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.

MOTOFIGHTR mix Daft Punk with Buena Vista Social Club on Pacific Post Highway!

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Much like Captured Tracks own Tomboy, MOTOFIGHTR fuse organics and electronics seamlessly and effortlessly. On Pacific Post Highway, Expensive Looks’ Alec Feld and Miles Gabriel (Named for Miles Davis and Peter Gabriel. How awesome is that?) craft five futuristic jams a la Daft Punk without all the bravado. Forget futuristic. More like out of this world!

“Real Sex” and “Piano Fuck” are the perfect gateway drugs to get you hooked on MOTOFIGHTR with their seductive beats and lush vocals. The latter sounding as if it belongs in Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element. Throughout PPH, though, MOTOFIGHTR easily manage to funkify the most out there electro with some guitar riffs that’d make Bootsy Collins himself proclaim : “Daaamn!”

“Nomad” is a great example of that but it’s really the finale of a title track that takes MOTOFIGHTR to a whole other level. Take some Angelo Badalamenti-style synths and mix it with some Prince guitar licks and a sick bongo solo adding some Afro-Cuban flavor and you have a recipe for some fresh music, my friends.

Pacific Post Highway is out now. You can get yours here and find out more about MOTOFIGHTR here.

 

Untitled Metal Column: Volume 6 (Martyrdod, Elddop)

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I liken my first time listening through a Martyrdod record to my first experience with Nachtmystium’s Black Meddle, Pt. 1 in that the music is so utterly engaging from the get go yet the vocals are undeniably jarring for a virgin listener. Even more vicious than Blake Judd, Mikael Kjellman is an absolute monster behind the mic making Martyrdod’s fifth album and the dichotomy within a must own this year.

If you like Converge but could do without the breakneck pace, want more from Aaron Turner’s Split Cranium, and like your Entombed with their foot planted firmly in the Clandestine days then Elddop is an album you need to listen to.

“Nodkanal” opens up the floodgates and once that musical monsoon is unleashed, you better make sure you’re strapped in tight because it’s gonna be a bumpy ride. “En Jobbigt Jnvel” is a headbangers delight and just pure thrashing madness. The riffs are urgent and intimidating with Kjellman’s and Pontus Redig’s guitar squeals and harmonies lighting the song on fire.

If you want it slow, then  you’ve come to the wrong place. While “Tentakler” might start off on the low end of the BPM spectrum,  it quickly gains momentum into another rock out so that minute reprieve at the beginning should be considered your “break”. “Slav Manual” is another rager and the title track that follows, even more so. Then there’s “Synd” which blisters and boils with sinister fury with riffs up the a-hole early on.

Elddop is out on July 22nd through Southern Lord. Pre-order yours here if you dare!

 

1000Mods release Vultures, the world quakes.

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Vultures, by Greece’s 1000Mods, is filled with that kind of Wretch lo-fi aesthetic but produced in the Vista Chino era. “Claws” is a great example of that (Especially with an ending reminiscent of “Supa Scoopa and Mighty Scoop”).

But I digress.

1000mods is by no means a carbon copy Kyuss clone. These heavy rockers rise above the sophomore slump on Vultures with an album that is miles away from their stunning debut , Super Van Vacation. Experimenting more and expanding upon their sound (“Horses’ Green” alone blows apart the majority of SVV with its’ massive grooves) at greater lengths, Vultures preys upon all other posers and rises above to forge something new.

Giannis  and George blues soaked guitars on “She” are high points until their mastery of the instrument and the foundation of the feeling is established during the title track. Add bassist/vocalist Danni to the mix with Labros drumming his ass off and 1000Mods is THE veritable stoner rock psychedelic force to be reckoned with in the new age.

And then “Modesty” chimes in sounding like the bastard child of Kyuss and Clutch and all bets are off. Until the beyond epic instrumental “Reverb Of The New World” kicks in, that is (Just wait until the five and a half minute mark but make sure your seat belt is buckled before you hit that point).

Vultures is out now through The Lab Recs. Do yourself and buy yours here now.

Unstoppable Death Machines provide some “Single Clarity” on newest single!

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I don’t think there’s ever been a name more fitting for a band and the music they create then “Unstoppable Death Machines”. On their upcoming 12″, “Single Clarity”, the brothers Tucci yield impeccable skill on a completely improvised track that doesn’t relent for a second of its’ almost ten minute run time.

It’s a barrage of guitars and drums that hit like a nuclear bomb from second one. Billy Tucci’s playing is frenetic yet almost a metronome in spots with a sound reminiscent of Lars’ “trash can” overproduced St. Anger bullshit but, y’know, actually good. When the vocals eventually saunter in around the three minute mark, it’s like Jello Biafra is singing at you.

Take all the modern duos out today, throw ’em in a blender, and you still wouldn’t have the creativity and ferocity that Unstoppable Death Machines create on “Single Clarity” alone.

Need I say more?

“Single Clarity” is available on July 15th through Beat Imprint. Pre-order it here, and hey, the digital track is only a buck. What have you got to lose?

