Friday Free-For-All: April 12th

Friday Free-For-All: April 12th: Punk / Metal / Industrial

No rules, no boundaries, no restrictions… just bloody good music

Ozzy Osbourne – Crazy Train
Apoptygma Berzerk – Backdraft (Deviced By The Invincible Spirit)
Centhron – Skull Fucker
Tiamat – I Am In Love With Myself
Cathedral – Ride
Varicella / Biohacker – Obsessed With Flesh (Biohacker mix)
Adrenalin O.D – Pope On A Rope
Before They Are Hanged – Clenched Fist
Faith No More – Midlife Crisis
E-Craft – Fuckers & Pricks (Remix 2017)
Alien Vampires – Fuck Your Exorcism
Nirvana – Territorial Pissings
Dead Kennedys – Holiday in Cambodia
Sex Pistols – Holiday In The Sun
Ramones – Bonzo Goes To Bitburg (My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down)
Reason Define – Innocent
W.A.S.P. – Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)
Grave Digger – Rebellion (The Clans Are Marching)
Tau Cross – Deep State
Black Market / Michael Jackson – Beat It
The Beat – Hands Off She’s Mine
Underworld – Born Slippy

Propaganda March 8th 2019

Propaganda March 8th 2019

Welcome to the launch of Propaganda, which come your way every Friday. It’ll run as a sideline to my new radio station, which launches May 1st. And it means I can cram everything into a single post/page and spend more time making new radio shows.

We’ll begin with the new video from GoMa, for the single Los Side Effects. If you’ve taken any drugs today, don’t watch this as it will fuck with your head a bit…

The single also features GoMa label boss Chris on vocals (and groovy sunglasses)… and you can download it from Bandcamp, as a Name Your Price: https://officialgoma.bandcamp.com/album/los-side-effects

As I may have mentioned before, I had the honour of designing the cover art

GoMa - Los Side Effects - GoMa - Los Side Effects Coverart

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News wise, I’ll split everything into two categories, Dark News, which will cover EBM, Industrial, Synthpop etc…  and Metal News… which covers… um, Metal

Dark News:

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Grendel Re-Issues:

The eagerly awaited redux re-mastered re-release of 2000-2002 Grendel classics “Inhumane Amusement” & “End of Ages”, combined on 2 CDs, featuring bonus remixes & previously unreleased material, are out now… and for the price of a standard cd

Live Dates:

The band have also announced 2 UK dates. Saturday 27th April at The Electrowerkz and in Glasgow on May 11th at Ivory Blacks

https://www.facebook.com/grendel.music/


Metal News:

If you want a daily fix of Metal News, check out https://www.facebook.com/MetalJacketMagazine/. Ivona who works with me on the Metal Jacket Radio show posts there most days

But for today, I have some news concerning Brujeria

Extreme metallers Brujeria have released a brand new single as a follow up to their infamous »Viva Presidente Trump!« 7-inch

Pick up your copy on limited colour vinyl today via http://nuclearblast.com/brujeria-amariconczar

»Amaricon Czar« 7″ – Track Listing:

  1. Amaricon Czar
  2. Lord Nazi Ruso

In addition, BRUJERIA are pleased to announce a 23-date European run for May 2019, kicking off at Netherlands Deathfest, Tilburg on May 3. Special guests on the tour will be VENOMOUS CONCEPT (US/UK). The opening support will come from AGGRESSION (CA) as well as SANGRE (US). All dates can be found below, tickets are on sale now.

