Saturday, August 30, 2014

Golgotha Presents: Wasteland Rockers 08.29.14

Last night I went to Ground Zero nightclub for the Wasteland Rockers event put on by local fashion designer Golgotha. The event featured a fashion show and live music. The excellent The Rabbit M Project, Absynthe of Faith who had a shaky start with their set but in the end sounded really good, TheRockandRollWhores whom I never heard of until tonight and obviously it was their final gig too, and of course my personal fave Promidal.

goth_maven's Golgotha Presents Wasteland Rockers album on Photobucket

I kinda made the mistake of getting to GZ a little late so I only caught like two-three songs by The Rabbit M Project. From what little I heard, his music was terrific. I have only seen The Rabbit M Project once before at Club Underground and I liked what I had heard a lot. Absynthe Of Faith got off to a rocky start with their set but the technical issues was quickly fixed within a matter of moments and they ended their set on a positive note with me. I always enjoy seeing those guys perform on stage. Before TheRockAndRollWhores and Promidal was the fashion show featuring fashions from Golgotha and Fear The Wicked. After the fashion show was TheRockAndRollWhores, a local punk band. Never heard of them until the announcement of this event earlier this summer. They put on a highly energetic and entertaining show. Apparently last night was their final show as a band. Lastly was my favorite band of the entire show Promidal. Compared to their last Club Underground show, their set last night was tame but certainly as intense and entertaining as their previous shows. There really isn't a band in the local [dark, underground] music scene here in Minnesota that can match the intensity and entertainment value of Promidal. I never attended a Promidal show where I went "Gee this is boring". To anyone who hasn't seen the band live yet, go see them. You can find them on Facebook and also find out about their shows via DarkSide MN.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Updated list of albums I have bought in 2014 [so far]

Today at work I was thinking about all the music I have bought this year. I thought I would post a list of the music I bought this year.

Baal - Shurado
Foretaste - Love On Demand
Feathers - If All Now Here
Sirus - Broken Hearts Corporate Minds
Army On the Dance Floor - Many Faces of War

The Melismatics - Rising Tide
Dum Dum Girls - Too true
Aby Wolf - Wolf Lords
Astronomique - Burning Stars Fade EP

Client - Authority
Dum Dum Girls - Only In Dreams
Within Temptation - Hydra
Lullacry - Crucify My Heart
Icona Pop - This Is...
Nitro/Noise - No Cure For Apocalypse
Phantogram - Voices
God Module - False Face
Schoolcraft - Rushing Through the Sky

Belinda Carlisle - The Collection
Amaranthe - The Nexus
Veruca Salt - 8 Arms to Hold You
Amanda Ghost - Ghost Stories
Chelsea Wolfe - Pain is Beauty
Anette Olzon - Shine
Depeche Mode - Black Celebration/Ultra
Goldfrapp - Supernature
Mondtraume - Empty
Uh Huh Her - Future Souls

Blutengel - Black Symphonies
Fort Wilson Riot - Trilliun
Nightwish - Oceanborn
Psyborg Corp - The Frozen Shrines of Obsydyana
Stoneburners - Songs in the Key of Arrakis
Machinista - Arizona Lights
God Destruction - Novus Ordo Seclorum
Mankind Is Obsolete - Mobius Loop
Panic Lift - Is This Goodbye?
Surgyn - Envy
Lucid Living - Miracless

The Luna Sequence - Fearful Shepherds Hunt Their Sheep
Arch Enemy - War Eternal
Lindsey Stirling - Shatter Me
Marsheaux - Odyssey
My Midnight Heart - Chest of hearts - $5
Delerium - Poem
The Girl and The Robert - Silence/Borderline and Whole/Flowers

Dum Dum Girls - End of Daze
Puffy AmiYumi - The Best of Puffy AmiYumi
Travis - The Man Who
Xandria - Sacrificium
Weird Al - Mandatory Fun
And Finally - Heartbreak Empire
the Lonely Soul Experience - Path of Blood

