Jun 2015 07

Marilyn Manson - The Pale EmperorMarilyn Manson
Category: Blues / Gothic / Rock
Album: The Pale Emperor
Stars: 3
Blurb: Trading out schlocky goth/industrial for a much more classic blues/rock vibe with a cinematic flair, Marilyn Manson manages to successfully reinvent himself and creates what may be his most personal album yet, marred only by his less-than-stellar vocals.

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Jun 2015 07

Ghostfeeder - The MessengerGhostfeeder
Category: Industrial / Electro / Rock
Album: The Messenger
Stars: 3.5
Blurb: While a little too short in length, this conceptual EP sets its sights straight for the stars and demonstrates Ghostfeeder’s willingness to stand out.

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Jun 2015 07

Stoneburner - Songs in the Key of ArrakisStoneburner
Category: Electro / Ambient
Album: Songs in the Key of Arrakis
Stars: 4.5
Blurb: Not so much a soundtrack as a musical/atmospheric reinterpretation of one of the most celebrated works of literary science fiction.

 
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Jun 2015 02

ColdWaves IV

 

When ReGen Magazine published its listing of the Top 20 Albums of 2014, featuring Cocksure’s much revered TVMALSV debut in the #2 position, Jason Novak referred to the list as “the stuff of intelligence, taste, and a great attitude towards edgy and dark music, crossing through different styles and sounds, all the while respecting a common theme.” This writer can think of no better description for a certain music festival spearheaded by Novak and WTII Records’ David Schock, held in Chicago every September as a celebration of the life of producer/musician Jamie Duffy and the music he loved and helped to create: ColdWaves. [..]

Jun 2015 02

KMFDM - We Are KMFDM DVDKMFDM – the multinational industrial/rock collective that continues after three decades to be one of the defining voices of a generation (or perhaps two or three by this point) with an aggressive mix of hard rock riffs, energetic rhythms and bass lines, and sardonic, politically-charged lyrics that range from bitter cynicism to self-effacing humor. In 2013, the band celebrated “29 years of conceptual continuity” with not one but two tours, the latter of which was the 30th Anniversary We Are KMFDM tour [..]

Jun 2015 02

Front Line Assembly - Kampfbereit <Combat-Ready> DVDFor three decades, the name of Front Line Assembly has been synonymous with underground electro/industrial music; renowned for innovative production techniques that blend cinematic soundscapes, pulsating EBM rhythms and bass lines, and aggressive yet subtly melodic song structures, Bill Leeb and his revolving door of collaborators have given voice to a generation and a style of music that remains as vital as when it first emerged in 1986. [..]

Jun 2015 02

The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD – 05/05/2015
 
MINISTRY - From Beer to EternaTour

 

In 2009, MINISTRY embarked on the C.U.LaTour, riding on the wave of what was then purported to be the final album from the band, The Last Sucker. It perhaps might have been a fitting conclusion [..]