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April 19, 2012

Industrial Booom in Budapest Apr-27-29: One week left!

Next week, Viva Music team is going to be in Budapest, to witness an awesome festival: Industrial Booom – ReBoot Festival, in Budapest’s Barba Negra Music Club. We will give you more news on the way, as well as updates while we are there. Lastly, we will provide you with a review of the event shortly after its completion.

Black Head Agency presents Industrial Booom – ReBoot Festival between April 27 and 29: three days with a great lineup in Budapest’s Barba Negra Music Club (Prielle Kornélia u. 4.). It’s not the first time the festival happens, last year’s edition was one we are sorry to have missed: still in late April, acts such as Vomito Negro, Suicide Commando, Blitzmaschine, or The Klinik provided during the 3-day festival sufficient entertainment for the dark crowd.

Industrial Booom – ReBoot Festival, Apr-27-29, Budapest, Barba Negra Music Club video trailer:

This year, the festival lineup includes a lot more acts, and in addition, their names together spell the lineup of a reputed festival. Although not complete to date (negotiations with Blutengel and Plasma Pool, as well as a DJ set by Covenant’s Eskil are also under the organizers’ scrutiny), the lineup includes:

Day One, April 27 – “Mechanix Day”: Project Pitchfork, The Neon Judgment, Haujobb, 32 Crash, First Aid for Souls, Decoded Feedback  + Eskil (Covenant) – DJ Set

Day Two, April 28 – “Electronic Body Day”: Escalator, Absolute Body Control, Klutae, Spetsnaz, Front 242, the Juggernauts

Day Three, April 29 – “Dark Side Day”: Sonar, The Arch, Clan of Xymox, Diary of Dreams, In Strict Confidence, Dance or Die

Regular and VIP festival tickets are available on the agency site (http://www.black-head.eu/) as well as on the venue site (http://music-club.barbanegra.hu).

April 17, 2012

Skyla Vertex – “Urwerk”: Viva Music Album Review

Tracklist: “Somnia” * “Strom und Drang” * “Befreiungsschlag” * “Sinnkrieg” * “Face It” * “Urwek (Funke)” * “Urwerk (Feuer)” * “Urwerk (Asche)” * “Deconstructors” * “Schall und Rauch” * “City Demon” * “The Buying Dead” * “ZeitgEist” * “Schall und Rauch (Kriegsmonster Remix by Peter Spilles)” * “Strom und Drang (Orange Sector Version)” * “Befreiungsschlag (Nachtmahr Remix)

Band bio: Skyla Vertex is the brainchild of Greg, who may be best known for his involvements with scene legends Modulate and Reaper, and Alex, a lyricist, singer and illustrator from a rock background. Their self-proclaimed task is to combine an intellectual claim with hard electronic dance music – to assimilate the dancefloors of the world. “Urwerk” may be their first album, but they are sought-after remixers who already worked with Santa Hates You, Reaper, Orange Sector, Shiv-r, and Diorama.

What is Skyla Vertex? Even though it was a rather random creation, the name mirrors the message they wanted to deliver: “Skyla” can be found in the Swedish language and can be translated as “to hide” or “to bury”; The word “Vertex” is Latin and is used to describe a turning point in geometric terminology, it can also be translated as “mesh” or “nodal point”. Thus, Skyla Vertex takes its creative power from all the unknown corners of mind, unusual perspectives and the last shelter of soul: insanity. (source: band Facebook page)

Skyla Vertex – “Urwerk”: Viva Music Album Review:

Skyla Vertex’s album “Urwerk” is released this month; on Infacted Recordings in Europe on Apr-20, and on Metropolis Records on Apr-24. They describe their own music as “harsh beats meet deep lyrics” and they are not going amiss one bit; their music is well fashioned and inspiring, and their lyrics are fundamental in their choice of words, cadence, and general imagery.

