MUSIC REVIEW: Night Club

Night Club 

Scary World

Review by Jeffrey Kohld Kelly

I’ve had the pleasure of gaining early access to the remarkable electropop and industrial influenced upcoming album Scary World by the LA-based duo “Night Club”. Scary World is slotted to be released worldwide on the 24th of August 2018 featuring the single “Your Addiction”.

Night Club’s production value is incredibly professional, masterfully compressed drums and seamlessly arpeggiated basslines building a strong and driving foundation for the music. Emphasizing electro synth wails and sirens accentuate energy and drive when necessary, but are used sparingly enough that they deliver a strong enough punch each time that it never gets old. Their vocalist’s gentle and almost tantalizing voice offers a beautiful contrast to the instrumentals, offering chiming innocence during moments of tension, and an extra dose of adrenaline when the synths take a back seat.

The album immediately sets its own stage and carries the theme unadultered from beginning to end. Yet, despite using relatively similar thick and minimalistic synth sounds and stylistic techniques throughout, each song proudly speaks for itself and never falls into the easy trap of becoming a parody of itself. The album climaxes with my personal favourite on the album, Survive, easily leaving me wanting more from them.

Night Club is currently on tour with Combichrist and Wednesday 13 across Europe and the United Kingdom on the “Everybody Still Hates You” tour, and I personally will be sure to catch their Sheffield date on the 10th of August. I would highly recommend for anyone else along the tour route to be sure to pick up tickets for a show near them soon as well!

If you would like to hear more from Night Club and order a copy of their new album Scary World then you can visit them online at NightClubBand.com or follow them on all major social media platforms.

 

Links:

https://nightclubband.com/

https://www.facebook.com/nightclubband/

https://twitter.com/nightclubband

https://www.instagram.com/nightclubband/

https://www.youtube.com/user/nightclubband/videos

 

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Dawn’s Dark Music Corner: mAdAlice

Seattle Sounds-mAdAlice- By Dawn Wood

10153692_853667944643256_2645040646761387756_nI have been blessed to be surrounded by such talent, living here in the great Northwest. There are many male-fronted amazing bands in the Gothic/Industrial/Metal genres here. A charismatic, strong female-fronted act is a rare gem and something that, as a strong female in the business, always inspires and delights me. Alicen Hensley, AKA mAdAlice, from the Portland area, is one of those inspirations.

Vocalist, Songwriter and Artist mAdAlice was born Alicen Hensley from Anaconda, Montana. Her musical concept, mAdAlice, is an up-and-coming metal project that began in 2010. After being rejected by a few bands, Alicen decided to take matters into her own hands. She attended audio engineering school to network in the industry. Soon after graduating she met mAdAlice co-writer/co-producer Matt Jefferson. With her lyrics, music concepts and ideas for the songs, the two worked on the project for three years. The results are the five-song EP, entitled Skin. Skin was released on Beltane April 30th,2014. A few months after releasing her first EP, Alicen met co-writer, Arnold Hablewitz and the two began working together. June 21st, 2015 Mad Alice released a single “Bless the Bitch” off her upcoming album set to release Halloween 2015.

Check out her videos, produced by Asher Vast of AVAST Productions and 2014 featured bands: “Endless Sunder and Desillusion”.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kabKzWZESMQ

Other places to check her out:
http://www.madalicemusick.com (website link)
https://soundcloud.com/madalice-2 (sound cloud link)
www.facebook.com/madaliceproductions?fref=ts (facebook)

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Dawn’s Dark Music Corner: More Machine Than Man

Seattle Sounds-More Machine than Man- By Dawn Wood

1231233_568824013164104_1420736372_nMore Machine than Man is Rob Zilla and his lovely wife, Tasha have been working tirelessly in the Seattle scene creating amazing, electronic, industrial-dance music and assuring that their live performances are both captivating and memorable.

