Year: 2018

Metroland release double yellow vinyl (+CD): ‘Framed’ – available now via Alfa Matrix

In 2018, the Kraftwerkian act Metroland released their 4th conceptual album “Men In A Frame”. After that album the band released 2 non-album singles, “Man In A Frame” and “Memorabilia”, which were accompanied by more obscure electronic B-sides and remixes. They also launched a successful first exposition, “Pictures To Listen To”, where the duo pushed their concept to its maximum limit allowing the audience to fully experience their “Men In A Frame” concept. The band now closes their conceptual chapter dedicated to photography with a selection of tracks reworked by musicians and bands on “Framed”. The album comes out as a double (yellow) vinyl holding 12 tracks and can be ordered right now from the Alfa Matrix label. Here’s how the vinyl looks like when displayed on your wooden floor. This very limited double-LP release (300 units worldwide) is accompanied by the “Framed Anew“ carton sleeve CD offering a slightly different track list (3 exclusive remixes on the yellow vinyl by Der Dritte Raum, Die Robo Sapiens and FROHM; and 3 non-vinyl remixes on the CD). This collector item will be released at the occasion of the second “Pictures To Listen Too“ exposition at the Cultuur Centrum of Mechelen – […]

‘Click Interview’ with Melotron: ‘We Lost The Sense Why We Are Making Music’

Some of you might remind The Vermin, which was the first band featuring the German trio Andy Krüger, Edgar Slatnow and Kay Hildebrandt. They in 1995 went on as Melotron and got signed on the legendary Zoth Ommog label. Other productions got released by Bloodline, Synthetic Symphony and Out Of Line. Melotron became one of the absolute leading synth-pop formation in Germany, but still a successful export product. But after numerous hits and successful albums they needed some rest to reinvent themselves. After years of silence they this year strike back with a new full length entitled “Für Alle”. The perfect moment to welcome this come-back with an interview. The questions were answered by Edgar. (Courtesy by Inferno Sound Diaries) Q: “Für Alle” is your first ‘new’ studio album in eleven years, but it all sounds like you never stopped making music. How does it feel to be back and have released this new work? Edgar: I’m happy. I’m happy what we have achieved. Yes, “Für Alle” was a long and sometimes stony road. But we needed this time to think about ourselves and about Melotron. Eleven, twelve years ago we lost the sense why we are making music. There were […]

Siva Six are working on their new (5th) album

Fresh news from the dark electro act Siva Six. The band is currently working on a new (5th) album, with Dimitri Douvras (Nightstalker, Rotting Christ, Tethrippon) behind the mixing desk once again. Here’s what the band’s frontman (Z) has to say about the process: “It’s always hard and painful for me to go through this procedure, I make albums because I have reasons to do so and this is the first album that was written outside Athens, in Leipzig, which was the ideal ghost town for me to concentrate on the concept. A projection of my latest experiences and adventures is what it’s all about.” The album will be released somewhere next year. The band’s most recent release is “NYX”, featuring reworks. You can listen to the album below. nyx by SIVA SIX

Erasure announce 30th anniversary deluxe edition of ‘Wild’

Erasure are restarting the series of remastered and expanded album editions that started with “Wonderland”, “The Circus” and “The Innocents”. Available soon is a brand new 30th anniversary of “Wild!” which will be released in a deluxe 2CD hardback book package on March 29th next year. The new edition features the original album, fully remastered, on one disc and then a selection of b-sides, remixes and rarities on the the other. Note that the second disc includes no less than five previously unreleased tracks (see below). The tracklisting: CD1 Piano Song – Instrumental / Blue Savannah / Drama! / How Many Times? / Star / La Gloria / You Surround Me / Brother and Sister / 2000 Miles / Crown Of Thorns / Piano Song CD2 Sweet, Sweet Baby (The Moo Moo Mix) / Drama! (Richard Norris Mix) previously unreleased / Blue Savannah (Mark Saunders 12″ Mix) / Piano Song (Live at the London Arena) previously unreleased / Runaround On The Underground (Remix) / How Many Times? (Alternative Mix) previously unreleased / Supernature (Daniel Miller & Phil Legg Remix) / Star (Soul Mix) / No GDM (Unfinished Mix) / Drama! (Act 2) / Brother and Sister (Live at the London […]

