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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

 

New Statiqbloom album

Brooklyn-based Statiqbloom combine hard beats and haunting electronics with disorienting vocals to create pulsing raw Post-Industrial.

Statiqbloom is the dark hallucinogenic brainchild of Fade Kainer. Drawing from the grittiness of early industrial and EBM, Statiqbloom combine hard beats and haunting electronics with disorienting vocals to create pulsing raw Post-Industrial electronics.

Originally a solo endeavor started in 2013 in Brooklyn, NY, Denman C. Anderson was added to the lineup  in 2016 . The band’s latest releases are “Infinite Spectre” EP 2019 , “Bue Moon Blood” 2018.

Beyond that, Statiqbloom has also done a number of remixes for such artists as: Hide, Corrections House (members of Neurosis & EyeHateGod, Sanford Parker), Atriarch , Secrets of The Moon , Plack Blauge , Hot Guts and more.

The new album, “Beneath the Whelm,” sees a sharpened progression for Statiqbloom.

It combines hallucinogenic synths, seething rhythms and grim atmospherics into a thunderous set of dark electro.

“Beneath the Whelm,” will be released by Metropolis Records on July 10th through all digital and streaming formats as well as CD and a limited edition version on vinyl.

You can pre-order the album HERE

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2020 in 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