Youth Code - An Overture
Junksista - Bad Case of Fabulous
Kitten - Kitten
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Pika Pika Fantajin
Ludovico Technique - Some Things Are Beyond Therapy
Angel Haze - Dirty Gold
Blutengel  Demon Kiss

Basically I bought about 6 albums/EPs (mostly on CD, few were digital downloads via bandcamp). To think, the year is not over yet. lol

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Album of the Week: Kitten by Kitten

Kitten: Kitten

For this week's edition of Album Of The Week, there was no doubt that my choice would be the debut album by Kitten that I bought over the weekend. I have been listening to the album as often as I can on a daily basis. I am really glad I picked up the album when I did. The album cover had caught my eye while I was at the Electric Fetus. With my android phone, I quickly googled Kitten band to see what this band was about and if this is a band worth checking out on a whim. Long story short, I decided to get the album (along with some J-Pop which I kinda wish I didn't get and should have opted for the new Imogen Heap album instead) when I read online that Kitten's sound had a new wave influence. That quickly won me over.

I was totally hooked on Kitten's music the second I heard the first song "Like A Stranger". By the time I got to "I'll Be Your Girl" (one of my personal favorite tracks), I was completely in love with the album and the band's sound. I am really impressed with lead singer Chloe Chaidez's vocals. For someone as young as she is, Chloe definitely has demonstrated to me that age has nothing to do with talent. Personally I think she is better than a lot of her much older peers. From what I have read online about Kitten (like in this WSJ article), Chloe has been working as a singer since she was 15. Obviously all the work she has been doing for the past four years has paid off for the singer. I am very impressed.

As a fan of Cocteau Twins, Slowdive, and My Bloody Valentine, let alone shoegaze music, I can certainly hear their influence on Chloe in her music. There is also a bit of '80s r and b influence thrown into the mix like on "Sex Drive". I'll be honest that song has me on the fence. I don't think the song is bad however it sounds rather out of place on the album. "Devotion" has a bit of that '80s r and b but mixed in with new wave and the results is much better. At least to this listener.

I love how the album ends with a stripped down, acoustic number "Apples and Cigarettes". It is a stark contrast to the other songs on the other album which relies heavily on synthesizers and guitars. It is a quiet, subtle number. I for one am anticipating what the future holds for Chloe/Kitten. This album is so good, it would be a crime to not hear with all the music that is out there nowadays.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My Favorite Songs of 2014 (updated)

Tonight I updated my Spotify playlist My Favorite Songs of 2014 (so far). At the end of the year I will post a longer playlist of all my favorite songs from this year. Here is what I have on my list at the moment:

01. "I'll Be Your Girl" by Kitten
02. "Lara's Song" by The Lonely Soul Experience
03. "The Forever Ritual" by The Luna Sequence
04. "Refuge" by Client
05. "On the Phone" by And Finally
06. "Shadow On the Wall" by Arch Enemy (Mike Oldfield cover featured as a bonus track on the limited edition version of War Eternal)
07. "Life is Short" by Mondtraume
08. "Feed Me Fame" by Surgyn
09. "Journey" by Ruined Conflict
10. "Pitbull Terrier" by Die Antwoord

For those who don't use spotify, I have included a few songs on my playlist.

Monday, August 25, 2014

5 Songs You Should Check Out

For tonight's blog entry, I thought I switch things a bit and change it from 5 Albums You Should Check Out to 5 Songs You Should Check out. Enjoy!

01. Kitten: Apples and Cigarettes

This is one of my personal favorite songs off the self-titled debut album by Kitten. It is an acoustic track. A nice quiet way to end the album. I strongly recommend checking out the album. It is so good.

02. The Luna Sequence: Surfacing

Easily my personal favorite song by The Luna Sequence. It is a real treat to hear vocals on one of Kaia Young's songs.

03. Viscera Drip: My Final Prayer(Retribution RMX by Nano Infect)

This is my current favorite aggrotech song at the moment.

04. Army On the Dance Floor: Leia

My personal favorite song off Army On the Dance Floor's debut album Many Faces of War.

