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16.10.2018 :: Randolph's Grin to release Halloween themed EP, produced by Lord of the Lost
More than a year after the release of the band's acclaimed Intent album and following a successful European summer tour, electro/goth duo Randolph's Grin returns with a new single for the Halloween season. The Vampire Mode EP features five new tracks produced by Lord of the Lost's Chris Harms and Benny Lawrenz, who also produced [...] [RE:GEN Mag]

16.10.2018 :: DORNENKÖNIG: "… mit Bier und guter Verpflegung besänftigen."
DORNENKÖNIG: Wen oder was Dornenkönig zu besänftigen haben, erfährst Du in unserer November-Ausgabe. Ihr Album Hell ziert ein gekrönter Totenkopf, der von Dornenranken umgeben ist. Auf dem ... [Orkus]

16.10.2018 :: Alec Empire - Volt OST from0,00 EUR
Alec Empire - Volt OST from0,00 EURVolt is the soundtrack to the movie of the same name with Benno Führmann, the latest by German-Palestinian director Tarek Ehlail ("Chaostage"), which depicts a dystopian future police state. The creator of the music: Alec Empire, head of Atari Teenage Riot and the ideal artist when it comes to radical, dark electronic sounds.

Both movie and score are based on countless dualities such as day and night, group and individual, all of which Empire has put to leitmotifs. He took minimalistic approach similar to John Carpenter for "Escape from New York". "I like subordinating to the mood and pace of a movie. There was no other way to blend this dynamic music between extremely low passages and loud eruptions into noise with the film scenes. Of course, this means working fast, because as soon as editing the movie is finished, everything else must be done in a rush."

This is maybe why Empire's score for "Volt" sounds so coherent and narrative - just like a symbiotic acoustic accompaniment to Ehlail's movie as well as music that works even when detached from the drastic film scenes.
"Volt" is released on February 3 via Dependent Records. [Dependent]

16.10.2018 :: 2nd Face - Nemesis 0,00 EUR
2nd Face - Nemesis 0,00 EURNemesis
1. Greek goddess of justified wrath, avenging hybris in particular
2. The eternal adversary, an arch rival or enemy, angel of death or threat

Notwithstanding its formal meaning, "Nemesis" is an industrial electro album that makes for an intensive listening experience. Believe it or not, it's only the debut of 2nd Face from Frankfurt, Germany, but upon listening, it becomes obvious how classy they already are. Though tracks like 'Divine', 'Movement' or the title song may hark back to the Canadian school of trailblazers Skinny Puppy and Frontline Assembly, the compositional quality speaks for itself. Thanks to his multi-layered approach, 2nd Face mastermind Thorn easily blends rattling sequences of considerable heaviness with club compatibility. The album sounds both profound and tight, not least because the man is currently working towards becoming a professional studio engineer. On "Nemesis", he juggles an arsenal of synthesizers both more than 40 years old and modern.

Lyrically, Thorn tackles extreme situations and violence while always focusing on that which happens to us beyond this everyday drag - between the lines, so to say...

That this album, due out on February 17, will be one of the top newcomer releases in 2017 is a safe bet!

1. Instinct
2. Movement
3. Divine
4. Mindlapse
5. Nemesis
6. Deathspread
7. Weapon
8. Brother
9. 1st Of His Name
10. Now You Can See
11. Punisher
12. Insanity [Dependent]

16.10.2018 :: This Morn' Omina - Kundalini Rising from0,00 EUR
This Morn' Omina - Kundalini Rising from0,00 EURThe serpent has escaped God's great zoo

With Kundalini Rising, something significant approaches us. "Just like a hissing cobra slowly wrenching from the shadows" - this is how the duo, comprising of band founder Mika Goedrijk and Karolus Lerocq who joined the band in 2010, describes its ninth studio album.

Working on Kundalini Rising signalled the departure for new and more varied musical and spiritual realms for This Morn' Omina. Their last album L'Unification Des Forces Opposantes was released in 2011 and marked the completion of their Nyan Trilogy which was created over the course of eight years - now it was time for new myths and new visions.

In Tantric lore, the term Kundalini - meaning serpent power in Sanskrit - describes a spiritual power inherent to each human, symbolized by a coiled snake at the base of your spine which can be awakened and incited to rise by the practice of Yoga. When this process is entirely successful, the serpent unites with the cosmic soul, thus granting man the attainment of highest bliss and enlightenment.

When you're familiar with TMO's tradition of having a guiding topic for most of their releases, e.g. the subject of reincarnation on L'Unification Des Forces Opposantes, it's not far-fetched to associate Kundalini Rising with thoughts on apocalypse and its harbingers, but at the same time with possibilities of escaping or counteracting it by the activation of individual resilience or the use of reason.

