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This week: Hello Music Maniacs! This week we feature a round of new releases from ant-zen, including new albums from Klangstabil, Squaremeter, and Mika Goedrijk (This Morn Omina)! The three releases will be shipping in June, along with a fab new EP from Genevieve Pasquier, released on her own label Umb Kollektif! Not a bad way to start off the summer if you ask us! Metropolis Records will be dubbing July EBM Month as they unleash two EBM monsters on us, one from Germany (Orange Sector) and the second from Greece (PreEmptive Strike 0.1). Fans of both bands’ earlier work will surely be amazed at the depth and dancefloor edge on these two releases!! We also have our EBMy paws on two compilations from the Metropolis: Rebirth series. Never before available in Canada, these budget CDs showcase the established and rising talents on the Metropolis label, and are packed with exclusive tracks for the music collector in you. We could only get a few of these, though, so get them fast! UpScene gives us a new Extreme Sundenfall double-CD, featuring the likes of Massiv in Mensch, Cesium 137, ESC, SAM, Project X, and more! Vendetta Music gave us a pleasant surprise this week by announcing a slew of releases, all of which we will be shipping in a few weeks: incoming albums from Dust Is Noise, Dead Turns Alive, K.I.F.O.T.H., Dead Hand Projekt, and De_Tor_Cor coming soon!! TOY returns with a contribution to Infacted’s stellar Classixx Series. Newcomer Agrezzior releases an album with Infacted, for fans of Autodafeh, Orange Sector, and other modern EBM projects. We are also happy to announce that we are expanding our relationship with Silber Records and are now shipping the back-catalogues of Lycia and Aarktica (including the new In Sea Remixes!!). Anyone interested in goth-tinged shoegazer or ambient music must take note of this fabulous label. Thanks for checking us out!
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NEW RELEASES FROM ANT-ZEN> KLANGSTABIL, M2, MIKA GOEDRIJK!!!
this collection includes the original version of klangstabil’s most well-known track, which captured the attention of listeners world-wide right from its first release on a compilation in 2002. besides that you will find eight interpretations of ‘vertraut’ demonstrating the versatility of work that can be extracted out of the catchy, familiar motif. some of the artists who have remixed the track have based their interpretation on intelligent dance music: the breakbeat-framed somatic responses version, a hybrid of breakcore and idm by u.s. project access to arasaka, keef baker’s metric electro background, which turns into post-rock with dense guitars, and architect’s daniel myer gives us dancefloor-capable pounding beats topped with a plausible new melody line to complement the original theme. torben wendt (diorama) turns ‘vertraut’ into beautiful melodic body music, while synapscape keep the original track structure but replace the instrumentation and beats, turning the theme into a heavy electronic floorburner. ksdj is maurizio blanco himself, adding some newly faceted rhythm patterns and melody lines, making his version a contemporary dj anthem. l’ombre from canada ends up the remix section with lush ambient electronica at its finest. the melancholic ambiance of ‘zweiter schritt’ and ‘ein schritt weiter’ not only close this release, but also mark the end of one of the most important chapters of klangstabil’s existence. in 2002, the album ‘kopfmusik’ would have been published on ant-zen but only 6 tracks were produced to completion, one of which was ‘vertraut’. The project was eventually renounced for personal reasons and ‘vertraut’ was the only track published in its original version. the artwork was already completed by aiga rasch, an old friend of klangstabil’s, famous for her illustrations for the youth series ‘die drei ???’ in which, with her very distinct technique, she has achieved great success. after ‘kopfmusik’ klangstabil started straight away with ‘taking nothing seriously’ (2004) and incorporated some elements of ‘kopfmusik’ into it. the track ‘ein schritt weiter’ is an early, incomplete version of ‘away’. other elements of ‘kopfmusik’ can be heard in ‘lauf, lauf!’ and ‘beziehungsohr’ from the album ‘math & emotion’ (2008). this release is not an album, it is the end of the story for ‘kopfmusik’ and its history, which accompanied klangstabil for 10 years. finally, they close that book and put it on the shelf. detailed information on ‘vertraut’ and ‘kopfmusik’ will be found in the enclosed cd booklet.
