Front Line Assembly “Wake Up The Coma” – album review

Front Line Assembly “Wake Up The Coma” – album review

  The electro-industrial icons Front Line Assembly have just released their first new album in almost six years. Besides Fulber’s studio return to FLA, the album includes guest vocal appearances from Robert Görl (DAF), Nick Holmes (Paradise Lost), Jimmy Urine (Mindless Self Indulgence) and Chris Connelly (Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Cocksure). Wake Up The Coma starts off with the sinister burbling synth bass of “Eye On You”. Even before Bill Leeb’s voice comes in, you can…

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Leaether Strip + Autoclav1.1 “Commixture” – EP review

Leaether Strip + Autoclav1.1 “Commixture” – EP review

  If you’ve ever gone to any given goth/industrial/EBM club night anywhere in the world, you’ve likely danced to either a Leather Strip song or a Leather Strip remix. Frontman and founder Claus Larsen started Leather Strip thirty years ago and has consistently kept up a diverse and notable musical presence with every release.  This latest EP is a collaboration with electronic artist Autoclav1.1, also known as Tony Young. The opening track, “Chasing Gods,” pairs…

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PIG “Black Mass” – EP review

PIG “Black Mass” – EP review

  As someone who has been known to leave stores abruptly when “All I Want For Christmas Is You” comes on for the billionth time, I was desperate for an alternative this year. So many retail stores lose my business this time of year, and they don’t even know it! At any rate, I’ve always wanted to find a Christmas album that I can actually tolerate and might even love. (Hog forbid!) Thankfully, as usual,…

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Chris Connelly talks about “Bloodhounds” and more

Chris Connelly talks about “Bloodhounds” and more

  We had the pleasure recently of asking Chris Connelly pretty much anything, from the inspiration behind his new album Bloodhounds, to his involvement with other projects, including an upcoming compilation, a couple of appearances with Al Jourgensen, and his contribution to the upcoming Front Line Assembly album. It was hard to narrow down the questions, as he’s simply done so much and is such an influence both in the industrial music scene, particularly the…

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Chris Connelly “Bloodhounds” – album review

Chris Connelly “Bloodhounds” – album review

  I first heard Chris Connelly’s solo work on the Wax Trax! Black Box with the brilliantly haunting “Stowaway” and later on another Wax Trax! compilation with the unexpectedly funky “Candyman Collapse.” I was already a Revolting Cocks fan (and yes, Chris has always been my favorite Cock!), so my teenage mind was blown when I learned he had a hell of a voice even beyond that. Later on in my life, I picked up…

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Astari Nite “Midnight Conversations” – album review

Astari Nite “Midnight Conversations” – album review

  Darker-than-night Florida post punkers Astari Nite have brought us another brilliantly ethereal release with Midnight Conversations. The album kicks off with the driving dancefloor beat of  “Sunday Queen” and then lulls us further into darkness with “I Am Nothing,” featuring soulful vocals awash in reverb with a big synth-drenched chorus. “The Witching Hour” could very well be a throwback to the poppier, more guitar-driven post-punk of Echo & The Bunnymen or The Cure. Another…

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