Posts Tagged ‘industrial rock’

May 17, 2018

One of the first things I did this morning after I got up was listen to the new Nine Inch Nails (whilst doing some planks, because I really need to, because I’m like way too out of shape lately, but I digress). Dark muddy God Break Down The Door raised my heart-rate in an instant. Frantic drums and glowering vocals abound on the wicked track, which even boasts some incredibly spectral saxophone. It’s a song that reminds me of NIN’s stint on Twin Peaks: The Return. It would’ve fit right in with the haunting performance they turned in on the cult television series. I have a feeling Lynch is really digging the new offering, which ventures deep into electro punk territory alongside its industrial electro-rock. God Break Down The Door is our first scowling, snarling taste from NIN’s next full length, Bad Witch, arriving June 22nd on Capitol Records. Pre-order the long awaited return, here. Oh, and by the way, happy birthday, Trent Reznor. 

October 12, 2017

It’s a mighty fine day for an AWOLNATION fan like me (and the many AWOLNATION fans I happen to know, too). A third studio album is on its way, and the Los Angeles genre bending alt rockers have promised to announce details soon. They’ve also shared the lead single from the forthcoming project via a lyric video. Passion is raw and electric, a bold driving electro-rock and dance rock spectacular with fierce snapping, jagged buzzing frills and a whole lot of swagger. “When all else is taken away, as long as your passion remains, anything is still possible,” says singer, songwriter and producer Aaron Bruno. “‘Passion’ is about finding the balance that can lift both you and those around you to make the world a more positive place. It doesn’t matter what names or labels people throw at you.” 

More information on AWOLNATION’s third studio album and touring plans will be coming soon. In the meantime, Passion is available from iTunes, here.

July 13, 2017

Oh hey, Nine Inch Nails, who are about to headline FYF in LA and Panorama in NYC (their first performances since 2014), are back with a deliciously gritty and industrial new track! They’ve also announced a fresh collection of tunes named Add Violence, due out July 21st.

Add Violence is the second in a series of three related EPs. The first, Not The Actual Events, was released back in December. Less Than is the five track EP’s lead single, out today, and what a glorious bristling, dark seething NIN treat it is. Fans can pre-order Add Violence in hi-res digital format now at NIN’s website, here, and get an instant download of Less Than. It’s becoming quite a year for NIN fans, what with the new EP, their first performances in so long, and that awesome appearance on Twin Peaks, too.

April 27, 2017
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Rochester band Joywave is back with their first new song in over a year, and this time around, we’re in for a dark heady ride. Content is an ominous thudding, inky intoxicating beast of a tune. About a minute into the song’s eerie introspection, Joywave breaks into thrashing ferocity. They’ve melded indietronica with industrial tinged electro rock in heart pumping fashion. Content is like Nine Inch Nails paired with The Shoes or Big Data, with even a sprinkling of Radiohead in its subdued and meditative moments and a sliver of Crystal Castles in its acerbic synths intens. Content is a trip of a tune and just the right kind of danse macabre I adore. 

September 9, 2016
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Last spring, alt dance and industrial rock quintet AWOLNATION followed up on their groundbreaking debut album Megalithic Symphony with a long awaited sophomore album named Run. The solid release is chock full of incredible tunes that push the boundaries of electronic rock. The title track off Run is a dark hypnotic thriller, a steady marching yet aggro thrusting anthem. That simmer snarling tune has been remixed by a plethora of production talent,. These edits come together to form AWOLNATION’s forthcoming Run (Remixes) EP, off which comes a magnificent edit by San Francisco’s own HIGHSOCIETY. This is a hyper fueled track whose release I’ve been eagerly awaiting ever since I heard it on Bay Area radio station Live 105′s Subsonic programming. HIGHSOCIETY’s Run is gripping intense, a turbulent inferno of breakbeat, trap, and dubstep. Forget that coffee, all you need this morning is some jarring abrasive, jolting exhilarating HIGHSOCIETY. I’ve yet to take it with me on the trails, but I have a feeling HIGHSOCIETY’s adrenaline pumping remix of AWOLNATION’s Run can keep you moving for an eternity. Look out for the Run (Remixes) EP, which will also include remixes by ROBOKID, Dan The Automator, Mike D, and Steve Aoki. 

March 30, 2016
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Aside from having one of the best band names ever, Toronto electro rock outfit Holy Fuck has also been thrilling us with their music for well over a decade. There’s no sign that they’re slowing down as the band prepares to drop new album Congrats on May 27th via Innovative Leisure. They follow up on last month’s excellent preview, Tom Tom, with a harshly erupting, dance funk grooving new track named Xed Eyes. Get ready for psychedelic rococo galore on the swirling, twirling blast of noisy brilliance. Alongside the song’s premiere earlier today on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, Holy Fuck has also announced a North American tour this summer, with a stop right here in San Francisco at the Independent on June 14th. 

AWOLnation – Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)

January 27, 2015

Another enormous announcement and reveal of the day is the new AWOLnation. The Los Angeles electro-rock outfit will be releasing their sophomore album RUN on March 17th via Red Bull Records. It’s not easy to follow up a stupendous debut like Megalithic Symphony, but if lead single Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf) is any indicator of what’s to come, they’re ready to blow us out of the water. Watch the video for the rambunctious alt dance flavored treat above.

October 23, 2014
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A week ago, new label Unit 6 Records introduced us to their first band, a mysterious UK act named Live // Learn. Their debut song Filth was a dark, guttural, Nine Inch Nails and How To Destroy Angels evoking rock song. Live // Learn follows it up with a bellowy second song, Rails. It’s an alt rock track that carries a little of the previously heard electro-rock tendencies, but reminding me far more of the early 2000’s, blended with some WU LYF rawness. Live // Learn is quickly proving themselves to be quite an intriguing and exciting new band. Revisit Filth, below.

October 23, 2014
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A week ago, new label Unit 6 Records introduced us to their first band, a mysterious UK act named Live // Learn. Their debut song Filth was a dark, guttural, Nine Inch Nails and How To Destroy Angels evoking rock song. Live // Learn follows it up with a bellowy second song, Rails. It’s an alt rock track that carries a little of the previously heard electro-rock tendencies, but reminding me far more of the early 2000’s, blended with some WU LYF rawness. Live // Learn is quickly proving themselves to be quite an intriguing and exciting new band. Revisit Filth, below.

September 4, 2014
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Mysteries is a trio that lives up to their name. As of this moment, with two tracks out, they’re still completely anonymous, even to their own label. As is the case with many other anonymous producers and bands these days, they want us to focus on the music, not who they are. That’s all fine by me, as long as they keep giving us amazing music like their new second single Newly Thrown, a crisp, engaging alt tune that, like their debut song, is a mix and mash of many music genres. It’s a track that carries hints of psych rock, electronic pop, dance rock, and synthpop, as well as bites of many other flavors. In fact, I’ve noticed that the song is tagged as “industrial pop” on SoundCloud, which is a new one to me. That industrial pop-ness shines through even more powerfully on debut single Deckard, a very intriguing and trippy, almost math rock-ish listen. Check it below. Mysteries will be releasing their debut full length New Age Music Is Here on October 28 via Felte. Mysterious and new age, indeed!