Aug 19, 2015
The popular profile of video game soundtracks has passed into the mainstream in recent years as the base of casual and serious gamers has grown. Coupled with this trend has been a burgeoning realization that soundtrack music can be perfectly suited to productive work-time listening as the tracks themselves are designed to engage without distracting the user from the task at end. It would seem that gaming buffs like De/Vision are in their element right now, and its not likely to change any time soon! In the spirit of awesome soundtrack music today we present to you the top picks of old and new. Musical contributions to video games are developing in quality and dedication and this trend is only likely to continue as gamer's demand ever-improving quality in gameplay, visuals and sound.
Jun 07, 2014
In the last edition of the MusicFolio.com newsletter we brought you in-depth insight into the current state of the amplifier market and the best way to tweak your amps for maximum performance featuring tips from our in-house staff as well as advice from Music Rader and products from Transducer Techniques . Next time round we'll be reopening up our new-wave album reviews for a trip down memory-lane as well as adding a countdown of our Top 10 albums of the 80s.
Jan 29, 2014
In the next edition of the newly revitalized MusicFolio.com magazine we'll be exploring and reviewing the best amplifiers on the market for budding musicians. We'll also be extending our selection of synth revival albums ratings to add to our archives.
Jan 15, 2012
GRENDEL: Renowned for the
unorthodox and original use of orchestration, obscure samples incorporated with
harsh and pounding EBM structures, Grendel, (and its mastermind VLRK) has
perfected a unique spin on Aggrotech, and his previous releases, such as
2002s "End of Ages" EP, 2003s
"Prescription:Medicide, Soilbleed" EP, and 2007s "Harsh
Generation" all stand as scene favorites and still dominate dance floors
worldwide. In 2009, the "Chemicals + Circuitry" EP was written &
recorded and was a slight diversion from the band's familiar sound; this EP
found Grendel exploring different sounds and styles. After three long years of
silence, Grendel emerges from the studio offering up the all new album
"Timewave : Zero". With this new release, Grendel both returns to its
signature sound, and pushes aggrotech further into new territories, continuing
the bands tradition of delivering cutting edge Harsh EBM! Released on April 24,
2012 on Metropolis Records.
Tracklisting: 01. Rise
02. Conflict Instigation 03. Timewave : Zero 04. EPR // EDP 05. Wheels In
Motion 06. Out Of My Mind 07. Deep Waters 08. Neon City Lights 09. Chemicals +
Circuitry [v.2012] 10. Fall
Timewave : Zero
master of evil electro, :Wumpscut:, returns, like every April, with a new
full-length release! One of the hardest working and most prolific artists in
the genre, :W:
mastermind Rudy Ratzinger presents his all-new electronic opus, the malevolent
beast 'Women and Satan First'. Released on April 10, 2012, on Metropolis
Records. The album will be preceded by the DJ promo CD: DJ Dwarf XII. As usual,
the album is available in a mulitude of formats from :W:'s website, to please
all diehard fans: box set, vinyl, + posters, hooded sweater,
Hallelujah 02. Women and Satan First 03. Death Panacea 04. Kill That Little
Fuck 05. Burial On Demand 06. Grobian 07. L'Enfer Noir 08. Blutsturtz, Baby 09.
Cunnilingus Creutzfeuer 10. Kaufe Deine Seele
Women and Satan First
Jan 14, 2012
AND ONE: AND ONE
are "Back Home", with an all new seven-track EP. And now there are
four of them... In addition to the return of Joke Jay and Rick Schah, Nico
"Tentacle Dieter" Wieditz, a new high-profile keyboard wizard and
co-producer, joined the gang. During the "S*xtron Tour 2011", Nico
already proved that it's possible to play 5 keyboards simultaneously without
getting into a bad mood. The new live recording of "High" was
interpreted by none other than the composer himself - Joke Jay - and in no
place less than Peine, Germany. Just before the EP ends with "Missing
Track" (a cover of "The Missing Band"), we hear two remixes of
the title track which once more emphasize
philosophy: a remix is not really a remix until the original enviously sits
next to it! Release Date: 16th Jan 2012, on Synthetic Symphony.
