Canadian industrial pioneers opened their recent European “Echogenetic” tour this weekend in front of 4000 people, headlining the Hangar Stage of this years Mera Luna. Although a bit rusty at first, the crowd appreciated the mix between new tracks like Killing Grounds, Deadened, Exhale or Blood and front Line Assembly classics like Surface Millennium, Plasticity or…. (we don’t want to give away too much…).
Additionally the band was supported by a cool video and lightshow, as well as the band members Jeremy Inkel (keyboard, drums), Jared Slingerland (Keyboards, Guitars), Jason Bazinet (drums) and industrial Icon Bill Leed (vocal, drums). The next three weeks will see the band playing a set supported by haujobb in UK, Holland, Scotland, Hungary and Czech Republic. Front Line Assembly are currently experiencing a lot of backwind, since their current album “Echogenetic” is not only received enthusiastically by fans and media, but also charted for the first time in the bands extensive history in the German Media Control Charts. Catch them on tour, and find tour dates here.
Futurepop darlings Pride and Fall want to electrify people with their terrific new album “Of Lust and Desire”, released on August 30th. What are success and status, compared to the things we really want to have? Contentment, desire, and craving shouldn’t come to the forefront; we should learn to simply let go. When the trio came together at the end of 2011, led by singer Sigve Monsen, it was all too clear that the band members themselves did not have enough freedom and want to have it back. They let go, and the tremendous outcome can be heard on the Norwegians’ new album. The forerunner, “In My Time Dying”, reached the number one spot in the German Alternative Charts and was an extremely strong piece of work, only to be seconded by its successor. Straightforward Synthpop meets boisterous experimentation; dark sounds resonate over lighthearted tones. Despite being a floorkiller, the album’s compositions have a sense of gravity and meditation. The first edition of the album will be released in a limited digipack with UV-finishing. Those interested should act quickly; the limited first edition of the past release was almost immediately sold out. The album is available for purchase here.
The forerunning single “Last Dance” has not budged from the top position of the German Alternative Charts, and Covenant has come up with something even better: the new album “Leaving Babylon”, to be released on September 6th. Club songs and experimental numbers will cause listeners’ ears to pick up: The sporadic guitar chords of “I Walk Slow”, the harpsichord in the intro “Thy Kingdom Come”, and the piano in the closing ballad “Not to Be Here“ are just some examples that prove that Covenant continues to develop their talents in arrangement. With every album they continue to build up their own Futurepop monument, and with “Leaving Babylon”, they seem to found just the right balance of the accessible and the experimental.
The cover shows a stylized tower as a polygon, reaching into the sky before a stormy background. “Signal to Noise” is the phenomenon of communication making random noise out of a signal, wherein the original information gets lost. Hence, the album is about the pervasive acceleration of communication, which holds society in its grasp. One theme of the album is the war for information, and for the order of knowledge. This historically began earlier and has now entered a new stage in the age of internet-assisted data processing: “The floor collapses as we dance” The album is available in our shop as a limited version of 5000 copies. Included with the eight-panel glossy digipak are an extra booklet and a bonus CD.
This is something completly new in the history of Front Line Assembly: with their 17th album the Canadian musicians hit the geman Media Control Charts at position 75. And not only the fans think that this is one of the best electro releases of the year. Read here, what the media has to say about “Echogenetic”:
“Best of all, however, are some of the killer tracks on show, easily amongst the best FLA has ever recorded, from the thumping, unrestrained dance anthem Killing Ground to the massively addictive, slow-paced Blood and pulsing circuitry of Deadened.” (Barcodezine)
“…there's nothing here that's going to disappoint long-term fans. It's a master-class in great musicianship in industrial music.” (SonicShocks)
“An absolute must for fans of electronica and electro-industrial.” (arcticreviews)
“More than a quarter of a century after their debut album Canadian electro-industrial heavyweights Front Line Assembly have just delivered their best recordings since those halcyon days.” (Altsounds)
From the beginning of August on Front Line Assembly will be on tour with haujobb throughout Europe. You can find the dates here.
We have a small but decent gift for you to celebrate the successfull release of the new Front Line Assembly album "Echogenetic": from now on you can download the full track "Deadened" for free. And if you want to listen to more: we have previews of the songs Ghosts, Exhale and the club-hit Killing Grouds on our Website for you.
You can also buy the album in our shop. The limited edition is already sold out, but the normal version and the limited Vinyl-Edition are still available.
We are very happy that we are able to announce a day before the release, that the Limited Edition of the new Front-Line-Assembly album is already sold out in the shop! But you are still able to get hold of “Echogenetic” – the jewelcase-version is still available in the shop . Thanks to all the people who preordered “Echogenetic” so far!
Good news for Mesh-Fans: the band from Bristol just announced that they will play at Super Schwarzes Mannheim on 7th of September. Spetsnaz and Portion Control will also be there.
“Pride and Fall”, Norwegians Future Pop darlings will be back with a new new album on August, 30th, following a 6 year “sabbatical”, after their successful third album “In My Time Of Dying”. The trio around singer Sigve Monsen started dusting off their olod studio gear two years ago for the work on “Of Lust And Desire”. The first edition of the album will be a limited digipack in a UV-coating. The album can be pre-ordered at the Dependent-Shop.
Interesting newsbit for fans: Not only is the band going to headline the Friday, of the UK industrial festival Infest (23rd of August), but will also be giving a specific fan meet and greet session during the festival. Additionally, the album will be available first for exclusive purchase at Infest, one week before its official release.
The british electro pioneers “Click Click” announce a new album with new studio recording in fall this year. The working title for the new album of the band is currently is “Those Nervous Surgeons”, a sign that the record musically converges toward the older recording of the band. According to Drummer Derek Smith they “close the circle” in their musical development: Fans might recognize the title: “Those Nervous Surgoens” was the name of the band before they changed it to “Click Click”. “Those Nervous Surgoens” is the first studio-release in 16 years after the 1997 album “Shadowblack”. Additionally Click Click announces various live concerts this October, after playing a live set at the prestigious Infest-Festival in Bradford.