Interview: Marc Heal

“It’s funny, having worked so hard to make a living out of music I found once I’d got there that I’d broken myself in the process. I needed a break to do some, uh, emotional housekeeping.”

Live: Katatonia – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds 07/05/2017

KATATONIA (+ TheGreat Discord, Ghost Bath) Brudenell Social Club, Leeds 07/05/2017

Wave Gotik Treffen - The Preview June 2017

The gathering of 2017s Wave Gotik Treffen, is but a month away. Time to get the fascinators out and the boots polished!

Review: Mortiis – 'The Great Corrupter'

MORTIIS 'The Great Corrupter' OMNIPRESENCE PRODUCTIONS

Review: Freakangel – 'How The Ghost Became'

FREAKANGEL 'How The Ghost Became' DIGITAL WORLD AUDIO

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Review: The State – 'Ministry Of Truth'



THE STATE
'Ministry Of Truth'
MISANTHROPIC RECORDS


Industrial rock power duo The State return with sophomore outing in the form of 'Ministry Of Truth'. The band are quickly amassing an impressive amount of material that references acts such as Killing Joke, Sulpher, Nine Inch Nails, Gary Numan, and Rammstein and dragging the gritty minimalistic post-punk leanings of industrial rock into the 21st century.

The album opens with the claustrophobic call to arms 'Public Service Announcement' with its slow bludgeoning guitars and martial dance beats. They follow this up with the more up-tempo post-punk flavoured 'Ghost' before diving into the album's second single 'Fairy Tales', which see's a grander arrangement with it's piano intro giving way to gothic-edged electronic rock. 'Inevitability' then slips in with a bit of a 90s NDH feel to it that recalls the heyday of Ooomph! and Eisbrecher, albeit with English vocals.

'Living, Quietly Bleeding' brings back a darker atmosphere with its sinister synths and the return of the slow methodical combination of guitars and drums for another strong example of the band's sound. 'End Game' once again goes a bit more up-tempo with it's guitar and synth combination recalling Cubanate flirting with ebm. 'Ever Of Late' continues the 90s feel with it's upbeat melancholia before giving way to the ebm tinged rock of 'Best Laid Plans'.

In terms of production, 'Ministry Of Truth' is pretty rough and ready. The vocals in particular have a tendency to fade into the mix and there are a few times where the songs feel like they're building to a big kick of energy that never quite materialises. Which is a shame as the songwriting and performances in and of themselves are pretty solid.

On the whole, 'Ministry Of Truth' is a pretty good record with some great tracks, in particular 'Public Sercvice Announcement', 'Fairy Tales', and 'Living, Quietly Bleeding'. There is still some work to try and get the best out of the songs production-wise without losing that satisfyingly gritty post-punk vibe that is ever present. But this album definitely proves that The State have the goods.  

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Monday, 22 May 2017

Editorial: May, 2017



Oh dear, looks like I'm a bit late again with this month's editorial. Apologies if you actually do check in with little corner for my random thoughts and acknowledgements.

Once again I must thank everyone who keeps downloading our latest compilation so far, and give double thanks to those who have donated some money for it. If you have already downloaded it please recommend it to your friends. If you haven't got round to downloading it yet (and if you haven't where have you been so far?) and can just spare a £1 donation, it will all go towards kicking blood cancer's ass! If you can't donate, that's fine too, but please do make sure you check out more from the awesome band's that made this possible!


But what is my topic of conversation this month. Well anyone that knows me personally will know that I have been a photographer of sorts for ten years now, plus I previously worked at a Youth Offending Service. And with this in mind I'd like to talk about one thing that is absolute blight on the people I've been lucky to work with, and it seems women in general these days... the dick pic.

Thankfully I've never been subject to this lazy form of sexual offence... yet, and I am sure there are men that have been subjected to it as well. But it seems that every day I log in to Facebook to see both female models and non-models on my friends list naming and shaming the latest scumbag that thinks the anonymity of the internet gives him the right to flash his junk at anyone he wants.