The impressively designed artbook edition contains liner notes with a detailed description of the various myths on which the tracks on Kundalini Rising are based. Here you'll find a spiritual mixture of pagan customs, the legends of the Hopi, the Celts, or the teachings of Sikhism, just to name a few examples.

Continuing with this thread of duality, you will find this concept not only in the content of said myths. The most obvious facet of the musical duality that TMO aim to present with Kundalini Rising is, of course, the fact that the new record is a double CD with two very different discs.

There's a major innovation in the fact that for the first time TMO have recorded two tracks with sung vocals. The opener Ayahuasca, a driving track suitable for clubs and not entirely coincidentally named after a psychotropic plant consumed by indigenous peoples in the context of cleansing ceremonies, is TMO's initiation ritual, guiding the listener into the realm of Kundalini Rising. The first disc brings you an ecstatic sound somewhere between Tribal Industrial, Goa, and EBM. If there was an acoustic equivalent to a flickering strobe light, you'd have to issue an epilepsy trigger warning for a track like Tir Nan Og.

While disc one is ecstatic and forceful, the second one builds up an atmosphere more easily identifiable with the subject matter of the apocalypse. The great opener of disc two, God's Zoo, seems to wind its way into your years in an ominous and, yes, serpentine manner. The sound is getting ever more dragging and abysmal, but no less powerful.

Kundalini Rising will be released on March 17th, 2017, in three different editions: as a standard double CD; as a limited, 36-page artbook edition created by designer Nico J, including a bonus CD with exclusive CCF mixes; and as a "Fire Spirit Edition" limited to 300 copies, including a set of badges, an all-weather sticker, and a patch, all in a hand-numbered packaging signed by the band. [Dependent]

16.10.2018 :: Mesh - Runway 0,00 EUR
Mesh - Runway 0,00 EURWith "Looking Skyward," Mark Hockings and Richard Silverthorn from MESH have released their most successful album to date at the end of last year. The friendly duo from Bristol entered the official German charts on number 12 and topped the German Alternative Charts for weeks. Now, "Runway" is the second single from "Looking Skyward," released to coincide with the second part of their tour of Europe with performances in Germany, Spain, England, and Belgium (see the tour dates below).

In contrast to its more rocking predecessor "Kill Your Darlings," "Runway" is a pure club track with a killer hook line and a killer bass line bound to make waves on the dancefloors of the world. With "Too Little Too Late" and the cover version of Yazoo's classic "Tuesday" known to fans from many live performances, you'll get two excellent B-sides as well.

1. Runway (Radio Edit)
2. Too Little Too Late
3. Tuesday
4. Runway (Club Class Mix) [Dependent]

16.10.2018 :: SPECTRA*paris - Retromachine Betty 0,00 EUR
SPECTRA*paris - Retromachine Betty 0,00 EURThere are two kind of bands stemming from the Electropop camp. One camp seeks to emulate the sound and feel of Depeche Mode's best records as much as possible. The other part of the Electropop-Camp however decided to walk a less beaten patch. This includes SPECTRA*paris, the alternative project of enigmatic Elena Alice Fossi, lead singer of italian cult-outfit Kirlian Camera, and supported by Legend producer John Fryer. Their third album "Retromachine Betty" breathes and lives the spirit of 80ies electronic Pop and Wave and the almost forgotten vibe of bands like Visage or Desireless. A pop-vision constantly changing between neon-blue electronic melancholy and bubblegum-orange sweetness. SPECTRA*paris lean on both, the memory of 80ies pop (Star Bubbles, Alice (Geistersterne)) lightness and innocence as well as the DNA of Kirlian Camera, a heavy Electropop darkness (Ludovico Technique, Metrolynx) mixed with the grandeur and electronic club-induced melancholy that constituted the "Electro-Wave" underground sound of the 8oies. And therefore "Retromachine Betty" becomes a time-machine into revisiting our own youth, the school-trip to the youth hostel, or our first visits of DISCO's and underground clubs with beating hearts in a non-legal age without our parents knowing about it. A retrospective of excitement and familiarity, old memories and young melodies and with its retro-kitsch catchyness that makes "Retromachine Betty" a truly unique Electropop experience. Retromachine Betty is alive!

