Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Break Up: My Machine

These guys recently got signed to Metropolis Records. I first heard of them this week via Ayria on her FB page. My curiousity was immediately piqued. Loved what I have heard. Maybe Metropolis Records can redeem themselves for all the recent dreadfully dull albums they have been churning out in mass production (i.e the latest And One album). Only time will tell though. Still check out The Break Up.

And here is a remix version of "My Machine".

Monday, June 27, 2011

Skin by Cylab

New video by Cylab (one of my all time favorite bands).

I just love this song and the album Cut & Coil If you haven't heard it, I so recommend buying it.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Android Lust and Roughhausen fall tour

Got some great news! Android Lust will be co-headling a tour with Roughhause in September. You can read more on Roughhausen's blog. I personally am a huge fan of Android Lust so this is very good news. From what I have heard on Roughhausen's reverbnation page, his stuff is pretty damn good I say. I had seen on Roughhausen's FB page that he said the tour would include Minneapolis. I hope so but I am not getting my hopes too high. If it does, I'll post the information here once I find out.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Track lists for the new Imperative Reaction and God Module releases

Tonight I went on to Metropolis Records' website. I saw that they had just added the new Imperative Reaction and God Module albums to the new releases page. I thought I would post the track lists for both albums.

Imperative Reaction - self-titled release (September 13)

01. Side Effect
02. What is Left to Say
03. Siphon
04. Song of the Martyr
05. Torture
06. Surface
07. Time Doesn't Care
08. The Signal
09. Hype
10. Permanent
11. Closure

God Module - Seance (September 13)
01. Ouija
02. Devil's Night
03. Plastic
04. Doppelganger
05. M.D.K
06. Extinct
07. Rituals
08. Into the Outside
09. Video
10. Remember
11. Fake Fame
12. Afraid of the Light

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Facebook page

The Twin Cities Underground Facebook page

I finally got around to branching out my humble little blog onto one of the popular social networking sites. I was thinking of doing Twitter but I did vow to myself to avoid that site like the plague, and opted for Facebook. I will be posting updates of my blog there but also share some of my favorite artists and bands, not to mention promote Kilted Farmer Koncerts shows (when they happen) as well as spread the word around on some other shows. Also I will be throwing in some music news.

Monday, June 20, 2011

CD reviews of the week

Last week I was treated with a $50 gift card from my boss for never having called sick at work so guess how I spent my gift card? On music of course! LOL.

Sirenia: The Enigma of Life


After being unimpressed with the previous Sirenia album, I wasn't sure whether or not to get The Enigma of Life. I decided to go for it since it wasn't my money. I am so glad I bought it. The album is better than I expected. I thought the material is stronger than on 13th Floor both lyrically and musically. Ailyn has really come on to her own on The Enigma of Life. Her vocal performance is spot on as far as I am concerned. Morten wrote some of the most beautiful lyrics that I have heard in this genre of music. I am even brought near to tears on the song "Winter Land". The lyrics really moved me. I also totally dug the choral vocals through out the album. That just added a whole new depth to the music and gave Morten and Ailyn a bigger sound. I have read a lot of negative comments about The Enigma of Life online. I definitely disagree with the negativity. I really am enjoying the new Sirenia album. The album has a good balance of aggressive guitar riffs, haunting lyrics, and delicate vocals. This album has brought my attention back to gothic metal once again.

Leaves' Eyes: Meredead

This is second album I picked up over the weekend along with the new Sirenia album and another cd I will soon mention. I have to admit this cd required a few listens for the music to really sink into my head. What really stood out with me on the new Leaves' Eyes album is the celtic influence through out the album. The melodies on the album weren't as memorable as those on the new Sirenia album however Liv Kristine's gorgeous vocals makes up for that slight flaw. Another big plus is the minimal use of Alexander Krull's vocals. I am definitely no fan of the cookie monster on acid type of vocals (unless it is Vas Kallas of Hanzel und Gretyl...LOL). Overall I am very pleased with the new Leaves' Eyes album. I like the celtic sound coupled with their gothic metal sound. The combination works so well together or at least for me it works.

