Marc Urselli

Sep 142018





Los Angeles – Sept. 14, 2018 – The Black Queen, the LA-based electro-alternative trio Out described as “a euphoric musical experience” and Rolling Stone dubbed “chilly yet romantic synth-pop,” share a video for “Thrown Into The Dark” via Revolver (

“This is a song, we made a video,” explains Greg Puciato (ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan). Steven Alexander Ryan (Nine Inch Nails/A Perfect Circle technician) adds, “We like it.” TBQ is rounded out by Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv).

“Thrown Into The Dark” arrives as the band prepares for the Sept. 28 release of Infinite Games, as well as a trio of dates on the burgeoning industrial Cold Waves festival before venturing to Europe for a month-long trek. “I think right now, the whole industrial, noise, electronic, ambient scene in L.A. is second only to Berlin,” Puciato said in a recent interview with Alternative Press about TBQ’s appeal to industrial music fans. “The majority of my friend circle is in that scene. The other night I saw Drew McDowall of Coil play a noise set in a church at midnight. There were three cool things happening [in the city] that night. It’s a pretty exciting time for this scene to be out here.”

Infinite Games follows a host of emotional moments for the band members, from Puciato’s Polish bus accident, the demise of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Eustis’ return to Telefon Tel Aviv, and a robbery of the trio’s storage space. “This time, we learned how to do everything ourselves,” explains Puciato, discussing what’s changed since the band’s debut, Fever Daydream. “There’s less uncertainty and more confidence. I’m speaking both about the artistic and business aspect of creating and releasing an album. As for what’s changed with Infinite Games, I think it feels more conceptual as an album. It’s less a collection of songs and more about the front to back listen. Probably because it wasn’t compiled over a four-year span of time like the last one. This one is actually hookier but more insidious, it’s a more delicate record.”

Pre-orders are available now via

The Black Queen tour dates:

September 15 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre

September 23 Chicago, IL Metro

September 28 Los Angeles, CA 1720

October 5 Bristol, UK Thekla

October 7 Glasgow, UK SWG3 Studio Warehouse

October 8 Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club

October 9 Manchester, UK Deaf Institute

October 10 Nottingham, UK Nottingham Contemporary

October 11 London, UK Bush Hall

October 12 Tilburg, Netherlands Poppodium 013

October 15 Sint-Niklaas, Belgium Sint-Niklaas De Casino

October 16 Frankfurt, Germany Zoom

October 18 Cologne, Germany Blue Shell

October 19 Paris, France Supersonic

October 20 Milan, Italy Legend 54

October 22 Vienna, Austria B 72

October 23 Munich, Germany Backstage Halle

October 24 Leipzig, Germany Werk 2

October 25 Prague, Czech Republic Chapeau Rouge

October 26 Warsaw, Poland Klug Hybrydy

October 27 Berlin, Germany Gretchen

October 28 Hamburg, Germany Nochtspeicher

October 30 Copenhagen, Denmark Stengade

October 31 Oslo, Norway Parkteatret

November 1 Stockholm, Sweden Nalen

November 3 St. Petersburg, Russia Mod Club

November 4 Moscow, Russia 16 Tons

January 18 Sydney, Australia Landsdowne Hotel

January 19 Melbourne, Australia Northcote Social Club

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Photo credit: Jen Reightley



Sep 122018


Legendary electronic act VNV Nation has big news for fans – NOIRE, the highly-anticipated 10th studio album, is out via Metropolis Records on October 12th, the day they embark on a world tour, which kicks off in North America on November 16, 2018. VNV’s creative-force, Dublin-born Ronan Harris, describes “Noire” as a "dark and intense energy that doesn’t hold back."


NOIRE is VNV Nation’s first studio album in 5 years. It was produced at Ronan Harris’ studio in Hamburg, Germany. The sound and style of the album is far-reaching with dark and ominous moments on tracks like “A million” to something symphonic like “All our sins”, to more melodic territory like “When is the future” and “God of all.”  A juxtaposition of classic and new studio technology was used to painstakingly craft NOIRE’s 70+ minutes / 13 songs.  NOIRE draws on a wealth of musical influences; from the bleaker, darker side of today’s dance music, all the way back to avant-garde composers from the end of the 19th century.  Citing inspiration from “70s electronic rock to dark machine-room beats, post-punk, alternative 80s, blues, electronic-pop, cinematic orchestrations, post-classical, dark-ambient and minimalist music,” Harris is immensely proud of the coming opus.


VNV Nation is known for unforgettable, energetic and inspiring live performances. The tour/show promises more to fans than seen before, presenting “Noire” alongside fan favourites and rarities. Special appearances from Berlin synthpop artist De/Vision and Cologne’s dark, new-wave upstarts, Holygram.

"VNV" stands for "Victory Not Vengeance", espousing the artist’s core message that, "One should strive to achieve, not sit in bitter regret."  The sound blends poetic and thought-provoking lyrics and emotive music, ranging from electronic beats, alternative anthems and haunting ballads, to post-classical. Over its career, VNV Nation’s success has continued to grow. Its last 3 albums charted top 10 in Germany, and its last album Resonance achieved top 5 Billboard Chart positions in the US.



