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SUNDAY RADIO INTERVIEW – Alex Novak of The Venus Fly Trap

Formed in Northampton-UK (famous for Bauhaus and Alan Moore cult comic writer) after parting company with electronic outfit Attrition in the late 1980s.

Early releases came out via French label Danceteria that led to tours of France,Belgium,Germany…European interest has always been strong leading to further albums being released by Azyl (Czech Republic),Spectre (Germany),Soundbuster (Germany)and SPV (Germany/Poland).

There have been many tours taking in France,Belgium,Holland,Germany,Czech Republic,Slovakia,Italy,Hungary,Austria,Poland and Finland…

The back catalogue was re-issued with new artwork by Big Blue in 2002…

VFT are a hard band to pigeonhole,taking their influences from many sources and amalgamating them into a congealed whole…but try “Bladerunner rock n roll/post-punk meets dark electronic wearing rose tinted shades

Discography:
Mars (Danceteria 1989/SPV 2002) Totem(Danceteria 1990/SPV 2002) Pandoras Box (Danceteria 1992/SPV 2002) Luna Tide (Spectre 1995/SPV 2002) Dark Amour (Soundbuster 1997/SPV 2002) Anthology Of The Food (SPV 2000)

sampler+rarities, Zenith (Big Blue 2004) Celluloid (Big Blue 2005)

video clips, Metamorphosis 1987-2007 (Big Blue 2008

)best of compilation/re-issued as an LP Metamorphosis 1987-2010(Retinal 2016)

Producers have included Kevin Haskins (Bauhaus),Pat Fish (Jazz Butcher) and Martin Bowes (Attrition)…they have shared stages with Mission,Spacemen 3,Tom Verlaine(Television),Christian Death,Red LorryYellow Lorry,Jazz Butcher,Adrian Borland(Sound),Sultans Of Ping,Front Line Assembly,Clan Of Xymox, Cruxshadows,Das Ich,New Model Army,Killing Joke,Psyche,Sigue Sigue Sputnik,Attrition, All Gone Dead,Two Witches,Folk Devils,Inca Babies,Theatre of Hate,Pop Will Eat Itself,Chameleons,Spear of Destiny…and played at various festivals Carnival Of Souls (UK),Gotham (UK), Lumous (Finland),Castle Party (Poland),Vampira (Poland),Black Celebration (Belgium)….

I’ve been friends with Alex Novak for more than twenty years.

He’s been around since the early 80’s, playing music, publishing a music fanzine and running a record store.

Pete Dennis was kind enough to do all the questions regarding the new Venus Fly Trap album “Icon” on behalf of The Blackout Radio Show.

Click HERE to listen to the interview.

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2018 in Post Punk

 

Indarra releases debut video

Indarra, the brand new project from Canadian vocalist Sue Hutton (ex-Rhea’s Obsession), has just released their debut video for “Turn The Light Within” a track from their debut album entitled ‘Walk On Fire‘ on Metropolis Records.

“Turn The Light Within” features Sue Hutton on lead vocals, Debashish Sinha on percussion and backing vocals by Athan Maroulis of the band NØIR.

Click HERE to listen to the interview we did with Sue Hutton for The Blackout Radio Show.

The video was partly filmed at Indarra’s recent Pittsburgh performance by director J. Aaron Hager and produced by DJ/promoter Kelly Litzenberger.

 

Angel’s Arcana – Selva (2018)

(by Fondas Sumerson)
It’s true that Greece is not famous for producing “goth rock” music, as a few Greek bands choose to play this particular sub-genre of the dark alternative scene. The most important band of this genre – according to my opinion – is Opened Paradise, a band whose latest release “Buried in Rain“, took goth rock to new boundaries. Babis Nikou was the main composer of their brilliant songs, but since his artistic concerns never stop, he wanted to do something different, a bit more experimental.

In Angel’s Arcana he has forged a unique sound combining the dark dynamics of goth rock, the abstract pessimism of post rock, the intricate melancholy of prog rock, as well as the “primitive” feeling of folk, ambient and ethereal music. Add some hints of dark metal to all this and you get an album that will stay with you for a long time. Of course Babis’ guitar playing and composing style reminds of his former band, something that all fans of Opened Paradise (and goth rock in general) will definitelly apreciate! Another asset of “Selva” is Babis’ idea to work with many guests, well-know musicians that have added their own mark to the album.

