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Assemblage 23 – Mourn (Metropolis Records 11 September 2020)

Assemblage 23 – the one man project created by Tom Shear, combines genre-expanding electronics with intensely personal subject matter.

The phenomenal new album ‘Mourn‘ is a standout in Assemblage 23’s extensive catalog.

Beyond the trappings of modern EBM and Industrial, ‘Mourn’ seamlessly blends danceable electronics with intimate soul searching lyrics.

A breathtaking album from one of the genre’s best.

‘Mourn’ will be released by Metropolis Records on September 11th via all digital and streaming formats as well as CD, a deluxe 2 CD version and a limited edition vinyl edition.

 

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2020 in Electronic

 

Julian Shah-Tayler – Evolution (21 August 2020)

California’s Julian Shah-Tayler (The Singularity) presents ‘Evolution’ single feat. MGT

Julian Shah-Tayler aka ‘The Singularity’ presents his new single ‘Evolution’, which also involves a collaboration with MGT (Tricky, The Mission UK, Peter Murphy, Ashton Nyte, The Wonder Stuff). This one is for those who have been through hard times in love and the need for new experiences.

Hailing from Leeds, England and now based in Los Angeles, singer, writer and producer Julian Shah-Tayler makes electro rock new wave ‘intellipop’ for the 30th century. This song was written, produced and performed by Julian and recorded in his TARDIS home studio in Los Angeles, with additional guitars by Mark Gemini Thwaite and Gene Micofsky.

“Evolution is about the difficult process of evolving towards loving kindness through the layers of love and loss in a society that cares nought about the human heart, and more about ‘norms’. It is about holding on to the pure ideal of the heart despite the cynicism of the intellect,” says Julian Shah-Tayler.

Having spent much time as a touring musician, Julian has experienced the pain of meeting and “breaking up with” people every night.

“Each human contains great beauty within, and it is impossible to disregard a connection however brief once made,” notes Shah-Tayler.

After completing a philosophy degree at York University, Julian moved to London as a singer-songwriter with classical training on piano and self taught on guitar. After several abortive record deals with music industry legend Alan McGee, he joined the hip electro clash outfit Whitey as co-writer/ guitarist, recording many of those songs in his nascent home studio.

After parting ways with his bandmates, Julian moved to L.A. to launch his own project The Singularity. There, he has had considerable success with TV and film licenses, known for his work on ‘Plush’, ‘Riot on Redchurch Street’ and Disney’s ‘Maleficent’.  He won a Golden Trailer award, along with Daisy O’Dell, for his work with Lana Del Ray on the trailer for the latter film.

In addition to scoring music with O’Dell for the two-time Emmy winning ‘Actors on Actors’ TV show, his music has been performed for Robert De Niro, Bill Clinton and Martin Scorsese via the Unite for Humanity charity at the Oscars.

Julian also recorded an unreleased album with Joaquin Phoenix and Antony Langdon (Spacehog), as well as directing Island Def Jam artist Kerli 4 for songs he co-wrote with Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama, Shakespear’s Sister). His remix of Nico’s ‘These Days’ with Daisy O’Dell was featured as KCRW’s “one to watch”. He also cofounded the ‘Art Angeles’ charity, teaching underprivileged kids music in Watts.

When he is not writing and recording original material or producing other arists, Julian Shah-Tayler is selling out venues with his David Bowie tribute band ‘The Band That Fell To Earth’, his Depeche Mode tribute band ‘Strangelove’ and moonlighting as singer-keyboardist in The Cure tribute band ‘The Cured’

Shah-Tayler is currently working with the legendary Robert Margouleff (Stevie Wonder, Devo) on his next album. We’ll need to sit tight and wait that one out. In the meantime, ‘Evolution’ came out on August 21 across digital outlets such as Apple Music and streaming platforms like Spotify.

CREDITS
Written, Produced, performed, mixed and mastered by Julian Shah-Tayler
Additional guitars by Mark Gemini Thwaite and Gene Micofsky
Recorded at TARDIS Studio, Altadena
Artwork by Julian Shah-Tayler
Cover photos by Eva Wolfe-Warden

Keep up with Julian Shah-Tayler (The Singularity)
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Posted by on August 24, 2020 in Electronic

 

God Module – The Unsound Remixes (Metropolis Records August 7)

God Module combines elements of harsh Techno, Darkwave, Goth and Industrial. Pounding beats mix with hypnotic synth hooks, deranged film samples and psychotically-effected vocals to make up a sound that is as disturbing as it is danceable.”

The Unsound Remixes‘ features 17 reimagined versions of songs from God Module’s 2019 album ‘The Unsound.’

Remixers include Iris, E.S.A, System Syn, Funker Vogt, Velvet Acid Christ, Ghostfeeder, Rodney Anonymous (Dead Milkmen), and more, all putting their unique touches to songs from ‘The Unsound.’

God Module is a standout artist in the genre, and ‘The Unsound Remixes’ offer an exceptional accompaniment to an extraordinary album.

God Mod founder and mastermind Jasyn Bangert has brought his childhood dreams to life as musical nightmares. Aided by band members Clint Carney and Courtney Bangert, God Module take all the common Electro – Gothic – Industrial clichés and systematically tear them apart. They are unnaturally stitched back together again to create a constantly mutating soundtrack to the most fucked up horror film you will never see…your life!

