Electric Six Starts Your Halloween Off Early With The Ghoulish Rawk Of Bride Of The Devil

Electric Six is to THE RAWK what AC/DC is to the hard rock genre meaning when you dive into a new E6 outing, you definitely know what to expect. And like any AC/DC album worth its’ weight, that ain’t a bad thing by any means.

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The Nectars Harness All Of The Fun On Raucous Sci-Fi Television

From the minute “I Want It” starts on Sci-Fi Television, listeners should already be aware that they’re in for a unique musical journey. Then Jessica Kenny opens up with lines like “You’re tellin’ me to wait/But I don’t wanna wait/You’re tellin’ me to wait?/You can fuckin’ wait/I want it now” which isn’t really a lyric but more of a mission statement meaning if you aren’t ready for the rawk then press “stop” now. [Read more…]

Goldie Transcends Drum ‘N’ Bass On Epic Double Album The Journey Man

There’s something oddly soothing about sitting down and pressing play on a new Goldie release….in 2017. Even moreso when you realize the sounds coming out of your listening device are very much Goldie despite the lengthy (Nineteen years!) break of releasing an album of all original material. [Read more…]

Peter Murphy Strips Down Live On Latest Album Bare-Boned And Sacred

Live albums either suck or they don’t. There’s no gray area here. Your album either manages to truly capture that live energy, those different/updated versions of classics, and gives fans a sense of what it’s like to witness the performance in person (Or live it over and over again for someone who’s experienced it) or your album showcases cookie cutter versions of the songs with generic banter and crowd noise interspersed throughout the recording. End of story. [Read more…]

IAMX Achieve Synthetic Bliss On Metanoia

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Miles beyond what The Unified Field presented to the collected IAMX masses, Metanoia is a bleak, dark album fueled by mastermind Chris Corner’s bout with chronic insomnia and a severe locale change (Berlin to Los Angeles) making this, his sixth album as IAMX, probably the most incredible of all. [Read more…]

KaiL Baxley Heralds A New Soul Revolution On A Light That Never Dies

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There are some things that come across my desk that are just not in my wheelhouse. At my core, I’m mostly a rock, metal, industrial guy but I love all music and sometimes I’m introduced to bands and artists that just compel me to write despite my limited knowledge of some genres. KaiL Baxley is one such artist that moved me to open up my ears and stretch my typing fingers when his upcoming second album, A Light That Never Dies, arrived at my digital desk. [Read more…]

Boston! Combichrist loves you. Now die! (Live at Paradise, 4/8/14)

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Editor’s note: Running a blog by yourself can be hard. Especially coming up with new content to compete with every other Tom, Dick, & Jane out there. Sometimes you can’t cover everything you want and in some cases, by the time you get around to covering something you really, really want to time and relevancy pass you by.

This was the case with a write-up I started on Combichrist’s Boston stop of the “We Love You” tour in April of this year. Life just got in the way. I covered the album release in advance along with “From My Cold Dead Hands” before that but by the time I got to finishing this piece, the first leg of the tour was just about done and I felt the late show review was irrelevant.

But I digress.

Yesterday Combichrist announced the second North American leg of the “We Love You” tour (No MA date. Obviously because I didn’t post my piece!) with openers Blood On The Dance Floor as direct support. If you know the history of the allegations about this band and its front “person” then you can imagine the uproar it caused from longtime supporters of Combichrist. In a bold move and a rare show of integrity in this day and age, Combichrist listened to you and subsequently released this statement on Facebook.

I was a fan of the band before but a move like this guarantees I’ll be a fan for life along with countless others already in their legion. As a “thanks”, I felt it was appropriate to share what fans will bear witness to this fall with my account of the show back in April. If you thought Combichrist showed balls yesterday, just wait ’til you see them live:

“For a band that makes hyper aggressive industrial music like Combichrist, the band were anything but on Tuesday evening at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club. They were quite the opposite, actually, as smiles were shining from ear to ear despite chants of “Hate! Dishonor! Love Destroy!” Combichrist having fun as a band? How very un-industrial!   Appearances by Unearth’s Ken Susi during “Follow The Trail Of Blood” and Nick from support act  New Year’s Day (who got “hazed” during encore “What The Fuck Is Wrong With You?”) only added to the fun vibe. Joe Letz proved to be a real monster behind the kit bringing to mind the Ginger Fish poundings on Antichrist Superstar but less mechanical, more maniacal. Andy LaPlegua is the definitive front man commanding the audience from the second his masked lit up face makes an appearance during “We Were Made To Love You”. And who doesn’t love a good reprise? That’s right, kiddies, Combichrist brought it back to the beginning as a chant of “Hate! Dishonor! Love! Destroy!” reared its’ ugly little industrial head at the tail end of closer “Sent To Destroy”.”

