The 'Releases Of The Year' series are albums chosen by myself as the best release from each country / dependency known to have an official release in the year 2017. These are alphabetized in country order so are easy to navigate. Each award has national flag featured alongside the band name, Release Of The Year' and Facebook link (where provided)
Imminence Records' Australian gothic/industrial hard rock outfit The Creptter Children has released their first music since "Watching You" on Halloween 2016. The band has just premiered the title track from their forthcoming Asleep With Your Devil EP that will be released January 12th on Imminence Records. The forthcoming five track EP will also feature a new version of "Watching You."
"Asleep With Your Devil to me is just the beginning of oeuvre and artistic expression that will follow. This new EP offers fans a tantalising sample of the direction The Creptter Children’s musical journey will take them too in the future. After spending many long nights working very hard in the studio on this EP, I was quite pleased to hear the end result. As an artist I can be my own worse critic and will always pick out my flaws. However, I can say I was rather content with the final product and look forward to the next endeavour. My mind never sleeps and I ‘am putting together new song ideas as we speak.” - Iballa Chantelle (Vocalist)
Check it here:- www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l62_1BEP8s&feature=youtu.be
The Creptter Children are a gothic/industrial hard rock band currently based in Melbourne, Australia. They originated from Perth in 2006 by founding members Iballa Chantelle (vocals/guitars) and N8oR (guitars/synth). They released their debut album, entitled Possessed, back in 2010 before touring in the US during 2011. Shortly thereafter they took a hiatus before reappearing in 2016 and quickly catching the attention of American label Imminence Records. They announced their signing with the release of their “Watching You” music video on Halloween of that year.
Renowned for their catchy hooks and dark fashion sense, which stem from the dark and twisted mind of Iballa Chantelle, the band brings to their fans (also known as “Freaks”) her message of creativity, open mindedness, and positive reflection towards spirituality and the supernatural. With influences from Behemoth, Marilyn Manson, and Rob Zombie while being endorsed by Ibanez Guitars and Vampress Fashion, The Creptter Children are ready to take 2018 by storm with a new EP and a label backing them.
THE CREPTTER CHILDREN LINKS
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IMMINENCE RECORDS LINKS
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In collaboration with Go Loud Agency, Finnish industrial death metal group Project Silence will embark on their first ever Russian tour! Consisting of five shows, the tour will kick off in Obninsk, hitting Smolensk, Ivanovo, Ryazan and finally Zelenograd.
Russian Tour dates:
18.10.2017 | Bar Bach | Obninsk, Russia
19.10.2017 | A Club | Smolensk, Russia
20.10.2017 | Bunker | Ivanovo, Russia
21.10.2017 | Raz diva Bar | Ryazan, Russia
22.10.2017 | Rebel bar | Zelenograd, Russia
27.10.2017 | Ottopoika | Kuopio, Finland
Project Silence was established in 2008 in the evocative Finnish town of Kuopio. After recently opening for Aborted and Soilwork, the band is ready to embark on a headliner tour to present their latest album Slave To The Machine (released in June 2016 via Sliptrick Records) to the Russian crowd. The LP boasts a lethal mix of technical death and Teutonic Industrial metal that will please fans of Dimmu Borgir, Septicflesh and Fear Factory. Although their sound has noticeably changed compared to their earlier work – containing more extreme and less industrial metal elements – the new tracks have been positively received by both the press and fans.
Official Website | Facebook | Youtube
Critics are calling Marilyn Manson’s new album career-defining - the 10-song album Heaven Upside Down is out today via Loma Vista. It features recent single “WE KNOW WHERE YOU FUCKING LIVE,” which trolls the dark frenetic territory that made Manson a God-like figure to so many and called “aggressive and intense" by Rolling Stone as well as “KILL4ME,” praised as “catchy, creepy” by Revolver. On new single “SAY10” Manson proclaims “I’m a legend, I’m not a fable.”
Rolling Stone profiles Manson in their current issue on everything from smoking human bones to his love of Bowie and Beethoven. Read the piece here - http://rol.st/2hR3Mym He also graces the cover of Clash Magazine.
Manson's sensationalist music and art that rejects conservative values created an icon who has infiltrated fashion, television, film and music, and whose fingerprints coat modern culture. 20 years into his career, Manson is still a lightning rod of controversy and the pageantry and debauchery of his life are perfectly intact.
Industrial Rock Band Taina has released the third single from their forthcoming album, Seelenfresser, in the form of a lyric music video. "Perfekte Dunkelheit" (German for "Perfect Darkness") features fast Metal riffs, atmospheric industrial and catchy melodies.
