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

Monday, 30 April 2018

The State release music video for 'The Resistance'



The State have released their first new music of the year with a single called The Resistance on all digital platforms; streaming and download. They will also release a new music video to go with it which is essentially a 5 minute 15 second horror film on Youtube, their website www.thestateuk.com, and their socials.

The song arose around a reaction to the complacency of much of society to people like Donald Trump and Theresa May and the corporations and oligarchs who control and own them. The video was shot in a single day in an abandoned office building as a sort of found footage horror film. Daniel Smith and Hector Campbell, both final year film students, were behind the lens and brought their love of horror films to the creative process.

Guitarist Will Goodey joined vocalist/programmer Andy Guy in the band a year ago during the final stages of recording the second album Ministry of Truth. This new track is the first that Will has been involved with the writing process from the start and is the first of many for a planned third album set to be released in the autumn (date tbc).

The State are a gothic industrial / post-punk band based in the east of England. Taking their cue from bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein, Marilyn Manson, The Cure and Gary Numan, they aim to ensure that their live performances are as intense and rich as their studio works. They interweave heavy driven guitars with synths and samples to create a rich and varied tapestry. Their goal is to provoke and encourage people to question the political and social reality they find themselves in and perhaps do something about it.









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New from Echozone




Eilera - Face Your Demons (Official Lyric Video)
After the release of the longplayer "Face Your Demons" and great feedback from both press and fans, a brand new lyric video for the album title track has now been released.

"Face Your Demons" demonstrates Eilera's capabilities of creating catchy rock songs driven by her charismatic voice and intelligent as well as deeply emotional lyrics.

a personal note from Eilera regarding the song and clip : “Unless you learn to face your own shadows, you will continue to see them in others, because the world outside you is only a reflection of the world inside you”, Carl Jung wrote. And i sang Face Your Demons. Thank you my music companions on the song Roni, Toni, Jan, Lauri and thank you David, my new visual companion who gave it motion.



Nervenbeisser - Du Gehst
Right in time for the support shows NERVENBEISSER will play for CREMATORY starting from May, 9th, the brand new single "Du gehst" will be released on May, 5th. The official music video has already been released on the band's youtube channel.

The single features three additional club remixes of the title track as well as a special club remix from the album song "Irgendwann".



Florian Grey - Until We Go Down
The brand new Florian Grey album RITUS will be released on may, 18th. After the first teaser single "My Babylon", which was exclusively released on Bandcamp, the next single for "Until We Go Down" will be released on May 4th, along with a music video, which features the current band lineup for the first time in action.

The single features a special "mechanical moth remix" as well as an instrumental version.



The Cascades - Phase 4 (Official Lyric Video)
After the release of the current single "Behind The Curtain" the gothic rockers The Cascades are working on their next full length album to be releases in atumn this year. There will also be another new single available just before summer.

Now a special lyric video for the current's single b-side "Phase 4" has been released and is online on our YouTube channel.


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The Antichrist Imperium unveil artwork & track list



CD artwork left | Vinyl artwork right


Avantgarde death metal outfit The Antichrist Imperium are set to release their sophomore album, which is entitled ‘Volume II Every Tongue Shall Praise Satan’, on 29th June 2018 viaApocalyptic Witchcraft Recordings.

‘Volume II Every Tongue Shall Praise Satan’ will be released on CD, Vinyl, Cassette and in digital format. The vinyl version will be available on limited white (100 copies) as well as standard black vinyl.

Pre-orders for vinyl, cassette and digipak CD are available now from the Apocalyptic Witchcraft webstore below, links for digital will follow shortly.

Visit the Apocalyptic Witchcraft webstore here.

‘Volume II Every Tongue Shall Praise Satan’ track listing:
1. The Dreadful Hosanna
2. Death Ritual
3. Draw Down The Moon
4. Liturgy Of The Iconoclast / Blood Sacrifice
5. Ceremonial Suicide Rites
6. Golgothian Hieros Gamos
7. Sermon Of Small Faith

