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Sat, Apr. 8th, 2006, 02:13 pm
my two cents.

The new Mesh album, "We Collide", is THE perfect electronic pop CD. This one really impressed me. They've finally strayed away from all of the "industrial" roots and experimental meanderings of their 90's material (which was their biggest weakness on "In This Place Forever" and "The Point At Which It Falls Apart"), and have, surprisingly, even improved upon their fantastic 2002 release, "Who Watches Over Me?". These guys are already huge in Europe, I wish the USA would follow suit...

Here's a link to buy the new album (and hear sound clips from all the songs): http://www.musicnonstop.co.uk . It's worth the import price. Easily.

And yes, as much as I love DM's "Playing The Angel" (which was my favorite CD of 2005), "We Collide" is better :)

Sun, Mar. 12th, 2006, 02:08 am

So I just got a promotion on Friday and learned that I have to move downstate...starting on Monday. I'll be back and forth for the first few weeks, and I'll be in Albany for a couple days next week, so if anyone wants to hang out before I get settled into my new area, let me know :)

Tue, Mar. 7th, 2006, 07:42 pm
Machinegun Symphony

Colorado-based MACHINEGUN SYMPHONY have just signed to Static Sky Records, who will be releasing their debut album, "The Technology of Tears", on April 25.
The album was produced by Rick Joyce (THE LAST DANCE) and features a stunning blend of darkwave and industrial rock comparable to acts such as BELLA MORTE, THE CRUXSHADOWS, and RAZED IN BLACK.
MACHINEGUN SYMPHONY will be embarking on a North American tour in 2006 to support this release. Check them out now, because these guys are going to be huge!!

As a special gift from Static Sky and Machinegun Symphony, you can download a free track ("Cold") off the upcoming album by going here (right click to "save as").

Mon, Mar. 6th, 2006, 07:12 pm

Many of you have heard about this already, but it just made the headline news on Side-Line (head there and you can see the "offensive" picture, too...). Here is the article:

Static Sky/Crunch Pod industrial artist CAUSTIC's debut CD "Unicorns, Kittens, & Shit" is currently in limbo as the pressing plant working on the disc refuses to print the CD because of the "graphic nature of the artwork on the traycard inside" (i.e., under the CD itself). Caustic, aka Matt Fanale, and layout artist Dan Lavalley submitted a pixellated, non-graphic version of the photo in question which was also rejected by the company. "Why a company cares about a photo that is humorous and not, in our minds, graphically explicit is anyone's guess," stated Fanale, "we tried to compromise and resubmitted a self-censored version of the photo, but the plant refused that too and asked for something completely different or it wouldn't be printed. Now we've got to figure out what to do. We will only compromise as long as I don't feel compromised in the process, and now we do so new steps must be taken. Changing the art past what we did would simply ruin the product, and that's something we refuse to do." Static Sky, Crunch Pod, and Caustic are discussing possible options. In the meantime Side-Line can present you exclusively the artwork that has been refused. Judge for yourself.

Sun, Mar. 5th, 2006, 11:38 am
IKON reviewed in Gothic Beauty Magazine

IKON - Destroying the World to Save it

What differentiates gothic rock from hard rock? In Ikon's case, let's say
that first it's in the vocals: deep, clear, and dramatically expressive.
It could also be in the music, which here is led by heavy, complicated
guitar textures, a strong bassline, and insistent beats designed for
dancing. An essential ingredient for Ikon, though, might be their
integrity, when our faith in everything else has fallen apart. Though Ikon
takes a different musical path, their vocal delivery and lyrics are at
times like, dare we say it, a Backworld that rocks. And Ikon does rock,
especially in "Rome," a rousing standout that hearkens back to gothic
rock's past and is still confidently, eloquently new. Guest vocalist
Louisa John-Krol also appears on two tracks, departing from her usual
sound for "Slaughter's" tribal pulse. (Carolee)

Taken from Issue 19 of Gothic Beauty Magazine

You can purchase this album at Static Sky Records, Metropolis Mailorder, andCDBaby, or via digital distribution at Apple iTunes.

Mon, Feb. 20th, 2006, 04:38 pm
Mentallo & the Fixer TOUR DATES

-with special guests REIGN OF ROSES-

04/21/2006 - San Antonio, TX @ SANCTUARY
04/28/2006 - Dallas, TX @ DARKSIDE LOUNGE
04/29/2006 - Oklahoma City, OK @ THE CONSERVATORY
05/05/2006 - Denver, CO @ ROCK ISLAND DENVER
05/06/2006 - Salt Lake City, UT @ CLUB VEGAS
05/10/2006 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA LOUNGE
05/12/2006 - Los Angeles, CA @ DAS BUNKER
05/13/2006 - Phoenix, AZ (venue t.b.a.)
05/14/2006 - Tuscon, AZ @ THE ASYLUM


Wed, Feb. 15th, 2006, 04:42 pm
Mentallo & the Fixer - European label announcement

After a catharsis of almost 4 years of silence, US act Mentallo & The Fixer is back with new material. Preceded by the EP-CD "Commandments For The Molecular Age", the new "Enlightenment through a Chemical Catalyst" album will open the band’s new conceptual trilogy to be released in Europe by Alfa Matrix under exclusive license from the growing Static Sky Records label. Brainchild of the two Texan brothers Gary and Dwayne Dassing, Mentallo and the Fixer is one of the most influential American electro/industrial bands of the last 15 years. Highly emotional and complex, their music is characterized by snarling distorted vocals, hard cutting sequencer rhythms and a thunderous beat. Gary Dassing has throughout his career, constantly been reinventing his sound offering an impressive list of avant-garde electronic music releases on renowned labels like Zoth Ommog and Metropolis Records.

Tue, Jan. 31st, 2006, 11:40 pm
Preorder CAUSTIC album

Static Sky Records, in association with Crunch Pod, kicks off it's first release of 2006, the debut CAUSTIC album, Unicorns, Kittens, and Shit. The release date is March 21st, and the album is now available for preorder at Metropolis Mailorder.

CAUSTIC is the bastard child of powernoise and old-school industrial - raw, hard beats and minimalist melodies, one dancefloor stompfest after the next. It ain't interested in technology taking over the planet. It ain't interested in WWII, acting like a cyborg, or yelling about religion.

Nope...buy that shit elsewhere.

CAUSTIC is ghetto, short-bus industrial -- angrier than a sexually-frustrated fat kid with bad skin and louder than the voices in his head telling him to kill. It's 40 oz. of industrial fury, a racecar crash that you can't stop watching. In other words: CAUSTIC is just what you need. So suck it. This release will surely appeal to fans of COMBICHRIST, MANUFACTURA, NOISEX, etc. A special code in the CD booklet allows free online access to even more CAUSTIC music!!!

1. This Track Will Get Skipped A Lot
2. Love That Taint
3. Give Me Damage
4. Emmanuel Lewis Handjob
5. Drag Show Gone Wrong
6. Innate (featuring Severina X Sol of Cylab)
7. I Gave The Blind Boy My Eyes (But Stole His Tongue) (Empusae vs. Caustic)
8. Burn (Manufactura vs. Caustic)
9. You Fuck Us We Fuck You
10. MMM Papscraper I Love You
11. Grind (featuring Severina X Sol of Cylab)
12. Hitler Ruined That Moustache For Everyone
13. Unicorns, Kittens, and Shit
14. MMM Papscraper I Love You (Cenotype Mix)
15. Mimeticaustic (Mimetic Mix)
16. Unicorns, Kittens, and Shit (Korn Mix by Keef Baker)

Sun, Jan. 22nd, 2006, 05:03 pm

I actually went out last night for the first time in a few months.

Apparently I've forgotten how much fun it is to just relax, have a good time, and not be so self-absorbed. I definitely needed that. :)

Sun, Jan. 22nd, 2006, 04:55 pm

Saturday, April 29th
251 West 30th Street, New York City

CAUSTIC (Static Sky/Crunchpod, Madison)
and possibly one more act TBA

Tickets $10

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