First of all lets get back to the phrasing I used in the first line of the last paragraph – sexual offence – it is a sexual offence to expose yourself to anyone in a non-consensual form, whether in person or digitally. In the United Kingdom the digital side of this is covered by the Malicious Communications Act (1998 – updated 2003). This was originally to cover indecency / offensive articles by telephone and postal, but email and private messaging etc. now also fall under this category. See below from the CPS website:
“The Malicious Communications Act 1988 section 1, see Stones 8.20830, deals with the sending to another of any article which is indecent or grossly offensive, or which conveys a threat, or which is false, provided there is an intent to cause distress or anxiety to the recipient. The offence covers letters, writing of all descriptions, electronic communications, photographs and other images in a material form, tape recordings, films and video recordings. Poison-pen letters are usually covered. 
Particularly serious examples may justify a more serious charge, e.g. threats to kill.
The offence is one of sending, delivering or transmitting, so there is no requirement for the article to reach the intended recipient. 
The terms of section 1 were considered in Connolly v DPP [2007] 2 All ER 1012, and "indecent or grossly offensive" were said to be ordinary English words. The fact that there was a political or educational motive behind the accused sending graphic photographs of aborted foetuses did not help her, and her argument that her behaviour was protected by Articles 9 and 10 ECHR (freedom of religion and speech) did not succeed, because the restrictions on those rights were justified under Articles 9(2) and 10(2). 
Section 32 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 amended section 1 making the offence an either-way offence and increased the maximum penalty to 2 years' imprisonment for offences committed on or after 13 April 2015. This amendment allowed more time for investigation, and a more serious penalty available in appropriate cases.”


I spoke recently to a local police officer who deals with cyber crime for the Lincolnshire area at a local tech expo to get some clarification on the matter, and his advice confirmed what I have said to people for a while. It is a prosecutable offence, the police will take it seriously due to the fact that research shows “low level” offences such as this can often see the perpetrator escalate their behaviour if not challenged on it. Best of all he went on to say that online harassment and the transmission of offensive items such as this is relatively easy to prosecute due to the digital trails people leave behind, whereas in the offline world incidents can often be fleeting and not allow for positive identification of the perpetrator. 

What do you do then if you've received a dick pic and the often obligatory abusive wording that comes with it. What next? 
  • Firstly, save the message or screenshot it for evidence.
  • Secondly, ring 101 in the UK to report it to your local police or use the report online service: https://report.police.uk/
That's it! The police will be in touch if they need to speak to you further, but it is essentially not harder than reporting someone on Facebook.

Just like trolling, this kind of behaviour is not normal and should not be allowed to be normalised because it is online. The offline equivalent would be flashing yourself to someone in a public place. They don't get away with it, and neither should anyone else, even if they think having a computer screen between themselves and their target is an acceptable disconnect.

Personally I'd like to see this vile trend wiped out, but as long as people are allowed to think that their online actions have no real-world consequences then this behaviour will continue. I acknowledge that the internet has meant that one person can break the law in another country in a way like this and it may seem difficult to prosecute them, but the more this is reported the more offenders will go to court.


Well that's all I have to say on that matter. In other news, we're on the hunt for a few new regular contributors to add to our staff. If you're interested in doing some reviews or even just a monthly column, please contact us at intravenousmagazine@gmail.com and we'll take it from there. What kind of person are we looking for? Well we're after people who are motivated, committed and eager to take the time to build up a list of PR and label contacts.

For more information on writing for IVM please visit HERE.

Finally, I'd like to again extend the invitation to established scene DJs, artists, and bands to contribute guest DJ mixes that we will host on Mixcloud. What we're thinking is a series of hour-long mixes showing off new and classic acts which we will feature on Mixcloud as well as the Intravenous Magazine website. If anyone is interested, please contact us at the above email address.

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Horrorcon UK 2017 – Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham 13-14/05/2017



HORRORCON UK 2017
Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham
13-14/05/2017

As you'll probably be aware, we love our horror here at Intravenous Magazine, so it's no surprise that a horror convention practically on our doorstep is a no-brainer for us. Conventions of all kinds be it of the sci-fi or comic variety have been growing in recent years in the UK, and horror fans, not to be left out have got in on the act as well.

2017 sees the third instalment of South Yorkshire's own grand guignol get-together at the cavernous Magna Science Adventure Centre near Sheffield. The annual event has become a Mecca for horror fans boasting film screenings, special-fx artists, market stalls, guest signings and Q&A sessions, body painting, Zombie shooting ranges, and even a “scareplay” contest.

Just standing in line to get in it is evident the dedication of UK fans to the horror genre with cosplayers replicating their favourite characters and some even creating their own originals. A phenomenal Mister Babadook stalked the corridors coming face-to-face with Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Twisty The Clown, and Lilly Munster. While originals such as the demonic clowns Kavity and Khaos, as well as zombies and vampires, made their presence known.

The smorgasbord of the market within has everything the discerning fan could desire to spend their cash on; a
rt, tattoos, cakes, music, literature, films, masks, props, and memorabilia. While the line-up of stars ensures long-lines at the signing tables and packed Q&A sessions. This year the guests include murderous clown Captain Spaulding aka Sid Haig from House of 1000 Corpses/The Devil's Rejects, Elvira; Mistress of the Dark actor Cassandra Peterson, Hammer & Tigon Films actor Linda Hayden, Return of The Living Dead’s Thom Mathews, Nightmare on Elm Street’s Scream Queen Heather Langenkamp, and all the way from Oz Wolf Creek actor John Jarratt. Also in attendance is pop culture expert and vampire aficionado Sir Christopher Frayling, as well as genre artist Graham Humphreys, and extreme Horror Author Matt Shaw will also be here with his demon dog Chewie the Pug!

