Jul 302018
 
CELL ZERO RELEASES NEW ALBUM “AFTER
EVERYTHING”

(07.30.18) Being a purveyor of hardened
industrial rock since 2009, Cell Zero is a man-machine hybrid skulking
boundaries of alternative, Goth, and darkwave.

“After
Everything” is Cell Zero's 2018 debut album featuring twelve tracks
of 90s era industrial rock with modern production values and maturity.
Anyone hitting the play button on the album only needs to listen to
'Skin' to understand the complexity Cell Zero brings to the scene. His
vocals are aggressive but linked in real world issues – both
personal and social – while his driving guitars and underestimated
electronic groove bring the album to grace. With each song lasting
around four minutes and beyond, “After Everything” is well-worth
every minute you spend with it.

“After Everything” was
released on February 14th, 2018 on Bandcamp via the pay-what-you-want
model. The album can be bought HERE and can be streamed via
Spotify.

Cell Zero:

https://www.facebook.com/Cellzero/
https://twitter.com/cellzero
https://www.instagram.com/cellzero/
https://cellzero.bandcamp.com/
https://open.spotify.com/album/606VVX3kcahb7pufsjLe70

Jul 272018
 

After the incredible first EP “Magnetic Reel”, out on Swiss Dark Nights Exp./Luce Sia, Braconidae is back with «Gaslighting»; a 40’ album, made of percussive, obsessive and obscure sounds, resulting from a deep research within the possibilities of her instrumentation, mainly made of synthesisers, (d)ronins and other percussive instruments (some self-built).

«Gaslighting» features contributions by guest artists ODRZ and Gerstein and is enriched by a powerful mastering by Marco Milanesio.

«Gaslighting represents a journey in which all its elements flow in every direction, in which the time is represented by specific instants or moments of my life.
Every single track tries to push away my fear, like a prayer, a good-luck ritual or, sometimes, a liberating scream. I chose each sound through a meticulous research in such a way to create the right frames to my thought and transform faces and memories into concrete sounds.»

Braconidae

Out today in a limited edition of 200 copies on black vinyl LP with insert and download code!

Jul 202018
 


The third coming. Finland‘s otherworldly Electro lords Blastromen return to the Dominance Electricity mothership to deliver their much anticipated new long-player.

Four years after Reality Opens, the ten new compositions featured on Cyberia continue where their last album left off and take it straight to the next level. Elaborate arangements with catchy synth melodies, haunting Electro breakbeats and epic, vocoderized lyrics prove once again that Blastromen are a class of their own.

Packaged in futuristic artwork by The Zonders, the album is available now as black double 12 inch vinyl and deluxe edition red transparent double vinyl inluding a super-size poster, hi-quality pressed CD and in digital formats.

▶ DOWNLOAD of this release available via:

Bandcamp: https://goo.gl/qFLg4V

All tracks composed, produced and mixed by Blastromen at Nucleaire Sound studio. 303 on „Outsider“ played and tweaked by Acid Hausmeister. Mastered by Andreas Kauffelt at Schnittstelle. Graphics by Falk Klemm / The Zonders for Dominance Electricity (with special thanks to Maiko-Eva Verna, Yvan Forestier & Anna Majuri). Executive-produced by MMW for Dominance Electricity 2018.

Jul 192018
 

Mikey Antonio – AlterRed

UK industrial/rock act AlterRed returns with the hard-hitting Trauma; Trauma Reinforcement available now on WTII Records. Definitely reflective of today’s hostile world, Trauma; Trauma Reinforcement takes the listener down a dark path filled with rage, instability, resistance and angst. This more aggressive AlterRed combines dirty guitars and heavy beats over thick layers of synths and noise. Their innovative sound was first introduced with the release of “Breaking News” and continues to morph on tracks like “Speed Test,” “Wait for the Recoil” and “You Get Nothing.” Topping off this release is a cover of the Duran Duran classic, “Wild Boys.

Lead vocalist Mikey Antonio was kind enough to take some time out to answer a few of our questions.  We very much appreciate his time.

 

Chain D.L.K.: The new album, “Trauma; Trauma Reinforcement” was just released on WTII Records and is the first release since 2015.  Talk a little bit please about the evolution of these songs since then.

AR: Hey! Thanks for speaking with us! Well, after the first three albums, which were a bit spooky-electro-cabaret, and very much fantastical and riddled with metaphors for mental health issues, we wanted to go back our electro-rock roots, which we did on our last album, “In the Land of the Blind.” Then, when I began writing Trauma, there just seemed to be so much social discord, misogyny and general intolerance in the air. In global politics, in Hollywood, in TV and Music in general – years of social inequality, injustice and abuse had come to a tipping point, and while I’ve always had strong political views, I’ve usually kept them out of the music. It seems with Trauma I just couldn’t contain it!

 

Chain D.L.K.: The cover art for “Trauma…” is pretty provocative with the people with the bags over their heads.  What was the inspiration behind that?

