Thursday, June 14, 2012

DARK INDUSTRY playlist - 06/14/12


VNV NATION - Where There Is Light (Rotersand Remix) [Crossing The Divide]
CESIUM_137 - Aftermath [Science and Sound]
ALTER DER RUINE - Brute [There's Always One More Son Of A Bitch]
ASSEMBLAGE 23 - Reckless [Bruise (Limited Edition)]
FUNKER VOGT - Hard Way [Hard Way CDM]
IN STRICT CONFIDENCE - Morpheus (Clubmix) [Morpheus EP]
AGONOIZE - Wahre Liebe [Wahre Liebe CDM]
BLAKOPZ - Domino (One By One) [Blood, Sweat And Fear]
iVARDENSPHERE - Sick (Phosgore Remix) [I Dream In Noise: Remixes Vol. 2]
SUICIDE COMMANDO - Die Motherfucker Die [Implements Of Hell]
SUPREME COURT - Satisfy My Needs [Yell It Out]
UNITCODE:MACHINE - Reflect [Nosophobia]
TACTICAL SEKT - Waiting For The World To End [Syncope]
HEIMATAERDE - Allein [Gottgleich]
:WUMPSCUT: - Grobian [Women And Satan First]
T.D.D. - The Demon Dance (Fransko Boundlezz Rmx) [Crying Planet]
THE LUDOVICO TECHNIQUE - This Life [WEBSITE]
DECODED FEEDBACK - Dark Odyssey [disKonnekt]
SCHRAMM - Wasch Dich [Schramm]
SOLITARY EXPERIMENTS - Immortal (IOC Mix by Sebastian Komor) [Immortal CDM]
REIZSTROM - Winners & Losers [Interferenz]
AESTHETIC PERFECTION - All Beauty Destroyed (Comaduster Remix) [A Nice Place To Destroy EP]


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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

ALBUM REVIEWS 06/13/12


I must say, I've been anxious about hearing new A23, and Tom Shear does not disappoint. Before the promo became available through Metropolis, I had a chance, along with everyone else, to hear this album in its entirety on YouTube, as Tom uploaded the entire project as an experiment (which Espermachine has decided to employ to give fans a chance to hear his entire CD, "Dying Talk"...go check it out!). The advance track, "The Noise Inside My Head" got me excited, to be sure. Then, as each track of the album was released on YT, I listened, and the more I heard, the more I liked it. The album doesn't stick to one style, either...definitely showing his lack of fear of switching things up, as is seen in "Outsider," almost taking a more rock-like feel to the track. The album picks back up with "Darkflow" and stays pretty hard & steady, dropping into a synthpop-tinged track, "The Other Side Of The Wall." "Talk Me Down" brings the futurepop back in, before the first disc winds down with a rock-flavored downtempo track, "Otherness."

The limited edition variation of this album has a second disc, with seven remixes by Grendel, Cesium_137, iVardensphere, Daniel Meyer, Sonik Foundry, Alter Der Ruine and Tenek. It also contains three extra tracks. "Rain Falls Down" is a very cool downtempo track. The second track, "God Is A Strangely Absent Father," is a darker track, seemingly talking about unheard prayers, and a deity that does not listen to his followers...again, just what I'm getting out of it. The last track, "Reckless," is another great track, ending a great pair of discs. Well worth adding this to your collection.

It's been two years since "Aftermath" hit the clubs, and it's good to see another release from this outfit.

The moods on this album shift quite a lot...the music moves from club stompy to atmospheric and downtempo very nicely. "NightTerror," "Dark Odyssey," "It's You" and "Mescaline" are definitely club worthy. "Soultaker" features the unmistakable vocals of Claus Larsen of LeƦther Strip...and it's a fantastic track. "The Devil You Know" is a great dark atmospheric track that could fit on a cyberpunk soundtrack. The final track, "Blade Runner Tribute," makes my inner geek giddy with excitement, as they pay tribute to Vangelis, with their rendition of the Main Titles score from Blade Runner, appropriately peppered with quotes & samples from the movie. All in all, a very solid release from Decoded Feedback...definitely worth having in the collection.