Tracklisting: 01. Back
Home (Club Mix) 02. Wounds 03. Rick 04. High (Live in Peine, The Original) 05.
Back Home (Mixed Conditioner) 06. Back Home (Berlin Mixer) 07. Missing
Back Home EP
FIELDS OF THE
NEPHILIM: EMI in conjunction with Sacred Symphony announce the release of
"Ceromonies", the long-awaited live album and DVD by Fields Of The
Nephilim. Subtitled "Ad Mortem , Ad Vitam" ('To Death, For Life'),
this release marks the closing of one chapter in
Fields Of The
Nephilim's history, paving the way for what is soon to come. As frontman
Carl McCoy says: "The 'Ceromonies' project is about crystallising a point
in time which embodies magical moments created by
Fields Of The
Nephilim. Having focussed on the live elements over the last few years this
represents a closure and regeneration. Recorded over two sell-out shows at
London's Shepherds Bush Empire, "Ceromonies" features songs from
their earliest days such as "Trees Come Down" and "Preacher
Man", through a series of undeniable classics including
"Moonchild", "Psychonaut" and a rare performance of
"Celebrate", whilst taking in the dramatic soundscapes of the mid-90s
Nefilim incarnation ("Penetration", "Shine" and
"Zoon"), and coming right up to date with the band performing tracks
from their most recent studio album "Mourning Sun".
"Ceromonies" also includes a very rare live performance of "Wail
Of Sumer/And There Will Be Your Heart Also", the thirteen minute, elegiac
finale of the band's landmark "Elizium" album. Release Date: 5th Mar
Jan 10, 2012
VCMG: VCMG release one of 2012s most anticipated musical
collaborations with the album Ssss, out on Mute on 12 March 2012.
It marks the long awaited reunion of electronic pioneers Vince Clarke (Erasure/
and Martin L.
Mode), who have joined forces for the first time in over thirty years to
craft a 10-track album which demonstrates their mutual love of electronic
music. After initial tentative discussions, and a meeting at Short Circuit
presents Mute festival in London, where they both performed, these two
influential musicians and songwriters worked in a typically unique way. Clarke
and Gore worked alone in their respective studios, communicating only via email
and exchanging files until the album was ready. The album includes the recent
12 EP1 / Spock, described by The Quietus as one of the best tracks
of 2011, plus the forthcoming EP 2 / Single Blip. Ssss,
written and produced by Vince Clarke and
Gore, was mixed by Timothy Q Wiles, recorded and engineered by
Sie Medway Smith and Vince Clarke and mastered by Stefan Betke (aka
Lowly 2. Zaat 3. Spock 4. Windup
Robot 5. Bendy Bass 6. Single Blip 7. Skip
This Track 8. Aftermaths 9. Recycle 10.
Jan 08, 2012
EISBRECHER: After a successful
run of tours and festival appearances in Europe including Alice Coopers
Theatre of Death Tour and The Nova Rock Festival, Eisbrecher is
poised to once again conquer the US clubs and charts. Heavier and harder than
ever before, 'Die Hölle muss warten' features an expertly crafted blend of
crushing guitars, menacing vocals, and melodic synth lines. Not one to stay the
course, Eisbrecher also shows its ability to incorporate modern influences and
blend them into songs that stay uniquely Eisbrecher, such as the dubstep-tinged
Herz aus Eis. The albums opener Tanz mit mir is a
perfect example of what modern industrial rock should sound like, while tracks
such as Rette mich slow things down and feature frontman
Alexs crooning voice over beautiful synth melodies. Released on February
14, 2012 on Metropolis Records.
