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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God Module “The Unsound Remixes” – album review

God Module “The Unsound Remixes” – album review

  Founded in Florida back in 2003, God Module has been the solo project of Jasyn Bangert for some time now. Nine studio albums and a number of EPs, he has brought the sounds of industrial, harsh techno and darkwave to create a constantly mutating sound. Blending themes of emotional horror and introspection with driving, dark yet danceable EBM, 2019’s ‘The Unsound’ has had the reworking treatment with remixes by Iris, ESA, System Syn, Funker…

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I Like Trains “Kompromat” – album review

I Like Trains “Kompromat” – album review

  I have recently been introduced to I Like Trains and after hearing ‘The Truth’ on Bandcamp and the musical style, I recognised immediately was the irony and wit this group have. My first feeling was that they were similar to the Divine Comedy. Not being familiar with the vocalist David Martin, I thought I was going to hear singing, but there are some that do a terrific job with spoken word and the way…

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Jean-Marc Lederman Experience “Letters To Gods (and fallen angels)” – album review

Jean-Marc Lederman Experience “Letters To Gods (and fallen angels)” – album review

  An ingenious concept album composing of 22 Letters in music! Imagine that the human race has become extinct and that all that is left are these remnants to disclose who we were. Each of the 22 tracks sung by different artists. Their interpretation has put a unique take on the task that was given to them to create a very rich and full album with empathy and love. This is a lovely mixture of…

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