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I:Scintilla remixed – remix contest for new single ‘Carmena Saturna’

Chicago-based female fronted industrial rockers I:Scintilla have launched a remix contest for their new single, “Carmena Saturna” which is out now. The winning remix will be released as the b-side to the band’s third single, to be released on August 31. Remixers can download ‘stems’ from the track and get all the rules as well as the file specifications from the band’s website. All remixes must be submitted by Monday, July 9. Five finalists will be announced on Friday, July 13. All income generated from sales of the contest will be donated to Darkest Before Dawn. Finalists will be chosen on the merit of their remixes and each finalist’s remix will be available as part of a “Carmena Saturna Remix Contest” release via BandCamp. Each track’s price would be set at $1.00 USD with the option for anyone to pay as much as they wish. The track that generates the most income by Friday, August 10 is the winner. Darkest Before Dawn is a new non-profit organization based in Chicago and Los Angeles with one simple, yet urgent goal: to provide resources, support, and community for the nightlife, restaurant and music venue industry, who’s late hours and isolated commutes leave […]

Aiboforcen – Sense & Nonsense

It’s 7 years after the last “Dédale” album, that Belgium’s cult dark electro act Aiboforcen now returns with their 6th full length album “Sense & Nonsense”.
Still mostly centered today around the intriguing personality of mastermind Benoit Blanchart and the enigmatic female singer Patrice Synthea (Regenerator lead singer), Aiboforcen once again could not resist collaborating with an impressive and more than promising list of special guests on this album!

Starting straight into it with what could be Aiboforcen’s best song ever, the poignant and electric “We Woke Up The Dragon” features the extraordinary vocal talent of Jean-Luc De Meyer (Front 242) who lends his unique voice on not less than 3 songs on this album, including a surprising upbeat EBM cover version of Front 242’s “Loud” and the more atmospheric and darkish “The Arrival”.
All in all, Aiboforcen remain faithful to their characteristic mixture of low-tempo complex dark eletro arrangements with straighter modern up-beat synth- / body-pop songs. A melange which appears to be more than efficient when we consider that the band manages here to follow a meticulous artistic conceptual red line around contradiction, sense and nonsense while aligning such diverse songs as the oppressive “We Woke Up The Dragons”, the future pop club hit “Come Clean” featuring Patrice Synthea at her best and especially on the moody dark trip hop “Tears”.

Aiboforcen confirm once more to be a band who do not care much about any current music trends and favour taking the time they need to deliver another high quality album of dark melodic electronic music…
The limited edition of the album comes out with a 13-track bonus disc entitled “An End Unto Itself” revealing some 3 exclusive non-album tracks.

Chris Liebing announces first album on the Mute label

German DJ, producer, and CLR label founder Chris Leibing has announced a new album, Burn Slow, his first on the Mute label, will be released on September 7. From the album comes “Polished Chrome (The Friend Pt. 1),” a song featuring vocals by the incomparable Gary Numan, and “Novembergrey” to mark the occasion. The album […]

Second single revealed from impending Lord of the Lost album

As the release of Thornstar approaches, German dark rock band Lord of the Lost unleashes the second single and music video from the group’s sixth full-length album, titled “Morgana.” Directed by Matteo Vdiva Gabbiani and Chiara Cerami for VDpictures and featuring La Esmeralda in the title role, “Morgana” depicts a deity from the mythological Panngaeians, […]

Page releases EP “Start”, includes Apoptygma Berzerk remix

Swedish electropop band Page releases their EP “Start” June 29th (July 6th in Sweden), consisting of three new songs and a remix of “Krasch” by Norwegian colleague Stephan Groth of Apoptygma Berzerk. This parallel e-mail interview with both Eddie Bengtsson of Page and Stephan shows a collaboration of mutual admiration and respect across the Norwegian-Swedish border, and maybe also something else down the road…

The Black Queen announces second album

Los Angeles electronic/coldwave band The Black Queen, having announced a string of festival and European tour dates, has announced the release of its sophomore full-length album, Infinite Games. Following two years after the group’s critically and commercially acclaimed Fever Daydream debut, Infinite Games features 10 brand new tracks and artwork by Jesse Draxler in five […]

Mortiis announces limited edition releases via Dead Seed Productions + ‘Era 1’ live show dates

In collaboration with Dead Seed Productions Mortiis will be releasing some very limited edition products, namely a “Perfectly Defect” picture disc and the “Weal & Woe” cassette box. The “Perfectly Defect” picture disc will be limited to only 100 copies and comes housed in heavy PVC sleeve with a thick lyrics card. You can order this item directly from Dead Seed Productions. Next is the “Weal & Woe” cassette box set (limited to just 150 copies) holding 4 cassettes featuring over 60 tracks. Included are “Perfectly Defect” (full track session with 4 bonus tracks), “The Great Deceiver”, “The Great Corrupter”double cassette box (with the never before physically published 3 bonus track EP). The set also includes a silkscreened print by Maggot Meister. Also this item can be ordered directly from Dead Seed Productions. All Cassettes are also available individually from Dead Seed. Upcoming shows And while we are at it, here are the upcoming “Era 1” Live shows: JUN 15 Salón Bolívar, Mexico, Mexico JUN 24 Ragnard Reborn Festival, Kharkiv, Ukraine JUN 29 Kilkim Žaibu, Varniai, Lithuania JUL 14 Castle Party, Bolków, Poland JUL 25 Badlands Bar, Perth, Australia JUL 26 Crowbar, Fortitude Valley, Australia JUL 27 The Factory Theatre, […]

OMD to release 40th anniversary book ‘Pretending to see the future’

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) have announced the publication of the book “Pretending To See The Future”, in celebration of the band’s 40th anniversary. To be published in November 2018 “Pretending To See The Future” is an oral history – told in the first person – of OMD, mixing hundreds of fan anecdotes with memories from the band, their collaborators, other musicians and celebrity admirers garnered from 40 years of recording and performing. The book contains commentary from OMD founders Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys, plus band members Martin Cooper, Malcolm Holmes and Stuart Kershaw, and is packed full of memorabilia and hundreds of photos. With many images in full colour and previously unseen pictures from the band’s own archive. Or as the press text says: “This is the OMD story as it’s never been told before.” The book is now available to pre-order from PledgeMusic. All early pre-orders from Pledge will also receive an exclusive flexi-disc featuring a very rare and previously unheard demo of “Messages” from the summer of 1978 before Andy and Paul actually formed Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. Recorded in the garage studio of school friend Paul Collister who would become OMD’s manager, and […]

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