If that wasn't enough a myriad of short original horror films are screened throughout the day to give you chance to sit down and enjoy some up and coming actors and directors.

With it's atmospheric location and esoteric array of features, it's easy to loose track of your day, and with plenty of exhibits, stalls and activities spread throughout the day it will easily hold the interest of aficionados and casual fans in search of shopping.

As we all know the monster always returns for his next instalment, and with that in mind we'll be counting the days until part four arrives in 2018.  


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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

First look at Tarot #106: The Spirit of Halloween


Broadsword Comics just revelaed three covers for which seems to be an interesting a beautifuly dark issue of Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose. Cover A, the PhotoCover Edition and the Art Print were shown recently by Holly Golightly, VP of the company, and colorist and letterer for the comic.

Click on the banner up here to read more about this issue and the special offer Broadsword Comics for it, as it will be available for a limited time.
"The Spirit of Halloween has always been celebrated in Salem . But this year that Spirit takes a physical form! The City of Salem has been transformed into a City of Nightmares! Tarot and Raven are now green Witches and Jon is a Real Skeleton Man! This will NOT be a Happy Halloween!!
Waiting in the Pumpkin Patch for the Spirit of Halloween! PhotoCover Collector's Edition of Issue #106 will be Signed by Artist/Creator Jim Balent and Model/Colorist Holly Golightly. Magickally enhance by Stacy Hokett. Bagged & Boarded . Limited Print Run. Ships Late Sept 2017."
Cover A

PhotoCover Collector's Edition

Deluxe Art Print (Not to be edited)

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Interview: Abigail Baker

Tattoos, Death, and Romance...



It is pretty hard to surprise a reader once he has already discovered many different ideas and proposals, with several other cases are just recycled elements taken from other works. Because of this, you might take it very seriously when I say that there’s an author with a creative potential I want to see more often: Abigail Baker.

Miss Baker is the author of the 'Deathmark' series, a story created based on an imaginary link between tattoos and reapers: Ollie Dormier is a Scrivener, which means she marks those who are meant to die soon, but her powers seem to be... on fire, let’s say, which makes the Head Reaper want to see her head on a silver plate she fully becomes a Master.

You might now understand why I’m so amazed with this series, which makes it better to say that the author took part of her time to do this interview and make me laugh with her smart responses. Keep reading and you might experience the same as well!


Intravenous Magazine: What was it that inspired you to write 'The Reaper's Kiss' and its sequels? What motivated you to start with it?

Abigail Baker: Tattoos are magical in my opinion. I love hearing why people get them—to honor a loved one or one of life’s milestones. But what if a client unknowingly asked for a tattoo that caused them harm? Some tattoos don’t heal or get infected. What if those tattoos did more damage than that? That’s what started the idea for the 'Deathmark' series. Plus, I have a close friend who is a tattoo artist and she was partly my inspiration for Ollie. I wanted to tell a story about an artist who did something remarkable with her tattoos… and that’s how Ollie’s character started.


IVM: Starting with the genre and in your own words, how would you describe the entire plot?

AB: This is a story about a supernatural woman who tattoos death into humans, who is forced to tattoo death into her best friend and the resulting rebellion. It’s about standing up for those whom you love at all costs—even if it goes against the will of the universe.


IVM: Do you think tattoos are related to death in some, or any, sense?

AB: No, I don’t (I hope so anyway!). Tattoos are about life. They only exist as long as we are alive. And I’m damned glad they aren’t related to death, particularly because I have six tattoos, one of which is a skull.




IVM: Would you say this series will cause controversy by linking death with art? Why?

AB: I hope not. But controversy can be good—it sparks conversation. I’m an advocate for artists and skin art. I don’t seek to hurt the culture with my story. If this series sparks any controversy, it should be about what one person can do in the face of fascism. It takes courage to stand up to leaders. In doing so, a person can lose everything—even people they love. But is it worth it? Is a better world worth the suffering? I’d say so. So, would Ollie.




IVM: Now that the books are done, do you think you'd get a tattoo, a skull, to be specific?

AB: Hah! I have one already. It was done by the artist who inspired Ollie. I bear a 'Deathmark'. So far, life is good.


IVM: Was this the idea for a series since the beginning or did it all start as a stand-alone book?

AB: I had a story in mind but wasn’t sure how many books I’d need to tell it. I think, perhaps, it was originally going to be two books, (SPOILER) ending with Ollie taking down the Head Reaper. But I thought it would be more interesting to see the world AFTER he is gone. What does it look like? Is it immediately peaceful? I thought that part of the story was worth telling. So, out came book three—The Reaper’s Embrace.


