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Gothic Rock, Gothic Metal, Ethereal, Darkwave, Synthpop, Industrial, EBM, Darksynth
| Aug 05, 2012
LACRIMOSA: Three years after their last studio album 'Sehnsucht' (followed by the 20th band anniversary release "Schattenspiel") and the tours that brought the band across Europe, through Latin America and over to China and Japan, LACRIMOSA have finished recordings for "Revolution", their eleventh studio release since 1991. The new album not only features a strong subject, it also comes with a prominent line-up: alongside choirs and orchestras, the band recorded with Mille Petrozza singer, guitarist and mastermind of the trash-metal pioneers KREATOR while on drums they worked with Stefan Schwarzmann drummer of the world-famous ACCEPT. Release date: Sep 9, 2012, on Hall Of Sermon.
Jul 21, 2012
IN STRICT CONFIDENCE: Long running and revered act In Strict Confidence returns with their eighth studio album 'Utopia'. Powerful and grandiose both thematically and musically, 'Utopia' flows seamlessly through electronica, Neue Deutche Hart, EBM, and rock without ever losing its own distinct sound. ISC mastermind Denis Ostermanns gravelly baritone trades prominence with female vocals and English and German language are featured throughout. . Release date: Oct 9, 2012.
Tracklisting: 01. Morpheus 02. Tiefer 03. Justice 04. Forever And More 05. Archangel 06. Irgendwo im Nirgendwo 07. Being Born 08. Karasevdah 09. Silver Tongues 10. Silver Bells 11. She Came With Knives
BIRTHDAY MASSACRE: The new album from The Birthday Massacre, 'Hide and Seek'. opens with rain, and ends with the sounds of waves; in between we are given songs of lost girls, lost love, lost time. The delicate interplay between Chibis vocals and the ambiance created by Rainbow, M. Falcore, Rhim, Owen & Nate is on full display. Dark new wave hooks and haunting synths turn sinister as Rainbow and Falcores guitars lead 'Hide and Seek' into ever darker, ever more beautiful corners of The Birthday Massacres world. Release date: Oct 9, 2012.
Tracklisting: 01. Leaving Tonight 02. Down 03. Play With Fire 04. Need 05. Calling 06. Alibis 07. One Promise 08. In This Moment 09. Cover My Eyes 10. The Long Way Home
Link: Hide and Seek
CLAN OF XYMOX: Long running and revered in their own right, Clan of Xymox now presents 'Kindred Spirits', a collection of covers from artists that the band cherishes. Featuring unique takes on classics by the Sisters Of Mercy, The Cure, Depeche Mode, David Bowie, Joy Division, Nine Inch Nails, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and more. Release date: Oct 9, 2012.
Tracklisting: 01. Venus (Shocking Blue) 02. Alice (The Sisters of Mercy) 03. Is Vic There? (Department S) 04. A Forest (The Cure) 05. Something I Can Never Have (Nine Inch Nails) 06. Red Light (Siouxsie and the Banshees) 07. Decades (Joy Division) 08. Heroes (David Bowie) 09. A Question Of Time (Depeche Mode) 10. Creep (Radiohead) 11. Blue Monday (New Order)
Link: Kindred Spirits
Jul 14, 2012
DE/VISION: For 25 years the Berlin-based band DE/VISION have been and continue to be one of the most consistent and reliable representatives of the electro-pop genre. With their new album, "Rockets & Swords", the duo are moving on familiar terrain. The songs here are captivating, with their pointed beats and focused hook lines, providing each with irresistible, addictive qualities. They return on Aug 24, 2012 with a their new album "Rockets and Swords". "Popgefahr" was DE/VISION's first step towards enhancing their acoustic world by adding much-appreciated retro sounds. Pursuing this direction, they have found a refreshingly clean line that lends the album a distinctive feature and puts an emphasis on the ban's strong songwriting abilities.
