Ghost & Writers second album „Red Flags“ has turnt into an acoustic-electronic Film Noir. Musical short stories centering around characters driven by despair are forming a sharp contrast to the bright electronic aesthetic from Frank Spinath and his Belgium counterpart Jean-Marc Lederman.
Before the album is available on April 5th, through retail, there will be an impressive teaser-trailer (to stay in the cinematic language): Only until the album release, the single “Never Take fire” will be available on the website of Dependent for free. Simultaneously this single will also be available in a limited number (68 handsigned and numbered copies available only) in the Dependent Shop. Because of the high quality of this advance single, it will be available on regular download platforms digitally after April 5th.
There is a beat that makes us curious. Like Alice in Wonderland chasing the white rabbit, we have to follow this beat. It pulls us directly into a world of knobs, faders, switches and digital displays, the studio environment where MESH recorded their forthcoming album “Automation Baby”.
The beat is still there. It is the heartbeat of “You Could Not See This Coming”, the albums intimate closing ballad, that the band worked on finishing the album. And we are allowed to peek over Mark’s and Rich’s shoulders, seeing them building this wonderful track, that creates quite a contrast to the first single, and shows a different facette of the new MESH-Album to be released.
Preorder the new album here.
KUNST, KMFDM and Carnage are not only linked together by alliteration: Early march will see the follow-up to the critically acclaimed “WTF!?” album in Europe: KUNST will be released in Europe, and is equipped with an artwork that spells the tongue-in-cheek provocation that the outfit is known for. The bare-chested heroine who gives a massive wooden cross an unvoluntary date with a chainsaw is not only a reference to the ucraine feminism-group FEMEN, but also to the “Pussy Riot” riots, whom KMFDM have dedicated a full song to on their album. KUNST is coming as the mix between cluboriented synthlines and guitardriven industrial metal that KMFDM is known for.
The soundcarrier is due in March, and the band will grace European stages throughout April. Germany, France and the UK will get the KUNST-treatment. Don’t miss the showdates in our “On Tour” section.
With 2011’s Modern Ruin still a fresh memory, Covenant is already back in the studio working on a follow-up, tentatively titled Leaving Babylon. Featuring material that spans from Northern Light-era demos to brand-new creations, Leaving Babylon promises to be a bold new direction for the band. Beat-heavy yet introspective; Leaving Babylon is Covenant’s sonic exploration into uncharted emotional waters. It’s the feeling of memory made sound—the melancholy of Sweden in the wintertime, the strange beat of electric hearts, and the longing for forgotten parties.
It's time to listen. It's time to heed the sound of the sirens. What are they telling us? Who is really playing the tunes we dance to? We are not Leaving Babylon. Not yet.
Leaving Babylon Club Night Tour plus Special Guests & DJs
12.09. Duisburg - Pulp
13.09. Magdeburg - Factory
14.09. Hamburg - Markthalle
15.09. Hannover - Musikzentrum
17.09. Frankfurt - Batschkapp
18.09. München - Backstage
19.09. Nürnberg - Hirsch
20.09. Erfurt - Gewerkschaftshaus
21.09. Dresden - Reithalle / Straße E
22.09. Berlin - C Club
More dates over Europe to come!
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Mesh finish Studioworks for “Automation Baby” and add sneak preview to first single ”Born To Lie”
The Bristol Duo Mesh just concluded their studioworks for their forthcoming new album AUTOMATION BABY to be released in Mid March. The band seems very satisfied with the result, as singer Mark Hockings comments: “We think this album is a huge step forward for MESH, the sound has become more coherent and more modern.
We are very happy with the result.” Soon, you will have the option to experience that with your own ears, as the bands record company Dependent had produced a few clips that will give away glimpses of the long-awaited album. A prerelease of the bands forthcoming single on YouTube was welcomed euphorically by the MESH-fans, and more snippets will follow soon. If that is not enough, then the single “Born To Lie” will give you even further insights into the forthcoming release: A QR-Code in the booklet will give access to a hidden Sneak Preview of the single and reveal 3 more album tracks that will not be made available anywhere else. The single will be available January 18th.