https://www.facebook.com/theantichristimperium/ 

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More acts 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 151 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 - 
Arcana (S) - 
Ash Code (I) - 
Ataraxia (I) - 
Author & Punisher (USA) - 
Autobahn (GB) - 
Beinhaus (D) - 
Black Light Ascension (GB) - 
Black Line (GB/USA) - 
Blanck Mass (GB) - 
Bootblacks (USA) - 
Boy Harsher (USA) - 
Buzz Kull (AUS) - 
Centhron (D) - 
Cesair (NL) - 
Chameleons Vox (GB) - 
Confrontational (GB) - 
Crisis (GB) - 
Crying Vessel (CH) - 
Dageist (F) - 
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) - 
ES23 (D) - 
Ext!ze (D) - 
Fabrik C (D) - 
Faderhead (D) - 
Fairytale (D) - 
Feuerschwanz (D) - 
Formalin (D) - 
Frank The Baptist (USA) - 
Front Line Assembly (CDN) - 
God Module (USA) - 
Grave Pleasures (FIN) - 
Grendel (NL) - 
Greyhound (D) - 
Grimner (S) - 
Guerre Froide (F) - 
Heidevolk (NL) - 
Heimataerde (D) - 
Hekate (D) - 
Heldmaschine (D) - 
Hexheart (USA) - 
Illuminate (D) - 
Imminent & Synapscape (B/D) - 
Imperium Dekadenz (D) - 
Ingrimm (D) - 
Japan Suicide (I) - 
Jo Quail (GB) - 
Joy/Disaster (F) - 
Kaizer (D) - 
Kaunan (D) - 
Kiew (D) - 
Les Discrets (F) - 
Merciful Nuns (D) - 
Mercury's Antennae (USA) - 
Model Kaos (D) - 
Modern English (GB) - 
Monica Jeffries (D) - 
Monica Richards & Anthony Jones (USA) - 
Mono No Aware (D) - 
Monolith (B) - 
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) - 
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) - 
Sardh (D) - 
Sarin (IR) - 
Scarlet And The Spooky Spiders (I) - 
Schandmaul (D) - 
Scheuber (D) - 
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) - 
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) - 
Then Comes Silence (S) - 
Tiamat (S) perform songs from the albums „Wildhoney“ and „Clouds“ - 
Torul (SLO) - 
Totus Gaudeo (D) - 
Traitrs (CDN) - 
Traumtaenzer (D) - 
Trepaneringsritualen (S) - 
Trisomie 21 (F) - 
Undertheskin (PL) - 
Unterschicht (D) - 
Vocame (D) - 
Vogon Poetry (S) - 
Vomito Negro (B) - 
Wardruna (N) - 
Xenturion Prime (N) - 
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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Monday, 23 April 2018

New from Echozone





Florian Grey - My Babylon
The first single from the upcoming Florian Grey album RITUS, which will be released on Mai, 18th is called "My Babylon" and sets the tone for the bands evolved musical style. The single features an instrumental b-side and is exclusively available via the ECHOZONE Bandcamp store starting from april, 20th and worldwide digital from april 27th.


On may, 4th the next single "Until We Go Down" will be released along with a music video, which features the full Florian Grey band lineup for the first time ever. This single will also feature a very special remix, which will be announced soon. After the album release the third single "Relief" will be published on June, 15th along with another music video.




PORN - Dream On
The new PORN single "Dream On", a cover version of the Aerosmith classic track, will be released on may, 4th. This single is a brand new recording and not taken from the last album "The Ogre Inside" and comes with two additional remixes by Heartlay and An Erotic End Of Times. The tracks were produced by Chris Harms (Lord Of The Lost).


The band is working on a new album and will also go on tour later this year, including some dates in France supporting Lord Of The Lost and additional german dates. A full tour newsletter will be published soon.



All The Ashes - Zurück Auf 0
After a short break, ALL THE ASHES returns in May 2018 with their new single 'Zurück auf 0' (Back to zero). The song will be released on Echozone and comes along with numerous interpretations and remixes by various artists and by the band itself. It's the first release of ATA's new album which is planed for the turn of the year.


Musically and thematically, the song follows the 15-year history of ALL THE ASHES seam-lessly, even though the new singer Ralph brings fresh wind and new energy. The listener can expect an interesting mix of the dark 80's and the flawless sound of modernity. Melodic, danceable ... just ALL THE ASHES.

Back to 0!
Personal self-realization without regard to losses. Moral, family and social concerns fall by the wayside. We are on the way to collapse and do not want to see it. We write another story of creation, which knows only its own realization. We play theater, we only see externals, we do not have a look for the essentials anymore.
At some point, human collapse will happen, and then we will see that it is not about blinking and behaving in an egoistic way, and we have to start over ... at zero.



