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  • CMW / Music Store Galore

    18 mai 2009, 14h50m

    So. Despite my loathing for "the industry" (or The Copyright Mafia) I actually went and bought a spankin' new Nokia 5800 Comes With Music-bundled hi-tec toy. I estimate the CMW / free-access to Nokia Music Store cost me roughly €150 - but goddammit if it wasn't worth it.

    Before I actually lost my marbles completely and went and bought it (or ordered it rather, seems hardly any stores actually stock the CMW bundle) I browsed through the 'Store and noticed Front Line Assembly, Chemlab and Diatribe - stuff I've already got, granted, but I had to start somewhere. Had a more thorough look and discovered heaps of industrial/industrial rock/industrial metal/industrial dance type stuff. And was hooked. Major kudos to who-ever stocks the store.

    Thought I'd post the industrial-ish stuff I've down'd so far (split into guitar-based and electro-based for convenience). A lot of this I haven't had time to check out properly yet, but I'm getting there.

    First the more guitar-oriented/based stuff:

    16volt - Best of (for completion really, there were a couple of tracks I didn't have elsewhere already though)
    A New January - Cold and Naked (pretty cool industrial rock with hints of break beats/drum'n bass - I will dig deeper into this)
    Acumen Nation - Psycho the Rapist / If You Were / Unkind
    Bile - Nightmare Before Krztoff (kinda different from Sex Reflex, the one I had previously, need some getting used to)
    The Cassandra Complex - Beyond the Wall of Sleep / Sex & Death
    Celldweller - Celldweller (at first listen too nu-metally/poppy, but it's a grower it seems)
    Christ Analogue - Everyday Is Distortion
    The CNK - L'Hymne a la Joie (this brand of industrial metal is something I'm kinda veering away from, but ah well)
    The Damage Manual - Limited Edition
    Death Ride 69 - Screaming Down the Gravity Well (shows a lot of promise, I will listen more to this!)
    Die Krupps - I (Re-release)
    DJ? Acucrack - Humanoids From the Deep / Mako vs. Geist
    The Dreaming - Etched In Blood (picks up where Stabbing Westward left off, more pop than industrial rock, but still good)
    Econoline Crush - Purge / Brand New History (Brand New History seems to be getting a lot of flack for some reason, I don't get it - it's a great album, the only thing is that Nokia Music Store didn't actually have all the tracks for it, so I went and bought it via Amazon instead)
    Faster Pussycat - Between the Valley of the Ultra Pussy
    Filter - The Amalgamut / Soldiers of Misfortune (Soldiers of Misfortune was quite the let-down, wasn't it?)
    God Lives Underwater - Up Off the Floor
    Godhead - Non-Stop Ride (I've seen the album cover in bargain bins and second hand CD stores and thought it might be cool - and well, it is kinda)
    Imbue - Ritual In Bloom (thanks to Chrome Skin Jesus of http://www.razorbladedancefloor.com/ for the tip)
    Killing Joke - Hosannas From the Basements of Hell / Killing Joke / Pandemonium
    Klank - Still Suffering (once I put aside my prejudices against Christian-ish music I could enjoy this, and apparently he isn't quite as Christian as I thought at first)
    KMFDM - Boots / Extra Vol. 1-3
    Lard - Pure Chewing Satisfaction
    Malakwa - Feed the Machine (again with the industrial metal)
    MDM - Unified State of Aggression (this was certainly a great find, and something I really didn't expect to find at the Nokia Music Store - I might have to buy their other stuff digitally from CDBaby or something)
    Murder Inc. - Corpuscule
    New Project - Ultraviolent Light (imagine, if you will, what Throne of Chaos, old In Flames or Kalmah would sound like if they went the industrial metal route - not bad, but a bit plastic)
    The Newlydeads - The Newlydeads
    Pitchshifter - Desensitized / Industrial
    Pop Will Eat Itself - This Is the Day
    Red Harvest - A Greater Darkness / Hybreed / The Red Line Archives / There's Beauty in the Purity of Sadness
    Replica - [Loneliness+Civilization]
    Revolting Cocks - Beers, Steers and Queers / Big Sexy Land / Cocktail Mixxx / Sex-O Olympic-O / You Goddamned Son of a Bitch - Live at the Metro...
    Scum of the Earth - Blah...Blah...Blah...Love Songs for the New Millennium / Sleaze Freak (for your Rob/White Zombie fix...)
    Skrew - Angel Seed XXII / Burning In Water, Drowning In Flames / Shadow of Doubt
    Sybreed - Antares (Slave Design was better - both are pretty average)
    Tamtrum - Elektronic Blakc Mess / Elektronic Bonus Mess (what is it with the French and industrial metal..?)
    Techny-Call X - Evolution
    Terminal Power Company - Red Skin Eclipse (I seem to be in the minority here - but TPC made some of the best, most atmospheric industrial rock ever!)
    Think About Mutation - High Life / Virus (yes, France...)
    Treponem Pal - Higher / Weird Machine (I can't quite get into these French industrial metallers, but perhaps it'll grow on me - or I'll just end up removing 'em...)

