After a 20 years hiatus Pål-Magnus Rybom decided to revive one of Norway’s legendary synthpop acts – Echo Image! Having had great success with their album ‘Compuphonic’ in 2001 and the singles ‘Skulk’, ‘Need To Be Proud’, ‘Standing Alone’ and the club-classic ‘Endless Day’, it all came to an end in 2002 after touring both Europe and the US together with Apoptygma Berzerk.
KREIGN is an American set up in 2010 by featuring Ryan Hutman and Xiån Austin. They met thanks to a mutual friend. Ryan was involved with HARDWIRE and in search of a drummer. Xiån was drumming for Sang:Rael and Alter Der Ruine at the time and finally joined HARDWIRE. Some HARDWIRE songs were pretty EBM-driven, which was the reason to start a side-project. KREIGN was born and asked Dave Strand (THE STRAND) to join in as singer. But he finally decided to move on with THE STRAND. Being a side project, KREIGN didn’t really move anywhere for 10 years even though they had quite a few songs started and set aside. But KREIGN finally released their self-titled and self-released debut album in 2020, which got rapidly re-released by Scanner (Dark Dimensions). The work is a powerful mix of good-old EBM with an impressive sophisticated production on top. “Kreign II” is a true masterpiece and one of the best EBM releases from the past years. (Courtesy by Inferno Sound Diaries) Q: KREIGN has been set up as a tribute to ‘old-school’ EBM. What makes this ‘old-school’ style that special and what do you like in EBM sound? Ryan: It evokes aggression from […]
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Belgian electropop act Psy’Aviah launches new single / video ‘City In Flames’ taken from ‘Soul Searching’ album
Out now for immidiate download via the Alfa Matrix Bandcamp page (and other platforms to follow) is the last single from the Belgian electropop act Psy’Aviah. The track “City In Flames” – taken from the “Soul Searchin…
“Perpetual Sequence” is the 9th full-length album by Croc Shop, featuring long time members Mick Hale and vMarkus. “Perpetual Sequence” will be released by Metropolis Records on March 5th, 2021 through all digital and streaming formats. The duo went for a post-electro, pop and synth-rock approach on these 11 tracks with occasional nods to their goth-rock and electro-industrial origins. Here’s the video for “Silver”. About Croc Shop Crocodile Shop (later simply Croc Shop) was originally conceived in a flat above a record shop in Berlin Germany in 1987 by Mick Hale and R. A. Werner after they ended their previous new wave project, Mod Fun. The band, inspired by the “darker” post-punk sounds of Joy Division, New Order, Wire, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry and The Jesus and Mary Chain, released their debut album in 1988 which was produced by Dave Fielding of the Chameleons UK. Eventually, the band would slowly abandon the “guitar goth” sound, first replacing their drummer with a drum machine, releasing the Red Lorry Yellow Lorry influenced “Measure By Measure” EP and then finally with the addition of keyboard player V. Markus, (who was influenced by the likes of Front 242, Laibach and Nitzer Ebb), they turned […]
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The fine electro label Insane Records introduced a new member to its roster a while back, Chip Calise who is also the musician and founder of the American project Scars Are Soulless. Insane Records is now releasing an LP from Scars Are Soulless, called “Vendetta”. Not that it is all that new as far as the recorded material is concerned as the album was supposed to be released 9 years ago, back in 2012! 9 years later “Vendetta” gets a well deserved release offering electro industrial mixed with harsh EBM spread over 9 tracks. You can listen to the release below. Vendetta by Scars Are Soulless Note that there is also a very limited CD release of just 100 copies available as a 6-panel digipak with Slipcase. You can order this CD version right now on Bandcamp. To get an idea how the album sounds, check out the “Vendetta” album preview below.
Hailing from New England (USA) Rob Galbraith (aka ‘Raab Codec’) and Elizabeth Virosa are now active for several years as SNOWBEASTS. They already released an impressive number of productions and last year unleashed their newest opus “Energy”. The album was released on M-Tronic, revealing an impressive mix of influences; from IDM and Techno to Minimal-Electro, Trance and Electro-Industrial the album is characterized by a very personal approach. “Energy” is an absolute masterpiece and definitely one of my favorites from 2020. I’d a chat with Rob and Elizabeth. (Courtesy by Inferno Sound Diaries) Q: You guys are involved with different music projects like MON<O>TAUR, PATTERN BEHAVIOR, OBSCURE FORMATS and of course SNOWBEATS. Which projects are still active today? How do you make the difference between the projects and is there a different approach? Rob: Right now SNOWBEASTS is our primary project and outlet for musical creativity. SNOWBEASTS is spread across several different directions so it can be a bit hard to pin down. Typically we start with an overall concept when we start a new album -is it going to be more atmospheric? Is it going to be more dance oriented? And then go from there. “Energy” was an attempt to […]
Excellent news reaches us via Audioglobe, the scene’s most important distributor. Pankow, the legendary Italian Industrial pioneers who are active since 1979, are finally back with a new (mini)album: “Der Doctor Schnabel von Rom”. This new 5-tracks mini-album, out now, comes on vinyl and offers a first glimpse on the forthcoming all new Pankow-album, expected for May 2021. All of the tracks draw inspiration from the research work of Dr. Debra Parkinson, an Australian sociologist, director of GADPod, Gender and Disaster Pod, whose activity studies the consequences of natural disasters and disasters on women, LGBTIQ communities, disabled people, etc.. Pankow’s Alex Spalck: “Debra wrote an essay on the environmental disaster that ravaged Australia in early 2020 and on the direct relationship between the environmental crisis and the pandemic that is causing death and destruction around the world. At this point in our musical activity we must take a stand, indifference and carelessness are unforgivable sins. We have decided to throw a stone, or rather two, with “Australia is Burning” and “Ecocalypse” and to fight unambiguously for a radical change in the status quo. This intransigence will also be the theme of our next album, “Never trust a White Man”, out […]
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After their 4th and 5th singles “Venom” and “Wicked White Lies”, the Maltese electropop quartet Oxygyn have now launched their first release of 2021 with the single “Mercy”.
The track was recorded, produced, …
The Athens, Greece-based dark electronic duo Paradox Obscur aka Toxic Razor and Kriistal Ann) formed in early 2014. One of their trademarks is that they are one of the few electronic ensembles to record their albums in real time without the aid of…
COP International Records announces signing of Stoneburner (aka Steven Archer from Ego Likeness) + new album to be produced by John Fryer
(Photo by Steven Archer) Coming up later this year on COP International Records is the Stoneburner album “Apex Predator” which will be produced by John Fryer. The album will be a follow-up to Stoneburner’s last self-released LP “…