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Dead Can Dance – European Tour Dates Announced

Dead Can Dance announced the first leg of the World Tour to 22 European cities in September and October 2012.

You can see a complete list of all the dates announced below. Tickets for the German and Hungarian dates will be on sale via www.deadcandance.com from 9am GMT this morning.

Further information and On Sale dates for the rest of the shows will also be found on the site.

SEPTEMBER
19th – HCTAT, Istanbul, Turkey
21st – Earth Theatre, Thessaloniki, Greece
23rd – Lycabetus Theatre, Athens, Greece
25th – MCV, Utrecht, Holland
27th – Grand Rex, Paris, France
29th – Cirque Royal, Brussels, Belgium

OCTOBER
1st – Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany
3rd – Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany
5th – CCH, Hamburg, Germany
7th – Philharmonie, Munich, Germany
8th – Philharmonie, Cologne, Germany
10th – KCP, Prague, Czech Republic
12th – Bkz Oktyabrsky, St. Petersburg, Russia
13th – Crocus City Hall, Moscow, Russia
15th – Sala Kongresowa, Warsaw, Poland
17th – Papp Laszlo Arena, Budapest, Hungary
19th – Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, Milan, Italy
20th – Batiment Des Forces Motrices, Geneva, Switzerland
22nd – Auditori, Barcelona, Spain
24th – Casa Da Musica, Porto, Portugal
26th – Royal Albert Hall, London, England
28th – Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

Dates for the North American, South American and Asian legs of the tour will be announced shortly, along with ticket sales information.

 
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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Goth, etc.

 

The world of Axis Mundi

A friend introduced me to this very interesting 5 piece band from Midlands, Axis Mundi.

They were formed in 2008 and soon were rated as one of the top 5 upcoming bands in the UK from a group of over 12,000 other quality acts.

On their bio they mention that “During 2010, the band worked closely with bestselling science author and NewScientist writer Michael Brooks during his election campaign against Hinckley and Bosworth MP David Tredinnick. Tredinnick has made claims that surgeons should not operate on a full moon and that scientists were “racially prejudiced”. Axis Mundi support science in politics and believe that in the age of technology, politicians have a responsibility to acknowledge scientific data when making decisions.

In 2011, Axis Mundi produced the video “Eden Alive” and by October 2001, they released their debut album “Chapel Perilous“.

You can hear their album free HERE

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Heavy Metal, Music, Psychedelic

 

Meet Alithia from Melbourne

Alithia is a band at the forefront of a new movement in music known as Astral Space Core. More than simply a genre of musical tag, Astral Space Core taps into the chakra and connects the cosmic consciousness of its listener. More than just words and musical strokes, Astarl Space Core reflects a world we live in where unlimited possibilities of the mind are being explored. Influenced by post modernism, Alithia incorporates a vast array of sounds, and philosophies into its ground-breaking sound.

Alithia’s music is a celebration of life and death, darkness and light, confusion and clarity. It’s sound based on personal and spiritual experiences which has become an open vessel for all who wish to join them on their journey. The result is an authentically unique sound that combines ambient, melodic, psychedelic, electronic and punk rock music. Alithia plays from the core of its being, conjuring aetheric moments in time and space inspired by the beauty of the mysticism of the universe.

Alithia are a Melbourne based band which formed in 2004 and has since experimented to establish its current sound. Many artists have come and gone, but through these shared experiences, the group has gained strength and musical diversity. The core members – John Rousvanis, Danny Constantino and Mark Vella – have evolved and honed Alithia’s craft into ever expanding musical boundaries and have now established its musical maturity.

Alithia’s live shows are an undeniably atmospheric and hupnotic experience. The music flows openly and freely, taking the listener on a journey of shared self-expression. The costumes, theatre and energy in an Alithia performance stimulates all of the senses and takes the listener to another plane and makes them part of the experience.

Alithia are a band leading the Astral Space Core musical movement.
Unique, personal and honest, Alithia does not bend to the whims of fashion. Regardless of passing trends, Alithia is committed to crafting songs like spells – a bewitching sound and sonic vibration that echoes through time and space.

The band released the albums “Tower Of Babel” in 2008 and “A Realm O Nul” in 2011.
The band’s next single “Fallen Times” will be released in April as Alithia will be toured across Australia in May.

Click HERE for their Myspace profile.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Psychedelic

 

New Berlin Black EP 2012-02-20

Berlin Black And The Shades Of Grey are pleased to announce that their new E.P. will be released in June this year.