‘The Unsound Remixes’ will be released by Metropolis Records on August 7th through all digital and streaming formats as
well as on CD.

TRACK LIST

01. Hindsight (Iris mix)
02. Phenomenon (Amnestic mix)
03. Unsound (ESA mix)
04. Grey Forces (Baby Magick Stryker Roll Out mix)
05. Display (Ruined Conflict mix)
06. Cross My Heart (ES23 mix)
07. Unconscious (System Syn mix)
08. Deja Vu (Wolftron mix)
09. Hindsight (Reichsfeind mix)
10. Phenomenon (Absynthe of Faith mix)
11. Unsound (Finite Automata mix)
12. Grey Forces (Ghostfeeder mix)
13. Display (Inva//id mix)
14. Cross My Heart (Velvet Acid Christ mix)
15. Unconscious (Funker Vogt mix)
16. Deja Vu (Aircrash Bureau mix)
17. Hindsight (Rodnet Anonymous Fears of Children mix)

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Posted by on July 27, 2020 in Electronic

 

The new digital single of Ego Likeness

Ego Likeness released a new single entitled “Wolves,” through Metropolis Records on June 26th.

Exclusively released as a limited edition CD only single in 2017, this is the first time “Wolves” is available across all digital and streaming outlets.

This release features “Wolves 2017,” a track reworked by Steve Archer originally called “Wolves,” from the Ego Likeness album “Water to the Dead” (2004), the only song composed solely by vocalist Donna Lynch.

Also included is Stoneburner’s remix of “Aviary,” originally part of Ego Likeness’ “The Order of the Reptile” album (2006), along with a pair of fine remixes of the song “Darkness” from “When the Wolves Return” (2015) by London’s own Inertia along with legendary Out Out who teamed with Stoneburner for the final remix on this single.

Additionally, Ego Likeness’ first new song in five years “Ghost Sick” can be previewed on the brand new compilation Electronic Saviors Vol 6, with all proceeds going to cancer research.

Ego Likeness was created in 1999 by artist Steven Archer, a DC native, and writer Donna Lynch in Baltimore, Maryland. Taking their name from Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel Dune, the band began as an experimental/ dark trip hop project. A demo called Songs From a Dead City, recorded on a four track, was released that same year. By 2000, the couple was moving the project in a darker electronic/ dance direction, resulting in a self-released full length album entitled Dragonfly.

After a short hiatus from recording and a lengthy period of trial, error, and revision, and many regional live performances, Ego Likeness signed with Dancing Ferret Discs for the release of 2004’s Water to the Dead. This album featured the band’s electronic roots while exploring a bit of a heavier rock sound.

For 2005, Ego Likeness re-released Dragonfly and toured Germany, Luxembourg, and the continental US with The Cruxshadows, as well as performed at several festivals on the east and west coast, including Convergence 11 (San Diego CA), Dracula’s Ball (Philadelphia PA), Black Sun Festival I (New Haven CT), Freaks United (DC), Eccentrik Festival I (Raleigh NC), and others.

In 2006, the band toured Germany once again with The Cruxshadows, and preformed at Dragon Con in Atlanta GA, as well as released their third full length CD The Order of the Reptile. The album brought together several of their past styles, including darkwave, trip-hop, and rock. The following winter after the release, Ego Likeness toured the US yet again, this time with The Cruxshadows and Ayria.

Ego Likeness went back to Germany, as well as Poland and the UK, with Ayria and Angelspit in late autumn of 2007. They also released the first of four limited edition EP’s entitled South.

In early 2008 they headlined a warm-up tour of the US and performed at Black Sun IV before setting out with Voltaire in the spring for his month-long Maiden Voyage Tour. Ego Likeness wrapped up their touring for the year by playing Dragon Con in Atlanta once again. 2008-2009 also saw the release of the single, The Lowest Place on Earth, as well as the NorthWest, and East EPs.

For 2010, Ego Likeness signed with Metropolis Records to release their fourth album, Breedless. The album showcases their dark electronic trip hop sensibilities overlaid with Donna’s passionately emotive vocals. While many may compare them to Curve and Collide, Ego Likeness continues to take their music to darker corners of the human psyche.

Often accused (though never convicted) of being one of the hardest working bands on the US scene, the duo somehow manage to find time to be prolific in other creative endeavors, with Steven’s additional music projects Hopeful Machines and Stoneburner, as well as being an accomplished painter and children’s book author, and Donna having published several novels including the acclaimed “Isabelle Burning” and “red Horses”. The pair have also been never been convicted of being controlled by the whims of their adorable hairless cat Sophie, though the internet evidence is overwhelming.

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2020 in Electronic, Industrial

 

Snog – Spätzle Machine (Metropolis Records, June 26, 2020)

A gargantuan beast of spartan electro and brooding melodies, the brand new Snog ‘Spätzle Machine’ E.P. follows closely after the release of the acclaimed ‘Lullabies For The Lithium Age‘ album. The E.P. features three sublime remixes/reimaginings from the masterful studio wizardry of producer and artist, Vince Valentini. Timely and timeless, each track narrates – through its own unique dialogue – the final breaths of the final human soul, crushed in the relentless machinations of time and technology. ‘Spätzle Machine’ is a brilliant and bilingual song – the verses in English and the choruses in German – slyly equating the human condition with the manufacture of a traditional handcrafted Swabian noodle dish. The new E.P. comes on the heels of the recently released video for the song “Spätzle Machine.” The EP was released by Metropolis and is available via all digital and streaming outlets.