    And then the more electro-oriented/based stuff:

    Aghast View - Carsinopest / Truthead (aggressive, angry, abrasive...)
    Ayria - Flicker / Hearts for Bullets / Planet Parkin (I saw Hearts for Bullets at a Media Markt store a while back and thought it looked neat - good thing I didn't go on impulse there - not bad, but highly generic)
    Cesium:137 - Elemental / Intelligent Design
    Client - Command / Untitled Remix (it's funny, I like Client quite a bit, but I very rarely feel the urge to listen to them...)
    Collide - Some Kind of Strange / Vortex
    Cruciform Injection - Aftermath
    C-Tec - Cut
    Download - Charlie's Family (I should listen to this one I guess, but I feel I ought to get into the two actual discs of Download I've got first...)
    Ego Likeness - The Order of the Reptile / Water to the Dead (yeah, not really industrial at all, but I figured if I included Collide I might as well include this bunch - fairly generic electro-goth-pop which I might end up deleting)
    FGFC820 - Law & Ordnance (this, however, was a great find - again, somewhat generic, but I love the catchiness of the choruses and the samples!)
    Front 242 - Angels Versus Animal / Moments... / Mut@ge.Mix@ge
    Front Line Assembly - Fatalist (for completion really, this is another release I've had troubles downloading - time outs and what not)
    Goteki - Robots Ninjas Pornstars Warfare - The Best of Goteki (imagine my surprise when I stumble across both Goteki and Sneaky Bat Machine at the 'Store!)
    Haujobb - Penetration / Polarity
    Homicide Division - No Tears to War
    Iambia - Anasynthesis / Prometheus
    In Strict Confidence - The Serpent's Kiss
    Information Society - Hack / InSoc Recombinant / Synthesizer (only listened a bit to Hack so far - more synth pop but still pretty neat, I think this'll grow on me)
    Manufactura - In the Company of Wolves (aggrotech/TBM/hellectro - take your pick, but in small doses this is pretty ok)
    Mentallo and The Fixer - Where Angels Fear to Tread
    Modulate - Detonation (again with the generic-but-good-in-small-doses hellectro)
    Moev - Suffer
    Mona Mur & En Esch - 120 Tage (for my KMFDM obsession)
    Nachtmahr - Katharsis / Kunst Ist Krieg (turns out Feuer Frei! was really the only Nachtmahr-disc I needed, at least so far...)
    Nitzer Ebb - That Total Age / Showtime
    Noise Unit - Drill / Voyeur
    Ohgr - Devil's In My Details / Welt
    PreEmptive Strike 0.1 - Extinction Reprogrammed / Lethal Defence Systems
    Project Pitchfork - Dream, Tiresias! (I have a feeling I will like this album, if I can just find the time to digest it properly)
    Pro>Tech - Orbiting Cathedrals
    Razed in Black - Damaged / Oh My Goth! / Overflow / Sacrificed / Shrieks, Laments and Anguished Cries
    Red Cell - Lead or Follow (this is one of those albums I downloaded "just because I could")
    [:SITD:] - Bestie:Mensch
    Sneaky Bat Machine - Disco 4 The Dead 2: Another Dementia
    Spahn Ranch - Blackmail Starters Kit / Closure / In Parts Assembled Solely / Retrofit / The Coiled One
    Standeg - Ultra High Tech Violet
    Television Overdose - Terrestrial Broadcast V2 (as mentioned in the shoutbox for T.H.D. this should be of interest to fans of them - cool industro-electro atmospheric type stuff)
    Transmutator - Take Over / The Colony of Sluts (Razed In Black's more trance-y output)
    :Wumpscut: - Fuckit

    These I had some trouble putting in either group above...

