IVM's Top 40 Releases of 2017

With 2017 a now a fading memory of political turmoil, social upheaval and high-profile perverts, we can at least look back at the year's musical output and say that it was a great one. As is the custom, we've put together a list of 40 notable releases from the previous twelve months that we think are worthy of praise.

Blood Pack Vol. 5 Released!

To download it all you have to do is go to our bandcamp page here: https://intravenousmagazine.bandcamp.com/album/blood-pack-vol-5

Interview: Angelspit

“I get the feeling we are moving through a period of despair. Perhaps this is due to the state of the environment, politics, or dealing with being "social" in the electronic age. We are so frustrated, so exhausted...we don't have the energy or money to plan for the future.I wanted to write lyrics that people can related to, and music that would energize that to forge ahead.”

Review: Psy'Aviah – 'Lightflare'

PSY'AVIAH 'Lightflare' ALFA MATRIX

Review: Caustic – 'American Carrion';

CAUSTIC 'American Carrion' NEGATIVE GAIN PRODUCTIONS

Sunday, 10 June 2018

ES Promotions release 'Independent Synthetics Vol. 2'




Following up on last years successful debut of Volume 1, ES Promotions release 'Independent Synthetics Vol. 2'.

Once again, the compilation is STACKED top to bottom with the best in independent electronic music. This year brings an even more international cast, with artists from Germany, Poland, Norway, Canada, and the USA.

The diversity in sound is also again very strong, with everything ranging from hard-hitting dark electro to some of the most dance-inducing synth pop around!

Track List:
1.) Jihad- We Believe
2.) Sun Goes Dark- Desolation
3.) Kist- Feel Free
4.) Hand in Waves- Burn Down in Tears
5.) Holon- Unauthorized User Access
6.) Gatherfire- Circles
7.) The Electric Witch- Hallowed
8.) Norderney- Sense
9.) Switchface- Nothing in Between (feat. Andrell)
10.) Pain Gauge- A Broken Silence

This is again a FREE download on Bandcamp, so stream or download in any format you like!


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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Review: Poptone – 'Poptone LP'



The reunion of former Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, Love and Rockets, and The Bubblemen founders Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins can only be a good thing. Even if their new incarnation as Poptone (also featuring Kevin's daughter Diva Dompé on bass) is more of a resurrection for old material. But considering that material leans heavily on their Tones on Tail output, which hasn't been performed live for over 30 years, it's nevertheless a welcome return.

With this heavy lean on the ToT material, and the fact that Dompé faithfully reproduces the performances of Glenn Campling you could be forgiven for thinking this is just Tones 2.0 and an exercise in nostalgia. Yet the band's debut EP is a raw and energetic re-appropriation of that old material. The songs feel fresh and exciting and are performed with passion to bring out different nuances from the classic recordings.

In particular tracks such as 'Mirror People', 'Movement of Fear', 'No Big Deal', 'Lions', 'Christian Says', 'Ball of Confusion', 'Go!', and 'Slice of Life' sound great. Dirty distortion, fresh electronics, and a real zest to forge a new identity are ever present elements that cement the Poptone sound as a new and exciting. The only time it doesn't work is on the albums opener 'Heartbreak Hotel', which while a stripped-back and psychedelic garage style cover just feels a little clumsy and lumbering for an opening track.

With the songs originally recorded for a recent Part Time Punks session on KXLU there is a raw live energy that is akin to the early Bauhaus Peel Sessions. It's a strong approximation of what is undoubtedly a tight live sound that plays well to their post-punk origins.

It's great to hear this material get an airing again, Tones on Tail may have been a blip in their career but it still yielded great material. It may be nostalgic at heart but there is so much promise here that it would be a crime if a future release didn't yield some new songs or revisit some lost demos. One can hope. In the meantime this should create more buzz for their live shows.

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ACTORS release video for 'We Don't Have to Dance'



Vancouver's post-punk rising stars ACTORS released a new video on Friday for "We Don't Have to Dance." The video can be watched here:



ACTORS' new album It Will Come to You was released on March 9th, on Artoffact Records. The album's anthemic songs evoke the urgency of early-'80s U2 (Boy, October, War) as well as the driving, synth-drenched scores that emanated from that era's movie screens. Songs like "L'appel du Vide," "Slaves," and "Face Meets Glass" are bangers that glisten via frontman Jason Corbett's production job: slamming beats propel warm layers of synth, guitar, and vocals. Corbett writes, produces, mixes, and masters all ACTORS music at his own Vancouver studio, Jacknife Sound. 


ACTORS live 2018
Sun June 17 - Car Free Day Festival, Vancouver
Sat July 7 - Khatsahlano Festival, Vancouver 
Fri July 27 - 99ten, Edmonton
Sat July 28 - Terminus Festival, Calgary 
Sat August 25 - Infest Festival, Bradford, England 
Sat Sept 15 - Cold Waves Fest @ Gramercy, NYC
Sun Sept 16 - A Murder of Crows Festival, NYC
Tue Sept 18 - The Brillobox, Pittsburgh  
Thu Sept 20 - The Summit, Columbus  
Fri Sept 21 - Detroit TBA
Sun Sept 23 - Cold Waves Fest @ Metro, Chicago 
Mon Sept 24 - JBTV Studio Session, Chicago 
Fri Sept 28 - Sacramento TBA
Sat Sept 29 - Cold Waves Fest @ 1720, LA
Sun Sept 30 - Part-Time Punks @ The Echoplex, LA




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Monday, 4 June 2018

Review: Pig – 'Risen'




PIG
'Risen'
ARMALYTE INDUSTRIES / METROPOLIS RECORDS 


The years spent in the wasteland of creative inactivity are well and truly behind Raymond Watts as we get another hot slice of pork a mere 2 years after the last. Pig's latest full-length studio offing 'Risen' sees the lord of lard Watts continue his creative fervour that was kicked off in 2015 with the 'Compound Eye' sessions with Marc Heal and has continued across several releases in the intervening years. But has this rapid creativity left the well dry?

