Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Music you should check out

Since I am going to be out of town through Saturday because of Thanksgiving and will most likely not be online, I thought I would just share with my readers music they should amuse themselves with while I am gone.

Emmon: Nomme

La Roux: Trouble in Paradise

CHROM: Regret and Testify

Exitmusic: The Decline of the West

Emmon: Distance

I am still waiting for my copy of the new Junksista album that I pre-ordered from them. I want to hear it the first time not via online but rather from the actual album itself. I have no doubt that it will be good. The rest I can definitely recommend especially the Empyrean Asunder maxi-single and the Emmon album/single. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Events going on this week

Wondering what to do during this week especially after shoving your face full of turkey and an assortment of side dishes? There are some events going on in the twin cities for those who are not traveling for the holiday. 

Ground Zero Nightclub on Thursday night 

If I wasn't going out of town, I would so be at the Triple Rock for Grrrl Prty. They are so fun to see live. With me being out of town through Saturday, I will most likely not be online. So Happy Thanksgiving! Don't eat too much  or at least go dance it off at some show :P.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Albums I Am Currently Listening to

Emmon: Aon
I recently discovered Swedish electropop artist Emmon recently released a new album via Spotify. I listened to it and I quickly fell in love with the music. I ended up ordering a copy of the album from her label Wonderland Records. Another album to add to my large list of my best of 2014 list. Emmon's music reminds me a bit of local artists Aby Wolf and Tiny Death. This is one of the best electropop albums of 2014 if you ask me and I think people would be foolish to not listen to Emmon's music.

I have to admit I find myself liking their previous EP We Are Watching slightly more because the music had stronger melodies. Don't get me wrong I love Cosmic Armchair. I do like the original track as well as the other two tracks "Just One Look" (club mix) and "Marching of the Days" (synthpop mix). It might not be as catchy as their other songs but it still has a good pop hook. Of the two remixes, I only liked F.X.H Floating With the Clouds edit. Touch the Sky Dub. Just didn't appeal to me. I personally found it monotonous then again I am not a fan of dub mixes. Never have been since my trance days.

William Orbit: Pieces In A Modern Style Vol.2

William Orbit: Hello Waveforms

I recently picked up some William Orbit music from the library this past week. Great music to chill out to. I particularly like the Hello Waveforms album in particular.

I can't stop listening to the new Hanzel und Gretyl album. It is so in your face brutal and obnoxious. I love it! It is best listened to as loud as possible.

La Roux: Trouble in Paradise
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the second album by La Roux when I check it out from my local library. I really wasn't crazy about the first album.

Of course I had to mention this album :). I won't say anything more about it since I wrote my thoughts about the album last night.

Heart: The Essential
I have been enjoying the shit out of this two disc compilation of songs by Heart lately, especially the second disc featuring their hits from the '80s and '90s which I grew up on. I think my favorite Heart album from my childhood has to be Brigade. Unfortunately I still that POS shit song "All I Wanna Do (is Make Love to You)" by Mutt Lange (need I say more?). lol

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Album of the Week: Shine and Burn by Avarice in Audio

After spending the last few months waiting with baited breath, one of my new favorite bands Avarice in Audio finally dropped their debut full length album Shine and Burn yesterday. I already have been listening to my copy since Monday when I got my pre-ordered copy in the mail. Since getting the album earlier this past week I have been listening to it constantly therefore I am making it my Album of the Week pick for my blog. Shine and Burn was one of the releases I have been eagerly anticipating to hear since this past summer. Was the music worth the long wait? I absolutely thought it was worth the wait. After hearing the excellent Frostbite EP, there was no doubt that I needed to hear the duo's full length album.

The song "Frostbite" itself is an outstanding track reminiscent of Delerium and Conjure One especially when remixed. A lot that credit goes to singer Jade Pegg whose voice is like ear candy to me through out the album. As a fan of bands like Blutengel and Ashbury Heights whose music adds a male/female dynamic which I find immensely appealing, I can add Avarice in Audio to that list. Gerry and Jade's vocals is what really made the album for me. Gerry's vocals is more on the harsh side while Jade's is more polished, ethereal, and often operatic. The results is pure bliss for me. On a whole the album has a lot of energy and very catchy.I certainly think there is always room for growth with the group's sound and I hope to hear it on future albums but overall Shine and Burn is a great way to begin one's career. I am glad Alfa Matrix Records signed this band. They are a nice addition to the roster of dark electro bands.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday: My Top 10 Favorite Songs From 1983