    Birmingham 6 - Assassinate / Error of Judgment / Policestate
    Fetish 69 - Dysfunctions and Drones / Geek (trippy, twisted, dark - trip-hoppy/industrial Waits? this is cool stuff)
    Psychopomps - Assassins DK United / In the Skin / Pro-Death Ravers / Six Six Six Nights In Hell
    X Marks the Pedwalk - Drawback / Freaks / Meshwork

    It was cool to see that they seem to have secured deals with both Cleopatra and Metropolis for distribution rights. I'm guessing Invisible as well...

    All in all, I've managed to download a ton of stuff, and it'll probably take me forever to try and digest it all. For a while there I put a self-imposed embargo or ban or whatever you wanna call it on myself. But I couldn't resist exploring and downloading even more. At the moment I've got 23+ gigabytes in my Nokia Music Store download folder... but I imagine I will have managed to vacuum the store for everything I want pretty soon.
  • Boycott the Majors

    26 fév. 2009, 19h14m

    Pretty much just a continuation and (very slight) elaboration on the previous post. Seeing as how there are (more or less) internet based campaigns to boycott Israel goods and such, I wanted to see if I could find anything similar when it comes to the blood-sucking, clueless, arrogant and cynical major record and movie companies. I guess Boycott RIAA is what I was looking for. Struck me as a bit odd that I haven't heard more about it before, but perhaps it's just 'coz I haven't been as commited or interested earlier.

    Would just like to push a bit for them, and push a bit for artists (that I like) who you can purchase directly from. There is a list of non-RIAA artists on the Boycott RIAA webpage, but I figure it's not all about non-RIAA artists - personally I don't really care all that much about the stance of the artists. So long as I can buy their music (or merchandise, if that's the case) without contributing to any of the majors (i.e Universal, Sony et al).

    So far, I've come up with Sister Machine Gun, Bounte, Scanalyzer, Micronaut, Amish Rake Fight and others on Positron! Records; KMFDM and related artists (16volt, KGC, Lucia Cifarelli ...); Chemlab; The Bombs of Enduring Freedom/Ewigkeit, Blacksmoke, Blackholepit and co. over at Death To Music Productions ... there's more I'm sure. For instance, both Tiamat and Samael have webshops from where you can purchase their music.

    The thing I'm uncertain about is that when purchasing through a band's website, do I then also support the label they're on? (In the case when that happens to be a major label, I don't feel like giving them my money.) Also, when purchasing (second hand) stuff from the Amazon Marketplace, do I then also support the major labels? Tough questions... :P

    Of course, there's the ever so fab CDBaby, where most of the money goes straight to the artists (almost all of it if you buy digital downloads, although, personally, I much prefer buying actual physical media). There you find such great artists such as 64k, SMP, Out Out (who you can also find at Radio Valkyrie), Christ Analogue and Boom Chr Paige (possibly even Society Burning once the new album is out I hope?).

    Point being, when there's so much "non-mainstream" media to take part in, some of it free (thank you Death To Music Productions, Nine Inch Nails and SMP for providing us with excellent works of art, to mention a few) and all of it without going through the established and hopelessly outdated giants - why should we waste time and money on the likes of Sony, BMG, Universal...?

    They say it's impossible to compete with free, but what they fail to realise is that what they're really competing for these days isn't so much our cash - we spend it all anyways, eventually, and I guess in the end it all ends up in the same place - no, what they're competing for is our time and attention, and they won't win that struggle with Britney Spears, Madonna, 50 Cent, U2, Katy Perry, Nickelback or any of the other manufactured artists. Not in the long run.

    Turns out this wasn't such a slight elaboration after all. Not as eloquent as I'd liked it to be either. I would like to finish by tipping my hat to professor Roger Wallis for much needed clarity and soundness in the Pirate Bay trial today.
  • Big brother isn't just watching...

    25 fév. 2009, 18h58m

    He's also beating the fucking crap out of us all, because his cool, rich friend tells him to. And he's too much of a chicken-shit coward to stand up for you.

    Today, the Swedish parliament voted for the IPRED law, which basically is a law ordered by the record and movie industry lobbyists. In short, it gives private companies the right to play police when it comes to matters of copyright violations (which is wrongly considered "theft" in many cases). Not only that - it has been granted that the fines be of a magnitude so as to not only cover any potential "losses", but to act as deterrents and, better still - anyone "convicted" in these private-yet-state-sanctioned-lawsuits is supposed to pay for a magazine ad of the conviction.