No. It hasn't. 'Risen' picks up where 'The Gospel' left off with slow grooves and heavy riffs blending industrial electronics, alternative rock while Watts takes on the mantel of an apocalyptic preacher with his chant-a-long lyrics and seedy vocal delivery. Tracks such as 'The Chosen Few', 'Morphine Machine', 'The Revelation', 'Rise & Repent', 'Leather Pig', 'Prey & Obey', and 'Hard Machine' give the album it's hard industrial rock backbone. While the likes of 'Loud, Lawless & Lost', 'When I', and 'Ecstasy & Exorcism' get a bit weirder and more playful in the way that Watts has always had a penchant for.

Production-wise the album maintains a nice balance between it's gritty industrial rock core and more experimental embellishments that have always coloured his work. It's hard to say the album conforms to the “classic” Pig sound, as it has always been an esoteric entity. However the classical elements and more playful electronic experimentation come to the fore quite often which will please long-time fans.

'Watts and co. have been on a creative role for the past three years and it shows no sign of stopping anytime soon. 'Risen' is another great industrial rock album that is well-rounded, expertly crafted and captivating. Watts may be a veteran but he can still bring new ideas to the table and that's exactly what the industrial rock scene needs.

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Book Review: Anne Rice – 'Taltos'


ANNE RICE
'Taltos'
ALFRED A. KNOPF


It is a strange thing when you reach the end of the book. Even more stranger when that is also the end of the series. To be done with Taltos, by Anne Rice, the third and supposed final instalment of the Lives of the Mayfair Witches series, was bittersweet in more than one sense.
Despite the fact that this is the last book, it has a major difference when compared with the past two, mostly in terms of genre. This time, Rice doesn’t present a lot of horror content, but more of a reflexive, philosophical narration that deals with the race of the Taltos. That was an initial shock I had to overcome, since I expected this to be a heavier, more gruesome reading than The Witching Hour and Lasher.
However, when I got used to the main idea, the Taltos’ history, I started to enjoy this book even more. Rice filled it with countless details that, despite made it a reading hard to follow, enriched it.
At this point, I knew I wouldn’t get an explosive battle between the witches and some hidden enemy, yet I still feel it would have been a good addition given the “conspiracy” or sort of that is presented.
Each of the characters felt the same as in the previous books, I couldn’t see a real development on them, maybe only on Mona Mayfair, who acquires a more protagonistic role on this novel, but Rowan, Michael, and the rest of the cast feel just the way they did before, which is a shame.
It is also said that you have to respect the author’s end for the story, but this time Anne Rice take a safe bet for it. It was like she was in a hurry to finish it, fixed whatever was going on with each characters, solved the problems in more time than I expected and took the emergency exit in order to be done with Taltos.
Her followers will tell me that this is not the last time I will see the Mayfair witches, as their universe merges with The Vampire Chronicles’, and I even started with this series before getting to meet Lestat since several blogs said that Interview with the Vampire would tell me what will happen with the witches, but I do find them disappointing when I think about the last chapters of this novel.
I would lie if I said I won’t give Lestat a chance, in order to recover the joy these women gave me, or so I hope, but that won’t be now, maybe not even this year. It will take six books before the stories entangle, and I’m not particularly interested in waiting this much in this moment.

Despite that ending scene ruined the story, I’m sure many will like to dwell on it for a while. I certainly find it pleasurable to have a refuge of daily life in such an interesting universe. There were some unanswered questions that also bothered me, and yet Rice managed to entertain  me for a long while. It is just a matter of time before I return to her. In the meantime, I’ll get some fresh air and a more light, softer reading.

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Review: Scandroid – 'New York City Nights'




SCANDROID
'New York City Nights'
FIXT


Celldweller's Klayton reveals the 2nd single from the forthcoming third album from his synthwave side project, Scandroid. Both of the previous Scandroid albums – the eponymous debut and 2017's follow-up 'Monochrome' – were well received and if 'New York City Nights' is anything to go by, then album number three 'The Darkness And The Light' looks set to be another solid outing.

Full of retro synths, smooth vocals and nostalgic melodies, 'New York City Lights' is a classic slice of synthwave that keeps it's originality intact while simultaneously playing with those familiar 80s elements that are permanently engraved onto the pop culture soundtrack of the era.

The great thing about the Scandroid albums thus far is that they have the feel of a movie/TV soundtrack from the era, as if any of the tracks could be on the opening or end credits, or even in some neon-drenched club scene. And 'New York City Nights' definitely fits into this.

The production, as you'd expect from a talented electronic music veteran such as Klayton is impeccable. It has a warm analogue sound but isn't derivative of the recording style of the time. It's still quite modern, but the retro sounds give it that nostalgic appeal without sacrificing quality.

This is another strong single under the Scandroid moniker and definitely whets the appetite for the full-length release.

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Lucky Thirteen: The IVM guide to... The Gothic Reading List




As it is World Goth Day the question that always comes up time and time again from mainstream journalists and the average person in the street is... “Just what exactly is Goth anyway?”. And even though the question may be the same, the answers are usually different.

Is it a fashion? Is it a musical genre? Is it a literary genre? Is it an artistic aesthetic? Is it an architectural movement? Is it an ancient tribe of Germanic people who sacked Rome? Is it a youth culture?

Well it's all of the above and more. It's a lifestyle. Goth as a subculture tends to permeate into all areas of life from the films, bands and books you like, to home décor and fashion choices. It's all mutually entwined. However if that isn't any more illuminating, then here are thirteen books on the subject of Gothic that are a good starting point for anyone trying to understand what the hell Goth actually is.

And while you're at it, why not have a listen to our World Goth Day Playlist: 'Goth 101' on Spotify...



