SHEFFIELDâ€™S UBERBYTE PREPARES â€˜FIVE YEAR PLANâ€™
Late Summer Album Release Set To Expand Horizons of EBM Mainstays 15 MAY 2012 â€“ dPulse Recordings and Ovrtone Music Group are pleased to announce the forthcoming release of Five Year Plan, the new studio album from Sheffield-based Uberbyte. (more…)
Manufactura – Avulsion
Label: Crunch Pod
Release Date: November 11, 2011
Review by: Neska Lapicki
Whatever you have come to expect from Manufactura over the last decade, expect something wildly different from Karloz M’s 7th full length studio album Avulsion. To call this release minimal is an understatement of epic proportions, yet it carries a powerful darkness that creeps into you then slips elusively away. Described by the band as music for prayer, meditation, drug consumption, magick, remote viewing, deep relaxation, astral projection, lucid dreaming, healing and/or other states of consciousness, this is not so much a concept album as a tribute dedicated to the memory of the band COIL. (more…)
Another awesome band is giving away some free music during this holiday season.Â The Ludovico Technique is offering their debut release, the Self Titled E.P., for download from Beyond Therapy RecÃ¶rds’ bandcamp page for only $6.66.Â If you aren’t familiar with this incredible aggressive Industrial band now is the time to do so before they release their next album on Metropolis Records early in 2012.
Even to those whom are unaware of the label, the name evokes a specific image of primitive edginess (the Crunch) and, at the same time, sleek modernity (the Pod). Founded in 1998 by Ben Arp, Crunch Pod served as the incubator for artists like Caustic, Manufactura, Bitch Brigade, Uberbyte, Polluted Axis, Ben Arpâ€™s own C/A/T and many many more. Originally a traditional label, in that they had a business plan similar to many of the major record companies and released actual physical CDs, Crunch Pod transitioned to a digital only label in 2010 a move brought on by the many changes to the music industry during the thirteen years of the labelâ€™s existence. When the label was founded, there was no bandcamp, SoundCloud, Pandora, etcâ€¦, social network sites like Facebook and MySpace didnâ€™t exist and it wasnâ€™t until a year later that those who were â€œcomputer savvyâ€ could use the original Napster. It was another three years from the labelâ€™s birth to the release of the first 5 GB iPod, when the digital music revolution was effectively launched.
Various Artists â€“ CRL Studios Presents: The Second Wavelength (Light) & (Dark)
Release Date: September 1, 2011
Label: CRL Studios
Review by: DeVico
These two compilations are sold separately yet I have made the decision to bundle them together for this review because, well, they really compliment each other and, for being a donation based purchase, you cannot go wrong buying them both. Straight from the CRL Studios website: â€œthis is a donation based release to help support continued releases from CRL Studios and to showcase some of the promising artists we have had the pleasure of working with and getting to know over the last few years.â€ The roster of bands on these compilations is a bit of an eye opener with labels being represented such as Crunchpod, Tympanik Audio, Ant Zen, Dope Records, DSBP, Aphotic, Displacer and a fistful of unsigned bands. Put these two albums together and you have 46 tracks that take you across the board of IDM, break beat, glitch, industrial, and for the level genre, electronic. The one word that I found missing on the bandcamp website for these downloads and the one phrase I think that really sums these compilations up is cinematic.
Ascension EX – The Hand of the Sinner
Released: September 20, 2011
Label: Crunch Pod
Review by: Michael Faries
Nearly four years after the release of their debut-EP, Distorted Angels, Ascension EX return with their Crunch Pod-debut release, entitled The Hand of the Sinner. Hailing from San Francisco, Ascension EX had just signed with the scouting-defunct label, Crunch Pod, back in July (as reported here on COMA Music Magazine), surely before the announcement of the label’s demise was soon, thereafter, made public. As they look for a new outlet for their promotion, this release should serve as an excellent reference on Ascension EX’s resume. (more…)
Karloz.M and Crunch Pod have released the details for the release of the upcoming Manufactura albumÂ Avulsion.Â Described by Karlos as “a dark ambient album with power electronics elements, it is my most selfish album”, it is set to be released on November 11, 2011, most likely one of Crunch Pod’s last releases before closing up shop.