Tracklisting: 01. Boy Toy 02. Superhuman 03. Beauty of Decay 04. Brotherhood of Man 05. Stargazer 06. Binary Soldier 07. Want to Believe 08. Bipolar 09. Mystified 10. Running All Night. // Bonus Tracks (limited edition only): 11. Kamikaze 12. Bedbugs (A Modern Lullaby)
Link: Rockets and Swords
MONO INC: Their album "Viva Hades" from 2011 represents the next chapter in the world of monomania. Hitting the Top 50 album charts, it is a collection of songs heavily influenced by their live shows during 2010. "The energy of all those overwhelming moments on stage went directly into our eleven new songs" says singer and songwriter Martin Engler. After the release of "Viva Hades" the band spent the rest of the year 2011 on the road, playing a mostly sold-out headlining tour. Now in 2012 MONO INC. climb the next step on the ladder of success. After signing a worldwide record deal with SPV/Rookies&Kings, here comes the best and most rocking album of the band's history "After the War". The first single "After the War" turned out to be most successful MONO INC. single to date, jumping to #4 in the German Alternative Charts in its first week of release. Release date: Aug 20, 2012.
Tracklisting: 01. My Worst Enemy 02. No More Fear 03. After the War 04. Wave No Flag 05. Arabia 06. In the End 07. From the Ashes 08. Grown 09. My Songs Wear Black 10. Forever 11. The Long Way Home
Link: After the War
Jun 30, 2012
THE CRUXSHADOWS: Darkwave sensation The Crüxshadows return with a powerful & engaging blend of new wave, dark pop, & edgy electronica with their new album 'As The Dark Against my Halo'.. Powerful, hard hitting, & danceable, the latest full length from The Crüxshadows is a pristine collection of engaging & thought provoking songs about adversity, determination, & triumph. Melding together electric violins, crunchy guitars, & edgy synthesizer lines with intelligent, emotional lyrics ignited by frontman Rogue's ever distinctive voice, the disc weaves an unmistakable brand of dark alternative electronic music that gets in your head and stays there. Presented in digipack with cover art by Rogue. Contains the Billboard #1 single Quicksilver & the darkwave club hit Valkyrie. Release date: Aug 7, 2012.
Tracklisting: 1. Valkyrie 2. Halo 3. Sleepless 4. Burning 5. Quicksilver 6. The Infinite Tear 7. Indivisible 8. Porcelain 9. Angelus Everlasting 10. Sentinel 11. Matchstick Girl 12. Africanus
Link: As the Dark Against my Halo
DEAD CAN DANCE: The reunited Dead Can Dance co-founders Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard are offering a full stream of the new track Amnesia on their official website. 'Anastasis', the duos first new album in 16 years, is available in a variety of digital and physical formats. The album, to be shipped to arrive on or before Aug. 13, can be pre-ordered directly from the band on CD, in standard or lossless digital formats and as a heavyweight, 180-gram, 2LP clear-vinyl set. Additionally, there are two special edition hardbound box set options with special artwork and the album on CD, digital and, depending on which option, vinyl formats as well. In support of the release, Dead Can Dance will tour both sides of the Atlantic this fall.
Tracklisting: 01 Children Of The Sun 02 Anabasis 03 Agape 04 Amnesia 05 Kiko 06 Opium 07 Return Of The She-King 08 All In Good Time
Jun 03, 2012
IN STRICT CONFIDENCE: On the 8th of June the wait is over. In Strict Confidence are releasing their brand new single-EP 'Morpheus' with over 43 minutes of playing time. In addition to the german-russian original song, there is an 11-minutes extended version of the title track, the longest ISC-track ever, as well as great remixes by Haujobb, Diorama, HECQ and much more!