The working title for the E.P. is “Its Only Natural” and the band plan for it to be a 5 / 6 song release.
Chris Tuke, singer of the band went into more detail:
I’m really excited about the new E.P. Since Thomas joined the band last summer we have really gelled and we are coming out with a really exciting mix of songs.
Most of the songs have already been written and we are in the process of putting the final touches on mixes etc. We’re also trying to slip a couple of them into our live sets to see what people think of them. The reaction from fans has been great!
With the new release we were contemplating using a site such as “Pledgemusic” to help fund things but we decided that it would be better to do it ourselves. We really appreciate our fans and want them to feel like they are getting the most out of Berlin Black. In doing things direct through our label, Trash Vogue Records, it means we can keep our costs as low as possible and keep people up to date as soon as anything new happens.
The E.P will be available in CD and Download formats to begin with. If things are going well we are also looking into the possibilities of other formats such as Vinyl…….. Would anyone like a copy on tape?

Trash Vogue Records have already begun a pre-order service for the E.P. at a “loyalty” price of just £4(plus P+P).
The price after launch will be £6

Get your copy today from Trash Vogue Records

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2012 in Goth, etc.

 

Lost Bodies – Documentary by Giannis Misouridis

Documentary about the Greek experimental band Lost Bodies. The documentary has English subtitles.

Lost Bodies were formed in Athens, Greece in 1984 by two friends – Thanos and Antonis.
Their influences come from Punk rock, post-punk, electronica, experimental music, classic rock, industrial, dada, classic music, trip-hop, Greek traditional music.
In 1988 they released two tapes that were greatly welcome by the Greek alternative radio stations.
A few years later they were signed to Virgin Records – Greece.

The live line up is: Thanos (vocals) George (guitars and vocals) Konstantis (guitar) Pavlos (drums) Thalia (synths and trumpet) and Vasilis (bass).

Do Diesi – MC, Private -1988
Anarofisi Trofis – MC, Private -1988
Various – Lost Bodies : Stretch reflex – 7” EP, fanzine (Stis Skies tou B-23) – 1990
Zoi – CD, Lazy Dog – 1997
Mavro Sitari – CD, Private – 1999
Gennetika Kathari – CD, Virgin – 2000
Ypotropi – CD, Lazy Dog – 2002
Pasa Arhi Pafsato – CD, Private – 2003 (censored cover)
Brutal – CD, Small Music Theatre – 2006
Osmosi – CD, Small Music Theatre – 2007
Suck my best of – cd, All Together Now / EMI – 2008
The End of Time – cd, Special Edition signed and numbered on 126 copies – 2008

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Music

 

R.I.P. MICHAEL DAVIS, Bass Player for MC5

American bass guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music producer Michael Davis has died of liver failure at the age of 68. 

Michael Davis

Davis was best known as a member of the MC5 and Destroy All Monsters.

While serving time at the Lexington Federal Correction Institution for a narcotics violation he created abstract paintings for permanent display in the prison’s Visitor Center and administrative offices.

Several years of immersion in life in the desert southwest and world travels with various rock bands gave Davis the inspiration and desire to return to his roots as a painter, having studied art along the way at The Armory Center For The Arts in Pasadena, California, the University of Oregon, in Eugene, Oregon, and at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon, and Butte Community College/California State University, Chico in Chico, California.

He also co-founded the non-profit Music Is Revolution Foundation, dedicated to supporting music education programs in public schools.

Michael Davis

On Friday, February 17, 2012, Davis died at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, California, after a month-long hospitalization for liver disease.  In 2005 he was diagnosed with Hepatitis C and wrote a candid personal blog which chronicled his health battles.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Music, Reflections

 

Virus Cycle – Alice in Zombieland

Virus Cycle Studio Members:

Johnny Virum – Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Synth, Programming
Damaris – Vocals
Veronika – Artwork, Social Media
Otto Kinzel – Studio Producer, Programming, Bassist

Virus Cycle Live Members:
Johnny Virum – Vocals, Guitar
Veronika – Live Programming
Damaris – Vocals (occasional)

Virus Cycle combines haunting lyrics, pulsating beats, and grinding buzzsaw-esque guitars which takes listeners on a journey into a post-apocalyptic future of death and decay, ruled by the flesh-eating undead.

On February 23, 2011, Virus Cycle released their debut Post-Apocalyptic Industrial Zombie Tech album entitled “Alice in Zombieland

The album has been downloaded by people all over the world via the band’s website. Since the release of “Alice in Zombieland“, Virus Cycle’s music has been played on stations all over the world. Virus Cycle has also been interviewed by a few publications, including Grave Concerns E-Zine and Carpe Nocturne Magazine.

They have also been included on both Industrial Wasteland compilations (Volumes 1 & 2), which were released in May and October 2011 respectively.