Tracklisting: 01. Tanz
mit mir 02. Augen unter Null 03. Die Hölle muss warten 04. Verrückt
(Original Version) 05. Herz aus Eis 06. Prototyp 07. Ein Leben lang unsterblich
08. Abgrund 09. In meinem Raum 10. Keine Liebe 11. Exzess Express 12. Rette
mich 13. Atem 14. Treiben 15. Verrückt (Combichrist
Die Hölle muss warten
Jan 01, 2012
THE FROZEN AUTUMN: The Frozen
Autumn is an Italian darkwave band, formed in May 1993, characterized by a
blend of melancholic vocals, atmospheric gothic-wave, and 80s-style electropop.
Having established a name for itself with the classic albums such as Fragments
of Memories (1997) and Emotional Screening Device (2002), The Frozen Autumn now
presents its latest masterpiece, 'Chirality'. An artistic collage of seamlessly
blended styles and genres, 'Chirality' is a beautiful addition to The Frozen
Autumn's legacy. Released on February 14, 2012, on Metropolis
Before The Storm 02. Sidereal Solitude 03. Chirality 04. Breathtaking Beauty
05. So Brave 06. The Exile 07. Victory 08. Rallentears 09. In The Golden Air
10. The Last Train
Theres a new Underworld sequel heading for theaters at the
end of January 2012, and that means another installment in the franchises
bestselling soundtrack series. This time around, Lakeshore Records has lined up
17 tracks of goth-tinged rock and metal, including
Ministry, Linkin Park and many more. The soundtrack features several remixes by
former NIN member Danny Lohner, a.k.a. Renholder.
1.Evanescence Made of Stone (Renholder Remix) 2.Lacey Sturm
Heavy Prey (feat. ex-Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo) 3.Linkin
Park Blackout (Renholder Remix) 4.The Cure
Apart (Renholder Remix) 5.Stella Katsoudas of Sister Soleil
Killer & A Queen (feat. ex-Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo)
6.Ministry Watch Yourself (Renholder Remix) 7.Lacuna Coil
Trip The Darkness (Ben Weinman Remix) 8.The Naked and Famous
Young Blood (Renholder Remix) 9.Black Light Burns
It Rapes All In Its Path 10.William Control The
Posthumous Letter 11. Civil Twilights Howm I Supposed
To Die 12.& Sons Consolation Prize 13. 8MM
Liar (Revenant mix by 8mm) 14.Ryan T. Hope You
Wont See The Light (feat. ex-Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo)
15.Combichrist Bottle Of Pain 16.Collide
Intruder 17.Justin Lassen Exit Wounds (Justin
Lassen Remix) (feat. Silent Fury)
RICHARDS: Monica Richards of
the Muse blasts forward with her second solo album, NAIADES, accompanied by
a 32 page hard cover book, full of exclusive art by some of today's legendary
comic and pop culture artists. Released in January 2012 on Danse Macabre
Records. An 8min+ video video features sound bytes from the forthcoming album,
views of pages from the book itself as well as some clips from Monica's live
shows, upcoming videos and some of the backing film from her performances.
Title and cover animations by Jim Neely. Full video of The Mighty (edited by
Marc Moorash) is in the works right now for release in
NAIADES (video preview)
Dec 25, 2011
Pioneering techno duo MOTOR is about to release their fourth album on CLR.
After completing three massively successful and critically acclaimed techno
albums, Bryan Black and Oly Grasset, who together form the act MOTOR, have
shifted gears and recorded a song-based vocal album by the name of Man
Made Machine. The first single, also titled Man Made Machine,
features none other than
Mode´s Martin L. Gore
on vocal duties. Apart from the original and extended versions, the EP contains
three additional remixes by Black Asteroid, Radio Slave and Chris Liebing, as
well as the Man Made Machine video (see link below). Just recently,
when MOTOR secretly played the original version of the track on a BBC radio
broadcast, it got over 10.000 views within hours of being ripped and
broadcasted on youtube. The reactions from Depeche Mode and MOTOR fans are
Made Machine (single),
Man Made Machine (video)
THE BEAUTY OF
GEMINA: 'Iscariot Blues', the new studio album from electro-goth outfit THE
BEAUTY OF GEMINA, will be released on Friday 13th January 2012. Written,
recorded and produced by the charismatic singer and songwriter Michael Sele,
'ISCARIOT BLUES' is the group's 4th studio album, staging an opus of
timeless-darkelegance. Full tracklisting and cover art
Voices of winter 2. Haddon hall 3. Badlands 4. Golden age 5. Stairs 6. Prophecy
7. Dark revolution 8. June 2nd 9. Seven-day wonder 10. Last night home
Nov 20, 2011
IMMORTELLE: The austrian duo comprised of Thomas Rainer (Nachtmahr) and
Sonja Kraushofer (Persephone)
finally broke the long silence around
Immortelle to announce ardently awaited news. After being cloaked in
obscurity for far too long, they smash all the rumors, speculations and ideas
revolving around the band's existence in the recent past. For the past three
years, they have been passionately working on a new album. It will be called
"Momente", will include 11 new songs and will finally be released on
January 27th, 2012.
