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Mar 24, 2000

Check out this hilarious web-game called "Bulimic Showdown". It includes Marilyn Manson as one of the players, but I like the sight of a bulbous-headed Tori Spelling puking all over Fiona Apple.

While you're at it, you should check out the other games over at ZooAss, a nicely twisted site. Just how we like it!

And here's a photo of a friggin cat.

 

Mar 22, 2000

Caught in the act II

 

Mar 20, 2000

In case you haven't noticed, we're now posting various photos for your viewing pleasure. New one every day or two. Don't get caught missing one!

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Nine Inch Nails tour:
The first part of Nine Iinch Nails' U.S. tour starts April 12th in Cleveland, and dates for the ten-week tour have been announced through April 25th. Opening on the FRAGILITY v2.0 tour are A Perfect Circle, featuring Billy Howerdol and TOOL's James Keenan.

from Metropolis Records:
V
erbatim from their newsletter...

VNV Nation: Empires and Standing
We are pleased to announce that VNV Nation has found a home with Metropolis Records. VNV Nation was formed in 1990 in London by artist Ronan Harris. VNV stands for "Victory not Vengeance" which reflects the bands motto that "one should strive to achieve, not sit in bitter regret." The act has built up a strong reputation as one of the best electro bands in Europe with their previous releases "Advance and Follow" and "Praise the Fallen." Now VNV Nation has signed with Metropolis Records for their new release, "Empires". This release has built up a strong buzz in the club circuit, with VNV Nation's strong blend of mythology and classical elements in their lyricism and the relentless and addictive dance beat. Also be on the lookout for 'Standing' single (MET 170). The single features the original version of 'Standing', two brand new remixes of 'Standing', and a previously unreleased B-Side called Radius. For the collectors, Metropolis will also be handling a special limited edition version called "Burning Empires" featuring lots of remixes - call Metropolis distribution if you are a store ( 610-595-9940 ), or Metropolis mail order if you aren't ( 610-595-0429 ). Look for VNV to tour the US sometime in 2000.

Cleaner: Solaris
With the departure of vocalist Thorsten Meier, CLEEN is no more. Long live Cleaner! Cleaner is the new title for the solo project of Haujobb's Daniel Meyer, who is now pursuing this project entirely on his own. Together Cleen and Haujobb have been one of Metropolis Record's top catalog sellers, with their progressive blend of electro and techno music. "Solaris" revisits the earlier electro work of the Haujobb discs such as "Homes and Gardens" and "Freeze Frame Reality", but brings stronger production and song writing qualities that Meyer has gained since the debut of Haujobb in 1993. US version will include the And One and Beborn Beton remixes found on 'The Voice' import.

Din Fiv: Escape to Reality
Din Fiv ( pronounced "Din-5" ) is the solo project of Informatik's Da5id Din. Naming the project after the connector found on a MIDI cable, Da5id released his debut disc "Infinity" (MET 021) for Metropolis in 1996. Infinity was a dark yet danceable release, which was distinctive for its incorporation of intricate melodic elements. Magnet magazine wrote of "Infinity"; "What sets this effort apart front he pack is the occasional insertion of light yet penetrating melodies, which graft some heart onto the inherently and abrasive and cold mechanics of the industrial sound." With "Escape to Reality", Da5id returns to the electro scene with a release that updates and polishes the edges of the Din Fiv sound and delves once again into the highly reflective world view and evocative lyrics of Da5id Din.

Funker Vogt: Maschine Zeit
Funker Vogt made a huge splash on the European and North American electro club scene with their 1995 debut, "Thanks for Nothing" (MET 041). Ever since, Funker Vogt has been one of the top selling acts in the electro genre. Combining the intricate synthesizer programming of electro acts like Front Line Assembly, with the intensity of an act like Wumpscut, Funker Vogt has carved their own niche indelibly into the electro scene. Now, following the release of their new single 'Gunman' (MET 174), the German duo has released their fifth album for Metropolis. Picking up where they left off with "Execution Tracks" (MET 109), Funker Vogt once again has come through with a strong electro album that is certain to pack the dance floors. The single features three versions of the title track and two B-sides that are exclusive to the single.

Leaether Strip: Carry Me
Leaether Strip is the primary project of Danish artist Claus Larsen. Leaether Strip is one of the pioneers of the electro scene, though there has not been a new release from Claus for several years. 'Carry Me' is the new single from Leaether Strip, featuring the title track and no less than 7 additional remixes from other artists ! The remixes cover a wide range of styles in their reinterpretations of 'Cover Me', making this single a must have for any fan of Leaether Strip !

 

 

Mar 18, 2000

Listen to this MP3 of a Raymond Scott tune recorded in the 1950's! Along with the likes of Moog, Scott was a pioneer in electronic sound and music.

 

Mar 16, 2000

3 new reviews added to the Music Exile.

-You know, some say attitude is something you create. I say it's something you're born with.

 

Mar 15, 2000

Thanks a fucking lot for not nominating us for a Webby. Bastards! You can all kiss my feet in repentence!

