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Forum User Silkonanswer highlights the importance of a proper network for professional musicians. We could not agree more.
Our favorite Brits, brothers Adrian And Derek Smith, aka CLICK CLICK had finally delivered a new album in June. It was the first new studio album in 17 years, to be precise. "Those Nervous Surgeons was an attempt to come full circle” as Derek Smith expressed it, to connect with their retro roots of their earliest material. Fortunately the press honored this approach and the albums sound, resulting in a few more-than-usual well-written reviews, which we partially summed up here:
„We get some ambient, we get some EBM, we get some acoustic instruments – but everything has a purpose and a place. It has a musical depth that I really lack in a lot of albums these days. Wonderfully done.” (Release Magazine)
“This sonic blend of this level of ambition and its consistency in quality has not been done for a long time.” (Beat Magazine)
“Those Nervous Surgeons is highly addictive, because it bears so much quality that just wants to be discovered. The temptation is to constantly press the play button of this wonderful record – again, because the duo crafted this material to be most cohesive. Artistic ambition and catchiness do not exclude themselves here.” (www.unter-ton.de)
“Album of the week.” (www.plattentest.de)
“Yet again, the Smith brothers dole out a hearty serving of misanthropic, darkly themed electronics and we, the audience are left with a series of unpleasant revelations to mull over. They could not have been presented or phrased more eloquently.” Santa Sangre Magazine, USA
IRIS have just finished their new album: RADIANT, a manifest of intense electronic craftmanship
“We actually thought, we would never again release another album in our lives” said IRIS-Keyboarder Andrew Sega, because the gifted US Electronic act parted ways after their last US-tour, due to a typical tour argument. There was more than a year of silence between Andrew Sega and Reagan Jones, which was ended by Jones submitting a handful of new songs. And the spark turned into a fire. It suddenly felt like the band was newborn, and therefor the feeling of the songs of their new Album “RADIANT” shines as bright as bright and as warm as the album title.
Radiant is a manifest of intense electronic craftsmanship that unites with the great vocal hooks of Reagan Jones delivers one of IRIS’ strongest albums to date, and will be released in October this year still. Preorders and exact release date will be available soon.
Some of the best hidden secrets of the industrial scene are starting to go overground soon. And it was with a big grin that automatically showed in our faces when we first listened to the master of Chrysalides new album “Personal Revolution”. Not only did the album have BALLS, like its predecessor “Don’t Be Scared, It’s About Life”, it also had a lot of high quality club contenders. So this sonic package that the threesome around the brothers Syco Trauma and Arco Trauma does not only radiate an enormous selfconsciousness and boldness, but also a unique and individual style. While the previous Chrysalide Albums where clearly inspired by the likes of Skinny Puppy, Chrysalide are now relying on their own style and inspiration. And even if “Personal Revolution” has more song-oriented tracks, there is still enough uncompromising aggressiveness here to deliver some serious punches to body and brain. This is the sound that fans of experimental Industrial and Electronic Body Music could probably find a middle ground on, that should please both. And for the dark electronic music scene, this record is a much-anticipated lift for both, face AND spirit, a little revolution actually.
And inspiring a revolution is exactly what this album is about: A revolution that centres not around a random group of people, but one’s individual self. After all, the 21st century has already ultimately disappointed us: “The Century of all crisis: political, economical, ecological, moral and individual.To sum up: This world is totally fucked up!” (quote from the albums intro “Welcome To The 21st Century”.)
This soon-to-be-classic is released on October 10th 2014 in two versions: a standard 4 page Digipack and booklet, or the Rise Edition, a 48 page hardcover book, exclusively limited to 500 copies, with extensive Bonus CD. Preorders are available NOW: Personal Revolution Standard Edition / Personal Revolution Rise Edition
Covenant bring the light … to Mera Luna; announcing their brightest lightshow ever: Bring your sunglasses
This weekends performance of Covenant on the renowned M’era Luna Festival in Hildesheim is supposed to be something special, as it is the bands only open air festival this summer. So Covenant thought about how they can make the show something special, and have decided to join with Stefan Aue, one of Germany’s most renownwed lighting designers, to deliver their brightest show ever. The swedes promise a battalion of the brightest light effects available in the market. Eskil Simonsson’s way of putting it: “This is probably going to be our brightest lightshow EVER. Bring Your Sunglasses.”