from ancient history and forward into modern posterity, the name of heliogabal a.k.a. elagabal has become the symbol of the roman iron age’s vice and decadence as well as for how oriental influences were fatal to this culture. a massive conflict between conservative romans and those who followed the syrian religious traditions (themselves personified by the juvenile but extremely vain emperor himself) overshadowed heliogabal’s reign. his rule disastrously failed due to the absence of a give-and-take philosophy and a lack of an understanding of the duties involved with wielding the power or a roman emperor. after the greek mythology of his last album ‘nyx’, mathis mootz took heliogabal’s life as an inspiration for this release which marks the tenth anniversary of squaremeter. mootz’ skills of creating unbearable tension and covering all bases between absolute silence up to vibrating choirs and distant industrial outbursts are clear on this album. ‘heliogabal’ is an intermixture of hypnotic deep drones, haunting basses and disturbing soundscapes. cinematic field recordings, intermittent hypnotic sequencer loops and urgent eruptions of sound merge into an incredible collection of atmospheric dark ambient tracks. this album might be useful as an imaginary trip into a sable, a cruel past where man had the potential of being a god – before finally being disgraced. Released on ant-zen and available June 25th, 2010.
01 the priests
02 winds & ruins
03 heliogabal I
04 relics of the undefeated guard
05 the sacred shrine
07 deus sol invictus
08 whores, smoke & shadows
09 square-dimensional space
10 heliogabal II
MIKA GOEDRIJK “LOOKING-GLASS WORLD”
one year after pellicules, mika goedrijk presents the next aural view of his inner self with looking-glass world. musically, the self conceptional shift into the world of ambient idm sounds is evident. well placed patterns enriched with mellow guitar slides (dead air), melancholic piano lines (at the 11th hour), a distinctive (nearly) aphex-twin synth (white sand semantics), archaic trumpet calls (lost decade), pounding breakbeats with pulsing sub bass (rusty swiss army knife, le grand mal), make this release a fascinating blend of contemporary electronic tones. looking-glass world is an album of otherworldly ambience entwined with a blend of acoustic sounds and sheets of sequenced patterns. a highly aesthetic sonic universe, where moods and mastery melt into warm, repetitive arrangements. have a look into the looking-glass world. Released on ant-zen and available June 25th, 2010.
01. vanilla flavoured thorazine
02. broken toys on a hill
03. dead air
04. at the 11th hour
05. white sand semantics
06. quiet plan
08. lost decade
09. dangling from rooftops
10. draussen im grünen
11. rusty swiss army knife
12. le grand mal
GENEVIEVE PASQUIER “HANDLE WITH CARE”
after the album ‘le cabaret moi’ geneviéve pasquier presents this 7-track ep on her own label umb kollektif. ‘handle with care’ is a 40-minute journey through geneviéve’s thoughts and feelings. right from the beginning she shows her ability to cross the borders between soft and severe, between hypnotic and ecstatic. geneviéve and dan courtman present a mixture of post-industrial electronics and 80s-minimal-electro ranging from hypnotic ambience to hard driving rhythmic dance tunes, dominated by g. pasquier’s breathy, wailing, militant and charismatic voice. this record comes in a beautiful tiny handcrafted package in madame pasquier’s favorite colours, limited to 500 copies – handle with care!
1 Electric Foreplay 4:13
2 Handle With Care 3:57
3 Past 5:43
4 Dead Man 3:16
5 Faute 5:37
6 Colourful Grey 4:39
7 Emmène Moi 7:01
NEW STUFF FROM METROPOLIS RECORDS!!
ORANGE SECTOR “KRIEG UND FRIEDEN”
Formed in 1992, Orange Sector greatly impacted the EBM and industrial scenes with their hard hitting dance songs. Signing with Infacted Recordings (Europe) and Metropolis Records (North America), the band is poised to release their 8th album, Krieg & Frieden. Featuring 10 tracks and two remixes, the album represents a return to their roots with its aggressive synths, kinetic hooks, and unrelenting bass-lines. True to form, Orange Sector has once again raised the bar for others to reach. Released on Metropolis and available July 13th, 2010.
02. Krieg Und Frieden
05. I Hate You
06. Das Gute Ist Das Böse Daran
09. Ein Neues Kleid
10. Tribal Warfare
11. Angst (Phobie.Mix)
12. Ein Neues Kleid (Trag Das Kleid Im Club.Mix)
PREEMPTIVE STRIKE 0.1 “THE KOSMOKRATOR”
PreEmptive Strike 0.1 was created in 2002 on the island of Crete in Greece by Jim ‘The Blaster’ and Cryon. Having previously worked together on electronic projects they decided to form a band making the kind of music they enjoyed, combining the harsh Dark Electro/EBM sound with powerful melodies, eastern elements and sci-fi themes. 2006 saw the debut release by PreEmptive Strike 0.1, entitled Lethal Defense Systems. After being forced to remain inactive for a brief period due to military obligations, 2007 saw the band back and fully operational, resulting in the highly acclaimed album Extinction Reprogrammed. Now, PreEmptive Strike 0.1 joins Metropolis Records for the release of The Kosmokrator. Dark, aggressive melodies, harsh vocals, and an intriguingly original blend of influences make this album a compelling addition to any electro fan’s collection. Released on Metropolis and available July 27th, 2010.
