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

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Thursday 31 October 2013

Rabia Sorda's 'Hotel Suicide' to be released 29th November

The latest outing of Hocico's Erik Aicrag under the Rabia Sorda moniker will be released via Out Of Line on 29th November 2013. The first pressing of the album will contain the exclusive bonus disc 'Room 13' featuring two unreleased songs, as well as remixes by OST+FRONT, Forgotten Sunrise and many more, plus six energetic live tracks, recorded in Leipzig.

Track List:

CD 1
1. Indestructible
2. Turbulence
3. Deaf
4. Abwesend
5. Hotel Suicide
6. Dibujando El Veneno
7. Eye M The Blacksheep
8. Somewhere Along The Road
9. Marionette
10. Abuse Me
11. Killing Words
12. Noviembre Arde

1. Morbid Circus
2. Two Bullets
3. Hotel Suicide (Aesthetic Perfection remix)
4. Indestructible (Ost+Front remix)
5. Somewhere Along The Road (Formalin remix)
6. Turbulence (Forgotten Sunrise remix)
7. Deaf (Terrolokaust remix)
Live in Leipzig:
8. Out Of Control
9. Radio Paranoia
10. Money Talks (and rots)
11. Save me from my Curse
12. Eye M The Blacksheep
13. Walking on Nails

The band will be on tour on the following dates:

    02. November 2013 - Whitby Goth Weekend - Whitby, UK
    30. November 2013 - Electrowerkz - London, UK
    21. Dezember 2013 - Down Below X-mas Special - Vockerode, DE
    23. Januar 2014 - Nachtleben - Frankfurt am Main, DE
    24. Januar 2014 - Matrix - Bochum, DE
    28.-30. März 2014 - 3. Out Of Line Weekender - Berlin, DE

To pre-order the album please visit the Out Of Line webshop. For more information on the band, please visit their official website.

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Ego Likeness announce tour and re-released albums

Ego Likeness have announced the re-release of their classic albums 'Water To The Dead' and 'The Order Of The Reptile' on 26th November via Metropolis Records.

The new version of 'Water To The Dead' features all the original tracks, new, unreleased versions of '16 Miles' and the title track, and as an additional bonus, an ePub version of vocalist Donna Lynch's 2008 novel 'Isabel Burning' (RDSP). While the remastered version of 'The Order Of The Reptile' features bonus versions of 'Aviary' and 'Save Your Serpent'.

Track List:

'Water To The Dead'
01. Water to the Dead
02. 16 Miles
03. Above the Soil (Isabel's Version)
04. Isabel
05. Mandala
06. The Breach
07. Hurricane
08. Axis
09. Traveling Son
10. Wolves
11. Wayfaring Stranger
12. 16 Miles 2013
13. Water to the Dead 2013

'The Order Of The Reptile'
01. Weave
02. Burn Witch Burn
03. Smothered
04. Aviary
05. Save Your Serpent...---...
06. Severine
07. World of Shame
08. The Foolish Man Who Has No Home
09. Seventy-Nine
10. Raise Your Red Flags
11. Afterhours
12. Aviary 2013
13. Save Your Serpent 2013

The band will also embark on a North American tour with support from Servitor. The band will kick off the tour on 13th November and finish 11th December.

The new versions of 'Water To The Dead' and 'The Order Of The Reptile' are available to pre-order now via Metropolis Records. For more information on the band please visit their official website.

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SKinny Puppy Tour and re-release announced

Legendary industrial act Skinny Puppy have announced bot a new North American tour, but also the re-release of their 2004 comeback album 'The Greater Wrong Of The Right' on vinyl via Metropolis Records.

The album will be re-released on 180 gram vinyl in a gatefold jacket with a digital download card enclosed, limited to 1,000 copies on 28th January 2013.

Track List:

01. [A] I'mmortal
02. [A] Pro-test
03. [A] EmpTe
04. [A] Neuwerld
05. [A] Ghostman
06. [B] dOwnsizer
07. [B] Past Present
08. [B] Use Less
09. [B] Goneja
10. [B] DaddyuWarbash

The band will be on tour from 24th January 2014 until 5th March and will be joined by with support acts DJMREX (1/24-2/03), Army Of The Universe (2/04-2/28)  and BAAL (3/01-3/05).