  1. 'Oh My Goth' – Aurelio Voltaire
    Not exactly a deep look into the evolution of the Gothic subculture, but a damn fine example of the kind of humour that is often found within it.

    “A supreme being named Hieronymous Poshe arrives on Earth. His mission? To find signs of intelligent life and keep his species from turning the entire globe into a colossal landing strip. Instead, he's found time and again how pathetic humans can be! Aliens, vampires, teenagers, the Goth scene itself...everyone's a target in this hilarious book! Loaded to bear with satirical dark humor by the world's leading authority, Goth rocker Voltaire!”




  2. 'What is Goth?' – Aurelio Voltaire

    “What Is Goth? is a humorous, self-deprecating look at Goth culture from the inside out. Imagine The Preppy Handbook colliding with Charles Addams. Then add a lot more melancholy and a lot more spooky.

    What Is Goth? dispels the false stereotypes and reinforces the true ones surrounding Goths and Goth culture. "To the mundane," Voltaire writes, "Goths are weird, black-clad freaks who are obsessed with death; they are sad all of the time. Take a closer look at the Goth scene, however, and you will find a rich tapestry of ideas and practices and a menagerie of colorful characters. Oh, dear. I said colorful."


  1. 'Worldwide Gothic: Chronicle of a Tribe' – Natasha Scharf

    “This is the first book to look at the impact of the goth scene worldwide, from its origins right through to the present day. From the UK's sprawling post-punk scene, Japan's highly visual movement, the USA's deathrock explosion and Germany's extremely popular Schwarze Szene, Worldwide Gothic explores how they all came about and the influence they've had on contemporary music and fashion. Spat out of punk at the tail end of the 1970s, goth became a major subculture in the UK with bands like Siouxsie And The Banshees and The Sisters Of Mercy scoring Top Ten hits and its fashion inspiring catwalk collections. After the scene died down in the early 1990s, it spread out to Europe where it attracted hundreds of thousands of followers and became assimilated with other muscial genres. This book also looks at how goth is now returning to its roots now with the emergence of dark rock and indie bands who pay homage to gothic greats like Bauhaus and Joy Division.”



  2. 'The Art of Gothic' – Natasha Scharf

    “Dressed head-to-toe in black, often with extreme make-up, the gothic look has been a popular once since the 1980s. Gothic art is about more than just album covers and ephemera; it's about fashion, book jackets, cinematography, computer graphics and fine arts. And its influence frequently seeps through into mainstream culture.The first ever English language collection of gothic images available. Features 224 pages of gothic photography and artwork. Contains up to date references that encompass the modern gothic movement as well as the original movement that came from punk. Gathers imagery from around the world, including previously unpublished photographs and artwork. Each chapter includes two special features, including profiles of influential artists or styles. Features articles on the work of well-known artists such as Anne Sudworth and Roman Dirge as well as graphic design teams Parched Art, Leisure Process and 23 Envelope.”



  3. 'Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace' – Andi Harriman and Marloes Bontje

    “It was a scene that had many names: some original members referred to themselves as punks, others new romantics, new wavers, the bats, or the morbids. "Goth" did not gain lexical currency until the late 1980s. But no matter what term was used, "postpunk" encompasses all the incarnations of the 1980s alternative movement. Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace is a visual and oral history of the first decade of the scene. Featuring interviews with both the performers and the audience to capture the community on and off stage, the book places personal snapshots alongside professional photography to reveal a unique range of fashions, bands, and scenes. A book about the music, the individual, and the creativity of a worldwide community rather than theoretical definitions of a subculture, Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace considers a subject not often covered by academic books. Whether you were part of the scene or are just fascinated by different modes of expression, this book will transport you to another time and place.”



  4. 'Goth Chic: A Connoisseur’s Guide to Goth' – Gavin Baddeley

    “Goth Chic is the first book to properly explore Gothic culture in the modern world. Gavin Baddeley unearths hidden gems from the underground alongside better-known manifestations, including horror comics, fetish clubs, Goth-rock superstars and vampire cultists. The result is a book that provides a peerless primer for Gothic culture novices and an incisive analysis to challenge and compel even the most seasoned veteran of this dark underworld.”




  5. 'Goth: The dark Subculture' – Gavin Baddeley

    “Goth is the subculture that never dies, influencing fashion, TV, movies, and alternative rock music. Goth: The Dark Subculture is a visual history that draws on a rich photographic archive. Spanning the entirety of the scene's existence, the book vividly evokes the past, present and future of Goth.”





  6. 'Music to Die For' – Mick Mercer

    “The ultimate resource for readers struggling to cope with the bewildering variety of alternative sub-genres, covering: ambient, cabaret noir, deathrock, goth, gothic metal, horror punk, melodramatic song, post-punk and psychobilly. Packed with discographical information, web addresses, line-ups and often contributions from the bands themselves, this is the first edition of a book that will be turned to again and again. Fully illustrated with over 130 pages of band photos.”




  7. 'Hex Files: The Goth Bible' – Mick Mercer

    “An illustrated guide to the world-wide Goth scene, which also includes research on the worlds of Pagan, Fetish and Vampire scenes. It features information on bands, records, shops, clothes and jewellery, and discusses the cross-overs between the individual cults.”







  8. 'Goth: Identity, Style and Subculture' – Paul Hodkinson

    “Goths represent one of the most arresting, distinctive and enduring subcultures of recent times. The dedication of those involved to a lifestyle which, from the outside, may appear dark and sinister, has spawned reactions ranging from admiration to alarm. Until now, no one has conducted a full-scale ethnographic study of this fascinating subcultural group. Based on extensive research by an 'insider', this is the first. Immersing us in the potent mix of identities, practices and values that make up the goth scene, the author takes us behind the facade of the goth mystique. From dress and musical tastes to social habits and the use of the internet, Hodkinson details the inner workings of this intriguing group. Defying postmodern theories that claim media and commerce break down substantive cultural groupings, Hodkinson shows how both have been used by goths to retain, and even strengthen, their group identity. Hodkinson provides a comprehensive reworking of subcultural theory, making a key contribution to the disciplines of sociology, cultural studies, youth studies, media studies, and popular music studies. Readable and accessible, this groundbreaking book presents a unique chance to engage with a contemporary, spectacular culture.”