01. 3000BC Astral God Race
02. Robotic Disintegrator (feat. EX-ES)
03. Kriegserklairung 1955
04. The Kosmokrator
05. interstellar Threat (feat. V28)
06. AL AZIF
07. Proteus Prayers
08. Syndrome Mutation
09. Plan X >From Outerspace
10. Codename Stormfury (feat. FGFC 820)
11. Island Of The Undead (feat. Lamia)
12. 3000BC Astral God Race (C-Drone Defect Remix)
13. The Kosmokrator (C-Lekktor Remix)
14. 3000BC Astral God Race (Dym Remix)
15. Syndrome Mutation (Bak XIII Remix)
VARIOUS “METROPOLIS: REBIRTH 2.0”
FIRST TIME EVER AVAILABLE IN CANADA: NOW SHIPPING!! The newest installment of Metropolis Records’s highly ancclaimed budget compilation, Metropolis: ReBirth 2.0. Originally available exclusively at Hot Topic. The collectible comp features many exclusive and unreleased tracks for an extremely low price. Tracks 2,4,5,7,9,13,14,16,& 17 are exclusive to this release.
01. Combichrist “All Pain Is Gone (Rapid Ascent Mix By VNV Nation)”
02. Julien-K “Kick The Bass (Xtended Version) exclusive track
03. IAMX “Think Of England (UNFALL)”
04. Juno Reactor “Immaculate Crucifixion (Leviathan Mix Remixed by The Barbarians)” exclusive track
05. Babyland “You Will Never Have It (Swing Mix by Sonny)” exclusive track
06. 16Volt “Alkali”
07. Bella Morte “Flatlined” exclusive track
08. KMFDM “Potz Blitz!”
09. Eisbrecher “Schwarze Witwe (Remix 2009)” exclusive track
10. Seabound “The Promise (Club)”
11. Informatik “Night And Day (Arena Mix)”
12. Velvet Acid Christ “Caustic Disco”
13. God Module “Spooky (Dance Mix)” exclusive track
14. Dope Stars Inc. “21st Century Slave (2.0 mix by Dope Stars Inc.)” exclusive track
15. Wumpscut “Fuckit”
16. Decoded Feedback “Where Am I” exclusive track
17. Electric Six “Gay Bar (Live in Ibiza)” exclusive track
VARIOUS “METROPOLIS: REBIRTH 1.0”
FIRST TIME EVER AVAILABLE IN CANADA: NOW SHIPPING!! Metropolis: Rebirth 1.0 is a 2-disc set with the first disc featuring many of Metropolis’ best Electronic and Industrial artists, while the second disc contains Metropolis’ many excellent rock bands. This unbelievable compilation features some of the most prominent bands in the industrial and rock scenes including VNV Nation, Electric Six, Combichrist, KMFDM, Grendel, and The Birthday Massacre, while also ushering in some of Metropolis Records newest members such as A Kiss Could Be Deadly and The A.K.A.s (Are Everywhere!). If you’re a new-comer to the world of Metropolis Records, or just another one of our devoted fans looking for new music, this compilation is for you!
Disc 1 “Electronic”
01. VNV Nation “Nemesis”
02. Assembalge 23 “Sorry”
03. Combichrist “What The Fuck Is Wrong With You”
04. The Retrosic “Deathdealer”
05. Wumpscut “We Believe, We Believe”
06. Client “Lights Go Out”
07. Meat Beat Manifesto “The Unprintable Word”
08. Cesium_137 “Endure”
09. Edge Of Dawn “Split Second [Undertow]”
10. Diary Of Dreams “The Plague (Vers. N41)”
11. Front Line Assembly “Beneath The Rubble (Combichrist Remix)”
12. Terrorfakt “M-15 (Scrape.DX Remix)”
13. Grendel “Harsh Generation”
Disc 2 “Rock”
01. Electric Six “Down At Mcdonnelzzz”
02. A Kiss Could Be Deadly “Poison IV”
03. The A.K.A.s (Are Everywhere!) “Dead Flowers Forever”
04. The Epoxies “Crystal Clear”
05. theStart “Blood On My Hands”
06. Snog “Vaguely Melancholic”
07. Moving Units “Crash ‘N’ Burn Victims”
08. London After Midnight “Nothing’s Sacred”
09. The Birthday Massacre “Looking Glass”
10. KMFDM “Tohuvabohu”
11. 16Volt “Suffering You”