Tour Dates:

Jan 24  ·  Santa Ana CA        The Observatory
Jan 25  ·  San Diego, CA       House of Blues
Jan 27  ·  Phoenix, AZ          Marquee Theatre
Jan 28  ·  Albuquerque, NM    Sunshine Theatre
Jan 30  ·  San Antonio, TX    Backstage Live
Feb 1   ·  Houston, TX          Warehouse Live
Feb 3   ·  New Orleans, LA    Tipitinas Uptown
Feb 4   ·  Atlanta, GA           Center Stage Theater
Feb 5   ·  Orlando, FL           Beacham Theater
Feb 7   ·  Miami FL             Grand Central
Feb 8   ·  Tampa FL             The Ritz Ybor
Feb 10  ·  Charlotte, NC        Amos Southend
Feb 11  ·  Silver Spring, MD  The Fillmore
Feb 13  ·  Philadelphia, PA     The Trocadero
Feb 14  ·  New York, NY       Webster Hall
Feb 15  ·  Boston, MA           Royale
Feb 16  ·  Montreal, QC         Club Soda
Feb 18  ·  Toronto, ON          Sound Academy
Feb 19  ·  Detroit, MI            The Majestic
Feb 21  ·  Chicago, IL           The Vic
Feb 22  ·  Minneapolis, MN   Mill City Nights
Feb 23  ·  Lawrence, KS         Granada Theatre
Feb 24  ·  Denver, CO           Ogden Theatre
Feb 26  ·  Salt Lake City, UTLo-Fi Cafe
Feb 28  ·  Vancouver BC        Commodore Ballroom
Mar 1   ·  Seattle WA            Showbox Market
Mar 2   ·  Portland, OR          Wonder Theatre
Mar 4   ·  San Francisco, Ca   The Fillmore
Mar 5   ·  Los Angeles, CA    Mayan Theatre

The album is available to pre-order on vinyl via Metropolis Records. For more information on the band please visit their official website.

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More acts confirmed for Alt-Fest

Cradle Of Filth, Malefice, Onslaught, Fearless Vampire Killers, Truckfighters, Palm Reader and Steak have become the latest acts confirmed for Alt-Fest, due to take place 15th – 17th August 2014 at the Boughton Estate, Kettering. The bands join gothic and industrial acts such as Fields Of The Nephilim, VNV Nation, Front 242, Suicide Commando, Covenant, Dope Stars Inc, Gothminister, KMFDM and Blutengel which have already been confirmed.

The event, a five-day, multiple stage festival covering Alternative, Industrial, Metal, Goths and Steampunk music, lifestyle and more not only reached its target of £30,000 but went on to double the target, receiving over £61,000 from fans via the Kickstarter UK platform. 130 acts across the metal, rock, goth, industrial, steampunk and more genres are now booked with headliners to be revealed soon.

For ticket information and a full line-up of bands, please visit the Alt-Fest website.

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Wednesday 30 October 2013

Review: Cynical Existence – 'Erase, Evolve And Rebuild'

'Erase, Evolve And Rebuild' 

Fredrik Croona, the man behind harsh ebm outfit Cynical Existence, is on a rampage. In less than a year he has given us an exciting début album, plus an EP, and is already following it up with album number two. The first full-length Cynical Existence outing on 'Come Out And Play' showed off a well rounded approach to creating hard dance tracks that channelled the previous experiences of its creator with his other bands Project Rotten and Menschdefekt and infusing an almost metal edge to them. Fast forward several months and another EP and the second album continues the path set out on 'Come And Play' and refined further on the 'A Familiar Kind Of Pain' EP.

There is no genuine aim at creating anything other than a varied approach to harsh ebm that is both dance orientated – in the vein of acts such as Suicide Commando, Grendel and SITD – but also carries some emotional resonance. It's a simple and honest ambition, and one that continues to bear fruit.

The snarled metal vocals, industrial guitar, hard beats and scathing synth melodies give the album it's backbone. But the clever use of clean vocals, as well as sparring use of glitch and even dubstep elements give the album a fresh and experimental edge. The likes of 'Something Strange', 'Falling', 'Our Bright Future', 'No Compromise' and 'Transformation (Search For A Change)' provide the strongest cuts from the track listing. Each one incorporating and refining new and interesting elements into the Cynical Existence palette.

They don’t' always get it quite right, though. Too often Steve Alton's excellent guitar work gets lost in the mix, and sometimes there is just too much vying for the listener's attention, such as with 'Erase Me'.

'Erase, Evolve And Rebuild' is a mantra for Croona and his collaborators. Cynical Existence is a band that grows for the better with every release. The band don't descend into the cliché of genre conventions. Instead they take that early diversity of the harsh ebm sound and continue to tinker with it to suit themselves

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Review: Spiritual Front – 'Black Hearts In Black Suits'

'Black Hearts In Black Suits' 

Italy's Spiritual Front have been around in the neofolk scene for over a decade now, and have honed their suicidal folk-pop formula with great effort. With several full-length albums under their belt, including the acclaimed 'Armageddon Gigolo' (2006), they have proven again to be one of the more interesting modern neofolk acts. Long-time fans will no doubt be rejoicing that the band's latest effort sees former member Stefano Puri back on song writing duty for the first time since 2006.

