:Video of the Day: Kite – True Colours

Artist: Kite

Song: True Colours



:Video of the Day: Melotron – Du bist es nicht wert

Artist: Melotron

Song: Du bist es nicht wert



:CD Review: Espermachine – Into Bronze

Espermachine – Into Bronze
Release Date: February 21, 2014
Label: EK Product/23db Records

Review by: Shibari Reiss

cover_resizedWho is Espermachine?

That is the same question I asked myself when I found out I would be reviewing their album Into Bronze.

I plugged in and pressed play, not really sure what I should be expecting. I turned the volume up when the sounds of soft synth spilled from my headphones, hinting that this was the beginning of a journey. I turned the volume up again as the music began to build …and then…vocals.

I pressed stop.

I took a minute to make sure that I had loaded the correct album, and then I pressed play again.

Why the double take?

Because for a moment, I thought I had accidentally loaded the wrong album, and honestly…I wasn’t sure if I was listening to Covenant or maybe Funker Vogt.

But now…I was intrigued and as “Final Hour” began again, I began to bob my head in time with the music and finding myself completely taken in by this addictive baritone voice.  I took a moment to “Google” and peruse the bands webpage and found myself asking….

“Who in the HELL is Espermachine?! And why have I not heard about them before now?”

I pressed stop again, and decided that I needed to get to know Espermachine—because from the first play, I knew that this was going to be a longstanding relationship. So while I am supposed to be reviewing Into Bronze, I stopped listening and went directly to their Bandcamp page to find that this is their sophomore release.

Wait! There is one before this?!

I went ahead and clicked on their first album, Dying Life, and listened to it.

I thought to myself: “WOW!!! If Assemblage 23 and Covenant had a love child…it would BE Espermachine!” That is when I noticed that Tom Shear produced their first release.

The basic facts of Espermachine are: they are a band that hails from Arkansas headed by James Esper, their first album was released in 2012 (which was produced and picked up by Tom Shear and his label), and their genre is EBM, Synthpop, Electronic, and Industrial.

So now, I am ready to dig into this album.

So for the third time, I pressed play and listened without interruption. I listened from the first notes of “Final Hour” to the very last beats of “Mindgames.” In a scene where harsh vocals and vocoders are the norm, Esper comes out with a strong voice, well thought out lyrics…and danceable beats.

Honestly, while this is a sophomore release, it has a maturity that shines. With Synthpoppy sound and hard hitting bass lines, it is definitely a WIN for Espermachine. Definitely something I would listen to and play for others. I liked it so much that I bought the first album, Dying Life, to have MORE Espermachine in my library. Do I recommend it?  YES, without a doubt. If you are a fan of Funker Vogt, Covenant, Assemblage 23, Code 64, or VNV Nation; then I am going to be bold enough to say that you too would not just like, but LOVE this album. Its bold vocals (wait did I mention that voice?), solid lyrics, and sexy bass lines make for a brilliant and bold ensemble that would appeal to the palate of either the new or seasoned music lover.

Dig in…I dare you.

Track Listing:

01 Final Hour
02 The Fire
03 Elements
04 Bleeding Hands
05 Real
06 Quarantine
07 The Burning Ones
08 Cuttings
09 Into Bronze
10 Mindgames


:Video of the Day: Rave The Reqviem – Aeon (Live at Borgholm Crazy Heaven)

Artist: Rave The Reqviem

Song: Aeon (Live at Borgholm Crazy Heaven)

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:Classic Video of the Day: Love and Rockets – Yin and Yang and the Flowerpot Man

Artist: Love and Rockets

Song: Yin and Yang and the Flowerpot Man

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:Video of the Day: Cosmicity – Scream Until The World Gets Right

Artist: Cosmicity

Song: Scream Until The World Gets Right

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:CD Review: Subliminal Code – Karma in Mortem

Subliminal Code – Karma in Mortem
Release Date: July 14, 2014
Label: Advoxya Records
Purchase: Amazon

Review by: Shibari Reiss

Subliminal Code - Karma In Mortem (DOUBLE EDITION)Subliminal Code is a Venezuelan band with two previous releases, an EP titled Soldier of Hell and an album titled The Beautiful People. They also have a single they released from the Karma in Mortem project, “Another Day.”  The band was founded by Raúl Padrón Junior in 2010 and is influenced by many genres. Fun note: Dmitry Darling (Freakangel) and Jan (X-Fusion) lend their hand to the production of this project.

