also known for his projects Gnomes of Kush, Gnome & Spybey (w/ Mark Spybey of Dead Voices On Air / Download) and Crisis Actor (w/ David Thrussell of Snog).

With a strong new wave meets darkwave core and a slow methodical delivery, the projects debut album 'Forever Waiting' channels the sombre dancefloors of the 1980s and transposes them into 2018. Tracks such as 'Touch', 'The Waiting', 'Beautifully Dark', 'In The Night', 'Lust', and 'The Only One' blend steady drums, classic gothic bass and clean new wave synths and jangling guitars with lots of delay to conjure up images of dark clubs full of dry ice and back-combed hair. There isn't much variety in terms of pace to the album though the track 'Interlude' adds a shot of melancholic cabaret to the proceedings.

The production is clean and simple. Perhaps a little too simple though. It has a cold synthetic edge that would suit it more if there were more layered electronics. But otherwise makes it sound a little too nostalgic.

It's an interesting first release that is heavy on atmosphere and retains a lot of dance appeal that will find favour with fans of the traditional goth sound. It could use a little more variation in the pacing of the album and a thicker, warmer sound as well. But otherwise its a catchy offering that draws you in and delivers a classic slice of goth to get your teeth into.

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THE FALL OF VERSAILLES




Needless to say, I did not expect my column from last month to be quite so prescient...

To be so spectacularly dramatically outgunned by reality has come as a great surprise to your humble scribe, unaccustomed as I am to events and happenings of any description. I'm therefore going to have to raise my lyrical game a notch to fully capture the tension of the current hour.

So, let us discuss the political and cultural legacy of Versailles, the orgiastic epicentre of royal power that orbited around the pernicious and mercurial moods of the Sun King. The small hamlet outside Paris became the prison of ambition and scandalous decadence for three entire generations of French nobles, a terrain created for the simple purpose of holding the political class of the nation - whether powerful, talented, mediocre or inept – to ransom, miles away from their family and estate strongholds and dependant upon the grace and favour bestowed by the Bourbon dynasty. One minute you were the lord of a large manor in the country, the next you found yourself applying His Majesty's cuff links for him as your first court act of the day. Your connections meant nothing when you found yourself competing for a place diagonal to the King at dinner.

Stranded in the sticks, members of the court sunk into a morass of drink, sex, debauchery, drugs, parties, gambling, witchcraft and war. Careers rose and fell on the unpredictable whims of the Louis', former favourites were exiled to nunneries and Spain, nations rose and fell, and the people gradually fell into poverty and despair. The nation sunk into debt, as even the victories of the state turned out to be ruinously expensive. And eventually it ended - suddenly, spectacularly, bloodily.

What can we learn from this? That there are limits to autocratic power; that ultimately the creditors take control; and that every party has to end sometime. But the original concept of Versailles – as corrupt, mismanaged, inhumane and disastrous a waste of human talent, effort and life as it turned out to be – did still have the seed of an idea of an ordered, balanced and enlightened utopia of human endeavour. Could Versailles have lasted longer if it was better run, more accountable, more democratic? Is there a way of having power and fun at that same time, and keeping them both?

Of course, we would need to have power – and fun – to find that out.

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Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Review: Nine Inch Nails – 'Bad Witch'



The third instalment of the EP trilogy that began in 2016, 'Bad Witch' finally emerges. Though classed as an LP by Trent Reznor the album is still of comparable EP length featuring a total of six tracks which is only one more that the previous two.

NIN's post 'Year Zero' output has often been criticised of being a bit safe and samey despite of its prowess. With that in mind this trilogy has been really refreshing with each offering possessing a frantic unfinished and raw energy that is at odds with the perfectionism that coloured his 90s and early 2000s output. The album has the noisy, low-fi edges of 'Not The Actual Events' and the analogue synth playfulness of 'Add Violence', and throws in overt saxophones that gives the album a hint of 'Outside' and 'Earthling' era Bowie. But most importantly out of the albums in the trilogy this one feels the most complete and well-rounded.

The Bowie influence is at its most overt on the brilliantly tense and frenetic 'God Break Down The Door' which sees Trent break out his best croon for the occasion. Tracks such as 'Shit Mirror', '
Ahead Of Ourselves', and 'Play The Goddamned Part' are a little less-user-friendly and employ more of the noise rock vibe from the first EP. However, there's a sudden turn with 'I'm Not From This World' with it's gritty and dissonant synths over a throbbing rhythmic bass line to create a haunting industrial instrumental before the album finishes on the which once again returns to Bowie territory with a nod to his late hero's final album 'Blackstar'.

The production maintains the raw and gritty atmosphere of the previous two outings. It's unpolished and almost live in its energy. But still crafted and mixed with a masterful hand and certainly doesn't feel rushed. Just honest and urgent.

'Bad Witch' pushes out from the safety of classic NIN. There is a cosmic anxiousness at play here, a sense of existential tension that permeates the tracks with discomfort and subversion. Out of the three releases in this trilogy it certainly stands apart as a stronger and more rounded release.

The trilogy as a whole, has led to a more revitalised NIN sound that raises the question that had these songs featured on one album, would the effect have been similar? Also, will we see the staggered format from Reznor and Ross again in the future? Time will tell.

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Metropolis Records announce Legendary Pink Dots reissues




Metropolis Records has announced the re-release of the classic Legendary Pink Dots albums 'Any Day Now' and 'Shadow Weaver' on CD and vinyl.

'Any Day Now' stands as one of the Legendary Pink Dots' best albums, and certainly among the best of the '80s. The Dots were often called an unlikely link between prog rock and industrial. "Any Day Now" lives solidly in a world of synthesizers & British goth & Syd Barret & psychedelia.


