Petrol Bastard

Today we speak to J and B from Petrol Bastard. What’s the history of Petrol Bastard? B: We have both been writing electronic music and swearing over it for years, so it was inevitable we would team up at some point. I was looking for a replacement singer for one of my bands and asked Jon to audition, but we ended up starting Petrol Bastard instead, so there. Nerr nerr ne nerr nerr. We wanted to create a thing where we could push ourselves to the limit of drunkenness and not have to worry about playing anything in time or being dragging loads of equipment around. Bands are shit, slow and logistically difficult whereas two people can work at lightning […]

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Ctrl Alt Del

 

 Today we speak to British band, Ctrl Alt Del. What’s the history of Ctrl Alt Del? Way back in 2004 a band I was in called I.O.N. was coming to it’s natural end. I decided at that point that I wanted to continue with electronic music but something with a few less rules and a bit more light hearted. I’d been playing around with chip sounds and classic synths but could never really fix on one area. Six years later I gave it another go and shared some of the early results with my long time friend Yamon. He picked up on a few production issues and started helping me develop the sound and direction. We decided it’d be fun […]

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Cryptic Dawn: Aggrometh

 

 The first track assaults your senses within seconds of the sound system coming to life. The second and third tracks continue the attack; and by the time you get to track twelve your head is left in a distorted mess by the pure power of Cryptic Dawn’s electcro-aggression. Aggrometh -the long awaited LP- picks up where Old Blood left off. Once again Cryptic Dawn has delved into the world of popular culture, drugs, guns and meth. Namely the meth of American hit TV show, Breaking Bad. [youtube id=”Xce8WhOKcjQ” width=”600″ height=”350″] All the tracks on this album are well executed -the beats hard, the drums tribal and the synths hauntingly simple; and the singing, though hard and distorted, still sinks into […]

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Paresis: Hope Lies Torn

 

 I am often prone to the curse of logorrhea; but today I will attempt to curtail my ramblings and furnish you with the simple facts. Fact One: Paresis is a great band. Fact Two: The first song “Not in my name” kicks you in the head causing frenzied movements and peculiar dance-floor dominating dance moves that could bring about the end of days or the zombie apocalypse. Fact Three: The rest of the album is just as powerful at pounding your speakers, assaulting your head and causing you to attack the dance-floor. Fact Four: Songs like “Anti Me” and “Your voice” are but the tip of the iceberg that this amazing band has created over the years. The guitar riffs […]

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The 5 best AMVs to please your ears and dazzle your eyes

The one moment Dante is rhythmically stepping on a series of enemies he fights, perfectly in tune with every bounce of the base, the next the song pauses as he hurls though the air in a back flip, with the base dropping just as the warrior’s boots hit the floor, and the rest of the tune on its heel when he sprints forward to engage the demons once more. While it can be incredible to see some energy bunny perform impossible dance moves to a song, it’s hard to find a dancer that can beat a well-orchestrated and perfectly timed Animated Music Video. The sword dance between the son of Sparta and a horde of demons I described above is […]

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.5:The Gray Chapter Prieview

 

 .5:The Gray Chapter is the 5th Studio album by US band SlipKnoT. Released worldwide on 21 October 2014 this is their first album release in six years, and the first not to feature deceased bassist Paul Gray (whom the album title is an ode to) or  drummer Joey Jordison, who parted ways with the band in 2013. The album contains a balance of the melodic style of newer albums, but also incorporates the harder more brutal style of the Iowa era. The pain the band suffered from the loss of Paul is evident in the sombre tone of the album, as well as Corey Taylor’s emotional lyrics. The emotional track Goodbye and the frustrated Skeptic are both clear tributes to […]

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Paresis

 

 What’s the history of Paresis? I’d sung/screamed in various local metal bands for a few years, but had little success and wanted to try things on my own terms. I put together a basic home PC with some free software and set about trying to make some sounds in the vein of Grendel, Combichrist et al. After a while I had a few tracks and put out a free EP online mainly for friends to listen to, sounding nothing like I had intended originally! A good mate kindly got me an opening slot one night on a tour coming through my hometown of Peterborough that he was promoting. The ‘Incineratour’ was Concrete Lung, Je$us Loves Amerika and Digicore, all signed […]

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Kevorkian Death Cycle: God Am I

 

 For close to twenty years, Kevorkian Death Cycle, has thrilled audiences with their unique style of Electro-Industrial music; and today’s album “God Am I” is the epitome of that yieldless twenty year career. [youtube id=”-cyce_RIwpY” width=”600″ height=”350″] The album begins slowly with haunting melodies and gentle synths, but soon that is replaced with heavy guitar riffs and powerful drumbeats. Songs like “Children of Chaos”, “Blood of Faust” and “Shadow” remind me of older Skinny Puppy, Nitzer Ebb and Front 242, and it’s fantastic. Kevorkian Death Cycle went so far as to even cover the Pet Shop Boy’s “It’s a sin!” (Fantastic cover.) “Shadow” remixed by HexRx. This amazing, 11 song, album is available on Bandcamp, and next year its sequel […]

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Kevorkian Death Cycle

 

 Today we speak to legendary Californian Industrial band, Kevorkian Death Cycle. What’s the history of Kevorkian Death Cycle? Greg: Kevorkian Death Cycle was started by Ryan and Roger back in the early 1990’s. They were in a band called Grid that then became KDC. I met Roger around 1992, and we soon discovered we were both musicians that liked all the same music. I joined the band shortly thereafter playing guitar and doing a tiny amount of programming on Collection. Those were some amazing times and we had a lot fun making that first record! I had to leave KDC during the making of Dark Skies and A+0(m) to pursue my career in audio. Roger and I stayed in touch […]

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Cryptic Dawn: Old Blood

 

 I am not an admirer of Agrotech. To be honest I find the genre lacking in substance, flawed by cliches and riddled with meaningless and unwanted autolatry -though far be it from me to avulse the genre or its heroes. Instead, I am here to review music, and I can say that with all honesty what, Cryptic Dawn has produced here IS, in fact, fantastic music! “Guns Up” This album “Old Blood,” though consisting of only 5 tracks, is an amazing and powerful dance-floor filling sub-creature. Songs like “Guns Up” and “Left to Die” are filled with political and social messages, and a plethora of other concepts and ideas that hint at the deeper meaning of life on our planet, […]

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