Imperative Reaction “Mirror” – album review

Imperative Reaction “Mirror” – album review

  Los Angeles Electro Industrial band Imperative Reaction have returned after ten years with their strongest and critically acclaimed album to date, Mirror. Comprised of 11 songs which combine EBM with a post-industrial sound, this magnum opus explores themes of aggression, intimidation, and self-discovery. Mirror opens with the energetic track “Split”. A pounding, aggressive beat dominates throughout the heart of the album, urging us to dance and express our shared pain in songs such as…

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Front Line Assembly “Mechanical Soul” – album review

Front Line Assembly “Mechanical Soul” – album review

  We’re only two weeks into 2021 and this year has already started with one brilliant record. It’s Front Line Assembly’s Mechanical Soul. While receiving very little information about the album, I decided to dive straight into it and make my own opinion. What’s evident from the start is that it’s a classic FLA record which integrates synth soundscapes, driving beats and Bill’s almost mechanical vocals, and that’s something that FLA has been doing successfully…

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Black Needle Noise: These Mortal Covers (Album Review)

Black Needle Noise: These Mortal Covers (Album Review)

  Legendary producer John Fryer, known primarily for his contributions to This Mortal Coil (as well as his work with Fad Gadget, Depeche Mode, the Cocteau Twins, Nine Inch Nails, and Stabbing Westward among many others), introduces us to his latest project Black Needle Noise with a collection of dark and ear-grabbing covers from his most recent release These Mortal Covers. A handful of collaborations bring a new and inviting sound to each rendition of…

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Artoffact Records Releases A FREE 2020 Sampler…Get It Now!

Artoffact Records Releases A FREE 2020 Sampler…Get It Now!

Canadian dark alternative label Artoffact Records has released their 2020 sampler…and the best part is, it’s free for download on their Bandcamp page. You can get it here. While 2020 was full of stress, uncertainty, and grief for the world as a whole due to the pandemic and its effects on us all, it was a year that still saw a lot of innovative music in our scene. This sampler captures a notable fraction of the…

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Beauty In Chaos: Out Of Chaos Comes… (Album Review)

Beauty In Chaos: Out Of Chaos Comes… (Album Review)

The credits for dark alternative outfit Beauty In Chaos read like a who’s-who of our scene at an exciting point in time when everyone seems to be branching out creatively. On their latest, Out Of Chaos Comes… they bring us a unique blend of trip-hop, darkwave, and gothic rock. The “Rapid Reiteration Edit” of “The Delicate Balance of All Things” features Cinthya Hussey, multi-talented singer and actress (whose wonderful artwork graces the album cover!). She’s…

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Featured: Many Guest Artists And Lots Of Surprises (Album Review)

Featured: Many Guest Artists And Lots Of Surprises (Album Review)

Release Date: November 27, 2020 Label: Armalyte Industries Industrial/EBM mastermind (C-Tec, Cubanate, DKay, among others), ex-Nitzer Ebb drummer, and multi-talented producer Julian Beeston recently threw a bunch of musical influences at the wall of the studio and recorded the result. Described in his own words as, “…a few different musical avenues,” Beeston explained the origins of Featured. “There’s obviously an industrial element to some of the songs, but also there’s a rock slant and a…

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Words Of Wisdom From The Lord Of Lard: An Interview With Raymond Watts of PIG

Words Of Wisdom From The Lord Of Lard: An Interview With Raymond Watts of PIG

Recently I had the pleasure of sitting down with Raymond Watts of PIG (even though I actually emailed him instead…just use your imagination!) for some bacon-flavored banter about his new album, Pain Is God. You can get it here if you haven’t yet! Quick question about “Badland” to start…first of all, this song is definitely one of my favorites of the whole album (although it’s hard to choose…)! I was wondering, is the title a…

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Coil: The Golden Hair With A Voice Of Silver- A Guide For Beginners (Album Review)

Coil: The Golden Hair With A Voice Of Silver- A Guide For Beginners (Album Review)

Coil: The Golden Hair With A Voice Of Silver- A Guide For Beginners Release Date: October 23, 2020 Label: Cold Spring The aptly named double-disc reissue of The Golden Hare With A Voice Of Silver- A Guide For Beginners does indeed serve as an excellent introduction to dark ambient industrial pioneers Coil, especially given that so many of their releases are hard to track down now. It was previously released in 2002 only in Russia,…

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PIG, Pain Is God (Album Review)

PIG, Pain Is God (Album Review)

PIG: Pain Is God Release Date: November 20, 2020 Label: Armalyte Records, Metropolis Records From the first few seconds of the title track on this album, I could not get the smile off my face. For fans of old school PIG, not only is guitarist Steve White back in the fold for this one, but there are many similarities and references to Praise The Lard/Swining-era PIG and even to KMFDM. In case you missed out…

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Der Prosector: Car Bomb (Album Review)

Der Prosector: Car Bomb (Album Review)

Armalyte anarchists Der Prosector are back with a grim message, echoed in the last line in their new single Car Bomb: “If you can’t solve a problem, destroy it.” “Car Bomb” is a synth-driven punk rock punch to the gut and a timely reflection on the tragedy and chaos in the world. The title track describes the death of a woman with a car bomb, reminding us “she had a name/she had purpose…she was a…

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