Karma in Mortem, the latest release by Subliminal Code makes one pause and wonder—is there Karma…in death?  The first notes of the title track of this album are dark, the piano chords melancholy, with lyrics of “I’ll burn, I will become dust and ashes.” The vocals on this track make you feel the agony of the lyrics; I wondered if perhaps the whole album would be melancholy and morose.

But, I was wrong and pleasantly surprised with the next track and the following tracks which were dancey and energetic. With heart pounding beats, Subliminal Code pumps up the sounds as well as your heart rate. With a drop in beat in “Dominus” (mid-album), it is easily my favorite track on the album.

You can easily see the influence of not just Industrial and EBM, but Industrial Metal as well. There are some excellent guitar licks that really bring the music together for a full sound and full experience. I enjoyed the fact that the album was not repetitive and did not get caught up in some of the same mistakes that other artists make, where all the songs sound exactly the same.

They incorporate the melodic sound of piano, peppy synth, and pulsating bass; it is both fun and danceable.  The only drawback is the heavy vocal distortion which makes the lyrics hard to understand. I admit I had to Google lyrics to see what they were. But, I figure this is part of their “sound.”

This is a two CD release with the second CD consisting of remixes by several artists including a few of my favorites, Particle Son, Detroit Diesel, and Obsidian FX, which take the original tracks and give them some extra intensity. I am particularly fond of “Another Day (Passing By Remix from Nano Infect)” and “Eternity (Terrorkode Remix).”

Overall, I like the album and would happily use the more moveable beats in DJ’ing or in my podcast. Would I recommend the album? Absolutely! While it is not perfect, it is a good album and fun to listen to. If you are looking for something outside of the mainstream with a good beat to dance to….then you might want to consider adding this to your collection.

Track Listing:

01 – Karma In Mortem
02 – Another Day
03 – Close to Me
04 – I Will Resist
05 – In Your Eyes
06 – Dominus
07 – Flame
08 – Falsas Promesas
09 – Eternity
10 – Entregate Al Pecado

01- In your eyes (Detroit Diesel Remix)
02- Close to Me (HellSector Remix)
03- Dominus (Technolorgy Remix)
04- Close to Me (Remixed by Cutoff Sky)
05- Eternity (Terrorkode Remix)
06- Falsas Promesas (Burnt To Cinder Remix by [product])
07- Entregate Al Pecado (Cynical Existence Remix)
08- Flame (Remix By Disorder Faith)
09- Another Day (Obsidian FX Remix)
10- Karma In Mortem (Particle Son Remix)
11- Entregate Al Pecado (Bleeding Corp Remix)
12- Another Day (Passing By Remix from Nano Infect)


:Video of the Day: Society Burning – Waster (Parthenogenesis Mix)

Artist: Society Burning

Song: Waster (Parthenogenesis Mix)

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:News: Haujobb Announce New Album and Tour Crowd Funding Campaign

4159f7ba-ee87-42f3-8082-739ca05a54e0Electro-Industrial artists Haujobb have announced they will release a new album titled Blendwerk in the Spring of 2015. It will be released in Europe on Basic Unit Productions and in North America on Negative Gain Productions. Haujobb is a German musical project whose output has ranged drastically within the electronic music spectrum, from Electro-Industrial to IDM and Techno. They have become a staple crossover act, bringing several forms of Electro into the mainstream Industrial music world.

Haujobb was formed in 1993 by Daniel Myer, Dejan Samardzic, and Björn Junemann, pulling the name from the Blade Runner translation of “skin job.” More information on Blendwerk will be made available after the new year.

On Novermber 28th Haujobb will be on the “Alliance Of Sound” tour with Skinny Puppy, Youth Code, and a possible replacement artist for VNV Nation. Due to some extra travel expenses that have come up for Haujobb, they have launched a crowd funding campaign to help cover some of those costs. From their Indiegogo campaign….

“Hello Friends!