Snog, hailing from the great continent of Australia, is the brainchild of DJ David Thrussell. Originally formed in 1988, they first hit the dance floors in 1992 with their classic electro hit, Corporate Slave, which combined elements of 90s electrodance with 70s funk and a strong anticapitalist message. This was followed up by their first full length CD, Lies, Inc., and two more dance hits, Shop, and Born to be Mild. Their lyrics show a strong disillusionment with the western ideals of materialism and mass ownership, a stance which is bound to enrage the “gimme” sensibilities of American capitalism.

Despite their apparently radical inclinations, David doesn’t regard his lyrics as political, but rather as simple and rather obvious social observations. He doesn’t claim to have any revelationary secrets, but sees his lyrics as a frank examination of our humanity struggling within itself.

Snog reppeared in 1994 with a harshly technofied sound, which defines their Cliche single. An Australian single, Hey Christian God was also released. which included material that was later used for his Black Lung project.

In 1995, David Thrussell officially began his Black Lung project, which has so far released six CDs, one of which, The Disinformation Plague is currently available on Metropolis. He also appeared with Pieter Bourke (of Eden and Dead Can Dance) as Soma, whose releases include The Hollow Earth and The Inner Cinema.

1995 also saw the release of Snog’s second full length CD: Dear Valued Customer, which furthered the sound explored with Cliche and the politics espoused in Lies, Inc. If anything, Thrussell’s antipolitics had become more western — antagonistic, now tackling issues of religious domination and hypocrisy as well as socio-economic ones.

In 1996, Snog joined forces with Metropolis Records, releasing The Future, an EP of new material; Remote Control, a compilation/remix CD of Snog’s work to date; and Buy Me…I’ll Change Your Life, a successfully bizarre combination of electro and a vague country style of spaghetti western music.

In 1999 Snog returned to their classic electro sound with Third Mall from the Sun, filled with danceable electronics, controversial lyrics, and a cover bound to cause consternation in the corporate world. A re-mix CD for the album was released in 2000 titled Relax Into the Abyss, along with a double album featuring the re-releases of Lies Inc. and Dear Valued Customer together with bonus tracks.

Thrussell cites a number of influences in his musical styles, ranging from cinema to classic rock and folk to industrial music. Seemingly contradictory names such as Foetus, the Swans, Tom Waits, Cabaret Voltaire, Ennio Morricone, Kraftwerk, Lustmord, Pink Floyd, Leonard Cohen, Hawkwind, Nick Cave, Lassigue Bendthaus and Clock DVA appear on his list of musical influences; with film presences including Roman Polanski, Stanley Kubrick, Oliver Stone, David Cronenberg, John Carpenter, and an insatiable love of the “spaghetti western.” He unabashedly supports the right of sampling, and openly promotes the sampling of his own material by other artists.

2003 was a busy year for Snog. First they re-immerged with the album, Beyond the Valley of the Proles. It featured eleven mellow electronic spaghetti western tracks similar to a mix of Lee Hazelwood and Leonard Cohen, rich musical textures, clean acoustic guitars, and David Thrussels deep bass vocals created a soothing atmosphere to calm the most restless spirit. Carefully merging electronic music with acoustic lounge pop, Beyond the Valley of the Proles generated a hybrid unlike no other. In addition to the auditory feed, Snog also presented his first piece of eye candy to the western world. The Adventures in Capitalism DVD was a collection of tuneful, sentimental music videos for your most relaxed viewing moments. On the must have DVD, Snog took a number of their most appealing melodies and tender ballads that have special significance for everyone.

For 2006, Snog presented Sixteen Easy Tunes for the End Times, a greatest hits collection of Snogs most influential works to date. Along with the 16 main tracks, theres a bonus section with 16 additional mp3 tracks, as well as lyrics and a poster and artwork gallery. Following the release came a brand new album, Vs. The Faecal Juggernaut Of Mass Culture, and three digital only singles: Crash Crash, The Kings of Hate and Planet Of Shit.

After almost forty live dates around the USA, Europe, Russia and Australia in 2006, Snog emerged from the recording studio in 2007 (unlike the Romans of which they sing) victorious. With The Last Days of Rome, Snog turned their back on their most recent outings of barbed satirical electro-punk and instead offer a new brand new album of historical narratives and charming tone poems set in palatable electro-pop surroundings. The album tells tales of the building of the pyramids of Egypt, pirates throwing their maps overboard, Roman Centurions, London being built in the Middle Ages, and more, all of which Snog promise us have no allusions to the modern global political climate. The follow-up EP, City, was released digitally on April 29th, 2008.

