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‘Click Interview’ with Matter: ‘Repetitive Rhythms And Abrasive Sounds Supported By Deep Bass Immersed Into A Sea Of Noise’

Matter is an Italian solo-project set up and driven by Fabrizio Matrone. The project is already active for a couple of years now and has released different albums on labels such as Le Petit Machine, Soviet Media Kontrol and Kvitnu. The new opus “Primitive Forms” has been released on Ant-Zen revealing a magic sound fusion between industrial-techno, IDM and dark-rave music. The work belongs to the best progressive industrial releases from the past few years or to the darkest techno/trance productions. (Courtesy by Inferno Sound Diaries) Q: How would you introduce yourself as musician and the different projects you’re involved with? Fabrizio: My name is Fabrizio Matrone and I’m an electronic music producer better known under the moniker of Matter and Heidseck. Matter is a project exploring the territories of industrial, rhythmic noise and experimental music. The main peculiarities of this project are repetitive rhythms and abrasive sounds supported by deep bass immersed into a sea of noise. Heidseck is a project drone/ambient with an isolationist touch. Since a few years I manage the label Subsidence with the film maker Pier Paolo Patti and other collaborators like Lino Monaco of and Pier Giuseppe Mariconda, known under the moniker of […]

Godflesh in Detroit

El Club, Detroit, MI – 08/22/2018

10 years have passed since the last live show from Godflesh in Detroit; we were starting to think we may be cursed to never see them set foot onstage again, with previous booked gigs getting canceled at the last minute. But, here we are at the El Club in Detroit […]

Julien-K Summer 2018 Tour #2

Fishhead Cantina, Halethorpe, MD – 08/03/2018

It can truly be said that Julien-K is one of this generation’s great success stories. Blending electronic, alternative rock, and pop stylings into a musical sound that is as classic as it is modern, the band continues to showcase an ever evolving visual aesthetic that recalls the fashion forward attitudes […]

Julien-K Summer 2018 Tour #1

Aftershock, Merriam, KS – 07/13/2018

Just before the band kicked off its stint as the opening act for the Revolution 3 Tour, Julien-K performed a handful of headlining shows, one of which occurred in Merriam, KS, on the western part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. The show also doubled as a local music showcase, with […]

Skinny Puppy co-founder Nivek Ogre hospitalized with broken jaw after being attacked hours before going on stage

Bad luck for Nivek Ogre who was attacked and beaten unconscious hours before his show as ohGr in Philadelphia on September 11th. Ogre suffered a broken jaw and other injuries. Ogre revealed what happened when it was time for the encore, as you can hear below. ohGr are currently touring in support of their latest album “Tricks”.

I:Scintilla – Swayed

On “Swayed”, I:Scintilla’s brand new studio record, the Chicago-based electronic rock quintet poses several questions – and attempts just as many answers. Alongside charismatic frontwoman Brittany Bindrim, guitarist Jim Cookas, and drummer Vince Grech, joining I:Scintilla’s line-up is bassist Dean Dunakin and guitarist Myles Arwine.

Recorded and produced by Greg Panciera (Sylvia Massy, Alessandro Cortini of Nine Inch Nails, Dave Bianco) over the course of the past 2 years, marks the first new music from I:Scintilla in four years and their first full length studio record since 2010. Brittany also states “…Our brief hiatus really recharged us creatively. Alongside this renewed passion and our evolution; the political climate, a deeper dive into the world of fine art, introspection, and truly immersing ourselves into the songwriting process has truly shaped this collection of songs and has remolded where we are as a band.”

With the recent first video/single “Carmena Saturna”, I:Scintilla not only gave us a first glimpse into this much anticipated new album, but also proved to us once again that only they were able to release such catchy mind-infecting vocal lines ever! A stunning song mixing biting guitar riffs with schizophrenic vocals that go from powerful to mellow to creepy before the entire song deconstructs.

Now, the album’s explosive, punk-influenced opening track, “Human”, has frontwoman Brittany Bindrim asking, “Does this make us human?”: a fitting initial question when you consider the band’s new sound – a deep studio exploration that favours organic instrumentation over programmed sounds. But that is just the beginning…

Next to the hard-hitting groves of “Boxing Glove”, “Nothing But Recordings” features a post-punk / new-wave vibe never heard from the band before – piano gives way to synthesizer which, in turn, gives way to driving bass, fuzzed guitars, and distorted rhythms…

When that introspective mood may strike, look no further than “Mercy Screams”. It captures some of the most beautiful moments in I:Scintilla’s entire catalogue. It is a gorgeous, yet strange, composition that cannot be put into words. Following suit are “Seaglass” and “Pieces”, each capturing difficult subjects – addiction and death – through powerful, uplifting movements.

The band can still flex its industrial-rock muscle, which is showcased on “DFTD (Between the Devils)” and “Island”. The album closer is the title track, ‘Swayed’, which clocks in at eleven minutes. It is the ultimate apocalyptic punctuation mark for the record. The five band members fire on all cylinders on this odd, yet amazingly impactful, musical journey: tribal rhythms, shoegaze fuzz with soaring vocals, abstract electronics, and one of the heaviest endings you’ll ever hear.

Throughout the entire album, Bindrim’s lyrics question many aspects of life, reality, and society, she dedicates the last few minutes of the record to just one – have you been swayed?

Photo Gallery – Poptone in The Motor City

The names of Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins are practically etched into the minds of underground alternative, post-punk, and gothic rock fans – as two of the founding members of Bauhaus, they helped to lay the groundwork for the darker atmospheres that have pervaded every aspect of the scene for 40 years. After the band’s […]

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