It’s hard to believe that industrial legends Ministry have been around (in one incarnation or another) for forty years but here they are in 2021, returning with their fifteenth full length studio album. Another title including amusing wordplay, Moral Hygiene (Nuclear Blast Records) is yet another solid release by Al Jourgensen and co. and features a few surprises along the way.
It’s been well documented that the road to Aggression Continuum (Nuclear Blast Records), the latest album from Californian cyber-metallers Fear Factory, has been strewn with obstacles, challenges, and all manner of highly publicised internal disputes. Since its recording, the band has endured a lengthy legal battle which concluded with the departure of vocalist Burton C Bell, and saw guitarist, songwriter, and current studio bassist Dino Cazares winning the rights to the Fear Factory name via auction.
Like all fans of live music, going without a show for over a year has been something I never expected. The anticipation, the energy, making instant friends with the fans around you, and feeling the music in every fiber of your being is an experience like none other. When XL Live in Harrisburg, PA announced their return to live shows, I was not sure how the new normal would change the aspects that compel us to attend.
Industrial band Skold, the namesake group of producer, former member of Marilyn Manson’s band, ex-KMFDM member, Motionless In White producer, and co-founder of Swedish metal act Shotgun Messiah Tim Skold has released a brand new album today, Dias Irae, today via Cleopatra Records. The patently heavy approach is the throwback to Skold’s penchant for musical aggression of his earliest work as an artist. The band also shared a new music video for “Dirty Horizon,” another collaboration between Skold and filmmaker/award-winning music video director Vicente Cordero. The two had collaborated previously on the sweeping, cinematic video for “Small World” from Skold’s 2019 album Never Is Now as well as other past work. The “Dirty Horizon” video finds Skold paying homage to the legendary film by fellow Swede Ingmar Bergman, the 1957 epic “The Seventh Seal.” Shot in the stone dungeon of the stunning Abbey Arroyo. Watch the video:
Industrial Metal legends Stabbing Westward have shared a brand new Halloween covers EP dubbed Hallowed Hymns! The release, a gift to their die-hard fans and new ones too, is streaming and physical copies are for sale from their new label COP International at the link below. The covers include new takes on old Industrial and post-Punk/Goth classics from Ministry, The Cure, and Echo and the Bunnymen. The EP was produced by their longtime collaborator John Fryer, who worked on the band’s early classic albums. Fryer and Stabbing Westward are in the studio now working on a new full-length album for release in 2021. Purchase and stream the EP now!
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The EP, released on COP International Records, features 4 tracks that were instrumental to the industrial band’s beginnings and conjure the feeling of the season and include original takes on “Burn” from The Cure (famously featured on the soundtrack to The Crow), the classic “Every Day Is Halloween” by Ministry and Echo And The Bunnymen’s eternal hit “Killing Moon.” There is also a special “Devil’s Night Mix” version of Stabbing Westward’s “Burn” cover to round out the surprise release.
Stabbing Westward— featuring original founding members Christopher Hall (vocals/guitar) and Walter Flakus (keyboards/programming) as well as longtime bandmate Carlton Bost (bass) and newest member Bobby Amaro (drums)—originally released their cover of “Burn” to much fanfare for the Cold Waves Festival compilation album in September; the track was premiered by Revolver magazine that called it a “reverent cover” that kicked off the compilation “with a bang.”
Says frontman Christopher Hall about this special surprise release:
“2020 has been a shit year. We were supposed to release our new album and tour the U.S. to support it. But clearly that’s not happening. We know Halloween is different this year with no parties and no Trick or Treating so we wanted to give fans something special …. something that will help tie you over until we can release some new music.
We picked these three tracks because, for us, they represent the feeling of Halloween and they were very important songs during our early musical stages. If there were ever two bands that I would say most influenced Walter and I to form Stabbing Westward it would be Ministry and The Cure. From the earliest days of Ministry’s With Sympathy through the evolution of Twitch, they were the band that opened our minds and hearts to industrial music. To be able to reimagine these songs as Stabbing Westward while still trying to pay homage to the brilliance of the original versions was a terrifyingly fun adventure.
We have been working on the album so hard for so long that it was really a joy to take a break and explore all these tracks had to offer. As often as you listen to your favorite songs it’s a totally different experience to take one apart and see how it was built. It gave me such an immense appreciation for what these amazing artists created—especially the Ministry track knowing how primitive the gear was that Al Jourgensen had to work with back then with none of the modern tools we take for granted today. He literally created new techniques in the studio that we still use today. He was light years ahead of his time. We hope you enjoy listening to these tracks as much as we have enjoyed recording them.”
The EP’s title coyly illustrates that Stabbing Westward is in fact neither dead nor gone, but rather ready to pick up where they left off after a string of mid-‘90s hits that dominated alternative radio and film soundtracks, including “Shame,” “Save Yourself,” “So Far Away” and “What Do I Have to Do?”, and resulted in two Gold records.
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Chicago solo- industrial metal entity Fearsore will drop its new album this Friday, via Dead Sage on October 30th. The limited CD version of the record features a cover of Project Pitchfork’s “Alpha Omega.” The long-running creative project of Wiley Wells, he uses his art to challenge norms and confront greater issues facing humanity, destined to eat itself from the inside..Although rooted in the city’s rich legacy of scene bands, musically Fearsore owes as much to 80s avant-garde harsh noise proto-genre bands, bleak futurist sonics, and standing shoulder to shoulder with modernist peers too. Jam out to all of Wetworks right now!
Industrial Metal legends Fear Factory have announced their new album is in the works and will be released in 2021 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. They are trying to raise at least $25k USD for the process. Read the band’s message to fans to support the process of finishing a new album, taking into account the global downturn in 2021. The campaign is called “Fear Factory Regenerate.” Any extra monies collected over their goal will be used to create music videos for the album. Continue reading
Kansas City industrial rockers Razorwire Halo have teamed up with Ghost Cult to debut their new lyric video for their single, “Cover My Eyes”! The lyric video is a great foil for the hypnotic track, full hammering beats, throbbing bass, and great riffs. All capped off by vocalist Tak Kitara’s smokey, urgent voice, the sensory overload feeling of the clip helps the narrative of the lyrics claw their way inside you. Watch “Cover My Eyes” now!
Ghost Cult caught up with Ken Jay of Static-X to discuss their new album, Project Regeneration Vol. 1 (review here). Ken chatted all about the new album, the process of putting together the tracks with Koichi Fukuda and Tony Campos, hearing Wayne Static’s voice in a new song for the first time in a long while, incredible singing on these new tracks, working with Xero on new material, reuniting with producer Ulrich Wild, the early Goth origins of the band, the Wisconsin Death Trip 20th Anniversary tour, their upcoming concert in the time of coronavirus and much more. Order Project Regeneration Vol. 1 here and listen to our chat. Continue reading
“The road to hell is paved with blood.”
Like many fans, Wayne Static’s tragic passing in 2014 hit me like a ton of bricks. I saw the band rise from the underground to spread their “Evil Disco” sound around the globe, touring with their heroes and influences, and even surpassing a few of the,. Wayne had much more music to give the world but little did we know. As it turns out, a lot more than we expected. Upon repeat listens to the new Static-X album listening to Project Regeneration Vol.1 (Ostego Entertainment Group), the band sounds fresh and raging as ever, and Wayne’s voice is not sad, but a triumphant middle finger from the great ether.Continue reading