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Mortiis announces 'Perfectly Defect' re-release and remix album





Mortiis' 'Perfectly Defect' album which was originally released as a limited download album only in 2010 during the European comeback tour with fellow industrial stalwarts Combichrist and has since been long out of print, will be re-issued 1st June 2018 via Mortiis' own label Omnipresence Records.


Pre-orders are available now from the stores below, and for a limited time only, anyone that preorders the album directly from the Mortiis Webstore will also gain instant access to the full ‘The Perfect Reject’ release, a free digital 11 song remix album containing reworked versions from 'Perfectly Defect'.


In addition, Mortiis is offering fans 3 free instant grat teaser tracks from the 'The Perfect Reject' remix album which can be accessed here: http://perfectreject.mortiis.com


‘Perfectly Defect’ will be released in the following vinyl editions:
  • Necrotic Bone (bone white & brown) vinyl - limited to 100 copies, only available from the Mortiis web store
  • Classic black vinyl - limited to 250 copies
  • Bubonic plague (swamp green & black splatter) vinyl - limited to 250 copies

'PERFECTLY DEFECT' 2018 track-listing:
1. Closer to the End
2. Perfectly Defect
3. The Sphere
4. Sensation of Guilt
5. Sole Defeat
6. Thieving Bastards
7. The Punished
8. Halo of Arms
9. Impossible to Believe
10. This Absolution
11. Hermaphro Superior
12. Contrition





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New acts for Infest 2018




2018's Infest festival this August is already shaping up to be a must see event. The annual festival is already a highlight of the industrial calendar, always boasting a mix of new and established acts as well as UK exclusives and debuts. This year's festival has already seen some major names announced and more keep coming.

ISZOLOSCOPE – CA – !!INFEST DEBUT!!
Yann Faussurier has been making music under the moniker Iszoloscope since 1999. Experimental in nature and charged with energy, the music evokes a darkness, tension and atmosphere which immediately carries the listener away on an immersive, complex journey of introspection.


EMPIRION – UK – !!NEW ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY!!
Born in the Acid House scene, respected across multiple underground music cultures from techno to industrial and more. Their track Narcotic Influence is in the Mixmag top 100 tracks of all time. Their remix of the Prodigy classic Firestarter is known on dance floors the world over. NEW ALBUM out on Dependent Records this August.

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

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Thursday, 19 April 2018

THE CROSSROADS



Founding myths have a very useful purpose. Whether it is that of Romulus and Remus' bitter feud that led to the founding of Rome, or the discovery of Hungary from the pursuit of a magical stag, or even King Arthur and his ideas of honour and chivalry, these myths act as a kind of signature watermark of the societies they are linked to and tell us how they view themselves. Societies born in struggle, nations founded on wandering and travel, cities created in industry and competition – these are the mirror-images that reflect how we wish to see ourselves. And they don't have to be dramatic, or spectacular – even the absence of an event can lead cultures and people to believe that they created themselves by pluck and effort alone (after all, every time someone refers to themselves as a 'self-made man' this is always a pure giveaway that they have created their own myth of virtue and 'grit'). But most of all they are the beginning of a narrative, because without an origin and without events, you don't have anything at all.

Rock music, being based as it is on arcane energy and ritual, also has a founding myth: it is the myth that roots rock music in the Delta, and the moment when Robert Johnson met the devil at the crossroads. At this midnight rendezvous a deal was reportedly struck between the unknown, young blues guitarist and the fallen angel whereby the former sold his soul in exchange for ungodly talent and fame. As a result Johnson went on a blistering creative run, creating a repertoire of tracks that would form the basis for the modern blues and rock; it also cursed him to a tragic, and early, death.

As with other founding myths this is a story that conflates truth and fallacy. Yes, there was a Robert Johnson in the Delta at that time (and we have the recordings to prove it), and there is a metaphorical or symbolic devil in popular culture and in our personal imaginations, but there was no meeting at the crossroads and there was no deal with the devil. Johnson himself did not gain any particular success or notoriety during his lifetime and to some extent remains as obscure and disregarded in the blues' homelands in the south as he is revered elsewhere, to the extent that when writer Elijah Wald went to the Delta to research his own book on the man he was surprised to find that none of the blues-loving inhabitants had heard of him. What was important about this myth is not what it did for Johnson himself (in reality, very little) but what it implanted in the consciousness of rock culture and its view of itself – that there was an element of darkness, an edge of devilry, at the heart of it.