Apoptygma Berzerk announces Oslo concert for August 2019

(By our Norwegian correspondent Jan Ronald Stange. All photos by Krichan Wihlborg, Underground Photo) A week after their successful concert at the Brewhouse in Gothenburg, Apoptygma Berzerk announces their return to an Oslo venue for the first time in over ten years! And it’ll be a full night of music – as their special guest they’ll bring Vile Electrodes over from the UK, who also will support Apop on some of the German dates in 2019. DJ Alex Tjore will fill our ears between the bands with a special DJ set consisting of the best electronic tunes from the golden era of 1977-1984, so proper dancing footwear would be smart to consider. On behalf of the APB Crew, Per Aksel Lundgreen elaborates: Norway has never been the main market for Apoptygma Berzerk, that’s been mostly Germany and the US, but in recent years Sweden has gained more and more attention, and interest has been enormous there. After massive pressure and over 100 (!) Norwegians attending the concert in Gothenburg, we realized that it was time to take a trip home again! There’s nothing that would have pleased us more than regularly playing in Norway, but there’s considerations to be made […]

Solar Fake – One 2 Three

With this release, Solar Fake finally make a contribution to their own fame – considering their successful band history, what would make more sense than taking care of their own back catalogue? Here is “One 2 Three”, a 3CD set coming in a deluxe 8-page Digipak featuring their first three albums “Broken Grid”, “Frontiers” and “Reasons to kill”, of course enriched with bonus tracks and extensive liner notes.

Sven Friedrich, singer and mastermind of the band, about this release: “It’s been 10 years since our debut ‘Broken Grid’ saw the light of day. A lot of things have happened in the meantime, but for us, almost all of them were completely positive. So even better that our first three albums will be re-released now on ‘One 2 Three’. Moreover, we have two bonus tracks per album featuring either live recordings or rehearsal tracks. And the booklet describes my personal reflections upon the band’s history. So, to everybody who met us later on our way and of course to all fans and collectors – have fun with this retrospective!”

Vancouver duo OHMelectronic announces sophomore self-titled album

Five years after the Vancouver electro/industrial act’s debut album, OHMelectronic has announced the release of its latest self-titled album. Originally known as Öhm, the duo of Craig Joseph Huxtable (Landscape Body Machine) and Chris Peterson (Front Line Assembly, Decree) will be releasing OHMelectronic on February 22, 2019 via Artoffact Records. The band promises the record […]

‘Click Interview’ with Individual Totem: ‘How Horrible Would It Be To Be Labeled As ‘Dumb Music?’

Bernd Madl and Mathias Knopp set up Individual Totem during the late 80s. The duo gained some recognition when releasing their music on Off Beat. They next signed to the Canadian label Artoffact. Mathias Knopp left the band in 2010 and got replaced by Jürgen Mossgraber. After a hiatus of five years they now released the album “Electrostatic”, which appears to me as their most accomplished work to date. (Courtesy by Inferno Sound Diaries) Q: Individual Totem is already active since the late 80s and has never released new work at regular basis, but I get the impression each new album stands a bit for a new start and a new sonic adventure. So the hiatus between each production seems to bring you inspiration and creativity, right? What is it all about? Bernd: From my point of view, I love synthesizer and modular stuff. So I check the new products on events like Superbooth and get the inspiration from those instruments themselves. So each album features instruments from the ‘production-years’. A funny thing is, I used my first drum machine Tr-505 on the new album again. So it is all about the machines. Jürgen: We have the great luxury not to […]

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