12. Hanzel Und Gretyl “Fukken Uber Death Party”
13. Specimen “Nothing Lasts Forever”
***** HOT PRE-ORDERS!!
VARIOUS “EXTREME SUNDENFALL 10 (2CD)”
New volume of the Dark Wave series, featuring Massiv in Mensch, Cesium 137, ESC, SAM, Project X and more! Available on UpScene on June 18th, 2010.
01 X-RX “Virus Infect” 4.21
02 MASSIV IN MENSCH “Ikonoklast!” 3.49
03 PARA NORMAL “Aparition” 4.59
04 TERROR PUNK SYNDICATE “Dysmorphia (epicentre version)” 4.19
05 ALPHA POINT “High Like The Angels” 3.35
06 ART DEKO “The Fallen Man” 5.31
07 DECODE “Fake Freedom” 5.06
08 OUR BANSHEE “B2B” 4.43
09 HERTZINFARKT “Wir Trauen Uns Was” 3.10
10 KLANGSTABIL “Vertraut” 6.27
11 MONDTRÄUME “Life Is Short (extreme sündenfall edit version)” 5.05
12 BUZZ “So Kalt” 3.25
13 CLICKS “This Is Jeopardy” 4.36
14 HALO IN REVERSE “Modesty’s Failure” 4.49
15 CESIUM 137 “Endure” 4.19
16 LASTRAX “Evolution (sündenfall clubmix)” 4.29
17 ANAMADIM “Mutation (Fredrik Croona on vox)” 6.38
01 KANT KINO “Red Rain” 4.01
02 SAM “Corporate Violate” 3.59
03 INCUBITE “Ich Hasse Dich” 4.35
04 AUTOXIE “Abgrundtiefer Hass” 4.55
05 SKYLIGHT GLARE “Electro Terrorism” 5.18
06 DIE BRAUT “Cruxificado” 5.20
07 ESC “Raiva” 4.30
08 D-TOX “Fallen Of Tomorrow” 5.33
09 SCHWARZBLUT “Das Mandat” 4.52
10 AUDIOFEVER “Construct Destruction” 4.36
11 REACTOR 7X “Other Side” 5.09
12 ELECTROXINE “Nightmare” 4.41
13 THE TWILIGHT FREAKSHOW “Torn To Pieces (let me eat your brain mix)” 5.30
14 DRAINED SCORN „Judas Is Pregnant“ 4.23
15 CONCRETE/RAGE “Prophecy” 4.46
16 PROJECT X “Is This What You Wanted” 3.20
EVIL’S TOY “ORGANICS”
evils toy saw the light of day in the summer of 1992, when future band members volker lutz and thorsten brenda were introduced to one another by a mutual friend. they took an instant liking to each other, the existing equipment masterly complemented one another and so the founding of an electro-band was virtually an inevitable consequence. bands such as depeche mode, front 242, invincible spirit … inspired the two founding members, which meant that the concerted effort soon bore first fruit. today almost 18 (!) years later infacted recordings presents a 13 track first part best of release with additional three unreleased bonustracks in remastered format limited to 1000 copies worldwide! Released on Infacted and available June 25th, 2010.
01 The Old Race (Stage Mix)
02 The Old Race (Album Version)
03 Golden Sands
04 Pharo´s Theme
06 Dear God (X Marks the Pedwalk Remix)
08 Dizzy Divination
09 Sacrifice (Live)
10 Third World War – Dear God (Live)
11 In Silence
12 Make up
13 Third World War
14 Sacred (Remix)
15 Organics (Slow Motion Mix)
16 No Life (Live)
when it comes to modern ebm in the third generation you for sure will discover one name: johan van damm! ‘the voice’ is his alias and besides his new ‘baby’ agrezzior he has already participated in bands such as dupont and menticide in which he performed legendary liveshows in the ebm scene. ‘domination’ is title and aim of the new ebm masterpiece by the swedish vocal wizzard! besides the current orange sector album ‘krieg und frieden’ this album sets the new standard in electronic body music in 2010! musicwise the album was produced under the seal of autodafeh which again is a synonym for agressive body music! Released on Infacted and available June 25th, 2010.