    State-sanctioned extortion. Ain't it grand? Oh, I do feel for these poor companies, these poor companies who make insane amounts of money (the writers behind Britney Spears Toxic has, to date, made some 60,000,000 SEK or so of that one song just to give one example).

    I'm very happy that bands such as Chemlab, SMP, 64k, The Bombs of Enduring Freedom and Society Burning (I hope..?) all have stuff available for purchase without going through any of these blood-sucking major labels, because I certainly do not want any of those greedy fucking assholes to get a single penny of mine. It does put me in an awkward position with regards to bands who I don't know how to purchase directly from - Samael, Tiamat and Zeromancer come to mind. But it does mean I will lean more towards buying my music from artists directly or from places such as CDBaby and the Amazon Marketplace (although I'm thinking that perhaps they actually do pay some extortion money to the blood suckers?).

    I read an interesting post the other day, with regards to the Pirate Bay (mock) trial - the poster was saying that because of the retarded position of the music/movie/games industry he would actively not buy 5 albums that day, and encouraged others to follow suit, perhaps by not buying even more albums and/or movies. Since the industry seems to be of the mind that since they are losing money somehow because of downloading it must be illegal. The logic being that as soon as they lose out on our hard earned cash, there must be something illegal involved.

    Oh, I could go on and on. But it's just so fucking retarded and absolutely transparent what they're doing - this has nothing whatsoever to do with ensuring that individual artists are getting money for their work, and there is no way these people can fully expect anyone to believe that. Not that it matters one iota. Since we all know where the money is, and in todays world, money is power.

    For anyone interested, I would suggest reading Buckminster Fuller's "Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth", and take particular heed of what he's saying about the pirates. He was a clever man, Bucky.
  • Cyberpunk

    16 nov. 2008, 17h38m

    I thought I'd make a "50,000th track scrobbled" journal a while back, but seeing as how that came and went, and I couldn't be bothered, I felt I'd skip it. If anyone's interested, the track was Temptation.

    What I'll do instead is a journal on cyberpunk-themed music. Which isn't too far off, since Temptation, and the album it's from Metropolis by Sister Machine Gun is one of the albums I consider cyberpunk-ish, if only slightly. The lyrics aren't exactly dealing with typical cyberpunk themes - it's more about internal, emotional, struggles. Still, the intro sets a nice tone, giving the whole thing a backdrop of desolation.

    Of course, the main album, when talking of cyberpunk themes, has got to be Cyberpunk by Billy Idol. This, to me, is the quintessential cyberpunk album - both musically and lyrically. Billy's voice suits this kind of music perfectly, and I just wish he would have made more in this style. Considering the less than enthusiastic reception it got, I guess I can see why that didn't happen. The thing is, this album conjures up images of civilization in shatters, dirt, wires criss-crossing between blinking computer screens and so on. Basically, it brings up the set of both Blade Runner and Johnny Mnemonic. I just love it!

    Another heavily cyberpunk-themed album is Run Silent, Run Deep by Terminal Power Company - a band that set out to provide "virtual soundtracks" to all things cyberpunk, and did they ever succeed! I've read not-so-favorable reviews of this here and there - but regardless, I think it's epic. Final track, Urban Psycho sounds like something lifted straight from Fallout 2 - which makes it a-ok in my book.

    Moving on, we've got David Bowie's 1. Outside - which is not only a noir/cyberpunk album in its own right, but is surrounded by cyberpunk themes, in that Bowie intended to make a "non-linear gothic drama hyper cycle", which in itself seems to be a "cyberpunk-ish" idea. Too bad it didn't develop further.

    Next up there's Front Line Assembly's Tactical Neural Implant, which is lyrically firmly rooted in cyberpunk themes, and then there's the (awesome!) video for Mindphaser from the flawed, but still pretty damn cool, Gunhed. Of course, there are more FLA albums with strong cyberpunk themes, but this has always stuck out to me.

    Haujobb's early albums have been called cyberpunk as well, and while I can certainly see certain themes and musical elements, I don't quite get that same cyberpunk feel from the ones I've heard (Freeze Frame Reality and Solutions For A Small Planet). I guess it's 'coz I want my cyberpunk music to be a bit more rugged?

    Fear Factory's Obsolete is an album which I love thematically, yet don't quite like musically. I've never been a fan of Burton's vocals for some reason. Still, everything else about this album, down to its story-line, just screams cyberpunk. Just wish the vocals would have been different.

