The Metro, Chicago, IL – Saturday, 09/26/2015
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. [..]
The Metro, Chicago, IL – Friday, 09/25/2015
By the end of the first night of any festival, there is always a question as to whether attendance will continue to grow or if the energy of that initial hit will leave the audience too spent to maintain for much longer. Thankfully, ColdWaves IV’s Kick-Off party – while delivering a rather intense triad of industrial aggression in the form of Die Sektor, Rabbit Junk, and Acumen Nation – was a smaller, more intimate affair; one that did well to start the proceedings off loudly and proudly, but also allowing for the more voluminous crowd of the main event to fortify itself. For the third year in a row, Chicago’s eminent industrial festival honoring the memory of Jamie Duffy and raising awareness for suicide prevention held court at one of the city’s most revered venues: The Metro; a large, multi-level concert hall that has for decades been a haven for the best acts in underground music to perform and make their mark in the home of American industrial. [..]
The Double Door, Chicago, IL – Thursday, 09/24/2015
Festival events are nothing new, even in a niche scene such as the industrial/electro/goth scene; however, few seem to possess so focused a sense of purpose as Chicago’s ColdWaves. Since 2012, the Windy City has hosted this momentous event as not only a celebration of the life and music of Jamie Duffy, one of Chicago’s most revered musicians and sound engineers, but also to shed a bright light on suicide and the pressures that lead many to take their own lives. With the participation of the Hope for the Day foundation for suicide prevention, ColdWaves has grown from a tribute concert to become one of the most emotionally charged and poignant festival events in the underground music scene. [..]
Harbor East Landmark Theaters, Baltimore, MD – 09/06/2015
Once upon a time, just going to the movies was an event in and of itself; from the traditional snacks of peanuts and popcorn sold and passed around like at a sporting event to the opening reels of trailers for upcoming features, from the double bill of multiple features to the introductory overtures and intermissions akin to a musical concert, going to the movies was as special an engagement as any. In the age of the multiplex and home theater systems, this has become something of a lost art. Enter the creative team of writer/producer/artist/performer Terrance Zdunich and director Darren Lynn Bousman, who with a multifaceted and vast assortment of collaborators has brought us the subversive, campy, and fantastical musical productions of Repo! The Genetic Opera and The Devil’s Carnival. Blending elements of horror, sci-fi, and goth/industrial fashion and music, these two outings have garnered a considerable fan base that extends across various genres and age groups.
Starting up a new website is no easy task, even for a veteran like Patrik Lindström, co-founder of prominent netzine Brutal Resonance, but with Electroracle.com, he is making strides to create and instill a greater sense of community for the electro/industrial music scene.
The State Theatre, Falls Church, VA – 07/31/2015
There are few things more gratifying than when a band survives for any length of time despite overwhelming opposition from the natural flow of time – a flow that brings with it changes in technology, the industry, and the very audience. For over three decades, the Ultra-Heavy Beat has been going strong and with the 2015 Salvation tour, KMFDM is showing no signs of losing steam any time soon. [..]
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. [..]