After the riveting intro-song “Metamorphosis pt. I – Burn yourself with a Flaming Sword”, the album continues with the title track “Selva”. Imagine an atmospheric Aeon Sable song played by Opened Paradise in the context of their “Buried in Rain” album. Nino from Aeon Sable is guesting on this one and -as usually- gives a great vocal performance, adding a sensitive obscure feeling that is typical of him. The beautiful darkness of the song is unquestionable. Excellent!
Babis himself takes the microphone for 2 songs in the album, namely “The Constant Flame” and “Black Roses”, since he has a brilliant voice too (he was the main vocalist of symphonic metalers Visions of Atlantis for a brief period). The first one has a very obscure, heavy sound between Swans, Agalloch and Dead Can Dance with Nephilimesque guitars of the Elizium period. In one word… Masterpiece!
The second one is a fast-tempo tune with a distinct new wave rhythm section and melody, while its dark atmosphere results in a beautiful goth-wave song. Imagine Australian gothsters Ikon jamming with Sad Lovers & Giants. Brilliant!
The variety of songs continues with post-rock oriented tunes like “Moon on Dark Water” with elements of Alchest or Opeth, including a dreamlike narration from Kate West and Eloy’s Volcer Kuinke on recorder playing a beautiful folkish part in the middle that leads to an epic finale. “Ode to Aphrodite” is an emotional shoegaze song based on a poem by the Greek lyric poet Sappho (630BC – 580BC), red by Thomas McEvilley (1939 – 2013).
Metamorphosis pt. II – The Astral Dragon” is probably my favourite track on the album. It is a classic atmospheric goth rock song with the one and only Bob from NFD on vocals. Nephilim lovers will adore this one for sure, somewhere between NFD and the mid-tempo Opened Paradise songs like “Reverence” or “Yemanja”.As all beautiful things always reach an end, “Unhindered” concludes this excellent release. Here we have an ethereal rock song with Chrysa Tsaltampasi‘s (of the band “Spineless“) siren singing, a beautiful track in the vein of bands like ISON and The Eden House.
“Selva” from Angel’s Arcana proves that Babis’ music has no limits, as he can easily step anywhere he wants… I always considered him a multi-talented musician and a great compser. This realese finds him at his best.

Definitely one of the best albums for 2018, released on the very last day of the year. Do not miss this!
buy it from HERE
 
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Posted by on December 27, 2018 in Goth, etc.

 

Metropolis to release Parisian Post-Punk band FTR

Hailing from Paris, France, FTR features relentless driving bass, fuzzed out guitar and rumbling percussion with masterful interplay that delivers hypnotic, dark, goth-tinged, psychedelia infused, shoegazing feedback laden post punk.

The new album, Manners, slides easily from cacophonous noise rock to raw, cold pulsing rhythms to driving dark anthems and back with effortless grace.

This album will street on February 22nd, 2019 and will be available on CD, limited edition vinyl and through all digital formats.

Click HERE for pre-orders

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2018 in Post Punk

 

Long Night – Barren Land (2018)

(by Fondas Sumerson)

Tommy Olson has always been a very talented song writer, who -in addition- had the ability to transfuse his influences into new fresh ideas by adding his personal touch. It was Tommy’s “trademark sound” along with Jan’s legendary vocals that made Elusive a gothic rock favorite.
Two years after the release of their debut EP “Sorrow Returns“, LONG NIGHT are back with their first full length album. To be honest I was expecting a killer “goth rock” album, since Tommy and his boys are very good in composing dynamic songs in the familiar and much loved Elusive-style, but the band surprisingly decided to take their music to a new level, showcasing many new interesting influences in their sound.
Barren Land” is an album characterized by variety. It opens with “East of the Sun West of the Moon“, a song that Tommy and Jan (RIP) were working on since many years ago and which was supposed to be part of the next Elusive album that never saw the light of day, due to Jan’s tragic loss… We are talking about a song that would have been an instant Elusive “classic”. Mid-tempo rhythm section, well-worked guitars and amazing vocals by Mr. Osten! Totally addictive from the very first listen!
Of course, the Mission-like songs are still here (“The Night’s Ablaze“), as well as the Sisters of Mercy goth n’roll hits (“It’s All Gone“).