    A bit of an unknown here is Insight 23 with their sole album, Obsess. This is pretty unique sounding coldwave/industrial rock with at least a cyberpunk image going (just look at the profile picture for them!). Lyrically I couldn't really tell, as I haven't really gotten into them that much yet.

    And speaking of coldwave/industrial rock, there's a whole slew of artists with what seems as at least a passing interest in cyberpunk - Hate Dept. (notably Meat.Your.Maker, anything sampling Blade Runner counts to me), Chemlab (vera blue and Binary Nation to mention just two tracks), 16 Volt (in particular first album, Wisdom), Society Burning and SMP (labelled as "cyberpunk rap" or some such, and quite rocking) - to mention a few.

    Cyber Axis, NME Within and of course later-era Gary Numan ought to be mentioned as well. Been meaning to track down Cassandra Complex's Cyberpunx too.

    If anyone's got any suggestions for further listening, please don't be shy! Personally, I would be mostly interested in stuff along the lines of Billy Idol's Cyberpunk and Terminal Power Company's Run Silent, Run Deep.
  • 40,000th track scrobbled

    30 avr. 2008, 10h27m

    I noticed a while back that I had like 39,900-something tracks played, and thought I'd do what I've seen so many other people do. Note what track was 40k, and write a spiffy journal.

    Well. Track 40k came and went, and I totally forgot it. So I counted backwards instead, and while I might have missed the mark by one or two, track 40k seems to have been (drum roll and ta dah!):

    Samael - Jupiterian Vibe, from Passage. Excellent track, from an excellent album, by an excellent band. Excellent.

    In other news, CDs keep being delivered to me via the Swedish Postal Office. Most recently
    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Tender Prey & The Good Son (need to complete that discog)
    Gary Numan - Scarred & Hybrid (the version of Hybrid looks different, and poorer/cheaper than other ones I've seen - cheap re-issue?)
    Satyricon - Now, Diabolical (finally got this one, as much for me as for my fiancee - never thought she'd get into BM stuff, however light it may be)
    White Zombie - Astro-Creep: 2000 (why I never got this sooner is beyond me, but now I finally did so it's all good)
    My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult - The Filthiest Show in Town (not at all what I expected, it was dirt cheap and since it's their most recent album, I figured it might have been a bit lukewarm - but no, awesome stuff!)

    Now I'm just waiting for Soilwork's Sworn to a Great Divide and Tiamat's Amanethes. And I don't care about the poor reviews Amanethes is getting, especially within the metal community - it's still Tiamat dammit!

    As a footnote, I now realise that my plan for ordering fewer (or none at all really) CDs this coming month will be fucked right from the start. But hey, it's only money right?
  • The Industrial Revolution cont'd

    22 avr. 2008, 9h20m

    Now the final batch of CDs have arrived (for a while at least, I'll try not to order anything more for about a month now, the only exception being Tiamat's Amanethes on pre-order). So here's another run-through then:

    Chemlab: East Side Militia (1999 Invisible re-issue) & Oxidizer : Finally got me some Chemlab albums, and what great albums they are. I'd of course heard 'em before, but it feels better owning them, y'know? Now I just want a copy of that Acucrack Remix version of Oxidizer.
    Christ Analogue: In Radiant Decay : This was a nice find, and all credit (well, almost) goes to the Last.fm recommendations. A bit reminiscent of Tactical Neural Implant-era Front Line Assembly. Ace.
    God Lives Underwater: Life in the So-Called Space Age : Not really industrial, but certainly got some industrial-ish/NIN-ish flavour to it. Not bad at all, but I need to spin this more.
    Hate Dept.: Ditch : Ahhh. Pure goodness. More polished than Meat.Your.Maker and Omnipresent, but harsher than Technical Difficulties. I think this might be one of my fav HD albums.
    Insight 23: Obsess : Probably my least favourite in this run, not bad at all, but it didn't quite grab me. Harsher and more plain industrial than I'd expected.
    Mankind Is Obsolete: Metamorph & Rise : Really good, with a bit of a gothic touch, and not just because of the female vocals. Almost reminds me a bit of the first two Birthday Massacre albums.
    NME Within: Science Krucifikktion : I got their EP, Son of a Gun, years ago. Been looking for the full album ever since. Really great thrashy rock/metal with some industrial leanings. This is very much like Shotgun Messiah's Violent New Breed or Skold's solo album. Highly recommended to fans of those.
    Sister Machine Gun: Burn : In my quest to fill in the gaps in my SMG collection, I've now reached the last of the albums I feel I really need. Now there's just the EPs 6.5 and 6.6 left.
    SMP: Terminal & Hacked : A real nice blend of industrial/coldwave with some techno-leanings. And I actually quite like the rapping too. Kinda like a better version of the sound on Linkin Park's REANIMATION album.
    Spahn Ranch: Collateral Damage : Their first proper album found them sounding a lot like early Front Line Assembly. I think I prefer this sound to the later, more techno/ambient/dub-ified (although I really like those albums too).