This sense of insurgency is what subsequently defined rock music at its best, just as much as its absence defined rock at its worse; and it also provided a method by which members of the general masses could gain fame and notoriety beyond anything that was previously possible. Rock music created a route for anyone to gain international fame on an unprecedented scale. These are the trace elements that the deal at the crossroads left in the collective unconsciousness of popular culture.

But there is something else essentially liberating about the myth – for the crossroads is a place of choice, opportunity, and possibility. At the centre of the crossroads your position is purely neutral; you are free at that moment to go in any direction. The roads are clear, straight, and pure. These roads are the pathways of our own creativity; they represent the opening of our own internal horizons. And it is this neutrality that represents a calm centre, the eye of our own personal storm.

So, how do we get back to the crossroads? To that moment of clarity and possibility? The answer is simple – close your eyes, imagine the sun on your back and the sky empty blue above you, and you're already there.

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Review: ESA – 'That Beast'




'That Beast'

Jamie Blacker's project ESA (Electronic Substance Abuse) may have taken a bit of a backseat to his duties with iVardensphere recently but the wait has definitely been worthwhile. With full-length offering number 6, 'That Beast', Blacker has kicked his songwriting into overdrive for a deliciously heavy and sumptuously produced album.

Blending elements of aggrotech, rhythmic industrial and power noise Blacker's sound has always been gritty but dance-friendly with poly-rhythms powering a tribal frenetic energy before drawing you in with deeper textures. 'That Beast' is true to this vision but ups the power and makes great use of hooks and melodies to further its infectious agenda.

Songs such as 'I have Clarity', 'Carry The Noose', 'Bad Blood Will Out', 'Like Meat (Spoiled)', and 'I Want It Now' are prime examples of this, hard, nasty distorted rhythms, aggrotech style progressions, and subtle melodies to give the album a strong backbone. While the likes of 'The Follow Me', 'Passing Over', and 'Take All Of This' get more playful with the elements either putting melodies or textures first to great effect.

Production-wise this is the strongest ESA album yet. There is grit and distortion throughout, but blacker has made the mix clear and gives all the elements plenty of room to manoeuvre so that the rhythms don't swamp the other elements. The end result is a dance-friendly and accessible take on the heavier end of the industrial spectrum.

'That Beast' is a brilliant album. ESA has always been more of a “critics band”, but there is a hell of a lot on here that is begging for the dancefloor, if in a more vicious manner than most club selections. 'That Beast' is... well... a beast of an album and one that should hopefully elevate the project higher. It's clear Blacker has given this album his all and it definitely pays off.

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Introducing... Key To The Mint




Name of band: Key to the Mint
Members: 4
Year formed: 2015
Location: Cleveland, OH, USA

“We try to capture the same anxiety and austerity that the post-punk groups of the 80s had.”

Key to the Mint formed in early 2015, out of the defunct Cleveland shoegaze/noise band Privacy//Policy. Starting with P//P’s final single “Observation,” Rich Kundracik and John Alexander began taking their previous band’s post-punk leanings in a more melodic, accessible direction, making greater use of synthesizer and keyboard textures. A lineup for this new group solidified with the additions of vocalist Joel Anger and guitarist Justin Romanak.

Key to the Mint released their first record, Polynesian Dreams, in September 2015 as they began playing local shows. After a tumultuous 2016 and the departure of Romanak, Key to the Mint regrouped to begin their second album A Godless Line. Released on December 1st 2017, A Godless Line brings a harder edged sound that captures the post-industrial anxiety and malaise of the 80s underground. With guitarist Connor Simpson from Cleveland post-rock act ITEM, Key to the Mint plans to tour the US in the spring and summer.


Intravenous Magazine: Who are you and how did the band/project come to be formed?

We are Key to the Mint, darkwave from Cleveland, Ohio. JA and I (Rich) were previously in a noise rock group that shifted to darkwave. We found a perfect front man, Joel Anger on craigslist to complete the lineup.


Intravenous Magazine: How would you describe your sound/style, and how did you arrive at it?

We try to capture the same anxiety and austerity that the post-punk groups of the 80s had. Especially British groups. Joel came to our studio to demo some songs and things clicked right away. We’ve formed the rest of the group around that sound. I think it fits well with the general attitudes in a post-industrial city like Cleveland in these uncertain times.


Intravenous Magazine: Who and what are your primary influences both musical and non-musical?