Watch the video right here:- https://youtu.be/SswVTNU7zAo
German industrial band Taina was formed in October 2010 by vocalist and synth player WoLand and guitarist SerZh. After some line-up changes drummer Hannes joined the band in April 2015.
Their first EP, Illusion, was released in February 2012 and two music videos followed in the same year.
Since their first stage appearance in December 2012, TAINA performed throughout Europe, including Russia, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Germany, supporting such bands as ASP, Feuerengel, Ost Front, Zardonic and Stahlzeit. Taina has also appeared in the popular German show Circus Halligalli on major TV channel Pro7 in November 2015, where you could see them performing to some snippets from the upcoming Seelenfresser album.
They have also played two major German open-airs Wacken and WGT (Wave Gotik Treffen) in 2017.
TAINA on Facebook
Ground-breaking industrial metal pioneers, Ministry, have signed a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band recently wrapped up recording their new album ‘AmeriKKKant’, which is tentatively scheduled for release during the first quarter of 2018. More details to be announced shortly.
“This album, ‘AmeriKKKant’," stated mastermind Al Jourgensen. "Will provide FEMA type relief for the devastation 'Hurricane Cheeto' has brought upon us.”
For decades, the powerhouse of psychotic sound that is Ministry have won over millions with releases such as ‘Filth Pig’, ‘The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste‘, ‘Psalm 69‘, ‘From Beer To Eternity‘, and a flood of others. Since the 80s, founder Al Jourgensen has been combining elements of synth pop, punk, metal and even dub in a way that is instantly recognisable and has influenced many other bands.
With timeless classics such as ‘Just One Fix’, ‘Thieves’ and ‘Jesus Built My Hotrod’ Ministry are one of a kind musical pioneers.
With six Grammy nominations to date, over 3 million records sold, more than 2000 live performances and movie soundtrack work on Hurt Locker, Artificial Intelligence, The Matrix, Robo Cop and SAW, Ministry has been contributing to the music industry for over three decades.
Ministry have some USA tour dates scheduled across the autumn with Death Grips:
MINISTRY, DEATH GRIPS
13/10/17 Worcester, MA The Palladium
14/10/17 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
16/10/17 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Steel
17/10/17 New York, NY Terminal 5
19/10/17 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
20/10/17 Cleveland, OH The Agora Theatre
21/10/17 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
23/10/17 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
24/10/17 Columbus, OH Express Live
26/10/17 Minneapolis, MN Skyway Theatre
27/10/17 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
29/10/17 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium
30/10/17 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
1/11/17 Seattle, WA Showbox Sodo
2/11/17 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
4/11/17 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium
5/11/17 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
7/11/17 Phoenix, AZ The Van Buren
8/11/17 Albuquerque, NM The Historic El Rey Theater
10/11/17 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
11/11/17 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live!
France's Porn release 'Sunset Of Cruelty'; first single from new album 'The Ogre Inside' [out 20.10.17]
Porn - ’Sunset Of Cruelty’ - single out 15.09.17, taken from ’The Ogre Inside’ - new album out 20.10.17 via Les Disques Rubicon.
The French industrial-goth metal band Porn will release their third album on 20th October 2017.
It is preceded by a single and remix EP of the album song ’Sunset Of Cruelty’.
Named after the classic ‘Pornography’ album by The Cure and influenced by early 80’s electronic noise exponents such as SPK and Esplendor Geometrico as well as the 80’s/90’s dark rock lineage of Bauhaus, Fields Of The Nephilim and Type O Negative, Porn are led by Philippe Deschemin, who has published a sci-fi novel (‘Contoyen’) and several short stories since the release of his group's previous album in 2011.
A milestone record for the band, the concept of ’The Ogre Inside’ is based on the ‘Contoyen’ novel.
From the 90’s industrial rock sound of album opener 'Sunset Of Cruelty' right through to the brooding
goth-metal atmosphere of the title track that ends the record, Porn take the listener on a journey into the darkest corners of the mind. Scattered with voice samples of Aleister Crowley, it can be taken as an invitation to fight the (great) beast, the Ogre that threatens to devour.
Porn formed in 1999 when psychology and sociology student Philippe Deschemin decided to start a band. Strongly influenced by the original industrial scene (SPK, Esplendor Geometrico), post-punk and goth rock acts (The Cure, Killing Joke, Fields Of The Nephilim) and industrial rock/metal (KMFDM, Marilyn Manson), his mission was to create aggressive yet sexy, powerful, dark and dangerous music. As he describes it: “something like a beautiful, tasty fruit with a razor blade inside.”
