Assemblage 23: Interview with Tom Shear

Assemblage 23: Interview with Tom Shear

  Tom Shear, mastermind behind Assemblage 23, talks us through these uncertain times and the creative process behind the making of Mourn. 1. When did you first start working on Mourn, was it before the pandemic and the lockdown? Tom: Oh yes, definitely. I’m always in a state of collecting song ideas, but the real bulk of the work started in the late summer of 2019. The album was completed in June, so there was…

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PIG “Sex & Death” – EP review

PIG “Sex & Death” – EP review

  The latest gospel from the Lord of Lard, aka Raymond Watts and <PIG>, starts off with menacing synths and snarled German lyrics over huge guitars, building up into Watts’ trademark frenzied vocal delivery from growl to howl. There’s a frenetic, reeling power to the title track that’s reminiscent of classic <PIG> like Prime Evil or Sinsation; it’s both unsettling and captivating. With an ominous choir in the bridge, Watts spits lines of debauchery and…

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Be My Enemy “All That I Love, I Destroy” – album review

Be My Enemy “All That I Love, I Destroy” – album review

  In the third blistering cyberpunk collaboration between Cubanate guitarist Phil Barry and electronic musician Keef Baker of Word Made Flesh, the title track is a punch to the sternum with its brutal guitar hook and hypnotic, aggressive refrain. From this, the album marches mercilessly forth with barely a pause. “Wardance” evokes a sort of primal grittiness with its driving bass line, haunting female vocals in the bridge, and raw punk rock chorus. Continuously veering…

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KMFDM “IN DUB” – album review

KMFDM “IN DUB” – album review

  From the very first cracking rimshot of the snare on “Dub Light” I knew this was an album that I’ve wanted for decades. If you, like me, have a soft spot for the UAIOE and Don’t Blow Your Top days, this one’s for you…just like the Kap’n says. It’s a testament to KMFDM’s versatility and songwriting that both newer and older songs can be translated so well into groove-heavy, rock-steady dub. Lucia’s vocals shine…

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Assemblage 23 “Mourn” – album review

Assemblage 23 “Mourn” – album review

  “This isn’t what I signed up for/this is misery”, Assemblage 23 frontman and creator Tom Shear sings on the opening track “Epiphany.” Over the years, the dark, synth-pop influenced future-pop sound of Assemblage 23 has filled dance floors around the world with iconic singles like “The Noise Inside My Head”, “Salt The Earth,” and “Disappoint,” among many others. Shear’s emotionally cathartic lyrics against unforgettable dance beats and huge synths have been a fixture of…

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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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