The new album, based on the poems of Rainer Werner Fassbinder focusses on the dichotomy of the light and dark sides of the bands musical sound. The album augments the band's established sound of blending neofolk, neoclassical and post-punk with a bleak decadence evoking old Europe. The tracks constantly shift from light airy pieces to darker, more complex pieces, with occasional dabbling with ecclesiastical majesty. The result is almost akin to the drunken death rattle of imperial Europe presented as a theatrical revue.

Musically and vocally the band take their cues from the likes of Franz Schubert, Nick Cave, David Tibet, and Marc Almond. With songs such as , 'Life's Too Long', 'The Only Sin', 'I Just Can't Have Nothing', 'I Believe I Was Yours' and 'Each Man Kills The Thing He Loves' balance a melancholic pop edge with a deeply intimate and confessional approach.

The use of ecclesiastical interludes on 'Requiem Æternam', 'Dies Iræ' and 'Lacrimosa' breaks up what is quite a long track listing into more bitesize chapters and adds a little more gravitas to the sombre and minimalistic piano-led arrangements.

'Black Hearts In Black Suits' is a pretty heavy going album. It's long and melancholic, designed to wrench at the listeners heart via their ears. The fifteen tracks and penchant towards simple piano pieces won't be to everyone's liking. However, the song writing though, is exquisite, and the production is simple, but effective. Vocally Simone Salvatori has never sounded better. Ultimately this will prove to be another standout album in the Spiritual Front catalogue.  

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Tuesday 29 October 2013

Review: The 69 Eyes – 'Lost Without Love' (Single)

'Lost Without Love' 

After once more experimenting with their glam metal roots on recent albums, the Helsinki Vampires have slowly been finding their way back to their signature “goth 'n' roll” sound. What better way to celebrate this than with the second “best of” compilation in the band's 20+ year career.

The new single that accompanies 'The Best Of The Helsinki Vampires' is quite an apt one. 'Lost Without Love' is a nice blend of the bands metallic edge without compromising on their gothic pomp. The semi ballad fits in nicely with classic tracks such as 'Dance D'Amour', 'Stolen Season', and 'Betty Blue'.

The deep bassy tones to Jyrki 69's vocals are dropped in favour of a more dynamic approach, which works but does also bring the song a bit close to HIM territory. Though the band thankfully stop short of imitating their own imitators.

If you want a big single to close a live show with, then this is going to tick the boxes. It has the classic jangling guitars, haunting synths, grooving bass and a big sing-a-long chorus to really rouse the audience.

It doesn't quite live up to the legacy of singles like 'Brandon Lee', 'Gothic Girl' or 'The Chair'. But it does a good job of maintaining a link between the band's past and their most passable recent cuts like 'Borderline' from 'X' and 'Ghost' from 'Perfect Skin'.

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Artoffact Records to release Sólstafir / Legend split 7"

Canadian underground label Artoffact has announced the release of a very limited edition 7” vinyl split from Icelandic bands Sólstafir and Legend. The split will see each band cover one of the other's songs.

Sólstafir craft a post-metal version of one of Legend's 'Runaway Train'. While Legend reform Sólstafir's 'Fjara' into a dark-pop anthem.

The 7" vinyl features an exclusive photo by Icelandic artist Iris Sigurdardottir with the band-members lined up in a black room, side-by-side. The vinyl is available in two versions and limited to a total 300 copies worldwide, half of which have already been sold.

1. Crystal clear with silver (90 copies)
2. Crystal clear with little bit of mixed solid red (70 copies)

The 7” split is available to pre-order the Artoffact webshop. For more information on the bands, please visit their websites HERE and HERE.

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Monday 28 October 2013

Dead When I Found Her to release a cassette of covers.

Oregon's finest industrial outfit Dead When I Found Her announced that they will be releasing a limited edition EP exclusively on cassette. 'Fingerprints: Volume 1' is a covers album created after the success of 'Stitches And Cover Ups' where the band paid tribute to bands and artists such as Nine Inch Nails and Phil Collins.

Advertised as "An Original Mixtape" the release will feature covers of songs by such acts as Skinny Puppy, The Smiths and a David Bowie track from the 'Labyrinth Soundtrack'. The release shall be limited to a mere 50 copies and each purchase will come with a download code so you can add it to your MP3 player as well as whack it in your boombox!

Track List: 

Side A
1. In the Air Tonight (Phil Collins)
2. Controversy (Prince)
3. Dead Lines (Skinny Puppy)
4. Sin (Nine Inch Nails)
5. When Doves Cry (Prince)

Side B
6. Magic Dance (David Bowie)
7. Down In It (Nine Inch Nails)
8. Fly on the Windscreen (Depeche Mode)
9. Kill To Cure (Skinny Puppy)
10. Girlfriend in a Coma (The Smiths)

Set for release around the beginning of December, this is a must have Christmas gift for any rivet head!

The EP is available to pre-order now. For more information on the band, please visit their official website.