LÉtang Mâlo 02. No Goodbye 03. Absolution 04. Wie
Tränen im Regen 05. Empty 06. Demon be gone 07. The Heart 08. Banish 09.
Why can't I make you feel 10. Dort draussen 11. Hold me
Nov 18, 2011
NEW ORDER: New
Order will release the songs left over from the recording sessions for 2005
swan song "Waiting for the Sirens Call" in an
eight-track CD/LP package called Lost Sirens that is due to be released in
December 2011 by Rhino Records. The set features the track Hellbent,
which appeared on the "Total" compilation released earlier this year
that bridged Joy Division
and New Order,
and seven other previously unreleased songs.
Stay With You 2. Sugarcane 3. Recoil 4.
Californian Grass (Doomy) 5. Hellbent 6. Shake It
Up 7. Ive Got A Feeling 8. I Told You
Nov 13, 2011
NUNS: The Underworld, a place of fear, segmented into nine planes and ruled
by 21 Lords. Artaud Seth, Jawa Seth and Jon take us on a descent into this
unreal world. After the debut album "Lib.1" and its follow up
"Hypogeum II" released earlier this year, the third long player of
Nuns is now available: "Xibalba III". Completely unphased by
trends and inclination for ingratiation to the listener Artaud Seth in his role
as mastermind behind the MERCIFUL NUNS continues to traverse his chosen musical
path. The first edition is available as a deluxe 6panel digipak with oversize
booklet in book format and a bonus track! Date of release: 21-12.2011
Tracklisting: 1. The
Prophecy 2. Radiation 3. Dark Trails 4. Year Zero 5. Ancient Astronauts 6.
Dwellings Of Gods 7. The Return 8. In Between Worlds 9. 18.104.22.168.0 (bonus
Nov 06, 2011
THE CURE: The Cure
have announced the release of their first new live album in almost 20 years.
The two-disc set will revisit the band's "legendary" appearance at
Bestival 2011, capturing hits such as A Forest, Disintegration and
Just Like Heaven, plus a 12-song encore, for a total of 32 songs.
Bestival Live 2011 was recorded at the Isle of Wight on 10 September, with
keyboardist Roger O'Donnell returning for a jam-packed three-hour set. While
recently reissued 1990's Entreat, taped at Wembley Arena, the Bestival LP marks
the group's first official live record since 1993. It's also the first time
Robert Smith and company have ever released a recording of a complete single
concert. More exciting still for fans of
Bestival Live may be the first in a series. They have plans to issue a DVD from
their summer gigs at the Sydney Opera House, which featured O'Donnell, the
return of Lol Tolhurst, and an epic, four-hour set. "I suspect Live in
Paris 2008 may beat [that] out," Smith said in September. 'Bestival Live
2011' will be released on 6 December. Proceeds from the sales of the album will
benefit the Isle of Wight Youth Trust.