AR: Vix Vain has always been the creative mind behind our imagery, and between the two of us, we have designed all of the concepts and stage theatrics. For Trauma, though, Vix had a very specific idea of what she wanted to do based on the title. She wanted to base the cover on the experience of the surrealist artist Rene Magritte. It is said that Rene Magritte’s mother committed suicide, and when she was pulled from the river her dress was covering her face, which young Rene saw. This is thought to be the source of several of Magritte’s paintings where cloth covers the face, such as his painting “The Lovers.”

 

Chain D.L.K.: You have a really interesting hybrid of sounds. Can you talk about the collective influences from the different band members?

AR: Jack Hell has been our bassist from the start. We initially didn’t want a guitarist but instead chose a distorted bass guitar with throbbing electronic basslines beneath them. Then, when we wrote the “In the Land of the Blind” album, we added the electro-rock element and acquired a full-time guitarist. Trauma is the first album for which I have worked with a producer, Sheldon Trinder. Sheldon’s band I Will Leave No Memoirs has a particularly disturbing darkness to it, so I thought it would be interesting to see what his take on my songs would be. I initially sent him one track that was simply a basic piano piece with a throbbing bassline behind it – what he sent back absolutely blew my mind. I wrote lyrics for it and that became “The Only Way is Down.” We’d been looking for a project to work on together for a few years (some of which were so insane, I really hope we do them one day!) so we began working collaboratively on the album. Sheldon’s work on the album really does deserve a lot of credit! It would have been a very different album without him.

 

Chain D.L.K.: Why the decision to cover “Wild Boys” by Duran Duran?

AR: Hahahaha, OK, yeah that probably does seem like an odd choice. In a nutshell, I’d been toying with the idea for so long (I had tried it with four different bands!) so it was a case of just getting it down with the right line-up and producer. The crowds love it live, too!!

 

Chain D.L.K.: How would you describe AlterRed to someone who has never heard your music before?

AR: Electro-Rock-Industrial. Music to lose your mind to!

 

Chain D.L.K.: Tell us about some of the emotional dynamics behind some of the tracks on the new album…i.e. joyful, therapeutic, sad, etc.

AR: There is a bit of a range, from some very personal stuff (like Down and Bohemian Class) to the more punk and anarchic songs like PS Fuck You, Mad Dogs and You Get Nothing. There’s also my take on rolling news media (Breaking News) and how disposable and meaningless it is making something as essential as informative, objective and challenging journalism. The lyrics are a simple set of news clichés!

 

Chain D.L.K.: The first single and video from the album is “Speed Test.” What can you tell us about this song, the idea behind it and the upcoming video?

AR: Well, the video is in the hands of Duncan Catteral, who has worked with us on all of our videos. We usually sit down and hammer out a concept, but Duncan had a very specific idea for this based on some movie imagery we both love. It’s still in post production, so I’ve not seen it yet. I can’t wait to see the finished results, though.

The song itself is a tribute to Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, who died in 2015. It was the first song I wrote for this album, and I wanted the lyrics to be fitting of his lifestyle and the style of the song to be an industrial take on Motorhead’s punk-metal sound (which I am a HUGE fan of).

 

Chain D.L.K.: What equipment and software went into the writing of “Trauma; Trauma Reinforcement” and how was it different than the previous albums?

AR: I write pretty much everything on my trusty Korg Triton, then we re-orchestrated at the mixing and production stage.

 

Chain D.L.K.: What other plans have you for 2018 and possibly into 2019?

AR: So, 2018 will see us play a few showcase shows around the UK. We kicked off with the album launch in Dalston, London, on Friday the 13th July, which was a really great night. We’re putting a few more shows on, including at the very awesome Club Antichrist in London. We’ll play in Glasgow, Cardiff and Winchester, too. Then, of course, there’s the video to come!

2019, we currently have plans for two tours with two different bands, one in the spring and then again in the autumn. We also have a few festivals penciled in, so watch this space.

 

Chain D.L.K.: Many, many years from now, a very distant relative finds their way to the attic of an old home. In the attic they locate a box labeled “AlterRed” and inside find some of your recordings. What would you like this person to know of your legacy simply based upon listening to your music?

AR: Wow, what a question! I feel this box should come with an explanation and apology!

I’d like the music to be perceived as punchy, energetic and catchy, with a point to make, but for some of the more personal and complex songs, I hope the person would be able to connect the dots with many of the stories, images and metaphors.

 

visit AlterRed on the web at:
https://www.facebook.com/AlterRedMusic/

To Buy Trauma: Trauma Reinforcement:

https://wtiirecords.bandcamp.com/album/trauma-trauma-reinforcement

Jul 172018
 
Greetings,
First an update on those of you having pre-ordered the following titles:
ARCANA “Dark Age Of Reason” LP (122nd Cycle)
ARCANA “Cantar De Procella” LP (123rd Cycle)
and
VORTEX “As Gods Fall” 2CD (126th Cycle)
Due to delays at pressing, we are now scheduled to receive these by the end of July, we will then proceed to ship all pre-orders,
thank you for your patience with this.
——–
We also have 2 upcoming titles, set for release on August 6 2018 and are now taking pre-orders for these:
AJNA “Lucid Intrusion” CD (116th Cycle)
BONINI BULGA “Sealed” CD (117th Cycle)
Thanks again for your interest and support,
sincerely,
Frederic
Pre-Order:
AJNA
“Lucid Intrusion” CD
(116th Cycle)
We gladly welcome US based AJNA to the fold. A lucid dream turned nightmare as vast amounts of images haunt the subconscious. Is this all an act of subconscious? Can this be all lodged into the psyche? Or perhaps it’s a sign of mental illness. Or are spirits a true phenomena? This kind of experience is entirely surreal and subjective, however, one may never know if spirits truly exist. Deep, slow drifting isolationist soundscapes. The album as a whole explores the questionable existence of spirits.
Edition of 300 copies in 4 panel Digisleeve. 9 Tracks. Running Time 58:46
BONINI BULGA
“Sealed” CD
(117th Cycle)
Sweden’s enigmatic and highly productive Pär Boström of KAMMARHEIT, CITIES LAST BROADCAST and ALTARMANG presents yet another singular project under the name BONINI BULGA. His debut “Sealed” was originally recorded and released in 2017 as a limited edition cassette on Boström’s own label Hypnagoga Press. We gladly present a remastered and extended version of this release. In recent years Boström has been exploring new sonic territories through his various projects, and with BONINI BULGA he’s chosen a more lo-fi loop based approach to his musical creations, bleak and minimalistic, we journey through a careful blend of processed analog synth layers and poignant revolving passages. This expanded edition includes three new tracks, which further exposes Boström’s unique vision and creative pact with the unknown, giving listeners the complete scope of his contemplative sonic magick.
Edition of 500 copies in a special 10 panel, cross fold out Digipak. 8 Tracks. Running Time 49:02
Latest Titles:
VORTEX
“As Gods Fall” 2CD
(126th Cycle)
“As Gods Fall” celebrates the 10th year of existence for the German ritual cinematic ambient project by Marcus Stiglegger. It is the final part of the mythical trilogy that began with “Kali Yuga” (2013) and “Moloch” (2015). Inspired by the Nordic mythology of the Edda, this album revives the realm of the Old Gods in their final conflict. As before this musical reflection on mythology is used as a metaphor for a portrait of the present world out of balance. The tracks were composed after a intense journey to the ancient viking relics of Scandinavia in 2015: “Breathing the air of history I felt ultimately connected to the past and heritage of the old Germanic tribes and their mythology, also understanding what this all means for what happens in the world today. “As Gods Fall” is a cycle of music invoking forgotten energies and lost wisdom…” For this album Marcus S. joined forces with many guest (including Michael De Victor of While Angels Watch), providing unique instrumental and vocal contributions. From pounding martial rhythms and hypnotic ritual chants via brooding drones to stunning and fragile melodic elements this album captures the essence of what Vortex stands for: ritual music. The album was recorded from the summer of 2015 to the winter of 2017 and finally mastered by Frederic Arbour in 2018. Stunning artwork was created by Nihil.
This release also contains a bonus-disc “Helstrom” featuring 2 unreleased Vortex tracks as well as remixes by Apoptose, Empusae, Phelios, Visions, Operation Cleansweep and more…
Edition of 500 copies in 6 panel Digisleeve, matt lamination with 8 pages booklet.
CD1: 9 tracks, running time 46:09
CD2: 10 tracks, running time 53:49
ARCANA
“Dark Age Of Reason” CD/LP
(122nd Cycle)
Now 22 years since it’s original release, we present ARCANA’s first album in it’s original length, remastered and with new artwork on both CD and Vinyl. Very few bands evoke such awe and inspiration than this Swedish act driven by the now legendary talent of Peter Bjärgö. ARCANA have been pillars and always at the forefront of the so called Neo Classical / Heavenly Voices movement with their poignant, ethereal and medieval inspired music. Sorrowful strings, doomsday horns and trumpets, massive percussion and snares, bells, dulcimer all interlaced with exquisite Male and Female voices create a quite singular atmosphere of grandeur and of melancholy for times long gone… Rejoice once again, or for the first time, in this timeless recording.
CD Edition of 500 copies in 4 panels Digisleeve. 10 tracks. 36:43
LP Edition of 300 Copies in standard LP sleeve with printed inner sleeve. 10 tracks. 36:43
ARCANA
“Cantar De Procella” CD/LP
(123rd Cycle)
Now 21 years since it’s original release, we present ARCANA’s second album in it’s original length, remastered and with new artwork on both CD and Vinyl. Very few bands evoke such awe and inspiration than this Swedish act driven by the now legendary talent of Peter Bjärgö. ARCANA have been pillars and always at the forefront of the so called Neo Classical / Heavenly Voices movement with their poignant, ethereal and medieval inspired music. Sorrowful strings, doomsday horns and trumpets, massive percussion and snares, bells, dulcimer all interlaced with exquisite Male and Female voices create a quite singular atmosphere of grandeur and of melancholy for times long gone… Rejoice once again, or for the first time, in this timeless recording.
CD Edition of 500 copies in 4 panels Digisleeve. 12 tracks. 47:56
LP Edition of 300 Copies in standard LP sleeve with printed inner sleeve. 12 tracks. 47:56