Danger in the mosh pit: No slam-dancing allowed!

March 30, 2012 2 comments

One can survive a mosh pit and live to tell with a potentially strange fondness of the memories. Bands like System Of A Down have continued to incite uproarious excitement in their audience since the 90s. Yet other musicians, across different states and different decades, also draw in a frenzied crowd where moshing is a dangerous activity. However you cannot very well have control a place which has rules of it’s very own.

Mosh pits really are dangerous, this isn’t just something old people say.

I learned this valuable life lesson in 1998, when I was 16-years-old. System Of A Down(SOAD) had recently released their self-titled album and they were headlining at Irving Plaza Manhattan. I was there on a date with a guy named Matt and extremely excited. I had never been to a concert in the city without a parent.

Coal Chamber and Fear Factory were the opening acts and it didn’t take long for the crowd packed inside this hot and cramped space, to get rowdy.

According to law enforcement officials, dancing is a First Amendment right, but the behavior of moshing is itself a violation.

The first hit was my fault. I knelt to adjust my shoe and got a swift boot to the ear. I played it cool. I didn’t want to break mosh pit etiquette, where different rules apply. The second hit, part of a domino effect, knocked me in the side. By the time SOAD was on the way, I was ready for everything to be over.

My vision blurred and the room swayed. I was dizzy and sweating, my temples throbbed and the pounding in my head accelerated. I grabbed Matt to cling on, which prompted him to ask if I was OK. However, I blacked out and don’t recall my answer. The next thing I knew several people were hauling me into the loby and dumping me against the wall, and Matt was rushing to my aid.

I hadn’t heard from Matt in 14 years; but this past February he found me on Facebook. He told me how he had just returned from an SOAD show, and it was in fact, the violent mosh pit that inspired him to look me up.

Today I’m in Boston, where Police have enforced a ban on moshing and are cracking down on putting a stop to slam-dancing.

I’m not surprised that SOAD shows are still insane, but I never realized how nostalgic mosh pits make me or how much I miss 90s music and New York City.

SOAD moshing in 2011:

The auditorium, stage and mosh pit at Irving Plaza.

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Angelspit gives its fans their own app to iSpit on their mobile device

March 23, 2012 Leave a comment

You would hardly know it from the band’s title, but Angelspit members, Zoog and Destroy X, are a charming and congenial couple from the land down under. Angelspit appeared on the scene in 2006 with their self-released studio debut album “Krankhaus.” The duo embraces all things futuristic and has always tried to remain close with their fans ever since; and now they have their own app to prove this.

Angelspit’s creative style and visual appearance is amped up, colorful and infused with attitude. Their cyber industrial music is aggressive, stomp-worthy, and frenzy-inducing. However, in spite of the image they project in their art and to the public, Zoog and Destroy X are said to be two of the sweetest, most humble people.

DJ Jezebel in Hell, met Zoog and Destroy X at a club in Albany a few years ago. They were playing as a headline act, and she was spinning on the dance floor for the evenining. “They really are infectiously fun to be around, and I really cannot resist how cute they are with the adorable Aussie accents,” Jezebel says.

Steve Rosia, a self-proclaimed new-waver and club-kid, got to meet the pair on that exact same tour. “If you were looking for me the whole evening, I was not on the dance floor; I was shooting the breeze with Zoog. He and his Destroy X rock,” Rosia says.

Angelspit just announced their new appeal to the electronic market, a free app that currently works on iPads and iPhones, with an Android version in the works. The app will send updates to your mobile device on the latest gigs, merchandise and competitions, as well as provide a news feed of news, photos, MP3s and videos.

The one issue some people may need to get past is the apps name, the “iSpit.” However, the user lest not forget just how very much Angelspit is in your face.

Get the iSpit app at the iTunes store.

For those unfamiliar with Angelspit, here is a brief taste test of what you can expect to encounter from their sound.

Music video for the song “Vena Cava”

Music Video for the song “100 Percent”

Or if you want to sample the personalities of Zoog and Destroy X, you can watch this Q-and-A they did for VampireFreaks.com

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Das Ich frontman emerges from a brain hemmorhage to resume his adored craziness

March 2, 2012 Leave a comment

The word came through last June and the forecast didn’t look good. Stefan Ackermann, the lead singer of Das Ich, was seriously ill, with uncertain chances of a complete recovery. The remaining members of the group, who were all devastated, expressed their condolences, and reached out to the fanbase for support.