Recorded over 2008/2009 in Melbourne, Berlin and Prague, Snog’s newest release for 2010, Last Of The Great Romantics, is truly a landmark album. Like Radiohead’s Ok Computer and Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here (to both of which it has already been compared), Last Of The Great Romantics sees a beloved band at their conceptual and creative peak. From the blazing space-rock-ballad of opening track “We’re All In This Together” to the languid moog-boogie of “The End Of The World” to the disco-metal pyrotechnics of “Wargasm” Snog forge their own path and their own sound, bold, uncompromising and just a little bent. Recorded entirely in analogue facilities using a vast collection of vintage studio equipment with special guests including John Justin Stewart (Grace Jones), Neil Boyack (Angler), The City Of Prague Philharmonic Choir and produced by The Calculators (The Faint, Schneider TM) Last Of The Great Romantics is a lush, sincere masterpiece.

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2020 in Electronic, Industrial

 

The Electronic Saviors Compilation

All things end. The first Electronic Saviors comp landed in 2010 on Metropolis Records and every two years since, the industrial music community has come together to stand against cancer.

The Electronic Saviors compilation series began as an idea in 2008 when scene promoter, DJ and musician Jim Semonik was diagnosed with stage 2B colorectal cancer.

What started out as an idea during radiation treatments blossomed into a musical project unparallelled in scene history.

ES has since raised and donated in excess of 75K for various charities including Cap For Kids, Bone Marrow Foundation, Gilda’s Club, Our Clubhouse,  Foundation For Cancer Research and Wellness, Darkest Before Dawn, The University of Pittsburgh Medical School and various GoFundMe campaigns.

In 2019, Jim was awarded the ASCRS (American Society of ColoRectal Surgeons) local hero award and was knighted in Chicago at the Coldwaves festival. Since then, he has focused on what lies ahead, Electronic Saviors Vol 6:Reflection. The new volume is a look back and celebration of the many accomplishments that ES has garnered. It is a chance to stare down cancer one more time. For the final boxset in this series, Semonik is joined my top scene greats such as Lead Into Gold (Paul Barker), Marc Heal with Chris Connelly, NOIR, Christ Analogue, Fires, Adoration Destroyed, Caustic, Null Device and many, many others. This compilation is special as it holds brand new material by artists like Flesh Field and 13mg who haven’t been active in many years as well as final recordings by bands such as Tenek.

ES6 is the farewell to a beloved series of compilations that changed lives. We laughed, cried, screamed and shouted together. Now it’s time for one last go. Electronic Saviors will continue on in the future with projects like the spin off Respect the Prime and Synthcore Dreams series so it isn’t a complete goodbye. The ES name will live on in many other forms and contine to save and change lives as we always have.

Electronic Saviors 6 will come in 3 forms:

Digital: 4 disc edition available through Metropolis Records

Physical: 6 disc Premium Edition available through Distortion Productions and includes the 6CD set in a gorgeous DVD style digipak with artwork by Jeff Confer and Samantha Johnson, a bumper sticker, wristband, a personalized autographed postcard and a Distortion Productions Postcard.

Physical: 8 disc Prime Edition available through Distortion Productions and includes everything in the Premium Edition plus 2 additional discs in a 2cd digipak, a special enamel pin, boxed warning’s “I Have Been Terrible” EP and Trade Secrets‘ “Golden Life” EP while supplies last.

Release Date: June 12th on Metropolis Records/Distortion Productions.

 

Tracklist:

Disc 1: Meditation

1. 13 mg – Soul Break

2. Rein[Forced] – No Desire

3. Deathline International – Spinzone

4. boxed warning – Fall From Focus

5. Ego Likeness – Ghost Sick

6. FIRES – Telecine

7. Lead Into Gold – The Sea The Sun The Past The Sum

8. The Clay People – Colossus (Uberholung)

9. Trade Secrets – Haze of Hearts

10. Leæther Strip – Stronger Alone

11. Abbey Death – Who Controls You

12. This Morn Omina Vs Pylon People- Starfall Common

13. Angelspit – Happy Coma

14. Jean-Marc Lederman Experience Featuring Tom Shear – Answer Me

15. Ambassador 21 – La Life

16. Klack – Discipline (12 Inch Mix)

17. Mindless Faith And Miscellen – Goodbye Blue Monday (ES Mix)

 

Disc 2: Contemplation

1. Flesh Field Feat. Ted Phelps – Forever War

2. Interface – Second Star

3. Adoration Destroyed Feat. FIRES – Failsafe

4. Tragic Impulse – The Code

5. Pig – Leather Pig (Traumabond Remix)

6. Glass Apple Bonzai – Mysteries (Feat. Jamie Cronander)

7. I:Scintilla – Tix3

8. Xentrifuge – Infernal Formations

9. Dogtablet – The New Cold War (2020 Mix)

10. Esther Black – Requiem For A Scene

11. Null Device – No Name

12. FGFC820 – Lost (Dracos Remix)

13. Bella Morte – Run Away

14. Caustic – By Crom

15. Seeming – The Wildwood (VaLHaLL Mix)

16. Conformco – Believe It (Mega-Oontz Mix)

17. And Void – This Ship Dreams

 

