Monday, 28 August 2017

Industrial Music Monday - Klank

Well, it's that day, and you know what that means... Industrial!!! This week we have a project out of San Jose, California. The music is in the vein of electronic/industrial/metal (they like to call it "electronically infused metal", but I think they do have industrial elements, so that's why I've included them on today's Industrial Music Monday)! The band currently consists of 3 members: Klank Diolosa, Pat Servedio, and Eric Wilkins. They are called: Klank! Check them out!!

klanknation Bandcamp

KLANK Facebook

klanknation Twitter

Monday, 21 August 2017

Industrial Music Monday - Mindshaft

Well, it's that day and you know what that means... Industrial!! This week we have a band out of Brighton, UK. The music is in the vein of industrial, noise, and punk. The band consists of three members: Nick Heath, Steve Patrick, and Lak Gill. They are called: MindShaft! Check them out!!

mindshaftmusic Facebook

mindshaft bandcamp

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Local Gig: Reckless Heroes Farewell Show w/No More Moments and Purity+Control: August 18th/2017

Well, went to this show... not for the main band, but for one of the openers... Purity+Control (I am only gonna write about Purity+Control, cause quite frankly, not really interested in punk/pop-punk type bands) I have known of this project for quite some time (was originally asked to do live vocals for it, but had to turn the offer down [Twitch is my main and only project])! This performance was their second one. The band currently consists of two members: Jordan Gioplasty (vocals/lyrics), and Slava Nartakhov (backing tracks/synths/samples/sequences/lyrics). The music is in the style of EBM! If I were to compare their sound to another band, their performance reminded me of Skinny Puppy (especially the vocals), mixed with the hard driving beats of EBM! Their set wasn't quite an all hardware set, they did use a laptop for some of the backing tracks, but from what I'm told they are going to be moving away from that... It did seem they mainly used their synths and samplers for most of their set, only relying on the laptop when it was absolutely necessary! I think their set consisted of a cover of a Tekhnotron song as well as a Detached Objectives cover plus a couple of originals (Slava can correct me if I'm wrong)! Anyway, they played an excellent set! Can't wait to play with them in November!!

PurityControl Facebook

P.S.: Not sure when they are going to release something... from what I understand they may be working on an EP or something like that... I'll let you know on a future date (I'll probably be posting it as a future IMM post)!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

New Album: Twitch: The Block, The Stream, and The Key

Yep, you read that right! Twitch has released a new album! It is called "The Block, The Stream, and The Key"! This is Twitch's 7th album. Three years in the making! This also marks Twitch's 18th year of writing, recording, and producing! Check it out!!

"We are in a time of uncertainty, of darkness, we don't know what is going to happen, will we save the environment..? Will the rights of immigrants, LGBTQ+, African-Americans... or just anyone who is different be stripped away..? Will there be nuclear war..? Where has the general common sense gone?? With this album, Twitch is offering an answer, a mentality, an attitude... perhaps even a light!"

The album release show is on September 7th, 2017 @ Broken City! You can find the event info here: Twitch "The Block, The Stream, and The Key" Album Release Party

Twitch on Facebook

TrippingonacableRecords on Facebook

Thank you to everyone who's followed Twitch this far, or even just got on board! I love you guys! See you at the album release show!!


Sunday, 13 August 2017

Concert: VNV Nation w/iVardensphere (Singularity): August 12th/2017

Well, attended the VNV Nation show, here in Calgary, at Dickens Pub, this past Saturday (August 12th/2017)!

iVardensphere opened up the show with a "Singularity" set (just him on synths)! Of course, iVardensphere put on an excellent show! I really love his "Singularity" sets... just seeing him play sequences from his drum machines/synths etc.! We did get to see him perform recently at Terminus fest with Borys, but that's ok! His set was obviously different than the iV vs Borys set at Terminus, and it was a lot crunchier!! I think Scott was on for 35-40 minutes... I could completely be wrong on this... but it was a nice good, quick set! Obviously, people in the crowd were still coming down from Terminus... I'm sure many of them with post-Terminus blues, but people really wanted to dance... and seemed to be excited that a show was happening so soon after Terminus (also, it's a VNV show... so people are gonna come out anyway)!