In October 2011, Virus Cycle had the pleasure of opening for The Ludovico Technique (Metropolis Records) at The Precinct in Somerville, MA and Man and Machines at QXT’s in Newark, NJ.

They also opened for :
The Misfits (30th Anniversary Tour) – The Palladium in Worcester, MA
Gothminister – The Sterling Hotel in Allentown, PA (Danse Macabre Records)
Carfax Abbey – The Sterling Hotel in Allentown, PA (Dancing Ferret Records)
ThouShaltNot – O’Briens in Somerville, MA (Dancing Ferret Records)

On December 20, 2011, Virus Cycle released “Return to Zombieland“, a remix album featuring artists from all over the world putting their own unique spin on a Virus Cycle song of their choosing.
The album is also featuring two new songs.

Remixes by the band were done for:

Angelspit (Metropolis Records) – Defibrillator (Virus Cycle’s Angelspit Goes To The Symphony During The Zombie Apocalypse Mix)
MortiisSensation of Guilt (Virus Cycle Mix)
Flesh Eating Foundation (Glory and Honor) – So Yeah (Virus Cycle Mix)
Devil-MRe-Inkarnation (Virus Cycle’s Hell on Earth Mix)

You can download Return to Zombieland from HERE

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2012 in Goth, etc.

 

THE MARCH VIOLETS + very special friends & UK Tour 2012

The March Violets, Legendary Leeds Drum Machine Band, partly responsible for the Post Punk dark stuff that was spawned in the 80’s and became Gothic greatness, come out to play some rare concerts.

Expect old friends and special guests and new songs from their forthcoming album “Made Glorious“. Well known for presenting chaotic purple events, these will probably be the Violets only UK shows this year, so don’t miss them!

Birmingham- Eddies – 8/6/12
Manchester – Academy – 9/6/12
Glasgow – Classic Grand – 10/6/12
London – O2 Academy Islington – 16/6/12

Tickets available shortly from HERE and HERE

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2012 in Goth, etc., New Wave / Dark Wave

 

Dominion Talks To Trevor Bamford Of Midnight Configuration

Deejay Armand from Dominion magazine talks to Trevor Bamford of Nightbreed Recordings about his new band project and Midnight Configuration’s LAST EVER GIG! Hear what Trevor has to say about creating a band and his many music projects spanning over 20 years!

You can check here for an exclusive interview with Trevor Bamford we posted on April the 30th 2011.

You can watch the Death Party UK video of “The Black Train EPhere.

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2012 in Goth, etc.

 

The World of Die So Fluid


Die So Fluid
are an English hard rock band that formed in London, England in 2000.

They are the modern incarnation of a ‘power trio’. The group consists of 3 members, songwriter Grog (vocals and bass), Drew Richards (guitar), and Al Fletcher (drums, backing vocals).

Grog has played bass and sung backup, live and recorded for Melanie C, the Kelly Osbourne band, The Ailerons with Dave Rowntree (Blur) and Mike Smith (Gorillaz), producer Damian LeGassick, and also keyboards for appearances with Kelly and Ozzy Osbourne for the ‘Changes’ single. She is bass player in ‘The Black and Blue Orkestre’ with film writer/director Tom DiCillo and Will Crewdson. Her services have been requested for work with Kylie, Goldfrapp, Bryan Ferry, the Revolting Cocks, and she continues to be a sought after session musician when Die So Fluid duties allow.

Drew has played guitar for Miranda Sex Garden and Xmal Deutschland, he has written music for several animations and Disney television programmes. His original score for the feature documentary ‘The Mindsape of Alan Moore’ has been added to the British Library’s archive.

Al has played and recorded drums with The Selecter, Skaville UK, Gigantic (ex Flesh For Lulu), Laurel Aitken, Prince Buster, Lee Scratch Perry, has made tv appearances with Shania Twain and has a grammy for the Lee Scratch Perry album ‘Jamaican ET’.

Feline were an English rock group formed in London, in 1995. They formed from the remnants of a few earlier underground bands such as Flinch and Miranda Sex Garden. Like most female-fronted rock groups of that era in popular music, they were likened to more mainstream acts such as Garbage, and The Cardigans.
Lead-singer Grog Prebble would never define Feline’s music any more than acknowledging those dark elements within it, but admitteed to some influences such as Sonic Youth, Iggy Pop, and The Pixies.

A classically trained pianist, Grog wrote the bulk of Feline’s material; some of the songs she recorded with Feline were written by her prior to the band’s formation.  Generally getting good write-ups in the rock press, such as NME and Kerrang!, they released a number of singles, a limited release album and a single full length album between 1997 and 1998.

Their first single ‘Just As You Are‘ reached a national chart position of 41 with a video
by Howard Greenhalgh on heavy rotation on MTV.