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Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds announce 'Live From KCRW'

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds have announced the release of their fourth official live album recording, 'Live From KCRW'. The album features a stripped-down line-up performing classic songs as well as four new cuts from the band's latest studio outing 'Push The Sky Away'.

The album will be released on 2nd December (29th November in the US for Black Friday) on standard CD, digital and vinyl formats. The vinyl will also include two exclusive un-broadcast songs in the form of 'Into My Arms' and 'God is In The House'. The album will also be available as a digital deluxe bundle along with 'Push The Sky Away'.

The album was recorded live for KCRW by Bob Clearmountain on 18th April 2013 at Apogee Studio in Los Angeles, between the band's two Coachella appearances.

Track List:

1.   Higgs Boson Blues
2.   Far From Me
3.   Stranger Than Kindness
4.   The Mercy Seat
5.   And No More Shall We Part
6.   Wide Lovely Eyes
7.   Mermaids
8.   People Ain’t No Good
9.   Into My Arms (limited vinyl only)
10. God Is In The House (limited vinyl only)
11. Push The Sky Away
12. Jack The Ripper

The album is available to pre-order now through the band's webshop. For more information on the band, please visit their official website.

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Friday 25 October 2013

The weekly compendium 25/10/2013

Well that's the end of another week. It's now 6 days to Halloween, 11 days to Bonfire Night, 61 days to Christmas, and 68 days until our first birthday!

Anyway, that's the future and we want to look at the past. This week we had news from New Zero God, Artoffact Records, Rozz Williams and BeautyIn The Suffering, as well as reviews of the latest releases from The Ladder, Doyle, Cryogenic Echelon, and Hanzel Und Gretyl.

While over on the facebook page, there has been a new video from Aesthetic Perfection, an album trailer from Rabia Sorda, and a Competition from Cyberdog.

Right. That's it for this week, I'm going to leave you now with some classic Rozz Williams.

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Thursday 24 October 2013

Review: Hanzel Und Gretyl – 'Für Immer'

'Für Immer' 

It's hard to believe that the duo of Kaizer Von Loopy and Vas Kallas (AKA pseudo-Neu Deutsche Härte act Hanzel Und Gretyl) have been around for nearly 20 years now. With a handful of interesting albums to their name in the 90s, they gained international infamy due to the playfully parodying of albums such as 2003's 'Über Alles' and 2004's 'Sheissmessiah'. Now off the back of their sixth album 'Born To Be Heiled' comes the companion EP, featuring tracks remixed by Von Loopy's electro side-project KyzrWölf.

One criticism of HuG has been that, although their music has a lot of variety, it often seems to quickly become unfocussed as there are so many influences vying for control. What this remix album brings to the table though is a more focussed and linear style that maintains the unpredictability of the originals.

Purists can pick on the band for their lack of grammatical correctness (and believe me... they will ad nauseam), however there is something undeniably fun about singing and dancing along to tracks like 'More German Than German', 'Unterztützung 87', 'Born To Be Heiled', and 'Holy Shiza' with their cheesy and parody orientated titles. The fact that these are all electronic remixes as well gives the band back their club-orientated sound that has become increasingly over-shadowed by their various metal influences in recent years.

The remixes have a nice modern edge that gives a nod to the band's early electro-industrial style, while also dropping in nods to more recent trends such as dubstep. It's a solid effort that will undoubtedly yield some club hits to keep both DJs and old school fans more than happy.

This is a kind of “best of both” situation. HuG have a pretty solid fanbase that expect the heavy guitars and metal posturing of the last decade’s worth of albums has presented. Yet, with what is quite a well thought out and reconstructed remix album, the band are able to tap back into the dance/club market once again and widen their appeal. Hopefully this is a trend the band will continue on future releases.

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Beauty In The Suffering announce release date for 'The Crazies'

Beauty In The Suffering, the newly launched electro-metal studio project from producer Dietrich Thrall (Marazene), will release the bands début single, 'The Crazies' on 5th November, 2013.

Two years in the making, 'The Crazies (The Zombie Song)' marks the first new material released by DieTrich since Marazene's demise.

Beauty In The Suffering are currently editing multiple full production videos for 'The Crazies (The Zombie Song)' as well as two other tracks, 'Reveille' and 'Juliet that the band plans to drop in the coming weeks. Release dates for the songs and the videos are forthcoming.

For more information on the band, please visit their official website.

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Dark Vinyl / Cult Music to release Rozz Williams' last album

In celebration of what would have been Rozz Williams' 50th birthday, Germany's Dark Vinyl and the USA's Cult music will be releasing the last album recorded by Rozz Williams for the first time.

The album was recorded by the former vocalist and founder of acts such as Christian Death, Premature Ejaculation and Shadow Project in Brugge 1994, Waregem 1993 and Los Angeles 1997 and features previously unreleased material. The album is available to pre-order now and will be released on both vinyl and CD on 11th November 2013.