1 Intro 01:04
2 Shout 04:42
3 Fingerprint 04:34
4 Domination 03:35
5 Design For War 03:56
6 Hardcore Generation 03:45
7 Left Alone 03:34
8 Strong We Stand 03:46
9 The Bunker 03:25
10 What About You 03:20
11 Aggressive Attitude 03:20
DUST IS NOISE “FRACTURED FORMS”
It all started out with a few synth-lines and a few stories to tell. It wasn’t supposed to be fancy but hang somewhere on a rawer level. That was the aim of the music when DUST IS NOISE was formed by Jacob, Mike J and Mike T. Collectively the three members work as the electronic outfit ALTER DER RUINE, an act known for dirty, funky electro. In their downtime they found themselves writing melodic synthpop and while they enjoyed it they knew it couldn’t be worked into the ADR live sets without causing heads to implode. Rather than leave the songs on the shelf they chose to add vocals and dress the tunes up as an entirely different package. With heavy emphasis on a big beat, grooving synths and incensed vocals DUST IS NOISE jammed along on a mission to complete a full length album. After playing a slew of live dates they caught the attention of Vendetta Music and shortly after signed on board to release their debut album titled Fractured Forms. Released on Vendetta and available June 25th, 2010.
02 Path Too Worn
04 Built to Burn Through
05 Clouds Breathe
06 Halfway There
07 Last Light
08 Blind Spot
09 One Failed Voice
10 Hands That Loved
DEAD TURNS ALIVE “MAELSTROM”
Dead turns alive is back! After years of silence the long awaited album ‘Maelstrom’ is finally available. The new longplayer contains a mix of rough edge industrial, melodic synthpop and hammering beats. Serving fans of melodic atmospheric synthpop with hightlights like ‘The Serpent’s Chant’ or ‘Fading Away’, and pleasing hardcore industrial clubbers with songs like ‘Love Is Lost’ or ‘S.I.N.’, it surely covers a wide range of dark electronic music, inspired by the old school heroes of EBM and Industrial. In addition to that, ‘Maelstrom’ contains four excellent remixes by BAK XIII, Brain Leisure, November Process and Revolution State. Released on Vendetta and available June 25th, 2010.
1.S. I. N.
2.The Serpent’s Chant
3.Someone Had To Die
4.Fading Away (Featuring Arianna)
5.Love Is Lost
11.Effigy Of Gehenna
12.The Serpent’s Chant (BAK XIII Remix)
13.Tonight (November Process Remix)
14.The Serpent’s Chant (Brain Leisure Remix)
15.Love Is Lost (Revolution State Remix)
16.Fading Away (Necrotek Remix)
K.I.F.O.T.H. “VIOLENCE CORPORATION”
‘Violence Corporation’, the new album from K.I.F.O.T.H. on Vendetta Music, presents 10 tracks of complex, multi-layered dark electronics, reminiscent of the best electro-industrial of the 90s, such as Front Line Assembly, Noise Unit, X-Marks the Pedwalk, and T.H.D. Released on Vendetta and available June 25th, 2010.
02 Ten Fingers
03 In Depression
DEAD HAND PROJEKT “DEAD HAND PROJEKT”
Back again now with a new project, Taury Goforth, original singer-songwriter for HexRx’s album “X”, is proving to be forever in our faces with violent aggression and an enraged, fuck you attitude. Having been classified as “progressive old-school,” this face-lift to industrial music will make you stop bickering about how bad the food is and make you want to get up and punch the cook in the face. This self-titled album should please most audiences due to the diversity in style throughout. This is not the same song over and over again, folks! This is a triumph of industrial glory! With songs like “Horror” and “Concrete” you’ll be forced to your feet by stompy dance beats. With tracks like “Desultory” and “Dejected”; you’ll be possessed by violent rage and angst. “Taste” is becoming the new fuck song for all clubs with it’s raunchy and overly imaginative/suggestive lyrics and tones. Released on Vendetta and available June 25th, 2010.
DE_TOT_COR “DEAD HEART EP”
Spanish dark industrial with intelligent and disturbingly beautiful melodies and pounding beats. Contains six original compositions and five remixes from Soman, Static Sky, Revolution State, Engelmacher and Zuh. Includes the club hit “Strawberry Panic”. Released on Vendetta and available June 25th, 2010.