  9. 'The Goth Bible: A Compendium for the Darkly Inclined' – Nancy Kilpatrick

    “The Goth Bible explores the traditions and history of a popular subculture often misrepresented as homicidal, suicidal and sociopathic, with non-goths such as the Columbine High School murderers held up as representative of the movement. Nancy Kilpatrick bridges this gulf in understanding, providing a lifestyle handbook for today s creatures of the night. This authoritative study is drawn from hundreds of interviews with bands, artists, designers, and goths from all walks of life.”




  10. 'Gothic: The Evolution of a Dark Subculture' – Chris Roberts, Hywel Livingstone, Emma Baxter-Wright
    “Goth-inspired chic is very much a part of contemporary culture--especially for a cool young tribe with a penchant for black. But it also has a long history stretching over centuries, becoming a distinctive narrative form that encompasses everything from art and architecture to literature, fashion, film, television, digital media, graphic novels, and music (Marilyn Manson). Marvelously adaptable, the gothic aesthetic has proven fertile ground for endless imaginative reinvention, and this collection provides the first fully illustrated introduction to every aspect of the phenomenon--one that is truly without boundaries and ever-evolving.”



  11. 'The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction' – Nick Groom

    “The anatomy of the Gothic is richly complex and perversely contradictory, and so the thirteen chapters here range deliberately widely. This is the first time that the entire story of the Gothic has been written as a continuous history: from the historians of late antiquity to the gardens of Georgian England, from the mediaeval cult of the macabre to German Expressionist cinema, from Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy to American consumer society, from folk ballads to vampires, from the past to the present.”

There are many other interesting titles out there, both humorous and academic, that deal with all facets of the Gothic subculture. But we hope this list will provide anyone looking to go into more depth on the subject with a solid starting point.


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Monday, 21 May 2018

Review: Raizer – 'Free'




'Free'

Hailing from Eastern Europe, Raizer return with their new single 'Free'. With their frenetic blend of electro-rock, drum 'n' bass, cyberpunk and synthwave intact from their debut album 'We Are The Future' they launch things into the stratosphere in anthemic fashion.

Big beats, big guitars, soaring vocals, and plenty of melodic synths to get your teeth into the song should be a no-brainer with it's high-energy anime meets computer game soundtrack vibe heavy bass being bang-on trend.

But after the impact of the first minute it begins to feel a little flat and cheesy. This isn't helped by the ill-advised bridge at the 2:30 minute kills the initial momentum in a way that just doesn't fit the rest of the song. It's a shame as the song has some really strong elements to it. But it just seems to unravel and rely to heavily on the chorus.

Production-wise the song is top-quality. It's got the feel of a mainstram hard-dance track and still maintains a strong balance with the heavy guitars and rock vocals. It's still the move into the bridge that seems to undo things with the vocals in particular sounding out of place.

There's a lot to like here, but it doesn't quite hold it together and breaks apart on re-entry. That being said there's no doubt Raizer still have plenty more left in their fuel tanks and will undoubtedly be aiming for the moon with another track soon.

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Review: KPT – 'Fluid Bonded / Disarm'


'Fluid Bonded / Disarm'
SELF-RELEASED

US electronic producer KPT (Kept) returns with a surprise new single in the form of 'Fluid Bonded / Disarm', a double a-side release that blends minimal techno with darker ambient electronics and industrial for a haunting and atmospheric pair of tracks to chill and unnerve.

It's been a couple of years now since KPT's full-length debut which showed off an innovative blend of edm, techno, darkwave, industrial and ebm that was reminiscent of acts such as Diamond Version, Aphex Twin and Blush Response.

With this latest single it's easy to hear the progression in KPT's sound – those elements are still there but the slow and methodical 'Fluid Bonded' shows a more overt step towards minimalism and dark ambience. Whereas 'Disarm', while still linking in with the atmosphere of the previous track, has a more up-tempo beat and therefore a more subversive dance feel to it.

As with previous releases the production quality remains top-shelf. Even with darker experimentation and heavier ambience the tracks keep a melodic appeal that, especially in the case of disarm, translates nicely into a dance-friendly direction akin to Juno Reactor.

This is another strong release from KPT that raises a lot of questions regarding the potential direction of the next full-length album. It may be a far more atmospheric and experimental work than his last outing... or this may be a brilliant curve-ball. Either way 'Fluid Bonded / Disarm' is a solid single.

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Sunday, 20 May 2018

May May Graves to release 'Monsters' EP




Bursting out of an 80s Slasher Flick with her delicious blend of Glamour Horror Electro Dance Music comes May May Graves, the self-proclaimed "High-Fashion Nightmare".
The industrial strength of Angelspit's Zoog Von Rock helps bring her world of horror to life through her debut EP "Monsters".


May May Graves brings her world of horror to life through her debut EP "Monsters". Combined with the industrial strength of Angelspit's Zoog Von Rock, "Monsters" is the first peek under the bed into a world of punk-rock slashers, murderous sirens, and seductive spirits.
“My vocal training was screaming my way through punk shows that I would host in hotel rooms before I was old enough to get into clubs! Add that to the brutal distorted production from Zoog Von Rock and you get a dream wrapped in a beautiful bout of sleep paralysis. The sound is BRUTAL with a touch of insanity. If Freddy Krueger's daughter sang about her daddy issues, you would hear the same smoothness with a hint of absolute rage.”
-May May Graves

"I've been a fan of May May for years. Not only is her voice powerful with a smooth lining, but she is also a solid song writer. I finally got the chance to work with her on her third release “Monsters” - a beautiful and deadly homage to her many murderous musical influences like Rob Zombie, The Birthday Massacre, Mindless Self Indulgence, Nine Inch Nails, and Peaches.”
-Zoog Von Rock

​Billed as the "genderf#ck of your nightmares", May May quit her job as a Church of Christ preacher in 2011 to be in a punk band….it all goes downhill from there.