VNV Nation took the stage as a four person live show! Obviously, Ronan at the front and three others (two as keys and one on drums in the back [Unfortunately, Mark Jackson was not on this tour with Ronan {not sure why}, but still a pretty good performance overall])! Ronan is a charismatic frontman, always engaging the audience! I love VNV! They were my first industrial show a couple of years after I came back from London, UK! They had played Edmonton the very first time I saw them! At that point in time, they were touring for the 'Futureperfect' album, and they put on an amazing show, and... the status-quo still stands... VNV always put on an amazing show! This time they were touring select small club shows (normally they play much larger venues), and they were playing select songs off the 'Automatic' and 'Empires' albums! Overall, it was an excellent show! If there is one thing I have to say about this show that isn't good, I would have to say, it seemed to be a little quiet in the bar... I feel like, if you were to compare the sound to Terminus, the PA system was much louder. This time, especially during iVardensphere's set I felt it was a little too quiet... and the sub-bass was not really punching through my chest (could also hear everyone's conversations really well, which to me is not a good thing... like I said, I should be able to feel the sub-bass punching me in the chest)! It did get a little better during VNV's set but, I still feel I shouldn't have to stand next to the PA so I could feel the sub-bass! Anyway, that's my only complaint... the performances were excellent! Had a great time with friends! Ran into some old friends that I hadn't seen in a while! And, was pretty drunk by the end of it!

P.S.: We are very lucky shit like this happens here in Calgary! It used to be... shows like this would only happen in Edmonton (they had a quite dedicated scene way back in the day), now that has changed... The only way this shit can continue to happen, is if you guys continue to support the scene! Go to these shows! Go to Terminus! Go to local goth/industrial DJ nights and support your local goth/industrial bands shows! The scene you want, is the scene you make!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Festival: Terminus: Impact 2017

Another year, another Terminus (now in it's 6th year)! I have attended every single year... the past years have had many good acts! This year has been no exception! Some of the acts I was looking forward to were Cubanate, PIG, VOWWS, Assemblage 23, and some were surprises (HAEX, Wire Spine, and The Blood Of Others)!

The Blood Of Others: These guy's were a surprise to me, they opened up Terminus, they kinda remind me a little bit of Wumpscut (Dried Blood of Gomorhha era [which is probably my favorite]) but maybe a bit more melodic! I didn't get any pictures of them, but here is their album on bandcamp:

Their live show was much noiser than their album, but was still good!

VOWWS: After VOWWS was announced for Terminus, I immediately went and sought out their music! Excellent stuff! I especially like their song "Heartbreaker"! They put on an excellent performance... and many of you know already, for me I find I prefer the live performances over recorded/albums and shit... I find the live performances add a quality to the sound that recorded albums cannot articulate... VOWWS was no exception... I found I liked their live stuff over their studio recordings!

Cubanate: This was the band I went to primarily see at the festival, and they did not disappoint! They were everything I expected; high energy, screamy, breakbeats and all that shit! Their live drummer was pretty amazing too! We were fortunate that Cubanate was doing a reunion tour! Will they put out a new album in the future... don't think so, but if they do, I'll definitely be purchasing it!

HAEX: This band was screamy with occult themes... Not really into the occult stuff, but still pretty good... from what I can tell, their recorded stuff is not as screamy as the live stuff.

Here's their new song "BLOODTOLL":

Assemblage 23: What can I say, Tom always puts on a good show!

Here's a link to the new album on Bandcamp:

WIRE SPINE: This band really surprised me... they have that old school EBM vibe, but the vocals are very noisy! Their set was very good! Very noisy!

PIG: Unfortunately, PIG had to cancel their set due to VISA issues (not getting them in time for the show), but En Esch and most of the band were already there, so En Esch and the other members stepped in to take PIG's place (Eric Gottesman also stepped in on keys for the show at the last minute, as well)! The show was excellent! It's unbelievable that they could throw something like this together at last minute and still pull off a really good show!

They played songs from KMFDM, En Esch, and I think a PIG song there or two!

That's it, those were the highlights/surprises for me! I think this years Terminus did much better than last years... or well, at least it seemed to! As far as, bands and acts that played this year, I feel this year may not have been as solid as previous years, but over all it was pretty good! It is really quite surprising what Chris Hewitt and Ambor Sheppard pull together each year for Terminus! What do you guy's think? Who were your favorites? Who were your surprises?