01. This is not Heavy Metal.
02. I love you.
03. Strawberry Panic.
05. Der Letzte Tango.
06. Lies Es Mir Vor.
07. I love you (Revolution State remix).
08. Der Letzte Tango (subterfuge mix by Engelmacher).
09. I love you (lost in love mix by Statik Sky).
10. Surrender (Soman remix).
11. Lies Es Mir Vor (microglitch mix by Zuh).
Estrella was Lycia’s last proper studio album (Empty Space was unfinished & Tripping Back Into The Broken Days was recorded & mixed as an Estraya release). The songs on Estrella were originally written in 1996 & fleshed out over a fifty show tour. Eight years later, Mike VanPortfleet has revisited the songs to remaster them using the engineering skills he’s improved over this time as well as the improvements of technology to make a definitive version of the release uncompromised by the hands of others. The artwork has been restored to the original version, unaltered from the artistic vision meant to match the music. The goal of Estrella was to mix the lush orchestral sound VanPortfleet had developed over the previous eight years that had culminated in Cold with the more up-tempo rhythmic style of Wake & the unreleased Byzantine era. Estrella also marks Tara VanFlower’s move to primary vocalist & lyricist, enlarging the band’s ethereal fan base. Estrella became an instant hit within the darkwave genre, but now is the time to realize it’s a classic that transcends genre barriers. Released on Silber Records.
LYCIA “THE BURNING CIRCLE AND THEN DUST”
The Burning Circle And Then Dust was a groundbreaking point in Lycia’s career. It marked a shift from more atmospheric music towards song-oriented music with tracks like “Pray” & “Slip Away.” It marked the first collaborations between Mike VanPortfleet & Lycia members David Galas & Tara Vanflower. It marked the transformation of Lycia into a honed out live touring machine. Originally released as a double disc, VanPortfleet himself explained the truncation for the re-mastered The Burning Circle And Then Dust to a single disc. “Shortly after recording what would become disc one of the album David Galas & I were doing so well in the studio that we went on to record another ten songs with the intent of them possibly being used for compilation appearances. Though I thought most of the songs were stylistically different from the initial songs, when offered the possibility of releasing a double disc including the more recently recorded material I decided to go ahead & release the whole lot. Hindsight being 20/20 I have opted to hone the disc back down to my original vision.” Released on Silber Records.
Cold is probably Lycia’s most fully realized & popular release. Alternative Press even recognized it as one of the top ten Goth related albums of all time. It marked the best integration of the skills of Lycia as the trio of David Galas, Tara Vanflower, & Mike VanPortfleet gelled together after a road tour & moving into the same household. The inspiration to both the lyrics & overall sound of Cold was the band’s move from Phoenix, Arizona to northern Ohio. The change from the desert to a snow covered landscape resulted in a sound that was more frigid, sparse, & crystalline than previous releases. A return to their soundscape roots after the more song oriented The Burning Circle And Then Dust. Despite being one of Lycia’s more atmospheric works, Cold became a big hit amongst the black metal & space rock crowds expanding their fan base greatly. On the Cold tour, one would typically see as many fans in Hawkwind & Motorhead t-shirts as Sisters of Mercy t-shirts; forty-year-old rockers standing next to teenaged Goths. Released on Silber.
AARKTICA “IN SEA REMIXES”
Statement of Intent from Jon DeRosa (Aarktica): “The idea behind the remixes was basically an experiment to see if I could pull off putting together a compilation like Brian (Silber Records) & I did in the old days circa 1997. It’s no secret that I’ve become detached from &, frankly, frustrated with the direction the music industry has gone over the course of Aarktica’s ten-year existence. I feel a lot of the people I know, myself included, often forget why we’re doing this in the first place. So in some ways, this was an attempt to rally the troops to do something together, without worrying about sales numbers or accessibility. While some of the artists involved are younger (Planar, Slicnaton, Summer Cats), several of the artists involved have been playing in the same circles as Aarktica for as long as the project has existed. Artists like Yellow6, Remora, Landing & Mason Jones…we’re all pretty much old men. I was most pleased to get Richard/Declining Winter involved. As a lifelong Hood fan, I have followed his work since even before Aarktica, so to have him remix “Am I Demon?” (by another band I idolize) was a really special thing. The material on the original “In Sea,” lent itself well to reworking, as it was a rather abstract release compared to the last few Aarktica albums on Darla. & because of that, the artists seemed to really embrace the idea of reworking the tracks as opposed to just remixing them. The remixes have been injected so much with the individual artist’s style, most seem more like collaborations than remixes.” Released on Silber.
