Out now via Metropolis Records
It’s been a while since Psyclon Nine’s last album, 2009’s “We The Fallen”. This was due to frontman Nico Bellum deciding to take a couple of years off to confront his addiction issues rather than capitalise on “Fallen’s” success. Now they’re back with [Order of the Shadow : Act I].
Despite that “Act I” Bellum (though now he seems to be going by the moniker of The Saint) has stated this will probably be the last Psyclon Nine album. This may be disappointing to fans but in many ways it’s laudable and shows a lot of artistic integrity. Psyclon Nine’s recent output, starting with Crwn Thy Frnicatr, was always conceived as being a trilogy and there must be a temptation to keep a popular project like this going, so it’s good to see Bellum sticking to his guns and bringing things to a definitive close.
Out 25th November on Metropolis Records
Canadian band iVardensphere have often been tagged as part of the industrial/power noise genre since their inception four years ago, but with their strong trance influences and distinctive use of tribal drums that genre label often feels too limiting, even if it is one they embrace. With new album The Methuselah Tree they stretch themselves even further with more drums, more beats and more collaborations.
(Out now via Out Of Line)
They’re known for their distinctive uniform of red shirts, but Solitary Experiments certainly didn’t show up just to be killed off straight away. The German EBM band have been around since 1994 with a consistent release schedule since then and, having released the Trial and Error EP earlier this year, they’re back again with their newest album, Phenomena.
(Out now via Oblivion Records)
There’s been a lot of anticipation for The Brightest Light, the latest album from The Mission. After all, it’s their first in six years, not to mention the fact that it reunites original members Wayne Hussey, Simon Hinkler and Craig Adams after decades of line-up changes and a supposed farewell tour that obviously didn’t stick. Whether that anticipation will be met or not depends on how fans take to the new influences with have bled into The Mission’s music on this release.
(Out November 12th - Metropolis Records)
I think it’s enshrined in law somewhere that all bands who fall under the umbrella term “industrial” need to follow up each album with a collection of remixes. Now it’s The Ludovico Technique’s turn, a year after the release of their Some Things Are Beyond Therapy album, featuring remixed tracks from the likes of God Module, Shiv-r and Aesthetic Perfection.
(Metropolis Records - 8 October 2013)
Ah, the remix album. They tend to follow a standard formula: usually the same handful of popular tracks, reworked by a variety of other artists in the same genre, quite often only really of interest to die-hard fans or DJ’s looking for something a bit more danceable to add to their sets. “Hanzel Und Gretyl Fur Immer” is the remix version of faux-German industrial metal duo Hanzel Und Gretyl’s recent release, “Born To Be Heiled, and is unusual in that every remix is by one artists: KyzrWolf. KyzrWolf being the solo electronica project of Hanzel Und Gretyl member Kaizer Von Loopy. So in a way it’s effectively the band remixing themselves.
(Out now via Negative Gain)
The days are getting shorter and winter is rolling in and it seems that 2013 has turned out to be something of a renaissance for old school industrial acts. We’ve had new albums from the likes of Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly and Suicide Commando and now here come Kevorkian Death Cycle with their first release in an astonishing fourteen years with God Am I. It’s a thought that makes me feel very, very old but a pretty big chunk of the people into industrial music today would probably have been in primary school the last time the band released anything, so in many ways this feels like a relaunch for the band rather than just a new album. So how is it?
My review of the new KDC album.
After a six year absence Pride and Fall have returned with a new album. I had a chance to talk to band members Sigve Monsen, Per Waagen and Svein Joar Auglaend Johnsen about their time away, their new work and headlining the Infest festival.
My interview with Pride and Fall.