Various Artists: This is Neo-Goth

I used to have this album 5 years ago but due to my then financial situation, I had to sell it for some cash (that or starve). When I went cd shopping this weekend, I found a copy in the used cd bins. I was delighted and of course took it home that day. The cd consists of three discs, the third being a mix cd by DJ RiB (as in Razed in Black). This is one of my all time favorite compilations. It introduced me to The Birthday Massacre and L'Ame Immortelle. There are also some kick ass remixes like the Apoptygma Berzerk remix of "Sweet" by Switchblade Symphony. It feels good to me to have this cd back into my collection. I have missed listening. Not crazy about some of the songs but overall I enjoy it.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Updated list of new releases

June Releases
Bunnydrums - Holy Moly (28)
Siva Six - The Twin Moons (17)
Krystal System - Nuclear (17)

August Releases
God Module - Rituals (09)
Acessory - Underbeat (09)
Dance or Die - Nostradamnation (09)
Left Spine Down - Caution (23)
Bunnydrums - PKD (23)

September Releases
Diary of Dreams - Ego:X (13)
Apoptygma Berzerk - Black EP vol 2 (13)
Download - FiXer (13)
Lords of Acid - Mighty Little Rabbit (27)
Download - Helicopter + Wookie Wall (27)
Melt - Emissions of Hypocrisy (27)

I am definitely excited for the new Diary of Dreams. I have recently re-discovered my love for that band courtesy of youtube (of course). I think I am going to wait for the actual Lords of Acid album as opposed to buying remixes. Remixes for me a hit or miss but I am probably boring those who read this blog regularly with the obvious. LOL! Despite my loathing for Apop's last two studio albums and the band itself, I have to admit the Black EP looks really appealing. I may or may not get it. Also as a reminder Stray and Pop Inc. will also be putting out new albums in September so those are a must have for me. September looks like it is going to be an awesome month for new music. Yay for me since my birthday is in September :).

EDIT: I almost forgot to mention that Imperative Reaction and God Module will also be putting out albums in September. Judging by the sounds of the new IR single "Surface", their new album might be worth checking out IMO.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ghloir Ar An Oiche by Kirlian Camera

Kirlian Camera: Ghloir Ar An Oiche

Nightglory
After Winter MMXI
Nightglory (Camera)
I Gave You Wings - I Gave You Death

Last night I was perusing youtube when I discovered that someone had uploaded all four tracks of Ghloir Ar An Oiche by the Italian electropop band Kirlian Camera. Of course I had to give the EP/single a listen to especially after fallen in love with the song "Nightglory" a week or two ago. Needless to say I put in a pre-order for the CD version via Amazon.com. I strongly recommend buying this (digital or CD format) legally to show support for the band. As much as I love youtube, I try to find ways to show my love for bands like Kirlian Camera by buying their music through Amazon, their record label, or from the band themselves.

I must say "Nightglory" has to be one of the best songs that I have heard in 2011 (next to Blutengel's "Uber Den Horizont"). I have read online that some people didn't care for the inclusion of guitars on this song. I honestly thought the guitar riffs added a nice touch to the song. The guitar riffs never overwhelmed the song. What made the song so epic for me is Elena Alice Fossi's powerful vocals and the gorgeous melodies. The combination is so memorable. I have the melodies stuck in my head.

"After Winter MMXI" is not nearly melodic as "Nightglory" but it is still a solid Kirlian Camera track. The mood of the track is far darker than "Nightglory". Angelo Bergamini provides vocals on this sinister track. Well his vocals are more in the vein of spoken word than actual singing. Angelo's vocal contributions do tend to be monotonous and may annoy some people but I feel like it was appropriate to go with the pulsating synth beats.

The next track is simply a piano version of "Nightglory". It is a beautiful track without a shadow of the doubt but personally I like the original just a bit more. The stripped down, bare bones version is missing the grandeur sound of the original version. Regardless of my personal preference, the camera version of "Nightglory" is still a joy to listen to.

Finally is "I Gave You Wings - I Gave You Death". The song starts off as a gorgeous instrumental with its gorgeous classical-influenced melodies but halfway through the song, the melodies become disjointed and the mood of the song takes a darker, more sinister route and becomes more of a darkwave/ambient track. Angelo's programming skills is really amazing on this particular track. I could have sworn I heard gregorian chant-like vocals towards the end of the track but the more I listened to the song, the  more I realize it is most likely computer generated.