The double-LP version comes with two Bonus tracks ('Moonage Daydream' and 'Raw Power) not included on the CD and in deluxe gatefold-cover limited to 300 copies. While the CD version features one bonus track ('Nostalgia (Alternative Version)') and different artwork.

Track List:

A: Time / Nostalgia / Bruised / Dodo / Kill Your Suns
B: Hold Me Down / Flowers / The Doll
C: World Inside / Hall of Mirrors / 2nd Step / Sunken Rex
D: Moonage Daydream / Raw Power

01 Time
02 Nostalgia
03 Bruised
04 Flowers
05 Dodo
06 Kill Your Suns
07 Hold Me Down
08 The Doll
09 World Inside
10 Hall of Mirrors
11 2nd Step
12 Sunken Rex
Bonus: 13 Nostalgia (Alternate Version)

'Sleeping Dogs' is available to pre-order now from various retail outlets.

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Wednesday 23 October 2013

Review: Cryogenic Echelon – 'Taste Of Failure'

'Taste Of Failure' 

Cryogenic Echelon are not ones to rest on their laurels. Having only released their retrospective collection 'Anthology' back in July, the band are back with a remix companion featuring a brand new track. Sometimes remix albums can leave you pretty cold and bored as existing club hits are often simply recycled into new club hits. But every now and then there are those that you genuinely look forward to. And this is one of those rare occasions.

The antipodean project is only a few short years old, but they have already built up an impressive reputation as an innovative and exciting act. Which in turn has seen Cryogenic Echelon in demand for remix duties. The quality of their remixes has once again paid off as artists such as Grendel, The .invalid, Machine Rox, Ctrl Alt Del and Draconic Elimination Projects get in on the action on 'Taste Of Failure'.

The only new track on the album is the mind-bending 'Full Throttle'. Glitchy, distorted synths, meld with robotic and distorted vocals. Hard dance beats power the track forward, and the icing comes in the form of the melodic female vocals that hang above the distortion. It is a great mix of harsh and melodic that gives nods to the likes of Juno Reactor and Comaduster.

The remixes are all fairly club orientated for the most part. Although there are some interesting contributions from the likes of Machine Rox who adds some heavy guitar to 'Soulstorm', Ctrl Alt Del's dubstep-heavy take on the same track, and Draconic Elimination Project's slowly building version of 'Elixr'.

There is plenty of variation to keep both fans and DJs happy with the remixers offering up ebm, techno, dubstep and industrial rock versions of the original songs. That alone would be enough to keep the band's name in circulation for a while. But 'Full Throttle' is the real star of the show. It's another strong original track that serves to whet appetites for another full-length studio album.

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Tuesday 22 October 2013

Review: Doyle – 'Abominator'


It seems that the talent pool has well and truly left The Misfits these days. First Danzig jumped ship for a successful metal career, a host of replacement singers followed after the reunion that produced, admittedly, two great albums in 'American Psycho' (1997) and 'Famous Monsters' (1999). But with Jerry Only taking on lead vocals, and riff-master Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein as well as drummer Dr. Chud exiting soon after, The Misfits have become their own mediocre tribute band... but at least they still have the merch sales.

Since leaving the band he helped found in the late 70's, Doyle has reunited with Glenn Danzig, released one album with his wife Stephanie Bellars, and now struck out with a new band. Joined by Dr. Chud, bassist Graham Reaper and Cancerslug vocalist Alex Story, Doyle can be seen as a mixture of everything Doyle has done up to this date. Mixing hardcore punk, heavy metal, horror-themed lyrics and even a little bit of doom the début album 'Abominator' is something long-time fans will be able to get their teeth into.

The album is crammed full of great riffs, thundering rhythms, sing-a-long vocals and relentless grooves. It essentially picks up where 'Famous Monsters' left off and dials up the guitars a couple of notches. Songs like 'Abominator', 'Dreamingdeadgirls', 'Head Hunter', 'Land Of The Dead' and 'Cemetarysexxx' are exactly what you would hope for from the ex-Misfit. They’re fast, heavy and fun. OK the likes of 'Dreamingdeadgirls' and 'Cemetarysexxx' are somewhat meat-headed in terms of lyrical content but they're so catchy that they will no doubt become a guilty secret for some listeners.

The album does suffer from a few somewhat generic offerings such as 'Learn To Bleed', and 'Valley Of Shadows'. They're still enjoyable, but feel very much like “hardcore by numbers”. Which is a shame as the album is otherwise pretty strong. Even the production is pretty good with a more modern sound chosen over something that would pander to fans of the early Misfits albums.

This is a solid first offering from Doyle. Perhaps a bit heavier than fans of horror punk would usually venture, but well worth a listen if you've ever been a fan of the other band's he has leant his undeniable guitar skills too.