Disc 3: Rumination

1. Ashbury Heights – Lights Out

2. Spider Lilies – Witness

3. Christ Analougue – Black Apache

4. Tenek – Chameleon

5. Die Warzau – God Pusher

6. Mildreda Feat. Frank M Spinath – Without You

7. Blue Eyed Christ – World On Fire (OG Mix Feat. En Esch and Mea Fisher)

8. Wiccid-Grudge

9. Americlone – Sleep For Change

10. Standalone – What’s Up Is Blue

11. Chiasm – Durch Die Seile (silver walks remix)

12. Stoneburner – Lupus Invocat Lupus

13. Aesthetic Perfection – No Boys (Empirion Remix)

14. Finite Automata – Ablator

15. Third Realm – Torment

16. Iris – Silent (Interface Remix)

17. Coldkill – Leave It All Behind (Beborn Beton Remix)

18. God Module – Crossroads

 

Disc 4: Speculation

1. Encephalon – Crippled

2. NOIR – Death is Easy

3. Ghost & Writer – Not Us

4. Antiscion Feat. Mari Kattman – Human

5. Go Fight – Dead Girls

6. The Rain Within – Red Cells

7. Cyanotic – Still We Keep Moving On

8. Red Lokust – Point Of Healing

9. Antigen Shift – Superheavy Particle

10. Sensuous Enemy – Carry On

11. Panic Lift – Temptress (Interface Remix)

12. I Ya Toyah Feat. Traumabond – Funeral For Love

13. Inertia – Aviator (Rewind Mix)

14. Psy’Aviah Feat. Saydi Driggers – Dreamfever (Stripped Edit)

15. Skatenigs – Self Medicated

16. Marc Heal With Chris Connelly – Mission Accomplished

 

Disc 5: Manifestation (Premium and Prime Editions Only)

1. Flood Damage – Nightmares Are Real

2. Der Prosector – Subject Amnesty (Touched By 2Bit)

3. Geoff Pinckney – I Feel Nothing

4. Lloyd Price – Polemic (Scyia City of Stars Mix)

5. This Hollow Machine – Ten Thousand Years (Feat. Ships in the Night)

6. CYLiX – Devotion (Savior Edit)

7. Derision Cult – Sins Of The Father

8. Queen Neon – Exit Collider

9. Society Burning -Under Your Skin (ESaviors6mix)

10. Lorelei Dreaming – Nothing Left, Something More (Digital Gnosis Mix)

11. Loveless Love -Death Day

12. Solemn Assembly – Not What You Expected

13. Larva – To Be Myself Again (Toro Edit)

14. 7th Victim – The Wheel And The Knife

15. Genius Of Nefarious – Cursed In Purgatory

16. Die Robot – Virtual Life (Slighter Remix)

17. Ritchual – We Are Not Alone

18. Headless Nameless – Flash In The Dark

 

Disc 6: Expression (Premium and Prime Editions Only)

1. Negant – Cancer

2. IIOIOIOII – Face The Night

3. Left Spine Down – Bithead ($H1TH34D Mix By Gunmetal Grey)

4. Everplastic – Sanctuary

5. Jamie Cronander – No End

6. Angel Metro – Not Good 4 u

7. Cryogen Second – Monolith (2020 Rework)

8. Resident 24 – Reach Out

9. Razorback Hollow – Hey Buddy (Feat. Peter Turns Pirate)

10. Blut Reaktor – Nothing At All (Steven OLaf Mix)

11. Oscellus – Pristobrycon Maculipinnis

12. 30 Year Sick – Entropy

13. Your Life On Hold – Dead Tree (Merciless Version)

14. S Y Z Y G Y X – Don’t Look Back

15. Alias 86 – Oblivion

16. Namo Maitri Feat Andee Black Sugar of KMFDM – Shampoo Nights

17. W.O.R.M. – In This Life (If Only You Were Here Mix)

 

Disc 7: Attestation (Prime Edition Only)

1. Kill Minus Nine – Proof of Life (AI_ML Remix)

2. Ataxis – Gaslighter

3. Missing in Stars – The Call of Angels

4. Bellhead – Knife (Beware The Light)

5. The Russian White – Stalker

6. Era Nocturna – War Of The Worlds

7. M73 – Dishonesty

8. Croona – Forever Feat Jimmy Bergman And Anders Strom

9. daddybear feat grabyourface – teenage lust

10. Surveil – Madness Engine

11. Sawtooth – Shambolic (Fields On Fire Feat. Juliet Brownell-Lee)

12. Ghost In The Barn – Junkies

13. Stiff Valentine -Silence

14. Eva X – Empire On Sand

15. Doors In The Labyrinth – Reunion

16. Nothing But Sanctuary – Sip The Stars

17. Stigmata With Screwdrivers Feat. Gasoline Invertebrate – It Came Out and Saw the Burn

18. thoughtForm – Forest Thoughts

 

Disc 8: Consideration (Prime Edition Only)

1. Aimonia – Pig Farm

2. Scrape – Crush

3. Josie Pace – Fire

4. Viscera Drip – Dance Your Depression

5. Sister Sarin – Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

6. Next Up Robots – Save That Zombie

7. Hopeful Machines – Lights (Live In The Studio)

8. Machines With Human Skin – Simulation

9. Black Light Ascension – Atos War Crimes

10. Absynthe Of Faith – Slowly

11. Big Time Kill – Bit By Bit

12. Dead Agent – Black Network

13. Illusion Of Joy – Vector Christ

14. Sandi Leeper – Hot Air

15. DJ Kabel- Fucken Samplez

16. The Lonely Death – Truth (Cold Version)

17. MACE – Virus

18. Death Loves Veronica – Descent

 

 

FIERCE – Remixes & More by Hante.