01. Eurythmics: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

02. Duran Duran: Hungry Like The Wolf

03. Bonnie Tyler: Total Eclipse of the Heart

04. Michael Jackson: Beat It

05. Prince: Little Red Corvette

06. Men Without Hats: The Safety Dance

07. Laura Branigan: Solitare

08. Spandau Ballet: True

09. The Human League: (Keep Feeling) Fascination

10. The Stray Cats: Stray Cat Strut

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

10 Songs That Should Be On the Next Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack

A few minutes ago tonight I just found out through Facebook that I could download the soundtrack to my favorite film of the summer < href=https://play.google.com/music/listen#/album/Btmdbtfzel2mdiai5ewdjd5nqui/Various+Artists/Guardians+Of+The+Galaxy+(Awesome+Mix+Vol.+1)>Guardians of the Galaxy for free (as long as the individual has a google play account which I do personally). I should note this is for people in the US only. Sorry everyone else, you'll have to pay. Then earlier today I was listening to a compilation of Heart's music that I got from the library and it got me to thinking that their music from the '70s would be perfect for the next soundtrack to the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Both of these moments inspired tonight's blog which is songs that I think should be featured on the next GOTG soundtrack. Of course I am going to keep to the classic pop/rock sound.

01. Heart: Barracuda

02. Black Sabbath: Paranoid

03. Cat Stevens: Peace Train

04. Gladys Knight And The Pips: Midnight Train to Georgia

05. Blondie: One Way or Another

06. Fleetwood Mac: Go Your Own Way

07. Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

08. Wild Cherry: Play That Funky Music

09. Carly Simon: You're So Vain

10. The Clash: London Calling

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Office Playlist For the Week

A little late with this week's playlist but better late than never. Probably better than I waited a couple of days since I just picked up a few cds at the library after work today. I have to admit I was in a mood for some cheesy ass pop/rock music hence the Chicago and Heart cds.

Chicago: Greatest Hits 1982-1989

Heart: the Essential

Haley Bonar: The Last War

La Roux: Trouble in Paradise

Faithless: Sunday 8PM

Garbage: Version 2.0

Elastica: Elastic

Depeche Mode: Ultra

Belly: Star

Concrete Blonde: Bloodletting

Moby: Play

Marsheaux: Inhale

The Jezebels: Prisoner

Blutengel: Monument (deluxe edition)

Nitro/Noise: Total Nihilism

Delerium: Poem

Mondraume: Empty

Suicide Commando: When Evil Speaks (deluxe edition)

Blume: Autumn Ruins

Monday, November 17, 2014

5 Albums/EPs You Should Hear

01. Cosmic Armchair: I Don't Belong Here

02. Avarice in Audio: Shine and Burn

03. Unwoman: Circling

04. Hanzel und Gretyl: Black Forest Metal

05. Youth Code: A Place to Stand

Today I finally received my copy of the debut album Shine and Burn by Avarice in Audio today. It was so well worth the wait. I personally think the album is absolutely wonderful. Album officially comes out on November 21st. I hope people will check it out.

Last week Cosmic Armchair released  I Don't Belong Here EP. Cosmic Armchair reminds me a little of Saint Etienne but with more uptempo beats. They are one of my favorite new finds of 2014.

Of course I had to mention Circling by Unwoman. Great album.

It goes without saying about Hanzel und Gretyl and Youth Code and their latest efforts. Youth Code is definitely one of my top 10 favorite new bands of 2014. Both bands put out really killer music this year. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Album of the Week: Black Forest Metal by Hanzel und Gretyl

I have been a fan of Hanzel Und Gretyl for just over a decade now. I have been listening to their brand of industrial/metal since Uber Alles in 2003. For the most part the band has been consistent with their brand of crushing industrial/metal music. I personally always love this sound than their earlier sound which was industrial/techno, it was okay but it lacked the energy that their current sound. While the band has been for the most part consistent with their music, I just wasn't happy with their last two albums 2012's Born to Be Heiled and 2013's Fur Immer (which was a remix album). Despite those two missteps, I didn't stop being a fan of Hanzel Und Gretyl. When the band announced their new album Black Forest Metal, of course I got excited. When I heard their new song "Black Forest Metal" a month ago, I knew that the HuG I loved was back.