The year is now 2018 and May May Graves has solidified her place in the DWF burlesque and drag scene and has toured stages across America, disappointing billions and captivating few with her dark, witty, and macabre stage presence. In doing that, she was the First Drag Queen to be crowned EVIL QUEEN OF BURLESQUE in 2015 and was even the First Drag Queen featured at the Dallas Burlesque Festival 2014. Her dark, macabre, and campy fetish themed performances have captivated and terrorized audiences across the country.

Pre-order on Kickstarter today and receive 5 tracks injected with harsh stomping beats, grinding bass and lyrical terror!

"Lights out baby, the night is ours!"

“Monsters” is released through Black Pill Red Pill records: http://blackpillredpill.com/



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Frontline Assembly streams first track from 'Warmech'




FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY’s newest soundtrack CD for Carbon Games’ latest game, WarMech! Get it via iTunes or Bandcamp. When you pre-order you will receive the instant great track ‘Mechvirus’ for free.


Jared Slingerland, Sasha Keevil, Craig Johnsen, and the late-great Jeremy Inkel on a tour de force 12-track full-length album that is as much electronic masterpiece as it is a game soundtrack gold join head of arsenal Bill Leeb. WarMech ranges from industrial to ambient to techno, and will blow the minds of fans of the earlier AirMech soundtrack, as well as long-time fans of Front Line Assembly.

The album will be released on June 22 via Toronto-based Artoffact Records on double vinyl, including black and greasy-mess versions. The vinyl comes in a gatefold sleeve designed exclusively by Dave McKean, and you also get a collectable, branded download card. CD digipak version also available.

AirMech Wastelands expands the AirMech universe through experiencing the journey from a scavenger to a commander in the war against the machines. After global conflict erased countries and borders, automated armies continued their mission by restoring production of WarMechs to finish their directive.

Front Line Assembly will be on the road this August and September in Europe with Die Krupps. As they return to North America, the band will be performing at all three Cold Waves Festival in NYC, Chicago and LA!

Front Line Assembly live 2018
August 18 - Amougies, BE @ W-2 Festival
August 19 - London, UK @ o2 Academy 
August 20 - Paris, FR @ La Machine
August 21 - Utrecht, NL @ De Helling
August 22 - Krefeld, DE @ KuFa Krefeld
August 24 - Gothenburg, SE @ Truck Stop
August 25 - Stockholm, SE @ Klubben
August 29 - Wroclaw, PL @ Stary Klasztor
August 30 - Prague, CZ @ Lucerna Music Bar
August 31 - Budapest, HU @ A38
September 01 - Bratislava, SK @ Majestic Music Club
September 02 - Vienna, AU @ Viper Room
September 04 - Munich, DE @ Backstage Halle
September 08 - Nu-Ulm, DE @ Volle Kraft Voraus Festival 
September 15 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
September 23  - Chicago, IL @ Metro
September 29 - Los Angeles, CA @ 1720 


FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY:  Bandcamp / Facebook


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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

New from Echozone




Loewenhertz - Golden (Official Video)

Following the successful support tour with the British electropop icons "Mesh" for their latest album release "Echtzeit", the pop duo from South Germany radiate vigor and energy more than ever. The single release "Golden" gives a first foretaste of the new album which has been in preparation for a long time and is now scheduled for the beginning of 2019.

With the new single, Loewenhertz are celebrating a double premiere. While the last single releases were all in German, now Loewenhertz show their versatility and present their first song with English lyrics and, at the same time, demonstrate the band's catchy side. Crisp, poppy, modern - these are the dancefloor hit's characteristics. A pleasure for every electropop fan. The catchy song is a mix of Hurts, Depeche Mode and Paul Kalkbrenner and, of course, wants to repeat the band's last successes (DAC (German Alternative Charts) and GEWC (German Electronic WebCharts) entries of the last four releases). However, anyone assuming only glitter, glamour and gold will be wrong. The song is profound and takes hold in the listener's head.

The track was produced by the well-known Robin Felder and Felix Heldt who also worked for Tomcraft, Tom Novy, Da Hool, Disco Boys and D'Artagnan.

In advance the official video for "Golden" will be released on may, 11th. None other than video and film maker Mark Feuerstake was behind the camera who shot more than 500 music videos (i. a. ATB, Scooter, Mesh, Melotron) in his career and who provided an elaborately created setting for the song making "Golden" a genuine, visual highlight.

Loewenhertz also came up with an idea for the B-side. With the cover version of Nena's "Leuchtturm" they entered a challenging terrain which they did handle quite easily by giving the song a completely new and modern outfit.

Last but not least, this new release is supported by numerous top class remixes, for example by the iconic german electro-gothic band DAS ICH.

Loewenhertz 2018 sound fresh, multi-faceted, passionate and highly motivated.




SixTurnsNine - Spinning Numbers

Düsseldorf brought up a few stunnig as well as unique experimental / electronic bands. The Triphop / Electronica Trio SixTurnsNine is rooted in this tradition while they partly break with it at the same time..

The Band
SixTurnsNine was founded by Philip Akoto (strings), Lutz Bauer (keys/programming/electronica) and Anja Trodler (vocals) in 2015 at the legendary venue "Alter Schlachthof" in Düsseldorf-Derendorf. Coming from totally different musical backgrounds SixTurnsNine together create their songs within a charged creative field full of details and little traces that bear witness of their individuality in sound.

