Tuesday Ten: 001: Tracks of the Month (March 2007)

[Note: This is where my Tuesday Ten series started, almost exactly seven years ago. I’d done the occasional musical round-up prior to this, under the Tuesday Ten name, but this is where is became a regular series, and where the numbering of the posts started, too. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 001: Tracks of the Month (March 2007)”

But Listen: 046: Combichrist – What The Fuck Is Wrong With You People?

It is hard to deny the influence Andy La Plegua, the man behind Combichrist (and also Scandy, Panzer A.G. and before that Icon of Coil and more besides), has had in goth/industrial clubs over the past couple of years. In the few years since Combichrist emerged, dancefloors have rocked to his tunes almost every night, and maybe, just maybe, people who wouldn’t have got into any part of the industrial scene might have got into the ultra-accessible dancefloor hits and looked beyond into a rich and varied scene. Not to mention the legion of acts that have beefed up their beats in the hope of filling dancefloors and selling records like Combichrist does. And so that brings us to the new album, the act’s third album proper, to see if it will be able to build on previous success.

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Into the Pit: 038: Modulate – Live at tv21 Manchester – 18-March 2007

First on was Uberbyte, which is a very different proposition indeed from Rikky’s main band Killing Miranda. Hard industrial-electro in the vein of Suicide Commando and Le√ɬ¶therstrip, it all seemed to work rather well. Those tracks that I had heard before on various promo CDs were far more effective live (the beats, particularly, had far more power in the live environment), and it certainly made for an interesting half-hour. Final track Total War was the best of the set, and where it all came together. While the rest of the set was good, some of it seemed a bit rough ’round the edges, and perhaps in time these will be smoothed out. One to watch for the future, perhaps… Read more “Into the Pit: 038: Modulate – Live at tv21 Manchester – 18-March 2007”

Into the Pit: 037: Combichrist – Live at Corporation Sheffield – 10-March 2007

For once Corp was open pretty much on-time, and even at 1915 or so, when we got there, it was already pretty busy – meaning that openers Northborne had a good crowd.

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But Listen: 044: Keef Baker – Redeye

I never quite know what to expect with Keef’s output. With the huge variety of influences – not only IDM, but also electronics, industrial, jazz, death metal and god knows what else – it sometimes leaves you with the feeling to not only expect the unexpected, but also to perhaps fear where he might take you next on his musical odyssey.

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