BRUJERIA : VENOMOUS CONCEPT (US/UK) : AGGRESSION (CA) : SANGRE (US)

03.05. NL Tilburg – Netherlands Deathfest*
04.05. NL Sneek – Het Bolwerk
05.05. B Roeselare – De Verlichte Geest
06.05. D Hanover – MusikZentrum
07.05. D Bremen – Tower
08.05. D Berlin – Cassiopeia
09.05. CZ Brno – Melodka
10.05. CZ Prague – Futurum
11.05. D Munich – Feierwerk
12.05. A Dornbirn – Schlachthaus
13.05. CH Sion – Le Port Franc
14.05. I Rome – Traffic Live Club
15.05. I Milan – Legend Club
17.05. F Colmar – Le Grillen
18.05. F Paris – Petit Bain
20.05. UK London – The Underworld Camden
21.05. UK Manchester – Rebellion
22.05. UK Glasgow – Cathouse Rock Club
23.05. UK Birmingham – Mama Roux’s
24.05. F Dommarien – La Niche
25.05. D Mannheim – MS Connexion Complex
26.05. D Essen – Turock
*BRUJERIA only


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And while we are on the subject of Metal, check out The Dark Side of Metal, every Monday at 10pm UK time, via http://sinefm.com/, or via DAB in the Doncaster area

Next weeks show will include new music from Candlemass, plus AutomatoN, Foul Body Autopsy, Skaldic Curse in the Black Metal Britannia slot, also Harmdaud, Germ Bomb

Keep up-to-date with the show at: https://www.facebook.com/DSOMDoncaster/


New releases:

Norway’s Agregat have a new single out, entitled Funkhaus… it’s the follow up to the stupidly catchy, Runners, which I was also a big fan of

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/agregatofficial/

Belgium’s Dark Electro/EBM outfit, Reality’s Despair, have just released, Human Transitions, which you can pick up via Bandcamp:

I’ve only had the chance to play the whole album once, so far, but it’s destined to be one of my favourite albums of the year

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/realitysdespair/

And a quick shout out to my favourite album if the year so far, which is Inner Conflict by Blinky Blinky Computerband

 It’s no longer a free download, but I know the band would appreciate a few more paid downloads… which is something I hear from so many bands, unfortunately.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlinkyBlinkyComputerband/

And we’ll end this weeks new releases with Russia’s Deflexity, who have released a couple of singles in the past week. I have one lined up for my show on Monday, the other is Valravn, which actually has a Pagan feel, mixed in with the electronic sounds

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deflexity/


 

I will include some Metal releases in next weeks feature, and there will be additions like reviews, interviews, Spotify recommendations etc… as well… this is just day one

And don’t forget, I do two radio shows every week, over at Mixcloud

On Monday, it’s the Ghost Wave Radio show with the best in EBM, Industrial, and most forms of dark electronic music and a few slices of misery

And on Tuesdays, it’s the Metal Jacket Radio show, with 2 hours of Metal every week

You can access both shows here: https://www.mixcloud.com/GhostWaveRadio/

and both are on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GhostWaveRadio/ | https://www.facebook.com/metaljacketradio/

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Review: AutomatoN – Ego Verus

AutomatoN – Ego Verus (Machine Man Records)

Ingredients wise, this album isn’t quite on my ideal menu. I’ve spent most of life in the Metal world, but I’ve never really managed to get on with the Sci-Fi meets Industrial style of Fear Factory, although I’m ok with Strapping Young Lad. And I’d say that’s two of the bigger influences on this album.

The other main ingredient is akin to the more modern styles of Metal. Those that soothe you one minute and then mutilate you the next. Again, it’s not a style I’m comfortable with, but on this album, it works… perfectly.

In a nutshell, this drifts along in a Sci-Fi Progressive Metal kind of way. Electronic sounding choirs of chilled out ambience… and then, like a good horror film, you get hit with the ferocious bark of Nate Exx Gradowski’s growled vocals. Ok, it doesn’t quite make you jump out of your seat, but I’m sure you get the general idea.

The main theme of AutomatoN is robots that are wired wrong… so robots in human form then, as most of planet earth is definitely wired the wrong way. And that theme can be heard throughout the album as you do get the feeling that the whole album is cocooned in some form of machinery. Organic sounding, this most definitely isn’t.