    Aaaaand that's it for the time being. Will probably be getting more of Christ Analogue next, as well as some of the new cool stuff on Positron, such as Micronaut and Amish Rake Fight. Also, I should get more of 16volt - FullBlackHabit and LetDownCrush are probably going in the next order.
  • Boredom.

    1 avr. 2008, 13h44m

    1. How did you get into 31?: The Clay People
    Got a recommendation here on Last.fm and just randomly picked up their first and latest albums. Good stuff. Thank you Last.fm

    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22?: Psyclon Nine
    Either Lamb of God or The Feeding.

    3. What's your favourite lyric by 29?: Madrugada
    Dunno.

    4. What is your favourite album by 49?: Melotron
    Weltfrieden.

    5. How many albums by 13 do you own?: Iron Lung Corp
    They've only put out two. And I got both. More please?

    6. What is your favourite song by 50?: Curve
    Probably "Coming Up Roses".

    7. Is there a song by 4 that makes you sad?: The Shamen
    Re:Evolution possibly, since it always reminds me how stupid and narrow-minded us humans can be. But really, this is uplifting happy-music.

    8. What is your favourite song by 15?: Escape With Romeo
    "Can This World Break Me?". Just a beautiful track.

    9. What is your favourite song by 5?: Front Line Assembly
    "The Blade" - it's simply classic.

    10. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy?: Billy Idol
    Wow. So many, almost the entire Cyberpunk album actually. But if I have to pick one - "Then the Night Comes".

    11. What is your favourite album by 40?: Mine
    I've only heard one, and it's just excellent - Freedom Gone Mad.

    12. What is your favourite song by 12?: Chris Randall
    "The Devil His Due". Nothing short of brilliant.

    13. What is a good memory you have involving 33?: Deathstars/Oomph! (tied for 33)
    None.

    14. What is your favourite song by 37?: Feist
    I've no idea. My fiancee listens to this one.

    15. Is there a song by 19 that makes you happy?: 16volt
    This isn't exactly "happy music".

    16. How many times have you seen 24 live?: Ewigkeit
    Sadly none. And from the looks of things, I never will.

    17. What is the first song you ever heard by 23?: Diatribe
    "Sick the Dogs" - first song on the album.

    18. What is your favourite album by 11?: ASP
    Der Schwarzer Schmetterling V: Requiembryo. A master-piece, musically and visually. Not taking anything away from the other albums, but this is simply the best one.

    19. Who is a favourite member of 1?: Sister Machine Gun
    Uh, Chris Randall? Being the only constant member. But he's a cool cat anyways.

    20. Have you ever seen 14 live?: Krister Linder
    Nope, but I'd sure love to.

    21. What is a good memory involving 45?: Project Pitchfork
    Reading the booklet after just having bought Dhyani and having a very good laugh at the insanely cringe-worthy lyrics. Great music though.

    22. What is your favourite song by 16?: Samael (Samael and Escape With Romeo are tied for 15, but I've already answered my fav song by EWR)
    "Rain" from Passage. The first one I heard, and to this day my absolute favorite.

    23. What is the first song you ever heard by 47?: Die Krupps
    Wow, probably "To the Hilt" years and years ago, back in like... '94?

    24. What is your favourite album by 21?: Tactical Sekt
    Only got two, the Burn Process EP and Geneticide. It's a close call, but probably Burn Process, due to production values.

    25. What is your favourite song by 18?: The Mission
    "Hands Across the Ocean". Really great goth-pop with some U2 flavour.

    26. What is the first song you ever heard by 38?: The Crüxshadows/Society Burning (tied for 38)
    The Crüxshadows I can't really recall, but probably something from Ethernaut. "Winter Born" perhaps? Society Burning, I think it was "One Foot Nailed To the Floor" (free download here on Last.fm)

    27. What is your favourite lyric by 3?: Machines of Loving Grace
    Definitely "Don't place faith in human beings / Human beings are unreliable things" - Butterfly Wings

    28. What is you favourite song by 2?: Tiamat
    "Heaven of High". Pure bliss.

    29. What was the first song you ever heard by 32?: DJ Krush
    Again, the first song of the only album I own - "Only the Strong Survive (Bon Mix)".