Overall I really enjoyed Ghloir Ar An Oiche by Kirlian Camera. I really like how diverse the band's sound is with every track. It has left me hungry for a full length album from this talented band. From what I have heard from KC, their sound is never predictable nor do they stick to one particular sound.

Monday, June 13, 2011

New Imperative Reaction and I:Scintilla videos

The much hyped Imperative Reaction video for their new song "Surface" was just unveiled to the public today. Without much adue, here is the clip.



Just found out that i:Scintilla also released today a new music video for "Swimmers Can Drown". Enjoy!

Friday, June 10, 2011

CD Reviews of the Week

The Echoing Green: The Winter of Our Discontent

This was one of the cds I bought at the Freezepop show earlier this week. I have been wanting to get this particular album because I have enjoyed listening to a few of the songs on youtube. After being unimpressed with the band's most recent album In Scarlet and Vile, The Winter of Our Discontent is definitely right up my alley. It is more synth-orientated which was lacking on In Scarlet and Vile. The melodies, vocals, and lyrics all fit together nicely into one package. The overall sound of the album is much more lush and mellow. I can listen to The Winter of Our Discontent from "Daybreak" to "Winter" without skipping a track. The lyrics are thoughtful and often emotional. It is obvious that Joey is inspired by his family and life in general. The songs are all well written. The Winter of Our Discontent is a solid synthpop album of high quality. The music exhudes a warmth rarely heard in electronic music. This is one album that should be in those who appreciate modern synthpop music.

Pristina: Siren and Stars

Stars and Sirensis the second album I bought at the Freezepop show. There was a 2 for $20 deal going on. I have always wanted to buy this particular album for a long time but never got around to it until now. I am so glad that I bought this album. The music has been getting lots of play in my boombox. I absolutely love this album that Joey Belville created with the assistance of some lovely singers. The music itself is lush, seductive trip hop perfect to listen to on a rainy night like tonight. The women featured on the albums includes Chrissy Jeter of The Echoing Green, Anita Robinson, Monica Schroeder, Sarah Masen, and Alicia Luma. All the women have beautiful voices that meshes perfectly with the gentle electronic beats. The lyrics are as beautiful as the music and vocals. I think this is an album worth checking out if you are into trip hop music.

i:Scintilla: Optics

I have been a fan of i:Scintilla for some time now. I love their fusion of industrial, techno, and rock music. I am often reminded of bands such as Curve and Garbage. I have been needing to get a hold of their second album Optics for a long time. Optics is fanastic. I was not disappointed. A few of their songs from The Approach have been given a make over and have a harder, edgier sound to them. The version of Optics I have is the limited 2 disc. The second disc is full of remixes. As I have mentioned on past blog entries, remixes are a hit or miss with me but in this case, the remix disc is just as good as disc one that consists of the original versions. There really isn't a single song on the album that I felt like hitting the forward button on my remote control to my boombox. All of the songs are excellent. Brittany Bindrim and company are definitely a force to reckon with.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Freezepop at Ground Zero on 6/7/11

I finally was able to upload my video clip from Freezepop's set that I recorded on Tuesday night. It was such a pain in the ass yesterday. Kept getting error messages. Thankfully I had no problems tonight.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Freezepop with The Echoing Green, The Trapezoids and Ficshe

As always, I have some photos and video from the latest Kilted Farmer Koncerts production. Last night was the Boston synthpop band Freezepop who made their third visit to Minnesota at Ground Zero. New Mexico band The Echoing Green co-headlined the show with their brand of synthpop/rock. Local acts The Trapezoids and Ficshe opened for the two bands.
Freezepop with The Echoing Green, The Trapezoids, and Ficshe
Ficshe started off the show. Her music is a mix bag of industrial and trip hop music. I really dug her sound a lot. You can check out Ficshe's music on her ReverbNation page.

Up next was The Trapezoids, this quirky synthpop duo who has been around for many years. I have to admit I am not crazy about the band but I do have to hand it to them for their quirky sensibilities and the fact that they don't take themselves too seriously. They ended their set with their song Yellow Meat. I have to admit that song has grown on me but it hasn't made me a fan of their music in general. They aren't bad by all means, just not my cup of tea.

