The New York based industrial metal duo Hanzel und Gretyl mark their 25th anniversary with a
brand new studio album. ’Satanik Germanik’ is HuG’s darkest, heaviest sounding record to date -
more evil, menacing yet fun than ever. It continues their progression towards a harder, more metal
based sound that marked their previous release, 2014’s ‘Black Forest Metal’.
Formed in New York in 1993, the HuG duo of Kaizer von Loopy and Vas Kallas released their debut
album, ‘Ausgeflippt’, two years later and embarked on consecutive US tours with Marilyn Manson after playing just a handful of local shows.
Its follow-up, 1997’s ‘Transmissions From Uranus’, was praised for its progressive musical stylings and groundbreaking technological advances. Promoted via a tour with Prong, further live commitments saw HuG headline a Halloween show in Des Moines, Iowa with local band Slipknot as their support act, while in 1998 they themselves supported Rammstein on their first US trek.
HuG began a long association with Metropolis Records in 2003 when the label issued their third album, ‘Über Alles’. Described as a "futuristic Wagnerian rock opera", it marked a stylistic change for the band, favouring heavy guitar riffs and Germanic themes over their proven electro-metal sound. It got great reviews from publications as diverse as Kerrang! (UK) and The Village Voice (US).
Next up was 2005’s controversially titled ‘Scheissmessiah’. Memorably reviewed as ‘Handel’s
Messiah from Hell’, HuG grew harder and heavier and toured with Ministry and My Life With The
Thrill Kill Kult. An EP, ‘Oktötenfest 2006’, led to UK dates with Cradle Of Filth.
Their fifth album, ’2012: Zwanzig Zwölf’ (2008), was a concept record based on the Mayan theory that
the world would end in 2012 (but with a fantastical twist on proceedings) and saw death and black
metal elements incorporated into HuG’s musical make-up. The duo’s cult following continued to grow
and they played their first extensive headlining world tour in 2009.
After the world failed to end, 2012 saw the release of ‘Born To Be Heiled’, an eclectic blend of death,
black and doom metal, classic rock, electronic and industrial elements tied together with HuG’s
unmistakable ersatz German affectations coupled with strong outlaw biker motifs. A companion piece entitled ‘Hanzel und Gretyl Für Immer’, comprised entirely of remixes by KyzrWölf (Loopy's electronic side-project), was made available in autumn 2013 to coincide with a European tour.
Late 2014 saw HuG's seventh album, ‘Black Forest Metal’, which marked the beginning of a new era
for the band. Their darkest and most metal sounding effort to date, it employed satanic themes
cross-referenced with forest motifs from the original Brothers Grimm fairy tale. US and two European
tours followed the release.
2015 saw Hanzel und Gretyl appearing in the DVD/BluRay release ‘Rammstein In Amerika’, where
the duo were interviewed alongside the likes of Steven Tyler, Kiss, Marilyn Manson, Iggy Pop, Korn,
Slash and more discussing Rammstein’s first shows in the USA almost twenty years earlier.
A long awaited new album by Hanzel und Gretyl entitled ‘Satanik Germanik’ will mark their
25th anniversary in 2018.
HANZEL UND GRETYL
Kaizer Von Loopy/KyzrWölf - guitars, programming, vocals
Vas Kallas - vocals, bass
Mind Driller have signed a deal with Art Gates Records.
This six-pieced combo performs some powerful and varied Industrial Metal influenced by electronics and Metal music, using 3 different languages in their lyrics: German, English and Spanish. The band was formed back in 2011 and after releasing two full length albums of studio "Red Industrial" (2012) and "Zirkus" (2015) and receiving all kind of compliments from the international specialized press and fans of the genre around the globe
In words of the band:-
"First of all, Mind Driller wants to thank Art Gates Records for their interest on the band and their support from the very first day. We feel grateful for this opportunity and we consider that this relationship is going to bring a lot of positive feedback to both of us. Finally, we want to thank all our fans for their constant love. See you on the road".