05. Bad Pollyanna: Invincible Girl

If you haven't heard the tribute song to Sophie Lancaster, you should listen to it now. It is a beautiful ballad. Proceeds for the song goes to The Sophie Lancaster Foundation.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

5 Albums You Should Check Out

Since I was out on Monday night for the Grendel show and didn't post my weekly blog series, I decided to post it tonight.

01. Pretty Addicted: It All Stems From Childhood

02. Kitten by Kitten

03. Ludovico Technique: Some Things Are Beyond Therapy

04. Blume: Autumn Ruins

05. All My Faith Lost: Redefine My Pure Faith

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Album of the Week: Bad Case of Fabulous by Junksista

After sitting on my ass for months now, I finally got around to acquiring a copy of the debut full length album Bad Case of Fabulous by the German synthpop duo Junksista. This is one of those albums I have been putzing around on however that all changed when the band had a week-long sale on their website last week, reducing the cost of their album so they could make room for their upcoming album. I thought this was a good time for me to buy a copy. I am glad I bought it. Why it took me this long is beyond me. The music is so ridiculously catchy and the lyrics are hilarious. I must say I really like listening to a band who doesn't take themselves so damn seriously and can have fun with their music, and it shows in their music and videos if you haven't seen them online already. I am already listening to the album for a second time. I decided to make Bad Case of Fabulous my Album of the Week. The album is truly fabulous. I am looking forward to hearing their next album.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Albums I am currently listening

Pretty Addicted: It All Stems From Childhood

I finally got around to listen to the new album by Pretty Addicted today at work. It is pretty fucking good.

Empyrean Asunder: Serpent

If you haven't heard of Empyrean Asunder, you really should check out the Louisville, KY band. They are one of a handful of bands that I discovered this year and just adore. It has been a few weeks since the new album was unleashed on the world and I am still listening to it on a regular basis. Both Pretty Addicted and Empyrean Asunder are two bands I think are worth keeping an eye out for years ago.

Ludovico Technique: Some Things Are Beyond Therapy

I bought this album while at the concert on Monday night. I like it a lot. While not my favorite band/album in the harsh EBM genre, I still enjoy what Ludovico Technique has to offer music-wise. Ben was certainly a lot of fun to watch on stage.

Siouxsie and The Banshees: A Kiss In the Dreamhouse
I picked up this album today at the library after work. Next to Tinderbox, A Kiss in the Dreamhouse is my favorite Siouxsie and The Banshees album.

Laura Mvula: Sing To the Moon
I picked up this CD at the library over the weekend because it piqued my curiosity. I am glad I did because the music is so nice and relaxing to unwind to after a long day at the office. The music is a mix of pop, jazz, and electronica music. After listening to mostly heavy metal and industrial music at work during the day, I always like to throw something on a more mellow side of music.

Woodkid: The Golden Age
This is another album I recently picked up from the library a few days ago. I have a friend who has been raving about Woodkid, so I decided to get it after I heard one of his songs on youtube and liked the song. The album is quite good. I can't really describe his music. It's definitely not something I listen to on a regular basis. It is very interesting stuff to listen to.

Weird Al Yankovic: The Esesntial Weird Al Yankovic
Today I had to stop by the library and one of the items I picked up was this compilation of Weird Al's music. I love his new album Mandatory Fun but nothing beats his earlier music.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Grendel with Ludovico Technique and Endif at Amsterdam Bar and Hall on 08/18/14.

Last night I went to Amsterdam Bar and Hall in Saint Paul for the Grendel/Ludovico Technique show. Local act Endif opened up for the two bands with his own brand of electronica music which you can listen to on his Last FM page. I have only seen Endif one other time. His music is very good. Not what I typically listen because the music places less attention on hooks or arrangements and more emphasis on creating a wall of sounds with various beats, samples, and rhythms. Here is a good description of what Endif's music is all about:

Endif draws upon a broad spectrum of experiences and influences and distills them into original sonic compositions incorporating a syncrete of styles and techniques with a mind altering rhythmic bent and a fierce uncompromising aesthetic.