    30. What is you favourite song by 8?: Dive
    "Captain Nemo" hands down. My favorite song ever, by any artist.

    31. How many times have you seen 17 live?: Econoline Crush
    None.

    32. Is there a song by 44 that makes you happy?: The Kovenant
    "Jihad". Reminds me, strongly, of my first year in Malaysia.

    33. What is you favourite album by 12?: Chris Randall
    "The Devil His Due". His only album.

    34. What is the worst song by 46?: Spahn Ranch
    Can't really think of any bad songs.

    35. What was the first song you ever heard by 34?: Deathstars/Oomph! (tied for 33)
    Deathstars - "Semi-Automatic" / Oomph! - "Gott Ist Ein Popstar"

    36. What is you favourite album by 42?: Vast
    Dunno, they're all good, but I haven't listened actively enough to pick out songs.

    37. How many times have you seen 39 live?: The Crüxshadows/Society Burning (tied for 38)
    The Crüxshadows once, and it was pure looooove. Society Burning, never.

    38. What is your favourite album by 35?: Sisters of Mercy
    Floodland, but it's a very close call between all three.

    39. What was the first song you ever heard by 28?: Chemlab
    Probably "Exile On Mainline".

    40. What is you favourite album by 7?: Hate Dept.
    Omnipresent.
  • The Industrial Revolution

    19 mars 2008, 18h43m

    Much to the dismay of my fiancee, these past few months (starting back in September/October) I've been obsessing on industrial/coldwave stuff. Coupled with my belated discovery of Amazon's excellent second-hand section this has resulted in a steady stream of albums through my mail-slot. So far the tally goes something like this:

    Acumen Nation: Coming Down: The Bastard Remix Album : An overall excellent remix album, with a couple of unnecessary tracks. Need to get more of their stuff.
    Bile: Sex Reflex : Not bad, but not too brilliant either. Probably won't dig deeper in their discog (unless there's something really really good I'm missing?)
    The Clay People: Firetribe & Waking the Dead : I particularly like WtD, Firetribe hasn't really grown on me that much. Might check out their back-catalogue working from the s/t one backwards.
    Diatribe: Diatribe : This one's veeeery good. Too bad there's only the one album. Will be looking out for the EPs too.
    Econoline Crush: Affliction & The Devil You Know : Very good, somewhat lighter and poppier version of Machines of Loving Grace (see below). From what I've read, their latest album is a pass though.
    Excessive Force: Conquer Your World & Gentle Death : Since I really like KMFDM, I felt I needed these two. And yup, after a couple of spins it's pretty clear I did.
    The Final Cut: Consumed & Atonement v2.0 : Consumed is excellent! Reminiscent of Front Line Assembly at times. Atonement has yet to grow on me that much. But I have hopes.
    Haloblack: :funkyhell: : Pretty uneven, but there are some truly great moments here. Sexy, dense and trippy coldwave.
    Hate Dept.: Meat.Your.Maker, Omnipresent, Technical Difficulties & Release It (EP) : Just brilliant. Will probably be getting the rest of their discog. New album, please?
    Iron Lung Corp: Big Shiny Spears & Ditch the Attitude, Pally : One part Clay People, one part Acumen Nation. BSS is a bit uneven, but DtA,P fucking rocks! Loving it.
    KMFDM: NIHIL, XTORT & WWIII : Of course. Pure greatness. I need to get Tohovabohu.
    Machines of Loving Grace: Concentration & Gilt : Concentration is probably one of the best albums, ever. Simply on the strength of Butterfly Wings. Gilt is pretty damn good too.
    MDFMK: MDFMK : Finally got this one, and a good one it is. Technofied KMFDM. Loving every second of it.
    Pigface: Notes From Thee Underground : The one big disappointment. Way too disjointed and incohesive and just plain all over the place. While just being a collection of beats really. Next.
    Sister Machine Gun: Addiction, Wired/Lung, Torture Technique, Metropolis, [R]evolution, Transient 5.2, 6.0, To Hell With You & Influence : The motherlode. Really really great stuff! And I need to get Burn and the rest of the Transient EPs. Might skip on Sins of the Flesh though.
    Society Burning: Entropy Lingua & Tactiq : A truly pleasant surprise! Very Hate Dept.-ish (see "Human Waste" on Tactiq) And I read there's a new album in the works? Yes please!
    Spahn Ranch: Architecture & Beat Noir : Leaning heavily towards d'n'b and dub on these two albums. I figure I should check out their earlier, more industrial, albums too.
    And finally, related but not exactly industrial/coldwave:
    DJ? Acucrack: Sorted & The Mutants Are Coming... And I Believe They Are of Sound! : Industral drum'n bass? Oh, I believe I like it! A lot!
    Chris Randall: The Devil His Due : Post-Sister Machine Gun, Chris went all Tom Waits on us, and boy does he do it well! This is a bloody brilliant album, makes me almost forget that I want another Sister Machine Gun album...