 

Mar 14, 2000

There was a missing portion of text in the middle of the Apoptygma Berzerk review posted a to the Music Exile a couple days ago. That's now been corrected.

- If you haven't already, don't forget to listen to this week's REAL SYNTHETIC AUDIO. A new show is posted every Monday.

 

Mar 13, 2000

3 new reviews added to the Music Exile.

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from Midnight Syndicate:
N
ew album "Realm of Shadows" was released March 6th. Review coming soon.

from pETAH:
C
heck out experimental / industrial / noise project Ethodrome.

from Metropolis Records:
V
erbatim from their press release...

Halo_Gen: Halo_Gen
Halo_Gen is the new solo project of Don Gordon, better known as the driving force behind the legendary electro-industrial act Numb. Though Halo_Gen retains the same dark and foreboding feel of Numb, there are also new elements that are reminiscent of intelligent techno such as the Aphex Twin, Reload, and Autechre. Halo_Gen sounds like the imaginary soundtrack for a futuristic nightmare, one where the listener is immersed in the terror and paranoia of a world moving at fast forward. as Halo_Gen is certain to appeal to adventurous fans of both dark electro music and to fans of ambient techno.

Mentallo & The Fixer: Love is the Law
Mentallo & the Fixer is one of the America's best known electro-industrial acts. Beginning as an act called Benestrophe in the 1980's, Gary Dassing and his brother Dwayne have produced a vast body of work that has established them a large world-wide cult following. The Texas based act has produced a number of discs that are fond classics of electro fans, including "Revelations 23", "Where Angels Fear to Tread", and "Burnt Beyond Recognition". After parting company with his brother for the last Mentallo and the Fixer disc, Gary produced a new Mentallo & the Fixer disc called "Algorythum" last year. Now after over a decade of work, Gary has decided that "Love is the Law" will be his final disc as Mentallo & the Fixer. "Love is the Law" features the powerful electronic and cryptic lyrics familiar from their earlier work, and delivers what is perhaps the band's final statement.

Snog: Lies Inc./ Dear Valued Customer
Snog is the main project of Australian electronic artist David Thrussel. Beginning with the widely popular "Corporate Slave" single in 1991, Snog has been one of the most unique and uncompromising acts in the electro scene. The prolific David Thrussel has produced five albums under the Snog brand name, as well as numerous other discs as Soma and Black Lung. Always obsessed with a vision of man being tormented by a hierarchy of capitalism and conspiratorial groups, Snog has intelligent and subversive qualities that are not seen elsewhere. Never before available domestically, the first two classic Snog albums, "Lies Inc." and "Dear Valued Customer" have now been issued domestically by Metropolis Records as one double disc. As an added bonus, two extra tracks have been added to "Lies Inc." to make this release a must for any fan of Snog.

Crocodile Shop: ORDER + JOY
Hailed as "the leaders of the American electro-industrial movement" by Outburn magazine, Crocodile Shop is no stranger to fans of electro music, with three previous releases with Metropolis. This northern New Jersey based trio has built up a rabid fanbase with their frequent live headline appearances and their support of such well known acts such as Front 242, Ramstein, Nitzer Ebb, Switchblade Symphony, and Project Pitchfork. Everything is Dead and Gone, the last release from Crocodile Shop, proved to be their most popular release to date, with a prominent feature in Alternative Press magazine. Following their US tour in support of Everything is Dead and Gone, Crocodile Shop began writing new material that was influenced by their view of the local scenes of each stop on their tour. Order & Joy builds on the strength of the previous Crocodile Shop releases, but finds the act with a new sound that is at once harder and more dance oriented, but without their past flirtations with electronica and drum & bass. With Order & Joy, Crocodile Shop delivers another compelling electro release, one with a wry commentary on the "back to the future" nature of music today.

Kevorkian Death Cycle: Relax
R
elax is the addictive new single from the California based electro duo, Kevorkian Death Cycle. This single follows up the band's successful 1999 release, A+O(m), with remixes that are sure to pack the dancefloor! The single features 3 versions of "Relax", their cover of the Frankie Goes to Hollywood classic, and a new version of the rare song "Kill for Christ" from their out of print debut

 

Mar 8, 2000

2 new reviews added to the Music Exile.

 

Mar 8, 2000

:::::NEWS:::::

Is Your Computer Possesed by a Demon?
A
ccording to Reverend Jim Peasboro, "Any PC built after 1985 has the storage capacity to house an evil spirit". Click here to read this article. And while you're there, don't forget to order yourself a Bat-Boy t-shirt!

 

Mar 6, 2000

Happy Birthday to my friend Monica!

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Stiles hangs himself online?
Infamous for his site full of extreme pics and videos of accidents, injuries, porn, smut and weird shit, Stiles of www.stilesproject.com apparently hung himself online saturday night at midnight. Real or hoax?

from Contagion:
Keith Arem
sent us these AWESOME pics of artwork from the upcoming CD release and a snap from the video "Hate".

Yet Another online Radio Show:
If you haven't already, check out www.gothicindustrial.com and particularly, the In Perpetual Motion radio show.

 

 

 


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