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August 26, 2011

Placebo Effect – “Gargoyles & Galleries” Re-Release – Viva Music Album Review

Tracklist: “Mystress” * “Intoxication” * “Psychotrauma” * “Poison Tree” * “Brain Entrophy” * “Galleries of Pain (Bloody Pain Remix)” * “Intersection” * “Move (Animation Remix)” * “Psychological Drama” * “Devoid Soul (Salvation Remix)” * “Autopsia” * “Agony of the Mind” * “Dawn and Death” * “Lumph” * “Move” * “Galleries of Pain” * “Last Day” * “Hard WorkTracks 1-14 from the original tracklisting of “Galleries of Pain”. Tracks 15-18 from the original tracklisting of “Gargoyles”.

About Placebo Effect:

Christoph Kunze, Achim Windel and Axel Machens started Placebo Effect  in 1988. While Christoph and Axel already dabbled in music making with their project Pleasure and Crime, Achim brought to the band his interest in contemporary electronic music, from Skinny Puppy to Cabaret Voltaire, and from Kraftwerk to Gary Numan. After early live experiences that were on the verge of trespassing ban limits with their gory musical content and medical gowns they donned on stage, the acclaim came to the band with the 1990 Danse Macabre release of their “Gargoyles” EP and their success in a Zillo band contest. Also from this date, their collaboration to Das Ich’s Bruno Kramm dates; a collaboration that also brought their “Galleries of Pain” to fame. Their first full-length album of 1992 was followed by “Slashed Open” and “Manipulated Mind Control”, adding to the band’s portfolio sufficient material for their 1996 compilation “Past and Present”, a selection of the band’s finest. In 2003, after several years’ hiatus, the band got together again, and in 2011, Infacted Records honors their music by releasing a digital remastering of their first two materials under the contracted “Gargoyles and Galleries” title in their classics collection.

About Placebo Effect – “Gargoyles and Galleries” – Viva Music Review:

The placebo effect is a pharmaceutical expression of patients feeling improvement due to their belief in medication’s curative effect, notwithstanding the overall inefficiency of the treatment or inaccuracy of the diagnosis on the basis of which the drugs were medicated. Often, in clinical research, the term of ‘blind test’ is used to describe the assignment of medication to patients of the same ailing: to some the real research drug is offered, while to others a ‘blind’ substance is given, and the effects are monitored for research purposes. Taking further the analogy, being ‘served’ in 2011 Placebo Effect is similar in strength: you could be tricked into believing you’re listening to music created in recent years, but get out, twenty years ago! So there is a lot of context defamiliarization, of the good kind, when listening to Placebo Effect. (more…)

August 11, 2011

The Birthday Massacre – “Imaginary Monsters” – Viva Music Review

Tracklist:  “Forever* Burn Away * “Left Behind * Pale [Kevvy Mental & Dave Ogilvie ‘Rubber Unicorn’ Mix]” * “Control [tweaker Mix]” * “Shallow Grave [Combichrist ‘Good For Her’ Mix]” * “Pins And Needles [SKOLD Mix]” * “Shallow Grave [Assemblage 23 Mix]”

Imaginary Monsters” (release date: Aug-09) is a followup material from The Birthday Massacre after their successful 2010 album “Pins and Needles”.  The EP, comprising 8 tracks, includes three original tracks, as well as five fantastic remixes of tracks from their latest album.

Order The Birthday Massacre’s “Imaginary Monsters” from Metropolis Records here | Read the official release information from Metropolis Records from May-26 here.

About The Birthday Massacre:

The Birthday Massacre is from Toronto, Canada. Combining their interests in various musical and artistic styles, the band has successfully accumulated an impressive international fan base, press accolades, and defied categorization with their unique sound and visuals.

The band was formed in 1999 and independently produced and recorded their first two albums, “Nothing and Nowhere” and “Violet”. Through both of these high-demand releases, as well as their highly acclaimed and beautifully atmospheric website, the band obtained a large and loyal fan base throughout the world. Due to their independent success, in 2005 they were approached by European and North American record labels and the band began its steady climb to reaching a much wider audience with the 2007 release of the acclaimed and wildly popular “Walking With Strangers”.

