Posts Tagged ‘industrial’

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. 

May 11, 2018

If you’re as much of a fan of electronic music as we are, then it’s very unlikely that you’ve missed out on a huge release last Friday from legendary electrogaze trio The Glitch Mob, especially if you’ve been as stuck on their single with Elohim, I Could Be Anything, as we’ve been. Just before See Without Eyes dropped last week, The Glitch Mob shared an epic new song named Go Light, accompanied by heady abstract visuals created by Strangeloop Studios. And by epic, I mean another floridly synth riddled, drum pervasive masterpiece. The Glitch Mob has been going 12 years strong, and it’s obvious they can go forever based on the inimitable electronica and top notch production they continue to deliver. Catch them on their expansive tour for the new album, dates can be found, here. Stream/purchase Go Light, here.

July 14, 2017
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It’s been three years since Joyland, TR/ST’s sophomore album. The full length dropped in spring, and I have distinct memories of listening to it while driving between campgrounds and hiking trails over the summer because I was that obsessed with the Canadian project’s bewitching dark wave and synthpop music. Today, TR/ST is back, with a glorious song named Bicep, at that. This noisy sawing, clamorous pulsing gothic and industrial pop piece sports razor sharp edges and ominously entrancing beats. Word is, TR/ST is readying a new album for early 2018. It seems like a long time to wait, but patient we must try to be. I’m sure it’s going to be well worth it. I also can’t wait for TR/ST to head out on tour in support of the album. TR/ST shows are ravey spectaculars, with ridiculous light set ups.

May 8, 2017
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I can’t recall a single instance when production heavyweight ZHU wasn’t intoxicating with his inky seductive, dark sensuous electronica, and the San Francisco native, who turned the dance scene on its head with his innovative music, deals out far more of that inebriation on his new single. Appropriately entitled Intoxicate, ZHU’s new tune is fitting of a dark dance floor at a cavernous club. Intoxicate is racy provocative and raw electrifying, yet it’s also stony slabbed, sharply cornered, and precipitously edged, like the concrete structures found in brutalist architecture. ZHU’s Intoxicate arrives along with details regarding the producer’s mysterious “Blacklizt” event, which will be taking place in New York on June 24th. Ticket details can be found, here. Intoxicate is out now via Apple, here.

September 2, 2016
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I’m sure it comes as no surprise that this dark, twisted heart is much fond of HEALTH and their noisy experimental rock. Thanks to the Adult Swim Singles Program, we can indulge in some of the Los Angeles trio’s fuzzy gothy splendor in the form of new song Crusher, a crushing song indeed. The cacophonous crashing, dissonant piercing song is a visceral explosion of sludgy pummeling turbulence. Grab the single for free from 

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August 25, 2016
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It’s readily apparent that I’ve always had a deep penchant for anything dark and ominous, twisted and gothy, but my obsession with such things has been renewed as of late, given the fact that Crystal Castles just released their new album, Chromatics just dropped their long awaited song Dear Tommy, and shows like Stranger Things have brought back a certain interest in classic synthcore music of the 80′s whose roots lie in sci-fi and horror. So when I encountered a remix of UK avant-garde artist Gazelle Twin’s Still Life by experimental electronic producer Blanck Mass (who’s also one half of Fuck Buttons), I couldn’t resist sharing. This sludgy, squishy remix is gnarly indeed, droning and haunting mercilessly, crossing industrial with electropunk. It’s so gloriously menacing, you might want to keep a light on when you sleep tonight. I, for one, will be absolutely fine. I may even re-visit the remix before I go to sleep. Blanck Mass’ remix is taken from Gazelle Twin’s FLESHED OUT remix LP, a collection of “autopsied and re-animated tracks” by 10 exceptional producers. Head to Bandcamp for purchasing.

February 19, 2016
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It’s been six long years, but Toronto electro rock veterans Holy Fuck have made a glorious return with vicious new single Tom Tom, the first from a newly announced album named Congrats. Tom Tom’s raspy dissonance and stringent ridges are noisily riveting, a harsh mix of industrial electronica and craggy math rock. It’s obvious from Tom Tom that this quartet are as wicked good as ever. New album Congrats drops on May 27th via Innovative Leisure.

January 27, 2016

I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming when I first saw this remix. As someone who loves dark, industrial electronica and gothy electropop, I tend to gravitate towards music by the likes of Purity Ring, Crystal Castles, TR/ST, and Health. Today, Canadian duo Purity Ring surprised me with a remix of Health’s Life. I suppose it shouldn’t be unexpected, considering Health had previously remixed Purity Ring’s Begin Again. Life goes atmospheric and fantastical on Purity Ring’s interpretation, and most notably, Megan James layers in some additional vocals that make the song the perfect fusion of these two amazing acts. Excuse me as I go cry in the corner in joy. This is beautiful.

November 21, 2015
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I’m often recommended music that’s easy to comprehend, quick to enrapture, and easy to describe, but once in awhile, something fresh comes along that stands out from the pack and takes time to digest. I love it when that happens ,because I end up having a ton of fun exploring, learning, dissecting, and enjoying the music. That’s exactly what happened this morning when I encountered an act named Imaginary War from Berlin, who just released an eerie music video for their somber single Made A Decision. Watch the video below, as you dive into the darkness of the song. Though described as a synthpop band, Made A Decision struck me more an electro rock or goth rock number, with qualities redolent of 30 Seconds To Mars peppered with a dusting of industrial dramatic Nine Inch Nails. It leaves a satisfying metallic taste in my mouth, as if I’d battled my demons, shed blood and sweat, and hopefully, won. Made A Decision crawls, surges, and haunts with powerful anguish and bold resolution. For a far more synthpopping track from Imaginary War, turn your ears to pulsating The Way We Feel below the video for Made A Decision. It’s still dark, as if with an inkling of TR/ST or Crystal Castles, but far more dancey.

August 20, 2015
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Madeaux makes a massive debut on Fool’s Gold with a spectacular single named Kill For Me, a track so powerful that it might actually convince people to go to great measures for the talented producer. Madeaux’s already a well respected producer, but this new tune, from a sure to be incredible debut EP named New Wav, may just be what launches him to production super stardom. Kill For Me is a massive track that pulses with industrial techno but slices with the edge of future house. It’s an amalgamation of bubbly digital synthetics and an expansively haunting atmosphere. At a time when electronic music comes in trendy waves and even some of the most magnificent dance tracks often sound like one another, Madeaux etches out his own sound niche, and does it in style. This is the kind of stuff that moves souls and leaves a timeless impression. It’s what enthralls and sends shivers of rapture through my being. Madeaux’s six track EP, New Wav, is due to release on September 4th. Prepare for it to make some waves.