Tracklisting: 01 Morpheus 02 Morpheus (Clubmix) 03 Morpheus (Hecq Remix) 04 Salvation 05 Morpheus (Extended Version) 06 Morpheus (Haujobb Remix) 07 Morpheus (Diorama Remix) 08 Morpheus (Anglijskaya Versiya)
THE GATHERING: The Gathering announced the release of their brand new 10th studio album 'Disclosure' on September 12, 2012, on Psychonaut Records. Meltdown is the first single of the album is it is available for free download on The Gathering's bandcamp page. The album will also be available in a 10 inch Pack [CD+LP+10"EP]: including a collector heavy weight double vinyl LP of Disclosure, a digipack CD copy of Disclosure, a copy of the 10 inch vinyl EP 'Afterlights' [contains 4 exclusive tracks and is hand numbered, limited edition - 1000 copies], and a free poster and a sticker featuring the album front cover.
Tracklisting: 1. Paper Waves 2.Meltdown 3.Gemini I 4.Heroes For Ghosts 5. Missing Seasons 6.See For Miles 7.Paralyzed 8. Gemini II
Apr 28, 2012
GECKO SECTOR: The name Gecko Sector has been appearing in and out within the scene in years past. Behind the moniker is none other than Gerrit Thomas, the sound designer behind Funker Vogt. With singer and lyricist Stefan Winkel, he creates a multilayered electronic cornucopia of pounding club sounds, dark atmosphere and catchy melodies. Versatility is the very essence of Enter, the duos debut album: Future Pop elements meet EBM, Dark Electro and dance floor anthems with a harder edge a massive bandwidth of songs that veteran synth buff Gerrit has christened with his rich, synthetic cinemascope sound. Release date: May 25, 2012.
Tracklisting: 1. Alien Invasion 2. Stroboscope 3. X-files Of My Life 4. Recall 5. Second Face? 6. TV Conspiracy 7. Soul Bleeding 8. Mindless Love 9. A Million Hours 10. Bulletproof? 11. Concrete 12. Phantom Pain
MEN WITHOUTS HATS: 2011 saw the return of Men Without Hats with their "Dance If You Want Tour" that brought their iconic hits "The Safety Dance" and "Pop Goes The World" across Canada for the first time in 2 decades. The Montreal New Wave group is excited to announce the May 22nd release of their highly anticipated new album 'Love In The Age Of War' (out on Big Fat Truck). This will be their first album in almost 10 years and features 10 original songs written by Ivan Doroschuk, including first single "Head Above Water." The album, produced by Dave "Rave" Ogilvie (Skinny Puppy, Marilyn Manson), features Ivan (voice and electronics), his brother Colin Doroschuk (vocals) as well as Lou Dawson (vocals and live keyboards) and James Love (guitars).
Tracklisting: 01. Devil Come Round 02. Head Above Water 03. Everybody Knows 04. The Girl With The Silicon Eye 05. This War (Intro) 06. This War 07. Your Beautiful Heart 08. Live And Learn 09. Close To The Sun 10. Love's Epiphany 11. Love In The Age Of War
Apr 21, 2012
AND ONE: Nico, Joke, Steve und Rick are back together for AND ONE V.4.0, and a new full-length release "S.T.O.P". The album is available in a limited edition format including an extra EP 'Treibwerk' with 6 extra songs. Douglas McCarthy of Nitzer Ebb fame is featured on an album track and a bonus track, and Eskil Simonsson of Covenant lands his talent on the bonus track 'Low'. Release date: May 28, 2012 on Synthetic Symphony.
Tracklisting: 1) Shouts of Joy 2) Kiliing The Mercy 3) Memory 4) You Without a Me 5) Don't Get Me Wrong 6) Aigua 7) S.T.O.P. The Sun 8) The 4 9) Back Home 10) Everybody Dies Tonight 11) The End Of Your Life (feat. Douglas McCarthy, 'Nitzer Ebb') 12) No Words
"TREIBWERK E.P." (Bestandteil der Limited Digi-Pack Edition) 1) Get It! (feat. Douglas McCarthy, 'Nitzer Ebb') 2) H.A.T.E. 3) One And 4) My Mission 5) Low (feat. Eskil Simonsson, 'Covenant') 6) Dark Heart
Apr 15, 2012
O CHILDREN: O. Children are set to release their new album Apnea through Deadly People on May 28th. 'Apnea' was preceded by the free download track 'PT Cruiser'. Since releasing their self titled debut in 2010 the band faced the small problem of the UK government trying to deport lead singer Tobi, it transpired the frontman had inadvertently over stayed his visa by 15 years. While the legal battle raged, Tobi started suffering from a medical condition known as Involuntary Apnea, this is an uncontrollable suspension of breathing, which clearly influenced the albums title.