    Also, in the post, crossing the Atlantic, are:
    Christ Analogue: In Radiant Decay
    SMP: Terminal & Hacked
    Insight 23: Obsess

    Apart from that, I figure I really need to get deeper into Chemlab too.

    Now, is there something I'm missing here..? Suggestions are welcome!
  • The joys of money.

    30 nov. 2007, 23h50m

    I have realised something these past few months. Working - and thereby earning cash - is pretty damn sweet. Because, as it turns out, this has enabled me to expand my lovely CD collection with some absolute gems:

    Tactical Sekt:Genetice & Burn Process
    Grendel:Harsh Generation
    In Strict Confidence:Exile Paradise (The Hecq Destruxxion)
    Hate Dept:Technical Difficulties
    mind.in.a.box:Lost Alone
    Die Krupps:Too Much History
    Oomph!:Ego, Plastik, Unrein & GlaubeLiebeTod

    ...among others. And in the mail are a bunch of Sister Machine Gun albums as well as their live DVD. I do, however, need to chill with the spending spree pretty soon I guess. But damn. This makes dealing with pissed off customers all day seem a whole lot more agreeable.

    Also, it's funny how actually *owning* albums make them sound better. I am constantly surprised about this, but I guess it's a psychological thing. Now the next purchase should be The Bombs of Enduring Freedom's album, just need to get that PayPal acc up and running.

    Anything to take my mind of the impending disaster that is the current Swedish gov't as well as the increasingly fucked up state of world politics.

    Over and out.
  • New CD bargains and more

    31 jan. 2007, 12h30m

    Seems as though my music addiction has abated somewhat. However, since the last update there's been a couple of new additions.

    In November I managed to pick up Fear Factory's Fear Is the Mindkiller cdm pretty cheap (can't recall how much, but likely no more than 1 eur), The Orb's Cydonia, the remastered and expanded First and Last and Always by Sisters of Mercy and Transglobal Underground's Psychic Karaoke (the last one at something like 3 or 4 eur, and the former at roughly 9 eur). No major bargains there I suppose, but still, good albums all of 'em.

    I got Atomic Swing's The Broken Habanas for christmas by my luvly girlfriend - and man, that album really exceeded my expectations. Very good retro 70's-ish pop.

    Last week I picked up Venus Outback's Spiron Johd at 2 eur - and was pleasantly surprised. Had imagined some cheesy gothpop, but got a really nice Suede-ish album instead. I also got Ulver's 1993-2003: 1st Decade In The Machines, which I still need to digest a bit more I think.

    So now, on to the real bargains. Yesterday I picked up:
    Apes, Pigs and Spacemen's Transfusion at less than one euro. Seems to be fairly ok alternative rock. Well worth the money.
    Goldie - Digital at 0,1 euro. Just a one track single (with KRS-One), but quite good.
    Terminal Power Company - Run Silent Run Deep - this was probably the best bargain, at 0,5 euro. Really nice cyberpunk-ish industrial rock. Ace!
    UDK - udk was some metal/hardcore from Chile. Not bad, but not special. Still, at 0,1 euro I'm not complaining.
    I also stumbled across Front Line Assembly's Civilization at 5 eur and Garden of Delight - Lutherion II at 9 eur, which was really cool since I've been listening a lot to those two albums lately.
    All this at the same store, mind you.
    The next store yielded Billy Idol - Cyberpunk at 5 eur and New Model Army - Impurity at 4 eur.
    The last one was a full price, Therion's Gothic Kabbalah at 19 eur.

    All in all, good albums at really great prices. Makes me a happy camper.