The song has classic HuG written all over it. It is brutal and aggressive as their songs off Uber Alles. I was quickly convinced into pre-ordering the album from Metropolis Records. The wait and money invested into the album was definitely worth it. The album was aggressive from start to finish.I definitely think the music is more metal than industrial but that is okay. I have been listening to quite a bit of metal nowadays, more so than I have in the past. The band's twisted sense of humor remains intact. It doesn't take much to figure out that this is a band you shouldn't take at first value with song titles like "Burning Witches for Satan" and "More Metal Than Satan". I love listening to the album as loud as I am permitted to where I live. I love how relentless the guitars and bass riffs are. They bombard my ears as well as the vocals by Vas Kallas and Von Loopy. Their vocals are so in your face and just as harsh as the music. I also love that the album has Satanic theme to it. Of course this is part of the band's humorous charm. If you take the songs on this album at face value then you would have shit for brains.  Black Forest Metal is one of the most satisfying albums of 2014 I have heard. It is also my pick for Album of the Week.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

An Evening With Unwoman at Amsterdam Bar and Hall on 11.13.14

Thursday night I had the immense pleasure of seeing Unwoman perform live at Amsterdam Bar and Hall. It was just Erica Mulkey and her electric cello. Well her and local dj DJ Fenris who spun music in between her two sets. Kudos for DJ Fenris for playing music that really captured the essence of the evening's live performance. He did a wonderful job. Unlike other Kilted Farmer Koncert shows, the Unwoman show was a sit down, intimate live performance. The show was very mellow compared to say September's Hocico concert. That is alright with me. I thoroughly enjoyed the show. I have listened to a lot of Unwoman's music via bandcamp in the past few weeks to get ready for the show and I really liked what I heard from Erica. I have to say that Thursday's performance is easily one of my top ten highlights of 2014. I really enjoyed the intimacy of the show as well as Unwoman's music. I was quite enchanted with both sets. Thoughts of Rasputina, Amanda Palmer, and Emilie Autumn (minus the theatrics) immediately popped in my head. Through out the night, Erica talked briefly about each song before she would play them. You don't get that with a lot of artists but I liked that Erica Mulkey took the time and care to explain each song to the audience. After the show, my friend Renee of Aztalan Turf Podcast interviewed Erica Mulkey and then had a few members of the audience ask her a few questions. You can hear the interview on Renee's podcast here. I left the venue with a copy of the newest Unwoman album Circling which I absolutely love and definitely recommend for my readers to hear on her bandcamp page.

Of course the obligatory slide show and video clips that I have become notorious for providing for my readers ;).
goth_maven's An Evening with Unwoman album on Photobucket

Friday, November 14, 2014

Concerts I have attended in 2014

Tonight I have been uploading pictures and videos on to my Photobucket and Youtube accounts from the Unwoman I attended last night. It got me thinking about all the shows I have attended this year, from both local and national acts.

There were some shows that I just brought my smartphone to use to take photos and I put those pictures into one folder titled Other Concerts I Have Attended. This folder consists of shows from:
Dum Dum Girls with Ex Cops
Within Temptation with Amaranthe
Veruca Salt (I totally forgot who opened for them. They kinda reminded me of AC/DC and The Strokes)
Tegan and Sara with My Midnight Heart and The Courtneys
De/Vision with Thought Thieves
Uh Huh Her with Kim Anh
Phantogram with TEEN
Warpaint  with Cate Le Bon
Skinny Puppy  with Army of the Universe

Local Bands: 
Golgotha Presents: Wasteland Rockers
Bastille Day Block Party
A slew of shows from DarkSide MN (some of the photos are from last year)
Music At Mears Park
Album release party by Astronomique (apparently I forgot to upload pictures from that show on to my photobucket account :\)
Girl Germs Tribute Concert (sadly my old smartphone died early on the show  so no pictures)
Heartbreakers Ball
Pizza Luce Block Party (namely for Mark Mallman and GRRRL PRTY)
Lizzo with Caroline Smith

National Bands:
Aesthetic Perfection with Surgyn and Panic Lift
Dum Dum Girls with Blouse
God Module with Die Sektor and FTC
Grendel with Ludovico Technique and Endif
Hate Dept. with Project 44 and Absynthe of Faith
Hocico with HARDWIRE and Infaux
Ladykiller Tour with Sick of Sarah and Hunter Valentine
VNV Nation with Whiteqube
Voltaire with Ego Likeness and The Trapezoids
An Evening with Unwoman

I may not be into the club scene but I sure as hell love live music. I certainly attended a lot of live shows this year. I definitely plan on attending the upcoming Skinny Puppy show and that will probably be it for2014 since I have to save some $$$ for my Chicago trip next year to see Nightwish.