In the last few years, the band has been performing internationally, traveling extensively across Canada, the United States, Mexico, Australia, the U.K. and Europe. They have become renowned for their high-energy live performances, drawing large, mixed crowds through their appeal to fans of a surprisingly wide range of genres. Their fourth full length album “Pins And Needles” was released on Sep-14, 2010 accompanied by a video for “In The Dark“.

The Birthday Massacre – “Imaginary Monsters” – Viva Music review:

With the release of “Pins and Needles” and the 100% positive feedback they received, The Birthday Massacre accomplished a new stage in their career – full sound, charismatic voice, well arranged musical landscape. Therefore, it is no wonder that they came up with new material within less than a year from their latest album release. “Imaginary Monsters” is a fresh deal and a disc bound to be played in a loop! Not only it comes packed with beautiful remixes for already famous tracks, but it also gives a glimpse of previously unreleased material, which definitely thrills the band’s 150k fanbase (according to Facebook). (more…)

July 20, 2011

Cryonica’s “Music for a Darkened Theatre” Festival on August, 13 in London!

Cryonica Music presents a new festival in London on Sat., August, 13: “Music for a Darkened Theatre” which introduces quite an appetizing lineup for just one evening: In the Nursery, Zodiac Youth, Attrition, Inertia, Mechanical Cabaret, The Ghost of Lemora, Maleficent and AlterRed!

Read Viva Music’s review of In the Nursery‘s “Blind Soundhere. | Read Viva Music’s review of Inertia‘s “Deworldedhere. | Read Viva Music’s review of AlterRed‘s “Mind-Forged Manacleshere. | Read Viva Music’s review of Mechanical Cabaret‘s “We Have an Agendahere.

DJ sets from: Reza (Killing Joke/Inertia), Elektrobunny (Inertia/Attrition), Trail (Black Light Ascension), Frankie D (Flag), Jonthegoth (Flag) and Rev J (Antichrist/Hard Drive) are going to ensure the time you spend is worth it, and that you don’t leave too early! The festival is going to be held in London’s Cochrane Theatre, (address: Southampton Row, London WC1B 4AP – Holborn Tube. Doors open at 14:00hrs, with the first band on stage at 14:30hrs.

Ticket prices are £13 for advance sales and £15 at the venue. The lot is limited to 300 tickets, so make sure you secure your ticket now, either by booking it online here or from Resurrection Records (address: 228 Camden High St, London NW1 8QS).

New single “Freiheit” from Pakt on August-12!

Update on Aug-05: The official video for Pakt‘s single “Freiheit” is online starting today! Enjoy!

Update on July-29: As of today,  Pakt‘s website is online! Standing testimony to the seriousness of their newborn project, the site is ‘packed’ with all the traditional tools of a band website: bio, discography, media, gallery, and a plethora of sharing tools for social services! We really like the website and are going to bookmark: http://www.paktprodukt.de/.  With a teasing tag line “two guys who just wanna play with you” the website also gives snippet preview of tracks from the forthcoming Pakt productions.

Out of Line announces the release of Pakt‘s first single on August-12! Pakt are Chris Ruiz and Gio von Oli, who have recently left And One. Their new act is not wasting any time, with a first single out next month (packed with remixes from DAF, Formalin and Funker Vogt), and a M’era Luna date! If you add to this the fact that the name of Pakt was on everyone’s lips at our recent visit to Amphi Festival, and many participants showed their support of the new act by buying and wearing Pakt merch, we know we need to keep our eyes and ears open for them!

Tracklist:  “Freiheit” * “Angriff” * “Freiheit (Robert Goerl Remix by Robert Goerl of DAF)” * “Freiheit (Gummi-Drum-Remix by G.Thomas of Funker Vogt)” * “Freiheit (Freiheit und Gerechtigkeit Rework by Formalin)”

Order now Pakt‘s first single from Out of Line‘s shop here. | Watch the making of video for “Freiheit” after the jump. (more…)

June 23, 2011

Project Pitchfork – New Album Out on August-12: “Quantum Mechanics”

Project Pitchfork surprise us with new material a year after their “Continuum Ride” album and their “First Anthology“! On August, 12 Trisol releases their new album, entitled “Quantum Mechanics“, in a general edition, as well as in limited and fan editions!

