Leaether Strip @ O2 Academy Islington, London, 02/12/2018 – review

Leaether Strip @ O2 Academy Islington, London, 02/12/2018 – review

  On Sunday we went to O2 Academy in Islington to round up a quite eventful weekend of live performances in London with the final show of Leaether Strip’s, celebratory, 30th anniversary UK tour. The London gig was supported by Machine Rox, My Hysteria and Mechanical Cabaret who all did an excellent job of warming up the crowd, which was, quite possibly, larger than expected after all the drama of And One cancellation. Even before…

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Ministry @ O2 Forum Kentish Town, London, July 21st, 2018 – review

Ministry @ O2 Forum Kentish Town, London, July 21st, 2018 – review

  On July 21st we went to O2 Forum in Kentish Town where Ministry promoted their current album AmeriKKKant. After the opening act left the stage, the crew started preparing the stage for the main event, placing two white balloon chickens with Trump-like tops and crossed swastika signs on the front corners of the stage, thus setting the tone of the evening. Although shows from bands with long careers generally attract middle-aged crowds, which also…

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26th Wave-Gotik-Treffen; Leipzig, Germany, 2-5 June 2017 – festival review

26th Wave-Gotik-Treffen; Leipzig, Germany, 2-5 June 2017 – festival review

  Wave Gotik Treffen is undoubtedly the largest, as well as one of the oldest, Goth festivals in the world. We visited Leipzig, Germany, to participate in its 26th incarnation from 2nd to 5th June 2017. One of the key features of WGT, the one that makes it so different from the other festivals, is that it is a citywide event where concerts, exhibitions and various other events happen in all parts of the city,…

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Leaether Strip “AEDM: My Depeche Mode Covers” – album review

Leaether Strip “AEDM: My Depeche Mode Covers” – album review

  There are things in this world that occur every 4 years, like Leap Years, Olympics and new Depeche Mode releases. Lately, Claus Larsen, aka Leaether Strip, has been releasing several DM covers simultaneously with Depeche Mode; this year he decided to release them through his bandcamp as the collection AEDM: My Depeche Mode Covers. While with standard hard and fast Leaether Strip music you would expect “People Are People”, “Masters and Servants” or other…

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Transponder – “Hammer and Anvil” album review

Transponder – “Hammer and Anvil” album review

  A couple of weeks ago, we received the new release from Transponder, titled Hammer and Anvil. For those who don’t know, Transponder is the new project by Freund 424 of now, as it seems defunct, Rhesus Factor and Hanz Acid. This is a 2 CD release with 31 songs in total of old school, mostly EBM, goodness, although there are several New Beat songs there as well. The first CD mostly consists of cover…

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Marc Heal – “The Hum” album review

Marc Heal – “The Hum” album review

  A few months ago, after a long period of silence and musical inactivity, Facebook page of English band Cubanate started posting news of a one-off reunion on Coldwaves festival in Chicago, as well as Marc Heal’s pictures of his music equipment and the announcement that he was starting work on new solo material. It took less than 2 months from the announcement for the first single, “Adult Fiction”, to appear, and just a short…

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Leæther Strip – “Spæctator” album review

Leæther Strip – “Spæctator” album review

  After a 2 year pause and numerous covers released on his bandcamp page, Claus Larsen treated us with the new Leaether Strip release in form of new album “Spaectator”. Released on Rustblade record label, this album once again gives us a slightly new side of his work, although it still has distinct Leaether Strip feel to it. This album will, more than any other release since “After the Devastation” please old Leaether Strip fans,…

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Vuduvox – “Vaudou électrique” album review

Vuduvox – “Vaudou électrique” album review

  Vuduvox, a French-Belgian duo released their debut album “Vaudou électrique” almost exactly a year ago today when it came to me. Although it is a debut release, the band members are all but newcomers to the industrial/EBM scene. J-C, in charge of singing and synths, is also the frontman of BUZZ, French minimal electro, while guitarist Oliver T. has a resume of playing electro-percussions with acts like Signal Aout 42 and GrandChaos. Their combined…

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Claus Larsen on Leæther Strip so far and beyond

Claus Larsen on Leæther Strip so far and beyond

  1. It is impossible to find an EBMesque band that started after 1990 who doesn’t cite Leaether Strip as one of their top influences. How does this sit with you? Are you able to distinguish your legacy in scene today? Claus: It’s a great honor to be an inspiration to others. Makes me proud and happy that my passion for what I do rubs off on others, fellow musicians or listeners. Something I never…

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Destin Fragile – Halfway to Nowhere

Destin Fragile – Halfway to Nowhere

  Started by Pontus Stålberg in 1993, Destin Fragile took their time to release their debut album. When looking at the full band line-up which includes Stefan Nilsson and Daniel Malmlöf, one might expect testosterone fuelled beats and angry growls as Stålberg/Nilsson are also known under the name Spetsnaz, yet the end result is something completely different in this case. Halfway to Nowhere is a really well made synth pop album on which anger is…

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