The Sound
The symbiosis of different musical influences ends up in songs with almost danceable trip hop beats and dub step elements combined with a somehow dark ambience, massive hypnotic bass guitars and lurid electronica. On top of it all you hear the impressive, dark and bluesy voice of Anja Trodler. Yes, there is a slight 90s vibe to be found, but it is just one layer within a brighter spectrum where there is much more to be found besides and underneath, for example break beats, atonal industrial music, New Wave or classic Woodstock spirit. You may also find references to bands like 'This Mortal Coil' or some other 4AD-bands from the 1980s.

The EP
Until now SixTurnsNine released two video singles called "Painted Clouds" and "Threat in The Neck". In May 2018 their first 6-track-EP will be released on Echozone / BobMedia in physical form as well as for download. Just before that SixTurnsNine will hit a few stages on a club tour to promote the EP in advance.

The EP is entitled "Spinning Numbers". It contains five regular tracks plus a remix of "Threat in The Neck" by Spherical Disrupted. The EP was recorded and produced by Lutz Bauer, mixed and mastered by Bob Humid (Cologne - mastermind of Der Liederkranz, Fat of Excellence, Serve & Destroy). Artwork and design was done by Hendrik & Julian Klein (takk design).



Inner Core - Blame

On May 18th, 2018, the symphonic metal / hard rock band INNER CORE are going to release their new video clip "Blame" as well as the new single of the same name taken from the latest album "Soultaker" plus one bonus track in form of a digital release.

As for the bonus track, the band put a new spin on the Michael Jackson song "Give Into Me" from the album "Dangerous" (1991) and outfitted it with the typical Inner Core sound.

The single will be available for download in all relevant download stores.


Projekt Ich - Doch das, was blieb

Following the successful single release "Where Are The Angels" feat. Mick L. Angelo (5TimesZero) in November 2017 and an additional maxi extra release in December 2017 [madbello remix edition] as well as the single release "Little Star" feat. Catrine Christensen (SoftWave) in February 2018 and as a pre-taste of the debut album scheduled for autumn / winter 2018, Projekt Ich aka Ulf Müller is going to release his first German-speaking single "Doch das, was blieb" on June 1st, 2018, on Echozone.

Markus Kühnel (German dark rock band Elandor) supports the song with his impressive vocals.

"Doch das, was blieb" is an anti-war song. You can look far back in world history and you will see that there has never been a time without wars accompanied by homicides and oppression of countless people and the destruction of everything that has been near and dear to the opponent.
'Doch das, was blieb' ('That What Remained') has always represented a gleam of hope for living in peace, with all the peoples of the world, a cry for love and forgiveness ... Can this be possible one day …?

Besides the original track, "Doch das, was blieb" features two instrumental versions, an extended mix version and 14 great remixes by international artists.

Remix package: madbello (NL), Hoof (NL), POS.:2 (DE), Defiant Machines (DE), Schwarzstern (NL), Monotronic (DE), IMUNAR (DE), Restriction 9 (SW), MonoSapien (DE), L_igh_T (ESP), Cyborgdrive (ESP), Nature of Wires (UK), Das FortLeben (DE) and HzweiG (DE).

Patrick Knoch (Elektrostaub) is responsible for the mastering. Tim Aßmann from Visionary Moments designed the front cover as well as all artworks for the single release.


Elektrostaub - Birthday And Death

Following the GEWC (German Electronic WebCharts) Top 5 singles "Unforgotten" (feat. Henrik Iversen), "Also Without You" (feat. Anne Goldacker) und "Funeral Of Love" (feat. Ruined Conflict), Elektrostaub is now going to release his fourth single "Birthday And Death" (feat. !distain) on June 1st, 2018. It will also be the last single taken from the successful debut album (number 3 in the GEWC album charts) with the same title.

"Birthday And Death" is a very personal and emotional song by Elektrostaub mastermind Patrick Knoch. The track deals with loss, but at the same time emphasises a new beginning. The question whose vocals could support this song, was answered very quickly: !distain. For years, Elektrostaub and !distain have been closely connected on many levels.

Again, Elektrostaub presents stomping beats, harmonic soundscapes and driving sounds. The interaction between music and vocals creates an emotional and danceable electro pearl. Solely for this release, there is a special single version in addition to the already known album version. !distain re-recorded their vocal parts for this single release.

The single also contains a varied remix and instrumental package featuring Tom Winters (Chrom), !distain, Kontrast, Uwe Kallenbach (Ex-Syntec), Alex Stroeer, Projekt Ich , ALexis Voice and Cyborgdrive.

The songs will be available for download in all relevant download shops.

http://www.elektrostaub.de/

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Chris Carter unveils video for 'Tangerines'



CHRIS CARTER has shared the video to ‘Tangerines' from his first album release in 17 years, Chris Carter’s Chemistry Lessons Volume One.

Watch the video, created by Carter, for his two-minutes of electronic pop here:



Chris Carter will perform two rare live sets this summer, both unique modular synth sets, at Sea Change festival in Totnes in August and at the first in a series of events hosted by the Cabinet Gallery at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London, on 23 May. The Cabinet event will also feature a live DJ set by Sophie Coletta, soundtracking the classic silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928).

Chris Carter’s Chemistry Lessons Volume One is populated with insistent melodic patterns and a distinct sense of wonderment at the limitless possibilities of science. “If there’s an influence on the album, it’s definitely ‘60s radiophonic,” Carter says. “And over the last few years I’ve also been listening to old English folk music, almost like a guilty pleasure, and so some of tracks on the album hark back to an almost ingrained DNA we have for those kinds of melodies.” 

The album is out now on all formats, including the limited edition double 'ash grey' and 'frostbite blue' coloured vinyl, available again after the initial pressing sold out.