Musically speaking - Depeche Mode, The Cure, Sisters of Mercy, The Smiths, New Order, etc. Non-musically, I’m an engineer. So I think there is a certain “tightness” and mechanical nature to our songs that comes from my personality.


Intravenous Magazine: Do you perform live and if so where can we see you perform in the near future?

We perform all over our home town. We are playing Chicago at the end of April and hope to tour the East cost of the US this summer.


Intravenous Magazine: What is your current release and where is it available from?

A Godless Line came out in December. It’s everywhere: Bandcamp, Spotify, Youtube, itunes, CD baby.

Intravenous Magazine: What have been the highlights of your career so far?

We played Brite Winter Fest in February, our biggest show yet. Also, being played on Part Time Punks radio show out of LA is really cool.


Intravenous Magazine: What are your plans fro the future?

We are already working on our next record. We hope to tour all around the US and eventually the UK.


Intravenous Magazine: Finally, is there anything that you would like to add?

I found your site on a group page. I always appreciate sites that promote new music. It’s hard to be a musician in the age of the internet. So if you introduce us to your followers, special thanks to you.


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Friday, 13 April 2018

Wave Gotik Treffen - The Preview June 2018



The gathering of 2018s Wave Gotik Treffen, is approaching fast.

111 artists are already confirmed. The main acts sweep from the synthpop of De/Vison to the depth of The Beauty of Gemina. From North Americas new synth of Mr Kitty, to Imperium Dekadenz,

The strength of WGT stretches into its 27th year, where May shall see over 20,000 dark patrons from all corners the globe, come together in communion over Leipzig. Making Wave-Gotik-Treffen the international dark gathering over Whitsun.

Apart from famous artists of the scene, new discoveries from the edges of the Gothic universe participate. The festival is for typical headliners, however encompassing the complete trinity of the Gothic subculture is the purpose of WGT. As well not just for music, but the whole subculture.

Throughout the city, there will be more than 200 bands, projects and single artists covering the whole range of Gothic music: from EBM to Neofolk, from medieval to cold wave. For the real-time updates, click here to the WGT forum!

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

2018 Discoveries

Some fascinating new appearances to watch out for. Definitely for this year, there is a strong pull towards minimal and cold wave comers:


Black Line
Electro, IDM, Experimental | United Kingdom / USA
A new project from the US producer cyrusrex, who has worked with Skinny Puppy and Depeche Mode. Collaborates with Douglas McCarthy, Bon Harris (Nitzer Ebb) and many others. the first work "Treason, Sedition and Subversive Activities" is creation of electronic excitement for noise makers. Live this year not only as support of the current Depeche Mode Tour, but also at the WGT in Leipzig!
Techno, EBM | Iran
After "Konkurs" was unable appear at the WGT last year, due to personal reasons Their side project ‘A Blush Response’ entertained as a solo show. Lovers of sombre and New Beat influenced by Techno, get another chance this year to suffer some evil leg spasms from dancing.

Silent Runners
Postpunk, Synth Wave |
You can see it clearly – the genre is booming like no other, and all over the globe new bands pop up nearly every week. This is also reflected in the WGT lineup. Arriving on the scene at the end of 2017 in neighboring Holland, they’ve been very convincing from the first notes of their debut "The Directory".

Postpunk, Coldwave | USA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAWcbUxH-fo Their eponymous debut album on "Manic Depression" was one of the best records of the last year and brings fans of the early Cocteau Twins, Banshees or Chameleons to tears of joy. Live as powerful as recorded. Do not miss!


Death Industrial | Sweeden
Not brand new, and they’ve played WGT before. Nevertheless, recommended again for those who mourn the ritual machine sounds of Cold Meat bands like Brighter Death Now, Memorandum or Mental Destruction.

Synth Wave, Techno | Australia
Linea Aspera or Keluar are previous projects from Zoe Zanias. The mentioning of these two projects, should entice you to a memorable performance as one of the highlights this year. Where she will play not only current material but work from all her projects! Cold electro noises in harmony with hypnotic vocals.

Mr. Kitty
Self-Destructive Synthpop | USA
Definitely not needing an introduction. After support shows for VNV Nation in the US and under numerous aliases i.e. Forrest Avery Carne, the Austin based project will certainly be putting on a great show!




The WGT Basics //2018 

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 May 18th to 22nd
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- Obsorgekarte

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 genuinely nice memory. Cost 25€ from the 18th to 22nd of May.