After several months of healing, anxiety and hope, an update finally surfaced. According to Bruno Kramm, Ackermann’s longstanding partner-in-crime, things appear to be looking up.

Kramm, a close friend of Ackermann’s, admits that when he first received the terrible news, the situation looked hopeless and he was afraid Stefan wouldn’t survive his severe brain hemorrhage. However, Kramm is now rejoicing over his companion’s fantastic progress and seemingly miraculous recovery. “He is much better now and can move himself, speak and participate in normal life,” Kramm said.

Das Ich is most definitely an acquired taste. To say they’re not for everyone would be a gross understatement. Das Ich’s music, sung completely in their native German language, is explosively executed in a feat nothing short of performance art. The band’s name itself literally means, “The I.” This is a nod to Sigmund Freud and highlighted through themes of human suffering and isolation.

Ackermann acts a special, scary brand of insane. On stage, he wields an eccentric, evil and apocalyptic presence. Nevertheless, in private, he’s generally rather quiet and his true passion is actually theatre. Aside from that, he is described by those closest to him as a “wonderful person,” “great friend,” and “outstanding artist.”

The last 10 percent of Ackermann’s battle will prove to be the hardest. Fortunately, his fellow playmates and trouble-makers feel confident he’ll be back to his old self again soon. So, it’s only a matter of time before the audience can pay witness to his crazy antics again, right?
Indeed, a Das Ich reunion is scheduled for the end of 2012 and the first rehearsal is set for April.

To satisfy your curiousity, here are a few sample clips of Das Ich at various concerts in the last few years.

Gottes Tod


Kain Und Abel

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Spiritual Front, the ‘Mafia Folk’ of Neofolk, have a new music video

February 24, 2012 Leave a comment

It feels like the four members of the musical act, Spiritual Front , were taking forever working on their latest music video. However, the audience knew from a preview clip which popped up, that something was coming and it was coming soon.

The Italian band actually labels themselves as makers of Mafia-Folk music. This may be connected to their place of origin being the lovely country of Rome, but it could just as easily come out of their direct association with the folk genre.

Spiritual Front was born in 1999, as a project of the guitarist and singer, Simone “Hellvis” Salvatori. They don’t do old-fashioned Folk music, they do Neofolk. The Neofolk sound is almost impossible to define, but in the simplest of terms, it really is exactly what the name suggests; a conglomeration of other genres, including Martial Industrial and Darkwave, combined to create a breed of it’s own. It is the new folk.

The group is also fond of calling their work, “nihilist suicide pop”. This is yet another odd label that once again harkens back to their ethnic identity, as well as to the philosophies of Nietzche, and concepts seen in classic film-noir and the popular HBO series The Sopranos.

Regardless of how they are defined, they are an interesting bunch. After all this is the same act that did a cover version of Emilie Autumn’s ballad, “Thank God I’m Pretty,” a song with lyrics clearly written to be sung by a female.

In the recent months, the band has offered a teaser of the brand new video for their song, “Odete”, the third single taken of of their 2010 album, “Rotten Roma Casino.”

The video is a loose interpretation of a film of the same name from Portuguese director, Joao Pedro Rodriguez. You could watch a trailer for Rodriguez’s work right here below:

or you could watch the brand new Spiritual Front music video, which is now available online.

Spiritual Front is currently set for a European tour, which will take them through Finland, Russia, Poland, Austria, Germany, Estonia, Italy, France, Ukraine and the Netherlands.
Nihilism and folk wisdom aside, that sounds as if there may be more out there for them, then just a big and empty nothingness.

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Dave Gahan and Soulsavers combine their creative forces

February 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Depeche Mode’s lead singer, Dave Gahan, is currently in the studio working on a new project with the English band, Soulsavers. Gahan worked with Soulsavers once before in late 2009, when they supported Depeche Mode during the European segment of the “Tour of the Universe.” The artists have been underway with this new collaboration and as of Feb. 7, according to a tweet from one of the webmasters, the project “has entered the mix/mastering stage.”