And they didn’t omit Elizium-like diamonds (“On a Little Snowy Field“), using drowning/slide guitars and expressive vocals, reminiscent to Fields of the Nephilm‘s “wail of sumer/and there will your heart be also”.
Black River” is a song full of southern guitars and “desert atmosphere”, in the vein of dark americana bands like the great Woven Hand. Indeed, the band’s influences are far from being strictly “goth rock” and this also becomes obvious in “The Rain Still Falls”.

While melancholic tunes like “Cold Light” add another sentimental touch to this outstanding release, I would like to focus on the last track of the album: “Flickering Lights” is a slow-tempo masterpiece that reminded me of the depressive sound of indie rock heroes Madrugada…. Splendid!
Last but not least, I shouldn’t forget to mention the amazing cover art of the album (made by Maria Delg who has also worked with Angels of Liberty, Aeon Sable, Rhombus,The Upper Classes, Sunfrost etc), which fits perfect this great release!
Summarizing, Long Night have released an absolutely beautiful album that will appeal not only to goth rockers, but to all the lovers of quality melancholic rock music. Well Done!

Buy it from HERE

 

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2018 in Goth

 

New Front Line Assembly album

Electro-Industrial act Front Line Assembly has always pushed the boundaries of the genre it helped define, a fact that remains true on their forthcoming album Wake Up The Coma.

This new album provides some surprising elements such as a cover of Falco‘s “Rock Me Amadeus” (feat. Jimmy Urine of Mindless Self Indulgence), along with contributions from Robert Görl (DAF), Nick Holmes (Paradise Lost), and Chris Connelly (Revolting Cocks, Cocksure, Ministry).

Wake Up The Coma will street on February 8th, 2019 on all digital formats, CD and a limited edition 2 LP vinyl set.

The following is taken from the site of Metropolis Records:

“Front Line Assembly is the primary focus of Vancouver-based musician Bill Leeb. A founding member of Skinny Puppy, Leeb moved on to form FLA in 1986 with Michael Balch, releasing some cassettes (since released as Total Terror I & II) which paved the way for their 1987 releases: The Initial Command, State of Mind, and Corrosion. In late 1988, they recorded the mini-LP Disorder, since combined with Corrosion and released as Corroded Disorder. Their 1989 release, Gashed Senses and Crossfire, further cemented their popularity in the industrial scene, and prompted their first world tour. By 1990, Balch had departed and Rhys Fulber rounded out the duo, releasing Caustic Grip. But it was two years later when the duo released what for many has become the genre’s crowning moment, the classic album Tactical Neural Implant, which to this day still defines the best of industrial music.

FLA enraged many of their fans in 1994 when they began to experiment with their established electronic-only sound. Millenium, with its heavy doses of live and sampled metal guitars, dared its audience to grow and expand with the band beyond industrial’s perceived barriers. Front Line stepped to the firing line again in 1995 with Hard Wired, which reflected both a return to form and a continued embracing of the guitar. Hard Wired not only picked up where Implant left off, it improved on the sound by adding in elements of all of their side projects. A fall European tour was recorded for the 1996 release Live Wired, their first concert CD ever. Also in 1996, Front Line Assembly followed up Hard Wired with two CD singles, “Circuitry” and “Plasticity“, and toured North America with Numb and Die Krupps.

1997 saw the first realignment of Front Line Assembly since 1990, with the departure of Rhys Fulber and the addition of Chris Peterson to the ranks. Front Line’s 1998 album, FLAvor of the Weak, featured the band’s first flirtation with electronica. Re-Wind, a twin CD of remixes, followed later that year. The duo then released Implode in 1999, and Epitaph in 2001. Epitaph exhibited building intros, trancy synth lines, pulsing beats, and solid melodies, which proved to be contagious anthems for a new future of industrial music.

