Lead into Gold
Category: Industrial / Coldwave / Noise
Album: The Sun Behind the Sun
Blurb: Neither nostalgia trip nor post-modern reinvention, Paul Barker returns to Lead into Gold with the project’s first new album since 1990, containing eight new songs sure to please devotees of the classic WaxTrax! era, but with a revised approach.
Circle of Dust
Category: Industrial / Metal
Blurb: A remix companion to Circle of Dust’s comeback album, reinterpreting the project’s industrialized metal onslaught into a furious array of electronic styles that equal the intensity and complexity of the originals.
Category: Electro / Rock
Album: The Devil (Remixes)
Blurb: With only a few missteps, this companion to Blue Stahli’s sophomore album provides a fine collection of remixes that emphasize the creative versatility and stylistic diversity of the project.
Black Sugar Transmission
Category: Electro / Industrial / Rock
Blurb: Black Sugar Transmission pays homage to one of the greatest heavy metal bands ever with a reverent recreation of the classic 1979 album.
Category: Dark Ambient / Drone / Experimental
Album: Natura Est
Blurb: Despite the skills and experience of Tony Young and Andreas Davids, the pair’s new dark ambient collaboration offers little in the way of variation or sonic intricacy.
Album: Trauma: Trauma Reinforced
Blurb: Although the songwriting and vocal chops are still present, AlterRed’s further incorporation of guitar driven industrial/rock textures don’t do them justice, making this a bold but disappointing effort.
Lederman / De Meyer
Category: Electro / EBM / Experimental
Album: Eleven Grinding Songs
Blurb: With nothing to prove and no need to reinvent the wheels they helped to invent in the first place, these two Belgian icons of modern electronic music have crafted a rather straightforward and enjoyable record.