Hanzel Und Gretyl - Satanik Germanik2018-07-02 (News)
Hanzel Und Gretyl has been an ever evolving band. The last album, "Black Forest Metal" marked a new era, employing black metal and satanic themes crossed with motifs from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale.
Another dark step forward in the bands evolution, "Satanik Germanik" is Hanzel und Gretyl's darkest, most metal release to date. More evil, menacing and fun than ever, while still 100% Hanzel Und Gretyl.
Fear Of Domination - Metanoia2018-06-29 (News)
On the new album, "Metanoia", Finnish Metal-band Fear Of Domination is raising hell with a maelstrom of grinding riffs, pounding grooves and massive electronica, fluidly bridging the gap between addictive catchiness and relentless aggression.
There must be something about Finland that is the reason for the immense creative potential coming from that sparsely populated country in the North – we don’t know whether it is the air, the beer or the long periods of darkness, but fact is that some of the most visionary bands in past years have come from the land of the midnight sun and myriads of lakes. Defying easy genre categorization, Fear Of Domination fuse elements from a variety of different styles, bringing together elements as diverse as Melodeath, Industrial and EDM to create an altogether unique vision of a hyper-energetic, modern Metal-sound. The band sports a dynamic front duo, with the new female singer Sara Strömmer delivering an extraordinary range from vicious screams to powerful clean singing, nicely complementing founding vocalist Saku’s energetic shouting style and driving home this searing powerball of an album.
Songs like "Face Of Pain" and "The Last Call" are already dominating streaming play lists around the globe prior to album release, hence everything is pointing to a bright future for the furious eight-piece. With "Metanoia", Fear Of Domination have recorded their strongest effort to date and they now are setting out to conquer the world. Also available as a deluxe double CD in a Digipak with the preceding album "Atlas" as bonus.
Melotron - Für Alle2018-06-27 (News)
Melotron return with their long-awaited new album and 11 new hits that showcase the group’s unique brand of modern, electronic Pop music: "Für alle" (= for everyone.)
Melotron have always stood for slightly twisted but utterly likable electronic anthems that bring together catchiness, club compatibility and emotional depth, spiced up with clever observation skills and an inimitable energy.
The German Synth Pop trio has been letting us wait for a new album for far too long… which gave them a lot of time to polish and perfect their new material and resulted in 11 songs that belong among the most concise, addictive and to the point tunes that Melotron have ever created. The band wraps a fundamentally cynical reflection on human existence into a thudding Future-Pop-stomper, gives macho-bully-types the proverbial finger on a bedding of melodic club-beats or opens with a warm welcome dressed in classy Synth-Pop-pomp.
The sonic romp also incorporates New-Wave-reminiscences (fittingly sung in English) and in "Hätte, wenn und aber" (which would roughly translate to "had I, if and but") modern EDM-sounds are introduced into the Melotron-cosmos in a rather elegant fashion. The lads have skillfully expanded their sonic horizon while still retaining their unique feel. Is this an album "Für alle"? Let’s put it like this: aficionados of melodic electronic tunes will not want to take a pass on this one. And for the rest, we say: you are warmly invited to check it out! There’s a good chance you will become addicted to what you hear.
Nachtmahr - Widerstand2018-06-25 (News)
Nachtmahr's latest EP "Widerstand" is a far more than a massively produced, sublimely arranged club manifesto of the purest zeitgeist: His is the resistance to end all resistance, incarnated in the two brand-new songs "Firmament" and "Ungezähmtes Land". Nachtmahr‘s call to arms as of 2018 is a bit more melodic, a bit more dramatic, yet it doesn‘t lack common virtues like destructive beat dominance and wildly thrashing Industrial madness. Even more variety, however, can be found in the numerous remixes, reworks and edits present on this EP: An Apocalyptic Folk version of "Mütterchen Russland" produced by Thomas Rainer himself, "Ungezähmtes Land" with Russian vocals courtesy of Michail Evodkimov (Eisenwut) and "Firmament" with Maria Mar‘s (Omnimar) unique voice.