Fri/Oct-12                   Dresden, Germany                 Alter Schlachthof

Sat/Oct-13                  Erfurt, Germany                      Stadtgarten

Sun/Oct-14                 Stuttgart, Germany                Im Wizemann

Tue/Oct-16                 Prague, Czech Republic         Futurum Music Bar

Wed/Oct-17               Warsaw, Poland                     Progresja Music Zone

Fri/Oct-19                   Eindhoven, Netherlands        Effenaar

Sat/Oct-20                  Cologne, Germany                 E-Werk Köln

Sun/Oct-21                 Sint-niklaas, Belgium             De Casino

Tue/Oct-23                 Amsterdam, Netherlands      Melkweg

Wed/Oct-24               Bielefeld, Germany                Ringlokschuppen

Fri/Oct-26                   Berlin, Germany                      Columbiahalle

Sat/Oct-27                  Magdeburg, Germany           Altes Theater Magdeburg

Sun/Oct-28                 Munich, Germany                   Café Muffathalle

Tue/Oct-30                 Frankfurt, Germany                Batschkapp

Wed/Oct-31               Leipzig, Germany                   Haus Leipzig

Thu/Nov-1                  Rostock, Germany                  M.A.U. Club / Zabrik e.V.

Fri/Nov-2                    Hamburg, Germany               Mehr! Theater




Fri/Nov-16                  Austin, TX                               Barracuda

Sat/Nov-17                 Houston, TX                            White Oak Music Hall

Mon/Nov-19               Atlanta, GA                            Masquerade

Tue/Nov-20                Ft. Lauderdale, FL                  Culture Room

Wed/Nov-21              St.Petersburg, FL                   Jannus Live

Fri/Nov-23                  Philadelphia, PA                    Union Transfer

Sat/Nov-24                 New York, NY                        Irving Plaza

Sun/Nov-25                Boston, MA                            Royale

Tue/Nov-27                Montreal, QC                         Corona Theater

Wed/Nov-28              Toronto, ON                           Danforth Music Hall

Fri/Nov-30                  Detroit, MI                              St. Andrews

Sat/Dec-01                  Chicago, IL                             The Metro

Sun/Dec-02                 Minneapolis, MN                   Skyway Theater

Tue/Dec-04                 Denver, CO                            The Oriental Theater

Wed/Dec-05               Salt Lake City, UT                   The Metro

Fri/Dec-07                   Seattle, WA                            Neptune

Sat/Dec-08                  Portland, OR                          Roseland Theater

Sun/Dec-09                 Vancouver, BC                        Imperial Theatre

Wed/Dec-12               San Francisco, CA                  The Regency Ballroom

Thu/Dec-13                 Los Angeles, CA                     The Wiltern

Fri/Dec-14                   Phoenix, AZ                            Marquee

Sat/Dec-15                  Las Vegas, NV                        Backstage


Aug 312018


London industrial rock front runners have announced the second part to their 2018 double single release, due for release September 14th on Syndicol Music.

The follow up to previous single 'Ataxia', this second part sees Ventenner taking the music in a more restrained and progressive direction while retaining their trade mark aggression, electronic atmospherics and lyrical themes. Killing Jar changes the traditional verse/chorus format, instead opting for longer and more sprawling approach to the song structure. 

"We didn't set out to create a deliberate antithesis to Ataxia, simply more focused on channelling the creativity in a controlled way. The recording of the vocal parts on this were actually quite difficult as I deliberately had to hold back when I really didn't want to." – Charlie Dawe, vocalist.


'Killing Jar' is also the second single to feature newest member Cat La Chapelle on bass duties. "Having Cat on board is great. She brought a lot of creative ideas to this song. We're all pretty good at writing together now after so many years, Cat just slotted straight into that."

Both Killing Jar and Ataxia will not be appearing on any future studio albums, but the band have hinted at some form of limited edition physical format coming in the near future.

Killing Jar will be released digitally September 14th on Syndicol Music.

Aug 282018
August 28, 2018 – Industrial Rock project TRASH DEITY,
the duo of Groovie Mann (My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult) and John
D. Norten (Blue Eyed Christ), release the title track for their highly
anticipated debut album, Cross & Divide. “Cross & Divide”
is a heavy, modern Industrial march of chaos about the divisive times
we live in, compete with a driving beat, big riffs, and the
distinctive vocal stylings of Groovie Mann.
"'Cross and Divide'
is heavy, with a mix of groove and pace, that carries it well as the
introduction into the album." – The Median Man Blog
Click HERE to
Download "Cross & Divide"

1. Cross & Divide
2. Run 4 Your Lies!
3. Fame
4. Frantic Child
5. A Perfect One
6. Hardrive
Finger On A Trigger
8. Emotions Matter
9. Icons & Idols