Emphasis is placed more upon energy, emotion, context and texture than on stale commercial formulas, towering arrangements or catchy pop hooks. The net result has dragged this one-time studio project out of the shadows and into the conciousness of hard-electronic enthusiasts across the planet.

Up next was Ludovico Technique. They were a lot of fun to watch and listen to last night. I apologize for a lot of shitty pictures in my PB slide show. Ben made it next to impossible for me to take photos through out his set by moving so much. I did though get an occasional good shot here and there and I was happy with what I was able to get. Ludovico Technique put in a highly energetic set from start to finish. Before the set started, I bought the band's album Some Things Are Beyond Therapy and a t-shirt. I try to make a point of showing my support for the bands by buying merchandise at concerts. Yes, I have so many concert t-shirts up the wazoo but I couldn't pass up on the $20 CD/Tshirt bundle deal.

Grendel finished the night with a highly energetic set. People were sweating up a storm from dancing so much. Trust me. I could smell the body odor over in front of the stage. LOL! Grendel put in a killer set. Overall I had a blast at last night's show.

goth_maven's Grendel with Ludovico Technique and Endif album on Photobucket

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Office Playlist of the Week

Today I went over to the library to see what I could find for music so I could listen to it at work to stay sane. I decided I really needed a break from what I usually listen to on a daily basis and picked up some really cheesy music to listen to through out the work week.

Peter Gabriel: Hit

Brody Dalle: Diploid Love

The Horrors: The Horrors

Lady Gaga: Artpop

La Roux: La Roux

Motley Crue: Greatest Hits

Nine Inch Nails: Hesitation Marks

Noisettes: Contact

Woodkid: The Golden Age

Kacey Musgraves: Same Trailer, Different Park

Laura Mvula: Sing to the Moon

Malificent film score

From my own collection:

Otto's Daughter: Arc Of A Dream

Delerium: Poem

Artesia: Llydaw

Enya: The Very Best of Enya

Unter Null: Moving On

Johan Soderqvist: Let the Right One In

Surgyn: Envy

Baal: Shurado

Aby Wolf: Wolf Lords

Saturday, August 16, 2014

My 10 favorite music videos of 2014 [so far]

10. Arch Enemy: War Eternal

09. Blutengel: Krieger

08. Tiny Deaths: Ocean

07. Die Antwoord: Pitbull Terrior

06. Anette Olzon: Lies

05. System Syn: Daydream From a Deathbed

04. Dum Dum Girls: Rimbaud Eyes

03. Royskopp and Robyn: Monument

02. Client: Refuge

01. Veruca Salt: It's Holy

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Jam of the Week: Let 'Em Say by Lizzo and Caroline Smith

Yesterday local artists Lizzo and Caroline Smith released a song that they collaborated on together called "Let 'Em Say". All proceeds goes to the Women's Foundation of Minnesota. The song is really catchy. I absolutely love it. While the song isn't the kind of music I cover on my blog regularly I love the song therefore I am making it my Jam of the Week. Not only is it catchy but the proceeds goes to charity. I donated a few bucks and downloaded the song. As someone who is going to see Lizzo and Caroline Smith next month at First Avenue, I hope the duo will perform this song live.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Some new musical finds: Surreal Eternity and Sagan

Tonight I decided to really start listening to the artists who starts following my Twitter account. As a blogger, I think it is my responsibility to check out the music of those who follow me on Twitter. If I like their music, I'll share it with the public on my blog and/or tweet it. Tonight I came across a couple of cool artists who had just followed me: Surreal Eternity and Sagan. Both are artists I had never heard of before until I checked out my Twitter account to see who had just followed me. Sagan is a New York artist whose music is a mix of dance and new wave music.

Surreal Eternity is a one man act whose music mixes dark electro with trance music.

I definitely can recommend to my readers to check out these two artists' music.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Upcoming End of the Summer/Fall Releases

With the summer winding down and autumn right around the corner, I decided to dig around online to see what new music is coming out in the coming weeks and months.

