Vieon -The Sound Of The Future

 

 There is something magical about the opening score. The drone of the deep synths; the Science-Fictionesque electro noises; the soft, yet driving, drums. It is truly a touching piece of music. But then again, this IS Vieon! And this piece of magical music is from their latest album ‘The Sound Of The Future.‘ (It lives up to its name.) https://soundcloud.com/mattwild/only-human The songs on this, 9 track, album make one yearn for the heydays of 90’s and early 20’s electronic music. Songs like ‘Lost Worlds‘ and ‘Only Human‘ are gentle on the ears and gorgeously calming -the mind wanders off all nonsense and free. There are few actual lyrics and vocals on the album and those that are there lack all […]

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Zeistencroix – Stranger

 

 Fact One: The opening track flies out of the sound system and dominates the surroundings -it’s zabernism in motion. Fact Two: ‘Stranger‘ is the latest album by American band, Zeistencroix. Fact Three: The songs on this, 14 track, album are grinding and fiercely passionate. Fact Four: Songs like ‘Got The Wave‘ and ‘Killer Babe‘ are zappy and filled with zoodikers! Fact Five: Overall ‘Stranger’ is a zoon of industrial-metal. It is as far from a gentle zephyr as possible. In fact, this is an album for the rebellious zendiks of the world. Fact Six: Visit the official website for more information.

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Permission: Collapsable Love

 

 What can I say about Permission, apart from the fact that they are so new they have virtually no online presence? Well… a little bit, I must confess. There is something about Permission’s sound, particularly regarding their album ‘Collapsable Love‘ that reminds me a lot of Goldfrapp. Songs like ‘8 am‘ and ‘Vortex Kiss‘ are velvety and soft-hearted. There is nothing aggressive and malicious about Permissions sound. “I wrote most of the tracks on Collapsable Love after being inspired by certain sounds, mostly sourced from the Absynth and Massive plug ins and the Micro Korg. I played with these sounds in the mind to create music that blended the mood or tonality of some of my favorite artists (Depeche Mode, The Cure, […]

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Needle Factory -Drunken Robot Pornography

 

 Some of you may know that Hamartiology is the study of sin; another name for it is ‘Drunken Robot Pornography‘, which also happens to be the title of the latest offering by Manchester based, Needle Factory. The songs on this short, 6 track, album are deliciously twisted and floor stomping. Tracks like ‘Finger Brain‘ and ‘Remote Control‘ are fast moving and driven by all manner of demented excess -all riddled with plinky-plonky electro sounds and sexually deviant lyrics. https://soundcloud.com/analoguetrash/needle-factory-finger-brain Overall ‘Drunken Robot Pornography’ is an interesting album that should entertain and amuse for some time to come. Visit Bandcamp for more information.

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Zero Stroke

We recently spoke to Cape Town based band, Zero Stroke. What’s the history of Zero Stroke? Mike: Chad Browne (guitars) and I (Michael Short, vocals) met in 2008 in Gandalf’s and ended up talking about John Petrucci for hours. We started “The Ministry of Lost Souls” after that and recruited John Yarnold on drums and Phil de Beer on keyboards. We struggled to find a committed bass player until John bumped into Alex in a music store. Alex Rohloff had just returned from a year in England and had played with John in a band in the early 2000s. When our keyboardist, Phil, left to pursue his studies we decided to write a new set of songs and put together […]

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Jay Winkler

Would you like to introduce yourself? My name is Jay Winkler. I’m an independent songwriter for almost 20 years. I grew up and live in Zurich, Switzerland. I started playing the piano as child and when I got 16 I started to play guitar: Later, I also used to play bass and drums. I’m a full autodidact on all instruments. What genre of music do you consider to be your passion? This is a hard question for me. I do not believe in genres and if we study the genres, it’s a little bit unclear in the world of today and many genres are generated as trends. I remember 25 years ago there were just several genres in music business. […]

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Permission

What’s the history of Permission? In 2010 I spent a lot of time at deep house and electronic underground parties in Brooklyn. I always thought that those gritty, metallic techno sounds could use more ethereal female vocals and synths. So I decided to try and make something like that. I taught myself Logic Pro, my brother gave me a second-hand Micro Korg, I bought a simple Apogee ONE mic and it all started. I killed about 15 song ideas before settling on these 4. The name – Permission – is a little more loaded. The idea of consent or authorization has been a big theme in my life. What genre of music do you consider Permission to be? It’s a […]

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A Human Costume – Exhume, Behold, Defenestrate

 

 With the words Exhume and Defenestrate in their album title, you know pretty much what you are getting into with California-based metal band A Human Costume’s debut album. Frantic guitars combined with melodic beats are the order of the day. Mixed in with a few sound effects and you have a great listening experience perfect for playing games like Dead Rising or Dead Island or Dead Space or anything else with Dead in the title, really. Tracks that stand out for me of the 8 on this album are “Axe Attack” and “The Kavorka“. They are tighter than the rest and worthy of airtime on those few radio stations brave enough to play this kind of thing. Lead vocalist Tim Knapton […]

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Factory Acts -Thirst

 

 It is difficult for me to place my finger on what exactly makes this album so hypnotising. I am certain that it has something to do with the memorising synths, the subtle drum and bass type feel and the hauntingly beautiful female vocals. Regardless of its exact nature this is ‘Thirst’ -the latest offering by British group, Factory Acts. Though the album is short -only 4 tracks in length- it is a uniquely flavoured beast. Songs like ‘Animal Spirits’ and ‘Flight’ are peerless and eerily delicious as they float across the ether like the last feather of a long dead bird -a gentle reminder of mortality and of ghosts at the foot of the bed. Overall ‘Thirst‘ is a fantastically […]

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Syd.31

Today we speak to Manchester based, VengaPunk band, Syd.31. What’s the history of Syd.31? I used to be in a punk band called Freaks Union. We did really well but I needed a career and went to uni. I still kept songwriting though. Years later the singer from Freaks heard some of my songs and did some vocals for me, just 3 tracks, and we named ourselves ‘Population’. What happened next was amazing. I became friends with Chapperz from Kommand + Kontrol, and before I knew it I was a guest on Nachtmahrs tour, appeared on Noisuf-X album and played some awesome gigs. I also roped in our live drummer, Liam- C. However, our old singer was quite aggressive and […]

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