10. Finger On A Trigger (JDN Remix)

Coming from Los
Angeles with roots in the legendary Chicago Wax Trax! scene is the new
duo Trash Deity. Combining the chaos and energy of the classic Wax
Trax! sound updated with hard and modern production, Trash Deity is
Groovie Mann aka Franke N. Nardiello (My Life With The Thrill Kill
Kult and accomplished music producer and Industrial artist John D.
Norten (Blue Eyed Christ). The debut Single, "Finger on a Trigger",
combined classic Groovie Mann vocals and cryptic lyrics with an
infectious heavy electronic/guitar groove benefitting from Norten’s
studio experience with major artists. The accompanying unique Music
Video was comprised entirely of manipulated shots of paintings from
the twisted imagination and eccentric mind of Groovie Mann. The second
single and video, “Run 4 Your Lies!” was released in 2017
solidifying Trash Deity and catching the attention of Metropolis

2018 marks the anticipated release of the debut album,
Cross & Divide, on Metropolis Records.

"Cross & Divide
Album is an album for now and is a representation of the
confrontational and divisive times we live in. It’s a journey into
the manic world of Trash Deity from the opening invitation of
“Let’s run away” to the powerful closing Album statement
“Change”. Each song has its own identity, but the album was
designed to be a trip on a journey. It sounds totally cohesive and
totally chaotic at the same time…just like us!" – JDN

was the earliest influence in your life that led you to a music

the vibrations from my mother’s record player that
she kept under my crib. She was 19. – Groovie Mann

informally structured and yet deeply storied career began with his
first band, Special Affect, including Marti Sorenson & Harry
Rushakoff (Concrete Blonde) with Al Jourgensen (Ministry) on guitar.
Shortly after, he moved to London working with Simon Raymonde of
Cocteau Twins with post-punk band Drowning Craze, recording a John
Peel session in 1982. While touring with Ministry in 1986, he met and
began working with Buzz McCoy (Marston Daley) to write a film titled
Hammerhead Housewife and the Thrill Kill Kult, which was never filmed
but ultimately evolved into TKK and an EP released with Wax Trax!
Records. Over the next nearly 30 years, Groovie Mann has established
his iconic reputation with TKK and contributed songs to several movie
soundtracks, even appearing in the 1994 cult classic film The Crow.
He's also established himself as an accomplished painter in the LA art
community. His uniquely abstract style offers a further peak into the
mind and art of Groovie Mann and are sold to fans around the

What would you consider to be the ‘crossroads’ that
directly led to you actively pursuing a musical career?

Insanity. – Groovie Mann

I would say my first Blue Eyed Christ
record deal with KK Records in Belgium right out of High School for
Leaders + Followers. It legitimized what I was doing for the first
time and made me realize people outside of my bedroom studio may be
interested in what I was doing.

John D. Norten also
emerged from the 1990s Chicago Industrial scene as the leader of Blue
Eyed Christ. The debut album, Leaders + Followers, was released
internationally on Belgians classic EBM/Industrial label KK Records
while still in his teens. Over the next few years, Blue Eyed Christ
was featured on several prominent compilations and played the New
Music Seminar in 1992 at the Limelight with Clock DVA and Chemlab.
Blue Eyed Christ continued playing visceral live shows throughout the
90s and Norten continued recording at Chicago Trax Recording Studios
working with established musicians and engineers from Ministry, Nine
Inch Nails, and more. In 1996, Norten relocated to Los Angeles and has
established himself as an in demand mixer and engineer for many of the
biggest artists in the world including The Black Eyed Peas, Prince,
CeeLo Green, and Lady GaGa.

How are you inspired to start a
song and how does that develop from writing to composition, recording,
and completion? What was the process for this project?

into it -improvise with & without notes, laugh & cry &
argue with the producer. – Groovie Mann

I usually start with
the drums and music, but really anything can be the creative spark.
When I first met with Groovie Mann he came over and I played him a
bunch of instrumental tracks I had and he choose the ones that
inspired him the most lyrically. He would write to them while he
paints at home and then come over with notebooks full of ideas and
inspirational goodies. Once we wrote the lyrics and recorded his
vocals, I'd go back in and add more music and elements and we'd
arrange that into the songs. The whole process was very organic. –

Cross & Divide ultimately reflects both their shared
roots as well as their unique and individual approaches to songwriting
and recording. Groovie Mann's spontaneous and poetic lyrical reactions
to Norten’s carefully constructed song productions makes for a
compelling mix of something new with enough of a nod to the past sure
to please the old school fans and the newly

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Aug 092018
“The Chronicles of the
Black Monks” (Svartmunkarnas Krönika) was recorded as the original
soundtrack for a Swedish historical film. This remastered and
rereleased version also includes the exclusive bonus track “At Your
Peril” added for this release. “The Chronicle of the Black
Monks” hold a total of nine orchestral works by the duo Daniel and
Mikael Tjernberg, ranging in style from sacral and profane renaissance
to musically more developed and modern genres.

Codex Dei
2. Gerhard the Monk
3. 1040 AD
4. The Journey
Temple Halls
6. Sea Battle
7. The Ancient Book
8. Codex Dei
[for piano]
9. At Your Peril

Available on all digital
outlets and streaming media August 7th, 2018.