In 2000, More Machine Than Man exploded out of the clubs in Boston and New York, fueled by dynamic, guitar driven industrial-dance that is defined by undeniable hooks and pop sensibility. MMTM was formed in 1998 by Rob and Tasha. The pair built a computer-based recording studio in Massachusetts and began writing and recording original Goth-Industrial rock material. More Machine released their first demo, Technophile, in January 1999 and performed publicly for the first time on Halloween of the same year. From Gothic Beauty to Side-Line and Outburn to Terrorizer, More Machine Than Man’s four albums, two EPs and countless compilations, have earned international critical acclaim from the entire gambit of this subculture

10703750_10152582974013183_1422675953306602392_nMore Machine’s kinetic talent has earned recording contracts in both North America with Underground Inc., and Europe with Black Flames Records. Electrolust was released on Black Flames Records in August 2003. The pair worked with acclaimed producer/musician En Esch (Slick Idiot, Pigface and MFDM) on Binary Sex, which was released in North America on Underground Inc. in October 2003 and in Europe on Black Flames Records in August 2004. In September 2012, More Machine chose to independently release Dark Matter. More Machine Than Man wrote and developed the 12 song album, Dark Matter, between 2002 and 2012, in home studios, as they relocated from Boston to Louisville and then Seattle. More Machine recorded, produced and mixed the vast majority of this album themselves, but did collaborate again with En Esch and Romell Regulacion (Razed in Black).

More Machine than Man is currently working on a new album.  Check out their facebook page for many exciting new updates!

www.mmtm.net
www.facebook.com/moremachinethanman
soundcloud.com/moremachinethanman
twitter.com/MoreMachineThan
www.youtube.com/mmtmusa
nilaihahrecords.bandcamp.com/album/more-machine-than-man-something-ventured-nothing-gained
moremachinethanman.bandcamp.com
www.scienceandthebeat.com facebook.com/scienceandthebeat soundcloud.com/scienceandthebeat
scienceandthebeat.bandcamp.com
twitter.com/Science_theBeat

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Dawn’s Dark Music Corner

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Seattle Sounds-Particle Son

by Dawn Wood

Particle Son is: Vex March, Jared Scott and Sandy Leeper

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1996: Day of reckoning: Guitarist, Jared Scott gives birth to fury by the name of :[particle_son]: in the arid depths of California. After some change in lineup in 2008-2011: Death and Rebirth: [particle_son]: rose from the ashes, bent on destruction with breath of hell fire, Jared and Power Vocalist: Vex stuck the anvil hot forging a new legacy of pain and aural annihilation, with the fresh blood of Sandi Leeper (2012) abusing the keys, the creative blood flowed forth and work on “American Genocide” continued.

Particle Son has emerged as one of Portland’s hottest industrial bands. Coincidentally, Vex is also in another one of my favorite Portland “Shock-Horror-Industrial Bands”: Dead Animal Assembly Plant, whom Horror Addicts featured in 2014.

Particle Son has graced the stages of Portland with such acts as Prong, Psyclon 9, Dawn of Ashes, God Module, SMP, Consectum, Nocturn, Collide, Written in Ashes, Tragic Evolution, Twenty Shades of Red…and many others preying upon the hearts of the wicked with evil through music bred, corrupting the mind to unleash the beast within. fed by a savage nature to slay the our inner demons, lest we perish in the rapture of their disease…:[rise]: :[resist]: :[refuse]:

Vocalist Vex March has always held an affinity with horror. He says: “I grew up on reading Stephen King (around age 8) and watching Clive Barker’s work. The Hellraiser series has had a huge impact on me life, I was pretty sheltered so wasn’t till I got older till I got to branch out.”

:[particle_son]: is currently hammering away on their sophomore album “Amerikan Genocide” with the first single in over 6+ years with the new track “Dead to Rights” being available right now!

