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V2A – Heretic


With a steely riff, hypnotic beats and distorted vocals that barely betray earthly origins, V2A open the eternal gates to the underworld, and with their new album ‘Heretic’, ring in the soundtrack to the planet’s downfall. Morbidly threatening visions of abnormal worlds appear before your inner eye as the project ruminates on Valhalla and gradually sets you into a trance. The apocalyptic sound constructions, produced by Kevin Stewart (alias 304) and Ines Lehmann (alias 306), oscillate between EBM and industrial, enriched by dystopian technoid sounds.

Side-Line introduces M.R.S.B.L.K. – listen now to ‘Elevations High’ (Face The Beat profile series)

The 46th track on our free download compilation “Face The Beat: Session 4” (featuring 92 tracks) is by the Los Angeles based trip hop act M.R.S.B.L.K.. The track we feature today is one of several tracks that were sent to us from outside the dark electro scene. The young trip hop act M.R.S.B.L.K. so far has only released one 7-track EP via Soundcloud which also featured the track we showcase you here. Little is known from this project which unfortunately only has a limited online presence. We hope to bring you some extra news on this act in the near future. Listen to “Elevations High” below and download it right here. Face The Beat: Session 4 by Mildreda Check our “Face The Beat: Session 4” page on Bandcamp to discover the other 91 bands. All donations will go to charity.

Massive Ego’s album ‘Beautiful Suicide’ features Chris Pohl, Gene Serene, Maggie K DeMonde (Scarlet Fantastic) and dark rapper Belzebub – watch the promo video now

The British act Massive Ego returns with the electro pop album “Beautiful Suicide” out in 2 weeks from now. The material was mixed by Chris Pohl and Mario Rühlicke, the team behind the Berlin-based act Blutengel, and contains the Boy-George-penned hit “Let Go” and their club-smasher “I Idolize You”. The new album is released as a deluxe double disc (you can order it right here) with an exclusive bonus album containing 5 more new songs, plus remixes from Blutengel, Ashbury Heights, CHROM, Ludovico Technique, Nature Of Wires, Ash Code and Neroargento. The material on the album was inspired by the personal battles against depression and anxiety, as well as by the suicide of a close friend and ex-bandmate. The album features collaborations with Chris Pohl, Gene Serene, Maggie K DeMonde (Scarlet Fantastic) and rapper Belzebub. Here’s the promo video for the album.

The Peter Ulrich Collaboration strikes back with brand new single: ‘Artificial Man’ – watch the video now

“Artificial Man” is the newest single from The Peter Ulrich Collaboration. The track immediately also got the video treatment and you can view it below. The track features industrial, dark folk, gothic, post-rock and symphonic elements. The lead vocals are by David Steele who collaborated with the project for this recording. You can download the track right here on iTunes. The Peter Ulrich Collaboration is headed by Peter Ulrich, former percussionist for the iconic Dead Can Dance. The group has released two albums so far as part of a planned trilogy: “The Painted Caravan” (2013) and “Tempus Fugitives” (2015). “Artificial Man” is the first single release from “Final Reflections”, the final album in The Painted Caravan Trilogy Peter Ulrich has already had a very rich career as a musician. After playing in a blues-soul band, Mischief, on the East London pub and club circuit in the early 1980s, Peter Ulrich joined Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard in London on drums and percussion and in 1983 was one of the members of Dead Can Dance to sign with the 4AD label. He played on Dead Can Dance’s first album, the “Garden of the Arcane Delights” EP, the albums “Within the Realm […]

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

The 45th track on our free download compilation “Face The Beat: Session 4” (featuring 92 tracks) is by the Belgian cult darkwave act Mildreda. In the early 90’s Jan Dewulf started making electronic music under the Mildreda moniker. What he offered was dark electro / dark wave following the Belgian tradition of bands like The Klinik but with more melody. Although the act gathered a loyal following in no time and that his demo tapes (“II Castrado” and “De Laffe Denker”) became well sought after collector items (we have them in the office actually), a label deal was surprisingly never concluded (back then at least) for this excellent project. Frustrated by the lack of decent studio gear and by the absence of any label deal, Jan Dewulf decided to set the project on hold. In the meantime he joined Heyaeb as producer and live keyboard player and later on started his own new project, Diskonnekted. In November 2009 however Mildreda had a surprise reunion gig and the virus spread as he revived the project for good. Last year the project finally got an official release via the massive “Coward Philosophy” download album which became the biggest selling download album for […]

Leftfield to re-release excellent 1995 debut ‘Leftism 22’ with 11 bonus remixes

Neil Barnes and Paul Daley (although the latter is no longer part of Leftfield) will see a re-release of their 1995 album “Leftism” re-titled “Leftism 22” in May. It was an album which also the Side-Line team tagged as being ‘brilliant’. The reissue of their debut album goes accompanied by a UK tour where Leftfield (now led solely by Neil Barnes) will perform the record in full. You can already order all various formats (vinyl – very limited, CD, downloads) right here and it’s already a bestseller! Leftfield was formed in 1989, before emerging publicly in 1990 with the track “Not Forgotten”. The album spawned numerous hit singles such as “Open Up” (a collaboration with John Lydon), “Original” (featuring Curve’s Toni Halliday), “Release the Pressure” (featuring Earl Sixteen) and “Afro-Left” (with vocals by Neil Cole, aka Djum Djum). In January 2010 Barnes resurrected Leftfield without Daley and, after touring for a few years, finished writing new material for a third album entitled “Alternative Light Source”. Daley declined to be involved and is focusing upon his solo career. Here’s a reminder of how these great “Leftism” tracks sounded back then!

Leftfield to re-release excellent 1995 debut ‘Leftism 22’ with 11 bonus remixes

Neil Barnes and Paul Daley (although the latter is no longer part of Leftfield) will see a re-release of their 1995 album “Leftism” re-titled “Leftism 22” in May. It was an album which also the Side-Line team tagged as being ‘brilliant’. The reissue of their debut album goes accompanied by a UK tour where Leftfield (now led solely by Neil Barnes) will perform the record in full. You can already order all various formats (vinyl – very limited, CD, downloads) right here and it’s already a bestseller! Leftfield was formed in 1989, before emerging publicly in 1990 with the track “Not Forgotten”. The album spawned numerous hit singles such as “Open Up” (a collaboration with John Lydon), “Original” (featuring Curve’s Toni Halliday), “Release the Pressure” (featuring Earl Sixteen) and “Afro-Left” (with vocals by Neil Cole, aka Djum Djum). In January 2010 Barnes resurrected Leftfield without Daley and, after touring for a few years, finished writing new material for a third album entitled “Alternative Light Source”. Daley declined to be involved and is focusing upon his solo career. Here’s a reminder of how these great “Leftism” tracks sounded back then!

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