Terror Trax: Grave Of Thorns

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Our featured band for episode 135 of the podcast is Grave Of Thorns. Recently we asked them a few questions about their music:

 1. Band name and member names/what instrument they play. Who writes your lyrics?

7-496-desolation-1Our band is Grave of Thorns. We have two members, Thorn and Ron Graves.

Thorn ~ I write all the lyrics and sing.

Ron Graves ~ I play all the instruments.

 2. What singers or bands inspired you growing up? Who are your favorite artists today?

Thorn ~ I was really inspired by the Virgin Prunes, 45 Grave, Christian Death, Subhumans, Skeletal Family and Alien Sex Fiend. They’re still my favorite artists but more recent artists that I like are Crimson Scarlet, Fangs on Fur and Dystopian Society.

Ron Graves ~ My journey began with gothic rock and synthpop such as The Cure and Depeche Mode, but my tastes later turned darker to bands like Ministry and Skinny Puppy.  Today I enjoy all things heavy, with a few favorites being Hocico, Excision, and Meshuggah.

3. When did you first know you wanted to be a musician and how did you start out?

Thorn~ I wanted to be a musician all my life but I thought it was an impossible dream that required years of music school that I could never afford. Then one day I just thought I can do this on my own, so I did.

Ron Graves ~ I’ve never been obsessed with being a performer, but I’ve always wanted to create.  I was exposed to music theory, vocal performance, music notation, and guitar from a very young age, but my obsession with music production over the last 10 years is why I’m making music today instead of other art forms.

3-540-the-belfry4. What non-musical things inspire your music? Is there a place where you go to be inspired?

Thorn~ I’m inspired by my life experience, dreams, adventures, the plights of society and politics. The places I mostly go to be inspired is my mind and nature.

Ron Graves ~ I find patterns and contrasts a motivator to create.  When the internal struggles of hope, fear, desire and despair aren’t enough, nothing beats a walk through downtown Oakland.  There you can see really feel wealth and poverty, art and vandalism, love and hate, all shaping the city’s soul.

5. What’s been the greatest achievement of your band? Or, where was the coolest place to play? Where did you enjoy yourselves the most?

Thorn~ The greatest achievement of our band is our self-titled 4 song EP Grave of Thorns. We have yet to play live. I really enjoyed seeing my lyrics come to life and sharing that with like minded souls around the world.

Ron Graves ~ The greatest achievement has been seeing our EP from conception to completion.  The most enjoyable moments were found in the creation process and finally being able to share our work.

 6. What are your favorite horror movies?

 

Thorn~ I have a lot! Here are some from my personal collection: Kwaidan, Susperia, Nosferatu, The Hunger, The Crow, The Underworld Series, Vampire Hunter D, Vampyr, Classic Universal Monster Movies, The Fall of the House of Usher, Flatliners, The Alien series, Gothic, The Lost Boys, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,  Poltergeist 1982, Blood: the Last Vampire, Let the Right One In, Shaun of the Dead, The Craft, A Chinese Ghost Story.

 

Ron~ I love the suspense of Alien, the horrific humor of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, and the gruesome effects of The Thing.

7. What was the scariest night of your life?

Thorn~ That would be telling. But I can say that I had a recent night of terror when I had an episode of sleep paralysis. I’m forming it into a song.

Ron Graves ~ My scariest night was when I was around 10.  I was in my bedroom and I saw the bathroom light turning on and off every couple seconds from under the crack in my door.  I opened my door to see who was doing it, but the light stayed off at that point and no one was there.  I spent the rest of the night buried under my blankets, wide-eyed and bathed in cold sweat.  After that, I was beset by nightmares nearly every night until I moved out of that house

8. What is available now that the listeners can download or buy? What is the website they can find it on? What is the best social media site for listeners to connect with you on? Twitter? Facebook? Instagram? Other? Bandcamp? What are your id’s/ web addresses?

Thorn~ We have videos of all four songs from our EP on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9TzsPAYXgD-m_iLPNvuQOg

Ron Graves ~ We have a self produced EP available for free on Bandcamp at https://graveofthorns.bandcamp.com/releases

Message and like the band on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/graveofthorns/

9. If you could play anywhere in the world, where would it be and who would be your opening band?

Thorn~ I would love to play at The Castle Party Gothic Festival in Poland with Alien Sex Fiend.

Ron Graves ~ Nothing beats playing to the home crowd in the SF Bay Area, and any of the great local bands could open for us. There is so much talent here it would be hard to choose!

10. What are you working on now for future release? Are you on tour? Where can they see you?

Thorn~ People can see us on YouTube. I continue to write lyrics.

Ron Graves ~ We do not have live shows booked at this time but please like us on Facebook to be notified of updates.

Dawn’s Dark Music Corner: Glass Android

Seattle Sounds-New Years Day- By Dawn Wood

logoIn 2011, Glass Android took form from founder, Tony Spring and his best friend, collaborator, Casey Kunning. Influences included: Depeche Mode, Massive Attack, Puscifer, The Birthday Massacre, Nine Inch Nails and How to Destroy Angels. Glass Android played several shows as a duo, in the Seattle area.  Since that time, Glass Android has merged into a collaboration of local musical talent, merging with members from Murder Weapons (female vox) and the synth mastery from members of Grasp Logic and XY Beautiful (all bands featured in Horror Addicts.) Asher Vast, of Endless Sunder recorded, mixed and produced the Glass Android release: “Killing Me”.

Glass Android 288BW (1)Mi-kel Munzter from Grasp Logic is currently working with Tony on revamping/remixing some of the 2012 material and working on new songs as well.  Mi-Kel’s fresh Industrial/Dub-step influences will prove an exciting new approach for the Glass Android catalog.
Tony is also a photographer in the Seattle area with such bands under his belt as: My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Lacuna Coil and The Crystal Method, just to name a few.
Check out his photos: https://www.facebook.com/fiercebadrabbitphotography81?fref=photo

And you can check out Glass Android’s music here:
https://www.reverbnation.com/glassandroid (Reverb Nation)
https://www.facebook.com/GlassAndroidOfficial/info?tab=page_info (Facebook)

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Press Release: Midnight Syndicate Christmas CD, band announces plans for 2015 and beyond

Midnight Syndicate 2015

Midnight Syndicate 2015

Midnight Syndicate has announced that their eighteenth album will have a Christmas and Winter Solstice theme. “I think there’s a rule that after a band’s been around for ‘x’ years they are required to produce a Christmas album. So, that’s how we got here,” joked Edward Douglas. “In all seriousness though, a Yuletide-themed Midnight Syndicate album is something our fans have been asking us for since we began; this album will not disappoint them.”

“I will say that this album has been particularly challenging because we’re taking songs that are SO familiar and that have been treated in so many different ways throughout the years and trying to make them uniquely our own,” added Gavin Goszka. “We don’t want to make yet another Christmas album – we really want it to stand on its own as something truly original. We hope that it will evoke the spirit of the Yuletide season while also reflecting our ongoing musical style and vision.”

Content-wise, the album will be a mix of new material and twists on classics. “I’d describe most of the covers on the album as being reinvented, rather than simply adapted,” said Goszka. “I’ve found myself approaching this material with a very wide palette and a limited sense of allegiance to convention. That being said, it still has to make sense in some way and stay grounded in the familiar. I think we’re stretching our creative wings more than ever here, but there’s still a consistency and overall purpose to it.” “The original songs have been a lot of fun to work on,” added Douglas. “I think the fans are in for a lot of pleasant surprises.”

Fans will not have to wait until Christmas for this present. Midnight Syndicate will be exhibiting at DragonCon in Atlanta this year on Labor Day weekend (September 4-7) and plans to have the CD available at the show.

Midnight Syndicate Live! update: In October of 2014, Midnight Syndicate Live! debuted at Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends event. From the audience response to the critical reception to record-breaking attendance numbers, the show was an overwhelming success. Although the band will be using 2015 to focus on the new album, plans for a return of Midnight Syndicate Live! in 2016 are already underway. “The success of the inaugural run of Midnight Syndicate Live! has ensured that live Midnight Syndicate shows will be a permanent part of our plans going forward,” said Douglas.

