The Birthday Massacre - Diamonds2020-03-16 (News)
'The night is short. It weighs heavy, but the light always awaits us.'
'Diamonds', the new album by The Birthday Massacre, contains an exploration of darkness as well as light, poison as well as its antidote. Within the songwriting, one can sense the passing of time, and the conflicts and resolutions that we can all feel. Nights end, and days resolve. If we look inside, we can find these precious emotions and conflicts.
Every single one of them is valuable. Like the diamonds in the dark. And thus, we have "Diamonds" by the Birthday Massacre. The distinctive soaring synths and guitars, paired with our Chibi's beautiful familiar and reassuring voice, guides us all into the darkness as well as out to the light - guides us to mourn and to look inside, but also take our hand and invite us to dance, and remember - the night is short. It weighs heavy, but the light always awaits us.
Pouppee Fabrikk - Armén2020-03-09 (News)
With a minimalist powerful electronic style that was often compared to pioneers like DAF and Nitzer Ebb, Pouppee Fabrikk are the leaders of the EKM movement (Elektronisk Kroppsmusik) - physical music that makes you want to get up and move. Since 1987, Sweden's Pouppee Fabrikk has never been about perfection or being nice. They stand for 100% primitive electronic with attitude. No compromise, no polish!
With their previous album ("The Dirt") the band intentionally decided to look backward, doing an attempt at recreating the past and bringing back the ways of old, using early abandoned demo’s as unique creation source. In 2020, Pouppee Fabrikk now release their first brand new studio album since the 90’s. After having looked back at their uncompromising aggressive past, the Swedish gang today strongly reconfirms with "Armén" their solid early-Electronic Body Music sonic roots! This new straight in your face 10-tracker retains all Pouppee Fabrikk’s trademark attributes: Henrik Björkk’s commanding growling vocals, devastating repetitive bass lines and solid hard beats. They serve us straight-in-your-face stomping hard electronics to the ultimate pleasure of their fanbase. But this new album takes us to the next level, adding a gritty, dirty and violent touch to it all, making Pouppee Fabrikk sound even more radical, loud and noisy than ever, carrying us at that point of balance where the sound of grinding machines and the suffering of sweating bodies unite before imploding and exploding.
"Armén" is an angry and impulsive assault against all forms of control and oppression, urging us to take command on our lives, to fight for freedom of expression, breaking the codes, becoming a league of our own and shouting out loud once for all that "enough is enough".
For the very first time as well, Pouppee Fabrikk also deliver a very expressive song in their own Swedish mother tongue, "Kom Ta Min Smärta" ("come take my pain") which is sure to become a floor-filler in the clubs that dare to go hard…
2020 is definitely bound to become a year of "grand cru" for Electronic Body Music. Run for shelter.
The "Armén" album also comes out on black vinyl format as a limited edition of 300 units worldwide.
The Pouppee Fabrikk army of fans will also enjoy the deluxe carton box edition of the album including unique bonus outfit goodies: a 3 cm black metal pin with embossed white logo, an embroidered 10 cm black circle patch with band logo and 3 reversed crowns in silver and some bonus design material.
Neuroactive - Minor Side-Effects2020-03-02 (News)
2020 could not start any better than with the stunning comeback of Finland’s best electro export to date: Neuroactive in its original line-up! It’s back in 1991 that Vesa Raine, Ville Brusi and Jarkko Tuohimaa created the now cult synth pop / EBM band Neuroactive. Almost 30 years later, headmaster Jarkko Tuohimaa had the brilliant idea to rewind time and reunite the 3 good old friends and the studio magic instantly ignited! And it’s no surprise that songs like "In Rust We Trust" or yet "All Forces Integrate" evoke the band’s early days and make echoes to Neuroactive’s major club hit "Space Divider".
"Minor Side-Effects" indeed reveals a much harder edge through punching electro sequences and kicking beats compared to Neuroactive’s most recent softer dance pop releases through the US-based A Different Drum label. This said, we can still see this new 7th full length studio album as a logical and natural evolution in the band’s impressive music repertoire and its characteristic fusion of catchy vocals, modern melodic synth arrangements and carrying electronic beats. "Modern Synth-Pop", "Future-Pop", "Techno-Pop", whatever you call it, Neuroactiveconfirm here more than ever their veteran supremacy in the genre thanks to intricate songwriting skills and a meticulous production work that can make many artists in the genre quite envious.
Neuroactivealternate here dynamic and catchy synth pop songs and darker upbeat EBM/future pop tunes which at turn evoke old school bands. The new album’s club hits are called "Dances", "Night Flights" and "Dagger". We will also notice the very interesting collaboration with Halo Effect’s singer John Peverieri performing guest vocals on 2 songs and adding a lush moody dimension to this beautiful album.
"Minor Side-Effects" is no doubt Neuroactive’s album of maturity offering us some promising perspectives on the electro synth pop scene for the many years to come. To consume without moderation: addictive side-effects guaranteed!
La Scaltra - Cabaret2020-02-25 (News)
La Scaltra presents a journey into the dark Gloomy Witch world. As a door to another dimension opens, the dark sounds of the quartet on the album "Cabaret" liberate the world of ghosts.
Sometimes hesitating, sometimes eloquently, La Scaltra's songs draw both bizarre scenarios in the sense of The Munsters or The Addams Family (The Garden) and liberating and lively images of a flight like with Peter Pan (Neverland). If the pain persists (Gunshot Lullabies), redemption comes (Ghosts, Nightmares). 'Cabaret' is the first album by La Scaltra, which was previously only available as a demo, now as a new and reworked edition including the bonus track "Downfall".
Rotersand - How Do You Feel Today2020-02-23 (News)
Germany's Rotersand is known for exciting, intelligent electro. Over a number of breathtaking records, Rotersand combine emotion and electronics. Always questioning, always doubting, always resisting.
The new album "How Do You Feel Today" is both a critical observation of our civilization and a profoundly biting piece of social criticism. Huge, sublime music. Electronic anthems for humanity.
Amduscia - Existe2020-02-21 (News)
Aggrotech from Mexico – that was a highly explosive cocktail since the day it was mixed, and Amduscia was standing front line since their debut "Melodies For The Devil". Existe is the next milestone they managed to add to their career. Welcome to a world where danceability and aggression are two sides of the same coin.
The 20 years of history of Amduscia is a story worth a Hollywood script: The defiant battle for an audience on the worldwide dancefloors lead to a march of triumph through the realms of Hard Electro. Clouded by the tragic death by leukemia of mastermind Edgar Acevedo in 2010 his brother and singer Polo Amduscia decided to not give up but to take the legacy of his brother and carry it in deepest honor. "Existe" wears the mark of this idea: The mix of classic Aggrotech and Trance elements is absolutely characteristic and sounds as fresh and hypnotic as it did 20 years ago.
If you want to step right into the cosmos of Amduscia, "Existe" has a special bonus for you: On two additional CDs Amduscia bring a Best-Of with all their hits. If you want to get a view into the impressive work of this unique band, you get the whole service here. But of course there is also a bonus for the Die-Hards: The "Perdición, Perversión, Demencia"-Demo is included on CD 3. And as if that wouldn‘t be enough, there will be the additional bonus track "No Control".