The biggest plus point for me though, is the accessibility of the music, and the vocals. The songs glide, quite beautifully at times and the injection of aggression feels natural and the two styles are forged together seamlessly. Where “Modern Metal” fails, for me, is when it goes from super aggressive to unbelievably passive in a heartbeat. And I’m being polite here, as my actual thoughts aren’t very pc, and I don’t want to upset any snowflakes…

So yeah, definitely a winner as far as I’m concerned and I’m even more impressed at how easily this album won me over.

https://www.facebook.com/theautomatonband/

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WTF1: Chmcl Str8jckt

I get my ideas for things from all sorts of situations. This one came about, partially, after a chat with Chmcl Str8jckt frontman, Kevin Snell.

 He told me he’s written two songs about his wife for the new album….one simply being titled “Love”. I told him he was going soft in his old age. He shut me up completely when he told me that one song was about seeing her “experience pleasure” and in the other he gets slaughtered for her.

 So Kevin Snell, what the fuck do you sing about?

 I think you’re in a different situation than most vocalists, mainly as you didn’t start singing and writing lyrics until you were in your mid 40s… was it hard to get started and find your own niche?

Ha Ha! Yes, I never wrote a lyric until about a year and a half ago when we wrote the songs for our self-titled debut. I did it out of necessity as the few other front men we tried out just couldn’t capture the vibe that Mike and I wanted. I never want to write “I hate you” “Everyone sucks” “I want to crush you”-type stuff. I wanted to tell little dark stories. It was quite hard to get started, really. It helped that I am a voracious reader and always enjoyed literature. The first song I wrote was “Dressed To Kill”…..a fairly generic topic of a creepy guy stalking a stripper. Once I got that one under my belt the flood gates opened and I realized that the material I want to write about is all around me! I have a stack of post-it notes on my desk and I say phrases into my phone regularly….I then come back to these later when I am ready to write. As I write this to you, I see notes that say “Bring the bourbon and act like a man” and “Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her Momma 40 whacks” on my desk.

 On your 2017 debut, you sing about everything from stalkers to the killer, Dylann Roof. One track though, is very personal. One Last Salute, which is about your battles with alcohol.

 Is it easier putting it all out there, via a song, rather than say, sitting down with someone and opening up to them?

I like variety so some of my songs are metaphors for personal issues, as you say about “One Last Salute” and alcohol. On this track from our debut, I pictured myself setting up at the bar for a night of “battle”. The bottles are “soldiers” that I will slay (consume) as my war rages through the night. In the opening verse I set the stage with “my guts in a knot” and the “soldiers cringe as I lift the opening salvo to my face”. We are all bracing for a fight that never ends well. It finally does end, though, with “as the sun is slowly rising, I drink down One Last Salute.” I am paying homage and respect to my worthy opponents, the “dead soldiers everywhere” (empty bottles). Many people understandably think that song is literally about soldiers and war. I actually had to explain it to a women in the military who didn’t appreciate me singing about “dead soldiers”. I do drink quite a bit…..I am careful to keep it in check. I have a very hyper “type A” personality and a drink or 6 is the way I turn off my mind and relax for a change. On the new release there is a track called “Black Vulture” which is another song about the escape that alcohol provides. Black Vulture is actually a vodka that is distilled here in my hometown. It allows for another perfect metaphor…..”this vulture consumes guilt, like others on a carcass, it quells the screaming in the head of this beast that walks among us.” I don’t mind writing personal songs, as I am very open and honest about who and what I am. Probably too open, ha ha!

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But, again, I love variety in sound and lyrical content. I like to write songs about “characters” too. From the debut, “Silver Or Lead” is about the late drug lord Pablo Escobar while “Dead Flat Black” is about Jack The Ripper. On the new cd (just a few months from being finished!!) “Ode To Peckinpah (Bloody Sam)” is about American western film director, Sam Peckinpah…..an absolute brilliant madman that was hated by his peers and completely out of control.