Midnight Syndicate official website – www.MidnightSyndicate.com
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Music Review: Weird Tales From The Countryside

WEIRD TALES FROM THE COUNTRYSIDE (2015)
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unnamedToday I am checking in with Javier Gomez, otherwise known as DeFago. DeFago is a Spanish musician, with a feel for Ambient and Electronic music.

His latest album, “Weird Tales From The Countryside” was released in March 2015, and is one album that will keep you awake at night J

WTFTC portrays the way the countryside haunts and lingers around you in the night. It brings a deep, unique twist on modern horror music. WTFTC features a great electronic twist on the usual daunting strings music we hear in modern cinema. The overall dark tone and atmosphere the album brings a sheer sense of loneliness and terror.”

Hailing from Seville, Spain, DeFago is an artist who pushes the boundaries on techno music and brings a new haunting element to the mix. DeFago’s music may not suit everyone, but I will say that followers of Tangerine Dream, Goblin, and those who like Horror Soundtracks will find this work superb as DeFago captures brilliantly the work of such haunting  themes from the 70’s/80’s horror as well as modern elements.

My personal favorites from this album were “Return To Corpse City”, “The Festival” and “The Holy Company”. Each one of these tracks brought something unique and enthralling to the lineup where one started to have flashes of scenes from an upcoming book (spoilers).

As I said, DeFago’s style of music may not be for everyone, but I will say that he is one artist to keep on your radar.

You can find more about DeFago and his music at the following sites, and be sure to listen to some of the tracks and spread the word.

Facebook

Bandcamp

SoundCloud

~ C.A.Milson

C.A.Milson is an award winning horror author of 4 books (and counting); Founder of ASJ Publishing, and seldom film producer. He resides in Melbourne, Australia and likes to spend his time in his backyard hobbyfarm of 13 chooks, and draws inspiration from the horrors that lay in wait in the darkness. C.A.Milson can be found at: www.asjpublishing.com and:www.facebook.com/C.A.Milson.Author

Dawn’s Dark Music Corner: Anguisette

Seattle Sounds-Anguisette

By Dawn Wood

coverAnguisette is a multi-faceted, multi-talent band founded by
electric violinist Jyri Glynn, formerly of acclaimed Seattle rock band, “The Sins.”
and currently in the Sin’s reformed “Prelude to a Pistol”. Jyri is also in “Ruined by Fate” with Sean Sonnett and contributed on songs for Elektronika. Anguisette’s sound is reminiscent of Delirium blended with the rock feel of Evanescence.

The band’s 2010 debut CD, The Creation Chamber, is still embraced by radio and dance clubs around the U.S. as well as abroad. A visually dramatic companion piece to the album, the new video for the track, “29 Years,” is currently featured online at YouTube.com.

Anguisette’s live shows are also visually and theatrically stunning, featuring amazing light displays and beautiful graphic backdrops. The live band is fronted by three female
vocalists and supported by keyboards, bass, guitar and Jyri on electric violin. There are also a rotating cast of additional guest musicians.

Anguisette’s first live introduction was in Boise, Idaho at the beautiful Egyptian Theater following a red-carpet premier of the motion picture, “The Sanguinarian”, which was a wonderful independent Vampire Film by Analisa Ravella for which Jyri Glynn composed and scored much of the music.

The Creation Chamber is available for sale on CD or digitally on http://www.cdbaby.com and has their own station on Pandora.

Anguisette’s live lineup is vocalists Severina Sol, Dawn Wood & Donya Shirzad. Supported by guitarist, Westin Halvorson, bassist, Fish Jones, keyboardist Albert OH
and (founder) electric violinist Jyri Glynn.

Anguisette’s ‘The Creation Chamber’ credits: Jyri Glynn, Lee Tillman, Albert Oh, Dawn Wood, Severina X Sol, Jamie Valentine, Karen Kardel, Melody Bleak, Emileigh. Rohn, Nya Shirzad, Miss FD.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Anguisette/251581935659
Reverb Nation: www.reverbnation.com/anguisette
CD Baby: www.cdbaby.com/Artist/Anguisette
Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/4O0mDoVeOR4RBbYkgGIPje?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open
”Indefinite” on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb9iPicZ2mA

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Dawn Wood has been singing since 5 years old. After high school and a degree at the University of Delaware, she attended Seattle University taking music and voice lessons. Dawn sang in a couple of original Northwest bands and by the mid 90’s formed a retro 80s cover band called “Rapture” with guitar veteran Dan Hoyer. When Rapture disbanded in 1999, Dawn and Dan formed “Elektronika”. By late 2005, “Elektronika” had become more of Seattle area “project band” merging with several local talents. Dawn started writing for Carpe Nocturne in 2011 as a feature writer. In 2013, Carpe Nocturne asked Dawn to be the Scene Reporter for the Seattle/Portland area. Dawn is in the bands “Desillusion”, “Murder Weapons”, “Elektronika” and also collaborates with other local artists in the Seattle area. As a horror fan since childhood, Dawn was thrilled to assist in submitting fitting music to Horroraddicts.net. Follow Dawn on Twitter at: DAWNELEKTRONIKA

Music News

10257897Over the last few weeks in the horror addicts email box we have heard from some great bands that have new songs out. The Spekrfreks have recently released a new song called Steampunk. This is an electronica song that reminds you of steam machines, vaudevillian showgirls, outlaws, and top-secret technology. A full album will soon be available from Golden Age Recordings. You can listen to the song here:

http://www.beatport.com/release/steampunk/1394312

Spekerfreks also did the theme song for horroraddicts season 1 through 3. To find out more about them check out their website at: http://www.spekrfreks.com/

Another song that we recently got turned onto is from Videogram. This song promotes a retro horror soundtrack project and is called Camp Blood.  This is a tribute to the iconic Friday the 13th series, the track is a sort of “nudge nudge, wink wink” to fellow horror fans and a mix of the disco theme of Part 3 and Michael Jackson‘s Thriller. The song has been digitally released through Bandcamp, itunes and youtube. Here is the video:

For more information on Videogram check out their website: http://videogramswe.blogspot.com/

We’ve als oheard a new track from the Barbarellatones called the Donut Shop. The Barbarellatones are described as The Barbarellatones are the sloppy seconds of ‘Sex With Lurch’. Mesmerized and Hypnotized by bad B-Movies and Rocky Horror, we do our upmost to keep Rock N Roll a total sleaze-fest. To find out more about them check out their facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/thebarbarellatones/info.

Another band we recently heard from via Starwave records is Misaruka. Misaruka is a Japanese rock band with a new release called The Butterfly Effect.  Here is a video from them:

To find out more visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/misarukaofficial

 

Review: The Music Of Robot Monkey Arm

The Music Of Robot Monkey Arm

Review by Crystal Connor

I usually review horror movies but when I was offered the opportunity to review an album for the band Robot Monkey Arm I took it.

 The most interesting thing right off the bat is that the album is broken up into three parts, it’s like a musical anthology because each section is different in tone.

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Part One

Robot Senza Nome!

 Track 1: l’automa  02:07

Track 2: il brutto 03:40

Track 3: la bella 01:07

Track 4: Titoli 06:10

 What I loved most about part one besides everything is that it’s all instrumental. This is the type of music I can write too. Its eccentric, dark, a bit Gothy and at times a bit jarring but nowhere near in a bad way.  Part one immediately brought to mind The Mars Volta. My favorite track from part on is il brutto

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Part two:

Cinema Vomitif & The White Mask of Doom!

 Track 1: Cinema Vomitif  04:31

Track 2: Kill The Cutie 02:54

Track 3: Deliria (the final girl) 04:08

Track 4: Vengeance Of The Sweater Girl  03:11

 Cinema Vomitif  sounds a little like a song for a car chase from 70s action movie. The tempo is really fast and drum heavy but then with a 3rd of the way left to go it slows down and then picks right back up for the finale!