In addition Carter recently launched a new website - a periodic table explaining and exploring elements of the album. The site includes the Chris Carter Chemistry Lessons series and you can watch films of Carter explaining the process and inspirations behind his self-designed artwork and his pedal collection here: http://ccclv1.net/. Keep checking back for further films examining the album.


CHRIS CARTER - Modular Synth Sets
23 May - London, Cabinet Gallery present Chris Carter
24-25 Aug - Totnes, Sea Change - https://www.seachangefestival.co.uk/



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Friday, 11 May 2018

Nine Inch Nails announce new record and tour




Nine Inch Nails have unveiled their latest release in the form of new studio album 'Bad Witch'. The album carries on from its two predecessor EPs; 2016's 'Not The Actual Events' and 2017's 'Add Violence' rounding out the trilogy that Trent Reznor had previously alluded to.

'Bad Witch' will be available from 22nd June via The Null Corporation.

Track list:

1. "Shit Mirror"
2. "Ahead of Ourselves"
3. "Play the Goddamned Part"
4. "God Break Down the Door"
5. "I'm Not from This World"
6. "Over and Out"

In addition to the new album the band have released North American tour dates with support from indie legends The Jesus And Mary Chain.



For pre-order and ticket details visit www.nin.com

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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Review: The Atlas Moth – 'Coma Noir'


'Coma Noir'
PROSTHETIC RECORDS

Sometimes a band's improvement can take you by surprise. From a promising yet somewhat unfocused beginning, atmospheric post-metal outfit The Atlas Moth have blossomed into a stunning band. They've worked hard, supported everyone they can and honed their sound over the course of their last three albums. But still, the quality of their latest long-player 'Coma Noir' may still catch a few people off guard.

The fourth album is a dark and disjointed. Atmospheric and visceral. Incredibly strong drumming underpins the album and allows the guitars, keyboards and vocals to flourish as they circle each other like snakes in a pit before coming together in twisted unison.

Songs such as 'Coma Noir', 'Last Transmission From The Late, Great Planet Earth', 'Galactic Brain', 'Actual Human Blood', 'Furious Gold', and 'The Frozen Crown' are undoubted highlights, providing the album with an anthemic backbone of pounding riffs, furious drums, searing keyboards, sweet harmonics and demonic vocals. The end result is a compelling and breakneck ride through the dark and surreal film noir streets of the album's narrative.

In terms of production this is one of those albums that could be in danger of devolving into a sprawling mess. But it's kept tight, and even at it's most disjointed and atonal sounding it pushes through to a logical conclusion with all of the instruments still managing to work in a strange harmony. As a result no one sound dominates the mix too much and swamps any of the other subtle nuances of the songs.

This album should be the one that puts The Atlas Moth on the map as serious contenders. They've paid their dues and slowly matured into a force to be reckoned with. The songwriting here is the best of any album so far and the execution lives up to their collective ambition. 'Coma Noir' should hopefully see them on the right trajectory from now on.

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Sunday, 6 May 2018

Review: Strvngers – 'Amor / Noir'




'Amor / Noir'

Canadian darkwave duo Strvngers return with their hotly anticipated third album 'Amor / Noir'. The duo already acclaimed for their innovative melding of genres such as darkwave, post-punk, ebm, edm, and gothic rock to create an original sound that is dark, dance-friendly and always interesting. The band's third offering (and second on Negative Gain Productions) sees them at their most accessible and polished yet.

With an undeniable pop-sensibility running throughout the duo blend modern dance themes through dark atmospheres, and filters them through a trippy haze to create some truly stunning results. Songs such as 'Wanderlust', 'Fetisha', 'Leder Dame', 'This Is Not A Phase', 'Verisimilitude', 'Lethargy', and 'Noir' provide the album with a strong backbone of tracks that walk a line between dark gothic industrial malevolence and pop-friendly electronica. Infectious melodies, hard dance beats, soaring vocals, and dark industrial embellishments come together is a very pleasing way.

In terms of production this is also the band's strongest outing yet. There is a hell of a lot going on in the majority of the tracks and it would be very easy for some elements to be swamped by the heavier synths when they come through. However, the tracks remain pretty balanced with the vocals always cutting through, the rhythms grounding the tracks and the melodies pushing everything forward.

What Strvngers have achieved on 'Amor / Noir' is a strong, consistent, and ultimately accessible record that blends multiple alternative genres and presents them is a pop-friendly manner. It's a dirty, sexy album, heavy on atmosphere and underground subversion presented in an approachable way. In a way this is almost a parallel with Nine Inch Nails' 'Pretty Hate Machine'. But this is uniquely Strvngers from start to finish. Hopefully this will be the album that cements the band's place and see gain some more ground over the next year or so.

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More acts announced for WGT 2018




The world famous Wave Gotik Treffen festival has announced the first acts that will be playing the event in Leipzig, Germany this year. The 201 acts announced so far are:

A Projection (S) - 
Actors (CDN) - 
Aeon Rings (USA) - 
Aeverium (D) - 
All Gone Dead (USA) exclusive European reunion show in 2018 - 
Anna Gudny Gudmundsdotter (IS) - 
Arcana (S) - 
Ash Code (I) - 
Ataraxia (I) - 
Author & Punisher (USA) - 
Autobahn (GB) - 
Axel Thielmann (D) - 
Beinhaus (D) - 
Bettina Bormann (D) - 
Black Light Ascension (GB) - 
Black Line (GB/USA) - 
Blanck Mass (GB) - 
Bootblacks (USA) - 
Boy Harsher (USA) - 
Buzz Kull (AUS) - 
Camerata Lipsiensis (D) - 
Carmen Stefanescu (RO) - 
Carolin Masur (D) - 
Carsten Klatte (D) - 
Cellar Darling (CH) - 
Centhron (D) - 
Cesair (NL) - 
Chambre D'écoute (D) - 
Chameleons Vox (GB) - 
Chor Der Oper Leipzig (D) - 
Christian Von Aster (D) - 
Claire Gascoin (F) - 
Claudia Gräf (D) - 
Clemens-Peter Wachenschwanz (D) - 
Confrontational (GB) - 
Crisis (GB) - 
Crying Vessel (CH) - 
Dageist (F) - 
Daniel Ochoa (D) - 
De/Vision (D) - 
Dead Leaf Echo (USA) - 
Detachments (GB) - 
Die Kammer (D) - 
Diorama (D) - 
Dive (B) - 
Dool (NL) - 
Drifter (S) - 
E-Craft (D) - 
Eden Weint Im Grab (D) - 
Einar Selvik (N) - 
Eivør (FO) - 
Elegant Machinery (S) - 
Eminenz (D) - 
Ensemble New Babylon - Das Bremer Ensemble Für Neue Musik (D) - 
ES23 (D) - 
Ext!ze (D) - 
Fabrik C (D) - 
Faderhead (D) - 
Fairytale (D) - 
Feuerschwanz (D) - 
First Hate (DK) - 
Formalin (D) - 
Frank The Baptist (USA) - 
Front Line Assembly (CDN) - 
Gewandhauschor (D) - 
Gewandhausorchester (D) - 
God Module (USA) - 
Grave Pleasures (FIN) - 
Grendel (NL) - 
Greyhound (D) - 
Grimner (S) - 
Gudrun Ingimars (IS) - 
Guerre Froide (F) - 
Gunnar Kunz (D) - 
Hapax (I) - 
Heidevolk (NL) - 
Heimataerde (D) - 
Hekate (D) - 
Heldmaschine (D) - 
Hexheart (USA) - 
Hubertus Schmidt (D) - 
Illuminate (D) - 
Imminent & Synapscape (B/D) - 
Imperium Dekadenz (D) - 
Ingrimm (D) - 
Ivo Nitschke (D) - 
Japan Suicide (I) - 
Jo Quail (GB) - 
Joy/Disaster (F) - 
Kaizer (D) - 
Kaunan (D) - 
Kiew (D) - 
Kilian Hartig (D) - 
Klutæ (DK) - 
Leipziger Ballett (D) - 
Les Discrets (F) - 
Lukas Dreyer (D) - 
Lydia Benecke (D) - 
M.Kruppe (D) - 
Männerchor Leipzig-Nord (D) - 
Marco Jodes (D) - 
Mark Benecke (D) - 
Markus Heitz (D) - 
Matthias Eisenberg (D) - 
Merciful Nuns (D) - 
Mercury's Antennae (USA) - 
Michael Schönheit (D) - 
Michel Bouvard (F) - 
Midgards Boten (D) - 
Model Kaos (D) - 
Modern English (GB) - 
Monica Jeffries (D) - 
Monica Richards & Anthony Jones (USA) - 
Mono No Aware (D) - 
Monolith (B) - 
Moritz Eggert (D) - 
Mr. Kitty (USA) - 
Mystigma (D) - 
Nachtsucher (D) - 
Neun Welten (D) - 
Nothgard (D) - 
Nytt Land (RUS) - 
Oberer Totpunkt (D) - 
Oomph! (D) - 
Ost+Front (D) - 
Paddy And The Rats (H) - 
Palast (D) - 
Pamela Coats (USA) - 
Phil Shoenfelt & Southern Cross (GB/CZ) - 
Phosgore (D) - 
Principe Valiente (S) - 
Pyogenesis (D) - 
Qntal (D) - 
Raison D'être (S) - 
Randolph's Grin (USA/A) - 
Rapalje (NL) - 
Readership Hostile (USA) - 
Rome (L) - 
Rosa Crvx (F) - 
Samsas Traum (D) - 
Sardh (D) - 
Sarin (IR) - 
Sasscha Lange (D) - 
Scarlet And The Spooky Spiders (I) - 
Schandmaul (D) - 
Scheuber (D) - 
Schonwald (I) - 
Second Still (USA) - 
Seelennacht (D) - 
Seigmen (N) - 
Siglo XX (B) exclusive reunion show - 
Silent Runners (NL) - 
Siva Six (GR) - 
Skeletal Family (GB) - 
Solitary Experiments (D) - 
Sommerorchester Leipzig (D) - 
Spark! (S) - 
Stahlr (NL) - 
Still Patient? (D) 30th anniversary show - 
Sturm Café (S) - 
Suir (D) - 
Suld (CHN) - 
Sulpher (GB) - 
Surturs Lohe (D) - 
Svartsinn (N) - 
Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld - 
The Beauty Of Gemina (CH) - 
The Crimson Ghosts (D) - 
The Eden House (GB) - 
The Fright (D) - 
The Jesus And Mary Chain (GB) - 
The KVB (GB) - 
The Last Cry (GB) - 
The New Division (USA) - 
The Other (D) - 
Theaterpack (D) - 
Then Comes Silence (S) - 
Thomas Manegold (D) - 
Tiamat (S) perform songs from the albums „Wildhoney“ and „Clouds“ - 
Tilo Augsten (D) - 
Torul (SLO) - 
Totus Gaudeo (D) - 
Traitrs (CDN) - 
Traumtaenzer (D) - 
Trepaneringsritualen (S) - 
Trisomie 21 (F) - 
Undertheskin (PL) - 
Unterschicht (D) - 
Verena Marisa (BR) - 
Vocame (D) - 
Vogon Poetry (S) - 
Vomito Negro (B) - 
Wardruna (N) - 
Wolfchant (D) - 
Xenturion Prime (N) - 
Yasuko Bouvard (J) - 
Ye Banished Privateers (S) - 
Zanias (AUS) - 
Zeraphine (D) - 
Zeromancer (N) - 
[:SITD:] (D) 


The festival will take place this year from 18th May until 21st May. For more information please visit the official Wave Gotik Treffen website.

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