Nov 2013 27

Elysium, Austin, TX, 2013/11/09
KMFDM - Live in Austin, 2013


The Ultra-Heavy Beat marches on! The everlasting industrial superpower KMFDM returned to Texas barely seven months after prior appearances earlier in 2013. And just like the previous tour, KMFDM brought the familiar tribal/industrial sidekick CHANT to get the festivities started. The We Are KMFDM tour didn’t stop in Dallas this time, so this writer traveled down to Elysium in Austin, TX to witness the mayhem. The one-two punch of KMFDM and CHANT did not disappoint and made the cross-state travel worth it. [..]

Nov 2013 27

Terminal West, Atlanta, GA, 2013/11/04
KMFDM - Live in Baltimore, 2013


A chilly night in Atlanta, GA did not stop a rampant amount of energy from flowing through the air toward Terminal West, the site where industrial veterans KMFDM and relative newcomers CHANT were preparing to unleash complete destruction onstage. [..]

Nov 2013 27

Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD, 2013/11/02
KMFDM - Live in Baltimore, 2013


As Baltimore’s list of reliable venues capable of supporting large scale tours seems to have diminished greatly in the last few years, Rams Head Live remains a beacon of hope, providing a quality space for every hard rocker’s needs. Among the hardest rocking bands operating right now is KMFDM, the multinational Ultra-Heavy Beat collective that has for 29 years been at the forefront of the industrial rock scene. Having released the KUNST album and embarked on a full scale tour of the U.S. in the spring of 2013, the We Are KMFDM tour was a perhaps unexpected but certainly welcome thank you from the band to the fans, hitting several cities that were missed the last time around. As on the last tour, joining KMFDM was Texas tribal/industrial act CHANT, having made quite an impression on the KUNST tour and proving to be one of the most visually stunning and aurally powerful shows around. [..]

Nov 2013 15

Elektrowerkz, London, UK, 2013/09/28


It’s an event that has been brewing for awhile now, gaining its momentum via the dedicated e-zine sponsors, fuelled by the commitment of its organizers, and like a sonic pandemic spreading through the industrial community and the social media. First announced all the way back in February, with Uberbyte headlining, the show seemed all but lost when Sheffield’s finest pulled out. Thankfully, the already impressive roster of up-and-coming genre natives found the foster siblings in the shape of Italian duo XP8 [..]

Nov 2013 11

Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall, 05/02/2013


Heralded by many as the best alternative to the alternative, IAMX made quite a splash this past spring on the band’s North American Animal Impulses tour. Not quite falling into any particular niche or category, Chris Corner and his band of musical misfits brought to the Windy City their own particular brand of rock & roll, complete with a visual extravaganza to rival the biggest selling acts in modern music. Capturing the performance was ReGen Magazine associate Katherine Gaines of Ambient Eye Photography, showing you just what you missed if you didn’t catch the visual tour-de-force that is an IAMX live performance. [..]

Oct 2013 10

The Church, Dallas, TX, 2013/08/29


Being at a Psyclon Nine show is like being at an insane asylum during Revelations. It sounds like constant screaming, banging on walls, and people being tortured. It embodies madness, mayhem, beauty, and intensity. And on August 29, Dallas, Texas witnessed it all when Psyclon Nine took the stage at the Church. Joining P9 on the Hellions of Hollywood tour was fellow California based act Dawn of Ashes. Together, the two groups created an atmosphere of chaos that filled the venue with liquid latex, blood and, spit. [..]

Oct 2013 09

The Metro, Chicago, IL
Day 2: 2013/09/28


Coldwaves II Banner


When ColdWaves took place last year following the passing of Cracknation’s Jamie Duffy, it seemed an arduous undertaking. This year’s ColdWaves II, by comparison, seemed even more a daunting task, bringing together a wider range of acts to perform across not one but two evenings. And yet, somehow, the organizers – WTII Records’ David Schock and Cracknation’s Jason Novak – made it happen, bringing together some of the industrial rock underground’s best acts from past and present to once again pay tribute to Duffy’s memory and raise funds for the Hope for the Day charity for suicide prevention. With the first night’s lineup of bands including such heavy hitters as Skrew, 16volt, Iron Lung Corp., and Prong, it was clear that Friday, September 27 was devoted to the more metal side of the coldwave scene, leaving the following Saturday night to focus on a more varied and electronic set of acts. [..]

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