 Kill The Cutie is hard to describe but I liked it, the undercurrent of the song seems to have Schism (Tool) running through its veins.

 I listened to Deliria (the final girl) like five times is a row. The male voice of the vocalist on this track is hypnotic and the butterscotch tone of female voice of the background singer complements his perfectly. This was my favorite track

 Vengeance Of The Sweater Girl

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Part Thee:

In memoriam to those we’ve lost and those we don’t remember

 Track 1: The Psychogenic Stomp!  02:35

Track 2: Dance Party Ending  01:53

Track 3: l’epilogo (in memoria di Anthony de Mello)  07:00

Track 4: APOEε4 07:38

 The Psychogenic Stomp! is super catchy and punky, had me singing along before the song ended I really liked it. Dance Party Ending is rockabilly all the way and I’m pretty sure that, hands  down, was my favorite in the set. I say pretty sure because the close runner up is l’epilogo, its very orchestral and whimsical. The final track APOEε4 starts off with the piano and then just fades into the sounds of the ocean coming ashore.

I would recommend Robot Monkey Arm to my sister and most of my friends. We’re a little on the snobbish snide up here is Seattle when it comes to alternative music but I’m confident that  Robot Monkey Arm could en mass a pretty large fan base here in the Pacific Northwest.

I would have bought the entire album but because its broken and sold in three parts I purchased the 1st one because it’s my favorite out of the trilogy.

For more information on Robot Monkey Arm, check out these sites:

http://robotmonkeyarm.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Robotmonkeyarm/129365657110627?fref=ts

 

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Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Crystal’s latest projects can be found both on her blog and Facebook fan page at:

 http://wordsmithcrystalconnor.blogspot.com

 http://www.facebook.com/notesfromtheauthor

 

STRAP ON HALO INTERVIEW by Dawn Wood

Strap on Halo is: Seán Rial – Guitar, Keyboards and Drums.
Layla Reyna – Vocals, Drums, Keyboards and Graphic design.
MarC Jones – Bass, Keyboards, blood and beers.

SOH6Strap On Halo resurrected in 2009 with a new lineup including Layla Reyna, Marc Jones and original founding member Sean Rial. Strap On Halo is an American Gothic Alternative Rock band, whose music harkens to the purity of 80’s influenced moody guitars, resonating bass and a beautifully haunting Siouxsie-esque female vocals.  They also have great hair!   😉  It’s refreshing to see bands of his genre coming back into the radar.

On June 10, 2011, Strap On Halo released their debut full length release, The Dead Don’t Lie, which was produced, mixed and mastered by Mick Shearman of NightPorter and John Ross of ANXST. Coinciding with the release, they set out on the Memento Mori US Tour that spanned five weeks and included The Hiram Key from the UK during select dates. They then toured in the Summer and Fall of 2012 and again in 2014.  Currently, they are working on a new CD release and planning their Winter/Spring 2015 tour.

[Horror Addicts] I understand you “resurrected” in 2009.  When did Strap on Halo first form and what caused the death and resurrection?

[Seán from SOH] “Strap on Halo has actually been something I envisioned as I was a teenager, but I never met the right people to start a GothSOH7 band.  I originally started it in the Fall of 1994.  The original lineup lasted about 2 years, but I ran it until 2002.  At that time, the venues in Omaha only wanted Metal or Top40 bands.

[Layla from SOH] “The original lineup split into two different bands in 1996.  Both units disbanded in 2002.  I met him (Sean) in 2005 and we were in another band.  Then we met Marc and Seán decided it was time to BE Strap on Halo.”

[HorrorAddicts] Who do you all consider the most influential musician or bands?

[Seán from SOH] “For me it would be Geordie Walker from Killing Joke, John McGeoch from Siouxsie and the Banshees and Billy Duffy from the Cult.”

[Layla from SOH] “I find my influence from Peter Murphy, the Cure and Dead Can Dance.”

SOH5[MarC from SOH] “Oh perfect.  I don’t have to talk now!  ☺  No, it’s like everything I listen to since Jr. High has been an influence, but when it really touched and wowed me, I knew that is what I wanted to do.  That time was the Cure, Dead Can Dance and such bands.  It was colder…darker.  The lyrics were more than just bubblegum and money.  I do have my influences too as a bassist.  Specifically I like Simon Gallup from the Cure. ”

[HorrorAddicts] You are based on Nebraska?  Who would have thought there was a Goth scene in Nebraska.  Wait, there is a Goth scene in Nebraska?????

[Seán from SOH] “Well, it comes in cycles.  There will be a scene for three or four years, then it will die out and Metal and Top40 become more predominant.  Then a few years later, people get burned out.  People move and then the scene is more open to something alternative.  It is a trend cycle.”

[MarC from SOH] “It’s developing and a scene through that is developing.”

[HorrorAddicts] What are your horror influences?

[Seán from SOH] “We are most intrigued by tragedies and horror in life..”

[MarC from SOH] “Horror influence? lol… The opening of a 200 year old iron gate… visiting a random grave… Having coffee with a “suspected” trany axe murderer… sleeping on a pew… having shots out of a human skull… Being catered to by a gorgeous wiccan with her own head over heals in love, “Egore”. I forget his name, but wow! Spending the night in a Cathedral and waking up under the sun shining through the stained glass windows. Being fed ice-cream sandwiches by angels… long story! The loss of a dear friend. Keeping your Halloween lights up, all year round….and truck stops! The world is an interesting place from all directions. Breath, sweat, tears… we embrace them all.”

[HorrorAddicts] You all have been extremely proactive in marketing your band using social media.  How has that worked for you withSOH4 drawing audiences to your shows and selling merchandise?

[Layla from SOH] “It has been good.  We have managed to connect with people in Europe.  We know a lot more people as a result of social media. We have new merchandise available on our website!”

[Seán from SOH] “With our local media in Omaha, unless you are Top40, Rap or something from the Disney Channel; they won’t even give you the time of day.”

[MarC from SOH] “That’s why we tour.”

[HorrorAddicts] Speaking of merchandise, you have very unique and adorable merchandise for sale, as opposed to the same old band merch table of strictly stickers, t-shirts and CDs.  How did you decide to do something so different and do you feel that this has put you at an advantage by having unique merchandise?

[Layla from SOH] “We like to have things that we would want to buy, if we went to a show.”

[Seán from SOH] “Actually the big sellers were thongs.  We sold out of them last year two or three shows into the tour.”

[Layla from SOH] “We have new merchandise available on our website now.”

[HorrorAddicts] Favorite place to play?

[MarC from SOH] “Seattle.”  ☺

[Layla from SOH] “It’s hard to say.  Just because it is in a city we prefer doesn’t always necessarily mean that the show was something that is better.  It depends on the crowd.  We love to perform, so whether or not the show is packed, doesn’t necessarily mean we won’t meet a couple people and make great contacts.  Then the next time we come through town, it is even better.”

SOH3[MarC from SOH] “Yeah, I mean it isn’t necessarily the city.  I mean, we could play New Orleans, but if no one is there……  It depends on who we meet and the conversations we have.  Many of the people we have met have turned into life-long friends.”

[HorrorAddicts] So Seán and Layla live in Nebraska and Marc in Seattle?  How did that happen and how do you stay connected to write/record and perform?  Did MarC live in Nebraska originally?

[MarC from SOH] (nods)  “Well, my wife was in the service.  But Seattle is where I grew up.  We have been gone for 12 years.  My parents are getting older.  I want to spend time with family….. but, I am not giving up the band.  This band is what I was always searching for.”

[Layla from SOH] “I originally moved to Omaha from Texas.  I met Seán a couple years after I moved to Omaha.  It was all chance meetings and coincidence.  We were all looking to do the same thing and we all get along. It is like having a long distance relationship.  There is gonna be Skyping.  MarC will be flying in from time to time.”