TRACK LIST
01. Casting The Runes
02. A Strychnine Kiss
03. Laguna Beach
04. The Gallery
05. Neon Mariners
06. True Love
07. The Peculiar Funfair
08. Waiting For The Cloud
09. Cloud Zero
10. Under Glass
11. The Plasma Twins
12. The Light In My Little Girl's Eyes
13. Neon Gladiators (Version Apocalypse)


THE LEGENDARY PINK DOTS’ classic 'Shadow Weaver' is now presented in a 2018 Remastered & Expanded version. Reflecting the DOTS moving away from their electronic-based origin, organic instruments knit rich yet fragile tapestry throughout. Still as vital & relevant as band’s primary influences — Can, Faust, Neu & Meddle-era Pink Floyd, Shadow Weaver shows the bands mastery of psychedelic sound designs.

TRACK LIST
01. Zero Zero
02. Guilty Man - Ghosts Of Unborn Children
03. City Of Needles
04. Stitching Time - Twilight Hour
05. The Key To Heaven
06. Laughing Guest
07. Prague Spring
08. Leper Colony
09. Stitching Time First Version



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Ventenner announce 'Atraxia' single




UK alternative metal band Ventenner are releasing a new single, 'Ataxia', on June 29th. The new track is coming unannounced to the public and fan base and is the first part of a double A side single release, with the second single coming later in 2018, both released through Syndicol Music.

Harking back slightly to their more electronic and industrial roots, 'Ataxia' is a hostile and aggressive statement influenced by an increasing amount of time spent on tour. This is their first studio output since 2017's critically acclaimed album 'Invidia', a far more guitar driven album than their previous material that divided opinion but expanded their creative horizon.

Ventenner can also announce that they are in the process of writing a new album and after a handful of shows towards the end of 2018, they will be once again entering the studio.

'Ataxia' is released worldwide Friday June 29th, and will be available on all major digital platforms. Both 'Ataxia' and the follow up single will not be appearing on any future studio albums. There will also a limited physical release of both tracks in the near future.


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Sunday, 24 June 2018

Infest announces first DJs and Charities




This year's Infest is already shaping up to be the must see UK festival of the year with a knock-out line-up of bands already announced. Joining the band's are some of the scene's top DJ talents with the first announcements already coming through.


DJ ZONE – UK – !!INFEST DEBUT!!
Frontman of rising dark-wave act ‘They Called Him Zone’ and DJ on popular radio show ‘The Dark Hour’ on BCB Radio 106.6FM spinning the darkest most melancholy tunes from the 1960s to the present day. Be prepared for serious eclectic, haunting, alternative sounds.


DJ SLACKERBITCH – SE – !!INFEST DEBUT!!
Swedish gothikon, former co founder of Klubb Död and dj at festivals such as Electronic Summer, Kalabalik, Subkultfestivalen and Gothic Pogo Festival. Be prepared for a very special mix of goth / 80s / electro / modern goth that will turn the dance floor into… A GOTHTASTIC POGO – PARTY!!


DJ KOHL – UK – !!10th ANNIVERSARY SET!!
Stomping his signature style all over the Industrial / Fetish / Hard Dance / Hardstyle scenes… Expect an unforgettable stage presence, an infectious, powerful, dark energy, and a mix of styles ranging from dirty industrial to techno… Join us on the dance floor in celebrating a very special milestone in his career!


DJ CONOR – IE – !!DECRYPT DUBLIN RESIDENT!!
Spins whatever he can get away with in Dublin’s dark alternative scene… old-school goth to classic EBM to darkwave to electro to neo-folk to deathrock to industrial to witch-house to techno to whatever! Wish’s he’d picked a cool DJ name all those years ago, but c’est la vie, he’s just Conor!


DJ MAX SPEED – UK – !!INFEST DEBUT!!
Resident DJ and promoter at Manchester’s Sentinel, Something Good 90s Night and MCR Nights online radio Synthwave mix show. A varied repertoire of musical styles will surely include something for everyone… Expect nothing but be prepared for everything!


DJ XYMOX – AU – !!INFEST DEBUT!!
A 2008 DJ debut in Australia led to involvement in a number of clubs and events before heading to London in 2012. Since then her varied repertoire has lead to regular Slimelight slots and guest slots at Club Antichrist, M2M2 (Northampton), Synergy (Brighton) and Makabra Gothic Dungeon (Milan).


Once again the festival will be supporting a number of charities as well.

YORKSHIRE CANCER RESEARCH

In collaboration with our friends and fellow noise-mongers at Beat:Cancer we’re supporting Yorkshire Cancer Research, who help people in and around Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer. Working in partnership with researchers, scientists and clinicians, the NHS, Public Health bodies and other charities, Yorkshire Cancer Research make life-changing improvements to cancer outcomes.

SAMARITANS

Some of the Samaritans crew from the Bradford branch are planning to attend the event, so you can chat to them about the invaluable work which they do. Providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, we think they’re a really important organisation that deserve our fundraising support.
 
Festival regular and friend Simon Barber is again going to do the Edinburgh Ironman Triathlon, this year in aid of Samaritans, with with the support of his employer the Royal Bank of Scotland who will match his sponsorship fund. He has some scores to settle and a finish-time he wants to smash this year after some spectacularly rough weather last time. GOOD LUCK Simon!

GUIDE DOGS

Last but by no means least, we are continuing our long-standing support for the Guide Dogs Association. Our unofficial mascot JJ will be in attendance for you to fuss over, and his human John-E-Smoke will be on stage with his band Flesh Eating Foundation. 


This years festival will take place from Thursday 23rd until Sunday 26th August at University of Bradford's Student Union and marks its 20th Anniversary. More lineup details and tickets will be available from the festival's official website: https://infestuk.com

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