RAMFEST 2014.

 

 Protoculture. With great excitement and anticipation we left for Ramfest on Saturday Afternoon (8 March 2014), armed with wellingtons and hoodies to combat the incessant rain that threatened South Africans own Glastonbury Music Festival, only better, RAMfest. Gangs of Ballet. Arriving a day late was sad, but we were still able to catch the legendary Pestroy before they go on a well deserved hiatus. Though I was rather distraught that we couldn’t see Biffy Clyro. (I have been told that they were absolutely fantastic.) However the Saturday show didn’t disappoint. Trivium were up first and although they were good, I couldn’t help but feel a little cheated, they just missed some of the energy that South African fans have become […]

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G.L.O.W.

 

 Today we speak to internationally known, locally made, Dark-Electro Band, G.L.O.W. What’s the origin of your band name? G.L.O.W. was derived from the Industrial/E.B.M. scene with influences of personal burdens, reminiscence, retaliation and one putting their foot down. What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Industrial/E.B.M. History of your G.L.O.W? G.L.O.W. started off with me as a solo artist from 2008 until present. I became recognized on MySpace and Soundcloud with songs such as Anger, Levitate, Plastic and Flying Dutchman (Final Quest?). After winning a tune signature competition in 2013(with an Arizona-based Gothic Radio station called Oontzcast), my music became more recognized worldwide. Tracks which were aired were Flying Dutchman (Final Quest?), Hai-Uri and My Smile […]

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DarcTyde Events!

 

 Today we speak to Keith, the owner and driving force behind DarcTyde Events – a local Alternative-Underground nightclub extravaganza! Why did you decide to create DarcTyde Events? We started DarcTyde Events as a means to help promote the South African Goth Scene. We have many talented local Gothic and Darkwave artists, but so few venues are willing to give them a chance. We also simply wanted to throw some of the most awesome goth parties. Tell us a bit about the history of your organisation. We started DarcTyde in early 2001. Our first event would have been a 2-day goth event called Nocturne, but, at the last moment, the person who was funding the majority of the costs pulled out […]

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IIOIOIOII SUN REVIEW.

 

 American based Electro artist Christopher Gurney delivers a Synthpop album full of nostalgia… and a fresh, modern feel. Rising Sky the opening track sets the tempo for whats expected, soft synths and dreamlike vocals make this song a beautiful opener. Track 2 Weapon is very catchy synthpop with a decent dance tempo, beeps and glitches dominate here reminds me of a eutopian world aiming for a state in which everything is perfect; idealistic. the vocal style differs in somde parts of he song which keeps the listener focused into the song as the tale wonders. Stardust is a beautifully written song, the use of soft synths and melodies transcends you (insert happy place) Do You Know is a much darker […]

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Eisdrive Hours of Steel EP Review

 

 This is not pretty listening… at all. This is as Industrial as hell. From Montclair, New Jersey (East Coast of the United States) comes Eisdrive; and their new four-track EP “Hours of Steel.” A Clockwork of dark and gritty… edgy sounds, uneasy listening, Eisdrive deliver an apocalyptic type of industrial which is akin to great acts like Front Line Assembly and early Leaether Strip.… but in no way copies the sound. Official Facebook Page.   Hours of Steel is the soundtrack to your existence in urban decay.

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TAMLA KAHN.

 

 Today we speak to an up and coming South African three-piece rock outfit Tamla Kahn. Now they have an interesting story, coming from a small Limpopo town and relocating to Gauteng to keep up with demand to see them play. What’s the history of Tamla Kahn and origin of your name? John joined the band on 6 February, 2010 and we consider this our official birthday. Before he joined, the band had gone through several working titles, but it was everyone’s decision in the end to call the band Tamla Kahn –Tamla’s full name being Tamla Kahn McMahon– not only because Tamla had started the band, but also because it is original and unique, and we didn’t just want a […]

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K-BEREIT!

 

 LESSON ONE. Industrial with glamour -positive sounds and negative beats. That’s what you can expect from France’s legendary K-Beriet.  START RUNNING. History of your project? I met them at a private event in Belgium in 2011. They played 4 songs of their new album, and I really liked it. We spent the whole night together, and we had a lot of fun. We used Facebook to talk everyday, and they sent me songs ans stuff to have new opinions about their music. Dominique was already in his new concept, with the mask stuff and the whole visual part. I asked them to be their booking agent, and we did like 20 gigs in one year. The album was a real success, we […]

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South African Metal Music Awards. (2014)

 

 With much excitement and anticipation the FIRST South African Metal Music Awards finally occurred last Saturday, 8th February, 2014. (We sent our top Metal reviewer to this legendary event. -Ed.) It was time to pay homage to some of South Africa’s best Metal and Alternative acts. Hosted at Rumours Lounge and being the first of its kind, I was not sure what to expect, but for the most part I was pleasantly surprised. While the organisation could have been better, and the venue could have been a bit cooler, it was a awesome evening of good music, good friends, excellent food, and awesome talent, with some of South Africa’s most influential Rock Gods in one place. With 17 categories of […]

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LEVEL 2.0

 

 WHITE LIES! Trolling the internet for music, as I normally do, I stumbled across Level 2.0 an American Future Pop/EBM outfit, with very catchy and familiar Synth lines that make you want to raise your hands in the air, base lines that demand you stomp your feet too in other words, party music. ANGELFIRE! Right I’ll fire away. Level 2.0 tell us a little about the project and its name? Level 2.0 (pronounced level two-point-zero) was created in 2005 between myself (Mike Hoffman) and Matt Clennan. We both had the same exact taste in electronic bands and both wanted to just create one song to listen to in the car that was “ours” when we drove around. And we wanted it to […]

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Lamb of God Live in Johannesburg!

 

 AS THE PALACES BURN. (2003) Last Saturday, 25th January, it was time for an event that many like-minded South African Metal Fans had been looking forward to for months, Lamb of God! Despite supposed protests by various religious groups regarding the concert, on arriving at Nasrec, it was refreshing to see everyone ready and willing to have a good time! And no protesters. ASHES OF THE WAKE. (2004) The opening act was Mind Assault from Cape Town. I have no idea why I haven’t seen them before because these guys were absolutely amazing. They were the perfect opening act to get the crowd ready for what was coming! Next up was The Drift. Though being relatively new comers as a […]

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