IVM: Is there a project you can speak about right now?

AB: I’m thinking about venturing into romantic comedy. But I am also considering writing a 'Deathmark' novel with Delia Sinclair as the heroine. If a reader knows Delia at all, they’ll expect a funnier, lighter story than Ollie’s.


IVM: What are your not-book-related plans now that the series is getting published?

AB: This year brings several trips and another cross-country move. I’m headed off to Olympic National Park and then Ouray and then—eek!—another chapter of my life with the man I love. Ollie and I are getting our Happily Ever Afters, I guess.


IVM: Which would you consider to be the best tip you could give to those aspiring writers that read your books?

AB: My best advice is to write a book, polish it, and then write another, then another, then another. I have met extremely talented writers who work on one book for years, hoping to get that one book sold or picked up by an agent. They put their stock in that story, revising and revising. I say, be proud of that project. Tout its brilliance. But write another story. Keep writing more stories. One of them, if not the first one, will find a publisher.


IVM: Thank you so much for your time! I hope we all hear again from you and those dark and amazing stories you are creating!

AB: Thank YOU! I really appreciate your questions and interest. Happy reading! 

But things don’t end in here. 'The Reaper’s Embrace', third book in the series, came out a few days ago! Check out the synopsis down below, and I dare you to say it doesn’t look juicy and participate in the giveaway, you could win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!
“I’m marked for death.If I can get this Deathmark removed, I can help save the world from total ruin. Only thing is, Brent Hume, Grim Reaper and love of my life, is hot on my trail, zeroing in on the mark that beckons him. The Reaper’s instinct cannot be denied. He would sooner stop breathing than ignore a Deathmark’s call.He’s a tireless supernatural hunter, and I’m his top prey. If I don’t find a way to stop him from doing his job, everything and everyone I love will suffer. The world will suffer. And I’m sick of letting people down, dammit.But even as I run from him, I want to run toward him.”

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

WARRIURRRRZ OF THE WASTELAND



As we all know, it is hard to find the level of fighting existence that is sustainable, enjoyable, and worthwhile. We take too much on, fight on too many fronts, stretch ourselves too thin, or else we do not engage at all, stagnate, decay, rust. It's tempting to wade in and sink, our hearts too heavy, taking everything too seriously, just as it's tempting to get into a cycle of evasion and escapism, of diets and Sunday hangovers and Monday morning regrets. Yet there is more and more things to do all the time, more battles to fight, more erosions to defy.

The standard, default, posture to take in fighting these battles is that of the Warrior. It is generally white, generally male, generally straight, it carries a large sword, it believes in 'honour' and 'word' and 'war'; it is an inherently masculine concept, it fights and conquers. But the emotional and political fragility of that concept is plain to see: it attacks head on, in straight lines, it fights with 'heart' and (it has to be said) a lot of problematic machismo. It takes itself too seriously, and excludes.

So, is there a progressive, intersectional model of resistance we can follow? To that end, let me present to you the WARRIUURRR.

The WARRIURRRR can be anyone; it can be of any gender and non, any sexuality and none, any race or nationality or of any mental or physical state. The WARRIURRRR does not think in terms of conspiracies or battles or wars; it just bounces into survival.

The WARRIURRRR does not take itself too seriously; it fights, but has other things to do. It may wield a sword, but it wears bunny ears too. It has armour not of steel or khaki but of denim and PVC and sneaker or Doc Martens; it has a backpack with Daria patches. It has a Tank Girl poster on it's wall.

The WARRIURRRR is cheerful in it's resistance; it wears it's determination lightly. It attacks and defends like it breathes and walks; it does not join crowds nor chants in unison, it seeks the corners where it can play. It is at one with the Other, it is the underdog that bites. A WARRIURRRR is a happy WARRIURRRR, it smiles as it kills, it dances on picketlines and at demonstrations. It carries a ghetto blaster and brings peppy gloom wherever it goes.

The WARRIURRRR is also FEEEURRCE. It REBELS. The warrior may be prone to authoritarianism, the bloodfeud and the oath, but the WARRIURRRR is liberal. The WARRIURRRR is not an angry patriach, but is intersectional. A WARRIURRRR is a SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIURRRR, impishly tweaking the nose of oppression. It skips towards the source of injustice and punches, then skips away. It is also glamourous, it throws shade, and summons demons. It fights with eyeliner and shines without a sword.

The idea of the WARRIURRRR is also open source; you can take it and do with it what you will. You can be a WARRIURRRR PRINCESS or a WARRIURRRR QWEEN or a WARRIURRRR KING or a WARRIURRRR VAMP. But whatever you want to be, we are the WARRIURRRRZ of the wasteland in a world that's going to hell. We are heresy in flesh and on the apocalypse road.