Lazer/Wulf bring some “thinking man’s metal” on The Beast of Left and Right

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Holy crap! Behold excellence! Are you still not feeling Mastodon’s evolution? The good news is that Lazer/Wulf is here to comfort you during this difficult time.  Some Metallica, some Masto, some Kylesa (They are on Retro Futurist after all), and a little bit of the (melvins) on speed make for a very interesting musical concoction.

Set aside all the aspects of The Beast of Left and Right that make it technically great and go with this: if you like to rock the eff out then this is the only record you need to own this year.

Okay, now back to the brilliant parts.

Nothing about this record is conventional which makes it even more, ahem, brilliant (Sorry, it’s true!). In some spots there’s no song structure but it still works so freaking well. Take opener “Choose Again (Right Path)”. Sean Peiffer, Bryan Aiken, and Brad Rice just come at you full force with their bass, guitar, and drum attacks respectively. When you expect the song to “start” after such an epic intro, it doesn’t. But then there’s a breakdown around the minute and a half mark. Then it gets heavier and a little mellow and then there’s some vocals around the six and a half minute mark. Makes no sense but is pulled off spectacularly.

“Lagarto” is a thunderous three and a half minute sonic vortex of amped up goodness with a sick bass solo leading to an all out groovefest. “A Conflict of Memory” is a spacey little ditty with hints of Tool and staccato bursts of guitar fury. “Beast Reality (Center Piece)” brings in some familiar themes as does “Choose Again (Left Path)” making for a monstrous second half.

Some bands are just too smart for their own good. Gods among men? Maybe. Luckily, you don’t have to be a member of Mensa to enjoy The Beast of Left and Right. You just have to like good music.

The Beast of Left and Right is out on July 15th through Retro Futurist.

 

Video View: Sex Hands, “Pivot”

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In the all encompassing category of “Don’t judge a book by its’ cover”, Sex Hands come out of left field with “Pivot”, reminding listeners of Caesars’ raucous “Jerk It Out” albeit without that organ. It’s a wacky video (Those eyes! Mad psychedelia!) for two solid minutes of jangly guitars, dreamy hooks , and solid beats on a song which may or may not be inspired by a particular Friends episode (It’s totally not. I think).

Anyway, Sex Hands might not be a household name on theses shores yet but with “Pivot” and their debut full-length right around the corner that’s going to change real soon.

Sex Hands debut album, Pleh, is out on July 28th through Faux Discx and Negative Space. Pre-order here and get an immediate download of “Pivot” as well!

 

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.

 

Chris Connelly: A Rock and Roll Fables Conversation

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“I think everyone will be delighted. It’s like me going to all my fans and, individually, giving each of them a bottle of assorted pills and a sack full of porn and hotel bar booze.  I do it for the kidz!”

And honestly, who doesn’t want that? In case you missed the headline, we’re talking to Chris Connelly: musician extraordinaire, author (Please check out the sublime Concrete, Bulletproof,  Invisible and Fried: My Life As a Revolting Cock if you’re a fan of the industrial scene), and record store guru (On his gig at Chicago based Reckless Records :”It is my day job, not my company. I would rather stay at home and sip single malt“). He’s a man of many hats and in his current project, Cocksure, Connelly will once again be be sporting that familiar cowboy hat which is sure to excite fans of his work with Al Jourgensen in the ’90’s.

“I wanted to do something that picked up where the Cocks left off…unfinished business from two decades ago. But I dislike nostalgia… and the old songs are the old songs, so I approached my friend Jason Novak, a very talented individual and asked if he could accommodate my idea” says Connelly about Cocksure, whose full-length debut TVMALSV is a rip roaring torrent of Revolting Cocks inspired industrial noise.

That’s where the comparisons should end, though, as Connelly is quick to point out: “We definitely wanted to reflect the good bits of the Cocks, but the sound needed updating. The aesthetic needed a bit of a kick in the nuts, to be honest.  It needed hardening and we needed to embrace the times we live in and not the dreadful 90’s”

To coincide with the album’s release on August 12th, Cocksure will be hitting the road for a slew of performances with Front 242 (Richard 23 actually guests on TVMALSV track “TKO Mindfuck”) like only they can: “Cocksure live? We are going to look like a very cute and sexy Sleigh Bells.  We are two desperately handsome young men who know all about showbiz, baby!  We will be doing select dates, not a full tour.  I still got an ankle bracelet and a bitch of a parole officer.”

Beyond that, Connelly mentions that the work of his that he’s most proud of “is always the latest one” making Cocksure required listening for fans of his and industrial music fans. However, if you’re looking for recommendations about bands in the current industrial “scene”, Connelly proves that he can still shock and surprise audiences: “I think modern hip hop has more in common. I love things like M.I.A. and Die Antwoord.”

And if that wasn’t enough Connelly for you this year, there’s also Bells Into Machines with Paul Barker in the pipeline (“We will talk about that when we’ve got a full length to show off”).

But for now, it’s all about Cocksure. TVMALSV will be uncaged through Metropolis Records on August 12th. You can pre-order yours here and find out more about Cocksure here.