Silver Walks release new single “Lantern”

Silver Walks release new single “Lantern”

  “I found a way to clear the fog/light the fire inside of me”, Silver Walks’ Dan McCullough sings over a pounding beat and an ear worm of a hook. The latest maxi-single from Philadelphia electronic/synthpop Silver Walks becomes a club anthem, an old school industrial throwback in the vein of Skinny Puppy/Front Line Assembly, and an EBM hit, showing just how versatile McCullough’s influences are. Lantern is available on the Distortion Productions Bandcamp site…

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The Joy Thieves “Genocide Love Song” – single review

The Joy Thieves “Genocide Love Song” – single review

  Hot on the heels of their second release, A Blue Girl, The Joy Thieves have graced us with the Genocide Love Song EP. The blistering title track features long-standing Joy Thief, industrial music legend, and master of prose…the ever versatile Chris Connelly on vocals. In a dynamic adrenaline rush of a promo video, he stands in a room and unabashedly screams the refrain “Mandated fucklord” into the camera right into our faces, making pretty…

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Stabbing Westward: Hardly Dead And Gone @ Bar Sinister, Los Angeles, CA with Inva//id

Stabbing Westward: Hardly Dead And Gone @ Bar Sinister, Los Angeles, CA with Inva//id

  “This isn’t a love song,” quipped Christopher Hall shortly before tearing into their breakthrough single “Violent Mood Swings” off 1994’s Ungod, draped in his trademark distressed black sweater and leaning over the mic into a delighted crowd. And yet, we were swept off our feet anyway. Also of note was the opening band, LA’s own INVA//ID, who released their debut last year, Masochism In D Minor. Do not be fooled by lead singer Chris…

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DROWND “Drownd” – album review

DROWND “Drownd” – album review

  UK/LA industrial rockers DROWND have kept us all wanting more ever since emerging this past spring with their EPs Sick Like You and Stay Away, the latter of which includes remixes by their Armalyte Records peers, The Joy Thieves and Seething Akira. Frontman/bandleader and multi-instrumentalist Joe Crudgington has taken everything we love about industrial rock and packed it to exploding point in this delightfully heavy debut album. It starts out innocently enough with “Lost”…

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The Dark Magic Of Black Needle Noise: Conversations With Singers Betty X and Anjela Piccard

The Dark Magic Of Black Needle Noise: Conversations With Singers Betty X and Anjela Piccard

  The past few months have been relentlessly productive for legendary dark alternative producer John Fryer’s band Black Needle Noise. On the heels of their World Tour Of Hollywood this past fall, came the vinyl release of the long-awaited Lost In Reflections, the launch of the Black Needle Noise website, and now an upcoming album of cover songs called These Mortal Covers. The album contains a collection of songs that have been in development for…

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She Past Away/Twin Tribes/Aurat at the Echoplex in Los Angeles, CA July 28, 2019

She Past Away/Twin Tribes/Aurat at the Echoplex in Los Angeles, CA July 28, 2019

  The dimly lit, densely fogged fervor at the packed-to-the-gills Echoplex in Echo Park, was the perfect environment for the stark and gloomy beats of Turkish goth rockers She Past Away. This particular show was the last date of a tour which marked their US appearance. The energy was running high and the line for the merch table was halfway across the room well into the night; openers Twin Tribes were another highly anticipated act….

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Drab Majesty/HIDE/Body Of Light (Drab Majesty Record Release Party) @ The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, July 26, 2019 – show review

Drab Majesty/HIDE/Body Of Light (Drab Majesty Record Release Party) @ The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, July 26, 2019 – show review

  Goths, shoegazer indie kids, and punk turned out in equal numbers for Drab Majesty’s hometown record release party at the Fonda Theatre in LA last week. The dark and dreamy androgyne duo took the stage to pink and blue fog, building momentum with “A Dialogue,” the opening track to their new album Modern Mirror. Deb DeMure strummed out arpeggiated chords with urgency and delicacy reminiscent of our favorite 80s 4AD artists, where they wove…

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A Device To Entice Us: Curse Mackey Talks Good And Evil

A Device To Entice Us: Curse Mackey Talks Good And Evil

  I sat down with Curse Mackey before his performance in Los Angeles a few weeks ago, where he shared a bill with old friends My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. Whether you first heard him as the singer of Texas-based industrial noise act Evil Mothers, with the Grim Faeries, as a contributing vocalist for My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, or on one of his many collaborations with industrial supergroup Pigface, if…

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Grendel @ Catch One, Los Angeles, July 19, 2019 – show review

Grendel @ Catch One, Los Angeles, July 19, 2019 – show review

  Self-described “Pagan-Synth” Oklahoma duo Esoterik kicked off the night with a captivating sound which combines ethereal vocals with synthpop beats. Their hypnotic new single “Spirits Light The Way” featured vocalist Allison Eckfeldt swirling onstage and a hooded Brady Bledsoe providing dark, atmospheric synths. The 80s influence continued with Glass Apple Bonzai, the solo project of Toronto-based Daniel Belasco, who brought us uplifting anthems wrapped in signature analog synthpop warmth, with an appearance by Striplicker…

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DARK NOUVEAU – compilation review

DARK NOUVEAU – compilation review

  Dark Nouveau features 24 mesmerizing tracks curated by Athan Maroulis of Metropolis Records. As the founder/frontman of moody darkwave project NOIR and of notorious industrial rock outfit Spahn Ranch, he lends not only his musical talents to a track on the album (NOIR’s “A Pleasure To Burn,” which has echoes of Beat Noir-era Spahn Ranch and showcases his unique voice and arrangement style beautifully), but also his 20-odd years of expertise from his days…

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