Now, ride out!

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Monday, 15 May 2017

Live: Katatonia – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds 07/05/2017



KATATONIA (+ TheGreat Discord, Ghost Bath)
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
07/05/2017


The Brudenell Social Club in Leeds may be a bit out of the way but it's relaxed atmosphere and strong live pedigree makes it a nice fit for atmospheric metal veterans Katatonia who are visiting in support of their latest effort 'The Fall Of Hearts' which came out a year ago. With a sound rooted in the despair of doom metal and expanded with progressive rock experimentation the band have for 25 years crafted a rich and diverse discography that can veer from hard metallic strains to soft atmospheric melancholia with ease. It's with this in mind that tonight's support bands have been chosen it seems.

First up is Swedish prog-metal outfit The Great Discord, who deserve a bit of slack considering the technical difficulties encountered toward the end of their set and the sheer grit with which they fought on. The stage presence of vocalist Fia Kempe is undeniable as she channels Peter Gabriel circa 1974 amidst a solid metal backing. It does in places feel somewhat convoluted and the songs do tend to struggle to retain a sense of focus, but the band is engaging and the crowd appreciate the theatrical performance. Even when the PA seems to blow in the style of an impromptu MERZBOW remix and the guitars and vocals cut out, Kempe and drummer Aksel Holmgren struggle on regardless until full amplification is restored... then lost... then restored... and finally lost again.


US depressive black metal group Ghost Bath thankfully don't suffer the same technical curse. With a sound that veers from post-black metal, into atmospheric and finally back into depressive the musicianship they demonstrate is sublime. Tightly focused, wonderfully atmospheric and with vocalist Dennis Mikula's anguished shrieks hovering nicely in the mix the band's performance is utterly hypnotic from start to finish. Though notorious for valuing their privacy and wanting to let their music do the talking for them, with performances like this under their belt it's a policy that may actually work out well for them.

But the main event is Katatonia, the veteran Swedes are consummate professionals and even strip the stage back completely of the support band's amps and going straight through the desk which instantly sees their sound replicated perfectly. They've been around long enough to know that even in a venue of that size the average soundman will mike everything up and crank everything as loud as possible, hence the issues with The Great Discord's set earlier on.

The performance is just as strong as the live mix with a tight but relaxed presence that sees them fly through a set of classics and new cuts with ease. The band book-end the main set with new songs from the latest album, opening with 'Last Song Before The Fade' and closing on 'Passer', and add strong cuts 'Serein' 'Old Heart Falls', and 'Residual'. But for the most part it is a long-time fans wish list. Tracks such as 'Dead Letters', 'Teargas', 'Evidence', 'Ghost Of The Sun', 'Soil's Song', 'In The White', 'Forsaker', and 'Leaders' elicit a rapturous response from the audience.

Throughout Jonas Renske sounds strong in in his vocal performance, the band is tight and professional and show off why they are critically acclaimed veterans. Renske has a strong rapport with the crowd as he interacts with them at regular intervals. The setlist seems to fly by and soon the band are back on stage for a brilliant encore comprised of 'My Twin', 'Lethean', and 'July' that surely sent everyone there home happy.  

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Live: DESERTFEST 2017, London 30/04/2017



DESERTFEST 
London, UK
30/04/2017


Your humble correspondent set off to the capital once again for day three of Desertfest 2017, one of the premier doom and stoner festivals in the world, and travelled light for maximum impact. Desertfest has made a real niche for itself over the past few years due to it's fantastic atmosphere, unfussy professionalism and great lineups, with this year being no exception.

Camden strikes a more subdued note these days under the current regime, with several of the regular bars and shops being closed and a rather downbeat atmosphere prevailing. Yes, the Dev remains a grittily dark outpost of alternative culture where the shadows of it's goth heritage still lay dormant. Although it will likely survive the current thrust to gentrification (the barman told me that he'd have to be 'taken out in a coffin') it remains one of the few remaining authentic places in Camden, which is increasingly becoming a dystopian vision of itself.


The Roundhouse, however, is more translucent than ever and is still one of the better largest venues in London. And so it was that Wolves in the Throne Room conjured up a storm, the dimmed lights and stage fires forming the perfect backdrop to a viscerally emotive and atmospheric performance. Wolves are the almost-perfect encapsulation of black metal, the chords hitting you physically on an emotional level even before you hear them, and the dissonance creating it's own pagan poetry, and leaving the crowd as stunned as they were euphoric.




Candlemass, grandmasters of epic doom ham, were up next for what was a note-perfect parade through their greatest hits – 'Well of Souls', 'Bewitched', 'Darl Reflections', 'Crystal Ball', 'At the Gallows End' and ending with a peerless 'Solitude', the band have probably never sounded better and the doomheads at the Roundhouse lapped it up. All it was missing was Messiah's trademark 'doom dancing'...