There are also the 2 tracks for the new release, as you mentioned, that I wrote about my wife and best friend, Misha. This was new territory! The first track, “Bomb Cyclone” is about her “going off”. Ha ha! Our lives, like everyone else’s, are full of challenges….difficulties at work, sick parents, etc. I wrote “Bomb Cyclone” as a celebration of seeing her experience joy. Shedding the woes of reality for a night and living in the moment! I love to see that pure happiness. “She’s a Bomb Cyclone….no flowers in her hair…but she dances in the flames and lives without a care. She’s a Bomb Cyclone and she’s gonna go off!” The other song, “Love”, is truly new territory for us. Mike and I were hanging out and he played a riff for me. It was beautiful and haunting. He said, “I just wrote this, but I know it’s not Str8jckt material.” I loved it and wanted to use it. I recorded the riff and then programmed around it. Once the song was shaping up I started thinking about lyrics. It’s slower, poignant, dark and beautiful….like love. So I simply thought I will write a song about how much I love Misha. It became a very Helen of Troy-ish song. “A thousand ships were launched….and they’re coming for you…..but they gotta get through me…..and I couldn’t be more happy!” After writing the verses I felt I had written my ultimate love song. I read it a few times and realized “Wow…the ultimate expression of love to me is fighting/dying for the one you cherish”. I realized that is the kind of “crazy” that we who have testosterone are subject too. I suck at listening and empathy…but I’ll fight an army for you! WTF? So I wrote the chorus as a commentary of my verses….”we men are wretched things…..we men are wretched things.” (Though I’m very happy in my wretchedness!)

On the debut “Today The Devil Dies” was an anomaly too. It was about current events at the time. The sentencing of the awful Dylann Roof…..mass murderer and hate monger. I always am shocked when people kill each other over no reason except blind hatred. I had to write my revenge song against him “today the devil is gonna die….so drop the noose and let’s hang ’em high”.

BUT, the bulk of what I write is simply little horror stories! “House Upon The Hill” from the debut isn’t so different than many books I’ve read. A depressed dad kills himself in the house. Each decade a new family moves in and the spirit of the dead man entices the weakest member of each new family to suicide (while narrating the song!). Each of the 4 verses is dedicated to the 4 families that inhabit the house…ending with “cries for daughter break the still, as I grow ever stronger in the House upon the hill.” On the upcoming release we have “Cut Deep”, “Meat Hook” and “Baphomet” that are all along these lines, although “Baphomet” is historical horror (the burning of the Knights Templar, etc).

We’ll end with a quick chat about your next album, which you’ve just finished recording. What subjects have you tackled on the album. And is there anything that you hope will make people sit up and take notice?

Regarding the upcoming release…when I got the life changing call from John Bechdel (Ministry, Fear Factory, Killing Joke) saying that he’d like to produce this next release, we had only 2 songs written. Two songs that didn’t make it onto the debut. I knew I could rework them to make them better. Bechdel was on tour with Ministry when he called me but we set a time to work at his studio for about 2 months later. We had this amazing, mind blowing opportunity…and no material!! Ha ha! Well, in about 2 months we wrote all of the songs you will hear on the new release!

 I hope the big “take away” from our next release is that variety and blending of styles is a great part of what makes industrial music so interesting and inviting. Just like on the debut, we want to capture that old school feel that we loved so many years ago, while incorporating elements of rock, metal and punk. What was always exciting to me as an industrial fan was how Thrill Kill infused disco…..Pailhead infused punk…..Revco infused rock…..Godflesh infused metal….Legendary Pink Dots infused jazz!! We will continue to blend the styles that we love into our industrial framework. There will be “purists” that will hate us for this, but we don’t care a bit!

Keep an eye on https://www.facebook.com/chmclstr8jckt/ for details of the new album, which should be out, probably around February or March 2019. Kevin has afforded me a sneak preview of some of the material, and the album is going to slay…

 https://chmclstr8jkt.bandcamp.com/releases

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Decent News Interview

Yep, this is the first interview for the new Ghost Wave Radio website, and I managed to have a chat with Decent News guitar player, Eddie LaFlash.

Asking a band about their band name is one of the most boring unimaginative ways to begin an interview. But for Decent News, it’s actually a valid question…. What is Decent News and how did you get to that from “Hopscotch and the Tickled Fancy’s”?
First I’d like to say thank you very much for taking the time to do this with us, We love your show! Hopscotch and the Tickled Fancy’s huh? That’s a whole long story but I’ll save it for another time. It was an Industrial band that I had formed in 2012 and we disbanded in 2015. I don’t really remember how the name came about, I think the name was just supposed to not reflect how we sounded at all. When we formed this group in 2016 the first name we had for ourselves was Freakuency, which I thought was a really clever name until I found out that around 2 dozen other bands thought it was clever. Eventually we came down to either Decent News or A Few Boys.

