Black Sugar Transmission “Dream Finisher” – album review

Black Sugar Transmission “Dream Finisher” – album review

  Dream Finisher is the last offering from the Black Sugar Transmission’s 2020 album trilogy. While Wandering Into The Bullseye sounded like a combo of punchy rhythm and guitars, the final chapter in the form of the 14 track Dream Finisher sounds much more mellow and dreamy indeed. It has all the qualities of a solid pop album, however pop translates to many different musical expressions here. The opener “Easy Way” kicks in with the…

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Renard “Waking Up In A Different World” – album review

Renard “Waking Up In A Different World” – album review

  The debut solo album by Markus Reinhardt is released on the 9th October 2020. Markus Reinhardt is well known as the founder of Hamburg based hit-making synth- pop duo Wolfsheim (named after a character in The Great Gatsby). His band lit up the German charts with album releases such as ‘Spectators’ (1999) and ‘Casting Shadows’ (2003), which reached no 2 and no 1 respectively. Reinhardt now returns with his most personal work to date…

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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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Humanist “Humanist” – album review

Humanist “Humanist” – album review

  It can be very easy to miss an album or a piece of music in these heady days. There is an abundance of music out there, old and new. That’s why I am a little late writing this review. With styles and genres of music constantly changing, adapting and cross-pollinating it can be difficult to detect the cream. It is a very creative time and yet a very watered down period simultaneously. I have…

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Perpacity “Conflagration” – album review

Perpacity “Conflagration” – album review

  It’s an honour when a group contacts you to listen to their music. In this case I am reviewing the upcoming album ‘Conflagration.’ I feel like I have been waiting a very long time for its release. I was sent ‘Mice of Men’ some time back and originally wrote a small review of that single. Then a few months passed and I received the follow-up single ‘Burn’. I know when you like a particular…

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Erasure “The Neon” – album review

Erasure “The Neon” – album review

  Some groups are full of brightness and light and Erasure are one of these groups. Since the birth of the group in the 1980’s the duo have perpetually been producing wonderful catchy pop music that is still fresh to listen to in the millennium years. What’s more they refuse to hide in the shadows, they keep coming back with fresh upbeat music with their distinct signature sound. Andy Bell’s voice is still as strong…

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