And last up were Sleep, kicking off with a heavy-as-fuck 'Holy Mountain' and 'Sonic Titan' which set the stage for a rampantly scuzzy hour which ended in a pulverising 'Cultivator/Improved Morris' that sent the capacity crowd at the Roundhouse go home satisfied, and another Desertfest sealed as a complete victory.

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Amy Lee announces 'Synthesis' Album and Tour for Evanescence


Amy Lee, Evanescence's frontwoman, announced this May 10th that the band will be back for this Fall with an all-new project called 'Synthesis'. The singer explained that the title was decided because "(the album) it is the synthesis, the combination, the contrast, the synergy between the organic and the synthetic, also the past and present."

In a video for the band's Facebook page, Lee stated that "this album is about orchestra and electronica. We're taking our music, stripping out the big distorted guitars, stripping out the rock drums and replacing it with full orchestration and a completely synthetic world of beats and sounds."
The band selected songs that were "made to be heard in this way," as the leader told, from their past records. Lee also made it clear that the tracks are not going to be remixes, but completely new versions of the song made from scratch with past collaborator David Campbell and an entire orchestra, and "Synthesis" will also include two new songs.

Synthesis is set to be released this Fall, and a tour with a full orchestra is planned as well, but feel free to listen to Amy Lee explain this in her own words; just click in the video down below.

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

First Look at Cover B for Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #104


Broadsword Comics recently revealed the first look at cover B for their next issue of Jim Balent's 'Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose'. Issue number 104, titled 'Beltane Fires', is scheduled to ship in late May.

The bi-monthly comic, which began in 2000, tells the story of Tarot, a witch with the mission of keeping the balance between magical beings and humans, promoted as "a respectful incorporation of the Wiccan tradition" and intended for mature audiences.


Official issue synopsis:
The Sacred Sabbath of Beltane just became hotter as Tarot, Jon, Raven and the rest of her family and friends travel to Scotland to participate in the merriment of this Witches' holiday. Drunkenness and heavy flirting are abound between likely characters and surprising ones. Don't miss this Dark Sexy Comedy issue. 
Click of the banner at the top of this article to discover more details on this issue and its early incentive! Also, you can use the bar in the right, upper corner of the page to search "#104" and see all the available editions for Issue #104.

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Emilie Autumn to release interactive version of 'The Asylum...'


The lovest inmate, violindustrial master and Victorian queen of the rock music, Emilie Autumn, is about to release a new version of her autobiographical / psychological thriller, 'The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls', with new material, new characters and even interactive, hidden material.

The novel, which was first published in 2009 as a companion to her Asylum tour, has been object of many critics, positive and negative, and become a significant part of the artistic universe this singer has created, based on the 'Opheliac' concept of her second album, and her third release, 'Fight Like a Girl', considered to be the official soundtrack of the book.

Down bellow you will find the official message Autumn sent to her fans with more details on this event.

"Dearest Plague Rats,
I could not be more thrilled to announce the all new eBook version of The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girlsnow available on Amazon for the pre-order price of $2.99!!!


It has long been my greatest wish to be able to offer the Asylum story to Ratties all over the world for a very low price, and this does the job beautifully.


But! This is no ordinary eBook, my darlings...no indeed!

I have spent many months creating this beautifully designed electronic version that doubles as a treasure hunt, containing dozens of interactive elements including new illustrations, hidden links to additional writings and character backgrounds, atmospheric audio tracks to read along with, secret ways to get in contact with the Asylum's inmates yourself, and, if you're clever enough to find the key, exclusive access to never-before-heard songs from the upcoming The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls: The Musical.

Far from being second best to a print version, I have packed this eBook with surprises a printed book could never contain.

Oh! And the eBook contains the 4th Edition of the Asylum story which has NEVER BEFORE BEEN IN PRINT, so, if you happen to already own the hardcover original, you are in for quite a surprise...this completely re-imagined version contains new characters, new chapters, new secrets, and a new song!

I humbly thank each and every one of you for joining me on this truly magical journey...YOU have made the Asylum real, and it is only just beginning..."


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Dear Daughter, the new music video from Halestorm


The hard rock band from Red Lion, Pennsylvania, Halestorm, released the video for 'Dear Daughter', their fifth single from Int the Wild Life, the band's third studio album. The video was made available this May 4th on the YouTube channel of the band.

A soft rock ballad, the track speaks directly about the women of all races and age around the world with an empowering message, without the wild and furious sound that the band has been known for, a versatility we should praise.