Tracklisting: 1 Holy Wood 2 The Realest 3 Red Like Fire 4 Oceanside 5 PT Cruiser 6 I Know (You Love Me) 7 Yours For You 8 H8 City 9 Swim 10 Solid Eyes 11 Chimera
Link: PT Cruiser
ULTRAVOX: EMI are proud to announce the return of Ultravox with their first studio album in 28 years. BRILLIANT the brand new studio album will feature the 80s line-up of Midge Ure / Billy Currie / Chris Cross / Warren Cann. Following on from the sold-out 'Return To Eden' reformation shows in 2009, the classic Ultravox line-up has recorded a 12-track collection of brand new songs which will be released on May 28th ahead of a full UK tour in September and October. Emerging from the new wave and electro scenes of the late 70s, Ultravox fashioned a form of electronic rock music that was uniquely powerful and delivered massive hits through the 1980s. Brilliant sees Ultravox expanding their classic sonic template and reminding us of their strength as songwriters of the highest calibre. The track Brilliant will be released as the first single.
Tracklisting: 01.Live Again 02.Flow 03.Brilliant 04.The Change 05.Rise 06.Remembering 07.Hello 08.This One 09.Fall 10.Let It Lie 11.Satellite 12.Contact
Mar 17, 2012
ASSEMBLAGE 23: Assemblage 23 presents Bruise, His most fully realized album to date. From the opening electrical glitches of Crosstalk the tone of the album is set. The juxtaposition of musical warmth and lyrical darkness of The Last Mistake, the concussive rhythms of Noise Inside My Head and Darkflow all lend to the overarching feel of the album. With Bruise, Assemblage 23 shows that Tom Shear is an artist at the top of his craft. A23s fans made this release one of the most anticipated of 2012, and Assemblage 23 has delivered the best album of his career. The special limited edition version of Bruise features a bonus disc with the exclusive songs Rain Falls Down, God is a Strangely Absent Father, and Reckless in addition to remixes from Cesium_137, iVardensphere, Daniel Myer, Grendel, and more. Release date: June 12, 2012.
Tracklisting: 01. Crosstalk 02. The Last Mistake 03. Over & Out 04. The Noise Inside My Head 05. Outsider 06. Darkflow 07. Automaton 08. The Other Side of the Wall 09. Talk Me Down 10. Otherness
Mar 11, 2012
AND ONE: After 'Back Home' staying on #1 of German DAC Charts for a full 8 weeks, 'Shouts of Joy' is the new single from And One. 5 tracks including 2 exclusive non-album tracks that wont get on the highly anticipated album S.T.O.P. 'Shouts Of Joy' is sometimes quite reminiscent of 80s Tears For Fearsharmonies, yet modern, danceable and somehow brute at the same time. Release date: April 20, 2012.
Tracklisting: 01 Shouts of Joy (Club Mix) 02 Perfect White 03 S.T.O.P. was an Inside Job!!! 04 Back Home (Ohne Trix Mix) 05 Shouts of Joy (Stave Nagahani Mix)
Link: Shouts of Joy
Mar 03, 2012
ARCANA: Brainchild of Peter Bjärgö, the legendary Swedish ethereal/neoclassical act Arcana is back with a new release after four years of silence since their last full-length, 'Raspail'. While 2010 saw the re-release of their first four albums with The First Era 4XCD box set, Arcana return with a superb follow-up to their long tradition of awesome melancholic melodies, a mini-CD titled 'Emerald' available on April 10, 2012. Longtime fans will rejoice in these mesmerizing songs, and new fans will surely be conquered. This mini-CD also serves as a prelude to their upcoming full-length 'As Bright As A Thousand Suns', scheduled for a May 2012 release on Cyclic Law.