Their lengthy album is tell-tale of a world in which protagonists are at odds with their choices, and wish a return to the groundwork, or foundation of whatever holds their act together. Let’s take “Somnia” for instance: it’s a great soundstorm, but beneath the riot there are emotional tinges floating freely in the thick air of conflicted sleep. “Strom und Drang” (also available as “Strom und Drang (Orange Sector Version)”) is a calmer, yet more introspective piece, with diligently crafted ecstatic inserts with a very heightened electronic sense. “Befreiungsschlag” (also available as: “Befreiungsschlag (Nachtmahr Remix)”) is just as the title says, liberating, and with a good interplay between spontaneity and calculated movement; it is a dance friendly track with assumed, relentless effervescence. “Sinnkrieg” causes the war of senses that is at stake in the band’s manifesto and with a defiant tone, it escalates and creates an overall enthusiasm via its intricate harmonies. After a momentous “Face It”, it’s time for the trilogy of “Urwerk” to sweep you off your feet: “Funke” – “Feuer” – “Asche” (in English: “Spark” – “Fire” – “Ashes”) is a creationist story, with a very resistant genetics and with substantial musical elegance and persusasiveness. “Deconstructors” and “Schall und Rauch” (also available as: “Schall und Rauch (Kriegsmonster Remix by Peter Spilles)”) are two great additions to the album,  and definitely pieces that we bookmark for further listening – they could easily serve as a Skyla Vertex 101 for friends who have not yet discovered their universe. A lighthearted, yet sufficiently zesty “City Demon”, a Viva Music favorite, is next, and after it, “The Buying Dead” and “ZeitgEist” are up to the challenge of closing the album before the remix section kicks in. “The Buying Dead” is sappy and confident, while “ZeitgEist”, drawing on the same source that never seems to dry up, is more of an attention-getter, but no less filled with incredibly sound philosophy and pleasure in making music.

Urwerk” is a very interesting debut album, and though it may take more than one listen to get it into your system, it’s a heartthrob and definitely a great business card for a band we are looking forward to listening to in the future. Enjoy!

Skyla Vertex – on Infacted Records | on Facebook | Discography on Discogs

April 26, 2011

Kmfdm Release “WTF?!”

Never one to shy away from asking the tough questions, KMFDM gives voice to the inquiry that is on everyone’s lips in these twisted times – WTF?!. WTF?!, the band’s new album released on Metropolis Records, joins the ranks of their many records titled with a five character name.”  (Metropolis Records)

In January we shared the great news of a new release from KMFDM, entitled “WTF?!” (European release: KMFDM Records / Dependent Records). Now that it’s here, we can rejoice even more in their 17-album history now that new material is out! December 2010 meant the release of the first track of the album: in the heat of the Wikileaks debate, KMFDM decided to make available the song “Rebels in Kontrol”  on the band’s website in December as a show of support for Wikileaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange, and was streamed more than 75,000 times in two days. (more…)

April 11, 2011

Ad Inferna “There Is no Cure” Viva Music Album Review – Out April-26

Ad Inferna have reached the next level, bringing their typical sound to perfection – and mixer Vasi Vallis has done a very good job!” (Kolja Trelle aka SOMAN)

Less than a year after their 2010 “DSM” album release, AD INFERNA are back with their new album, “There Is no Cure”, scheduled to be released with Nilaihah Records on April-26 this year. “There Is no Cure” features Kari Berg (formerly of Ashbury Heights) and Zombie Girl. The album was mastered by Vasi Vallis (Frozen Plasma, Reaper) with the remixes being mastered by Sebastian Komor (Komor Kommando, Icon of Coil).

The 9-track album will be accompanied by numerous remixes for the tracks “Resurrection” and “Sex Spell”, performed by Reaper, Alien Vampire, Acylum, Chaos All Stars, Inline Sex Terror, End the DJ, Terrolokaust, Erotic Elk, r@zorbla.de and Electrovolt(more…)

April 8, 2011

Lord of the Lost – “Antagony” Viva Music Review

Only one year has passed since the release of the LORD OF THE LOST debut album, “Fears!”, and now, in April 2011, they come back with a sophomore album that is truly worthy of your attention: “Antagony” (out on April-01 with Out of Line). A 15-track album, “Antagony” proposes clearcut sound, well-defined and engaging lyrics, and a sound on its way to become a trademark. Do not miss LORD OF THE LOST’s feature on the cover of the April issue of Sonic Seducer, in a haphazard duo with MINA HARKER.

Read Viva Music’s review of the Lord of the Lost debut album, “Fearshere.

LORD OF THE LOST’s new album is not, in many ways, a process, as it many times happens with bands who define their sound with initial releases. The pungent and charismatic sound of the album resembles in many ways what one should expect from artists with some tens of years of relentless studio and stage activity. The commanding beginning of gothic rock magnificence, “Preludium: About Love, Death & the Devil” is a masterpiece, and a great induction for the ensuing tracks. Elegiac only to the point where it is programmed to muster enough feeling to irrupt, “Preludium” opens the way for the manifesto track “We Are the Lost”, a compelling presence on the album, and, what is more, one that defines the philosophy of the band’s persona: a psychologically tormented and morally abused crowd of lost souls, trapped in the precipice that opens up between the world of living and dead. “We Are the Lost” is a highly creative track, but does not stray on the way to experimentalism, and this is why it comes up as a well-wrought and expert track.