You can find out more info about Strap on Halo in the links below:

Facebook: StrapOnHaloFanPage

Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/125580930915770

Twitter: straponhalo

Reverbnation: straponhalo

Myspace: straponhalo

Web: straponhalo.com

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Review: Revenge Of The Antichrist by Devil-M

Albumcover - Revenge of the AntichristTale of torment and corrosive emotional shadows, Revenge of the Antichrist is a compelling concept album which ignites the imagination, pushes thoughts, and inflames ears.  The new album from German industrial metallers Devil-M is packed to the rafters with rhythmic bait and hypnotic sonic incitement persuasion to pull limbs and torso into its imaginative devilry. At times a release which makes you draw rapid awe bred breath and in other moments a testing yet enthralling challenge which needs some work to embrace, Revenge of the Antichrist is a gripping and rigorously fascinating treat.

The Story behind the album is about a guy called Astharat who suffers on shizophrenie and kills his wife Eden. The 15 tracks escort the listener more and more in Astharat’s Dark world. Ups and Downs due to his mood shake the listeners through a world full of self-hatred, blood and a million ways to die.

Tarot - Siddhartha GautamaDevil-M is the brainchild of Max Meyer, the band, emerging in 2006 as a solo project for the Schiningen hailing musician. Merging his interest in movie scores with pungent electronic diversity, the project was soon contributing soundtracks for independent movies like Die at Dawn. 2009 saw Meyer turn the proposition into a band format which was swiftly followed by a relatively well-received release of debut EP Willst Du sterben and a host of live shows with bands like Nachtblut. In 2011 first album Kannst Du sterben was unveiled to strong and positive responses, its success followed a year later by the uniting of the current line-up of guitarist Lars Everwien, bassist Lisa Hass, and Sonja Langenfeld on keys alongside Meyer. Shows with band such as Grausame Tichter, Centhron, Vlad in Tears, Angelspit, and FabrikC pushed the bands presence and reputation further which Revenge of the Antichrist and its fiery blend of industrial metal and cinematic/theatrical endeavour can only reinforce and open a wider attentive spotlight upon Devil-M.

Music Review of “Revenge of the Antichrist” by Devil-M by Dawn Wood (Horroraddicts.net)

I listened to tracks from the brand new Album “Revenge of the Antichrist” which was released on August 25th, 2014. It is published via Meth Media / Dark Dimensions and combines Industrial Metal with Soundtrack-elements. Some of the songs are good candidates for amazing remixes (for all you horroraddicts.net remixers out there) and some are club ready and highly recommended.

Taste Your Tears-Starts out with dreamy, clean guitars and breaks into a rock track with some industrial elements.  I actually found this song to be reminiscent of the grunge era.

Tarot - AstharatRevenge of the Antichrist-Pt 2 and Siddhartha Gautama (Blackest Light Remix)– Both have nice intros with chanting monk samples, diverse tempos and driving guitars.  Both songs have elements of Metal and of course Industrial and are quite anthemic.

Love is Not Available– This song appears to be a ballad, but I found the distortion to be distracting.  I wanted to hear more, but feel the distortion should have been way down in the mix.

Garden of Eden– A somber and beautiful instrumental perfect for the Gothic listener.

I am God– Another beautiful, somber, Gothic song with female vocals. (Definitely my favorite track.)  This would be the perfect choice for a remix,

Harmful Scab– More monk samples and reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails.  I think this song would be a great choice for a dancy Industrial remix as well.

Apokrypha (Centhron Remix) and Rebirth– These songs are ready right now to be played at any Gothic/Industrial dance club. Great vocals and driving beat. Manson-esque feel.

 http://www.devil-m.de/ 

https://www.facebook.com/devilmband

https://twitter.com/devilm_news

https://soundcloud.com/devil-m

 

 

Seattle Sounds-Post Rapture Party- By Dawn Wood

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prp_mercPost Rapture Party was formed in 2011 in the fires that came after. Those left behind were brought together to celebrate that they were chosen to remain. There is always some one left behind. They are the after party joined in joyous celebration with the fellow orphans left upon the earth. Three years ago fate brought Kane, Noccie, Spooky and Ashe together. They brought together the sadness, fury, regret, romance and passion in the darkest days and the brightest of nights. Even though it feels like they came together overnight, the efforts of their work took many months. Post Rapture Party is always  working, creating and perfecting their stories for their audience’s entertainment, even in the most mundane moments of life. Safely amongst other artists, musicians and the baristas, Post Rapture Party lives their shadow lives.  Their horror influences include:

Dust Devil by Richard Stanley; House of 1,000 Corpses and Devil’s Rejects; and Cropsey which is actually a documentary. Cropsey was an urban legend on Staten Island about a boogie man. There actually turned out to be some truth to the legend and years later, they apprehended the serial killer.

I would best describe Post Rapture Party as Dark Wave, in the realm of such great artists as: Siouxsie and the Banshees and Kate Bush. Haunted vocals and sweeping synths swirl around the listener.  Post Rapture Party has played with Strap on Halo, Colour Flies and Spiritual Bat.  They have also played with local Blacklist Seattle Gothic bands: Murder Weapons, Grasp Logic, XY Beautiful and PixelPussy.

 

Check out Post Rapture Party online:
Links:
http://www.postraptureparty.moonfruit.com/

Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Post-Rapture-Party/230454826993599

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Dead Animal Assembly Plant

DAAP1DAAP2Seattle’s EBM and Industrial Scene has re-emerged over the past few years and shown itself to be almost front running. There are actually a few bands out of the Portland area that also demand listener attention and are tearing up stages opening for major Industrial acts.  Dead Animal Assembly Plant is one of those bands.  Fresh off of opening up for Combichrist and Mushroomhead in 2014, being one of the headliners at Seattle’s Mechafest and Day of the Dead in late 2013, Dead Animal Assembly Plant is currently embarking on a new slaying array of music for their upcoming CD.

A little history: The boys of DAAP hail from the Sweet Meats DAAP3Slaughterhouse. The now abandoned and cursed facility was home to a murderous, cannibalistic butcher who fancied the townsfolk as livestock. Now they haunt the dank hallways continuing the madness.  Dead Animal Assembly Plant  started back in 2007. Initially the solo brainchild of Z.Wager , DAAP quickly grew into a collective of (somewhat) like minded butchers. Inevitable chaos ensued. Also part of this motley crew: Case.  Also, Vex March of Portland’s Particle Son on keys and samples, Eric B holding down the killer beats and Travis DAAP5Geny on guitar.  Let’s not forget the terrifying and sexy “Butcherettes”.

DAAP’s Horror Influences: It’s cliche’ to say that “We’ve been a fan of horror since children.”  Well, we are another cliche’. As children of the 80’s epic slasher flicks like Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm St and Hellraiser greatly influenced the tongue in cheek sense of horror DAAP has today. (And of course, the dirt and grime from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre mythos.) Clive Barker as a storyteller and creator of dark realities helped paint a lot of mental imagery as well.

Zach would like to extend a very personal invitation to take a listen and “come see us at one of our shows. We’d love to meat you… Bon appétit”.

I highly recommend doing both.  This is one of the best shows I have seen in a long time.  And, if you are lucky, you just might see me singing a song with the DAAP crew!  😉

 

Links:

www.facebook.com/deadanimalassemblyplant

www.youtube.com/DAAPSlaughterhouse

www.instagram.com/deadanimalassemblyplant

www.soundcloud.com/deadanimalassemblyplant

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Press Release: Characula releases Headstone

 Characula has just released her new single ‘Headstone’ from her Upcoming EP

6a29600b8eda046fb9b70fcd1927c0af_spz0Hailing from Southern California, Characula is a unique artist the likes of which you won’t have seen before. A character who is part sci-fi, part horror and all glamour, Characula revels in the macabre world of B-movie monsters.

With rock songs spinning tales of erotic meetings with strange beings, sucking souls from unsuspecting men and chomping down on large spiders, the closest comparison is possibly with the darkest corners of the Rocky Horror Picture Show – only more twisted.
You can hear her sultry new rock single, ‘Headstone’, here: https://soundcloud.com/characula/headstone

Uber-eccentric and a progenitor of sizzling sci-fi seduction, Characula is the alter-ego of singer-songwriter Cheri Anaclerio, who is looking to make the rock-horror character into an edgy, memorable reflection of her own spiralling imagination.