We have never thought about launching a crowdfunding campaign before as for our past projects, albums, productions, etc. we could always count on your support so far. But this time we really need additional help. As many of you already know, we are booked for The Alliance Of Sound-Tour in North America (see details below). After (too) many years this is now a great opportunity for us to play an extensive tour on the other side of the world again. Unfortunately, due to altered circumstances our initial plan for transportation on this tour failed. We are working now on plan B and C, which are both significantly more expensive. Regardless if this campaign reaches its goal or not, we will still do this tour (unless other unexpected hurdles cross our way to North America). This campaign is only made to help us cover, at least partly, the now increased costs of travelling and accommodation. Financial support is not the only way to help. Show this campaign to your friends or family or whoever might be interested.  Thank you for your continued support, not only in this campaign, but over the past years!”

Haujobb are offering such perks as signed copies of the upcoming album, remix services, equipment that was used to produce their albums, and even to produce an artists release.

Indiegogo Campaign


:Video of the Day: The Birthday Massacre – Beyond

Artist:  The Birthday Massacre

Song: Beyond

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:CD Review: 3TEETH – 3TEETH

Released: June 3, 2014
Label: Artoffact Records

Review by: Shibari Reiss


I am always late.

This is a fact. I am late to parties, late for dinner, late for engagements, meetings…LATE. Confession: I was late to jump on the 3TEETH train. I watched as countless fellow DJ’s and other Industrial artists would rave about this new band.  I would shrug and scroll through my Facebook, and go on with my day.

It was only during an interview with Marco Visconti from XP8 that my interest was piqued.

He said, “What do you think of 3TEETH?”

I sheepishly responded, “Well, they are certainly getting a lot of attention.”

He kind of chuckled and said, “I can’t get enough of them; I don’t know what to think of this Industrial Revival sound.”

I raised my eyebrow and thought maybe I had been dragging my feet and I was once again…late.

I immediately went to Bandcamp and stared at their page for a moment–there wasn’t much information on their self titled album or any hint of what to expect. So, I took a deep breath and pressed “Play.”

The first track, “Nihil,” has this sound of trepidation, leading up to a bass drum that thuds with intensity. Right away I knew that I WAS late, that I had been dragging my feet and here was this amazing sound that reverberated through every fiber of my being. Silently I cursed myself for making myself late to this party.

Not slowing down, the next track “Consent,” chimes in with aggressive beats and harsh vocals. I found myself bobbing my head and thinking to myself that not only was this reminiscent of old school Industrial, but it was also fresh…exciting and sensual.

From there “Pearls 2 Swine” grabbed me and I realized…this was going to be my GO TO album. It is filled with Sex, Dissonance, Rebellion, Anarchy, Anger, Mayhem, and Lust. Any of these songs could be easily used as a backdrop for a horror film or a post apocalyptic adventure.

I was trying to determine which track was my favorite, but all of the tracks are so good it was a battle trying to come to just one. From the driving beats of “Master of Decay” or “Dissolve,” or the Sensually sinful sound of “Unveiled” commanding you to “let it go”… I am hooked.

With influences in Electronic, Industrial, and Industrial Metal, the beats are hard hitting, and it is lyrically and musically sound. While I realize I was late to jump on the 3TEETH bandwagon, I know without a doubt that they are an incredible band with something new to offer the Industrial community. The driving guitars and melding of Industrial and Metal is riveting.

There is a comfort level in having a sound that is both familiar and yet evolving at the same time. While 3TEETH sounds like something from 1991, there is something incredibly unique and infectious about their music. Not to mention that they have been a genius in marketing this to a community that many claim is dying. 3TEETH have generated a spark and certainly it is a catching flame.

Yes, I was a little late jumping on the 3TEETH bandwagon, but here is what I know—there is nothing cliché about this band. Each track is inventive, sexy, and enticing. I didn’t find myself once itchy to press fast-forward to get to the next track and when it ended…it was far too soon. So I pressed play again, and started it all over.

Track Listing:

  1. Nihil
  2. Consent
  3. Pearls 2 Swine
  4. Dust
  5. Zeit
  6. Master of Decay
  7. Unveiled
  8. Dissolve
  9. Eradicate
  10. X-Day
  11. Final Product
  12. Antiflux
  13. Chasm
  14. Too Far Gone

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