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Review: The Ladder – 'Charade'


After six years in the waiting Addz Milner, the man who has helped acts like Surgyn and Grendel on tour, has released his début EP under his project 'The Ladder'. Starting in 2006, the band have always been in the background, absorbing the influences from Sheffield's' industrial scene. The last year has seen them build the hype for their first ever release, known as 'The Charade'.

It's opener 'Requital' and it's follow up 'The Charade' don't make for a good start. They are both clunky, and very forgettable. Both seem a little rushed and have too many influences injected into them. What follows, however, is a different kettle of fish. 'Enabler' is by far the stand out track of the release, with a stunning layout and a very catchy chorus, it gives you hope that there is a future in futurepop. 'Clockwork' opens like an old PC game (much like 'Unreal') with a euphoric intro and then punches in with a running verse. Both would suit very well in a club, but of course Addz knows this.

The two remixes (of which happen to be of the first two songs off the EP) make a good companion to the release. It seems these redux's re-construct 'Requital' and 'The Charade' very well, making them a lot easier to listen to. Monomorte's remix of 'The Charade' is a very dark version of the song, with dubstep connotations and a deep style of vocal you could hang a tie off of!

In all this isn't a bad début. They haven't relied on using their contacts to make something that is only good because it has a bigger artist attached to it (that being said, lets hope they may use said contacts for something special in the future). The remixes far surpass the originals, but there is a good mixed bag to dip your ear into. This band can only get better from here.

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Monday 21 October 2013

Artoffact to release Rational Youth rarities

Canadian electro label Artoffact Records have announced the release of recently-discovered Rational Youth live recordings from 1983 containing complete shows from Winnipeg and Ottawa, including live versions of tracks which were never recorded or released.

The recordings were found, along with other rare demos, out-takes, and remixes, in a band member's basement, and over three hours of rare material will be cleaned, remastered and finally released as part of a 'Rational Youth Live + Archives Collection'.

As part of the promotion for 'Live 1983...', Rational Youth has reformed as a five-piece live act and haveconfirmed two shows in Sweden in 2014. Reunion shows in Toronto, Montreal, as well as in Norway and Germany are also in the works.

Tour Dates:

Gothenburg, Sweden (May 2nd, 2014)
Stockholm, Sweden (May 3rd, 2014)

Rational Youth will release 'Live 1983 + Magic Box' as a three-CD set on Artoffact Records on 5th November 2013. For more information on the band, please visit their official website.

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New Zero God announce 'Destination Unknown'

Athenian gothic rockers New Zero God have announced the release of their new digital and vinyl single 'Destination Unknown'.

The digital version single is available now via the band's bandcamp page, while a limited edition multicoloured 7” vinyl version will be released in December.

New Zero God were formed in 2006 by former members of The Flowers Of Romance and Nexus, and have so far released two full-length albums ' Fun Is A Four Letter Word' (2010) and ' MMXIII' (2013) as well as a mini album 'Club Bizarre' (2012)

To order 'Destination Unknown' please visit the band's bandcamp page. For more information on New Zero God, visit their official website.

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Friday 18 October 2013

The weekly compendium 18/10/2013

It's been another busy week here at Intravenous Magazine with a lovely variety of articles for you to get stuck in to.

First off we had Dominic's interview with Skinjob, followed by another great column from Joel, We've also dropped our recommendations for All Hallow's Read, and for those who aren't into books we've got 50 horror films to add some terror to the Halloween season.

We've had reviews of the latest albums from Ohm and Takatsuna Mukai. Plus we've had news from Laibach, IIOIOIOII and the revelation that we are now sponsoring the fantastic Nortanz festival in December.

Over on Facebook we also had a teaser from Psyclon Nine, the new single from Dawn Of Oblivion, and free music from In Death It Ends and God Module.

If that's not enough then I don't know what is?

OK ten, to keep you going over the weekend... here's some old school Ministry.

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Dates announced for Whitby Goth Weekend's 20th anniversary

The UK's longest running goth festival has announced the dates for its 20th anniversary year. The twice-a-year festival in the town of Whitby, North Yorkshire will take place on 25th-27th April 2014 and from 31st October 2014. As this is the festival's 20th year, the October event and may well extended to three or even four nights!

For more information you can contact the organisers via the following links: (email) and (website)

The most up to date ‘hot off the press’ info can be found at the festival's official Facebook page.


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Thursday 17 October 2013

Review: Takatsuna Mukai – 'Śūnya'


Takatsuna Mukai is a name that might not have come up on many people's radars, but it's a name that you won't forget in a hurry upon hearing his album 'Śūnya'. The London-based Japanese composer has worked in theatre (with Dragan Živadinov – part of the NSK – and others) with , as well as with bands/artists such as Gob$au$age, Ten Minutes With My Dad, Phil Dirtbox, Malcolm Poynter and SDNA. This sheer variety and an affinity for avant garde carries through to 'Śūnya' as the album melds, classical, industrial, post-punk, electro, ambient, trip-hop and jazz in unexpected but gratifying ways.