EMI dropped them in 1999 as part of a company-wide roster clear out, and they split, with several members moving onto form Ultraviolet with Al Fletcher as the full time drummer.

Ultraviolet released a single and an EP on Sanctuary Records Group and disbanded shortly thereafter.

Die So Fluid first surfaced in 2001, touring the U.K. in the wake of their debut e.p. ‘Operation Hypocrite’, released on Sanctuary.

They released a further single, ‘Suck Me Dry’ with Sanctuary before forming their own label, Cartesian, and releasing their third single ‘Disconnected’.

In 2004 Cartesian released the band’s debut album, ’Spawn of Dysfunction’ in the UK.

The album was universally well received and is still selling through the major chains of the UK and iTunes worldwide.

Promotion of ’Spawn of Dysfunction’ almost solely relied on the band touring the UK which they did tirelessly, turning up for over 300 shows between 2003 and 2006.

Apart from pursuing a campaign of playing their own shows off the beaten track Die So Fluid supported bands like Drowning Pool, Vex Red, Clawfinger, Boy Hits Car, Feeder, Girlschool, Antiproduct and The Wildhearts.

Further promotion of the album came from a single release of the title track licensed to Retinue records which was supported with a video featuring the babes and the fighters of a metal wrestling event.

Recording for ‘Not Everybody Gets a Happy Ending’ started in 2005 with the album’s opening track ‘Gang of One’.

The finished recording was so good it actually caused a crisis within the band as they mutually agreed the song was the pinnacle of what they had been trying to achieve musically on ’Spawn of Dysfunction’.

But in the end it was this realization that freed them to explore a wider range of influences and styles. So songs like ‘Existential Baby’ and ‘Test Confessional’ draw on Al’s ska background and ‘Throw you away’ features an Egyptian string arrangement thanks to one of Drew’s colleagues in, Gypsy troupe, The Death Orchestra.

The finished record is the product of multiple sessions scattered over a two year period.

This ungainly recording schedule was adopted because the record was being financed by royalties from ‘spawn’ – as they trickled in.

For ‘Not Everybody Gets a Happy Ending’ Mark Williams was back in the producer’s chair at his new premises in the legendary Battery Studios building in north west London

The title track was partly fuelled by the long drawn out recording process and, at the time, no prospect of a release.

That changed in 2007 when the band found a new backer in Finland and finally ‘Not Everybody Gets a Happy Ending’ was made flesh.

First single ‘Happy Halloween’ was released worldwide on iTunes on November 2nd 2007 and coincided with a Halloween festival appearance in Helsinki and Die So Fluid’s portrait by Paul Harries appearing on Finnish postal stamps.

The esteemed rock photographer, and long time associate of the band, also directed the video for second single ‘Existential baby’.

‘Not Everybody Gets a Happy Ending’ was released in the UK in February 2008 to a great response and immediately entered the retail sales charts.

The band then diligently followed the cascade of international releases – touring Finland, the USA (twice), Germany and the rest of Europe, appearing in nearly 20 different countries in 2009.

As well as headlining festivals in Portugal, Germany and Switzerland Die So Fluid supported Eisbrecher, Mindless Self Indulgence, My Ruin, Ill Nino, Maj Karma, and Prong.

The World Is Too Big for One Lifetime” was released in June 2010 on the Global Music DR2 label.

As with previous releases it received very strong reviews from the alternative press whilst mostly slipping under the radar of the mainstream media.

The album has kept a steady presence in specialist sales charts, such as Amazon’s alternative metal chart, and in a diverse selection of territories thanks mainly to consistent touring, word of mouth and support from the alternative press and webzines. They have also proven themselves to be very adept at crossing over to quite different music audiences whether it be the goths of the Wave-Gotik-Treffen or the classic rock fans of Hard Rock Hell or the indie pop fans when supporting Mindless Self Indulgence.

Two singles were drawn from “The World Is Too Big for One Lifetime” – “Mercury” and “What a heart is for”. The singles were available for download only and accompanied by videos shot by director David Kenny.

Their sonic identity possesses the muscle of metal, the angular cheekbones of post-punk and the bittersweet heart of grunge. They are part of a new generation of rock bands who chose to turn down signing a traditional record deal and embrace the changes the internet has made to the industry by stripping record companies of their distribution and promotion monopolies. Die So Fluid therefore retain ownership of all their recordings and copyright of all compositions.

The Opposites Of Light” is the working title for the forthcoming album. Writing and pre-production has been completed, albeit mostly by email as Grog has relocated to Hollywood. The band are currently rehearsing the material for an imminent studio session.

(All information is taken from the official web-site of the band and wikipedia)

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in Goth, etc., Heavy Metal, Music