Side-Line introduces Exferno – listen now to ‘Suicide’ (Face The Beat profile series)

The 30th track on our free download compilation “Face The Beat: Session 4” (featuring 92 tracks) is by the Scandinavian act Exferno. We got to learn Exferno via the very young netlabel Antzhill which is mainly active in dark music such as punk, goth, industrial metal, ebm and gothic metal. With Exferno you get straightforward sample powered drone like ritual electro which offers an excellent interlude. It will be interesting to see how this project will develop! You can stay in touch with the Antzhill label via Facebook. Listen to “Suicide” below and download it right here. Face The Beat: Session 4 by Exferno Check our “Face The Beat: Session 4” page on Bandcamp to discover the other 91 bands. All donations will go to charity.

Belgium’s latest EBM discovery Llumen has released debut album ‘The Memory Institute’

Belgium still produces some high quality EBM, and one of those great new acts certainly is Llumen, the solo project by Ghent based audio-visual artist Pieter Coussement. After a first download EP “Cold In December”, Llumen also appeared on the delicious (and extremely limited) “The B52 remixes (Mildreda – Psy’Aviah – Llumen)” EP. But Llumen fans have mostly awaited the band’s debut album, and that is now finally reality as “The Memory Institute” has officially been released. The album can be purchased straight from the band’s label on CD and 2CD and right here as a high quality download. So what can you expect? Coussement succeeded in finding a perfect balance between old school EBM elements and more contemporary modern electronics. Add to that strong male vocals and you have all the ingredients for a perfect sound. If we have to take a reference then we’d have to say it reminds us of the best material Assemblage 23 released. The album is also available as a limited box edition with a bonus disc featuring contributions with a wide range of artists including Diffuzion, Mildreda, Venal Flesh and so on. Here’s a trailer for the album.

Ibyss – Obsydian

I have no idea what the guys from Ibyss had in mind while recording this album… Maybe it was about creating something new? Some strange music without any single sound of bass? Or music which is so one(…)

Side-Line introduces Essence Of Mind – listen now to ‘The Other Side (Vigilante Remix)’ (Face The Beat profile series)

The 29th track on our free download compilation “Face The Beat: Session 4” (featuring 92 tracks) is by the Norwegian electro-rock act Essence Of Mind whose Erlend Eilertsen also mastered this volume. Formed in late 2006 by Erlend H. Eilertsen, Christian Paulsen and Hasse Mattsson this Norwegian act offers alternative electro-rock which will certainly please those who are into Apoptygma Berzerk, Zeromancer, IAMX, etc.. Known for a very strong live reputation the band has toured extensively in Germany and Scandinavia. Make sure to catch up with the band on Facebook! The band’s most recent material was featured on last year’s “After The Break Up” and also included the studio edit of “The Other Side” which got an exclusive rework here. Listen to “The Other Side (Vigilante Remix)” below and download it right here. Face The Beat: Session 4 by Essence Of Mind Check our “Face The Beat: Session 4” page on Bandcamp to discover the other 91 bands. All donations will go to charity.

Numb to release classic ‘Wasted Sky’ album in a limited vinyl edition in April – pre-orders available now

Numb’s classic album “Wasted Sky” sees a re-release on vinyl in a very limited edition. Originally released in the mid 90’s, the album was a landmark for industrial music mixing guitars with strong beats and harsh vocals. Released on KK records, and arranged / produced by Hiwatt Marshall and Numb the material was mostly recorded and mixed at the band’s Mushroom Studios in Vancouver. You can exclusively pre-order a copy of this limited edition right here. The Canadian electro-industrial act was founded by Don Gordon, David Hall and Sean Stubbs in 1986. “Wasted Sky” was released in 1994 following up on “Death on the Installment Plan” released the year before. Following the “Suspended” single, Gordon retired the project and moved to Vietnam to live with his wife. Here’s how the title track sounds:

Long awaited new ‘Kopfkino’ album by Kant Kino finally out! Preview the complete album here

With their debut album “We are Kant Kino – you are not” released in 2010, the Norwegian duo launched an electronic torpedo with a massive impact. The debut release was extremely well-received and Side-Line even named the album as “absolutely the best EBM album that was released this year”. With the follow-up album “Father worked in industry” the duo confirmed that they weren’t just one-hit wonders but where here to stay. And finally there is now “Kopfkino”, the band’s 3rd album and surprise surprise, it’s again a very intelligent mix of basslines, melodic synth arrangements and harsh vocals all bathing in that fresh Nordic touch that we have come to love so much. It’s proven once again, not Germany but Scandinavia is now where the best EBM is being made. We have already added the dance floor smasher “Want” to our Side-Line Spotify playlist but you can be sure more tracks from this album will follow pretty soon. The album is out now on CD (available here), on 2CD (available here) and as a high quality audio download (available here) next to streaming. The 2CD set bonus disc holds 6 exclusive bonus tracks accompanied by additional remixes and other exclusive […]

Cubanate to release retrospective album, announces UK dates

Having made a triumphant appearance at the Chicago ColdWaves V festival in 2016, the legandary industrial/metal act Cubanate has announced dates for the UK Brutalism tour, taking place over two dates in April. Presented by UK industrial label Armalyte Industries and Superluminal, the tour celebrates the band’s upcoming release of the Brutalism retrospective, which will […]

Bronski Beat keyboardist Larry Steinbachek dies at 56 after a short battle with cancer

2017 starts again pretty bad when it comes to music. Today it was announced that Larry Steinbachek (on the right in the picture above), former keyboardist with 1980s synthpop group Bronski Beat, has died at the age of 56. Steinbachek died already in December after a short battle with cancer. Steinbachek together with Jimmy Somerville and Steve Bronski formed Bronski Beat in 1983. When Somerville left for The Communards in 1985, Steinbachek and Bronski continued the group recruiting John Foster as Somerville’s replacement (he would only stay for 2 years). Steinbachek moved to Amsterdam in 1994, quit Bronski Beat in 1995 and continued to make music including musicals. He also became the musical director for Michael Laub’s theatre company, ‘Remote Control Productions’. Here’s some of the tracks that catapulted Larry Steinbachek into eternal music history:

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