As far as my favorite shows I have attended, anything involving the local band Promidal is a shit load of fun. GRRRL PRTY really impressed me a lot. This coming from someone who really isn't into hip hop music. I really loved seeing the Dum Dum Girls, Unwoman, Phantogram, and Hocico with HARDWIRE who really kicked massive ass when I saw them perform before Hocico's set. I definitely plan on putting together my favorite concerts of 2014 at the end of next month. In the meantime enjoy my list and  you can find video footage from many of the shows I attended on my youtube channel.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Throwback Thursday: My Top 10 Favorite Songs From 1990

01. Social Distortion: Ring of Fire

02. Concrete Blonde: Joey

03. Soho: Hippy Chick

04. Sinead O'Connor: Emperor's New Clothes

05. Depeche Mode: Halo

06. Sundays: Here's Where the Story Ends

07. Iggy Pop: Candy

08. 808 State: Cubik

09. Ocean Blue: Drifting, Falling

10. Billy Idol: Cradle of Love

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

10 Songs by Unwoman You Should Hear

If you have been living in a cave all this time because of the cold winter weather here in Minnesota, Unwoman is coming to Amsterdam Bar and Hall tomorrow night. Here is the link to the Facebook event. I for one am looking forward to this show since this is Erica Mulkey's first trip to Minnesota. Here is a brief description about Unwoman taken from her Facebook page to give all my readers an idea what Unwoman is about:

Unwoman is an anachrofuturistic electric cellist/singer-songwriter. With bittersweet waltzes and post-apocalyptic love songs, Unwoman has been a featured favorite at major steampunk, goth, and sci-fi-related events all over North America. She has self-produced seven albums. Unwoman has also performed with Voltaire, Abney Park, Amanda Palmer, Rasputina, Stripmall Architecture, and Vernian Process, among many others. Lots of her music is available for free or very affordable download at http://unwoman.com/

I thought in honor of tomorrow night's show, I decided to pick ten songs that Unwoman has wrote and performed herself or has covered that I think people should hear to get an idea of what to expect from the show tomorrow night.

01. Bad Romance (Lady Gaga cover)

02. Hurt (Nine Inch Nails cover)

03. "Black Magic"

04. The Heroine

05. The Snowstorm

06. Crucify (Tori Amos cover)

07. Is She Secretly On My Side?

08. The City

09. Billie Jean (Michael Jackson cover)

10. Cruelty

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My favorite metal albums of 2014

I am not really a big heavy metal fan but I will listen to it if I find the music appealing. I thought I would share my personal favorite metal albums I heard this year.

I am so loving the new Hanzel und Gretyl album. Black Forest Metal totally makes up for the dismal Born to Be Heiled from 2012. I got the same excitement over Black Forest Metal as I felt when I first heard Uber Alles ten years ago. I was totally blown away by how heavy and aggressive the music sounded and I loved it.

Arch Enemy: War Eternal

I am new fan to Arch Enemy's music. I got into their music a few years ago with Khaos Legions, Angela's last album with the band. I became more enthusiastic about their music when Alyssa White-Gluz joined the band last year. The band's latest album with Alyssa as their lead singer is in my book fantastic.

Eluveitie: Origins

This is a nice new find for me this year. I found a copy of the band's new album at the Electric Fetus' annual fall garage sale. I really like this album a lot. Excellent mix of folk and black metal.

Epica: The Quantum Enigma

I was definitely surprised by how much I enjoyed this album considering that I didn't care for their previous album. The music is more melodic and doesn't veer into the prog-rock territory as much as the last album did. Better production on this album as well.

Within Temptation: Hydra

This is the first Within Temptation album in which I am not completely bored with. This is a totally enjoyable album. I think the duets was what made this album stand out with me. In the past I found the band's music rather repetitive. Not this time.

Xandria: Sacrificium

I think this is my personal favorite gothic/symphonic metal album I have heard this year.