Read more about Project Pitchfork on darkwave.ro: Amphi Festival 2010 review: Day 1 | Darkwave.ro Fest 3 review (with photos) – Dj Luca Ew, Tenek, Rabia Sorda and Project Pitchfork – January 29, 2011 | Project Pitchfork Offers “First Anthology” as a 2 Cd Set

Tracklist (general edition):  “Freeze In Silence” * “Lament” * “Run For Cover” * “Radical Business” * “Mute Spectators” * ” Quantum Mechanics” * ” The Queen Of Time And Space” * ” Splice” * “We Will Descend” * “You Rest In My Heart”

Tracklist (limited and fan editions)“Freeze In Silence” * “Lament” * “Run For Cover” * “Radical Business” * “Mute Spectators” * “Quantum Mechanics” * “The Queen Of Time And Space” * “Splice” * “We Will Descend” * “You Rest In My Heart” * “Tempest” * “Insomnia” * “Freeze In Silence (Ice Version)” * “Run For Cover (Antimatter RMX)” * “Lament (Death RMX)” * “Quantum Mechanics (Instrumental)”

The limited edition will come in 2,000 copies and will include: two exclusive tracks, three exclusive remixes, one exclusive instrumental version, book in hardcover-paperback-cover with elaborate ‘Singer’ thread stitching, 40-pages extra-booklet, precious artprint on high-quality paper, as well including all lyrics and additional artwork. The fan edition adds on top of the limited edition selection of tracks a special and exclusive t-shirt! (source)

June 22, 2011

Santa Hates You “Jolly Roger” + Fan Edition Available for Pre-Order!

Pre-order your copy of “Jolly Roger” – general edition | fan edition | Release date: 12-August, 2011 | Label: Trisol


Pack Your Bags Honey We’re Going to Hell” * “Prepare to Be Boarded” * “Nothing’s Gonna Be Alright” * “We Need You Alive” * “The Monster in the Maze” * “Fire the Cannon” * “Raise the Devil” * “Das Leben Fuegt Ihnen und Den Menschen in Ihrer Umbgebung Erheblichen Schaden Zu * “The Mad Scramble” * “Domina Mors” * “Watch Out Motherfucker I Know Karate

For the real fans! A set with the album “Jolly Roger” and an exclusive t-shirt.

This is not a drill. Lock up your women and kids… and best put the men in there too: The Santa Hates You barge has been sighted at sea! Sailing under the proudly hissed skull banner “Jolly Roger“, the anarchistic electro pirates directly aim at the coast. And this time, mercy is entirely out of the question. (more…)

May 26, 2011

Birthday Massacre “Imaginary Monsters” Out August-09 + Pre-Order Info


01. Forever * 02. Burn Away * 03. Left Behind * 04. Pale [Kevvy Mental & Dave Ogilvie ‘Rubber Unicorn’ Mix] * 05. Control [tweaker Mix] * 06. Shallow Grave [Combichrist ‘Good For Her’ Mix] * 07. Pins And Needles [SKOLD Mix] * 08. Shallow Grave [Assemblage 23 Mix]

Following up on the success of the most recent album “Pins And Needles“, The Birthday Massacre returns with “Imaginary Monsters“, a new EP consisting of three all new songs and five remixes. The three new songs, “Forever”, “Burn Away”, and “Left Behind” find the band at its creative apex. Dark, personal, and atmospheric, The Birthday Massacre builds on its compelling blend of gothic, rock and electronic music into a sound that is all their own. To give the fans another perspective on the aforementioned sound, The Birthday Massacre has had five colleagues offer their unique perspectives on tracks from “Pins And Needles“. SKOLD, Combichrist, tweaker, Assemblage 23, and Kevvy Mental & Dave Ogilvie add their own spin to TBM’s distinctive style. As a bonus, the EP also features the video for “In The Dark“!

PRE-ORDER: Order now, and we will ship this item to you when it is released on August 9, 2011.


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