The Crüxshadows have given us another gem with the new release of ‘Astromythology’ on Wishfire Records. The opening track ‘Helios’ quintessentially represents a new level of maturity in both sound and production that the band has reached since their 2012 release of ‘As The Dark Against My Halo’. ‘Singularities’ is a heartfelt plea for survival to anyone that may be listening, lest God alone. The catchy ‘Stay’ is a reminder of the upbeat and memorable songs so well known from the band such as Dreamcypher’s ‘Perfect’. ‘Home’ is a suitably unforgettable and emotional ballad, with its beautifully crafted piano melody that with each listen feels like you are hearing it for the first time as is the gentle ‘My Telescope’. If you’ve lost hope and feel like giving up, Rogue reminds you to fight on. Just as sure as the sun rises and sets each day, ‘Stargazer’ assures us with a marching beat that we will continue to survive against the odds. Even still, the angels walk through the tracks on Astromythology as they have since the beginning as in ‘Of Angels’. They are here forever next to you, encouraging you from the shadows. The strength of ‘Jupiter’ and ‘Uncertainty’ showcase the brilliant studio development of producer and sonic mastermind Henning Verlage of Unheilig along with the genius demonstrated by Rogue himself. If you have followed the band on their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram you may have been lucky to win many of the contests and giveaways which have always been popular with the band. Our protagonists include founding member Rogue, Victoria Witt, Jennifer Jawidzik, David Wood, JoHanna Moresco and Jessica Lackey. With a tour ahead including dates in both Europe and North America, having just completed their 20th anniversary show at DragonCon the path forward has never looked brighter! Who knows what the future holds?
TerraIndustria is now moving to it’s blog format which will not be too different from the current format due to content level and frequency of posts. The focus will be to place more variety in the content of posts without losing sight of the original goal of TI which has centered around industrial music and its variants.
We had the opportunity to interview This Morn’ Omina’s Mika Goedrijk and Karolus Lerocq after the production of their latest effort Kundalini Rising. Check out our album review here.
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Label: Out of Line
After a long hiatus of more than a decade Dirk Ivens releases Dive: Underneath on Out of Line. This release presents his trademarked electronic minimalist approach and is accomplished in its production. The sounds invite the listener to a dark, rhythmic soundscape, an addictive and catchy experience no less than what you would expect from this artist. On this release Ivens has collaborated with Ivan Iusco, owner of the Minus Habens label as well as Rafael M. Espinosa who teamed up on Behind the Sun.
This Morn’ Omina is the unique project of Mika Goedrijk, who has been producing their own genre of ritual industrial music since 1996. With the goal of conveying a new language to the masses, This Morn’ Omina has succeeded in providing the listener with an adventure both spiritual and musical. With their latest release Kundalini Rising, the band has moved on from their Nyan theme as presented releases such as Les Passages Jumeaux to present something entirely new. The different spiritual themes and concepts presented here are telling a story to the listener, taking them on a journey to enlightenment.
Kundalini, in the concept of Dharma, refers to a primal energy or Shakti as the song title refers which is said to be located at the base of the spine. There exist methods of awakening this kundalini energy to reach spiritual enlightenment. This album invites the listener to such an awakening. The tribal beats presented in the first track Ayahuasca invite the listener to prepare himself or herself for initiation, to take a voyage into the unknown. The first disc reaches a crescendo with Garuda Vimana, which brings to mind visions of the mysterious “vimana” flying structures mentioned in the ancient Sanskrit texts.
The most basic release presents itself in the form of two CDs. The first of which is upbeat and combines ritual industrial and EBM elements. The second disc has more of an atmospheric quality and builds up the subject matter like a sculpted landscape. The effect of this crafts the theme of the song like a story while keeping the listener wanting more. Kundalini Rising allows the listener to attain a musical nirvana, to reach musical enlightenment based on your own spiritual awakening.
Website: This Morn’ Omina
Label: Zed’s Dead label
After releasing the hit “Soul for Sale” and the album Fire Walk With Me, H.P. Siemandel has been at the forefront of the synthpop scene. With catchy tunes and a solid production, Zynic has released Neon Oblivion. With a professional approach, the moody tracks and melancholy keep the band moving forward. They do an excellent job at meeting the high expectations put in place for what they have produced thus far. Stefan Netschio of Beborn Beton lends a hand on the track “Would”.
Welle:Erdball’s Gaudeamus Igitur is released on the Oblivion label. Themes like 20,000 leagues under the sea featuring Captain Nemo, commander of the Nautilus and other tales of wonder are featured in this whimsical release. A sticker for the scooter the Vespa 50N Special is included as a bonus. This is a very special release for fans and includes something creative for everyone.
Depeche Mode have been there and back again, continuing to bring us world-weary tunes for an anxious listener. To attempt to apply a fascistic element to the music of Depeche Mode is to misunderstand everything about the band. That is what the “alt-right” has done, the popular self-described right-wing element in America these days. What is misunderstood is that Depeche Mode have been at the forefront of the movement best known in the heydays of punk, when the world was their mirror, the ugly side of the state of western civilization, in your face. As for the lyrics of Spirit, they are conveying this message with continued accuracy pronounced on “Going Backwards”. You will find the same level of angst and gloom as you will on any Depeche Mode album and that, perhaps is where ‘Spirit’ shines.
The new album from Blutengel released on December 2nd. One of the most incisive experiences in every person’s life is the loss of a dear one. Blutengel-singer and mastermind Chris Pohl has forged this painful yet inevitable part of everyone’s existence into his most intense single to date. “Complete” fuses anthemic gloom with a gripping, dark intensity to create the kind of honest, deeply emotional experience that has become a rare trait in today’s electronic music scene. The Dark-Pop-group has grown up, but without losing the magic, the dark groove and the feel of earlier recordings. The b-sides “Nowhere”, which successful harkens back to Blutengel’s early days and the atmospheric and rhythmic instrumental “Dusk”, plus a club-compatible remix of the title song by British electronica-act Massive Ego top off one of the group’s strongest single-releases to date with some must-own exclusive content. “Complete” marks the most consequent evolution of the Berlin-based band – an immersive trip that effectively puts the listener under its spell.
Snog – The Clockwork Man released November 4th on M-Tronic has been re-worked by artists such as Aesthetic Perfection, Velvet Acid Christ, Ambassador 21, Shinjuku Thief, qDub.