Bestival Live 2011 tracklisting
Oct 27, 2011
MAGAZINE: Ending a 30-year
drought, reunited UK post-punks Magazine have unveiled a new studio album. The
band's fifth full-length, titled 'No Thyself', follows up 1981's 'Magic, Murder
and the Weather', and was released in the UK on October 24. The record reunites
band leader Howard Devoto, who started the group in 1977 after leaving the
Buzzcocks, with early collaborators John Doyle (drums) and Dave Formula
(keyboards, Visage), as well as
relative newbies John White on bass and Apollo 440's Noko (aka Norman Fisher
Jones) on guitar. Noko replaces longtime guitarist John McGeoch, who passed
away in 2004, while White takes over for Barry Adamson (Visage), who played
on some reunion dates the outfit played a few years back. While the album is
available overseas via Wire-Sound, the record is set to drop in North America
on November 21. The band will also be heading out on a brief UK trip to promote
the disc this November.
"Do The Meaning" 2. "Other Thematic Material" 3. "The
Worst Of Progress..." 4. "Hello Mister Curtis (with apologies)"
5. "Physics" 6. "Happening In English" 7. "Holy
Dotage" 8. "Of Course Howard (1979)" 9. "Final Analysis
Waltz" 10. "The Burden Of A Song" 11. "Blisterpack
Blues" (Bonus Track)
No Thyself, Stream:
Hello Mister Curtis
Oct 21, 2011
The songs of Mind.In.A.Box are stories from this world, building on the
metaphor of imprisoned minds and the fact of our fundamental aloneness in the
world. With their new album 'Revelations',
once again takes us into the world it has created, as voices, lush sounds, and
elaborate rhythms blend into a staggering sonic mélange. 'Revelations'
will be released on January 24, 2012, on Metropolis Records.
Remember 02. Cause and Effect 03. Transition 04. Doubt 05. Control 06.
Fragments 07. Unknown 08. Not Afraid 09. Second Reality 10.
Oct 20, 2011
Gothic/Synthpop/Darkwave band Bella Lune have just released their "Ophelia
Maxi-Single" CD. The release has 9 tracks including a new remix by Daniel
Myer of Destroid and Haujobb and a cover of
Division's 'Dead Souls'. Bella Lune also just released a new music video
for the song 'Ophelia' on their youtube page. The song was selected to be in
the new movie "Paranoia" by director Bivas Biswas. The 'Ophelia'
music video was premiered at the "Paranoia" movie screening as well
as at Bella Lune's recent concert with Voltaire.
Ophelia (Video Mix) 2. Ophelia (Riddles & Rhymes Mix) 3. Blissful Escape
(Daniel Myer Mix) 4. This and the Other (Dystonix Mix) 5. The Dolly Pop Song
(Deviate Mix) 6. Silent and Still (The Alacrity Mix) 7. Dead Souls (Joy
Division Cover) 8. Ophelia (Ask For Joy Mix) 9. Underwater (The Captives Mix)
Ophelia Maxi-Single, Video:
Oct 10, 2011
[:SITD:]: Accession Records / Indigo have
confirmed the official release date of the upcoming [:SITD:] album
ICON:KORU. On November 18th, 2011, the eagerly awaited fifth studio
album of [:SITD:] will be released. The album will be available as regular
edition as well as strictly limited 4CD box-set, entitled ICON:KORU
15th Anniversary Collectors Box. It includes the new studio
album ICON:KORU, a Best Of 2001-2011-CD (new 2011
recordings), a Remix-CD and an Early Works
1996-1999-CD, which features previously unreleased material from the
[:SITD:] demo albums Trauerland and Atomic. The box
contains 43 previously unreleased tracks. The total running time is more than 4
Extrajudicial Punishment 02. Code:Red 03. Periculär (Richtfest II) 04.
State Of Tyranny 05. Beacon Of Hope 06. Atemlos 07. Dystopie 08. Dark Defender
09. Tarnfarbe 10. Sonic Barrier 11. Zephyr
'Imaginaerum' is the forthcoming seventh studio album by Finnish symphonic
metal band Nightwish,
scheduled to be released on December 2, 2011. The album is a concept album
telling the story of an old composer on his deathbed, reminiscing of his youth.
