Sunday 22 July 2018

Editorial, July 2018

It has been a while since that last editorial update and for that I apologise I could do the classic British thing and blame the weather, but with no end to this heatwave in sight it would feel like a bit of a cop-out to be honest. Outside of IVM life has got pretty busy so we've been falling behind with things a bit. But we're endeavouring to get caught up and get all of the reviews on the site as soon as possible.

Once again I'd like to start by thanking everyone who has so far downloaded our latest compilation album, 'Blood Pack Vol. 5' – the tail end of last year saw me frantically putting this together and getting it ready for new years day. It features som exclusive and unreleased tracks from international gothic, industrial and electronic bands. It also comes with an A4 PDF booklet containing bios and links for all the bands who have kindly donated a track.

To download it all you have to do is go to our bandcamp page here:

What I'd like to do now though is announce that we will soon be opening the submissions for the next 'Blood Pack' compilation album 'Vol. 6.66' which I regret to inform you all will also be our final release. Putting the compilation's together has been the highlight of my year since I came up with the idea – the artwork, the layout and most importantly the receptive and giving nature of the artists and bands in the scene who donate their tracks. But it has been becoming harder and harder to get it sorted in good time as other projects and a day job begin to fill up my spare time. As such a big project like this has become too difficult to keep up with. Every year I blink and it's December. So unfortunately this next one will be the last.

I am immensely proud of these releases especially with the feedback from readers and artists alike having always been so overwhelmingly positive. And while I hope that these will continue to raise a modest amount of money for our chosen charity DKMS UK to help fight blood cancer, the time it takes to put them together is too much to have them continue further.

However I'd like this final one to be our biggest yet! So if you'd like your band/project featured on our LAST compilation album to be released on our 6th Birthday, email and we'll send you details of what we require. If you or your band have previously been featured, that's great too, we love to see acts we've previously featured make a return so feel free to send us another one.

If you're sitting on the fence thinking “why should I?” check out our previous five instalments that include artists such as Aeon Sable, Attrition, Be My Enemy, Ultraviolence, Machinista, Noir, Grypt, Devil-M, Human Traffic, Double Eyelid, Apollyon's Visage, Cathedra, Bestial Mouths, Near Earth Orbit, Cease2Xist, Ego Likeness, Veil Of Thorns, Angelspit, The Gothsicles, Deadfilmstar, Cynical Existence and many many more.

Hopefully the artwork will be shot and done before the end of August and I will be able to unveil it then.

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