17.04.2014 - FRANKFURT (DE) Das Bett Zoth Ommog Festival 2014 w/Leæther Strip + Brigade Werther
19.04.2014 - DRESDEN (DE) Bunker w/Leæther Strip + Klutæ
27.04.2014 - MUNICH (DE) - Dark Munich Festival
10.05.2014 - POPERINGE (BE) - Dubhfest III
28.06.2014 - CALGARY (CA) - Terminus Festival
Last summer, Synth icons Covenant release their eighth studio album „Leaving Babylon“, which directly entered the German charts and saw the band’s new line-up on an extensive European tour. Now they go back for seconds and get the icing on the cake, so to say: „Leaving Babylon“ has just been chosen „Album of the Year 2013“ by the Swedish independent music industry!
Visibly touched, new member Daniel Jonasson (Ex-Dupont) accepted the award in place of the entire group. The Video (in Swedish) from the presentation is definitely worth watching – this is a translation from parts of the speech:
„It is not only an honour but also a confirmation of the fact that passion, perseverance and thoroughgoingness eventually pay off. It is important to have a dream and be brave enough to actually take it serious. This is really a big thing. Of course, you also need the ambition and a certain amount of luck, but the key to success lies in follwing through with what you do. This is something that holds true for us all, notwithstanding the type of music we have decided on.
It has been a long time, but finally, English Electro visionaries Click Click have finished studio work on their new material, which will now undergo mastering! „Those Nervous Surgeons“ will be the successor to the album „Shadowblack“ from 1997 and is scheduled for release in Mai or June – for collectors, of course, also as a limited edition format! After the 7 Track EP „Skin And Bones“ three years ago,, which also featured some new songs, brothers Derek and Adrian Smith eventually up the ante with another full length. „Drone“, the first impression of the new album, already shows that Click Click stay true to their unique style between dark EBM and atmospheric, Eighties-oriented Wave even three decades after their initiation, thus effortlessly adding to their success story. You can listen to the song here, more details with respect to the release will follow soon!
Last Friday, on Februar 14, 2014, Seabound released „Speak In Storms“, their first studio album in seven years. The duo has audibly benefited from the break, because hardly ever did Frank M. Spinath and Martin Vorbrodt sound so mature and refined.
Yet April will see the next highlight: a European tour with their American friends, the Electro Pop act Iris! This synthetic double feature is not to be missed. Those who can’t have enough variety should be particularly pleased with the last two gigs of the tour when sound genius Daniel Myer will replace Iris as a special guest with Architect! Tickets are available now, and these are the dates in detail:
Seabound – Speak In Storms Tour 2014
With Special Guest Iris * or Architect #
10.04.14 Oberhausen (GER) Zentrum Altenberg*
11.04.14 Leipzig (GER) K3 Lounge*
12.04.14 Frankfurt (GER) Nachtleben*
13.04.14 Braunschweig (GER) MeierMusicHall*
14.04.14 Berlin (GER) Comet Club*
16.04.14 Hamburg (GER) Kaiserkeller*
17.04.14 Malmö (SWE) Inkonst*
20.04.14 * Sheffield (UK) Resistanz Festival
25.04.14 Nürnberg (GER), Rockfabrik#
26.04.14 Saarbrücken (GER), Kleiner Klub#
The first edition, simply titled “Limited”, will be a double digipack version with a bonus CD featuring the exclusive Seabound song “When She’s Hungry” plus album track remixes from Iris, Steril and Dead When I Found Her. The second limited edition is called “Tempest Edition” and will be limited to 300 copies only. It will feature both the album CD as well as a bonus remix CD and will come in a beautiful 48 page hardcover booklet, including extra artwork, plus two texts from singer Frank Spinath linked to the album title “Speak In Storms.”
Collectors should be fast on their feet! Both products will be available at the Dependent Shop as long as supplies last. Additionally, we just released a Videoteaser for the new album, including the song “Contraband”.