This week sees the new Front Line Assembly Soundtrack CD "AirMech" at a top position of the German Alternative Charts (DAC)!
Audio samples from "AirMech" you still find here and CD orders are available at our shop!
For their eighth studio album Covenant return to their one-time home port of Dependent, the label that twelve years ago released the landmark "United States Of Mind" album. With tracks like "Dead Stars", "One World One Sky" and of course the "Leiermann", this was the album that capitalised on the band's insider cult status and catapulted them to the upper echelons of the global electro scene.
With a successful US tour and several special debut album anniversary gigs behind them, the band have since been at work on the songs for the new CD. At the time of writing the band is busy going through the massive amounts of demos they have produced since their last album "Modern Ruin".
The working title of the new album is "Leaving Babylon". A new Covenant Single, maybe even an EP is already planned for spring 2013!
As with each new album the band manages to redefine their sound without sacrificing their recognizability, it will be interesting to discover which new facets of Covenant will emerge to surprise us this time. One thing is certain: the fans will certainly get their money's worth.
We have started the month of October with the release of the album “Don’t Be Scared – It’s About Life” by the French trio Chrysalide which has been well received by the press. Coma Magazine writes "`Don’t Be Scared, It’s About Life´ is the most unique and complex album I’ve heard all year. In fact, Chrysalide may be the next wave of genius for music everywhere.", while Side-Line opined "... cyber-punks driven by industrial adrenaline. Some vague reminiscences of Ministry might appear now and then, but Chrysalide is much more diversified. Electronic parts sometimes become more noticeable while other cuts reveal epic parts. The rhythms can even move on the edge of pure hard-core while some songs result in a sort of controlled wall of noise. Further comparisons will for sure lead us to Skinny Puppy, but the Chrysalide sound is much more complex and hard to catch." and Headfullofnoise declare that "Chrysalide’s `Don’t Be Scared, It’s About Life´ is everything good Industrial music is about. Harsh, aggressive, melodic, scary and raw. If you dig that style of music, and bands like Skinny Puppy or Combichrist, definitely pick up a copy of `Don’t Be Scared, It’s About Life´."
For those who have maybe missed out this excellent album, we now offer a full track as a free download. Here you will find the track "Not My World" as mp3 for free!
And here you still will find XL audio snippets from both, the regular edition and the limited edition.
MESH stand for perfect pop songs with accessible melodies and fantastic vocals. In terms of songwriting and arrangement they are virtually peerless in the electro/synthpop scene. Now the British duo is back with "Born To Lie", the impressive first single from their new studio album "Automation Baby" due out next February.
The beat, the hook, and the charismatic vocals of Mark Hockings, all show this is anything but only pop from the shelf. In the past three years since the release of their last full-length "A Perfect Solution" the boys from Bristol have been hard at work crafting new material. The exclusive B-side "Black Dog" is another surefire hit, showcasing MESH's sense for relentless melody, not to be missed. While retaining the brilliant hook and signature vocal the club version of "Born To Lie" works just a tick rougher, harder and heavier - perfectly for the dance floor. The Rotersand Rework is a groovier treatment while the minimal EBM technopop of the Blitzmaschine remix gives the track an additional hypnotic touch. All in all a well-rounded packet with something for everyone. The single is to be released January 18 via Dependent in Europe and was produced once again by Olaf Wollschläger, in whose studio the band put the finishing touches on. Pre-orders are already available at the shop.
Our first update on the new album "Automation Baby" was full of surprises and here's one more for you: MESH had a cameraman accompany them on their recent trip to Olaf Wollschläger's studio, where they put the finishing touches on their new single. We present you here with the resulting video clip, which spares no detail. Enjoy!