Scott Fox & co. have created some fantastic tracks as iVardensphere, and it hardly seems possible that anyone could improve upon the work they've already done...but this remix album does just that. A collection of remixes from their last two albums, "Bloodwater" and "APOK," this new compilation brings together some top-notch names to have a chance to create interpretations on iVardensphere's tracks. Artists like BlakOPZ, Encephalon, Caustic, Ludovico Technique, DYM, Unit:187 and Ad-ver-sary have a chance to make these tracks theirs, while still keeping the essence of the originals intact. There are some serious dance-floor gems in this collection, "Ancients (BlakOPZ Summon Remix)," "Sick (Phosgore Remix)," and "The Source of Uncertainty (The Hexensphere by HexRx)" to name a few. There are also some very atmospheric remixes here, the two that stand out most in my mind being "Chasing The Dragon (Comaduster Remix)" and "Ghostnote (Iszoloscope Remix). I was thoroughly impressed with this collection of remixes, and I'm pretty sure you will too.

That's all for now. I'll be playing tracks from these and a few more releases tomorrow night (06/14/12) on Dark Industry, starting at 7pm Atlantic / 5pm Central / 11pm GMT on Endeavor Radio (http://149.255.33.69:8008/)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Solution to Piracy...?

I decided to start writing more blog posts that have to do with the music I play, rather than just posting playlists and the like...and here's the first one. :)

I can remember, back in the day, if someone was looking for new music, they'd record things from the radio, or they'd go to a friend's place and copy their cassettes, or in some cases, their vinyl or even CDs. Movies were a little harder to do, but could be done, and people were taping things from TV all the time. Pirating computer software was a little harder as the technology was a little more primitive, but it was still done. Fast forward to the internet age...and everything can be downloaded within minutes (seconds, if your internet connection is top-notch). Piracy has become much easier, and a much bigger problem than it was back in the day.

For the purposes of this post, I'm focusing on music (big surprise there!). Being a DJ, the music I play on my radio shows, particularly the EBM/industrial tracks I play, come from the promotional services of the labels and, in some cases, the artists themselves. We get this material with the conditional clause that it NEVER gets sent to illegal downloading sites for others to download as well. The artists put a great deal of effort into creating this material, and for their efforts to wind up on illegal sites...well, it's rather disheartening. And it happens far too often: just recently, Espermachine's new CD, "Dying Life," which was mastered through Tom (Assemblage 23) Shear's label 23db Records, was released in its digital form to the press only for reviewing...and it wound up, very quickly, on illegal downloading sites. This kind of thing has been happening far too often as of late, and it's discouraging and frustrating for the artists and album producers to discover that their hard work is available for anyone to download without paying for the work.

There's been plenty of talk on the subject as to how to combat the situation. Reporting the site or trying to have the offending site shut down is seemingly not the way to go, as when one is shut down, several more pop up to replace it. Asking to have the download links removed only works for a short period of time, as the link will appear on another site. Keeping track of them all can prove to be headache-making as well. But someone may have actually come up with an idea that might just work.

YouTube has become one of the most interesting and useful tools for music promotion over the last few years. At any given time, Facebook is littered with video postings of music tracks, potentially reaching millions of users, giving free promotion of music projects to a much broader audience. Recently, Tom Shear of Assemblage 23 hit upon the idea of using this to promote his new album, "Bruise," which comes out June 12th on Metropolis Records. He has uploaded the tracks for both CDs of the limited edition of the album to his YouTube channel for fans to preview. He's also employing the option of putting ads on the videos to generate a little revenue from the replaying of the videos. Having heard the double-CD package, it's well worth the money.

Is this a solution to regain some of the lost revenue caused by music piracy? We'll have to see, as Mr. Shear's experiment has only recently been launched. But here's hoping it helps.

In the meantime, Espermachine's album "Dying Life" is available on the Assemblage 23 store website, along with previews of the tracks.

ADDENDUM: every blog post should have a soundtrack...here's what was playing while I wrote this: