Jun 2016 06

Gothic and horror style is certainly nothing new in the post-Hot Topic haze of underground and alternative fashion. So, how is any company to thrive in a market that is filled to the brim with styles and designs that cater to a similar market? Perhaps there is no definitive answer, but it’s certainly a question that applies to virtually all art forms, including music, and if this writer had to give an answer, it would be simply to focus on the quality of one’s work – do what you do, do it the best that you can and try to be the best that you can be… and while this level of perseverance and dedication to craft may not always be enough alone to succeed, it can only improve one’s chances. Just ask Kevin Thirteen – the founder of 7hirteen Clothing [..]

Mar 2016 22

Clint Carney might be a familiar name – or at least, it should be. For over 20 years, Carney has been making art in a multitude of mediums and under a variety of names. He plays keyboards and does backing vocals for Imperative Reaction and God Module, is the front man for Fake, and still finds time to compose the music, write the lyrics, and sing vocals as System Syn. While many will recognize Clint Carney from his musical endeavors, there’s far more to his abilities than just music.

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Mar 2016 15

Julien-K premieres "Mannequin Eyes" music video via the fans
 
Having successfully crowdfunded the release of the band’s latest single, “Mannequin Eyes” as a special teaser for the upcoming Nightlife in Neon, electro/rock band Julien-K has unveiled the music video for the single via the fans. [..]

Feb 2016 22

Silver Spring, MD, Fillmore, 09/22/2015
 
Ghost - live in Silver Spring, MD by Katherine Gaines

 

In a few short years, Sweden’s Ghost has risen to the heights of international acclaim from both critics and audiences. With each band member adorned in matching costumes that present an image true to their moniker, vocalist Papa Emeritus III being the most distinguished with a prosthetic skull face that has been described as a form of “demonic anti-Pope,” it would be easy to dismiss Ghost as all style and no substance… that is, until one hears the band’s vicious and decidedly blasphemous brand of doom-laden Satanic gothic/metal. [..]

Oct 2015 24

Celldweller - Transmissions Vol. 01Celldweller
Categroy: IDM / Ambient / Drone
Album: Transmissions (Vol. 01 & Vol. 02)
Stars: 3.5
Blurb: Transporting the listener through the immeasurable gulfs of infinite space, Celldweller offers a different atmospheric take on his cosmic musical outlook.

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Oct 2015 23

Masquerade, Atlanta, GA – 10/13/2015
 
Genitorturers - Fall Tour 2015

 

“Ooh, you should wait until she gets her hooks into her dog/pig gimp slave – so badass!”

 

Uh, excuse me; what now? It’s difficult not to pay attention when one receives a text like this before a show. In retrospect, this seemed to be one of me milder visual elements to be viewed this event. But before I get too ahead of myself, it might be appropriate to offer a little word of warning: If you are reading this article hoping for someone with an advanced knowledge of the entire Genitorturers discography, you may want to look elsewhere; short of listening to “Lecher Bitch” on repeat while in a virtual goth club while playing Vampire, The Masquerade: Bloodlines, along with perhaps a few other singles, this writer has almost zero knowledge of this band. I’ve heard plenty of stories, but finally, I was able to experience things for myself – at a music venue called Masquerade, no less… it all comes back around, doesn’t it? [..]

Oct 2015 08

The Metro, Chicago, IL – Saturday, 09/26/2015
 
ColdWaves IV

 

The first night of the fourth installment of Chicago’s foremost industrial music festival – ColdWaves – was a raucous and energetic introduction in a more intimate setting, acting as a primer for the sustained heaviness of the subsequent main events. The following night showcased ColdWaves IV’s distinguished and remarkably different atmospheric focus from the past with a greater emphasis on noisier and more experimental acts, culling from the darker ambient, emotionally decrepit, and perhaps even apocalyptic perceptions of human existence. While not lacking in energy, it was certainly a different tone, but one that appropriately exhibited the industrial music genre’s diversity and the levels to which different styles come into play even within the parameters of coldwave. Given ColdWaves’ standing as a tribute to the late Jamie Duffy and, with the partnership of Hope for the Day, is an ever strengthening voice in suicide prevention, the frailty of the artistic side of the human condition was laid bare on this first night, but it was perhaps not completely felt – at least, as far as this writer perceived – in its fullness until this second night of ColdWaves IV. [..]