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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A Strange Affair With The Thrill Kill Kult – interview

A Strange Affair With The Thrill Kill Kult – interview

  I had the exquisite pleasure of talking music, hairstyling, art, and tattoos (of all things!) with Wax Trax! alumni and industrial music legend Frankie Nardiello, known to most of us as Groovie Mann, charismatic and creative frontman of everybody’s favorite dark disco darlings, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. Here he shares his fondest memories of Wax Trax! founders Jim Nash and Dannie Flescher, and takes us on a little journey of Thrill…

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The Cult / Prayers / Zola Jesus / VOWWS at Greek Theatre Los Angeles, CA June 15, 2019

The Cult / Prayers / Zola Jesus / VOWWS at Greek Theatre Los Angeles, CA June 15, 2019

  “There’s nothing like live rock n’ roll,” mused Ian Astbury to a rapt audience under the full moon at Greek Theatre last weekend; wise words indeed from a leading expert. The charismatic frontman of 80s goth rockers The Cult was in top form for a perfect night of smash hit after deep cut, kicking things off with “Sun King” and “New York City” off their 1989 release Sonic Temple. Astbury strutted around the stage…

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My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult / Curse Mackey June 13, 2019 at 1720 in Los Angeles, CA – show review

My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult / Curse Mackey  June 13, 2019 at 1720 in Los Angeles, CA – show review

  Everybody’s favorite Kult has done it again with their latest release, In The House Of Strange Affairs, an appropriately sleazy and campy chapter in the noir-meets-psychedelic-industrial-disco chronicles of My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. They were joined on this tour with the multi-talented Curse Mackey, who has just released his first solo album, Instant Exorcism. A Pigface veteran who stormed the industrial scene in the 90s with his dark and gritty band Evil…

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God Module: Trilogy Singles and Live Dates

God Module: Trilogy Singles and Live Dates

  Dark futurepop act God Module has just released an EP of three new singles, including remixes by Funker Vogt, E.S.A., Velvet Acid Christ, ES23, and Finite Automata. All three are solid fare from the now 20-year old solo project of Jasyn Bangert (accompanied live by Andrew Pearson), and the title track “Unsound” in particular is an instant club classic. The singles are in anticipation of their upcoming release The Unsound, which will be out…

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Statiqbloom “Asphyxia” – album review

Statiqbloom “Asphyxia” – album review

  Brooklyn-based post-industrial duo have just released their latest, Asphyxia, on Metropolis Records. Originally conceived as a solo project in 2013 by Fade Kainer, they’ve branched out in more recent years to include Denman C Anderson and have also done remixes for Hide and Plack Blauge among others. While 2017’s Blue Moon Blood was plenty dark, Asphyxia darkens the mood even more with harsh, distorted vocals and unsettling rhythms that bring to mind early Skinny…

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Cubanate “Kolossus” – EP review

Cubanate “Kolossus” – EP review

  Kolossus is the aptly titled and long-awaited new EP from UK electro-industrial aggressors Cubanate, who released Brutalism (a compilation featuring songs from their first three albums) on Armalyte in 2017. Brutalism coincided with the band reuniting to play the Cold Waves Festival and then a tour with RevCo and Front Line Assembly. Prior to that, their last full-length release was 1998’s Interference. The title track starts off with abrasive synths driven by layers of…

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Joe Crudgington talks about Drownd

Joe Crudgington talks about Drownd

  I had the pleasure of speaking with the multi-talented Joe Crudgington recently, frontman of UK/LA industrial rock newcomers Drownd, who have recently joined the Armalyte Records roster just in time for an exciting summer of new music. Check the links below for Drownd’s new album and music video for “Sick Like You.”  How did you guys hook up with Armalyte and who are your other favorite Armalyte bands? Joe: Basically I’d put the track…

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Vans Presents Industrial Accident: The Story Of Wax Trax Records With Exclusive Set By Ministry/Cold Cave @ Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles, 23 April – review

Vans Presents Industrial Accident: The Story Of Wax Trax Records With Exclusive Set By Ministry/Cold Cave @ Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles, 23 April – review

  Whether you dug through the crates or slam-danced in the pit at a RevCo show, chances are if you lived in Chicago in the 80s and early 90s, you set foot in the legendary Wax Trax! store. Founded first as a record store in 1975 and then established as a label in 1980 by the industrial scene’s favorite power couple Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher, the Wax Trax store and label created a seismic…

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Drownd “Sick Like You” – EP review

Drownd “Sick Like You” – EP review

  Recently relocated to LA by way of London, industrial rockers Drownd bring us all the intensity of their Armalyte Records peers with a swift and brutal throwback to 90s industrial. Their debut EP fuses good old-fashioned guitar-driven industrial rock with a dose of dance, courtesy of remixes by Armalyte label mate Seething Akira and Chicago industrial collective The Joy Thieves. Frontman Joe Crudgington sings and plays all instruments on these tracks, which are impressively…

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