Drab Majesty “Modern Mirror” – album review

Drab Majesty “Modern Mirror” – album review

  Obviously Drab Majesty have a strong musical identity. Yes we all know it has a massive 80’s vibe, but it is miles apart from the assorted retro revival acts doing the rounds now, who simply use an old synth to conjure up images of a bygone era. Drab Majesty are simply really fucking good song writers. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Joshua Eustis was at the helm on production duties for this album either….

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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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Cryo “The Fall Of Man” – album review

Cryo “The Fall Of Man” – album review

  This is a refreshing departure from a lot of the synth wave and electronic material surfacing at the moment. There is a sense of foreboding and menace from the offset in ‘Know Your Enemy’. Employing a bass tone Peter Hook would be happy with and  vocal tone akin to that of Rob Dougan. It sets the tone for tan album that is well crafted, explores a myriad of sounds and textures and instantly captivates…

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She Past Away “Disko Anskiyete” – album review

She Past Away “Disko Anskiyete” – album review

  I was told before listening to the album that the band were Turkish and sing in their native tongue. I’m so glad they do, because their emotions are easily translated through the music. A great introduction to the album with a small instrumental track ‘Bosluk’ which I really enjoyed. Full of atmosphere and a taste of what’s to come. A perfect ‘intro’ track to an album. There are some really great compositions here, with…

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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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Agent Side Grinder “A/X” – album review

Agent Side Grinder “A/X” – album review

  Agent Side Grinder are back with the new album ‘A/X’. Following on from their eponymous 2008 debut and through to the much more synth based ‘Alkimia’ in 2015, Agent Side Grinder have shown a constant evolution in their sound in their 11 year career and gaining a reputation as being a powerful live band. ‘A/X’ is a very synthy album. ‘Synth wave’ if you’re trying to be cool. And it uses it’s electronic footing…

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NERO BELLUM “NFRN°” – album review

NERO BELLUM “NFRN°” – album review

  Nero Bellum (of Industrial-Metal act Psyclon Nine) presents his eponymous solo project. Recorded live over two years, each piece in this collection is an exploration of synthesis in the modular domain. Each piece was improvised, with no overdubs, & without the use of computers in the creative process. The result is ominous, heavily atmospheric, percussive, dark, experimental modular electronica. “We live in a time in which electronic music has become foolproof & ‘perfect’ with…

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Jean-Marc Lederman Experience “13 Ghost Stories” – album review

Jean-Marc Lederman Experience “13 Ghost Stories” – album review

  “You come back to Earth, as a ghost, for 24 hours. What do you do?” That’s the simple yet intriguing question asked by Belgian industrial pioneer Jean-Marc Lederman to every vocalist and novelist joining his ’13 Ghost Stories’ project. Would you seek revenge towards those who wronged you? Would you try to fix your own wrongs? Would you seek out a loved one one last time? Maybe you would simply… float? Some responded with…

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Machinista “ Anthropocene” – album review

Machinista “ Anthropocene” – album review

  Machinista have returned with third album ‘Anthropocene’. Billed as a dark pop journey, it certainly ticks a lot of the pop boxes along it’s way. Catchy hooks, big choruses and a certain head nodding charm that keeps the listener entertained.  Any release hovering around this genre is always going to attract comparisons to the heavy weights of the genre, which you will notice I am deliberately avoiding in this sentence, but luckily vocal duties…

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