Check out these links to Particle Son:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ParticleSon
Reverb Nation: http://www.reverbnation.com/particleson

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Writer’s Workshop Winner: Jesse Orr

For episode Horror Addicts episode 112 our featured author is the winner of our annual writer’s work shop Jesse Orr. Jesse’s band Murder Weapons has been showcased on the horror addicts podcast last season:

https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2014/06/08/dawns-dark-music-corner-murder-weapons/

 

Jesse also has a 12 part story that is being showcased on the horroraddicts blog this season. The series is called Grant Me Serenity and you can read part one at this link:

https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/grant-me-serenity-jerry/

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Here is what Jesse had to say on his music and writing:

1. When did you start writing?

Earliest memory of writing I have is it being part of our daily routine in elementary school. One of my favorite activities was to take a picture from a metal box containing laminates of various random things, then write a story based off of it. I don’t remember most of the photos but two I recall are a gorgeous looking strawberry shortcake and some sort of tranquil wooded creek scene. I used the creek scene for a my first ever story with chapters. There were five chapters in that story, each one maybe fifty words. I remember being irked that they were so short upon typing them. There was also a unit called Written and Illustrated the whole school did every year in which as the title implies we would write and illustrate our own stories, then bind them into crude but awesome books. I still have some of them that I wrote, one of them a Sherlock Holmes mystery.
2. What are some of the subjects you like to write about?
Invariably something dark with a high likelihood of no happy ending. I wouldn’t say I have certain subjects I prefer over others. Generally nothing supernatural but that could be changing. I wish I could give a better answer but I’ve spent forever trying to and the idea of choosing to write about subjects is completely alien to me.
3. What is your story about for episode 112?

This was written sometime back in 2001 and was lost on a dead hard drive for about a decade. Once recovered, I had no memory of the story outside of knowing I’d written something ”fucked up and bloody” and retooled what I found to fit in with the origin part of a vampire story I’ve been working on for years. As you might guess, this is the origin of the vampire species itself on earth, with the newly turned largely running on mad savage instinct alone. What you don’t see in the story I submitted is that the longer one of these creatures stays alive, the more refined it gets and becomes less a zombie and more the vampire we are familiar with since Mr Lugosi redefined the role.

4. Could you tell us about your music career a little?

No.
Just kidding. The thing which started me on the path to where I am now was a review for a KISS concert in Anchorage Alaska in January 2000. I didn’t even go to this show, but the photo was very striking. I thought, “Holy shit, people are allowed to look this weird on stage? You can do that???” I started playing drums, took up bass upon moving out of my parents’ house, and moved to Seattle to further my career, Alaska not being known for producing musicians. I joined two projects within a month of moving here, one experimental avant-garde industrial and one 80s metal, the former I played keyboards and the latter I honed my bass skills with the help of the frontman. In 2009 I joined Desillusion, where I learned a whole new school of musicianship. I always wanted to start my own project though, and so I finally started writing my own tracks and looking for people who would play them with me. Murder Weapons was born in 2012 and we’ve been playing shows since. Currently we’re about to put out a CD and we’re planning a music video.
5. Is the process for writing a short story a lot different then writing a song?
The strangest things randomly inspire me, and I frequently wake up with gibberish scrawled on my dry erase board I have only a hazy recollection of writing. When writing a story, I always have it in my head, at least a concept for it, and then it’s just a matter of transcribing it. With a song, I frequently just sit down, choose a key and a cool sound and let it go from there. Sometimes I’ll have a sample or a concept in mind but normally I have no idea how a song will turn out when I start. With writing I normally have at least a vague idea.
6. Which one is easier for you?
They are equally easy when the muse is in. I wrote an entire song once start to finish within six hours because the muse was screaming in my ear that night. I have also had songs in progress for years and not finished. The same is true with writing. Some weeks I’ll have 10000 words, some I won’t even press a button. The hard part is being able to indulge the muse when it knocks, which more and more frequently is about ten minutes after I lay down to sleep.
7. What are your plans for the future in writing and in music?
With writing, I’m always trying to push myself to write at least in a way I haven’t yet. I like to write about certain things, and when I write about them time and time again I have to find some way of making it fresh. I’m hoping the column I have biweekly on this site is well received and eventually I’d like to publish some sort of book, or something. In music, I’m following the logical progression of album, music video, promotion, shows, repeat.

https://www.facebook.com/murd3rweapon5

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

 

 

Monster Mash with Xiescive

A wise man once said, “The Truth is out there.” If you like your music Truth-flavored, some music with a message, then our band this week, Xiescive, is for you. Xiescive (pronounced “zy-eh-sive”) is a one-man Industrial/Electro band based in Utah created by Trevor Weeks (aka Xon). As he put it, that means he gets “all the hassle, little glory”.

