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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Drownd “Sick Like You” – EP review

Drownd “Sick Like You” – EP review

  Recently relocated to LA by way of London, industrial rockers Drownd bring us all the intensity of their Armalyte Records peers with a swift and brutal throwback to 90s industrial. Their debut EP fuses good old-fashioned guitar-driven industrial rock with a dose of dance, courtesy of remixes by Armalyte label mate Seething Akira and Chicago industrial collective The Joy Thieves. Frontman Joe Crudgington sings and plays all instruments on these tracks, which are impressively…

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muet “muet” – album review

muet “muet” – album review

  What do you get when three veterans of post-industrial, who were once part of the ranks of bands like Pigface, Chemlab and Die Warzau, join forces and start a post-punk, art rock band? You get muet, self-described as “the sound of American noir” – a title that proves to be very accurate after listening to the album. Based out of Chicago, the trio of Steven Seibold (vocals), Daniel Evans (guitar/bass) and Vince McAley (drums)…

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Front Line Assembly “Wake Up The Coma” – album review

Front Line Assembly “Wake Up The Coma” – album review

  The electro-industrial icons Front Line Assembly have just released their first new album in almost six years. Besides Fulber’s studio return to FLA, the album includes guest vocal appearances from Robert Görl (DAF), Nick Holmes (Paradise Lost), Jimmy Urine (Mindless Self Indulgence) and Chris Connelly (Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Cocksure). Wake Up The Coma starts off with the sinister burbling synth bass of “Eye On You”. Even before Bill Leeb’s voice comes in, you can…

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OOMPH! “Ritual” – album review

OOMPH! “Ritual” – album review

  OOMPH! has been consistently active with its original line-up for almost 30 years. Often referred to as the founders of Neue Deustche Härte (sometimes called New German Hardness or simply NDH), this German industrial metal band is well-known for being a big inspiration for acts like Rammstein and Eisbrecher. “Ritual” is their 13th album, containing 11 tracks, two of which have already been released as singles as well as getting their own music videos:…

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Leaether Strip + Autoclav1.1 “Commixture” – EP review

Leaether Strip + Autoclav1.1 “Commixture” – EP review

  If you’ve ever gone to any given goth/industrial/EBM club night anywhere in the world, you’ve likely danced to either a Leather Strip song or a Leather Strip remix. Frontman and founder Claus Larsen started Leather Strip thirty years ago and has consistently kept up a diverse and notable musical presence with every release.  This latest EP is a collaboration with electronic artist Autoclav1.1, also known as Tony Young. The opening track, “Chasing Gods,” pairs…

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Blume “Ashes” – album review

Blume  “Ashes” – album review

  Italians Blume (named after the Einstürzende Neubauten song) have been making their dark synthpop infused futurepop for a decade, steadily building a fanbase with previous albums Rise of Gray (2010) and Autumn Ruins (2013). Ashes is their third full length release, the first they have released via WTII Records. The album opener sets the scene for what is to come, with the oscillating and undulating, yet catchy “Iron Age”. This is followed by “Scarlet”…

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