It’s a truly unique musical project, produced by renowned rock specialist Dito Godwin (No Doubt, Great White, KISS, Motley Crue). With an album on the way, you will also be able to catch Characula on a UK stage near you soon.

IF you haven’t seen it already, you can watch the video for her ‘Mummy Dance’ track here:
Find out more about Characula:
http://www.characula.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Characula
https://twitter.com/characula
http://www.youtube.com/user/characula

Dawn’s Dark Music Corner: Grasp Logic

GL2Grasp Logic began (an alternative/industrial- electronic project created by electronic artist Mi-kel Munzter) in 2009. Grasp Logic’s GL3abrasive tones and distorted impacts revolve around a dark obscure atmosphere. Visually caliginous, various influences include: Horror, Sci-fi, Metal, Dark Wave, Ambient, Cinematic, Noise, and various forms of electronic music. Garrett, Mi-kel Munster started out doing scream vocals for a metal project in high school in Washington State. Eventually, he wanted to branch out into something different, yet still keep his metal influences. He has an avid love for horror films and some of his favorites are: Dementia 13, The Mad Monster, Attack Of The Giant Leeches, Halloween, Bruiser, Army Of Darkness, Dead Alive, and Bucket Of Blood (to name a few). In high school he spent a lot of time watching horror films, reading comics and working on music inspired by those interest, which eventually lead to starting Grasp Logic. So far music releases have include an experimentalGL1 EP entitled “Poetry In Machine” realeased in 2011 and since then, Grasp Logic has been releasing singles working toward  another release. At live shows, Grasp Logic features artist, Robert Bauder. Robert’s gripping artwork has been on exhibit at art shows all over the country.

http://www.facebook.com/robert.bauder.3?fref=tsGrasp Logic is part of the Industrial music community “The Black List” and hasopened for such artists as: The Genitoturers, Dead Hand Projekt, William Control and SMP.Check out Grasp Logic on:Facebook: www.facebook.com/grasplogic

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/grasplogic

Reverb Nation: www.reverbnation.com/grasplogic

Videos on Youtube (Grasp Logic):

Dawn’s Dark Music Corner: Desillusion

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Seattle’s EBM and Industrial Scene has re-emerged over the past few years and shown itself to be almost front running. It’s about des1time! I remember when clubs were reluctant to play anything but rock (thrash, rockabilly, garage, punk or grunge). Electronic bands either had to play covers, slyly slide onto a rock bill, play an underground club or play a room that normally just had a DJ. It is encouraging to see numerous EBM, electronic and industrial bands start to gain attention in the region. It is also quite common to see these musicians being a part of at least 2 other projects. The scene is, at times, incestuous. Most of the bands/projects are less than 7 degrees of separation from one another. (Case in point, industrial rock band, Desillusion.) Desillusion is fronted by the hardest working musician I know, Wes Halvorson. Wes has worked his ass off to get electronic/industrial bands into the Seattle live music scene. Wes is also the guitarist of My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult and Anguisette. He is the drummer for Endless Sunder and he is very much in demand to fill in and collaborate with a variety of Seattle EBM bands including Elektronika. Desillusion Keyboardist and Producer, Asher Vast is alsowestin_pierce3 in Endless Sunder and quite collaborative in the Seattle music scene. On bass, is Jesse O, who also plays bass for his project, Murder Weapons Jesse is quite talented in video editing and has worked on the band’s videos along with ThinkPiece Productions. Desillusion’s versatile percussive talents belong to Lynn Sepeda. Lynn is also in Murder Weapons and has played drums with a
plethora of Seattle talent such as: The Donettes, Otherness, Mary Abaddon and Eddie Spaghetti.

Desillusion’s latest CD (set to be released by Fall 2014) is heavy and infectious, but their sound is now more creatively laced with stompy blistering industrial explosions and hypnotic dance beats. Westin added a female back up vocalist to the mix in 2013 to add a new dimension to the music. Desillusion’s new material is reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails, KMFDM with a dash of Stabbing Westward and Gravity Kills. Their songs: “Anthem” and “Mod Me” are infective with a lush, hypnotic groove. “Mara” and “Jaded” are memorable, energetic and stompy anthems. “Vices” is pretty rockin’ in that “Stabbing Westward kind of vein” and the very catchy “Left Behind” and “Fall” mixes it up and featuring the accompaniment of female vocals.

Desillusion’s latest project titled: “Anthemphetamine” is scheduled for release in Fall 2014 Check Desillusion out on Facebook, Twitter, ReverbNation, Lastfm, Youtube and Vampirefreaks.com.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/desillusion
Twitter: @desillusion1
ReverbNation: www.reverbnation.com/desillusion
Lastfm: www.last.fm/music/Desillusion
HubPages (Think Piece Production): http://thompsonpen.hubpages.com/hub/Think-Piece-Productions-A-Business-Review
Vampiresfreak.com: vampirefreaks.com/DESILLUSION

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Axe Giant: The Wrath Of Paul Bunyan

Axe+Giant-the-Wrath-of-Paul-Bunyan-CDWhen you think of horror in music there is one name that should come to mind first: Midnight Syndicate. Midnight Syndicate has been making dark gothic soundtracks for the imagination since 1997. Their music is the kind of mood music you hear in many haunted houses around Halloween and on movie soundtracks such as The Dead Matter and The Rage. Their latest horror soundtrack is for the film Axe Giant: The Wrath Of Paul Bunyan.

For most movies, the soundtrack is something that adds a little atmosphere to the movie and you don’t think about it much. In the case of Axe Giant, the musical soundtrack overpowers the movie and that’s not a bad thing. The movie is a slasher picture about a group of teenagers in a scared straight type camp in the woods being hunted down by folk legend Paul Bunyan. The movie may have a simple premise but the soundtrack is complex and tells a much more compelling story.

There are 15 songs on this soundtrack and from the first two songs you know your listening to a masterpiece. The first song is Axe Giant’s main title which uses a full orchestra to give the impression of an angry giant walking through a forest and sets up a mood of impending doom. While hearing this song I could see in my head, Paul Bunyan making his way past towering pines on his way to kill unsuspecting campers. I fell in love with this soundtrack from this one song and thought the whole soundtrack would sound like that but then the second track blew me away.

Midnight SyndicateTrack two is called “Minnesota 1894”. This one really showed the diversity of this album going from the dark mood of  the first song and changing the direction to a more laid back folksy sound. This song is complete with banjo and a sweeping sound that made me think of a group of people around a campfire, telling tall tales without any words being spoken. The music says it all.

The third song is “Babe’s Grave” and once again the mood of the album changes. This song has a Native American feel to it. With the  use of drums and wood instruments, it gives the feeling of a quiet graveyard and builds to a scary sounding finish. The fourth song is the “S.T.U.M.P. Medley” which continues what the third song starts, adding horns and sounding like a marching song  becoming more powerful as it goes along.

The next song is “Bunyan at Babe’s Grave.” This song reminds you that this is a horror soundtrack and leads you to believe this ride is about to get much scarier. The rest of the songs build on what the first five started and tell a great tale of terror through the use of what must have been hundreds of different musical instruments.  The album ends with an acoustic song and the only one with lyrics, called “The Ballad of Paul Bunyan.” I loved the story this song gives and it was a great ending to a masterpiece.

I’ve listened to a lot of Midnight Syndicate’s albums over the years and I think this one may be their best work. When I saw the title I thought it wouldn’t be good, but the opening of the first song proved me wrong. The only bad thing is that it made me want to see the movie. While the movie was fun to watch, the story doesn’t come close to the story that comes through in the music. Without the use of words, this soundtrack tells a scary story that no movie can duplicate. I think it would be interesting  if someone made a silent horror movie set to Midnight Syndicate’s music because they know how horror sounds.