Hante. is the one woman project from Parisian artist Hélène de Thoury.

Striking, cold, and synthesized, her unique blend of darkwave and electronics is simply breathtaking.

On the heels of her beloved 2019 album “Fierce,” Hante. has just released “Fierce – Remixes & More,” a collection that includes previously unreleased songs, an alternative version of the song “Respect” along with exclusive remixes.

Just released by Metropolis Records on all digital and streaming formats along with a limited edition purple vinyl edition.

For orders click HERE or HERE

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2020 in Electronic, Goth

 

An exclusive interview with Jürgen Engler (Die Krupps)

Jürgen Engler of German industrial metal/EBM band DIE KRUPPS is this week’s special guest of The Blackout Radio Show with Mike Pougounas.

Die Krupps formed in 1980 by Jürgen Engler and Bernward Malaka in Düsseldorf, Germany.

We discussed about the band’s latest album “Vision 2020 Vision”, the history of the band and the way he sees international politics now as well as many other issues.

AN INTRODUCTION

The following is taken from the band’s official website :

Critics worldwide hail them alongside KRAFTWERK and EINSTUERZENDE NEUBAUTEN as pioneers of Electronic and Industrial music, bands like FRONT 242 and NITZER EBB called them their inspiration, and their musical ideas found their way into the sound of a wide spectrum of music, from DEPECHE MODE to the innovative pioneers of Detroit Techno. Over 30 years and many internationally successful albums, DIE KRUPPS have developed an unmistakable signature sound that is meant to stay!

After monumental and industrial beginnings with the album ‘Stahlwerksinfonie‘, the foundation for Electronic Body Music was laid by the single ‘Wahre Arbeit Wahrer Lohn‘ (both Album and Single Of The Week in the British NME), and the following albums ‘Volle Kraft Voraus‘ and ‘Entering The Arena‘, which created international interest in the band’s characteristic synthesis of hard electronics and highly danceable beats. European wide releases secured the band a large following, that was only meant to increase in the ’90s.

After a 3-year break, international chart positions of a remake of their classic track ‘Wahre Arbeit’, now called ‘The Machineries Of Joy‘, which was a collaboration with NITZER EBB (U.S. Billboard Dance Charts Top 10), marked the next chapter in the history of the band. The following widening of their musical spectrum, which saw the addition of a more metal inspired aggressive vocal style and guitar riffs on the album ‘I’, and the essential single track ‘Metal Machine Music‘, was like a slap in the face of conservative critics and listeners alike. The mini album ‘A Tribute To Metallica‘ underlined this daring step, gaining the attention of Lars Ulrich and Co., who helped to secure the band a deal in the U.S.

The highly successful albums (european-wide chart positions, Germany Top-20) ‘II – The Final Option‘, ‘The Final Remixes‘, which consisted of remix interpretations of DIE KRUPPS tracks by fellow bands such as NINE INCH NAILS, THE SISTERS OF MERCY, FAITH NO MORE, CLAWFINGER and many others, and the album ‘..III – Odyssey Of The Mind‘, were again inspiration to many upcoming new bands, such as RAMMSTEIN, whose song ‘Tier’ was a direct adaptation and tribute to DIE KRUPPS’ ‘The Dawning Of Doom‘ from the album ‘I’.

After several worldwide tours, and another chart-topping album, ‘Paradise Now‘ (Germany No.17), on which the band collaborated with Arthur Brown (‘Fire‘), it was decided to bring a temporary stop to the bands extraordinary career.

2005 marked the 25th anniversary of DIE KRUPPS, which was reason enough for the 2 original members Engler and Doerper to prove to the rest of the world that DIE KRUPPS are far from being dead. The reunited group played festivals across Europe and proved that their live shows are as energetic as ever. The audience response was overwhelming and proved that the band had not lost any ground during its absence.

In November 2007, DIE KRUPPS’ new album ‘Too Much History‘ was released. The album included re-recordings of the greatest hits from almost every album the band had released in the past, plus several unreleased new tracks, including ‘The Great Divide‘, ‘5 Millionen‘ and several collaborations, with Client B from the band CLIENT, and again Douglas McCarthy from NITZER EBB.

The end of 2008 saw the release of a remix album of the 1982 album ‘Volle Kraft Voraus‘, entitled ‘Volle Kraft Null Acht’. KMFDM, FUNKER VOGT, PROJECT PITCHFORK, LEAETHER STRIP, SPETSNAZ and MODULATE are only a few acts who besides many others contributed to the project. The 2 singles ‘Volle Kraft Voraus’ and ‘Ende Der Träume’ topped the German Alternative Charts for weeks.

In 2010 the mini-album ‘Als Wären Wir Für Immer‘, consisting of all new material, hit the stores. It also stayed in top positions of the Deutsche Alternative Charts for many weeks, and re-entered during the NITZER EBB/DIE KRUPPS European tour in April of 2011. The tour, which was launched under the motto ‘Join In The Rhythm Of Machines‘, was a huge success. A joint NITZER EBB/DIE KRUPPS EP, consisting of re-worked versions of each band’s favorite songs, was sold exclusively at the shows. Those songs were also played live, followed by the definite highlight for many fans, the anthemic ‘Machineries Of Joy’, which saw both bands perform the song together for the first time.