The album's twelve tracks, although varied in their styles and featuring a number of guest musicians from around the world, keep a degree of thematic continuity. Almost like an overriding atmosphere that is more in keeping with a film noir soundtrack. There is a post-punk drive to the majority of the album with tracks such as 'Blank Strip Is Black', 'Ballad Chaotique', 'The Store' (which features Renegade Soundwave/Rema-Rema frontman Gary Asquith), 'Alle Belle Statuine', and 'Feast Proceeds The Carcass' referencing the likes of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, The Creatures, Cold Cave and Zola Jesus. There is a fine line between the beauty of the melodies and the fierceness of the rhythms that is utterly compelling.

Mukai isn't afraid to get outright experimental either as the three title tracks prove. The first with its short de-constructed classical arrangement. The second with its classical and folk instruments reformed into an acoustic industrial-noise soundscape. While the third delves headlong into dark ambient waters.

There is an intense level of attention to detail that carries on from the bare bones of each song, outward and even through to the actual packaging of the album. The production and mixing could easily jump the shark at any point. But it doesn't. Even at it's most dissonant there is an admirable level of poise and control.

Mukai's prowess as a song-writer, producer and performer is undeniable. And his vehicle 'Śūnya' is original, intelligent and catchy. For those who have their roots in post-punk but are not afraid to get a little avant garde, this album will be a necessity.

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Review: Öhm – 'Öhm'


Considering the pedigree of the two halves that make up the whole of Öhm, it's no surprise that this self-titled début album from the new project has been source of some excitement. Chris Patterson is best known for his work with acts such as Will, Front Line Assembly, Decree, Delerium, and Unit 187. While partner in crime Craig Joseph Huxtable is known for his roles in Landscape Body Machine and Noise Unit. Fate has brought these two stalwarts of the Canadian electronic scene together, and the hype is justified.

The duo's first outing is a dark yet danceable slab of dark electro permeated by old school ebm. It's sinister, subtle, but very catchy. Tracks like 'When Robots Fuck', 'Car Crash', 'Divinity', 'Destroyed In Seconds' and 'Brute' are classic sounding club tracks that make great use of dance orientated beats over mesmerising synthesizers and near surreal vocals that intermingle throughout. The band also veer off into more sublime waters with songs such as the ambient instrumentals 'Aurora' and 'My Kingdom' adding moments of introspective meditation to the track list.

There is an undeniable old school edge to the album. One that favours atmosphere and texture above the cookie-cutter club hit format. With ambient synths sitting side-by-side with more dynamic drum beats. The vocals are mostly whispered, which is a nice change for an album with such dance potential. Although when the vocals are heavily distorted, they can have a tendency to get swamped in the mix by the synthesizers. Also the album tends to remain at a pretty safe and constant pace across the ten songs, which even the somewhat more frantic sounding offerings never quite escape. It's not necessarily a bad thing with a short track list such as this, indeed it hammers home the duo's preferred style, but it may turn off more superficial listeners.

Yet for a début from a pair of artists with established reputations, the pressure was on to a certain degree. But Öhm have pulled it off with ease, giving us a solid first step on what will hopefully be a long and fruitful partnership.

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Wednesday 16 October 2013

IVM's 50 essential horror films for Halloween

We've had a big list for those who like the written word... but what about those who don't have the time or even the inclination to sit down and read a book? Well we thought we'd cover all the bases and give you a run-down some of our favourite scary films – some new, some old – that will be perfect for your own horror movie marathons this Halloween... Again, it's by no means a definitive list, but certainly some suggestions to add a little terror to the dark evenings.

The Wicker Man (1973)
A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there. (IMDB)

Halloween (1978)
A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish teenage girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets. (IMDB)

Friday The 13th (1980) 
Camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp that was the site of a child's drowning. (IMDB)

The Devil Rides Out (1968)
In the countryside of England, the Duc de Richleau a.k.a Nicholas welcomes his old friend Rex Van Ryn that has flown to meet him and Simon Aron, who is the son of an old friend of them that had passed away but charged them the task of watching the youngster. Nicholas and Rex unexpectedly visit Simon that is receiving twelve mysterious friends. Soon Nicholas, who is proficient in black magic, learns that the guests are member of a satanic cult and Simon and his friend Tanith Carlisle will be baptized by the powerful leader Mocata to serve the devil. (IMDB)

Susperia (1976)
A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders. (IMDB)

The Exorcist (1973)
When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (IMDB)

The Lords Of Salem (2012)
Heidi, a radio DJ, is sent a box containing a record -- a "gift from the Lords." The sounds within the grooves trigger flashbacks of her town's violent past. Is Heidi going mad, or are the Lords back to take revenge on Salem, Massachusetts? (IMDB)