The band released its debut album in 2004 and an EP a year later, which are currently available together on the collection ‘A Decade In Glitter And Danger’. These were followed by a second album in 2011 entitled ‘From The Void To The Infinite’, plus the 2015 covers and remixes compilation ‘Deconstruct’, which followed the publication of Deschemin’s first novel, ‘Contoyen’.
Deschemin is also a member of the group An Erotic End Of Times, who released their own debut album in the spring of 2017. Aside from his musical and literary career, he is a visiting lecturer in political philosophy, a journalist and publisher.
Philippe Deschemin : vocals, bass, guitar, synth, drum programming
Mehdi Desoeuvre : guitar, bass
Erwan Frugier : synth, guitar
On August 25th, 2017, French metal force Dagoba will release its seventh studio album, “Black Nova”, as a cooperation of Jive/Epic for France and Century Media for the rest of the world.
Formed in 1997 and inspired by 90's American metal greats such as Pantera, Machine Head and Fear Factory, Dagoba quickly expanded their furious sound with dark, symphonic and industrial elements culminating on what is to become their strongest album to date, “Black Nova”.
Shawter – singer, guitarist, composer and leader of Dagoba – helmed the recordings of “Black Nova”, which took place at Eagle Black, his own studio in Marseille, whereas Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Epica, Heaven Shall Burn) took care of mix and mastering. “Black Nova” sounds massive with rich dynamics, towering riffs, vigorous shouts and infectious melodic choruses all over the place. The equally powerful artwork was created by Seth Siro Anton (Septic Flesh).
The first single "Inner Sun" premieres on Rock Hard France's sampler CD out this week – "Inner Sun" will be available everywhere on May 19th.
2. Inner Sun
3. The Legacy Of Ares
4. Stone Ocean
5. The Infinite Chase
6. The Grand Emptiness
7. Lost Gravity
8. Fire Dies
9. Phoenix et Corvus
Known as an impressive live act, Dagoba are about to set sails for Japan in May with full European touring under way right around time of release of “Black Nova”. Stay tuned for further details in the coming weeks!
Hailing from the colourful and music-inspired streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota, comes the unique blend of Metal / Rock / Industrial that is Gabriel and the Apocalypse. The band delivers a fierce yet beautiful array of female-fronted aggression that will give its predecessors a run for their money.
In regards to the new album, vocalist Lindy Gabriel says,
“The Ghost Parade is a concept record that brings you on a music roller coaster ride. From in your face songs, like ‘March of the Dolls,’ to stripped down emotional songs, like ‘Behind the Sun,’ this record still maintains a taste of the usual GATA anthems on politics and world issues, but, as a whole, it is more personal. I feel as a writer and lyricist it is more abstract and poetic. I feel more exposed and vulnerable. It's honest. It flows and twists through different waves and moods from beginning to end.”
The Ghost Parade was recently released by Pavement Entertainment, and the band has just completed its new video and single “Thrill of the Kill.” Gabriel and the Apocalypse will embark on a full tour this June and July with Wednesday 13. Check the video here:-
On Friday 24th March, the official pre-sale for the concert film "Rammstein: Paris" began ahead of its worldwide release on May 19. The film, which will be released in many configurations, sets new standards. In March 2012, during the "Made in Germany" tour, Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund shot two acclaimed Rammstein concerts at the Palais Omnisports arena in Paris in front of 17,000 spectators. Featuring 22 songs from the band’s entire repertoire, the resulting film is not only the most spectacular collection of imagery about the most successful German rock band of our time, but also a masterpiece of music cinema, capturing Rammstein's energy as a unique visual and sonic experience.
Åkerlund is notorious for his radical, pioneering video clips for bands such as The Prodigy, Metallica, the Rolling Stones and also Rammstein. Absurd details, upended perspectives, shocks of contrast and sensory confusion flicker through his music productions, and in "Rammstein: Paris", he celebrates this from the very first minute. Rammstein play 22 songs (128 mins), ranging from "Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen?", the first song from the very first album, to "Frühling in Paris" from the last studio album "Liebe ist für alle da".
Artistically and dramaturgically ingeniously staged, like an overwhelming video clip, "Rammstein: Paris" is one of the best rock concert films of all time. “Absolument“
A first impression of this masterpiece can be seen HERE.
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