At the end of 2012, the first single from the upcoming album ‘The Machinists Of Joy‘ was released. ‘Risikofaktor‘ made it No.1 in the German DAC Charts again, and stayed in the pole position for a full month.

2013 was to become the year when DIE KRUPPS machinery went back into full swing. The machines were greased, the dust shaken off, the factory gates opened again. After shift operation was restored, the long-awaited new prototype ‘The Machinists Of Joy’ rolled off the assembly line on 25.10.2013. With this most recent effort DIE KRUPPS seamlessly picked up the streak of their genre-defining releases in the ’80s and ’90s. DIE KRUPPS still deliver ‘Metal MACHINE Music’ – heavy, danceable, sometimes epic machine-music, adorned with well-placed guitar attacks and the ever-onward hammering of the ‘steel-o-phone’, paired with critical contemporary lyrics, setting themselves off from what has become the norm today.

Referring to their top-10 Billboard-hit from 1989 ‘Machineries Of Joy’, the album title already hinted at a stronger focus on electronic sounds, rather than guitars, which dominated the current outfit of DIE KRUPPS. Nevertheless, hard guitar riffs were interwoven with the pumping signature sequencers. The album also made it to No.1 in the German DAC Charts, where it was holding the pole position again for several consecutive weeks. The second single of the album ‘Schmutzfabrik‘ peaked at No.2, staying there for 7 weeks.

In mid-February 2014, the factory bell rang in the night shift on European stages, to be known as ‘THE MACHINISTS OF JOY’-TOUR 2014. 12 dates on which DIE KRUPPS were going to present their first studio album of the new millennium in sweat-inducing manner!

On August 28th 2015, DIE KRUPPS returned with their new release ‘V – Metal Machine Music‘. Back to the distinctly guitar-based sound from the late ’90s, the new songs showed a much increased level of aggressiveness! DIE KRUPPS had never before combined such heavy guitars and powerful sequencers. The upcoming shows proved that this direction was well reserved by the audience Europe wide. Alongside mastermind Juergen Engler (vocals, steel-o-phone), the line-up was machinist Ralf Doerper on Korg MS-20 synthesizer, Marcel Zuercher on guitar, with Volker Borchert from former metal band Accuser on drums, and Nils Finkeisen on second guitar. The album ‘V‘ made the official sales chart in Germany and cracked the Top 40! The singles ‘Battle Extreme‘ and ‘Kaltes Herz‘ both made it to No.1 in the German DAC Charts, the latter stayed in the pole position for 6 consecutive weeks!

Steel, hard work, muscle strength, sweat, machines … but also structural change, unemployment, dislocation, xenophobia and anxiety about the future: powerful words that DIE KRUPPS have always used and filled with content, that they attach visions to, that they transform into a solid base for their music – their very own, unique sound that has consistently evolved over the past four decades and that continues to be unmistakable.

“Vision 2020 Vision” is their latest masterpiece, a concept album: music, artwork and lyrics are inextricably linked, they fuel and cross-fertilize each other. The world of Engler and Dörper is monochromatic and grim, but the imminent world they see through their lens, ought to, and indeed must, frighten you.

In all this, DIE KRUPPS’s themes are as topical and relevant as ever: “Extinction Time” and “Vision 2020 Vision” describe our world on the edge of the abyss. Chaos and violence rule the streets, governments are powerless. The great flood will come, wash everything away and leave nothing but darkness. “Alllies” and “Fuck You” are directed overseas; where egoism, borders and ruthlessness are dictated from the very top while Europe looks on passively, turning into a compliant minion. “Human” is a reckoning with the whole human race which has been regressing for several decades. Civilizations increasingly turn into hordes of wild, murderous barbarians.

The title song puts in a nutshell where this development is bound to take us: “Violence will soon explode, frustration reaches overload, revolution is imminent, we’re in the year of discontent” (quote: “Vision 2020 Vision”). What remains is the hope that Jürgen Engler will be proved wrong in this instance.

Side-projects: Die Robo Sapiens – Male

Apart from the songs of the new DIE KRUPPS album as well as a couple of old ones, I am spining tracks taken from the new releases of Rotersand, Adoration Destroyed, Cubanate and many more.

The show goes on air as follows:

Mad Wasp Radio [UK] – Saturday 19:00 – Wednesday 00:00
Wicked Spins Radio [UK]-Thursdays 19:00 – 21:00
KOWS 92,5FM [CA-USA]- Tuesday 22:00-00:00
Fasching Web Radio [CANADA]- Wednesdays from 17:00 – 19:00
Mercury Radio [Greece] Wednesdays – 22:00-00:00 (EET / UTC+3)

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2020 in Electronic, Interviews, Radio

 

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Black Needle Noise with – Seed of Evil (4 May 2020)

John Fryer, legendary producer and artist in his own right, unveils the latest offering from his Black Needle Noise project – the new video for Seed of Evil’ with PIG, an unholy collaboration from two of the most celebrated and talented forces in industrial music.


