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Stabbing Westward signs record deal with COP International to release first 1st new LP since 2001 – produced by John Fryer

(Photo by Pharmadiver/Kim Hansen Photography) Good news from Stabbing Westward, the band has inked a deal with COP International for a brand new album called “Wasteland” to be released later this year alongside at least one new single. In January, the industrial rock band already released the EP “Dead And Gone” with all new material. It will be the band’s 1st LP in nearly 20 years. The other good news is that they joined up with John Fryer for the production of this new album. Fryer, whose production credits include Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, 4AD, Cocteau Twins and Love and Rockets, was behind the boards on Stabbing Westward’s seminal early albums “Ungod” (1994) and “Wither Blister Burn + Peel” (1996). “It’s grand to be working with Stabbing Westward again,” says Fryer. “The first two albums we made together were some of my finest work as a producer.” Stabbing Westward frontman Christopher Hall adds, “I was so excited to have the opportunity to go back to the very roots of Stabbing Westward by working with John again. John really helped us develop our sound on our first album and then helped us take a huge leap forward with our second […]

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‘Click Interview’ with Mechanimal: ‘Mechanimal Simply Can’t Have A Very Specific Form’

Mechanimal is a Greek project set up in 2011 by Giannis Papaioannou. The name of the band was given to the project by Angelica Vrettou, the video artist of Mechanimal, as ‘they were looking for something that could represent the bipolar mechanical sound/human voice’. The name of the band sometimes also features an underscore (Mechanim_l) because they couldn’t register the name as a whole on a few social media platforms. This year Mechanimal released their fourth full length “Crux” on Inner Ear Records. This work is a mix between different influences; from goth-pop to ambient-pop to experimental to minimal-electro and even a touch of punk. On top of it all you’ll hear the mysterious, sensual, spoken words by Freddie Faulkenberry.“Crux” is a truly masterpiece  and I think one of the most creative works I’ve heard for quite a long time.  (Courtesy by Inferno Sound Diaries) Q: Mechanimal is active for several years now. How do you look back at the origins of the project and what have been the major facts so far? Giannis: I have been releasing dark-ambient and dub-techno music since 1996 under the ION moniker. Most of it is instrumental, but there are also a few songs […]

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Al1ce announce virtual concert series and new single ‘For Dead’

Los Angeles,CA based dark rockpop artists Al1ce have released a brand new song, “For Dead”. “For Dead” was written while the band sequestered themselves in the desert of Joshua Tree, CA at the beginning of the year to put together the base for their new album “As Above So Below”. “For Dead” is the first single off the album. The artwork for the song was created by Brittany Bindrim of the band I:Scintilla. Their 3rd album µwill be released in dual-song installments in 2020. You can listen to “For Dead” below. Al1ce are also launching 1nside/out, an all virtual tour to figure out a way to evolve as a live performance group in these trying times of COVID-19. They will also host a fundraiser each night of the tour that will transparently be split evenly between all participating artists/bands/djs/promoters/venues. It will all be donation-based as anyone can watch for free. The virtual tour will be available through Al1ce’s Twitch Channel and more details can be found here. Al1ce is a multimedia performing arts rock group that fuses dance, surrealist art, video, world music, electronica and rock. Their musical influences include an expanse of different genres that include darkwave, electronica, industrial, […]

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Danish electro pop artist Lydmor returns with ‘Someone We Used To Love’ – watch the video

(Photo by Ditte Chemnitz) Out May 15 on hfn music is the newest single by Danish electro pop artist Lydmor: “Someone We Used To Love”. The single has 2 versions of the title track, the single edit and the album version. “Someone We Used To Love” is partly influenced by the Irish author Oscar Wilde and his classic novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray” from 1890. The novel quotes: “There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.” This quote has inspired Lydmor in the creation of her new single. Here’s the video for the track. This year Lydmor was involved in cross-aesthetic collaborations with the dance company Corpus at the Royal Theatre and at this year’s Roskilde Festival. She has also created the soundscape for a new stage production of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth night”, which is scheduled to run at the Oslo Ny Teater this autumn. Live dates announced If Corona isn’t spoiling the fun, you should be able to see Lydmor live at work at the following dates. 07.10.20 Belgium, Kortrijk, De Kreun (supporting Compact Disc Dummies) 11.10.20 Belgium, Sint-Niklaas, De Casino (supporting Compact Disc Dummies) 15.10.20 Belgium, Gent, Het Dopot […]

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VOWWS release new single and videoclip ‘Impulse Control’

The inventors of Death pop, Industrial pop and Dark pop from Los Angeles are back with a new single called ‘Impulse Control’ that can be ordered here. The new videoclip was shot by singer/musician Rizz and Jesse Draxler (Nine Inch Nails, Chelsea Wolfe, the Black Queen) in Little Tokyo just before the corona-crisis broke out. Dark, doomy, dreamy, cinematic and mysterious is the style of VOWWS. Those elements can be seen again in the new clip. The band states: “It’s a unique time for humanity, the machine has stopped and we’re all in solitary having to deal with ourselves. There’s a lot of anxiety that we can’t really run from. Like everyone else, we’re processing a huge shock and experiencing things we’ve never dealt with before. We’re grateful to have an outlet for some of the angst, it feels like the best way we can work through something this intense is to capture the feeling. A lot of the song came out of nowhere, straight from the void probably.” VOWWS earlier collaborated with Deftones singer Chino Moreno, New Wave icon Gary Numan, Danny Lohner (Renhölder) of Nine Inch Nails/Marilyn Manson and toured with The Cult in the US. Their first […]

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