1. “I Am (The Ice)” remixed by Ramses III
2. “LYMZ” remixed by slicnaton
3. “Hollow Earth Theory” remixed by Summer Cats
4. “A Plague of Frost (In The Guise od Diamonds) remixed by Al Qaeda
5. “In Sea” remixed by Mason Jones
6. “Onward!” remixed by Yellow6
7. “Young Light” remixed by Planar
8. “Autumnal” remixed by Keith Caisius
9. “Corpse Reviver No. 2” remixed by thisquietarmy
10. “Instill” remixed by Remora
11. “When We’re Ghosts” remixed by James Duncan
12. “Am I Demon?” remixed by Declining Winter
13. “Am I Demon?” remixed by Pan (of Suckers)
14. “Am I Demon?” remixed by Landing
AARKTICA “IN SEA”
In Sea is Jon DeRosa’s sixth-full length release as Aarktica & a return to the sound Aarktica has been famous for since its debut No Solace In Sleep in 2000. The story of NSIS is mythic. In the winter of 1999, after learning of his permanent & near-total hearing loss in his right ear caused by nerve damage, DeRosa struggled through auditory hallucinations & an addiction to painkillers to recreate sound as he suddenly began to hear it, akin to being underwater or “in sea.” Disoriented by the cacophony of New York City & selfconscious about his deafness, DeRosa withdrew & began writing the songs that would become NSIS. These were sparse guitar compositions recorded quietly in an NYU dorm room on a dying warbly 4-track recorder. While some were as serene as an ice floe passing in the blackest night, others sounded as turbulent & terrifying as a drowning. What followed was the Morning One EP on Ochre Records in 2001 & then several years of releases where DeRosa veered away from his modern ambient/drone guitar orchestrations & towards atmospheric-pop & shoegaze with a number of guest musicians adding strings, horns, & vocals on top of his guitar work. While beautiful & unique, these albums are filled with pensive, paranoid, & often disjointed work that mirrored his frenetic mind during these turbulent & drug-addled points in his life. While In Sea’s title is a nod to Terry Riley’s landmark minimal composition “In C,” DeRosa also pays tribute to his teachers La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela (“LYMZ”), with whom DeRosa studied composition & Indian classical vocal music during the difficult years following his sudden deafness. He credits Young & Zazeela with teaching him how to hear without ears, relying on the physical vibrations of his instrument & his vocal chords. This ability allows him to create more detailed & nuanced guitar structures than most could make even with full use of their ears. Released on Silber.
AARKTICA “NO SOLACE IN SLEEP”
Debut album of Jon DeRosa’s ambient guitar drone project Aarktica. A continuation of the sounds started by Ligetti and followed through by Glenn Branca, Robert Fripp, Brian Eno, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Lycia, lovesliescrushing, & Flying Saucer Attack. Released on Silber.
4. You have cured a million ghosts from roaming in my head
6. The Ice (feels three feet thick between us)
7. Welcome Home
8. I remember life above the surface
***** new from ARTOFFACT RECORDS!
Kinetik Festival Volume 3, the 3CD companion to this year’s electro bomb in Montreal, is up for pre-order! Details are below.
Pre-order now at the Artoffact Store !!
KINETIK FESTIVAL VOLUME 3 – 3CD SET! – PRE-ORDER NOW!!
Artoffact Records presents a 3CD compilation showcasing the superb talent featured at the 2010 edition of the Kinetik Festival which is set to light the fuse over Montreal May 12th through 17th this year. Top name artists include Combichrist, Leaether Strip, Fixmer / McCarthy (Nitzer Ebb), 16 Volt, Imperative Reaction, Covenant, Unter Null, Hocico, Decoded Feedback, Synapscape, Melotron, and Faderhead. Alien Vampires appears featuring contributions from Suicide Commando. Artoffact’s own roster is represented by cuts from Ascii.Disko, Memmaker, and Run Level Zero. Several artists (Caustic, The Gothsicles, Ivardensphere, Destroid) provide mixes done especially for the festival. VNV Nation, Combichrist, Soman, Feindflug, Fractured, Ravenous, and others appear as remixers. Over 50% of the tracks are compilation exclusives or rarities, and several tracks appear here on CD for the first time! The first volume of the Kinetik Festival compilation sold out within weeks, and Volume 2 is nearly sold out. This special edition Volume 3 is a must-have for fans of industrial, goth, and techno music! Released on Artoffact and available May 4th, 2010.
