Numb “Mortal Geometry” – album review

Numb “Mortal Geometry” – album review

  A well-known name in the electro-industrial scene from the mid-80s until the end of the 90s, Numb had essentially disappeared since 1998, after founder and frontman Don Gordon’s move from his hometown of Vancouver and presumed retirement from the music scene. This year, after two decades of silence, we celebrate Numb’s return with their newest release Mortal Geometry, freshly released on August 23rd. From the first few seconds, it becomes evident that Numb’s dark…

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The Legendary Pink Dots “Angel In The Detail” – album review

The Legendary Pink Dots “Angel In The Detail” – album review

  The Legendary Pink Dots has thrived far outside the mainstream since the 80’s. Having released more than 40 albums, their latest offering ‘Angel in The Detail’ is a bold and ambitious work. Two years in the making, it is a complex and layered album. Drawing on a plethora of sounds, textures and ideas. Hovering somewhere between Underworld, The Young Gods and Pink Floyd, ‘Angel in The Detail’ warrants multiple listens to even scratch the…

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Empirion “Resume” – album review

Empirion “Resume” – album review

  23 years after their last (and only) full length release, Empirion have returned with ‘Resume’. Their 1996 debut ‘Advanced Technology’ yielded a substantial fanbase and a certain amount of crossover appeal. They supported the Prodigy on a European tour and played across the world before touring America in 1997 as a part of a Megadog Big Top Tour alongside the likes of Moby, 808 State and BT. And it was actually a Megadog reunion…

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Alk-a-line “Species & Specimens“ – album review

Alk-a-line “Species & Specimens“ – album review

  I really enjoy hearing something different, therefore this album was very refreshing; these guys know being different is going to get you noticed. They have adapted sounds and made things sound odd to achieve this in a really good way. This twenty-eight minute, compact album has a ‘human’ theme throughout and ‘Homo Sapiens’, that first track I already mentioned, has a ‘Shakespears Sister’ tinge. Maybe it’s the female vocalists, but I don’t get the…

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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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