Add to that other stomping remixes like by ES23, Greg Oroth, as well as, huge surprise, a rendering of "Ungezähmtes Land" by Martial Folk legends Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio. Their take produces a bombastic hymn to the end of all things.Ten tracks, ten different worlds – ten nightmares with overlength. This gripping intermezzo, it must be duly noted, is true to the rest of the strict Nachtmahr commandments as well.
Thus, also a luxurious, voluptuous packaging with high gloss photography as well as yet another take on Nachtmahr‘s iconic uniform fetish are part of the deal. Everything different as expected, everything enthralling as expected from Austria‘s most famous partisans. Or, as Shakespeare would have said: "Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more" – and make this march yet another triumphant procession.
Lederman & De Meyer - Eleven Grinding Songs2018-06-23 (News)
Lederman & De Meyer is the amazing and unexpected artistic fusion of two prominent figures from the cult Belgian electronic music scene. Talented and humble musician and producer, Jean-Marc Lederman composed lots of music for movies and video games under various pseudonyms and collaborated with a plethora of artists including Alain Bashung.
On the other side, author and performer Jean-Luc De Meyer, started his career with Underviewer before joining Front 242 from 1981 and collaborating on record or on stage with many other artists. His unique and so characteristic voice is unmatched and instantly gets recognised by any true self-respecting EBM-industrial-electronic music lover.
On their "Eleven Grinding Songs" debut album, Lederman's keyboards are, as always, raspy, melodious and absolutely unpredictable, making it hard to imagine what direction each title will take. Songs starting with peaceful atmospheric intros grow into thick and excited cuts ("Atoms In Fury", "Heartbeat"…) while other straight binary dance tracks gradually morph into complex and rich tunes widening the stereo image spectrum to the maximum ("Back To Nature", "Tout Me Fait Rire"…).
These quite eclectic and uncompromising song arrangements appear to be the perfect fertile ground allowing De Meyer’s dense and inhabited voice to unfold across different registers going from pure icebreakers to boiling volcanoes through melancholic whispers and other poetic grunts. The texts are dark and introspective, punctuated by sarcasm and self-mockery. And the care given to the lyrics definitely sets this project apart, miles away from the overused "first-degree" universe of standard alternative electro / EBM bands.
Among the album highlights we can definitely mention "A Tribe of My Own", "Flowers and Birds and Bees" and "Not Really There", three dark, oppressive yet very danceable tracks all bound to become new anthems in the best darkwave clubs.
"Eleven Grinding Songs" pushes human in front of his anxieties, his deviances, his obsessions, his beliefs, his hopes and his defeats. A poignant and fascinating mechanical deconstruction jointly orchestrated by two artists reaching the top of their art.
"Eleven Grinding Songs" also comes out as a black vinyl edition strictly limited to 300 copies worldwide (including a carton sleeve CD edition with the same track-list). The album also comes out as a collector double-CD limited edition with an 11-track bonus disc with 4 exclusive additional songs plus 7 remixes or alternative versions.
2nd face - Nihilum2018-06-21 (News)
With his 2017 debut "Nemesis", 2nd face was newcomer of the year amongst many dark industrial fans. Likewise, the media praised Vincent Uhlig's project for its compelling music, a hybrid of old and new school industrial with an excellent sound. The latter stems from the fact that the studio crack from Mainz, Germany, is a professional engineer, working with an arsenal of current synthesizers as well as models that are 40 years old.
Now his new EP may be titled "Nihilum", meaning "nothing", yet don't be mistaken: The a-side, contained in two versions is a consummate burner, uniting harsh basses with acoustic samples and compelling vocals. Club drive meets intense drama, raising expectations for the forthcoming studio album.
The other three tracks 'Long Live Humanity', 'Nuclear Winter Is Coming' and 'Blind Wanderer' seem controlled in comparison, but no less show how the artist has progressed: Uhlig proves to be stylistically more diverse than his first record made you believe. 2nd face's second strike will be even deadlier!
Please note: The "Nihilum" EP is limited to 1000 copies only!