Order a copy today: http://www.artoffact.com/releases.php
Do you have your Kinetik Ticket yet?: http://www.festival-kinetik.net/
1. Fixmer / McCarthy – Destroy
2. Ascii Disko – Jawbreaker (24 Bit Body Function)
3. Mini – Chronicles (David Carretta remix)
4. Leaether Strip – Compassion (KANT KINO remix)
5. Vomito Negro – Feel The Heat (2K10 REMAKES)
6. Tyske Ludder – Kinkat (Edit by Feindflug)
7. Imperative Reaction – Functional (Hi-Watt Remix)
8. 16 Volt – Feel It Through
9. Chemlab – Binary Nation (Automatic Da Fe Remix by Kill Memory Crash)
10. Left Spine Down – Welcome To The Future
11. Alter Der Ruine – Shit-Disco Stunner (Sleaze Version)
12. The Gothsicles – Holy Shit, Were Playing Kinetik
13. Caustic – Shrapnel Condition (Kinetik Mix)
14. T-Faktor – Bricksplitter
15. Left Side Neighbour – Today 24441
1. Combichrist – Turmoil
2. Alien Vampires feat. Suicide Commando – Far From Humans
3. Decoded Feedback – Demons
4. Synapscape – Purge
5. FGFC 820 – Killing Fields (Dracos Remix)
6. SAM – World Of Shit (Soman Remix)
7. Edgey – Onfall (kurz mix)
8. Iszoloscope – The Unsettled (Kinetik Cut)
9. Hocico – Ruptura (Motherfucker 667 Remix by Combichrist)
10. Tactical Sekt – Fleshcoated Technoloqy
11. Ambassador21 – Dope Off
12. Hypnoskull – Tomahawk
13. Terrorfakt – ALF (Muted Logic Remix)
14. Aliceffekt – Laeis 7th Passage E.th
15. Ivardensphere – Calibrating The God Machine (Kinetik Cut)
1. Covenant – XRDS
2. Rotersand – By The Waters (Soman Sheffield Remix)
3. Melotron – Dein Meister (Ravenous Remix)
4. Destroid – Silent World (kinetik edit)
5. Frozen Plasma – Tanz Die Revolution (Syrian Remix)
6. Lights of Euphoria – True Life (VNV Nation Remix)
7. Faderhead – 69 Freaks Per Minute
8. Komor Kommando – Triggerfinger
9. Run Level Zero – Deny Me
10. Unter Null – Godless (Neikka RPM Rmx)
11. Cesium_137 – Unwanted
12. Fractured – For What?
13. Memmaker – Ascent (Remixed by Fractured)
14. FabrikC – Mensch
15. Torrent Vaccine vs. Synnack – Adroit Deflector
16. Detroit Diesel – Terre Humaine
AOF085 – Haggard – Awaking the Centuries – CD
AOF086 – Haggard – Eppur Si Muove – CD
AOF087 – Omega Lithium – Dreams In Formaline – CD
AOF088 – Dead When I Found Her – Harm’s Way – CD
AOF089 – Various – Kinetik Festival Volume 3 – 3CD
AOF090 – Ascii.Disko – Stay Gold Forever Gold – CD
AOF091 – Absurd Minds – Serve Or Suffer – CD
AOF092 – Memmaker – How To Enlist In A Robot Uprising: Deluxe Edition – 2CD
ARTOFFACT RECORDS 2009 RELEASES:
AOF068 – Massiv in Mensch – Hands on Massiv: The Remixes – DD
AOF069 – Kobold – Blowback – DD
AOF070 – Xandria – Ravenheart [Bonus Tracks] – CD
AOF071 – Interlace – Nemesis – CD
AOF072 – Various – Kinetik Festival Volume 2 – DCD
AOF073 – S.V.D – No Ordinary Man – DD
AOF074 – Haujobb – Homes & Gardens 2.0 Special Edition – DCD
AOF075 – Urceus Exit – The Worst That We’ve Become – DD
AOF076 – Urceus Exit – Compensation For the Sound of Silence – DCD
AOF077 – Haggard – Tales Of Ithiria – CD
AOF078 – Xandria – India – CD
AOF079 – Xandria – Kill the Sun – CD
AOF080 – v01d – Weakener (EP featuring Ayria) – DD
AOF081 – v01d – This Is Not A False Alarm Anymore – DCD
AOF082 – v01d – Burnt Upon Re-Entry – DD
AOF083 – Individual Totem – Mumia Vera – DCD
AOF084 – Individual Totem – Collectotem – DD
Thanks for listening to GREAT music!