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 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, as the dear old paper may be your enemy.

The Website
The WGT Forum, will be your one stop shop for everything, however for 1st time English travellers, checking out Sad Goth, is worth your while for some additional tips. Additionally, the official WGT Facebook page for updates.


Thus finally, for inspirational ideas to feed your appetite and to gander at the beautiful symbols of chapters gone by. Check out the WGT gallery.




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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

New from Echozone




Nox Interna - A Minor Road

After a very long period of concerts and festival, Nox Interna will release their EP "A Minor Road" in May 2018 as the forerunner for their upcoming fourth studio album due in 2019.

"A Minor Road" is a 3 track EP featuring two original Nox Interna songs “A Minor Road” and “Doomed Generation” and a cover version of “Entre Dos Tierras” from the Spanish band Heroes del Silencio.

The songs on this EP are very emotional and reflect what happened to Nox Interna mastermind Richy Nox during the last years. "Doomed Generation" is a song about the disconnection of humanity being blind and separated from one another by technologies - not only on a social level, but also on a personal level - and the corresponding, negative effects.

"A Minor Road" deals with the confusion of every human being about their life's journey, how they are forced to forget in order to simply keep on living, and the continuous uncertainty that puts pessure on us day by day being expressed by the lyrics as well as the sound on "A Minor Road".

The cover version "Entre Dos Tierras" has been repeatedly played by Nox Interna in their shows and is very much loved by the audience asking again and again for a recorded version of the song. The result presents a sound and atmosphere perfectly adapted for Nox Interna, but still maintaining the purity of the original song.

Peter Geltat and Ramy Ali supported the recording of the EP as great friends and musicians. Lutz Demmler (ASP) mixed, mastered and produced the songs in his Twilight Sound Studios in Karlsruhe.



An Erotic End Of Times - One second after

In one second only a world can change, a life can change. One second can bring life, one second can bring death. One second after, it could be the end of times. The beginning of a new era.

Dan Terminus, one of the finest French synth wave artists among Pertubator and Carpenter Brut, brings us an electro wave version of this ode to life and death. The French industrial rock band Heartlay, led by Dimitri Sadrin who previously remixed the song "Love Is The End", continues the collaboration and presents an outstanding and energetic version of the song to us.



Cardillac Complex - Something Will Remain

Cardillac Complex stand for dark melodic rock somewhere between gothic and metal, alternative and pop. For songs full of melodic radiance, heart-pounding melancholy and energetic low-jerk, in short: Dark Melodic Rock! Five years after "Forgotten Reasons", the quintet from Münster is going to release their debut album "Something Will Remain" on Echozone in May 2018.

Since the foundation in 2010, Cardillac Complex (pronounced: cardiac complex) have gathered a loyal fan base in their hometown of Münster (Germany). They also played as support for German industrial metal heroes Stahlmann and did well reaching the final rounds of several local band competitions.

"Forgotten Reasons", their debut EP, got good reviews in many print and online magazines in the gothic scene and beyond. The 'Gothic Magazine' (#85) was "eager for more", the renowned 'Metal Hammer' (09/13) highly praised the work for its stylistic variety and 'Gitarre & Bass' (08/13) wrote that Cardillac Complex were "newcomers that you should be aware of". The sleaze rock-style "Shadowplay" was a minor hit being played on the evening programme of the main regional radio station WDR.

With "Something Will Remain" Cardillac Complex continue their chosen musical path. They still plunder the collection of rock and metal history adding (more or less obviously) embellishments from pop, progressive rock or folk music and so creating their very own original sound which reveals again and again new details throughout the 12 album tracks. The opening track "Life Won" combines harsh guitar riffs with subtle electronics and contrasting stormy rock beats combined with delicate piano melodies, "Belief" rolls in with folksy 6/8 grooves, acoustic guitars and polyphonic vocals, "Legacy" grabs you with its ethereal atmosphere, and "All The Monsters" is the perfect rock ballad on the album. In addition, Cardillac Complex tend towards prog and post rock structures on "Something Will Remain" including repetitive sound walls and intricate 5/8 and 6/8 beats - all the while keeping a catchy pop tune within reach.