Elizabeth "Lzzy" Hale, vocalist and fontwoman of Haestorm, explained the background of the song saying the following:
"I've written many songs and blog posts about women. I'm in a unique position in my life and career to spread some positivity and empowerment to my fellow femmes! And if you were me, wouldn't you do the same? I'd like to elaborate on our song "Dear Daughter," which started out as more or less a jotting down of things my mother and father told me as a kid. What it became was so much more than just me quoting my parents. The song has taken on a life of its own and is such a personal reflection of what I think a young woman should hear growing up.
I'm so excited to share much more of "Dear Daughter" with you today. Visit my blog to read more about what this song means to me, and watch our new 'Dear Daughter' video."



The signer also asked her fans to "share photos and stories of badass moms, daughters, sisters, friends" on the social media with the hashtag #deardaughter. The video is currently #25 in trending lists in Youtube.


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Friday, 5 May 2017

DOWNLOAD to reissue NETTWERK catalogue via ARTOFFACT



Toronto-based label Artoffact Records announced in April that it would be reissuing the entire Nettwerk Records-owned catalogue of electronic and experimental group Download. The releases will come this summer, for the first time ever, on vinyl.

Download recorded three albums and one full-length EP for Nettwerk between 1996 and 2000: The Eyes of Stanley Pain, III, and Effector, along with the Sidewinder EP. Those albums, particularly The Eyes of Stanley Pain, have become legendary to electronic music fans and Skinny Puppy collectors alike. Famously, all the artwork, save for that on Effector, was done by Dave McKean.





Download started as a post-Skinny Puppy project, following the break-up of the famous industrial band in the mid-90s, initially as a collaboration between Cevin Key and the late Dwayne Goettel. Dead Voices on Air mastermind Mark Spybey, as well as Phil Western (AKA Philth) also joined the band. The band has recorded several albums for Nettwerk, Metropolis Records, and Key's own Subsconscious Communications imprint, and the majority of these have been reissued on vinyl by Artoffact.

Mark Spybey on recording The Eyes of Stanley Pain:

"Much of the Eyes of Stanley Pain and Sidewinder were recorded within a month, in very different circumstances to Furnace and Microscopic (which were largely made up of edited improvisations) shortly after Dwayne passed away and Phil’s temporary exit from the band. cEvin and I [Mark Spybey] held the fort and Ken Marshall engineered the recordings. Most of the recordings were done by cEvin and me with a lot of help from Ken. There was more of an emphasis on creating coherent song structures featuring more of my vocals. Extended members of the family contributed in passing and Anthony Valcic entered late in the day to help. Anthony and Ken for example did a lot of work on Glassblower, and my vocals were recorded in Bryan Adams' studio. It all came together very quickly. cEvin and I were determined to create a harsher, more aggressive feel to this album."

Details about the four new reissues can be found online at these links:


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Premier: Skarlett Riot – 'Feel (Zardonic Remix)'



Intravenous Magazine is proud to premier the newest track from UK alt-rock act Skarlett Riot, 'Feel' as remixed by Venezuelan “bass metal” master Zardonic.

Skarlett Riot have taken the scene by storm with their powerful, riff-led songs; blending melody and grit with a muscular garage rockʼnʼroll backbone. Add to that an ear for infectious hooks, a singer blessed with a huge voice, and you have a band that not only has bags of attitude but the songs to back them up!

Band live dates:
3rd June - Camden Rocks
23rd June - Wildfire Festival
5th August - Fort Fest
2nd September - Macmillan Fest

For more information on the band please visit their official website HERE. To hear their latest track 'Feel (Zardonic Remix)' click the player below, or watch the embedded YouTube video.




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Unleash the Archers has a new lyric video!


UNLEASH THE ARCHERS, one of the most acclaimed metal bands, is about to release their fourth album on June 2nd. The Canadians, who have already worked with the genres of power, melodic death and speed metal, just released a lyrics video for 'The Matriarch', the third track of this concept album. 'APEX', their upcoming disc, also marks the band's ten years in the musical market.


About the song, Brittney Slayes, vocalist of UTA, states:
“This track is chapter three in the story, and in it we are introduced to our antagonist 'The Matriarch' in all her malevolent glory. We call this one our "quick banger" because it's fast, catchy, and fun, and hopefully it won't take long to learn the words! It is sung from an omniscient point of view, drawing the listener in with tales of The Matriarch's depravity. The best part is the bridge, because the song is so dark, and then it launches into this flowing wraith-like guitar melody that is so memorable, I sing along to it every time and I think the fans will too! Absolutely can not wait to play this one live."
Also, the band commented that:
"We are extremely excited to release another full on concept album; it's just so much fun to play out a story when you're up on stage. This one has a protagonist that we call 'The Immortal' being forced to serve the antagonist, a.k.a. 'The Matriarch' as she embarks down a very dark path to achieve immortality. We had a great time writing this record, and I think the cohesiveness of the story has really shone through in the music as well. It has a certain vibe throughout, from beginning to end, and we can't wait to hear what our fans have to say about the direction this album has taken. We don't like to write the same record over and over again and we are very happy with the progression of our sound on 'Apex'. We think it will appeal to all of our fans old and new; it has the best parts of our past albums combined into one with just a little more spit and polish.”