To find out more about them, go to: www.midnightsyndicate.com 

A Musical Tea Party with Emilie Autumn

N. American 2011 Tour VIP Experience: A Musical Tea Party with Emilie Autumn

For a very small number of people per N. American tour date, EA is offering what is most definitely the most amazing fan experience yet! For the price of $75, thirty-five people per show date will have the opportunity to purchase the Asylum VIP Package, elevating you to Official Asylum Inmate status. Inmates will receive:
»1 concert ticket
»1 hand-signed and numbered limited edition lithograph art print of EA’s “Plague Rat” painting
»1 admission to a pre-show private “Inmates Only” classical violin concert featuring live music by Bach and other great composers performed for you by EA
»1 “Meet & Greet” session with EA, including autograph signing and photo opportunity
»1 commemorative “Asylum Inmate” concert laminate
»Sip a hot cup of the new Asylum Tea as you listen to the violin performance (bringing your own teacup is highly recommended)
»Permission to remain inside the venue after the VIP session, insuring your prime spot at the front of the stage, otherwise known as the “tea & cake” area, for obvious reasons

The Asylum Tour: The Door, N. America 2011
Wed, 2/09/11 Cleveland, OH, Peabody’s Down Under
Thu, 2/10/11 Millvale, PA, Mr. Small’s Theatre
Fri, 2/11/11 New York, NY, Gramercy Theatre
Sat, 2/12/11 Somerville, MA, The Armory
Sun, 2/13/11 Washington, DC, Rock n’ Roll Hotel
Tues, 2/15/11 Montreal, QUE, Studio JPR
Wed, 2/16/11 Toronto, ON, The Mod Club
Thu, 2/17/11 Pontiac, MI, The Crofoot Ballroom
Fri, 2/18/11 Chicago, IL, Metro
Sat, 2/19/11 St. Paul, MN, Station 4
Mon, 2/21/11 Denver, CO, Bluebird Theater
Wed, 2/23/11 Salt Lake City, UT, Avalon Theater
Fri, 2/25/11 Seattle, WA, Studio 7
Sat, 2/26/11 Vancouver, BC, Rickshaw Theatre
Sun, 2/27/11 Portland, OR, Branx
Tues, 3/01/11 San Francisco, CA, Bottom Of The Hill
Thurs, 3/03/11 Los Angeles, CA, El Rey Theatre
Fri, 3/04/11 Mesa, AZ, The Nile
Sun, 3/06/11 El Paso, TX, Club 101
Mon, 3/07/11 Austin, TX, Elysium
Tues, 3/08/11 Dallas, TX, The Prophet Bar
Thurs, 3/10/11 Kansas City, MO, The Beaumont Club
Fri, 3/11/11 St. Louis, MO, Fubar
Sat, 3/12/11 Des Moines, IA, Vaudeville Mews

For more information or to buy tickets, go to: http://www.emilieautumn.com

Guest Post: New Look for Grave Concerns Ezine

From Julie Johnson, Editor at Grave Concerns.

For the last three months we have been working on some changes to our site and our database system. This holiday season we are giving you an all new look of Grave Concerns E-zine. Check out the new look to our site: http://www.graveconcernsezine.com Anyways, we are just getting started and look for even more added features in 2011.

We would love continue to work with you in 2011 and we are working on many reviews at this time. With that said, we are always looking for new writers for our e-zine to help us out with the many review and interview requests we get. If you are interested in writing a review and sharing thoughts about the music you love please contact us. This is an all volunteer e-zine at this time so we would be unable to pay you for your reviews but there are other perks.

We are also looking for new 2011 Contest/Giveaways where we can promote your music to our fans and readers both on-line and at local events, dance nights in Albany, NY during Alien Nation etc. Contact to us to work out details etc.

Please keep Grave Concerns E-zine in mind for Sponsorships etc. We are currently a sponsor the Out World Entertainment for the new movie Dark Passages.

Check it out http://www.outworldentertainment.com/DarkPassages/CRADLE.html

If you have a free CD, EP download that you want to promote where fans can download your music, please send us the download file, links and we will link it on our site for people to download.

If you have news about your band, label, new CD releases etc, please send us your news via our website. If you know about news and would like it on Grave Concerns please send it to us.

I hope you enjoy the new look and feel of Grave Concerns E-zine ( http://www.graveconcernsezine)

Happy Holidays from all of us at Grave Concerns E-zine

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~Julie Johnson

Inside Horror Music with The Dark Clan

From the very first sound of electronic deliciousness, you just know The Dark Clan is going to be a soundscape experience and you are not disappointed. The trio of Dan Clark, Lane Ellen, and Mercy Skye bring you their darkly luscious, sometimes humorous brand of “dance, swoon, and drum-n-bass meets shoegaze.” It’s definitely different, effortlessly engaging, and fabulously vamp-y.

The Dark Clan was created by the talented Dan Clark in 1998. When one of The Dark Clan’s tracks received some success and he was offered live gigs, Dan knew it was time to put together a live band and bring his music to the masses. Since 2005, that is what he has done with albums such as The Vampire Wore White and Fade/Dance Magic Dance.

I had a chance to ask Dan some questions about The Dark Clan and his musical career in general. Here is what he had to say:

SM: Before I say anything else, let me say that I really like your stuff. I found it instantly engrossing and very catchy. How did The Dark Clan start? What were you doing before you started TDC? And do very many people notice the band name is a play on your name?

DC: Thank you so much for the kind words, glad you dig the tunes! ^_^
The Dark Clan started in 1998 because I was teaching myself how to write and record electronic music like what Crystal Method and Prodigy and Chemical Brothers were doing. Seriously the first few songs I wrote were total knockoffs of songs like “Setting Sun” and “Keep Coming Back” and “Smack My Bitch Up.” Well, except I had no idea what I was doing at that point so things didn’t sound very good, but it was fun to do, and a pleasant break from the other stuff I was doing.

My overall background is: I’ve been making music since I was 5, and have been in gigging bands since I was 14. I remember there was a fuss at one of my first bar gigs; my age didn’t go over well with the bartender. She was all like “He can’t come in here OHMIGOD!” But I was in the band, so they at least had to let me in to play. I learned to keep a low profile to avoid that kind of thing going forward. But yeah; I started out in cover bands in high school, usually playing a few of my originals, then in college I was in a bunch of different bands; punk, funk, jazz, prog, lots of stuff. My degree is in Music — composition, to be precise, and my major instrument was voice, so I got to meet and work with all kinds of great musicians, which led to me playing around in pretty much every possible genre, which is probably a big part of why I still jump genres a lot.

Anyway, when I started TDC after college, I was already in a really busy, hard-working punk band, an arty metal band, and a gothy, industrial, kind-of glam band, and this is of course on top of some composition things I was still doing, and a day job, so I had a lot going on, but I really wanted to learn what the electronic guys were doing, and anyway there was a lot of other music I wanted to do that didn’t fit in with any of my other groups, so I started a solo project. I called it The Dark Clan because that was something that a couple dudes in high school tried calling me to make fun of me back in the day, you know, just being high school idiots, being like “Hey, it’s the Dark Clan! Hahaha! Dark Clan!” But they realized that “Dark Clan” was actually pretty cool, and it didn’t bother me at all, and no one used it to make fun of me, so they gave it up really fast, but I kept the name in the back of my head.

It’s funny — some people have gone years before realizing that Dark Clan is an anagram of Dan Clark. Others get it right away. I think the main thing is that if people see the two names next to each other in print, they tend to recognize it faster, but if they just hear “Dark Clan” it’s harder to make the connection.

SM: You categorize The Dark Clan as “dance, swoon, and drum-n-bass meets shoegaze.” As a fellow musician I know that it isn’t always easy to categorize your creations. How did you decide what elements to incorporate into The Dark Clan and would you say it is an evolving sound?

DC: Well, to be fair, that’s how I describe the Goths on a Boat EP in particular. The tagline I use to describe The Dark Clan sound in general is “Like Jimmy Eat World trying to stop the Dragonforce guys from stealing Postal Service’s lunch money.” Regardless, that is a totally excellent question.

