The Stricken “The Stricken” – album review

The Stricken “The Stricken” – album review

  The Stricken is a new dark-industrial project of Claus Larsen of Leæther Strip and Ian Donaldson of Bronski Beat. The two electronic music masterminds came together to give their contribution to the industrial genre in a dark and sophisticated manner. Although Claus and Ian met by chance, judging by this album, it was a match made in heaven. The album was officially released on 1 March 2018 on Laebel, the home label for the…

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Soft Riot “The Outsider In The Mirrors” – album review

Soft Riot “The Outsider In The Mirrors” – album review

  Soft Riot’s sixth studio album The Outsider In The Mirrors has just been officially released. I rushed to check out what JJD, the man behind the project, has for us in 2018. The album is a collection of eight outstanding electronic music tunes. But that’s far from the accurate description. It’s not so easy to pinpoint Jack’s music expression. Although his work undoubtedly reflects post-punk, new-wave, synth-pop influences, Soft Riot delivers the ideas in…

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Kirlian Camera “Hologram Moon” – album review

Kirlian Camera “Hologram Moon” – album review

  In October 2017, Kirlian Camera revealed the single “Sky Collapse”, written by Elena Alice Fossi and Angelo Bergamini and mixed by the legendary producer John Fryer. The song featured vocals by Elena and Eskil Simonsson of Covenant. The single was an overture to the upcoming album and gave a great insight into the overall feel and atmosphere of the latest Kirlian Camera release. Although the single speaks about unsettling visions, it showed a great…

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Mirland/Larsen “Disturbia” – album review

Mirland/Larsen “Disturbia” – album review

  Although I was rather familiar with Mirland – Larsen’s project Am Tierpark, these two Danish music masterminds pleasantly surprised me again. This time their collaboration took the new form. The duo decided to step into the new territory which was much different from the Am Tierpark music course. Instead of synth pop, they presented the quite diverse and experimentation oriented album Disturbia under the simple name Mirland/Larsen. Upon hearing the opening track “Memories”, I…

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MESH “Live At Neues Gewandhaus Leipzig” – album review

MESH “Live At Neues Gewandhaus Leipzig” – album review

In October 2015 Mesh performed together with a 65 musicians classical orchestra in the sold out Gewandhaus concert venue in Leipzig. The show was part of the “Gothic Meets Classic” events. The band collaborated with the classical producer and pianist Conrad Oleak to create one of the most outstanding and unforgettable performances of their career. 1900 people were undoubtedly swept away by the emotional and profound performance. Live At Gewandhaus Leipzig contains 8 tracks. Five…

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Super Dragon Punch!! “Shatter” – EP review

Super Dragon Punch!! “Shatter”  – EP review

  The Belgian newcomer Super Dragon Punch!! released their first EP Shatter in October this year. They performed at BIMfest festival 2017 in Belgium after winning at Dark Demons Night. The band delivers the unique sound which can be described as a mix of of synth pop, future pop, EBM and electronic music influences. Shatter consists of 4 tracks which deliver raw energy, heavy beats, catchy synth melodies and powerful vocals. The opening track “Core”…

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Parade Ground “Sanctuary”- album review

Parade Ground “Sanctuary”- album review

If you have ever listened to Parade Ground, you must have discovered the great artistic power which drove brothers Jean-Marc and Pierre both musically and on their live performances. This legendary Belgian duo started their music career in the 80s. However, the band is still rocking in the new millennium and what more proof than their latest Sanctuary album. They were inspired by Wire, Magazine and Buzzcocks, among other UK bands of the era. However,…

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Am Tierpark “Trashy Luxury” – album review

Am Tierpark “Trashy Luxury” – album review

  Like many other synth pop fans, I have been waiting for the second Am Tierpark studio album with great anticipation. I have been following the project since Uncaged and I am proud to consider myself an Am Tierpark fan. Over the last couple of years, the collaboration between John R. Mirland (music and production) and Claus Larsen (lyrics and vocals) was indeed fruitful. They merge the 80s influences with the modern approach and create…

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Struggler “The Gap” – album review

Struggler “The Gap” – album review

  After the Struggler’s live performance at BimFest in 2016 I became quite intrigued by them. The raw noise-punk-rock and alternative sound they delivered on stage was a good introduction to the band’s work. It was a bit difficult to dig out more facts about them; there isn’t too much you can find on the internet. However, I was really happy when I received their latest release in the form of the new album The…

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The Tear Garden – “The Brown Acid Caveat” album review

The Tear Garden – “The Brown Acid Caveat” album review

  Whether you are a fan of Skinny Puppy or The Legendary Pink Dots, you have surely come across The Tear Garden. Edward Ka-Spel of The Legendary Pink Dots and cEvin Key of Skinny Puppy were hard to miss since they have been active with The Tear Garden project for 30 years. They released their eighth studio album titled The Brown Acid Caveat 8 years after Have A Nice Trip. There were high expectations and…

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