Well I must say that 2011 seems to be a very promising year from a synthpop and electronic music perspective, I almost feel tempted to opening my wallet
Here are a couple of must haves:
Covenant – Modern Ruin
Mirrors – Lights and Offerings
OMD – History of Modern
System – Circle of Infinite Radius
Daft Punk – Tron Legacy
And there’s more coming your way; Mr Jones Machine, Depeche Mode remix album…..so stay tuned
Necro Facility recently finished the recordings for their upcoming third studio album “Wintermute”.In this interview Henrik Bäckström and Oscar Holter talks about the new album that is scheduled to be released the next couple of months.
Necro Facility released the debut album “The Black Paintings” back in 2005. Two years later, in March 2007, they released the follow-up “The Room”. Last year they returned in a collaboration together with Covenant and their single “Lightbringer”.
After a period of downturn, the Arvika alternative music festival has now been reborn and for the 2011 edition 8 bands has so far been lined up, it sure looks promising:
- Hocico (Mexico)
- Covenant (Sweden)
- Kite (Sweden)
- Day Din (Germany)
- Lissi Dancefloor Disaster (Sweden)
- The Girl & The Robot (Sweden)
- Code 64 (Sweden)
- Ell-Er (Sweden)
Some pics from previous years:
Looks like several of the big bands within synth music are following in the footsteps of Covenant with new releases during 2011, in a previous post we saw the teaser from And One and now it is VNV Nations’ turn
It seems 2011 will be a very busy year for Ronan Harris and Mark Jackson.
The band recently revealed at their Facebook page that a new album is in the works and scheduled to be released later this year. A World Tour is also to expect along with lots of Festival appearences.
David Bowie did it, the Nine Inch Nails did it and now Covenant has done it. The Swedish EBM act has made a song inspired by a Hollywood movie. The genesis of their track “The Road”, which appears on their new album “Modern Ruin”, was the Viggo Mortensen movie of the same name.
For those who don’t know, “The Road” stars Mortensen (pictured) as a father who struggles with his son to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. The 2009 film was adapted from the award-winning novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy, whose other book “No Country For Old Men” later became an Oscar-winning movie starring Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem. The film is an interesting choice of inspiration for Covenant’s music, who follow in the footsteps of NIN, whose 2005 song “Only” was inspired by “Fight Club”, and Bowie, who penned his classic hit “Space Oddity” after watching “2001: A Space Odyssey”.
“Modern Ruin” was slated for a 2010 release, but was delayed until this year. They released the “Lightbringer” EP – itself a track on the new LP – last October (you can order it below) to give fans a taste of what “Modern Ruin” will sound like. Released via Synthetic Symphony/SPV, the record will hit shops in Germany on Friday, the rest of Europe on Monday and the US (via Metropolis Records) on 8 February. Nice stuff. It’s just a pity that SPV, for some obscure reason, never sent a review copy to Side-Line. Crisis? We asked, but never got any reply. If that’s the new way of doing promo, it will be a great year!
- Modern Ruin 01:28
- Lightbringer (feat. Necro Facility) 05:41
- Judge Of My Domain 06:05
- Dynamo Clock 05:32
- Kairos 01:11
- The Beauty And The Grace 04:52
- Get On 04:40
- Worlds Collide 04:16
- In The Night 03:20
- Beat The Noise 06:00
- The Road 05:23
Tracklist Bonus-CD: *
- Wir Sind Die Nacht
- Wir Sind Die Nacht (Oscar Holter Remix)
- Wir Sind Die Nacht (Full Instrumental)
- Wir Sind Die Nacht (Henrik Bäckström Remix)
- Wir Sind Die Nacht (Sample)
- Ich War Nichts (Sample)
- Wunder (Sample)
Swedish Progress Productions are preparing for a flying start in 2011!
In addition to previously announced full length album from System and Covenant, also new material from Mr. Jones Machine and Necro Facility are on its way. Titans are also expected to come with full-length album later this year. Progress Productions made a very strong 2010, including Code 64, Spark!, Kopf Kat and Kite.
Here are the releases:
- PROCD028 System “Circle Of Infinite Radius” CD/2CD – january
- PROCD029 Covenant “Modern Ruin” 2CD LIMITED EDITION – january
- PRO702 Mr Jones Machine “Månbleka Tingen/Elektricitet”
- Necro Facility “Wintermute” CD/2CD
- Mr Jones Machine “Monokrom” CD/2CD
Side-Line Music Awards are now ready, each year Side-Line nominates the best songs, bands and acts in the electro, synth, EBM etc space and now the final results are here, as voted by the Side-Line readers. And it seems Recoil got a fair share of the prices
The results of the Side-Line Music Awards 2010 are in. Yes, it did take us a few days more than we had originally planned. But then again, we never imagined getting stuck in London and Brussels the past week due to the unexpected harsh winter conditions circling over Europe. We spent the last two days counting the votes and deleting the invalid ones. But before we give the results, we really want to thank all those readers who have cast their votes in the past two election rounds. You were among the 39,203 people (!!) to have cast a valid vote. That is an all-time record for Side-Line.
- Combichrist (5,391)
- Unter Null (4,985)
- Front Line Assembly (3,818)
- Front 242 (3,803)
- Mesh (2,756)
- Recoil (2,542)
- Suicide Commando (2,459)
- Hocico (2,327)
- Depeche Mode (2,314)
- Leaether Strip (2,201)
- A-ha (2,227)
- Kant Kino (1,837)
- De/Vision (1,571)
- Edge Of Dawn (589)
- Diorama (383)
- Recoil – “Selected” (10,442)
- Front Line Assembly – “IED” (8,252)
- Unter Null – “Moving On” (7,898)
- OMD – “History Of Modern” (6,908)
- Angelspit – “Larva Pupa Tank Coffin” (5,811)
- Covenant – “Lightbringer” (10,330)
- Combichrist – “Scarred” (8,983)
- Rotersand – “Waiting To Be Born” (7,038)
- In Strict Confidence – “Silver Bullets” (6,825)
- I:Scintilla – “Prey On You” (6,027)
- Mute (13,072)
- Alfa Matrix (10,736)
- Metropolis/Dependent (10,479)
- Trisol (4,916)
Best Live Band:
- Recoil (14,545)
- Combichrist (9,107)
- Depeche Mode (6,032)
- Front Line Assembly (4,851)
- Leaether Strip (4,668)
Covenant performed at this year’s ElectriXmas and we had a quick talk with Daniel Myer about music, gear and iPads. Watch the video below
More stuff on Daniel below:
Architect is joining Recoil for the US tour after some shows together in Europe.
Architect is the creation of German mastermind Daniel Myer. In 1993 he founded the legendary electro-industrial/EBM project Haujobb. Since then he has made a name for himself within the electronic scene and initiated many other projects such as HMB, Newt and Destroid.
Since 2007, he has been a permanent member of the renowned Swedish EBM band Covenant. Created in 1998, Architect and can be easily described as the most fascinating of Daniel’s projects. Focusing primarily on minimal techno, powerfully distorted sequences and razor-sharp breakbeats, he manages to create a unique hybrid of electronica with smooth ambient soundscapes, rendering the results suitable for both listening and dancing.
The Belgian label Alfa Matrix has announced what seems to be a real “who is who in the current EBM scene” boxset uniting no less than 112 artists bringing rare are exclusive tracks. The full tracklist can be viewed at www.alfa-matrix.com/ebm1 . Expect material Front 242, Nitzer Ebb, portion Control, Covenant, Pouppee Fabrikk, Funker Vogt and so on and so on.
Titled “Electronic Body Matrix 1″ this new compilation series runs across 4 CD’s plus an exclusive download card giving you access to another 40 additional bands for a total music play more than 500 minutes. Promised are over 70% rare or previously unreleased tracks.
“Electronic Body Matrix 1″ also marks Alfa Matrix’s 10 years of existence. Says Seba Dolimont: “Through this set we are revisiting the roots of the old school ‘Electronic Body Music’ movement and bridging them together with the current electronic sound. The sampler pays homage to the various branches of the electronic music genre throughout the last decades, gathering pioneers, leading figures of today’s scene, rising new talents and artists who deserve to be discovered. This is NOT simply a re-release of new wave EBM classics, but fresh new music!”
Last week we announced the official release date for Covenant’s “Modern Ruin”. Here are the full details on the two versions that will be released on January 17, 2011.
The band’s 7th studio album will hold 11 tracks with another 7 to be added on the bonus disc included on the limited 2CD version of “Modern Ruin”. Notice the presence of “Wir sind die Nacht” which is featured in the German movie with the same name playing in the cinemas right now.
The Limited edition comes with slightly different front cover artwork (see the right cover above), presented in a digipack.
Earlier this year Covenant released the “Lightbringer” EP featuring Necro Facility. Although the physical copy is almost sold out, you can download the 7-track EP on iTunes for not even 4 euro… (direct link to iTunes).
Perhaps you missed our interview with Covenant, read it here >>
Tracks Bonus CD (Limited Edition only):
01 Wir sind die Nacht
02 Wir sind die Nacht (Oscar Holter remix)
03 Wir sind die Nacht (full instrumental)
04 Wir sind die Nacht (Henrik Baeckstroem remix)
05 Wir sind die Nacht (sample)
06 Ich war nichts (sample)
07 Wunder (sample)
And here are the dates for the ‘Modern Ruin’ Tour:
Not to forget that they are also playing at ElectriXmas in Sweden (Malmö) on the 18th of December
- 03.12.2010 RU – Ekaterinburg – Tele-Club
04.12.2010 RU – Moskau – Tochka
05.12.2010 RU – Volgograd – Club Zvezdny
10.12.2010 LT – Vilnius – Loftas
11.12.2010 RU – St. Petersburg – Glavclub
22.01.2011 F – Cannes – MJC Picaud (MIDEM)
04.02.2011 E – Madrid – Sala Heineken
05.02.2011 E – Barcelona – Sala Bikini
10.02.2011 I – Roma – Qube
11.02.2011 I – Vicenza – Totem
12.02.2011 I – Prato – Siddharta Club
24.02.2011 F – Paris – Le Divan du Monde
25.02.2011 B – Gent – 2. Rewind Festival
26.02.2011 NL – Amstelveen – P60
27.02.2011 NL – Enschede – Atak
14.05.2011 GR – Athens – Gagarin 205
17.07.2011 D – Koeln – Amphi Festival – Tanzbrunnen