I tend not to limit what I use, sonically, in TDC. For example, on our latest album, which is a double album called Fade/Dance Magic Dance, I’ll go from a song like Anthem, which is just straight-up pop-punk, to Jus Sanguinis, which is Euro majestic metal, to sex sex sex sex sex, which is like UK funky breaks, to Old Blue Quarry which is all congas, tablas, triangle, rainstick, etc. All ethnic percussion. So really, I don’t limit my sonic palette at all; for me it’s more using those elements to contribute to the overall vibe of whatever track it is I’m currently working on. If there’s an overarching aesthetic to the music of TDC, I suppose it’s that I tend to work in broad gestures for that band. In terms of specific elements, TDC will always have lots of vocal harmonies, species counterpoint, guitar solos, and big booty-shaking beats, just not always necessarily in the same song at the same time, though I’ve certainly tried on occasion. 🙂

SM: You stated in your bio that the first few live gigs you ever played were just “you and an iPod.” Can you tell us a little more about that and why you decided to incorporate an actual live band into your shows?

DC: Hahahahaa! Ugh, yeah, the infamous iPod shows. I hated that. See, The Dark Clan was never really supposed to play live at all; I just started it as kind of a lab experiment and paid absolutely no heed to what it would take to do the songs live.

But then, in…man, was it 2005? I think it was 2005 a couple good friends — Jeff Seabright, who used to be a promoter here in the Milwaukee area, and Matt Fanale, who you may know as Caustic — asked me to play a couple shows after a couple of my songs got some pretty heavy club play here in the Midwest throughout 2004, after my first album as TDC came out. I was in Null Device at the time, and had just joined Stromkern, so I was way too busy with other things to get a full band together and do all the arranging that would have been involved and so I threw everything on an iPod. The shows were fun, don’t get me wrong, but after the second one I was like, okay, never again. I just felt so ridiculous up there all by myself singing and sometimes playing my guitar, with an iPod as my backing band doing, really, all the work. I mean, if I was doing most of the work and the iPod was just supplemental that would have been one thing, but the iPod was definitely doing the heavy lifting, so it was basically karaoke where I had written all the music, and that’s just not my thing. It works great for some folks, but I prefer a more “live” live experience.

When I got offered a slot at the 2007 Reverence festival in Madison, that was the final kick in the tail to get a band together. I’d just spent the last three-ish years playing and touring with Null Device and Stromkern so I had a lot of great contacts to help make it happen, and my chops were in great shape, so the time seemed right. And really, like I said, I’m a live playing guy first and foremost. I used to practice guitar and voice and piano and everything else for 8, 10 hours a day through high school and college so I’m comfortable working that way. In fact, a lot of times I’ll play a synth line instead of programming it ‘cos it’s just faster and I prefer the feel. I know that doesn’t make me all super unique or anything; I know others do it, too, I’m just using it as an example of my preference. I’d always rather have a full band and spend time making careful, thoughtful, effective song arrangements than just chuck everything on an iPod. It’s just my background and what I love to do. In other words, you can take a dude out of music school, but you can’t take music school out of a dude. Man, does that sound douchey? I’m sorry if it does. It probably does. Ugh.

SM: Where/how did you meet the people who are now in TDC with you?

DC: Mercy Skye (keys, vocals) is my girlfriend, and she I have been together a long time now: 14 years. We met in music school. She was a composition major, too, in addition to being a woodwind performance person and so we met in class and eventually started dating and then just stayed together. Ironically, she just officially joined the band in late 2008 and it’s the first time we’ve played in a band together, even though she’s a ridiculously talented musician; we were both always too busy with our own things to start a separate project together. Lane Ellen (keys, vocals) I met in a “friend-of-a-friend” kind of situation; I needed a new bassist or a second keyboard player who could also sing ‘cos I wanted a second lead singer, and Lane fit the bill. She’s also just amazingly talented. She wrote a bunch of lyrics on the new record, plus she’s a really skilled dancer, does some acting, has a terrific voice (as you can hear on our records), she does lots of stuff. Just a great person.

SM: What is your favorite live show you’ve done? Any interesting stories about that?  

DC: Well, my favorite of all time probably happened in a different band, but still, man, there are a bunch of highlights for TDC; we did a gig in late 2008 with Wreckreation and ThouShaltNot in Pittsburgh, it was a show put on by the mighty Jim Semonik and it was just a blisteringly good time. A lot of the live tracks on our album Perspectives came from that show. But I guess I’d have to say now that our collective favorite show was our gig at The Engine Room in Tallahassee, FL this past July, on the Fading Belief tour. It was just one of those gigs where everything went right: the venue was awesome, the crew was amazing, the sound was godlike, the other bands were all good friends and amazing people, and the crowd was an absolute delight. I mean, some people flew in for that show; it was us and ThouShaltNot and Spider Lilies, another great band. it was just one of those “perfect storm” gigs where it was a storm of perfectness, and not like a storm that wrecks your boat. Also notable, to me, was that at the show, a bunch of members of the Cruxshadows and their social circle drove to the gig and even though they had an event to go to, and had probably come mostly to see their friends in Spider Lilies, they ALL stayed for the whole night, and I was just totally honored and flattered by that; they’re such an amazing and wonderful family of people.

SM: What do you try to communicate to the audience when you are on stage?  

DC: E N E R G Y !! Energy, energy, energy. I mean, I try to use gesture and facial expression to complement the message of each song as well of course, but mostly I just want to exude energy. I love being up there, on stage, it’s the only time in my life I’m totally comfortable and happy, so I want to share that joy and energy with everyone who came to see the show.

SM: Do you have a favorite album that TDC has released? If so, what is it and why?

DC: Well, our latest album (again, Fade/Dance Magic Dance) is my definite favorite because it’s our best-written and best-sounding album and because so many friends, like Donna from Ego Likeness and Brittany from I:Scintilla and Eric from Null Device and Matt from Caustic and darkNES from the Gothsicles and Jai from Sensuous Enemy and Patricia Wake and SO MANY MORE! all came through with such ridiculously great guest performances that really the whole album just lines right up with what I had conceived it to be months before I started putting it together and I still love listening to it, even after spending so much time with it both recording and then touring it.

BUT! I also have to say that the Goths on a Boat EP really holds a special place in my heart because it’s so focused and so effective. It is exactly what it needs to be, it does exactly what it sets out to do, and then it gets out. It really came out delightfully well.

SM: Some of the music seems darkly humorous, like the song Goths On A Boat. I love that. Is that something that just comes naturally to you and do you find people respond negatively or positively to it?

DC: Oh it’s very natural. I’ve always loved artists who can be serious and funny in the same record. Honestly it’s one of the things that drew me to hip-hop at an early age: in middle school I listened to Run-DMC’s Louder Than Hell over and over and over and those guys go back and forth between being all clownin’ and being serious as a heart attack and that was so amazing to me. Zappa, too. Man, talk about mixing in humor. But anyway, I always loved that kind of stuff.

I was talking with br0d from b00le a while back about how people react to goofy songs and serious songs in the same record and he had a great quote. I’m paraphrasing here, but he basically said: “people get worked up if you try to have funny songs and serious songs and sad songs on the same album. They want you to just be one emotion or another, but in life people aren’t like that. Real, complete, mature human beings aren’t like that. We all have a lot of emotions in us so it’s only natural our music would have a lot of emotions in it if it is to be an honest expression of ourselves.” I stick to that.

I’m glad you like the humor! Most people, actually, respond positively. In fact I’ve had a couple folks tell me “man, don’t ever start taking yourself too seriously; keep making that funny shit, keep it tongue-in-cheek.” I think people get more annoyed with self-important artists who are all capital-S serious than they do with artists who crack a joke sometimes. And let’s face it; in this day and age, we all need all the laughs we can get, so I’m always happy to help people out in that regard if I can.

SM: Speaking of Goths On A Boat, I read that it is now sort of a “theme song” for the now-famous annual Goth Cruise sponsored by Vampirefreaks.com . How did that come about and how do you feel about it?

DC: Oh man, there’s no “sort of” about it, when Zaida at All Genre Travel got the song she put it on the agency’s MySpace and they spun the track a billion times in the boat’s dance club, they put it on the free compilation CD all the passengers got, it really /was/ the theme! Or at least it was for that year.