He sent us his song “Sex, Drugs & Electro” because he thought “it would be the most universally accessible to the audience since it’s a little bit gothy, a little bit industrial… sorry, just read the ‘no Donnie & Marie puns’ clause. Uh, anyway to me that song is basically about the fact that there is this front that a lot of people put up to hide or escape life and their problems, especially at a club or bar. I understand that’s the point of getting out on weekends and such, but I’m basically saying I understand and empathize with that point of view in an effort to relate and connect to my audience in a more profound way.”

As I was listening to his music and checking out his website, I couldn’t help but enjoy the X-Files-esque theme of his music and the project itself. He said, “It’s really just a name I made up to represent what the ‘powers that be’ are doing to systematically destroy us, in almost every facet of our lives. When you break down the design of how modern life actually works, you will see some very sinister patterns that are very deep seeded in our routine lives, NOT by accident or coincidence.”

About his music he said that “on the surface, it’s very aggressive and political, but delve deeper into the meaning of the lyrics, there is definitely a more sinister angle being played.” The inspiration for creating his soon-to-be-released album “Nexus”, he added, was “basically to create something that will make people move and think, depending on your mood of course. Also to do this in a way that there was enough ‘substance’ on the album to garner attention from diverse viewpoints.”

Regarding music altogether, he said, “I was classically trained on the piano as a child for a few years before giving it up, only to pick up keyboards a few years later at the age of 15. I have been playing/programming and producing steadily ever since and don’t see any signs of quitting. I’m 32 now, so about 20 years all together. I am always writing music for one thing or another and it’s always an adventure. I’m a pretty big tech-head when it comes to music, always experimenting with new technologies, so I look at music as a big learning experiment and recorded music is the result of this experimentation. I read a lot of manuals and documentation on music products and music theory to keep myself up to date. It’s nice to be able to exercise and implement those new techniques I pick up from reading and experimenting and integrate my own thoughts and feelings that manifest through them into song form, it’s really very satisfying. I’m really getting into listening to more movie scores as I’m moving parallel in that direction musically as well with Xiescive. I have just finished scoring my 1st full length indie film and hope to continue down this path for years to come, I really enjoy the work.”

He has toured with other non-industrial bands he has been in, but added that these days “I spend my time in the studio rather than venturing into disappointing bars, but am very anxious to get an opportunity to play in stronger scenes where this kind of music is admired. I have never performed live as Xiescive, so I’m not sure, but I’m confident that it will be positive as it was designed to make people shake their ass and/or use your brain.”

For other bands getting started, his biggest piece of advice is “to have thick skin, especially at first. You’re going to get a lot of feedback and I can’t say it’s going to be mostly positive. It takes quite a bit more now than it did 20 years ago to ‘wow’ a listener. You have to come with weapons locked and loaded so to speak. I actually interact with a lot of new projects and my biggest annoyance is that they think they’re done with a song after 10 or so hours of work, with musically inexperienced ears, speaking from a production point of view. Basically, spend more time perfecting the song writing and production, quality, not quantity.”

So what does the future hold for Xiescive? “I was thinking of doing something very different with the next album, but still in the same vein. I’ll just say more bombastic, less banana, lulz! Also, I’d love to start hitting up more events and shows.” His current project, the full album “Nexus” will be released this October or November, and I’m looking forward to that.

To find out more, visit Xiescive.com. From there you can find updates as well as links to other sites to buy and listen to his music. You can also find him on Facebook and MySpace, of course.