A word from the reviewer, Dan, AKA Darklight:
My interest in electronic music started in the early 80s with New Wave bands such as Berlin, Blondie, The Cure, Dead Or Alive, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, A Flock Of Seagulls, Joy Division, Love & Rockets, Men Without Hats, New Order, Real Life, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Smiths, Spear Of Destiny, etc. Bands with music made with, or containing, electronics and synthesizers appealed to me much more than just music created with guitars, bass and drums. In the late 80s I desired slightly darker and harder music. This is when I started listening to bands such as Clawfinger, Faith No More, KMFDM, The Lords Of The New Church, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Sister Machine Gun, The Sisters Of Mercy, Therapy?, etc.
It wasn't long after this that I met Rabies at a new job I had started. He introduced me to bands such as Chemlab, Front 242, Front Line Assembly, Leaether Strip, etc. I was hooked. Since I was deprived for so long without enough music to cure my cravings, I made it a mission to discover almost every electro-industrial and EBM band in existence. I spent a lot of money on compact discs. I bought music by bands I've never even heard of before. A lot of what I bought I liked, and a lot I disliked. I was disappointed that I had to take chances on music. There wasn't really any way for me to get information about it before I bought it. And the only way I could hear a band's music first is if they were featured on a compilation disc.
Since I was buying so much music, I wanted to share my opinions about it with others who appreciated similar genres as myself. Rabies introduced me to the Internet and told me we could make a website for the music we liked. This is when we decided to start Wrapped in Wire. After a year of hard work we launched Wrapped in Wire. It was a bit of a rocky beginning for us, but it was a start. One of the more exciting things to happen to us early on is when labels and bands started sending us demos to review. This is when we realized that our hard work had somewhat paid off and we were actually getting noticed.
While over the years we have included news, interviews, concert listings, art galleries, etc., the main focus of Wrapped in Wire has always been the reviews. And while I cringe when I read a lot of the earlier reviews that I've written, I still think I've done all right considering the amount I've contributed.
Unfortunately, to this day Wrapped in Wire is still not where we had initially hoped for it to be. This is mainly due to the fact that it's run by only Rabies and myself. And two people as busy as us can't spend a lot of time and energy on a nonprofit hobby site. We have to focus on what pays the bills and puts food on our tables first and foremost. Rabies has especially been busy for the past few years with his job, freelance work and relationship. So he has not had a lot of extra free time to work on Wrapped in Wire.
However, Wrapped in Wire is still alive and kicking while so many other similar sites have disappeared. Rabies is currently making the site to where I can add all of the content myself. I have much more free time than he does, and can devote a lot of it to Wrapped in Wire. I plan on updating the site constantly once I'm in the position to do so.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to send them to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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*ALL submissions by CD or tape are reviewed, unless the genre is grossly "incompatible" with this site's purpose. We cannot guarantee favorable reviews. All submissions will be kept as property of Wrapped In Wire, unless accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope.