Oct 2016 12

The Metro, Chicago, IL – Friday, 09/23/2016
 
ColdWaves V

 

“I can’t believe it’s the fifth year.” Such were the words uttered to this writer at this year’s ColdWaves V in Chicago, the fellow patron’s face bearing the simultaneous traces of astonishment at so monumental an achievement and sadness for the circumstances that brought the event about – the passing of Jamie Duffy, one of the Windy City’s most beloved and celebrated musical personalities. Having earned a formidable reputation on and off the stage, in and out of the studio, Duffy’s life and music helped to shape what we now think of as the underground industrial/rock scene, his skills having served to strengthen both longtime veterans and up-and-coming acts. Carrying on this legacy, ColdWaves has served as a platform not only for new and burgeoning bands to make their mark but also for long defunct legends to reunite and remind audiences of the music that created this scene, with this year’s events heralding some of the most anticipated performances from both ends of the spectrum.

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Aug 2016 17

James Woolley (1966-2016)
 
On August 16, 2016, Kate Van Buren announced that her ex-husband, James Woolley had passed away over the prior weekend. If that name sounds familiar, it is rightly so – he was perhaps most widely known as the keyboardist for Nine Inch Nails, having served in the band from 1991 to 1994. If you’ve seen the music videos for “Wish” and “March of the Pigs” or perhaps glanced at some live clips of the band from Lollapalooza, then you’ve seen him in action… but his contributions to music don’t end there. He was a major collaborator with fellow industrial bands Die Warzau and Sister Machine Gun, and even toured with the short-lived band 2wo (y’know… that time Rob Halford of Judas Priest went industrial with John 5). To say that he was a key player in the development of the industrial music scene during one of its most productive and creative periods would be an understatement, but as is usually the case with any artist, revered or unsung, it doesn’t come close to telling the whole story… but even I won’t attempt to tell that story here; for that, and to know what a loving human being he was, you should read the Facebook post from Kate Van Buren. And if that’s not enough (and it never really is when we remember the kind of impact any person makes on us), Jim Marcus has shared with ReGen his thoughts and memories of the man James Woolley was… [..]

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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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. [..]

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