Citizen 16

 

 Today we speak to American, Electro-Industrial/Dark-Wave band, Citizen 16. What’s the history of Citizen 16? Citizen 16 was a project started in early 2010 by creator and lead singer Myself (Wolf Neve) After years of being in and out of metal bands and another small industrial project known as “Drone component” I was tired of being pulled down from other bands and stopping me from doing what I wanted in the music scene. I reached out and I started my own Project known as “Citizen 16” A Band that not only let Me release My built up musical talent, But allowed Me to open up My heart releasing Songs that had meaning inside. The meaning of rising up to make […]

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Ritual Aesthetic: Decollect

 

 Impressive guitar riffs supported by dynamic drumbeats and creative syths, all of which flow to powerful vocals which ooze forth creative and mysterious lyrics. This is Ritual Aesthetic at their best. [soundcloud url=”https://soundcloud.com/ritual-aesthetic/tender-petal” comments=”true” auto_play=”false” color=”ff7700″ width=”100%” height=”81″] After listening to their latest offering, DECOLLECT, it is no surprise that this intricate and well executed album took nearly three years to complete, as songs like Tender Petal and Orchid Incestus sweep through your very mind, body, and if you like, soul. After listening to Something to know you by, one is instantly overwhelmed with complex emotions and a primeval fever that makes you want to throw your arms in the air and “strut your funky stuff” like some possessed madman. […]

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Ritual Aesthetic

 

 Today we speak to American band, Ritual Aesthetic. What’s the origin of your band name? I got the name for the project after a few months of being frustrated trying to capture the look and feel of what we see depicted in art and entertainment – especially in religious iconography surrounding ritualistic ceremonies into words. Whatever time period you examine you’re usually always finding the same reoccurring thematic elements – fire, conjurations by candle light, physical & allegorical offerings, gatherings in chambers, animal bones, jagged architecture etc. I was trying to hone in on specific sensations or individual sights one may be seeing or feeling in that setting but then it kind of hit me like a ton of bricks […]

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Tactical Module: Resurrection

 

 The subtle synths flow through the ether giving one a sense of majestic soul wakening music. But this is not meant to remain. Within a few seconds the dance-floor erupts into a frantic and chaotic melee as hard guitar riffs, head pounding drumbeats and aggressive distorted vocals overwhelm all in their path. Before you realise it, you’ve been swept up into the melee, all sense of calm and self abandoned as you join the frantic masses in this most primal of emotional displays. This is the power of Tactical Module and their latest offering, Resurrection. [soundcloud url=”https://soundcloud.com/tactical-module/a-flicker-of-hope” comments=”true” auto_play=”false” color=”ff7700″ width=”100%” height=”81″] Resurrection -a hard hitting three track EP- features Tactical Module at their best as they incorporate several genres […]

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Tactical Module

 

 Another Friday, another epic band interview. Today we chat to Industrial master, Tactical Module. What’s the history of Tactical Module? Tactical Module I started nearly 5 years ago while I was studying music in college I was the only person in the college who was interested industrial music so I couldn’t really push it through my studies so it was more of an outlet to let me have my independence music wise while playing other styles with other people it allowed me to create my sound and vision musically without having the constraints that come with college. What genre of music do you consider your work to be? To be perfectly honest I think where the project does so much […]

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Blast Radius: Music Review

 

 With hauntingly beautiful lyrics carried by a ghostly electronic voice and powerful dance-floor filling beats and synths, Blast Radius is one of the best up-and-coming Electronic bands in the world. Hailing form Australia this talented duo are set to take the underground Electronic music-scene by storm. And I can tell you now, I can’t fraking wait! [soundcloud url=”https://soundcloud.com/blastradiusmusic/dreams-vs-paul-venkman” comments=”true” auto_play=”false” color=”ff7700″ width=”100%” height=”81″] After listening to songs like Dreams (above) and Endure for only a few minutes something majestic and beautiful seems to awaken deep within the hidden fragments of ones soul. With lyrics that hint at the most magnificent and glorious things within all of us; and with complex synths and primal drumbeats that unleash the neolithic dancing beast […]

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Blast Radius

 

 It’s Friday, and that means interviews with musicians, album reviews and event critiques. Now, today we interview upcoming Australian band, Blast Radius. (We’ll review their latest musical offering later today). What’s the origin of your band name? Before we get started – hey everyone, I’m Lachlan from Blast Radius, and I’ll be taking the wheel of this interview as Ryan’s currently fighting off a nasty virus that’s whacked him around for the last week or two. Poor bastard. The name is actually the most storied part of the project, although that’s not saying much. It has its roots in high school, when I was in a cover band for a short time. I drafted a series of names for this […]

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Xian Engel. (EISDRIVE).

 

 Today we speak to Xian Engel, the man behind American, EBM band, Eisdrive. What’s the origin of that name? EISDRIVE was an amalgamation of words I liked the sound of that went well together but thematically it trades on the idea of “cold driving electronics”…EIS being “Ice” in German and I suppose the “Drive” portion can reference computer drives or the drive of the music though I dis read some half-forgotten sci-fi story where there was data stored on sheets of ice so that may have been in the back of my thought process as well. As a band name I feel it can morph to your purpose. What genre of music do you consider your work to be? I […]

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Linkin Park – The Hunting Party.

 

  “Keys to the Kingdom.” Wednesday evening, 4th June, saw the South African early-preview launch of Linkin Park’s much anticipated 6th studio album, “The Hunting Party.” “The Summoning.” The launch was held at Lasermaxx at Stoneridge Shopping Centre, with the thought process being that since the name of the album is “The Hunting Party” what better way to introduce the album than by having a hunting party, which led to us hunting each other down with laser guns. (Shooting each other is how we solve company disputes. -Ed.) [youtube id=”Nym1P-BO_ws” width=”600″ height=”350″] After the last two studio albums, I was not sure what to expect, as A Thousand Suns and Living Things were extremely “poppy”, but I was pleasantly surprised, as we […]

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Mike Oldfield: Man on the Rocks

 

  “Sailing” – 4:46. For close to four decades the world has been blessed with the music of Mike Oldfield. This year his 25th studio album was released. Entitled, Man on the Rocks, this unique album is Oldfield at his best. “Moonshine” – 5:49 This progressive rock/electro album hints at Oldfield’s earlier work such as The Killing Fields (1984) and Islands (1987). Oldfield once again manages to create something familiar and yet, unique. [youtube id=”gIgQGzta1kY” width=”600″ height=”350″] Man on the Rocks infuses various styles and influences, and the lyrics cover a range of topics, from mental health to natural disasters. It is also the second Oldfield album to feature no instrumental tracks since Earth Moving. (1989) [youtube id=”YgpS6dQVHbg” width=”600″ height=”350″] The […]

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