All in all, a show not to be missed and one which I can only imagine will be ten times greater when they return stateside this fall.

Catch Combichrist on the second Blood On The Dance Floor-less leg of The “We Love You” tour here, We Love You is, of course, is out now through Metropolis Records.

Now die.

Cocksure’s TVMALSV is the only industrial album you need in 2014.

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Fans of Chris Connelly are in for a treat in 2014 as the eclectic vocalist returns to industrial in a huge way with not one, but two projects being released. There’s Bells Into Machines which sees Connelly partner up with his former Ministry co-hort Paul Barker and the RevCo-inspired slab of awesome that we’re talking about here: Cocksure!

Teaming with Acumen Nation’s Jason Novak, Cocksure’s debut full-length is a rollicking throwback with a firm foot placed firmly in the now. Were you a fan of early Revolting Cocks or the Connelly-era of Ministry in the early to mid-’90’s? Then you better not miss this one.

“Skeemy Gates” comes out swinging and easily lays waste to most industrial music out there today. Connelly, as always, is in fine form with a range that goes from Bowie-esque croons to “Cannibal Song” shrieks of madness instantly. “Alpha Male Bling” distorts Connelly on top of swirling, hypnotic Novak electronics while “Guilt, Speed, & Carbon” is almost The Damage Manual “Take Two” with its’ Geordie-like guitar line looped throughout.

If you’re craving some raunch, go no further than “Cock Ripped To The Giddy Tits” which has some hints of NIhil-era KMFDM swagger and would make for some fine pole dancing music (Imagine the booty shakes to Connelly’s “Hoo! Ha!’s”). “Silikon Suckaz” is even more perfect for that setting with Connelly at his most maniacal. Soon to be touring partner Richard 23 of Front 242 shows up on “TKO Mindfuck” further into TVMALSV  to really bring things full circle on a track that is instantly mesmerizing and a reminder that you can’t keep a good Cock down.

TVMALSV is the album you need if you’re looking for some old school industrial without having to go on a nostalgia trip. It’s fresh, it’s new, and it’s easily a must-have for any industrial music and Chris Connelly fan.

Cocksure’s TVMALSV is out through  Metropolis Records on August 12th. You can pre-order yours here.

Information Society say _hello world again this fall with new album!

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I was never a fan of Information Society during their beginnings and perhaps that’s a good thing. The best thing I could recommend when venturing into  _hello world is to come in with a fresh perspective and an open mind. If you do, you’re bound to be blown away. Chances are, if you do go in familiar with InSoc and with high expectations the results will be the same.

First off, how can anyone not love an album that has a track centered around a Schwarzenegger line from Total Recall? That’s “The Prize” for you, a slamming dance track with a chorus that’s sure to set clubs ablaze this summer. As a whole, _hello world is this glorious slab of new world disorder that’s equal parts Electro, New Wave, New Synth, Synth-Pop…look, it’s just awesome, okay? There’s bits for fans in all wakes of life here bringing to mind modern electroluminaries like The Faint, Bright Light Bright Light, and Pet Shop Boys. Speaking of Nebraska’s favorite sons: If you like The Faint’s swagger but feel they’re a little too out there then check out “Where Were You” while “Get Back” is a neat little amalgamation of VNV Nation and some of the more contemporary pop hits out today (Think Lady Gaga).

If you’re looking for nostalgia, then how about a Devo cover? “Beautiful World” even features Gerald V Casale and is a hyper-stylized refurbishing of a new wave classic. Further on, songs like the floor throbbing “Let It Burn” or guitar driven opener “Land Of The Blind” are constant reminders of how vital and relevant Information Society is thirty plus years into their career.

_hello world is out on September 23rd through HAKATAK International/MVD.