Opium Child: Chaos and Zen

 

 At first the album is subtle and hauntingly soft, the sound of violin strings and the dreamlike beating of drums floats upon the ether like the opening to an emotional stage play. But soon the softness gives way to the extreme power of driving metal. This is Opium Child in their quintessential role as creators of pure unadulterated music. Chaos and Zen (Part 1), is the first act of what shall be a somewhat revolutionary album for the South African metal scene. Combining Asian-influenced sounds, lyrics and styles with Western Metal and South African swish, Opium Child has produced an amazingly unique taster album. And if you’re like me then your appetite is already whet. “We would like to see […]

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Warhead

 

 Today we speak to British Industrial band, Warhead. What’s the history of Warhead? Warhead is a product of the industrial/alternative scene in the UK. I was left uninspired and frustrated by bands who over-promised and under-delivered; Warhead is my response to the apathetic and insipid face of the UK scene. What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Industrial hard dance. Relentless and aggressive, and exactly what club DJs have been crying out for. Warhead is what you spin when you want to take it up to eleven. How has Warhead evolved since you first started working on it? I have years of experience in the UK scene, and have always produced electronic music. As I said […]

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Opium Child

 

 Today we speak to South African band, Opium Child. What’s the history of Opium Child? Opium Child is a Johannesburg-based band with most of the band members (5 and a half out of 6 of us) came from Taiwan and China. At first we were just thinking of cleaning the dust off our instruments and do something more meaningful in life than just working, and later when a few songs are done we decided to take it forward and start to play gigs, dedicated a lot more time to practice and writing songs. (Everyone should have something apart from work. -Ed). The band got together in April 2013 and started to playing gigs that October – with Shaun on the […]

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Future Frenetic: Cyber Music

 

 The nightclub sways and slides to the heart-pounding sounds of Future Frentic‘s EP: “Cyber Music“. [soundcloud url=”https://soundcloud.com/futurefrenetic/d-o-w-n-l-o-a-d” comments=”true” auto_play=”false” color=”ff7700″ width=”100%” height=”81″] Future Frenetic – “D.O.W.N.L.O.A.D” Cyber Music is a well constructed album consisting of a half-dozen previously unreleased and un-mastered tracks that had been floating around the Future Frentic HQ since 2006. Although it is quite short, the album flows well and the tracks are perfectly laid out – giving you a fantastic bouncy nightclub vibe in the comfort of your living room or place of business. (Horrid sales pitch, I know. -Ed.) Songs like D.O.W.N.L.O.A.D and E.E.E.V.I.L as well as Society in Motion flow swiftly from the bass, across the ether and into your soles, causing you to dance […]

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A Human Costume

 

 Today we chat with Rob, drummer for the American band, A Human Costume. What’s the history of A Human Costume? A Human Costume unofficially began 5-6 years ago when the two guitarists, Klaus Erian and Logan Williams began playing together. I joined the band in January of 2010. At that time, the band was performing under the name Black of Mind. We had a different singer and bassist who would leave the band later that year. After looking for a new singer and bassist for almost a year, and going through a few other bassists and singers, we received an email from Tim Knapton, who wanted to try out. After the frist jam with Tim, we knew he was the […]

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Venal Flesh: Remotum Ex Carnis Sancta

 

 “The goal with this project is neither reinventing the wheel nor forging new territory. Our goal is to take the sub-genre of industrial that we enjoy the most and evolve what was started by our predecessors.” -Dan. [soundcloud url=”https://soundcloud.com/venalflesh/leprosy” comments=”true” auto_play=”false” color=”ff7700″ width=”100%” height=”81″] Venal Flesh‘s latest offering “Remotum Ex Carnis Sancta” comes across as hauntingly beautiful with a side-order of disturbing. The album, like the band themselves, pushes boundaries and styles in order to create something familiar yet hauntingly unique and creative. [soundcloud url=”https://soundcloud.com/venalflesh/dermatome” comments=”true” auto_play=”false” color=”ff7700″ width=”100%” height=”81″] The album consists of 9 tracks, each one more ghostly than the last. Tracks like Leprosy (above) and Dermatome (below) drill themselves into your mind with an aggressive and powerful […]

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Future Frenetic

 

 Today we speak to British-South African band, Future Frentic. What’s the history of Future Frenetic? Early in 2006 I was DJing on the eXistanz floor a lot and found that the future-pop sound was starting to influence me a lot in what I was writing. Rather than trying to mash it into the darker, harsher sounds of Garten der Asche, I formed FutureFrenetic as a side-project for dancier, lighter, more trance-influenced sounds. The first track that dropped was called “Society in Motion” – it was an instant hit with the eXistanz crowd. What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Trance-influenced industrial. Tho’ some might call it synthpop, I don’t do the melancholy lyrics and lyrically I […]

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Venal Flesh

 

 Today we speak to American band, Venal Flesh. What’s the history of Venal Flesh? The idea came about in 2010. Basically, VanityKills suggested that we start a terror EBM band. As most people familiar with us probably know, my solo project is the ethno-industrial Worms of the Earth which has been releasing for about 7 years now. That project had started as terror EBM many years prior, but had long since moved on and developed its own signature sound. I was reluctant to work on another synth and vocal driven project, but by that time I figured that maybe I was ready to give it another shot and after working on Worms of the Earth for several years I should […]

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Tapewyrm: House Of Cards

 

 The nightclub shakes and the dancers are tossed about as the aggressive power of Tapewyrm’s latest offering “House of Cards” assaults the foundation and bleeds the very core of the solid concrete edifice. [soundcloud url=”https://soundcloud.com/juggernaut-music-group/tapewyrm-house-of-cards-ft” comments=”true” auto_play=”false” color=”ff7700″ width=”100%” height=”81″] This short album may only consist of five tracks, but each one of them is a raging stampede of primeval purity. Tracks like “Chasing Ghosts” and “Careless” pound themselves repeatedly into your head, while songs like “Rebirth” (Dirty K Remix) and “Save Your Soul” (Ruinizer Remix) challenge your preconceived “dance-floor” roles. This a band and an album that lives to shake things up. “It was a necessary step in Tapewyrms evolution, it’s the end of the 1st chapter & by […]

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Juggernaut Music: Two Years And Going Strong!

 

 Just over a week ago, Juggernaut Music released a free-to-download compilation album in celebration of their second year in the music industry. The album, “Various – Two Years And Going Strong!” features 17 tracks by some of their best and most beloved artists (we’ve interviewed a good few already) and showcases some previously unreleased remixes as well as epic collaborations. [soundcloud url=”https://soundcloud.com/citizen-16/iioioii-c16-m80″ comments=”true” auto_play=”false” color=”ff7700″ width=”100%” height=”81″] Citizen 16 (feat IIOIOIOII) – “M80 “ One can instantly tell that a lot of thought and planning went into this album, as it flows well and no one band dominates the rest. The production value is also very good, and the music is clear and clean to listen to, but then again […]

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