Sebastian Komor - Vikings, Thrones, and Dragon Bones (8/15)
Heimataerde - Kalwaerts (8/29)
Electrovot - Elegant Love (8/29)
Haujobb - We Must Wait [vinyl single] (8/29)
Letzte Instanz - Im Auge Des Sturms (8/29)

KMFDM - We Are (live album) (9/9)
The Birthday Massacre - Violet (limited edition vinyl) (9/9)
And One - Magnet (9/9 via Storming the Base but you can buy it now via Out of Line)
Ruined Conflict - Revolutionary Mayhem (9/9 via Storming the Base but already out on Infacted Recordings)
Psychopomps - Infection (9/9 via Storming the Base but like Ruined Conflict, album is already out on Infacted Recordings)
Merciful Nuns - Meteora VII (9/12)
Project Pitchfork - Blood (9/19)
Youth Code - An Overture (9/23)
Prude - The Dark Age of Consent (9/23)
Information Society - Hello World (9/23 via Storming the Base)
Sequential Access - Sex Addicts Anonymous (9/23)
Sopor Aeternus - Mitternacht (9/26)
Mentallo and The Fixer - Zothera (9/26)

Electric Six -  Human Zoo (10/14)
KMFDM - Our Time Will Come [new album] (10/14)
Velvet Acid Christ - Subconscious Landscapes (10/28)
Bella Morte - Exorcisms (10/28)

I will be updating this list if there are any more releases to come out this fall. In the meantime, I am personally excited about the Youth Code CD collection. It will be nice to listen to while waiting for the upcoming show featuring Skinny Puppy, VNV Nation, Haujobb, and Youth Code. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

5 Albums You Should Check out

01. Neorus: Timeless

02. Pretty Addicted: Filth

03. Viscera Drip: Abbatoir

04. Junksista: Bad Case of Fabulous

05. Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack

I have to admit I really like the soundtrack to the movie Guardians of the Galaxy. I am normally not a fan of classic rock but the soundtrack to my favorite film of 2014 is highly entertaining to listen to. The film score is pretty good as well.

Finally got around to ordering Junksista's first full-length album Bad Case of Fabulous because this week only the band is offering the album at a pretty cheap cost. I just got the single disc and for only $15.11 USD. You know me, always willing to help one of my favorite bands in the music scene ;).

If you are  anything like me and enjoy the harsh side of EBM, I certainly can recommend checking out the new Viscera Drip album Abattoir. I listened to it on bandcamp last week and it is killer music. I also recommend checking out the first album from Pretty Addicted called Filth.

Neorus is a recent find on bandcamp. Found this guy last week. His music is in the vein of Conjure One, Delerium, and Balligomingo if you enjoy music by those acts.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

DarkSide MN Presents: Mixed Madness

Last night I went to Club Underground for the latest DarkSide MN show aptly titled "Mixed Madness". The show featured: Zwaremachine, as\of, Thinning the Veil, and of course Promidal. As always, DarkSide MN did not let me down with their latest show. I always try to make it to their shows every month. I think the shows they put on regardless who the act are performing that night are something special and worth attending here in the Twin Cities.

Every band last night put in an excellent set. This was my first time seeing Zwaremachine and I really dug what I had heard form this one man act. I definitely recommend checking him out whenever he has a show going on. Never disappointed in seeing my friends in As/Of. Always great to see them live. I really do think they have come a long way since I first saw them at the Loudness show 3-4 summers ago. Last night was also my first time seeing Thinning the Veil. Very cool band. In the past I haven't been able to get into death or black metal but since I have been really digging the sounds of Arch Enemy and various aggrotech bands that have been influenced by black metal, it did not take me very long to get into Thinning the Veil's music. Apparently though last night and their show on the 23rd of this month at Club Underground is the last times they will be performing that sort of music before they decided to move into another direction. I can respect that decision. I think bands should follow their hearts and not what their fans dictate.