'Apex' full track listing:

1 Awakening
2 Shadow Guide
3 The Matriarch
4 Cleanse The Bloodlines
5 The Coward's Way
6 False Walls
7 Ten Thousand Against One
8 Earth And Ashes
9 Call Me Immortal
10 Apex

You can pre-order 'APEX' now or visit the band's iTunes page, and, in case you missed it, here's the official video for the the first single of the album, 'Cleanse The Bloodlines', which is the fourth track in the album.


Unleash The Archers are:
Brittney Slayes - Vocals
Scott Buchanan - Drums
Grant Truesdell - Guitar, VocalsAndrew Kingsley - Guitar, VocalsNikko Whitworth - Bass

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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Wave Gotik Treffen - The Preview June 2017




The gathering of 2017s Wave Gotik Treffen, is but a month away. Time to get the fascinators out and the boots polished!

Already 145 artists are confirmed. The main acts sweep from the echoes of Victory of VNV Nation to the cabaret dish dash of Amanda Palmer. From Nordic cold caves of Cryo, to the Whispers in the Shadow, the patrons have their music served nor À la carte.

The festival has been in existence for now more than a quarter of a century.  June 2nd to 5th, again more than 20,000 Goths from all over the world are expected to come together in communion over Leipzig to celebrate Wave-Gotik-Treffen as the international dark gathering over Whitsun.

All over the city, there will be more than 200 bands performing, projects and single artists covering the whole wide range of Gothic music: from EBM to Neofolk, from medieval music to Post Punk. Apart from famous bands of the scene, new discoveries with several less-known underground bands from the edge of the Gothic universe participate, the festival is for typical headliners, however encompassing the complete trinity of the Gothic subculture, that is never in one place, is.
145 artists are already confirmed

To discover the wide range of genres this year, explore the attached playlist.

2017 Discoveries

Some bands not so well known, but something to watch out for this year when you gander at the festival card:

Lucifer's Aid
EBM | Sweden
The Progress Productions label (home of Kite, Hendric De La Cour, Agent Side Grinder, etc.) serves Old-School-EBM from a new Swedish project from Nordic wasteland.

Da-Sein
Industrial, Angstpop | Spain
Another stage premiere of a band from the industrial cult label "Galakthorrö". Gloomy reduced analogue electronics. Variance; from danceable to destructive, an alien female voice expells notes in Polish and English.

Moon Far Away
Neofolk | Russia
Appearing for the second time at the WGT the ensemble draws inspiration from the old north Russian folklore and creates an entranced mood through the ritual-like costumes and masks. 

Cuélebre
Pagan Folk, Medieval | Spain
A new, sympathetic ensemble from Valencia, named after a giant winged snake from northern Spanish mythology. 

Sylvaine
Postrock, Shoegaze, Black Metal | France
With her current album "Wistful" the Norwegian multi-instrumentalist steers stylistically toward the so-called "Blackgaze", which was recently created by bands such as Alcest. In contrast to her studio work, at WGT she will appear with a full band, in contrast to her studio work.

Annwn
Neoklassik, Ethereal | Germany
Ethereal, wafting chamber-folk, carried by the heavenly voice of Sabine Hornung, who leads a large ensemble of classical musicians.


TheWGT Basics //2017 


The Ticket

The ticket covers all events within WGT, at 120€. Your fine coin covers you for the Thursday to Monday and free public transport throughout the festival in Leipzig, from June 2nd to June 6th.

Accommodation

The cheapest way to get four walls and a hot shower is through the WGT Forum. Leipzig residents with a free room or whole apartment advertise their free space and have a wide range of sizes and prices, overall very affordable. 

Camping 

Want to be the party animal in a tent who is all terrain experienced with makeup, mud, sweat and met. Well this is the ticket for you aka tent site ticket. It not only acts as your pitch in the black earth, but also as a grand shortcut from the Agra to the Heidnisches Dorf, it also includes the annual Pfingftbote book of the annual engagement. A very nice memory.
Cost 25€ from the 1st to 6th of June.

Parking
For car parking at the Treffen-area you have to purchase a parking vignette for 15 € (including advance sale charges). Parking at the Treffen-area (agra-Messepark) is definitely not possible without a parking vignette.

The APP
If you are as disorganised as a bat in the sunlight, then start praying to this beautiful piece of coded architecture, it could save you from an A4 paper disaster, if the old parchment ain’t goanna cut it for thou.

Available for free on  Android, IPhone or Amazon, via the official stores linked.

Dominic Lynch aka DJ LX-E







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