Kele fully realizes electronica urges on Trick

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Make no mistake, I love Bloc Party. I do. But there was always something about that band and certain aspects that didn’t gel. Especially in the latter days and the more electronic aspects when vocalist Kele Okereke seemed to push in a different direction. Then came his solo outings and songs like “Tenderoni” and “What Did I Do” and you could just tell: this is what he’s supposed to do. [Read more…]

Video View: Youth Code, “Consuming Guilt”

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At some point there must’ve been a timewarp that brought back early Skinny Puppy into the present day or at the very least, Youth Code is some alternate universe version of SP. Regardless of what higher power brought this Los Angeles duo to industrial’s doorstep just be thankful that they’re here. They’re vicious, they’re danceable, and they have a message. The lead single off their latest EP, A Place To Stand, “Consuming Guilt” has all of those parts and more. [Read more…]

KMFDM celebrate 30 years of the Ultra Heavy Beat on latest album Our Time Will Come

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Thirty freaking years of the Ultra Heavy Beat. Think about this people. Thirty. Freaking. Years. Through numerous line up changes, band dissolutions, reformations, and finally coming up with a proper “band”, KMFDM have endured and celebrate such a momentous occasion the only way they can by not dwelling on the past but by instead looking to the future with a brand spankin’ new collection of Ultra Heavy Beats. [Read more…]

Wormwood debut embraces the doom as it rides further into darkness

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Maybe I’ve just been watching too much of Noisey’s recent documentary on the NOLA music scene lately but the debut opus from MA natives Wormwood shares a lot of its DNA from the greats of down south than any of the bands the Wormwood members have been previously or currently associated with. A more straightforward Eyehategod in spots, Kylesa in others, this offshoot of an offshoot absolutely rips from start to finish. [Read more…]

Noel Gallagher debuts new single, new album slated for 2015

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The elder Gallagher returns with his High Flying Birds on new single “In The Heat Of The Moment”, the first single off the highly anticipated Chasing Yesterday due on March 2 of next year. [Read more…]

Lizzard unleash “The Roots Within”, preview upcoming full-length Majestic

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Cool name with an even cooler sound, France’s Lizzard deliver tenfold on “The Roots Within” off their upcoming full-length entitled Majestic. With a super dense sound that begins like Opiate/Undertow-era Tool but soon transforms into an epic Alice In Chains-style croon fest thanks to vocalist Mathieu Ricou, Lizzard is a band that’s destined to rise above the dregs. [Read more…]

Video View: Dubioza kolektiv, “No Escape (from Balkan)”

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Move over Gogol Bordello because there’s a new “kolektiv” in town ready to topple your reign as the international crossover “Wanderlust King”. Their name is Dubioza kolektiv and their sound, quite simply, is infectious. Combining sounds from their native land of Bosnia with some amped up grooves and guitars melding ska and funk with metal, Dubioza kolektiv create a unique dichotomy that will have new listeners instantly hooked.

There’s a link in the Youtube clip below for “No Escape (from Balkan) to get their newest (FREE!) EP, Happy Machine,  but in the meantime  you can check out Wild Wild East here before their upcoming album hits in 2015 through Bill Gould’s KoolArrow Records.

 

Hank & Cupcakes hit the road, unveil new video for “Bat Your Eyelids”!

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Things are starting to heat up in Hank & Cupcakes land! Their latest album, CA$H 4 GOLD, has just been released and they’re about to embark upon a massive North American tour. As a proper send off (And to remind you why you need to check them out on tour), Hank & Cupcakes have released their self-made video for C4G opener “Bat Your Eyelids” and like most everything the duo do, it rocks. Propelled by Cupcakes raw charisma and the seemingly simple yet fascinating imagery, “Bat Your Eyelids” captures the eye-catching synth-fueled world of H&C in a glorious three minutes.

But enough talking from me. I’ll let the music (and video) speak for itself.

CA$H 4 GOLD is, of course, out now. Go here for the tour dates and here for the music.

 

Prude bring back the dark underbelly of industrial music with the dark age of consent

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The return of grimy, sleazy, good old fashioned industrial electronic noise rawk is upon us, my friends. Cocksure started it with their debut in August (You can read all about TVMALSV here) and now Prude is here to continue to give it to ya good. Featuring members of Chemlab, Caustic, and Plastic Heroes, Prude’s unique brand of noise is anything but what their name implies. On the dark age of consent these industrial electronics pros delve deep to create some tunes destined to penetrate your psyche and unleash your id.

“PLUSism” is not so much an opener as it is a statement of intent curated by Prude ringmaster Jason Louche who delivers a downright sinister spoken word welcome to the dark age of consent. But don’t expect this trend to continue throughout because “great eraser (in the sky)” which follows is almost a Pop song. Think T-Rex meets The Stooges with these huge guitar riffs made for a stadium and propulsive drum beats.  “darkroom.”, however, gets back to the nitty gritty of industrial noise with synths flowing but still featuring those epic  guitar lines adding a little Andy Taylor Duran Duran flair to the mix.

Meanwhile, “airlock.” turns the album in a completely different direction with a slow, dark, ominous drone and Louche’s sneer propelling the album to Portrait of an American Family/Nothing Records territory. “brief history of fire.” injects a little PWEI dance flavor into the mix while “scatterbrain.” ramps up the big riffs.

In a nutshell, Prude’s stunning debut might best be summed up by the timeless words of Metropolis Records label mate Kap’n K: “In the age of super-boredom, hype and mediocrity. Celebrate relentlessness, menace to society.” Menace away, Prude. We’re ready for it.

the dark age of consent is out on September 23rd. Get yours from the indomitable Metropolis Records here.

 

Royal Tongues find the right “Balance” on debut single

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Are you ready for some wholly uplifting Pop to start out your day? Then you’ve come to the right place if you press “play” on the stream of “The Balance” from Royal Tongues below. Hailing from New York, Royal Tongues deliver the perfect blend of electro and Pop on their debut single. Taking cues from Duran Duran and contemporaries like Black Taxi at times, “The Balance” shines with huge sing-a-long choruses, lush synths and some driving guitar riffs making sure new fans will be sticking around for the long haul.

For the latest and greatest info on Royal Tongues, head on over to their official Facebook page. But for now, be sure to play “The Balance” repeatedly at ludicrous volumes from the rooftops.