And any names that got rejected along the way?
I actually just found the list of names that we had to choose from. Basically we each thought of some names, I think I came up with maybe 20 names, Collin came up with
about 5 and Laken came up with about 70. We did kind of like a round robin thing to eliminate some names

Here are some of the ones that didn’t make it:
Those!
Stepstool
Radiator Faction
One of my kids is Gonna eat Shit
Survaillance Abuse
Water Seizure
The Files
Steamfresh Oopsies
KillFuck

The list is practically endless, and some of them were clearly not going to make it. Although looking back, I really like Water Seizure.

Musically and visually, you don’t really follow a set format or blueprint either. Apart from your single, Halogen, your artwork is kind of quirky, and the music follows a similar path… well it does to me anyway. Was it a conscious decision to be “a bit weird”, but with enough melody to still draw people in? Or is it down to a weird collision of influences?
The quirkiness comes from us just having fun. We never take ourselves seriously at all, to us, It just feels really awkward to have a serious sort of theme or persona that you see a lot of bands doing these days. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it just doesn’t reflect who we are. Musically everything is pretty straight forward, Lyrically, is where we start to have fun with it. I don’t think we make it a goal to make our music goofy, but if we get writers block we usually just start fucking around with ideas until it sounds usable.

Now, moving onto your new remix album… and I’m a sucker for remixes. What made you decide to do a remix album of Filth and how does it feel for a band when other artist re-interpret your music?
I love it. I think it’s so cool how people can interpret ideas and rethink the way that a song is put together.

I won’t put you on the spot and ask which remix you liked the best, but did any band do something and you thought, “damn, I wish we’d done that”?
That’s a tough one, I love all of them. Every remix that we got blew us away in their own way. If I had to pick one…. personally I’d have to say 80KV’s remix. The intro and outro gave me chills ha ha. When I gave her the stems for Sanctuary I included the 15 minute version of the source sample that plays at the beginning and end of the song and she really picked out things that we completely skipped over.

Decent News are now lining up a few gigs. Am I right that your August 15th gig is your debut? Is being a gigging band important to you, or is the digital world where it’s at in terms of being your main focus.
August 15th at Cerry Street Station in Wallingford, CT is Decent News’ first gig! It’s about time. We’ve really been wanting to get out there and gig. It’s always a fun experience and it’s such a rush. I feel like bands have to gig to reach their full potential. The digital world is great if someone is looking for your music, but at a gig you’re pretty much forcing the people who came to listen to your band. Who knows, you might show them something they’ve never heard before.

I’ll be brutally honest and say I think (good) record labels are a dying breed and pretty much obsolete these days, especially when it comes to underground bands. But I love what Chris at Machine Man Records is putting together. Especially with your label mates Chmcl Str8jckt making really good progress, does that spur you on and give you belief that your small corner of the scene can make some headway. Or is more a case of take it as it comes and see what happens?
Chris is the man! He’s done so much for us and he really is a great dude. With all the hard work that Chris is putting in, I hope it gets big. I don’t think we’re too worried with success though, I know we’re in good hands and that’s all that matters

Now the remix album is out, what’s next for Decent News? Is it too early to think of the next album, or are you dying to make the most of your new studio?
Thanks for noticing the new studio! It fucking rules and I’m so excited to piss off my neighbors. We have some ideas and demos kicking around but I can’t really do too much because Caleb is in New Hampshire until the beginning of November, so I don’t want to do too much without him.

Many thanks for your time, is there anything else you’d like to add?
Anytime time man! Check out our latest release on Machine Man Records “Filth: Remixed” featuring many talented artists from all over the globe!

https://www.facebook.com/decentnews/
https://decentnews.bandcamp.com/

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