The album is to be produced alongside the movie of the same name, directed by
Stobe Harju, who previously directed Nightwish's "The Islander" music
video. The release of 'Imaginaerum' is scheduled to be followed by a world
tour, starting in Los Angeles on January 21, 2012. The first single
Storytimewill be released on 11.11.11.
Tracklisting: CD1: 1. Taikatalvi 2. Storytime 3. Ghost River 4. Slow,
Love, Slow 5. I Want My Tears Back 6. Scaretale 7. Arabesque 8. Turn Loose The
Mermaids 9. Rest Calm 10. The Crow, The Owl And The Dove 11. Last Ride Of The
Day 12. Song Of Myself 13. Imaginaerum - CD2: The whole album as an
Oct 08, 2011
COLLIDE: With their latest
offering, Collide the sonically boundless duo of kaRIN (vocals) and Statik
(everything electronic) returns to their well-established form with 'Counting
To Zero'. 'Counting To Zero' features eleven new and original tracks that
channel the band's electro, trip hop, and synthpop core, with a subtle dose of
exoticness. This--their seventh full length studio release--is a cohesive unit
set on digitizing your brain matter into a cybernetic dreamscape of bass,
beats, guitars, and synthetic ear candy supplemented by ethereal female vocals.
Self released on Noiseplus Music on Sep 27, 2011.
Bending & Floating 2. Lucky 13 3. Mind Games 4. In the Frequency 5. Clearer
6. Counting to Zero 7. Human 8. Tears Like Rain 9. Further From Anything 10.
Slow Down 11. Letting go
Counting To Zero, Video:
Oct 06, 2011
frontman and solo artist
Murphy will release 'The Secret Bees of Ninth', next week, a six-track
digital EP that features three previously unreleased songs. The set, which will
be available Tuesday Oct 11 via iTunes and Amazon.com, features current single
Seesaw Sway, off his current album 'Ninth'; the full
version of Ninth track Secret Silk Society (about 50 seconds
longer than the album take); Gaslit, which appeared as a bonus
track on the Japanese release of Ninth; and previously unreleased tracks
Rose Hunter, Good Works and
Gaslit 2. Rose Hunter 3. Good Works 4.
Secret 5. Secret Silk Society (Full Version) 6.
The Secret Bees of Ninth, Video:
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THE BREAK UP:
new album 'Synthesis'
>> Sep 12, 2011 -
KATE BUSH: new
album '50 Words For Snow'
>> Sep 09, 2011 -
GOD MODULE: new
>> Sep 04, 2011 -
Wayne Hussey and Julianne Regan new album 'Curios'
>> Aug 31, 2011 -
new album 'HanDover'
>> Aug 26, 2011 -
VNV NATION: new
>> Aug 17, 2011 -
GARY NUMAN: new
album 'Dead Son Rising'
>> Aug 17, 2011 -
debut album from new John Fryer project
>> Aug 06, 2011 -
album "Tomorrow's World"
>> Jul 24, 2011 -
project by ex-And One members
>> Jul 24, 2011 -
remix album 'Popgefahr - The Mix'
>> Jul 19, 2011 -
ALICE IVY: new album 'In the Gloaming'
>> Jul 17, 2011 -
new self titled album
>> Jul 07, 2011 -
EFFECT: new EP 'Artificial Construct Part Two'
>> Jul 07, 2011 -
SOLAR FAKE: new
>> Jul 07, 2011 -
BELLA LUNE: new
video for The Dolly Pop Song
>> Jun 30, 2011 -
DALIS CAR: new
>> Jun 26, 2011 -
album 'A Rose For The Apocalypse'
>> Jun 20, 2011 -
Tyler replacing Sarah Blackwood on vocals
>> Jun 20, 2011 -
PITCHFORK: new album 'Quantum Mechanics'
>> Jun 20, 2011 -
album 'Tomorrows World'
>> Jun 18, 2011 -
DREAMS: new album 'Ego X'
>> Jun 16, 2011 -
BERZERK: new remix 'Black EP Volume II'
>> Jun 16, 2011 -
video premiere of new song 'Heroes for Ghosts'