Sirus - Apocrypha2018-10-22 (News)
For fans of Australian cyberpunk act Sirus, a sense of anticipation has steadily been building since the arrival earlier this year of the stunning single and music video "Singularity".
Finally, almost 3 years in the making, we can officially confirm the release date of the epic third album for DWA "Apocrypha" as being October 26 – accompanying the Melbourne-based four-piece’s first foray into touring in Europe this fall…
With "Apocrypha", Sirus announce an entirely new chapter in the evolution of their lyrical content – self-described as "a high-concept science fiction album" - while of course coming hard-wired to a hybrid of some of the most formidable sounds in contemporary electronic music, harnessing disparate elements from djent to dubstep into an industrial-strength fusion.
While both the debut album for DWA "Broken Hearts, Corporate Minds" and 2015 follow-up "Satellite Empire" could be called overtly political critiques on dystopian themes, for "Apocrypha" singer/songwriter Josh Rombout has embarked instead on the creation of his own mythos, combining concepts such as transhumanism with the legends of ancient Egypt – as referenced visually by the album artwork.
"Apocrypha" offers a soundscape of sweeping expanse, encompassing near-ambient through to progressive metal and everything in between. Topped throughout with the trademark twin vocals of Rombout himself and Keeva – darkness and light, bitter and sweet – on "Deep State" Sirus even assimilate rap with guest vocals from John Stancil of Seraphim System. The punchy electronics are augmented by top-notch audio mastering from none other than Kolja Trelle – currently making a massive comeback with his own project Soman…
Such a landmark recording was always liable to be made available in the kind of superlative collector’s edition packaging it surely deserved – and indeed the CD first edition of "Apocrypha" comes in a lush hardcover digibook format, with integral 20-page lyric/photo/storybook bound in.
And if that were not yet sufficient enough reason to have you already reaching for your wallets while simultaneously salivating, the first 200 copies of this sumptuous digibook come complete with a second CD "Live From Laser Highway" – recorded at Melbourne’s cult synthwave club last month in front of a crowd so packed the staff had to remove seating to fit everyone in. This ultra-limited bonus disc contains an hour-long continuous mix of Sirus’ most club-friendly tracks, culled from the full range of their now burgeoning back-catalogue - and will never be re-pressed!
Solitary Experiments - Future Tense2018-10-20 (News)
"Crash & Burn" was the knell and a promise, so "Future Tense" is the act: The seventh studio album by Solitary Experiments shows the Electro Institition from Berlin in a freshness that is really rare for acts of this age and that always brings happiness to their fans.
Solitary Experiments supplkies us with enchanting melodies and light-dancable beats since 20 years. Their songs strike out directly to the ear and run down to the legs. "Future Tense" is not an exception at all, rather it shows everything the band is popular for in best of both, quantity and quality. Part of it are the powerfull words that seem to manifest themselves in earworm chorusses just by themselves. The single "Crash & Burn" has for the very first time a duet with Tea F. Thimé (Ashbury Heights), but the main part is made by the bands well known, in long efforts sharpened powers that shows "Future Tense" as an impressive demonstration of style and skill. The album comes as 2-CD-Digipak and as Woodbox limited on 500 units.
Inkubus Sukkubus - Sabrina–Goddess of the Severn2018-10-17 (News)
Sabrina – Goddess of the Severn" is the final part of the Inkubus Sukkubus musical Triptych "Tales of Witchcraft & Wonder" which has seen the release of "Barrow Wake" and "Belas Knap" albums interwoven within the regular Inkubus Sukkubus release Schedule.
A series of "Horror Folk" albums, the Witchcraft & Wonder series have seen the Inkubus Sukkubus explore the acoustic/folk side of their musical universe. The tracks have dealt with rich and at times dark history and folklore of rural Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.
Sabrina – Goddess of the Severn explores the flip side of the rural idyll, and finds a dark dystopia amongst the rambling fields, hedges and golden Cotswold stone. Central to the album is "Sabrina" the Roman Goddess of the River Severn, a goddess of darkness and light, mercy and cruelty.
As with Lilith and Bast, Sabrina has been a major influence upon Inkubus Sukkubus since before their formation in 1989.
Now on the eve of their third decade the Inkubus Sukkubus are still increasing in momentum as the wheel of fate, ever moving forward.
Euringer - Euringer2018-10-15 (News)
Euringer is a counter-culture, surreal, psychedelic, art house, avant-garde, possibly posthumous concept project from Jimmy Urine of Mindless Self Indulgence fame. Featuring guest vocals from Grimes, Serj Tankian (System Of A Down), Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) and Chantal Claret – and also staring Jimmy’s Mom and Dad for good measure! – the record is one long song/musical/concerto, as if an underground movie was made for your ears. "I wanted it to sound as if Depeche Mode hired J. Dilla and DJ Premier to drop loops while Frank Zappa produced, and then I came in and shit all over it," said Jimmy.
Jimmy shares his innermost musical insights through sixteen songs, two covers (Kate Bush’s "Wuthering Heights" and Michael McDonald’s "What A Fool Believes") four guest stars and one Jimmy. Damn he is really hyping up this record -- it better be good!
He continues, "I was having fun exploring my brain and I wanted to invite my friends to have fun with me immersing myself in another time and space, bit by bit, gaining its form from my daily life into a surreal stream of consciousness."
From trigger warnings to Martin Niemöller quotes, from reading himself to boasting and testing, from touring the world to alcohol poisoning, from kissing your mother to dismissing his entire career, this two-year adventure is a mindfuck of Jimmy’s escapist reality.
"Mathematically speaking I am breaking time into pieces of distance and moving through them diagonally at a rapid rate, says Jimmy. "Naaaahh, I am just fucking with you. I just drank a whole bottle of Southern Comfort and wrote this album. A hallucination, a proclamation, a degradation? Or maybe its all just all a pile of bullshit I made up to stay relevant. Either way, I am right behind you."
Rave The Reqviem - FVNERAL [sic]2018-10-12 (News)
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Architect - Deconvolution2018-10-10 (News)
With 'Deconvolution' eminent musician and dj Daniel Myer makes his much anticipated return after the 'Deconfiguration' ep release in 2017, pushing Architect's sound design skills farther into the electronic void. On two original tracks and three remixed version he thoughtfully expands his sonic world to encompass the pressure point between emotive techno, elaborate idm structures and crunchy industro-acid-electro. The title track also gets special treatment by canadian duo Orphx, who provide an uncompromising ebm and industrial-infected remix. A bone-crunching groove with predominant bass and rolling elemental dynamics.
This EP generates an emotional collision between romantic vulnerability and physical intensity. a well-balanced multitude of rudely offset kicks, subliminally placed melodies and sharp-edged synth streaks, suitable for sophisticated dancefloors as well as for dim-lit bedroom immersion. beware - the deconvolution is in progress...