BATERIA VOLLE PETAJ – 25 YEARS OF UNDERGROUND PERCUSSION

BATERIA VOLLE PETAJ – 25 YEARS OF UNDERGROUND PERCUSSION

  Bateria Volle Petaj was founded 25 years ago during a carnival in their hometown Maastricht (The Netherlands). While pioneering the South American percussion style they searched after and worked on their own recognizable sound. Being the oldest samba/percussion band in Maastricht they’ve written history under the name “Volle Petaj” since 1992. The group developed into a unique formation of spirited percussionists and have built up a firm (inter)national live reputation. Volle Petaj (Maastricht dialect…

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The Irresistible Force of Jane’s Addiction

The Irresistible Force of Jane’s Addiction

  What to say about these alternative rock giants with only four album releases? After the first two, the band was already a legend, since those first two added so much to the meaning of the term “alternative rock”. There is so much rock, so much power and so much truth in their first two releases. The world is seen through the eyes and sung about by the voice of the Californian surfer junkie. Perry…

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Yugoslav post punk/new wave/new romantic/synth pop scene

Yugoslav post punk/new wave/new romantic/synth pop scene

  Born in 1976. in former Yugoslavia and raised by parents musicians and having a brother who was 8 years older and who started as a drummer pretty young and had his first live gig at the age of 13, I was introduced to the life of music pretty early, since I could crawl. I remember the day Tito died in 1980. And even though I was only 4 years old at that time, I…

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SOFT CELL – Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (CLASSIC ALBUMS)

SOFT CELL – Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (CLASSIC ALBUMS)

In 1978, punk still was the genre that moved the streets of England, but there were also many other interesting things coming up. In Leeds, Marc Almond and Dave Ball joined up and released the EP Mutant Moments that featured Frustration that would be the opening song of Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret later. Especially Marc’s stage act was the talk of the town, as it was all about sex. The duo was signed to Some Bizarre Records,…

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THE CHAMELEONS – STRANGE TIMES (CLASSIC ALBUMS)

THE CHAMELEONS – STRANGE TIMES (CLASSIC ALBUMS)

After Script from The Bridge and What Does It Mean? Basically, The Chameleons started another adventure with a major label. Geffen released Strange Times, but although this is the best record by the post-punk band, the LP was basically a flop (at least for a major). When manager David Fletcher suddenly died, the story of The Chameleons ended. A pity, because this was a band at its peak and God knows what other beautiful things…

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Gothic – Rock albums very dear to my heart …

Gothic – Rock albums very dear to my heart …

  Let´s talk Gothic Rock for a moment. We aim to cover the every subgenre here at Altvenger when it comes to the Gothic subculture. Although most of the concern has indeed been on EBM and Electro-related acts, I am more of a Gothic Rock person and would like to share with you 5 more-or-less classic Gothic albums which in a way shaped or inspired me…or at least kept me entertained throughout the last 16…

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THIN WHITE NUKE by Andy Oppenheimer

THIN WHITE NUKE by Andy Oppenheimer

  As David Bowie’s death, just days following his 69th birthday, shook millions of people across the world, the outpouring of sadness at losing such a multi-skilled giant of music was underpinned by a multitude of memories. A veritable rainforest of printed articles and tributes and vast swathes of the Internet and social media have burst forth about one of the most influential creative figures of the past half-century. I did not expect to be…

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How Bowie found us

How Bowie found us

  How is it possible to write about Bowie? As I am quite sure no one is interested in my thoughts, who am I to speak about him? Maybe just one of so many thousands of us who will treasure the memory of him forever. We were not a part of his life, but he was a part of ours; it meant no less  that we didn’t know him, but at the same time we…

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Lady Amaranth – The Goth Icon

Lady Amaranth – The Goth Icon

  1. Dear Lady Amarath, first of all thank you for joining us here at Altvenger and taking time out of your busy schedule to chat a bit. Most of our readers are well acquainted with your modelling work, since you are one of the first, if not the very first Gothic model. In what ways do you think Gothic/Alternative modelling has changed since you started and how do you think you have changed since…

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Altvenger speaks to Robert Tritthardt, comic book artist and illustrator

Altvenger speaks to Robert Tritthardt, comic book artist and illustrator

Robert Tritthardt is the author of the famous webcomics Writhe and Shine and Overcast With A Chance of DOOM, has really impressive dreads, can survive in a forest, and, I kid you not, knows Kung Fu. And if that isn’t enough to swoon,  along the way he worked as a DJ and picked up a degree in illustration. His website is http://www.roberttritthardt.com/ Naturally, we wanted to know more about him, and he was kind enough to take time off…

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