Tracklisting: 1.As The End Draws Near 2. A Cage 3.Precious Stone
EPICA: Epica return with a new full-length album 'Requiem for the Indifferent'. The album title refers to the end of an era and will take the listener on a journey through brutal metal, sweet melodies, technical instrumental passages, theatrical moods, epic orchestration, varying vocal ranges, catchy tunes followed by complex songwriting. Once again, EPICA produced the new album along with Sascha Paeth (AVANTASIA, KAMELOT) at the Gate Studio in Wolfsburg, Germany. 'Requiem of the Indifferent will be released on the 9th of March 2012 (13th of March in the US) on Nuclear Blast, after which the band will start promoting the album with a big production world tour.
Tracklisting: 1 - Karma 2 - Monopoly on Truth 3 - Storm the Sorrow 4 - Delirium 5 - Internal Warfare 6 - Requiem for the Indifferent 7 - Anima 8 - Guilty Demeanor 9 - Deep Water Horizon 10 - Stay the Course 11 - Deter the Tyrant 12 - Avalanche 13 - Serenade of Self-Destruction 14 - Twin Flames (N. American Exclusive Song)
Link: Requiem for the Indifferent
Feb 12, 2012
MERCIFUL NUNS: Celebrating Goth rock the classic way with a modern twist, MERCIFUL NUNS have risen to attention and acclaim in a very short time since their inception. Only a few month following their third full-length album release Xibalba III, Merciful Nuns return with a new EP 'Genesis Revealed' on March 16, 2012. They're easily handling all shades of the genre on there, may it be the mid-tempo title track, building towards a driving smasher, the rhythm-driven 'Enlightenment', or the atmospheric ballad 'All Days Are Black'. Follow the link below for a trailer of the new EP.
Tracklisting: 1. Prediction 2. Genesis Revealed 3. All Days Are Black 4. Enlihgtenment
KILLING JOKE: Killing Joke featuring the band's original lineup will release their new album 'MMXII' (2012) on April 2nd via Spinefarm Records / Universal. The album will be released in CD hardcopy and digital formats. It will also be released on double coloured gatefold Vinyl. The 11 album tracks are an avalanche of sound that is empowering whilst jolting you awake. 2012 is an end-of-time album that somehow finds moments of optimism in the downward swirl of the planet. To celebrate the albums release, Killing Jokewill be streaming the track Rapture as a taster on YouTube
Tracklisting: 1.Pole Shift 2.Fema Camp 3.Rapture 4.Colony Collapse 5.Corporate Elect 6.In Cythera 7.Primobile 8.Glitch 9.Trance 10. On All Hallows Eve
Link: KillingJoke.com, Stream: Rapture
Feb 05, 2012
ANATHEMA: Anathema will return in April with Weather Systems, their brand new studio album. Weather Systems is the follow-up to 2010s "We're Here Because We're Here". An album of polarity. The play of opposites; light and shade, birth and death, love and fear. The simple truths of life and loss, hope and strength and darker internal themes are all explored here. The album was recorded in Liverpool, North Wales and Oslo, each place significant to Anathema past, present and future. The record was produced and mastered by 5 times Norwegian Grammy nominated Christer-André Cederberg. "Weather Systems" will be available on Kscope from April 16th 2012.
Tracklisting: 01. Untouchable, Part 1 02. Untouchable, Part 2 03. The Gathering Of The Clouds 04. Lightning Song 05. Sunlight 06. The Storm Before The Calm 07. The Beginning And The End 08. The Lost Child 09. Internal Landscapes
THE STRANGLERS: The punk veterans will be release the album, which has been given the title of 'Giants', on March 5, 2012. It is the band's first album since 2006's 'Suite XVI' and the 17th album of their career so far. The band have also confirmed an extensive UK tour to go alongside the album's release, playing a total of 18 shows across March.