Together, Ian Glover and Rich Machin are the pairing that make up Soulsavers (they also go by The Soulsavers Soundsystem.) The duo works as a remix and production team, composing downbeat electronic music, with hints of gospel, rock, country and soul thrown in. The two men have released three albums to date: “Tough Guys Don’t Dance” in 2003, “It’s Not How Far You Fall,” in 2007, and “Broken,” in 2009.

This won’t be the first time that Soulsavers introduces a guest vocalist into the mix. In 2009, their third album, “Broken,” featured Mark Lanegan as the main singer, alongside a number of musicians. These musicians include Jason Pierce of Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized, Gibby Haynes and Richard Hawley of Butthole Surfers, and Mike Patton of Tomahawk, Mr. Bungle and Faith No More.

For whatever reason all of Soulsavers’ previous combined efforts fell beneath the radar. However, Gahan’s work with Depeche Mode has endured adoration and stardom for at least three decades. Therefore this is an enormous deal for both Soulsavers and listeners alike, as pretty much anything Depeche Mode oriented turns to gold; and anything Gahan touches is beloved. Perhaps with his help, Soulsavers will see a little bit of limelight; and the masses will have more of what they love.

Official Depeche Mode site
Soulsavers Myspace page

A live performance from Erfurt, with Soulsavers playing as support for Depeche Mode.

A video for a popular Soulsavers single, “Revival”, from their 2007 album, “ It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s the Way You Land.”

A video for Depeche Mode’s “Precious”, from their 2005 album, “Playing the Angel.”

A video for Depeche Mode’s ”Wrong”, from their 2009 album, “Sounds of the Universe.”

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WTII Records brings on the music!

February 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Chicago-based, independent label, WTII Records recently announced the launch of a free digital sample of their releases for 2011 and ’12. The digital album is set to be available via the company website, starting Feb. 10.

WTII is known for a vast array of musical styles, but their core focus is on Synthpop, Industrial, Ambient-Noise, Trip-Hop, Indie-Rock, Electro, and Electronic-based Pop.

Attrition, Beborn Beton, In Strict Confidence, Melotron, and The Gothsicles are of but a few of the artists signed up with the label.

Every song on this playlist is exclusive to the collection. The compilation includes a variety of tracks, with a few upcoming releases, in addition to a few demo mixes. Some of the featured artists are label-regulars, such as Trigger 10d, Stromkern, am.psych. Others are new inductees, like Dead on TV, Method Cell, Rein[Forced], SMP, and the Leæther Strip side project, Klutæ.

This has the potential to be an awesome assortment. If it turns out to be anywhere near as good as it’s expectations, then it will certainly be a must-have addition for any fans of the bands, the genres, and the WTII label.

Download your own copy here or check out the external links below.

WTII Records Facebook
WTII Records MySpace
WTII Records Twitter

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The eager may prepare for Infest!

February 3, 2012 Leave a comment

The Klinik, Necro Facility, Dirty K, and SpaceBuoy are the first batch of musicians set to participate in the upcoming 14th annual Infest this summer in West Yorkshire

The event’s own website declares itself as ,“the premier festival of alternative electronic music,” and for genre enthusiasts it is a milestone not to be missed. This is perhaps especially so because both the Industrial and EBM movements originated in Europe in the 1970s and ’80s.

After much anticipation, the initial lineup of artists was finally announced to the public on Feb. 2.

The musical ceremony is held at the University of Bradford Students’ Union, in the U.K., and the gathering is scheduled to take place Aug. 24-26.

The Klinik is a ground-breaking Electronic band from Belgium and this appearance will mark their UK debut. Aside from an odd stage presence, they are known for a cold and desolate tone, which is conveyed through minimalist lyrics and a synthesized sound.

Necro Facility a product of two childhood friends, will also be making their debut. Together, the pair produces harrowing melodies, that are full of complexity and give a nod to ’80s flair.

Dirty K first arrived on the scene as an experimental studio project, playing noisy, pumped, industrial beats. The ambient drones and distorted mixes generated by their live act, recently got them signed to the German Hands label.

SpaceBuoy is an interesting and energetic creation. The duo has a futuristic, yet retro brand of Electronica, that is intertwined with uplifting harmonies and catchy vocals.

If this sounds at all appealing to you, take note that there is still most definitely more to come. The many fans on the lookout for updates can tell you that.

For more information go to: http://www.infestuk.com/

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