Avulsion is the 7th studio album by Manufactura. With this new body of work, producer Karloz.M states the music on this album is intended for prayer, meditation, drug consumption, magick, remote viewing, deep relaxation, astral projection, lucid dreaming, healing and/or other states of consciousness and it is dedicated to the memory of COIL. Avulsion distinguishes itself from all other Manufactura albums in that the music strictly focuses on intricate and dynamic dark ambient soundscapes and atmospheric arrangements laced with elements of power electronics. It all lies between moments of unending darkness, glimpses of distant torture and vast uneasy calmness. The album features artwork by Alexander Froebel (www.pixelbreed.com) and it also includes 4 collaborative tracks between Travis Morgan (Rec|use / Black Meat), Shaun Frandsen (Sudden Death Over Time / Glis), Justin Cameron (Lexincrypt), Jeff Jeff Swearengin (Sleep Clinic) and Karloz.M. Through his latest opus, once again Manufactura surprises and astonishes with yet another release that will surely stir his many fans and critics alike. Ears, headphones and/or speakers, beware. (more…)
Christina decided she wanted to have a little solo fun this week so it’s all her. She still plays some awesome new tracks from Imperative Reaction and Left Spine Down. She also begs for money, speaks about the demise of CrunchPod, the Assemblage 23 show the Phoenix crew hit up in Tucson and the new Vampire Freaks compilation.
Cryogenic Echelon – Fall Of The Reptiles
Release Date: August 16, 2011
Label: Crunch Pod
Review by: William Dashiell Hammett
Cryogenic Echelon is the project of Australian Gerard Hawkins with collaboration from US based honorary member Ayax Ascension. The project was signed by Crunch Pod, the label owned by Ben Arp back in July 2011 and have now released their debut EP, â€œFall Of The Reptilesâ€ containing six original tracks (five actually when you take out the obvious intro track) and four remixes. (more…)
If you didn’t get to listen in this Tuesday, you really need to download this episode as we hear from Ben Arp and the new compilation off his label Crunch Pod Records: Justicia Pro Bestia. Justicia Pro Bestia (Justice for Animals) is a collection of artists who believe that animals deserve their own rights and much more. All the proceeds from the sale of this digital compilation will be donated to The Animal Legal Defense Fund. Along with promoting this great album (of which I play 6 songs ) Ben goes on to let us know about the upcoming new releases coming out on Crunch Pod this Fall, and also the upcoming releases with his own projects. If this is not a good enough reason to listen, just get this to hear me literally trip over my own tongue in trying to introduce Ben Arp in the interview. Really stompy set with new music from Gothsicles, Alien Vampires, Manufactura and Uberbyte to name just a few.
Justicia Pro Bestia Compilation (Crunch Pod Records) – GO BUY IT! Great Cause for the animals!
Review by: William Dashiell Hammett
Since 1979 The Animal Legal Defense Fund have been fighting for animal rights, domestic and wild, by working to improve and expand laws protecting animals and to help make penalties against animal abusers much tougher. In association with Crunch Pod, the electronic music label founded by Ben Arp, comes the compilation album Justicia Pro Bestia containing 24 previously unreleased songs and/or remixes from an exceptionally diverse group of artists from across the spectrum of electronic music.
Artist: Ben Arp
Song: The Surrender
Crunch Pod has announced the signing of two up and coming artists to their label, Cryogenic Echelon and Ascension EX! Crunch Pod will be releasing their label debut EPs in the next couple of months, starting with Cryogenic Echelon’s EP “Fall Of The Reptiles” It will feature five original tracks and remixes by Dawn Of Ashes, Blast Radius, Rythmhead, and Digital Reformation.
Throughout much of the United States animals have about as many rights as a piece of furniture. There are more laws protecting your car then there are for animals. They are considered nothing more than â€œpropertyâ€ and do not deserve any rights. People who abuse them usually get little to no punishment for the suffering they cause. Â Itâ€™s time for that to change. (more…)
Blackcentr, a new Industrial/Electro artist headed up by California native, Johnny Bonnett, has signed to Crunch Pod. Not long after the band was formed in 2008, Blackcenter found themselves making waves in the Southern California club scene. The gritty industrial dance beats and harsh lyrics caught on with fans as they toured the local clubs throughout 2009, culminating with a spot opening for Hocico.The bands first EP, â€œDiseaseâ€, was released shortly after in 2010 as a free download and the group found itself growing in popularity outside of the local scene in Orange County, California where the band calls home. 2010 was a period of growth as the band welcomed new members, further developed their soundÂ and ended the year opening up for Nitzer Ebb. (more…)
Sinsect – Bug Life
Release Date: April 5, 2011
Label: Crunch Pod
Review by: Jeremy Davey
The sound of Sinsectâ€™s (James Ashley) new release, â€œBug Lifeâ€, pounds steadily along the lineÂ between chaos and structure without ever veering to one side or the other.Â It is a visceral, violent album, but not in the typical harsh electro sense.Â Whereas most harsh electro tends to have a sound more akin to the ruminations of a sexual sadist, serial killer, or horror addict, â€œBug Lifeâ€ is violent in the same way a mass of feral sub-humans laying waste to everything in sight is violent.Â Even the slower parts seethe with violence and menace.Â Think about hundreds of the infected people from â€œ28 Days Laterâ€ running down the main street of your town or city at rush hour. Yeah,Â Sinsectâ€™s â€œBug Lifeâ€ would be a great soundtrack for that particular scenario.Â Â (more…)
It has been over a month since the horrible tragedy struck Japan, but people still need help.Â Do not let time fade your ability to assist just because the story no longer dominates the evening news.Â We feel the best way we can help is by directing our readers to what others in the scene have already set up to assist. (more…)
Six experimental electronic music labels have partnered together to host a fundraising event to support disaster relief for those affected by the recent earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.
