Thursday 13 November 2014

Editorial: November 2014

It's November and that means the next compilation is fast approaching! We've already received some great tracks from some brilliant bands from across the world and it's shaping up to be a pretty cool mix of tracks. The deadline is fast approaching so this is just a reminder to the few bands who are still due to send us their tracks that you don't have long!

Also depending on the length of the last tracks we get we may be able to offer a couple of slots up to open submission in order to fill the remaining running time. If we do this you will literally have a two week window in December in which to get your track and the info we need to us so the PDF booklet can be completed in time.

In other news this month I'm reflecting on the death of former Static-X front man Wayne Static and looking forward to the upcoming Orgy show in Sheffield.

Static-X, Orgy, Powerman 5000, Godhead, The Union Underground, and Dope were essential listening for me back in the early 2000s. Yes they came in at the tail-end of the Nu Metal explosion of the late 1990s, but their industrial leanings were more appealing to me having recently discover acts such as Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie, Rammstein, and Ministry for the first time. Angsty lyrics, heavy guitars and industrial synths were... and still are a winning combination for me. Static-X perhaps more than the others stood the test of time in terms of their continuity.... with only Godhead and perhaps Powerman 5000 coming close.

The early 2000s was an important time in my life when I discovered a lot of new music, tanks mainly to the internet. Perhaps it was a case of “the only goth in the village” syndrome, but with one record store in town a friends who were more interested in who was on the cover of Kerrang, finding videos for 'I'm With Stupid', 'Blue Monday', 'When Worlds Collide' and 'Eleanor Rigby' etc. were a welcome relief.... even if they did take half an hour to buffer over a 56k dial-up connection. These bands opened more doors for me and led me to listen not only to more industrial rock / metal from the Wax Trax! camp, but also led me to exploring ebm, futurepop, and industrial in more depth.

With that in mind I offer-up a respectful Rest In Peace to Wayne Static, and eagerly await the arrival of Orgy on the UK shores. I don't know whether it will be a mere exercise in nostalgia, or a genuine return to form... but either way, I'll be breaking out my copy of 'Candyass' over the next couple of weeks in anticipation.

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