Stylistic variety as a principle - the musical dozen is wrapped within a dark and thoughtful atmosphere. However, Cardillac Complex are certainly not in any way depressive. Having a strong penchant for a touch of melancholy, songs like "Yesterday's Burden" convey in no uncertain terms to leave everything negative behind you despite all the hardships of life. To all critics who dismiss the stylistic diversity on "Something Will Remain" as insecurity, the band calmly contradicts: Life is not black or white but consists of many different colors and moods. Why should Cardillac Complex limit themselves to just one?



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Dark Electronic Music Festival Terminus Announces Lineup




April 9th 2018 Calgary,AB Canada-Annual Dark Electronic festival Terminus announces the lineup for this year's Shockwave edition. In it's seventh year, Terminus, will take place July 27th-29th in Calgary,AB at the Dickens. Terminus features some of the top Dark/Alternative Electronic artists around the world. Headlining the festival this year will be TR/ST (Canada), Mesh (UK) and LEÆTHER STRIP (Belgium).


TR/ST: After bursting onto the Electropop scene in 2010, Robert Alfons aka TR/ST has shown that he has quickly become a dominant and influential force. His self titled album and most recent release Joyland have received critical acclaim worldwide.


MESH: Over their 27 year career, UK Electropop/Rock artists Mesh have released 8 studio albums and 2 EPs and show no signs of stopping. They have played countless shows and festivals through out Europe and North America.


LEÆTHER STRIP: Known as the godfather of EBM, LEÆTHER STRIP is the solo-project of Danish electronic industrial artist Claus Larsen. First signed by the German Electro Label Zoth Ommog in 1989, LEAETHER STRIP quickly built a buzz as one of the most exciting emerging acts in Europe in the early 90's. Leæther Strip has been and still is a big inspiration to many of todays younger acts and is still one of the most productive and most busy live acts in the scene. Leæther Strip concerts are always highly energeic and aggresive.


Other highlights include the first North America show of UK Electropop artists Empathy Test. Post-Punk upstarts Actors, who are playing music festivals throughout North America, UK, and Europe this summer. A rare North America show from Swedish Noise artist Trepaneringsritualen.


Full Lineup:

TR/ST | Mesh | LEÆTHER STRIP | Ivardensphere | FGFC820 | Unternull | Android Lust | Author & Punisher | Empathy Test | Orphx | DSTR | Boy Harsher | Trepaneringsritualen | Actors | Shiv-r | ESA | Statiqbloom | Street Sects | Kontravoid | HIDE | FIRES | Rhythm of Cruelty | Sigsaly | Die Scum Inc


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...And We All Die Announce 'Modern Day Privateers' Remix EP




San Antonio,TX-Industrial artists …And We All Die announce the release of their remix EP 'Modern Day Privateers'.

…And We All Die returns with ten remixes of their debut single 'Modern Day Privateers'. Remix artists include Daniel Ash (Bauhaus, Love & Records, Poptone), Assemblage 23, Rodney Anonymous (Dead Milkmen), Ben Weinman (Dillinger Escape Plan, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra), Ego Likeness, Mindless Faith, The Gothsicles, The Rain Within, Gost, and Knifight.

“We chose to celebrate this song with remixes by some of our favorite artists as it appeals to audiences across genres and means different things to each listener. Selfishly, we wanted a diverse set of remixers to interpret the song in their styles, as it inspires us to examine our sound and explore new approaches to song writing. As fans of electronic music and synthwave, in particular, this remix by Gost exemplifies the shared intensity and similarities between our post-punk and Gost’s synthwave sounds.” - Raymond Estes, Vocalist/Composer

'Modern Day Privateers' Remix EP will be released on March 23rd. The lyric video for the GOST remix is premiering on Pure Grain Audio and can be seen below: 





Tracklist:
1.Modern Day Privateers (Daniel Ash Remix II)
2.Modern Day Privateers (Assemblage 23 Remix)
3.Modern Day Privateers (Rodney Anonymous Remix)
4.Modern Day Privateers (Ben Weinman Remix)
5.Modern Day Privateers (Ego Likeness Remix)
6.Modern Day Privateers (Mindless Faith Remix)
7.Modern Day Privateers (The Gothsicles Remix)
8.Modern Day Privateers (The Rain Within Remix)
9.Modern Day Privateers (Gost Remix II)
10.Modern Day Privateers (Knifight Remix)
11.Modern Day Privateers (Gost Remix III)
12.Modern Day Privateers (Ben Weinman Remix II)
13.Modern Day Privateers (The Gothsicles Remix II)

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