The magnitude 9 earthquake struck coastal Japan on March 11th and triggered a devastating tsunami which ravaged the land destroying homes and infrastructure.Â According to some reports, these disasters have led to the catastrophic loss of over 10,000 lives while many remain missing and homeless.Â (more…)
Captive Six â€“ Receding Credit Line
Released:Â December 1, 2010
Label:Â Crunch Pod
Review by: Jack Knowles
In a contrast to the aggressive Powernoise of his main project C/A/T, Ben Arp has released the third EP of his delightfully House brainchild Captive Six. Dubbed Receding Credit Line, this sample-focused electro release is a playful record set to put anyone in a good mood.
The opening track â€˜Piggy Went to Marketâ€™ is driven by an active bassline, broken up by 8-bit samples. It sets the tone of the EP well, and is an adequate introduction to the record. â€˜Piggy Went to Marketâ€™ is laid back for the most part, and good for when you donâ€™t know what else you want listen to.Â But there is a dark audio recording at the end, where a man appears to be confessing to someone that they are â€œA beast at night,â€ and has â€œto be crazy to survive.â€ It sets the listener on edge, and subliminally dictates how you listen to the rest of the EP. (more…)
On April 5th, James Ashley, also know as Sinsect, will be releasing his debut Crunch Pod offering, Bug Life. We have partnered with Crunch Pod to be able to bring you physical copies of the CD. As you probably know, that is a rarity with them these days as they went fully digital last year.
James wanted a physical release as well so he stared a Kickstarter campaign to raise the needed funds.Â He managed to raise the needed funds with over 2 weeks left.
What do I need to do?: We’re looking for a slogan, a tagline, call it what you will. Come up with something awesome. We will have winners for the best AND the funniest. (more…)
Crunch Pod Records artist Sinsect will soon be releasing their â€œBug Lifeâ€ album.Â As Crunch Pod is primarily a digital-only download label, there will be no mass produced CD release.Â However, understanding there is no substitute for having a physical CD in your collection, they have opened a Kickstarter campaign for a limited edition CD.Â Pledges start for as little as $2.00 and go up to the $100.00 level.Â Each pledge level entitles you to some awesome rewards.Â (more…)
Fresh off a series of wildly popular â€œdubsuckâ€ songs and their proper label debut, The Trepanation Nation, Polluted Axis starts 2011 with a bang with the new EP, The Ruin Nation.
Polluted Axis has this to say about this new release â€œFuck the drill. Fuck the Fancy shit. This is a full frontal lobotomy of noise. This is brain surgery with a hammer.â€
Polluted Axis Brings you the original Rhythmic Noise versions of â€œThe Trepanation Nationâ€ in this release, The Ruin Nation. Featuring four of the original versions off the album and three â€œnewâ€ tracks as they were intended – hard, fast, and crunchy.â€ (more…)
New artist signed to Crunch Pod!
Hard-hitting industrial strength noisenbass artist Sinsect has joined the Crunch Pod ranks! His label debut titled, â€œBug Lifeâ€, will be released in April with details coming shortly.
Sinsect is a hard-hitting industrial strength fusion of power-noise, EBM and drum & bass.
Sinsect was spawned by James Ashley in 1997 as DJ Sinsect in the NYC industrial/noise club scene, with residencies at The Pyramid and Z-Bar, and also had guest appearances at Mother & the Bank. As a natural evolution, he started creating his own material, and worked with other noise artists in NYC, New Jersey, and Atlanta. (more…)
C/A/T â€“ Music To Piss YOU Off
Released: November 16, 2010
Label: Crunch Pod
Review by William Dashiell Hammett
Ben Arpâ€™s aggrotech project, C/A/T (AKA Chaos and Terror), began back in 1998 and almost ended in 2010.Â Rather then end the band as announced in early October, Arp has turned a corner and has passed through the â€œworst two years of my lifeâ€.Â So lucky for us, C/A/T will continue as an active project and we are being treated with Music To Piss YOU Off, a â€œBest Ofâ€ album with the tracks selected based on a fan poll.Â If you buy directly from Crunch Pod the label will also include eight remixes chosen by Arp himself.