In words of Iván Magdalena (label manager):
"It's such an honour to sign a band we have been following for a long time. Mind Driller are one of the most powerful bands of their genre in Spain and we want to export them to the world!"
The new and third full length of the band will see the light in the beginning of 2019.
More info on www.artgatesrecords.com:
The pioneers of German Rock are now heavy part of the Napalm Records family!
Since their founding back in 1990, OOMPH! have been leaders in the scene and have created their very own version of hard Rock music. Along their journey they were never afraid of fusing any influences. This courage was rewarded by creating their own niche between Metal, Industrial, EBM and Gothic! They have shaped a new musical genre in Germany with bands such as Rammstein, who have named OOMPH! as one of their influences.
Gold and Platinum Awards, international chart entries, the #1 single "Augen Auf!" are just a few examples of their remarkable success. For OOMPH! being on top of German Rock music is the result of lots of hard work and fearless creativity. Now they have found a strong partner with Napalm Records!
OOMPH! on the signing with Napalm Records:
“Right between both of our last tours in Russia and Europe, we started to gather new ideas for our upcoming 13th studio album! With these first new songs we contacted various record labels and were able to choose from 8 very promising offers in the end!
We are extremely happy to have found in Napalm Records a strong and broad partner world-wide, who has worked extremely successfully in all different areas of Rock and Metal with their artists in recent years. Napalm Records offers exactly the right prerequisites for our next steps and we look forward to a long-term collaboration!"
Thomas Caser, CEO Napalm Records states:
“With OOMPH! we proudly present one of the most exciting and influential German Rock bands as a brand new signing on Napalm Records! We are very much looking forward to a successful future with the band!”
OOMPH! are currently working on a new studio album – scheduled for a 2019 release via Napalm Records!
OOMPH! Line up:
CRAP - Guitar, Keyboards
DERO - Vocals, Drums
FLUX - Guitar, Sampling
Silvestri - Drums (Live)
Hagen - Bass (Live)
Felix - Keyboards (Live)
Okusa - Percussion (Live)
Shock metal troublemakers Fear Of Domination reveal the cover artwork and track listing for their upcoming fifth album “Metanoia”, out on 4th of May through Ranka Kustannus. The band also announces third single from the full-length, titled “Face Of Pain”, which is set to release on 13th of April. The new single offers a look in to the darker and starker side of the album, as male vocalist Saku Solin explains:
“Face Of Pain sinks into the question of what pain looks like, how it shows itself and how it feels, and also how easy it is to hide behind a smile, to stand strong and pretend being able to cope with it. We all feel pain, but how we express it is a far sadder question – how we are like unfinished paintings, trying to complete ourselves.”
On “Metanoia”, Fear Of Domination has gone through a metamorphosis, and wanted to bring that to the visual side as well.
“We’ve reached a new level in our evolution, so we wanted this re-birth and metanoia to show in the album art”, Solin says.
Artwork for “Metanoia” was created by Finnish photographer and digital artist Jani Kormu, who sheds some light on the idea behind it:
“We wanted to pay a little homage to H.R. Giger with the band, but still create something characteristic for Fear Of Domination. That way, we ended up with this industrial/Giger kind of structure in these photos.”
Fear Of Domination will join Amaranthe on their Baltic tour this spring, and tour Finland earlier in May.
Fear Of Domination tour dates:
4.5. Ilokivi, Jyväskylä, Finland
5.5. Henrys Pub, Kuopio, Finland
11.5. Nosturi, Helsinki, Finland
12.5. Yo-talo, Tampere, Finland
18.5. Loftas, Vilnius, Liethuania (w/ Amaranthe)
19.5. Melna Piektdiena, Riga, Latvia (w/ Amaranthe)
20.5. Tapper, Tallinn, Estonia (w/ Amaranthe)
21.6. Nummirock, Kauhajoki, Finland
Fear of Domination official website: https://www.fod.fi/
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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
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
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!
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