Frankenstein (1931)
Horror classic in which an obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (IMDB)

A Field In England (2013)
Fleeing for their lives, a small party abandon their Civil War confederates and escape through an overgrown field. Thinking only of what lay behind, they are ambushed by two dangerous men and made to search the field. Psychedelia, madness and chaotic forces slowly overtake the group as they question what treasure lies within the malignant field. (IMDB)

Dracula (1958)
After Jonathan Harker attacks Dracula at his castle (apparently somewhere in Germany), the vampire travels to a nearby city, where he preys on the family of Harker's fiancée. The only one who may be able to protect them is Dr. van Helsing, Harker's friend and fellow-student of vampires, who is determined to destroy Dracula, whatever the cost. (IMDB)

The Mummy (1959)
In the 1890s a team of British archaeologists discover the untouched tomb of Princess Ananka but accidentally bring the mummified body of her High Priest back to life. Three years later back in England a follower of the same Egyptian religion unleashes the mummy to exact grisly revenge on the despoilers of the sacred past. (IMDB)

Mama (2013)
Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years.... but how alone were they? (IMDB)

Nosferatu (1922)
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. Silent classic based on the story "Dracula." (IMDB)

The Evil Dead (1983)
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. (IMDB)

Psycho (1960)
A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (IMDB)

Rosemary's Baby (1968)
A young couple move into a new apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbours and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins controlling her life. (IMDB)

Hellraiser (1987)
An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover, who's being chased by demons after he escaped from their sado-masochistic Hell. (IMDB)

World War Z (2013)
United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself. (IMDB)

Carnival Of Souls (1962)
After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival. (IMDB)

The Purge (2013)
In the future, a wealthy family is held hostage for harbouring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized. (IMDB)

The Sixth Sense (1999)
A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. (IMDB)

Maniac (2013)
As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, the owner of a mannequin shop's deadly, suppressed desires come to the surface. (IMDB)

Stoker (2013)
After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him. (IMDB)

The Call Of Cthulu (2005)
While sorting the affairs of his late Uncle, a man accidentally stumbles across a series of dark secrets connected to an ancient horror waiting to be freed. (IMDB)

The Crow (1994)
A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder. (IMDB)

Freaks (1932)
A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance. (IMDB)

The Thing (1982)
Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills. (IMDB)

Ring (Ringu) (2000)
A mysterious video kills whoever views it, unless that viewer can solve its mystery. (IMDB)

Vampyr (1932)
A traveller obsessed with the supernatural visits an old inn and finds evidence of vampires. (IMDB)

The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. (IMDB)

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)
In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion. (IMDB)

Videodrome (1983)
A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station. (IMDB)

The Shining (1980)
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (IMDB)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Five friends visiting their grandpa's old house are hunted down and terrorized by a chainsaw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals. (IMDB)

Dead Of Night (1945)
An architect senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality. The guests at the country house encourage him to stay as they take turns telling supernatural tales. (IMDB)

Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman. (IMDB)

A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
In the dreams of his victims, a spectral child murderer stalks the children of the members of the lynch mob that killed him. (IMDB)

Alien (1979)
The space vessel Nostromo and its crew receive a distress call from a alien planet. After searching for survivors that planet they head back home only to realize that an deadly alien life form has joined them. (IMDB)

Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
A New York University professor returns from a rescue mission to the Amazon rainforest with the footage shot by a lost team of documentarians who were making a film about the area's local cannibal tribes. (IMDB)

Poltergeist (1982)
A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts. (IMDB)

Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse. (IMDB)

The Omen (1976)
An American ambassador learns to his horror that his son is actually the literal Antichrist. (IMDB)

An American Werewolf In London (1981)
Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists. (IMDB)

The Devils (1971)
In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun. (IMDB)

Eraserhead (1977)
Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child. (IMDB)

Carrie (1976)
A young, abused and timid 17-year-old girl discovers she has telekinesis, and gets pushed to the limit on the night of her school's prom by a humiliating prank. (IMDB)

Let Me In (2010)
A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian. (IMDB)

The Hunger (1983)
he Egyptian vampire lady Miriam subsists upon the blood of her lovers. In return the guys or girls don't age... until Miriam has enough of them. Unfortunately that's currently the case with John, so his life expectancy is below 24 hours. Desperately he seeks help from the famous Dr. Sarah Roberts. She doesn't really believe his story, but becomes curious and contacts Miriam ... and gets caught in her ban, too. (IMDB)

The Descent (2005)
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators. (IMDB)

A brilliant surgeon, Dr. Génessier, helped by his assistant Louise, kidnaps nice young women. He removes their faces and tries to graft them onto the head on his beloved daughter Christiane, whose face has been entirely spoiled in a car crash. All the experiments fail, and the victims die, but Génessier keeps trying... (IMDB)

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