Honorable Mention:
Anette Olzon: Shine

I wasn't really sure if I should include Anette's solo album on this list since the music isn't really metal in comparison to the other albums on my list. There is elements of metal in her music just enough to get an honorable mention on my list.  This is an album I really didn't come to expect to like as much as I did after hearing. I was quite surprised by how good Anette's solo album is and that she is more than just  capable singer. All the songs have really good solid pop hooks. The musicians she chose to work with are immensely talented. I just think she is better suited off as a solo artist. She truly shines as  solo artist.  Shine is one of my most heavily played albums of 2014.

Monday, November 10, 2014

5 Albums Released in 2014 You Should Hear

01. Hanzel und Gretyl: Black Forest Metal

I just received my copy of the new Hanzel und Gretyl album Black Forest Metal since I plan on reviewing the album most likely this week I'll just say that it fucking rocks. I was really not into their 2012 album Born to Be Heiled but it did not stop me from being a fan of the band. If you like black/death metal, you definitely will like the new Hanzel und Gretyl's new album.

02. Epica: The Quantum Enigma

It's funny. I really didn't care for Epica's previous album Requiem For the Indifferent. I thought it was a bloody boring album but I was at the library a few weeks ago and found their new album in the CD racks so I decided to check it out. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the album.

03. Empyrean Asunder: Serpent

Serpent is certainly one of my favorite independent releases that I have heard in 2014, and the band themselves Empyrean Asunder is easily one of my favorite new finds of this year. As someone who has a weakness for female fronted bands especially in the dark electro scene, this band was right up my alley. I really love how their singer Olivia can switch from singing clean vocals to harsh vocals without much effort. I would love to see this little band from Louisville, KY to get more recognition in our scene.

04. Keluar: Keluar

I haven't heard much coldwave music in recent years but what little I have heard I really like. The self-titled album by Keluar (which arose from the ashes of my favorite coldwave band Linea Aspera) is the combination of their two EPS Ennoea and Vitreum. I think it is a well crafted album and for me an overlooked album in our music scene.

05. Phantogram: Voices

Voices is one of my personal favorite pop albums of 2014. I had the pleasure of seeing them live at First Avenue and they sound even better live. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Album of the Week: A Strange Play - An Alfa Matrix Tribute to The Cure

For this week's pick for my Album of the Week series, I decided to choose Alfa Matrix's tribute album to the legendary post-punk band The Cure.

I have been eagerly anticipating this album since I first heard about it back in August (I think). I really enjoyed the label's first tribute album to Depeche Mode a few years ago. Like the Depeche Mode tribute albums, A Strange Play features an array of artists from Alfa Matrix's roster, both old and new. Most of the tracks on the two CD compilation are familiar songs but there are some deeper cuts that some music listeners might not be familiar with.  I enjoyed this compilation as much as I did with the first volume of the label's tribute album to Depeche Mode. Every artist on the compilation took the song they were either given or chose to cover and gave it a modern twist. I particularly enjoyed Junksista's version of "The Lovecats", Cosmic Armchair's version of "Friday I'm in Love", Lovelorn Dolls with "Just Like Heaven" and Diffuzion with "Pictures of You". I especially love the "Friday I'm in Love" covered by the Sinagpore band Cosmic Armchair. It is very poppy and upbeat which is what makes me love Cosmic Armchair's sound. I thought Diffuzion's interpretation of "Pictures of You" (my personal favorite song by The Cure) was really covered well. I loved hearing the band slow down a bit for this beautiful ballad. It is different from what I am used to hearing from the band. There were a few tracks that left me unimpressed because I didn't feel that the artist kept enough of The Cure's sound in the songs and it became just another typical EBM track but overall the tribute album is certainly worth the money I paid for it. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Throwback Thursday: My Top 10 Favorite Songs of 1996

01. Lush: Ladykillers

02. Republica: Ready to Go

03. Garbage: #1 Crush

04. Bush: Glycerine

05. Catherine Wheel: Wish You Were Here

06. Oasis: Don't Look Back in Anger

07. Primitive Radio Gods: Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth

08. Alice in Chains: Heaven Besides You

09. Gravity Kills: Guilty

10. Marilyn Manson: The Beautiful People

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Some band suggestions for the Alliance of Sound tour

If you haven't heard the news already by now, VNV Nation announced today that they were dropping out of the Alliance of Sound tour featuring Skinny Puppy, Haujobb and Youth Code. You can read the announcement on their Facebook page. I am sure for legal reasons, they are not able to share the actual details to why they are leaving the tour. Of course I had to dig around online to see if the VNV Nation was going to be replaced for the tour (or not). From my findings, I did not see any responses from the other bands on the upcoming tour. I will most certainly keep my eye out for any further developments over this story.