That track came about, quite frankly, because Kassi from Cruciform Injection is a super cool and nice person. Seriously. We did a show with them at Darkroom in Chicago — it was a famous David Schock/WTII records showcase show — and she overheard Lane and I strategizing on how best to speed up our changeover and offered to let us use some of her gear to make things faster. So I thanked her and said “hey, I owe you one.” And she said “no you don’t.” And I said “no, no, it’s cool! I totally owe you one.” And she said, out of the blue, “okay, write me a song.” Now, for me, writing a song is easier than doing the laundry, so I was all about it. I asked her what she wanted the song to be about, and at that point Cruciform already knew they were going to be playing the Gothic Cruise so she said “write it about goths. On…on a boat. Goths on a boat.” So really the title came from her, too.

We were on a short tour at that point, but I started working out some ideas in my head, and then as soon as we got back I went into the studio and started laying down tracks. I knew it /had/ to be super dancey, but also Gothic, plus I started imagining the story of what it must be like for different fans of different subgenres to be on a boat with so many different bands and cool things to do, and it just kind of wrote itself. Honestly the hardest part was keeping the song short, there were so many lyrical and musical possibilities open to me.

So yeah, I LOVE the fact that AGT used it as a theme song. I think it’s great!

SM: Who would you say are some of your musical inspirations for The Dark Clan?

DC: Oh, everybody, anybody. I tend to distill whatever I need/like from everything I listen to. For example in our old song “Beauty” there’s a line from Bach’s “Die Kunst der Fuge” in the breakdown, and I quote both Ani DiFranco and Charles Baudelaire in the lyrics. On our album “The Vampire Wore White,” I do a version of a Bach two-part invention with Andrew Sega (of Iris/Alpha Conspiracy), and there’s a Tori Amos quote in our song Fade on the new album. Jus Sanguinis and Aged & Evil are influenced by Within Temptation, DeLain, Epica, Leave’s Eyes, bands like that. Old Blue Quarry is influenced by Tom Waits, Silent K (also on the new record) is influenced by The Atomica Project and Portishead and Halou. Anthem and Seething Under Smiles are heavily influenced by Jimmy Eat World and Run Kid Run. Maybe You Fall was inspired by The Weakerthans and Patricia Wake, who also sang on it. On Goths on a Boat, the song Starwash is my attempt at fusing KJ Sawka DnB with shoegaze guitars. On Vampire Wore White, Look To The Night is straight-up show tunes.

So yeah; pretty much whatever I can get my hands on. You get the idea. 🙂

SM: How would you say TDC has evolved as a band and for you personally? 

DC: For me personally I guess the main thing is the production value. I was just learning some of the things that I’m now much more experienced at in terms of mixing, mic techniques, synth and drum programming, all that kind of stuff. I’m constantly working on improving my skills as a songwriter and as a player and singer, too, of course, but I was a lot farther along in those areas than I was as an audio engineer when I started working on Dark Clan music.

As a band, well, it’s gone from nothing to something; not an album, no radio or club play, not even a live show, to having six releases (1 double album, three full-lengths, and two EPs — oh and a couple singles, too), radio and club play quite literally all over the world, and touring nationally, occasionally sharing the stage with some reasonably big names. I also added two other permanent core members and have a rotating cast of amazing drummers, and really all that’s just in the last three years since I didn’t start seriously pushing The Dark Clan in any way until 2007. Before that it was all very low-key and local.

SM: Is there any particular message you want to get across with TDC?

DC: Yes! Big. Serious. Fun. The band puts a huge amount of effort into everything from writing the first note of a song to polishing the CD and prepping for tour, and we love every minute of it, all the hard work, and it’s a lot of serious work, but it’s also a lot of fun, and we like to be a band that you can take super seriously if you want to, or just have fun with, or both. But we like to go big; big hooks, big beats, big guitar solos, big fun.  

SM: What’s next for The Dark Clan and Dan Clark?

DC: For The Dark Clan, right now we’re taking a little break from live shows, though we’re already booking some gigs for next spring. In July, as I mentioned earlier, we had the Fading Belief tour with our good friends in Null Device, and right now we’re working on a free split single to kind of celebrate the success of that tour with them that we’re both going to put up on our bandcamp sites, so it’ll be available as a download. We’re thinking by the holidays people will be able to get that. I’m still putting out random songs; I just released a free track called “Goals” that people can download from The Dark Clan Website. I’m working on my track for the Electronic Saviors 2 compilation; we were honored to have the first track on Disc 2 of the first ESav comp so we’re really excited to be getting a track together for the new one as well. Plus I’ve also got some other things in the hopper that are kind of just getting going, so I don’t wanna jinx ’em by talking ’em up before I have them off the ground. Suffice it to say I’m also working on a metal album and a few other collabs.

For me personally, I do a /lot/ of freelance mixing, production, and mastering work. For example, I co-produced and mixed Ego Likeness’ Breedless album, their debut on Metropolis records, I produced and mixed am.psych’s debut EP on WTII, which just came out, I produced, mixed and mastered XUBERX’s last three releases, I did a mix for Spider Lilies on their last EP, there’s other stuff too, those are just some recent highlights off the top of my head. In the pipe currently I’m mixing the Prude album, which is Jared from Chemlab and Matt from Caustic and Sean from Cyanotic, I mixed and co-produced the new Sensuous Enemy EP which will be coming out later in the year, I’ve been doing a lot of mixing for The Gothsicles, I’ll be working on the new Dharmata 101 record, I’m producing Cheetah Dave’s (from XUBERX) solo work, I’m producing, mixing, engineering, etc. a Chicago-based metal band called Silent Nightmare, plus I’m negotiating with a few more artists but I don’t want to name anyone since those deals are still being worked out. I also do remixes, but listing everyone I’ve remixed would take too long, which I’m sure any other remixer out there can identify with. I’ve done a decent amount of mastering, too, most recently the new Reaver album, which is a terrific record.

So yeah. I like to stay busy! Anyone out there looking for a mixing engineer, producer, mastering engineer, or any combination of the three, hit me up! You can check any of the bands I mentioned above, or of course anything by The Dark Clan for samples of my work.

And there you have it. The Dark Clan in their own words. We love this band and we will look forward to what they bring us next.

Factory of Dreams – Gothic Visions Volume II

Portuguese/Swedish Prog Goth metal act Factory of Dreams has issued the following announcement about contributing a track to the upcoming “Gothic Visions Volume II” compilation:

“Factory of Dreams are proud to announce that they’ll be part of Gothic Visions Volume II (CD + DVD) with both a song and video clip. So, grab your hands on this fab compilation this October! After last year’s first release of the Gothic Visions CD + DVD Special Edition compilation Echozone will release the second one in October of this year. The Gothic Visions is produced in cooperation with the underground magazine Crawling Tunes and other media partners.

“The release will be fully promoted within the campaigns starting from August to November of 2010 and will be featured in advertisements, reviews plus featured on online radio and TV shows. The new edition includes a full packed audio CD, a DVD with more than three hours of music plus more than three hours of video clips, live performances, gothic visuals, etc.”

The currently announced line up for the compilation is as follows:

Merciful Nuns
Wayne Hussey
House Of Usher
Born For Bliss
Whispers In The Shadow
Leichenwetter
Deathcamp Project
Dr.Arthur Krause
The Daughters Of Bristol
Beautiful Sadness
Factory Of Dreams
Tunes Of Dawn
Minim
Blood
Eisblume
Lilith
Verney 1826
XMH
Vlad In Tears
Stier
New Risen
Reactive Black
Traumtaenzer
In Viro
Mist Of Avalon
Mystigma
Saints Of Ruin
White Pulp
Vets Insanity
Elafynoh
Vitam Venturi
Descendants Of Cain
Place4Tears
Andreas Gross
DIE!
Downstairs Left
Denight
Golden Apes
Lost Area
White Rose Transmission
Mob Research
Dead Guitars

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