Attrition

 

 It is Sunday afternoon and I stand next to a bar counter, a pint of Guinness in my hand. To my left, a Metalhead and a Goth chat about life, the universe and everything. To my right, a mature gentleman (obviously a rocker in his youth) and a young long-haired university type converse; their in-depth conversation quickly fading into the ether as the sound system bellows into life, causing the distant dance floor to erupt with frenzied movements that instantly transform Aandklas, Hatfield, once again, into a place of ritual. “This is Attrition! This is the eternal ritual!” Started in 2006, and held on the first Sunday of every month, Attrition (The eternal ritual) is a unique social gathering that brings […]

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Renoized: I Am Your Sin

 

 We recently interviewed British band Renoized where they mentioned that they were planning on releasing an album in conjunction with our friends at  Juggernaut Music Group in the near future. Well, the future is here in the form of their 13 track album, I Am Your Sin. [soundcloud url=”https://soundcloud.com/renoized/i-am-your-sin-v2014″ comments=”true” auto_play=”false” color=”ff7700″ width=”100%” height=”81″] Renoized – “I Am Your Sin” The first kick is fast and aggressive and while you’re down on the ground reeling from this savage assault, the album continues to kick you in the happy sacks. This antagonistic album typifies Renoized! The songs on this excellent album move quickly and with a purpose that is as subtle as a brick to the face. Tracks like I Am […]

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Queen: The eYe

 

 “Freddie Mercury” Last week the world was amazed to hear the duet “There Must Be More to Life Than This” between legendary rockers Queen and pop star Michael Jackson for the first time. To commemorate this amazing event, I’ve decided to dedicate today to one of the greatest and most mysterious games ever produced – Queen: The eYe.  “Brian May” Produced by Destination Design and released by EA in 1998, this amazing Action-Adventure game takes place in a surreal and mysterious dystopian future in which humanity is under the boot-heel of a sinister computer overlord called “The eYe.” The eYe has killed off and outlawed creativity, freedom, individuality and thought – leaving the world a bland and disfigured sheaf of […]

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Sepultura – Live in SA!

 

 Just over a week ago (Friday night, 12 September) South Africans were treated to a night of head-bangs and mayhem when international Brazilian metal band Sepultura destroyed fans at Carfax in Newtown, Johannesburg. The event was opened by local bands Boargazm and Groinchurn, who got the crowd going with hard hitting lyrics and sounds – setting the tone for what would be an awesome night. The anticipation and excitement from the crowd was something else, with everyone holding out to see the mighty Brazilian giants….. Sepultura! [youtube id=”F_6IjeprfEs” width=”600″ height=”350″] The performance kicked off with the band playing tracks from their earlier albums, and the crowd loving it! Almost instantly, a mosh pit was formed and it stayed that way […]

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Top 5 Funniest Music Videos

 

 Music videos: love them or hate them, they are part of mankind’s eternal quest for entertainment. The following are a few of the more humourous videos around. Some of them are deliberately silly, others are unintentionally funny. Devo – “Whip It” First up we have this quirky little number and 80’s video by American group Devo. [youtube id=”sdDegaHfuXQ” width=”600″ height=”350″] Electric Six – “Gay Bar” One of Electric Six’s most famous and somewhat controversial videos, “Gay Bar” has been a fan favourite and pride song for close to a decade. [youtube id=”HTN6Du3MCgI” width=”600″ height=”350″] Pavement – “Cut your Hair” This 90’s video is the quintessential “bad” Rock video, made on a shoe-string budget and filmed in a barber shop. This […]

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Revenant Cult

 

 Today we speak to Australian band, Revenant Cult. What’s the history of Revenant Cult? Julian: I’ve had the idea of writing this kind of music since the very first time that I heard VNV Nations’ ‘Empires’ album back in about 1999. At the time I was playing synths and guitars in a Gothic metal band, but I didn’t have access to the kind of technology that I needed, and software emulations of synthesisers weren’t as common back then. After that I branched into soundtrack type work for a while, turning an abandoned old house in the middle of nowhere into a recording studio. I released a symphonic CD under the name ‘Sindarion’ and was making a living as a musician, playing […]

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VAC: Tour Interview

 

 Today we speak to VAC (Velvet Acid Christ) regarding his recent world tour. So you’ve recently been on tour for the first time in a couple of years. What was it like to perform again after all these years? The first two shows in Denver and Austin, TX were terrifying. But after that I soon realized that I had over 15 LPs of material that people knew that I could choose from and as long as the song was solid and we performed well, the crowd would go crazy and cheer. Being able to play a whole set with the crowd behind it is really amazing. How have the crowds reacted to your newer music? More positive than I could […]

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The Sextons

 

 LOCAL BAND! Today we speak to Jamie-Lee Sexton of South Africa’s own rock gods, The Sextons! What’s the history of The Sextons? The Sextons have been a work in progress for many years in my mind… I have been playing piano and guitar since I was a kid, and I’ve been singing and writing music since I could talk! I also come from a very musical family full of musicians and creatives so that made it even easier to express myself during my adolescence. I was a solo act for the most part of my musical life thus far, but I always wanted to be part of a band (family). The Sextons was formed a year ago through trials and […]

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Voicecoil

 

 What’s the history of Voicecoil? Voicecoil began simply as an exercise for me. I wanted to do an album totally alone so that I could work on my production skills. I posted a few songs to see how people reacted and the project just kind of exploded, I was signed by Juggernaut almost as soon as the material was released. I released the video for “Vision” in January of 2014 and completed the recording for “Awakened” in May of 2014. Just after that I began performing live to a response I had never expected. The birth of this project has been a whirlwind and I am humbled by the response I have seen so far. Who is your greatest musical […]

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Ripping the Jack

 

 “Mary Ann Nichols” – Jack the Ripper’s Canonical Five Some of you may have heard the news that the most notorious serial-killer, and father of modern nightmares, Jack the Ripper has finally been caught after 126 years. Using the latest in scientific techniques and DNA analysis, British businessman and armchair detective Russell Edwards and a team of scientists have spent the last three years running tests on the shawl of Catherine Eddowes – the fourth of his canonical victims, and have identified the most famous killer of all time as Polish immigrant, Aaron Kosminski (born Aron Mordke Kozminski; 11 September 1865 – 24 March 1919). (I always felt it was him.) In response to this amazing (and hopefully definitive) chapter […]

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