In case the tour ends up finding another band to fill VNV Nation's void, I thought I would come up with a list of bands whom I think would be a suitable replacement for the tour :). Keep this in mind this is just all for fun.

01. Hocico

02. Nitro/Noise

03. Pretty Addicted

04. 3 Teeth

05. Front Line Assembly

06. Nachtmahr

07. I:Scintilla

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Upcoming November Shows in the Twin Cities

If you are looking for some shows to go to this month, here is a list of shows I compiled for this month that I thought my readers would be interested in:

TerminaTour w/Cyanotic and The Rabid Whole [Amsterdam Bar and Hall 11/5]
Sun Gods to Gamma Rays Album Release Party w/Votel [Icehouse 11/7]
An Evening With Unwoman [Amsterdam Bar and Hall 11/13]
Reckless Ones with L'Assassins and Ross Kleiner [Lee's Liquor Lounge 11/15]
Peter Hook & The Light With Transmission for a night of Joy Division and New Order [11/15]
Arch Enemy w/Kreator and Huntress [Mill City Nights 11/18]
GRRRL PRTY [Triple Rock Social Club 11/26]
In This Moment  [Myth 11/28]
Live Transmission  [The Varsity Theater 11/29]

Monday, November 3, 2014

5 Artists You Should Hear

01. MergingMoon

MergingMoon is one of my new favorite heavy metal bands in the past 2 years. First heard about them on the second season of Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown. I was hooked right away. Unfortunately just shortly after that episode featuring the band aired, Yu (the female vocalist of the band) left (hopefully she will re-emerge with her own band). Anyhoo, I just heard the band's version of the Britney Spears song "Baby One More Time" and it sounded really good with their new singer. I still think this is band that really needs to be signed ASAP.

02. Junksista

I have been listening to the German electropop act Junksista lately, especially their new songs. They got a new album coming out at the end of this month. I am definitely planning on buying it.

03. DarkDriveClinic

04. Unwoman

05. The Rabid Whole

In honor of two upcoming shows this month at Amsterdam Bar and Hall, I have featured Unwoman and The Rabid Whole (who is touring with the band Cyanotic. You can find out about those shows at Kilted Farmer's website.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Album of the Week: An Overture by Youth Code

For this week's edition of Album of the Week, I decided to choose An Overture by Youth Code. An Overture is the CD compilation of Youth Code's music that features their new EP A Place to Stand, their self-titled album, and their Keep Falling Apart 7".

In a sea of cookie cutter bands over the last couple of years, I have been finding Youth Code's brand of industrial music very satisfying to listen to because it does not sound like a lot of bands in the dark electro scene nowadays which seems to be dominated by synthesizers (not that there is anything wrong with synthesizers, it is just the lack of originality and complacency that bothers me). Youth Code's sound is more old school ala Skinny Puppy, Nitzer Ebb, and Front Line Assembly which I find absolutely refreshing with all the bands that wants to sound like Suicide Commando, Hocico, Combichrist or Rotersand. The music isn't completely old school. You can hear a more modern influence in tracks like "Carried Mask"and "Destroy, Said She", two of my personal favorite tracks. The music especially on their self-titled album is very danceable but yet maintains an edgy, experimental sound. All three Youth Code releases flows quite well together. From my personal standpoint, the compilation sounds like one full length album. I admit I was a bit worried about how the EP, self-titled album, and the 7" were going to sound on one CD but much to my delight it was mastered an mixed quite well. I enjoy every song on the compilation. If you haven't seen the video for "Consuming Guilt" (which is quite unnerving to say the very least), you should. This is one of the few music videos that I have seen that really makes me think. I also recommend checking out the track "Litany (A Place to Stand)" which is a provocative spoken-word type of track where Sarah Taylor goes off on what is wrong with society today. Some might hate this track but I absolutely love it.

If you haven't heard Youth Code' music now, you should ASAP. Our music scene needs more bands like Youth Code who puts out such ferocious, uncompromising music on their terms. While I don't think the scene is dying per say, I do think it has become stagnant and complacent.