Up next was the New Mexico band The Echoing Green. I had been looking forward to seeing the band since I found out that they were going to be performing on the same bill with Freezepop. I have listened to a good number of their songs online and have heard a couple of their albums. I'll be perfectly honest. I didn't particularly care for their most recent album In Scarlet and Vile. I really wanted to like it but I just wasn't feeling the melodies or the vocals on that album. Anyhoo...while at GZ, I picked up acopy of The Winter of Our Discontent as well as Stars and Sirens by Pristina.
The band's live show was fantastic. I really enjoyed seeing them live. They had lots of energy and the songs really connected with the audience too. While the band is known as a Christian band, there was nothing overtly religious about the band's music or their live set that night. I could certainly hear their religious beliefs in their lyrics however I did not think they came across as cheesy and silly as a lot of Christian rock music comes off (to me at least). I did manage to record a couple of songs from their set.



I really enjoyed their New Order cover. Granted I prefer the original but still I thought the band did a good job interpreting the song to mesh their own sound.

Finally was Freezepop. I will have to admit the first two times I had seen the band live ranks higher than last night's show. I think that was due to the mediocrity of the songs off their latest album  Imaginary Friends. Their older material is much more interesting IMO. Nevertheless the band was a lot of fun to watch on stage. What I really appreciate about Freezepop is their interaction with their fans. It is obvious in their live shows and their fans truly loves them. People were tossing underwear, a minature toy bike, and a bag of beef jerky on stage for the band which was a real hoot. Despite the mediocre tracks from their new album, I was pleased to hear a good number of songs from their previous albums like "Front Load", "Stake Out", and "Bike Thief". I did record video footage of one of their songs but I am having difficulty uploading it on to youtube. If I can  get it uploaded on to youtube, I will post the clip here.

Overall last night was a lot of fun. I did get a free Freezepop out of the show while waiting outside of GZ in the miserable hot and humid weather. Lots of good music to be heard. I will certainly post brief reviews of the cds that I bought at the show probably later in the week.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Kirlian Camera - Nightglory



New Kirlian Camera music! Yay! I absolutely adore this band. I definitely plan spending a few extra bucks for their new album when it comes out.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Dark sanctuary mix

I was in a creative mood tonight with my mixpod account so I created a new playlist featuring some of my favorite goth music with a couple of tracks that are more in the middle eastern/new age vein. Enjoy!

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

2011 so far

Well it's June. Half of the year has come and gone. I thought I would list some of my favorite albums from this year. This list isn't in any particular order so no picking favorites just yet ;-).

Otep: Atavist


I have been really enjoying the new Otep album. Granted I could easily live without hearing the spoken word crap, the rest of the album is really fabulous. The music is much heavier and aggressive than the previous which was okay but really nothing to write home about.


i:Scintilla: Dying & Falling


i:Scintilla can really do no wrong in my book. Their music keeps getting better and better with every album.


Blutengel: Tranenherz


I keep coming back to this album time and time again no matter what cds I had bought at local record store or online. Tranenherz has rekindled my love for the German electropop band.


Solitary Experiments: The Great Illusion
Okay so this really isn't "new" music by Solitary Experiments but they did release it in 2011. The Great Illusion is a 2 cd set of the band's first 2 albums that are out of print.

Thought Thieves: Krista



Krista is one of my favorite local albums of 2011 (just waiting for Pop Inc's album to be released later this year). The band's sound of synth and rock is just a joy for me to listen to on a regular basis. It is short yet sweet.


Bio: Heroes Secrets


Great obscure Russian synthpop band whose singer has a voice deeper than the Grand Canyon. LOL! All the songs are sung in Russian but that makes no difference to me. I just love the melodies and the singer's voice.


Dismantled: The War Inside Me


I bought the new Dismantled album last weekend at the FLA show in Minneapolis. This is my first Dismantled cd that I bought. I have been listening to the cd a lot.

Lady Gaga: Born This Way



I admit it...I love this album (except for a few tracks). It's fun and catchy. The music is a nice break from the angst and nihilism of industrial music. Lady G's music also makes my work day go a lot more quicker because I am humming along to the music.