Finally, the mighty Promidal. What can I really say about Promidal I haven't said before? They fucking rocked. Last night's show was really one of their better gigs I have seen and I have seen most of their live shows. Promidal truly puts on one of the best visual live shows I have ever seen, regardless if the band is local or national. Promidal is a force to reckon with in my book. Through out their show last night I definitely heard the black metal influences seeping through their music. If it wasn't for my earplugs, I think my ears would have melted that night from their set. I ended up getting sprayed with fake blood through the set which I consider as an honor. You truly haven't experienced a Promidal show unless you had fake blood sprayed on you or had raw meat thrown at you (which I also had done at me at their Leather Strip show last year which was funny as hell IMHO).

Not long ago I created a photobucket gallery for DSMN's shows. I have uploaded last night's pictures from the show and recorded footage of the last song they performed that night.

goth_maven's DarkSide MN album on Photobucket

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Thought Thieves and Pop Inc. at Ground Zero in 2010

I was going through my photobucket library tonight and found some pictures to share for #throwbackthursday. This first slide show features Thought Thieves and Pop Inc. at Ground Zero nightclub. This was taken in 2010. I know this because I have video footage from Pop Inc.'s set to tell me what year it was records. LOL!
goth_maven's Local Bands album on Photobucket

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Amphi Festival 2014

Tonight I was perusing youtube when I came across some video footage from this year's Amphi Festival in Cologne, Germany. I thought it was pretty good footage (unlike some of my concert I thought I would just share with my readers with clips from the festival especially since most of us probably weren't able to travel to Germany for the music festival.

The next few videos are from an individual who goes by the screen name fucking devotee. I posted a link to his youtube page at the bottom because he has some more footage from the festival I think is worth viewing.

You can find more video footage from the music festival at this link.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Some Food For Thought: Supporting the music scene

Tonight I went out and chatted with a few friends from my local scene before they went off to see The Cult at Mill City Nights. I didn't go because it was a work night but I still felt like hanging out with them for some good conversation before the concert. One of the topics discussed was the upcoming shows for Kilted Farmer Koncerts and in general supporting the music scene hence tonight's blog entry.

For the last few weeks with all the drama that is going on in the dark underground music scene (i.e Alt-Fest, and the retirements of XP8 and now 16 Volt), there is all this chatter about how our scene is dying. Personally I think to say that our scene is "dying" is being overly dramatic HOWEVER considering the fact that there have been a drop in numbers of attendance at concerts within in our scene should be of serious concern.

I will be the first to admit that I am not crazy that many of the concerts I attend are on a work night. If I had a choice, they would all be on the weekends but I don't have that choice. Over the years I have come to conclusion that I need to stop being a big baby over shows held during the work week. Unless you just started a new job, try asking the following day after the concert off from work. That is what I do. Sometimes I don't and you know what? I lived the next day after I went to shows the previous night. Case in point, I went to see the Dum Dum Girls in April on a work night. I didn't get home until around 11:30. Got up the next day at 6am so I could ease into my morning. I am not one of those people who can sleep until the last second and do what I need to do in a short period of time. That ain't going to happen. I need to get cleaned up, make breakfast, check email, feed my fish, and get my shit together for work. I was perfectly fine at work that day. Same thing when I went to see God Module and didn't get home until midnight or was it one am? I can't remember ;). Long story short...stop making excuses.

Secondly, attending shows does contribute to the scene. Here in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, if it wasn't for Kilted Farmer Koncerts I seriously doubt someone else would be bringing in acts like Grendel with Ludovico Technique as well as Hocico with Hardwire.  One way to help is by buying tickets before the show. Here is the link to the Grendel show and this link is for the Hocico show. Both shows are going to be at Amsterdam Bar and Hall in Saint Paul which is right next to the newly opened green line that goes between Saint Paul and Minneapolis. As someone who has been on the green line a few times, this is perfect transportation. If you are worried about how late the light rail will be running, from what I have read, it will still be running (although not as frequently as the daytime). You can check out the schedule here.

Finally...share the FB events, Tweets, links, articles related pertaining the artist of the upcoming shows with your friends on social media. Spread the news. Get your friends to go to the shows.