01. Star Bubbles
02. Alice (Geistersterne)
03. Ludovico Technique
04. Machinedream
05. Universal
06. Lux Industries
07. You Really Got Me
08. Metrolynx
09. E-Girl Song
10. E-Kitsch Souvenir Of Italy [Dependent]

16.10.2018 :: Fix8:Sed8 - FOREN6 0,00 EUR
Fix8:Sed8 - FOREN6 0,00 EURWith Fïx8:Sëd8, maybe one of the electronic scene's best-kept secrets has found a new home with Dependent. Through two self-released albums, Martin Sane has slowly built up the status he has with insiders of the scene - in contrast to the modern industrial of 2nd Face whose debut we released earlier this year, Fïx8:Sëd8 are classic representatives of retro electro. Utilising movie samples, intricate sequences, and mid-tempo beats, they lean towards bands such as Mentallo & The Fixer or Interlace, attending to the connoisseurs of the electro scene.
Already the very first sounds of "My Mistress" make obvious where this musical journey is heading towards. Melodic, intricate synth sequences, complex drum patterns, wobbling bass lines just like in the "good old days" as well as appealing harmonic arrangements capture the listener's imagination right from the start.
Sane's preference for the pioneers of dark electronic sounds from Canada and Texas is quite obvious; Fïx8's unique sound, however, is guaranteed by the fact that the complex arrangements are never an end unto themselves, but merely a tool in the struggle against monotony. The bottom line is always a melodic and atmospheric song that consciously needs a concentrated listening and then strongly burns into your mind. The new album is mastered by fellow musician Thorn (2nd Face), which makes "Foren6" Martin Sane's best-produced record thus far. There's also been some progress in the vocal department of Fïx8:Sëd8; they do not only use distorted vocals, but also experiment in a manner reminiscent of the multi-vocal effects of Sweden's Interlace.
Forensics, legal medicine, the science of finding out causes of death, as an analogy of failed friendships and relationships and their 'posthumous' dissection and analysis - what made a relationship come undone? Who's guilty? The listeners find themselves right in the middle of the story, sometimes as an unconcerned witness, sometimes as victim, sometimes as perpetrator.
Voice samples from the movies of John Carpenter run like a thread through the whole album. Whether it's "Baptism of Fire" with its violent bass line and its driving mid-tempo beats, the clubby "Puritan" with its playful synth melodies, or the atmospheric "Hermaphrodite" - every song is vintage Fïx8:Sëd8. Despite its many facets, "Foren6" is the band's most homogenous album to date. [Dependent]

16.10.2018 :: Lionhearts - Lionhearts 0,00 EUR
Lionhearts - Lionhearts 0,00 EURUp to now, the many impressive projects of psychologist Frank M. Spinath (Seabound, Edge Of Dawn, Ghost & Writer) have always been conceived in duo form: Spinath cared about the vocal duties, while his respective counterpart took control of the music. With LIONHEARTS, Spinath has realised his first real solo project as the music is created by him as well. In this endeavour, Ben Lukas Boysen (Hecq) supports him in the role of producer.
The songs have gathered just like driftwood over the course of the years, and in terms of content, they span a whole range of subjects without coming across as random. Spinath has chosen to arrange his compositions in a manner reminiscent of the impressionistic classical cycle "Pictures at an Exhibition" by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky who orchestrated his pieces like pictorial motives with various subjects. Thus, LIONHEARTS comes across as a consistent album dedicated to different topics from the universe of Frank M. Spinath, arranged without breaks in a "Continuous Mix," partially preluded and led over by instrumental parts. The sonic palette of the album first changes between golden and bright before getting progressively colder and darker. The subject matter is varied: There's the love story between two people not meant for each other in "The Ardent City," and there's "Cloud," a song about the last fight of a dying boxer, sarcastically commented on by the singer from a shielded VIP lounge ("Have a headache on me") - here, even the music seems to hover almost impassively above the cruel violence. Central topics such as searching, destiny, and guilt are the cornerstones of Spinath's compositions, and just as it is the case with paintings, the atmospheric electronic music does not surrender all of its hidden meanings at the first glance. Take, for example, the track "Murder" which is inspired by the highly intelligent serial killer Edmund Kemper who only handed himself in after he murdered several hitchhiker girls as well as his own mother.
The album was excellently arranged by Ben Lukas Boysen whose production adds a special depth to the songs. This mixture of dark and ambiguous topics, the electronic lightness of the compositions, and the impressive arrangements of the tracks makes the album LIONHEARTS a profound and hypnotic trip, inviting you to discover the diversity of Spinath's sonic universe.

LIONHEARTS will be released on May 26th, 2017, as a double album in a "Continuous Mix" and as an identical album featuring the twelve tracks not fading into each other.

CD 1
1. Flashback
2. The Ardent City
3. Abandon
4. Gone
5. Cloud
6. Kite
7. Murder
8. Hint
9. Threat
10. To What I Don't Know
11. No Going Back
12. In The Sand

CD 2
Lionhearts (continuous mix of all album tracks) [Dependent]

16.10.2018 :: Dependent - Logo 0,00 EUR
Dependent - Logo 0,00 EURGildan Softstyle

"You Don't get into music. Music is just in you.
It festers in you, until it is ready to come out." (Lizvfer) [Dependent]

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