Vocalist Raymond Watts‘ plows forth with a sinister growl over Fryer’s menacing atmospherics. The track’s foreboding lyrics speak of allowing evil to overcome one’s self.

Formed in the late 1980s, PIG have blazed quite a trail – not surprising with Raymond Watts having been a visible part of the industrial music scene as a founding member and lead singer with KMFDM through their most prolific and successful period (1984-2003), as well as Schaft and Schwein. He also was sound engineer for Einstürzende Neubauten and Psychic TV, and toured with Nine Inch Nails, among others.

Conceived and edited by Fryer and Joseph Seuferling of Psionic Broadcast, this dark and twisted visual escapade (a Psionic Broadcast and Black Needle Noise Production featuring actress Anjela Piccard) was filmed by John Fryer and Piccard (L.A.) and by PIG (London).

“Joseph Seuferling first came to my attention when I saw he had a film called ‘I Am God’ and BNN had not long just release a song with the same name. So I contacted Joseph and asked if he would like to meet next time he was in LA. Anjela & I went to meet with Joseph Seuferling at the Roosevelt Hotel and whilst we were talking, I asked him he would like to make a video for “Seed Of Evil”. He liked the song so agreed to make a video. So Raymond shot his footage in London and Joseph got to work,” says John Fryer.

The 1st part of the video Joseph made and turned it into a trailer for the song and The World Tour Of Hollywood that Black Needle Noise was about to embark on. Joseph ran out of time to finish the video so I took over the editing to finish it. Anjela and I shot our footage here in LA and then I got to editing, making sure to keep the same style Joseph had set. Once I had finished it, I sent to Joseph and he added some final touches. The result of all our hard work is quite amazing, even if I do say so myself.”

As one of the most innovative sonic architects in our age, “John Fryer has practically soundtracked your entire life” (Impose Magazine). His musical imprint is massive, having shaped the sound of bands from Nine Inch Nails and Cocteau Twins to HIM and Depeche Mode. He is also one of just two masterminds behind This Mortal Coil (along with Ivo Watts-Russell – not only producing, but also keyboards, strings and synthesizer sequencing).

“When John Fryer called, it was like cream was fed to my poison crop. I was thrilled to lend Satan’s little helping hand to Black Needle Noise. The result from this marriage made in hell was appropriately called ‘Seed of Evil’ … it pours out of me into the night, where the devil ties it nice and tight,” says Raymond Watts.

John Fryer adds: “After many a moon passing, we finally got to work together again. I had to find the right song for Raymond but I think we have a great noise-pop hit on our hands. It’s been a real pleasure working with Raymond on this and I can’t wait to hear it in the clubs.”

John Fryer started his career in 1979 at London’s Blackwing Studios (London) and soon began working with seminal bands on the 4AD, Mute, Rough Trade and Beggars Banquet record labels, including Depeche Mode, The Wolfgang Press and Cocteau Twins. His achievement in helping develop the latter’s pioneering ethereal and ambient sound ultimately led Watts-Russell to recruit Fryer as his partner for This Mortal Coil.

A sense of expectation about his music has never left him – expectations he often exceeds from release to release, having produced many groundbreaking artists along the way, including Love and Rockets, Swans, HIM, Cradle of Filth, Clan of Xymox, Nitzer Ebb, Dead Can Dance, Yaz (Yazoo), Xmal Deutschland, Fields of the Nephilim, De/Vision, Stabbing Westward and many others. Over the past two decades, John Fryer has also produced several film soundtracks, including Seven, Clerks, Johnny Mnemonic, Mortal Kombat, Faust and Resident Evil: Apocalypse.

‘Seed of Evil’ is out now, available digitally across online stores, such as Apple Music, and streaming platforms such as Spotify. It is also available directly from the artist via Bandcamp.

CREDITS
Music and all noises by John Fryer
Lyrics by Raymond Watts
Vocals by PIG
Video shot by Anjela Piccard and John Fryer (L.A.) and by PIG (London)
Styled by PIG, Anjela Piccard and John Fryer
Actress Anjela Piccard
Concept/Editing by Joseph Seuferling & John Fryer
A (Psionic Broadcast) & Black Needle Noise Production

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Posted by on May 5, 2020 in Electronic

 

Cleopatra to release new Adoration Destroyed single

Adoration Destroyed exploded out of Austin, Texas with their critically acclaimed debut album “Ritual Damage” on Cleopatra Records in 2016.

AD’s “Ritual Deconstruction” EP followed in in 2017 as did extensive touring with the likes of Kanga, Ego Likeness and FIRES.

Now, Adoration Destroyed are releasing their long-awaited new single “You Should See Me in a Crown,” a surprising take on Billie Eilish‘s smash hit that also features a pair of new dark delights with “Blackout Again” and “Tonight.”

Cleopatra will release the single on April 23rd through all digital and streaming formats.

Adoration Destroyed is led by singing guitarist Erik Gustafson, who also writes, programs and produces, while moonlighting as a touring member of Grendel.

Adoration Destroyed performs live as a trio that features Ritchard F. Napierkowski on synths and percussionist Patrick Fears that has included a number of recent festival appearances including Mechanismus, Darkside of the Con and The Sanctuary Festival.

Available for pre-order HERE

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2020 in Electronic