I am not always perfect when it comes to attending [local/national] concerts (sometimes I will end up backing out of the show because I don't feel like going) but I go to as many live shows I can. I do pride myself in trying to attend as many shows as I can as well as buying tickets in advanced to help the concert promoter. I don't know why people are bitching and whining about the scene "dying" when they have the power to do something about it by attending the concerts. Considering how far in advance the shows are announced where I live, people should be able to scrimp and save money for tickets. can buy tickets at various local stores in the Twin Cities for Kilted Farmer Koncert shows if you follow Kilted Farmer Koncerts on FB and on their Twitter page. Of course as a member of the street team I do re-tweet and re-post information as much as I can via my own FB and Twitter page, not to mention my blog. Duh! lol

Monday, August 4, 2014

5 albums you should check out

Tonight I thought I would change things up a bit with my weekly 5 artists you should check out with albums. I thought it would be a nice change of pace. I will try to do other variations. I have to admit I felt like I am running out of ideas (at the moment) as far as artists are concerned so it was time for a change.

01. Emyprean Asunder: Serpent
If you haven't heard of Empyrean Asunder, you should now. The Louisville, KY band is my current favorite new band right now. They recently released their new album Serpent which is available for free to download. It is excellent. I like how Olivia Asunder can switch from clean to harsh vocals with very little effort.

As someone who is trying to find music that sounds different from what is currently popular in the dark subculture scene I belong to, I find Orquidea quite refreshing. Their music certainly reminds me quite a bit of Ladytron with their electroclash sound.

The self-titled album by 3 Teeth is easily one of my top favorite industrial albums of 2014. This album has that old school industrial sound before it got hijacked by the synthesizers. The music sounds old school but it sounds so fresh especially when my ears are constantly bombarded by the same old beats. Not that I don't love bands like Hocico, Nitro/Noise, God Destruction, Decoded Feedback, Unter Null, Suicide Commando, etc...etc... but I miss industrial music when it sounded like what bands like 3 Teeth,Baal, and Youth Code are putting out.

04. Noblesse Oblige: Affair of the Heart - even after a year after its release, I am still enjoying the latest Noblesse Oblige album. More people seriously needs to check out this band.

05. Army On the Dance Floor: Many Faces of War

Next to Empyrean Asunder, Army On the Dance Floor is my favorite new band in 2014 that I am trying to push as much as I can via Twitter and on my blog because I think their music is something special.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Album of the Week: Heartbreak Empire by And Finally

And Finally: Heartbreak Empire

For this week's Album of the Week, I decided to write about the debut album by And Finally, a new project by Jesus Alvarez (Re/Move) and Marta Esteban. I first heard about this project via A Different Drum Records. I am always looking for some new bands to check out. I had listened to the two clips featured on ADD's website. Initially I wasn't impressed but I decided to see if Spotify would have the entire album for me to listen to because two youtube clips just doesn't really do a good job at representing a band's sound if you ask me. Fortunately Spotify did have the album. As I suspected, listening to the entire album gave me a better representation of the band. I found myself enjoying Heartbreak Empire a lot more than I expected. I ended up buying a copy from A Different Drum Records. I have been enjoying the album since I received it in the mail nearly two weeks ago.

I will be honest I am not familiar with Re/Move's music but I did go on youtube to see if I could find a clip or two to compare with And Finally's sound. From what I have found I liked what I had heard. While Re/Move's sound is synth-driven, And Finally's music is a blend of synth and rock music. The results is ear candy for this music fanatic. According to the band's website, they have put out only 500 copies of the album and the money goes towards NGO Medicos sin Fronteras. I can wholeheartedly recommend buying this album not only because I think the music is excellent but proceeds goes towards charity. You really can't argue with that logic ;).

Track List:
01. Same Reality
02. Memorizer
03. She Drank My Life
04. I Don't Remember
05. Beautiful
06. The End of My Days
07. This Is For Real
08. I Miss You
09. Kill Him
10. On the Phone