Legacy Future messing around with Unreal Tournament Alpha

Last time I played Unreal Tournament was back in 2002-2003 when I ended up 4th in the European Lan Tournament. Thought to get my hands on Unreal tournament Alpha version 2017. Messy gameplay (its been a while and I Read more

Reverorum Ib Malacht “Ter Agios Numini” album review and soundcloud excerpt

I must give credit for discovering REVERORUM IB MALACHT to longtime comrade John Gossard (Dispirit, ex-Asunder, ex-Weakling)! [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/326381574" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /] Strangely enough, following his words of praise back in the early 10’s I haven’t instantly listened to Read more

GOATVERMIN "Detruire" black/death metal album review and bandcamp stream

The first quarter of 2017 sees the spectacular return of French black/death metal, thanks to the debut albums of three excellent bands: Ritualization, Necroblood and Goatvermin. The timing couldn’t be better as there exist strong rumors that Arkhon Infaustus, Read more

INFESTER “To the Depths, in Degradation” death metal re-release review and youtube stream

Re-releases of “best kept secret” type of old bands, usually package attractively mediocre quality content using 80’s/90’s nostalgia and vinyl fetishism. Even when the music is good, most such bands were mere clones back at the day, therefore their (re-) Read more

NECROBLOOD “Collapse of the Human Race” black/death metal album review and bandcamp stream

Parisian old-school metal band NECROBLOOD have penetrated violently my musical microcosm back in 2011. They have done so with the best credentials that an underground metal band could possibly have according to my book: a debut self-titled 7”EP released by Read more

Soundtrack of the day: XELA trilogy.

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“In this the signs shall be those of Set Triumphant and of Baphomet. Also shall Set appear in the circle. Let him drink of the sacrament and let him communicate the same.”

If I recall correctly, I grabbed my vinyl copy of “The Illuminated” during one of my Parisian record shopping sessions together with my brother Christos Agoros at Gibert Joseph. The only reason for this purchase was the superb occult artwork, as well as the liner notes and tracklisting in the back cover.

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E.S.A Themes of Carnal Empowerment Pt.3: Penance

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ESA’s (Electronic Substance Abuse) sound is always a hard one to pin down. Taking influences initially from rhythmical noise acts, the overall structures have developed and integrated countless influences from the broad spectrum of alternative and extreme music. The tone of ESA is harsh and oppressive, dripping with destructive and corroded grooves whilst still emanating sub conscious melodies and a strong sense of Spirituality. ESA’s compositions are undoubtedly threatening and offensive floor stomping club tunes but also twist and churn enough to warrant more attentive listening.

With the much revered ‘Themes 1 & 2’ releases causing such a stir within the noise and harsh industrial scene, ESA’s creator, Jamie Blacker, is ready to unleash the closing album to this destructive trilogy; Themes of Carnal Empowerment Pt.3 : Penance. From the anthemic rhythms of “2nd Movement” to the tribal chants of “Juju Yako,” Blacker calls this ESA’s most complete work to date.

Here is a video preview of their latest work:

Or SoundCloud should you prefer just ears and no eyes.

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Lindemann – Skills in Pills, fail to meet expectations

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lindemann skills in pills promo picI remember a couple of years ago when SEGA announced the new Allien:Colonial Marines game, a high anticipated FPS based on the cult movie Alien 2. It must have been more than a year I was spamming refresh on the SEGA web site, waiting impatiently for a release date announcement. Needless to say I purchased the game immediately and it took only 40 minutes to understand 100% how AI engine works, the sloppy job in graphics, the horrible game play and eventually abandon it. Alien:Colonial Marines was the ultimate disappointment in terms of anticipation vs end product for hard core alien fans forcing SEGA to admit that the trailers were misleading and that the game failed to meet expectations.

Why I say all this on a review about Lindemann’s debut album “Skills in Pills”? Because this release reminded me a lot what I felt with this long anticipated FPS.