Gates of Dawn – New Album Release Today!

In 2011 Gates Of Dawn once more shows up with a brand new long player “Lucid Dreaming”.

Founded in 2005, the band from Germany perfoms a mixture of guitar wave and electronic soundscapes by creating seductive songs full of sweeping beats, romantic melodies and uncanny atmosphere. Following the successful 2008 record “Parasite”, the bands third CD output marks another step in achieving an unique sound experience.

Expanding guitar parts by Sebastian Kraus, live drums by Carsten Warkus and the real played violin of Tina Thomasberger have become an important element of the band’s sound. For the first time, the songs haven’t been written only by singer Matthias. By contributing own compositions by drummer Carsten and bass player Jan, the band acquired a larger musical multiplicity.

Finally we found the sound that makes us incomparable”, says singer Matthias Abel, “so for me, the record is like coming home to a place I’ve never been before in real life.” Over 70 minutes and 15 tracks this record acts like a dream of disturbing and fascinating images, a journey through a world full of terror, fear and ecstasy.

Female singer Martina: “We tried to find an inner access to those themes, which otherwise would be mere scanners. The connection between religion and violence, the longing for salvation and the submission to spiritual leaders we considered most important.” Some of the lyrics Matthias wrote while being in a state of lucid dreaming. “Since my childhood lucid dreams were my most exciting experiences. There always is this moment you suddenly realize that you’re within a dream, a moment of outraging clarity and joy, something I try to regain in creating music. It’s about waking up, taking control over your dream, over your life.

In 2011 “Lucid Dreaming” is going to be performed live as a multimedia-based show including especially produced video clips (some video works can be seen on YouTube channel GATESofDAWNmusic).

The new album was recorded and produced by the band itself, mastered at the TS-Musix Studio Zweibrücken and is published by the German label Sonorium.

Style:  Gothic Metal / Gothic Rock

Release titleGates Of DawnLucid Dreaming

Release date: 08.04.2011


01. Strange Temple
02. Chrystalline
03. Wake Up Dreamchild
04. Radiate
05. For You (The 3rd Denial)
06. Hunting Me
07. Disappear
08. Lucid Dreaming
09. Rise My Beloved
10. Ghosts Of Tomorrow
11. Nobody Returns
12. Treasures Of Satan
13. White Cube
14. Neolovers
15. Heal
16. More 

Year of foundation: 2005

Order: here



Band websites:

Gates of Dawn on Facebook

Gates of Dawn on MySpace

Gates of Dawn on Last.fm


April 7, 2011

Lux Noctis Party on April-09 in Underworld Club

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Saturday, on 9th April, starting from 22:00, Lux Noctis invite you to a new edition of their consecrated parties, Lux Noctis Party, in Club Underworld (48, Coltei St.) DJane Grace and their special guest DJ Paralizie will make you dance on (post)punk, gothic, deathrock, batcave, synthpop, darkwave, electro, ebm, industrial, coldwave, minimal wave, rockabilly, psychobilly, indie and 80′s.

Free entrance!



April 1, 2011

Centhron’s Dominator is out today. The album review!

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A couple of days ago we were all thrilled about CENTHRON’s new album release – now that it’s here, we are even happier with their release. To crown their decade-old activity, the Bremen musicians come up on April-01, 2011 with a new release: “Dominator”, a full-length album with Scanner, the label that backed their most recent album, “Roter Stern” in 2009. Their label fidelity seems to work just wonders for them, since the sound both “Roter Stern” and “Dominator” come with is a mature mist well supported by electro and industrial geometry.

The album in itself comes with numerous gems. You can rarely find an album that starts off at full tilt, but “Dominator” is surely your kind of album if that is what you have in mind. “Leitwolf” does not only come as a surprise because of its being the first track of the album, and a generous one for that matter; but also because it conveys atmosphere in a diligent and well-wrought way. One would think that touring with AGONOIZE gets you all the emulation powers you need, but no, CENTHRON’s style is not at all cramped by their influence – they do stand out.  (more…)

March 29, 2011

Chainreactor New Album Out on April 01!

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After releasing in 2009 the debut album “X-tinction” as project Chainreactor by Jens M, it quickly became clear that here are no compromises made – hard, dark and compelling- attributes you have to use.

Therefore the road to success on the dark dancefloors was paved. First liveshows followed in 2010, inter alia on the renowned Dark Dance Treffen in Lahr.

Finally on 1st of April 2011 the long-awaited second album “Insomniac” will be published, including 12 brandnew tracks and 4 exclusive remixes from such famous acts like Xotox or [X]-rX.

Restless music for restless minds!


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