After the 2001 release of Epitaph, another changing of the FLA “guard” occurred: Chris Peterson left, and original member, Rhys Fulber (Fear Factory, Conjour One) returned. The newly charged Front Line Assembly delivered the highly anticipated Maniacal single in late 2003. The successful single laid the ground work for the 2004 album Civilization, and Vanished EP which featured three unreleased tracks.

Then finally in 2005 came the event that everyone was waiting for, a Front Line Assembly fusion. Bill Leeb, Rhys Fulber, and Chris Peterson with new members Jeremy Inkel, Adrian White, and Jarod Slingerland began working on the 2006 album, Artificial Soldier. The newly re-formed line-up managed to create an album that no only lived up to the expectations of Front Line Assembly fans, but surpassed them. Heavy pounding beats, atmospheric strings, percolating melodies, dynamic synths and Bill Leeb’s trademark vocals couldn’t be fused together any tighter if you tried to do it at an atomic level. As if all of those factors weren’t enough, two guest vocalists appear on Artificial Soldier – Eskil Simonsson from Covenant (on “The Storm“) and Jean-Luc De Meyer from Front 242 (on “Future Fail”)! After the release of the album, the band embarked on a successful world tour, and released the remix album Fallout one year later.

Throughout the years, FLA has seen many line-up changes. Bill Leeb remains the constant behind the band. For 2010, a new line-up has emerged featuring Jeremy Inkel, Chris Peterson on programming duties, and Jared Slingerland on Guitars, and FLA has been joined by Three Inches of Blood guitarist Justin Hagberg, and guest keyboardist Craig Huxtable of Landscape Body Machine.

The result of this reinvigorated lineup is the all new album Improvised. Electronic. Device. As well as the Shifting Through The Lens single. The new songs demonstrate that FLA has not lost its edge over the past almost two and a half decades. And as if Front Line Assembly’s legacy and namesake alone weren’t enough for the album, Al Jougensen from Ministry contributes his vocals to the song “Stupidity.”

Bill’s work can also be heard on a wide number of side projects, including Noise Unit, Delerium, InterMix, Cyberaktif, Equinox, and Synaesthesia. Bill has also contributed music to the popular video game, Quake 3 – The Arena.”

Click HERE to pre order the new album Wake Up The Coma

 

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2018 in Electronic

 

Metropolis Records to release more classic Legendary Pink Dots albums!

Metropolis Records will be re-releasing another pair of classic albums by The Legendary Pink Dots!

This includes both The Golden Age, originally released in 1987, along with Malachai (Shadow Weaver Part 2) originally released in 1993.

Both of these remastered titles will be released on February 22nd, 2019 via all digital formats, compact disc and a special limited edition vinyl LP version.

Malachai (Shadow Weaver Part 2)

The Legendary Pink Dots classic Malachai (Shadow Weaver part 2) is now presented in a 2018 Remastered version. “Malachai” is the second half of the “Shadow Weaver” project, recorded simultaneously with Shadow Weaver. Special guest for this one was Steve Stapleton (Nurse With Wound, Current 93). A tripped out, challenging dive into experimentalism and a favorite for fans of The Legendary Pink Dots.

TRACK LIST
01. Joey The Canary
02. Kingdom Of The Flies
03. Encore Une Fois/Wildlife Estate
04. Pavane
05. Window On The World
06. On The Boards
07. We Bring The Day
08. Paris 4AM

Click HERE to pre-order Malachai (Shadow Weaver Part 2)

The Golden Age (2018 Remastered Edition)

Legendary Pink Dots classic The Golden Age is now presented in a 2018 Remastered version. 1988. Half of the 6 piece Legendary Pink Dots had quit after a long tour. Edward Kaspel & The Silverman were living in a caravan. It was never going to be a happy album, yet it remains a personal favorite for the 2 survivors of LPDs class of ’88. A masterful set of avant-garde, experimentalist melancholia.

TRACK LIST
01. Maniac
02. The Talent Contest
03. The More It Changes
04. Hotel Noir
05. Stille Nacht
06. The Month After
07. Lisa’s Seperation – The Golden Age
08. Black Castles
09. And Even The Vegetables Screamed – Regression
10. Black List
11. Methods
12. Our Lady Cervetori

Click HERE to pre-order The Golden Age (2018 Remastered Edition)

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2018 in Alternative, Post Punk