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Debut EP “X2A” by Aevin released on 16th of February

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The debut EP “X2A” by the Greek digital media artist Aevin released on 16th of February under the German label Raumklang Music Records (Dirk Geiger, Huron, Basementgrrr). The sound mastering was done Anatoly Tokee Grinberg of the Unguided Tactical Sounds Corp. The album’s concept is metamorphosis. The tracks work as a storytelling of one’s transformation from the past experiences to the present self.

Nostalgic piano motifs, and staccato beats punctuated by sonic interference reminisce over days gone by, while glitches throbbing in the cocoon of the skull clear away the cobwebs and the fog of sleep.

‘X2A’ transports the listener to powerful places of change—to the darkness and neon of the dancefloor temple and the secret room between the ears.

Aevins’ debut EP leaves the listener with the feeling that something of the old remains within the new, something tempered into the present, through the alchemy of the past. Brain-scrubbing beats, scanning across the auditory feld,  reawakening the senses.

The album features two exclusive remixes by Conjecture (Raumklang Music) and Totakeke (Tympanik Audio, HANDS label)

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Godflesh Announce New Album “A World Lit Only By Fire” after 13 years!

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What made Justin K. Broadrick (Jesu, Pale Sketcher, Final,) revived his pioneering industrial metal act Godflesh  remains unknown, but I am more than happy to say that after 13 years of abscence the band is back full force with a new EP titled “Decline and Fall” (the band’s first new music in 13 years) and a brand new album “A world lit only by fire” set to be released this October. As a teaser they’ve shared “New Dark Ages” which you can listen below.

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GODFLESH’s “Decline & Fall” EP was released on June 26 in the U.S. via Avalanche Recordings. The Japanese version of the EP includes two bonus songs.

GODFLESH released its first new recording in over 12 years through Decibel magazine’s Flexi Series. A cover of the track “F.O.D. (Fuck of Death)” by legendary death thrashers SLAUGHTER (Canada) was included in the subscriber version of the magazine’s November 2013 issue.
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Blitzkrieg Baby: Kids’ World EP Review

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Blitzkrieg baby kids world ep

I have to admit that Blitzkrieg Baby chose the hard music road. Not that musicians can control their creativity and influences, but choosing a road full of soundscapes and electronic experimental sounds makes it always harder to appeal  than choosing the more commercial path, if I may say. Having said that, what we are dealing here is not simply an industrial EP, but a very specific industrial genre release that will appeal to few. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing!
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March 15: Our Love Becomes A Funeral Pyre Album Review (Vinyl Only release)

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March 15′s newest vinyl release “Our love becomes a funeral pyre”, was maybe one of the greatest surprises that landed my inbox recently, as it brought up memories from my glorious industrial past back in 1999; when I first started spinning releases over the radio such as NON, DAF, Psychic TV and Suicide. The mastermind behind this LP release, Sami Albert “Witchfinder” Hynninen – who is mainly known to the wider audience for his participation with other bands such as TÄHTIPORTTI, REVEREND BIZARRE, THE PURITAN, OPIUM WARLORDS, SPIRITUS MORTIS and AZRAEL RISING, decided to wrap up some old school tracks (originally composed in 2004) and add a couple of new ones (2010 and 2013) in order to produce this “vinyl only” edition; which will be limited to 315 copies only and available on February the 14th.  Read more

Laibach – S / EP review (Mute Records)

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Laibach recently announced the release of a brand new album expected in February 2014 titled “Spectre”. “S” is the mini 4-track EP taster that became publicly available last week through their official

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web site. For those who do not remember, “Spectre” is the follow-up to Laibach’s last studio album “Volk”, released back in 2006.

The EP includes four tracks, three of which are new: “Eurovision”, “No History” and “Resistance is Futile” as well as a live version of Serge Gainsbourg’s “Love on the beat” performed in Tate Museum in London last year.
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Author & Punisher – Women & Children LP/CD Review

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author & punisher

Industrial as a genre is maybe the most used and misunderstood term the last few years in the music underground scene. Truth be told, there are a lot of bands calling their music “Industrial” – a statement that leaves me cold as I don’t consider bands that use dance EBM rhythms to be Industrial, even if they claim to be! So, I decided review on Author & Punisher as I think it’ a very nice addition to the Industrial scene and “Women & Children” is an LP you should definitely pay attention to…..

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