Tracklisting: 1.'Another Camden Afternoon' 2.'Freedom Is Insane' 3.'Giants' 'Lowlands' 4.'Boom Boom' 5.'My Fickle Resolve' 6.'Time Was Once On My Side' 7.'Mercury Rising' 'Adios' 8.'15 Steps'
XANDRIA: German female-fronted symphonic metallers XANDRIA will release their new studio album, "Neverworld's End", via Napalm Records on Feb 27th 2012 in Europe and March 6th 2012 in North America. XANDRIA in February 2011 parted ways with its singer of one year, Kerstin Bischof. Manuela Kraller replaced her.
Tracklisting: 01. A Prophecy Of Worlds To Fall 02. Valentine 03. Forevermore 05. Euphoria 04. Blood On My Hands 06. Soulcrusher 07. The Dream Is Still Alive 08. The Lost Elysion 09. Call Of The Wind 10. A Thousand Letters 11. Cursed 12. The Nomad's Crown 13. When The Mirror Cracks (bonus track)
Jan 21, 2012
SCREAM SILENCE: Berlin-based, darkly tinged Alternative group Scream Silence release their self-titled new album, their most ambitious and accessible work to date. The gloomy, cinematic and melodic pomp of the quintets previous releases is used as a point of departure for a versatile and mesmerizing sonic epos that fuses elements of Gothic Rock, Indie Pop, Shoegaze, Progressive Rock, as well as subtle electronic and Metal-influences to create a cohesive work of popular art. Release Date: February 24, 2012, on Out Of Line.
Tracklisting: Wayfare / 2. One / 3. New Flood / 4. Dreamer's Court / 5. Blushed 6. In These Words / 7. Surd / 8. Horizons / 9. Downside / 10. Days Of Yore 11. Solitude / 12. Cocoon
Link: Scream Silence, Video Stream: Dreamer's Court
THE EDEN HOUSE: A new mini-album 'Timeflows' is released on February 27 2012 on digipak CD and 180g LP from this acclaimed gothic / prog rock band. The Eden House are based around the nucleus of former Adoration/NFD/This Burning Effigy guitarist Steve Carey, ex Fields of the Nephilim bassist Tony Pettitt, and twice Grammy-nominated Pink Floyd sound architect, guitarist Andy Jackson. This release also features The Mission guitarist Simon Hinkler guesting on lead track Neversea, alongside vocalists Valenteen, Amandine Ferrari and Meghan Noel-Evans.
Tracklisting: 1. Neversea, 2. Into The Red, 3. The Only One, 4. Timeflows Pt.1, 5. Timeflows Pt.2.
Link: Timeflows EP, Listen: Timeflows sampler
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
Link: Timewave : Zero
WUMPSCUT: The 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, etc..
Tracklisting: 01. 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
Link: 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 AND ONE's 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 Track
Link: 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 2012
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/ Yazoo/ Depeche Mode) and Martin L. Gore (Depeche 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 Martin L. Gore, was mixed by Timothy Q Wiles, recorded and engineered by Sie Medway Smith and Vince Clarke and mastered by Stefan Betke (aka Pole).
Tracklisting: 1. Lowly 2. Zaat 3. Spock 4. Windup Robot 5. Bendy Bass 6. Single Blip 7. Skip This Track 8. Aftermaths 9. Recycle 10. "Flux"
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 Remix)
Link: 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 Records.
Tracklisting: 01. 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
UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING: 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 Lacuna Coil, Combichrist, The Cure, Collide, Evanescence, Ministry, Linkin Park and many more. The soundtrack features several remixes by former NIN member Danny Lohner, a.k.a. Renholder.
Tracklisting: 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)
MONICA RICHARDS: Monica Richards of Faith and 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 January.
Link: NAIADES (video preview)
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