by Amy Spencer
A post-apocalyptic wreckage of electronic debris and Industrial remains for a reconstructed world.
Sorry peeps, but I regret to inform you that there isn't anything note-worthy for the Industrial fans other than the ordinary club nights during August. However, this month's PSA is coming at you for the reason that you need to be dropping your pennies into the "September Concert Funds" bell jar. The month is loaded with big name Industrial acts and the shows don't come cheap. On Saturday, September 16, Snog emerges from down under to charm us with his witty words, views on America and stellar musical mayhem at Club Vegas with local celebrities Carphax Files opening. Nitzer Ebb, who broke up, but got back together for the kids (that's us) is stopping the tour at In The Venue and leads us all to join in the chant on September 19. Next up is KMFDM and, who everyone really wants to see, Combichrist on September 27 at The Avalon.
Das Ich = German electro + cabaret
It's a shame that Das Ich is known as a one-hit-wonder among club patrons. The German act that co-founded the early 90s movement "Neue Deutsche Todeskunst" (New German Death Art), loads up on sinister theatrical melodies with Cabaret, marking the album as a clear highlight in their repertoire. Dark carnival melodies composed of keyboards and violins form a soundtrack to a twisted marionette stage where evil puppets jerk around to the beats of "Moritat" and "Opferzeit". Although the vocals are in the German, the music lends itself to tell a story through sound; the imagination doesn't have to work hard to visualize the scene. Ten tracks plus a multimedia section with the original motion picture "Kaleidoskop ľ in 10 Minuten Licht" on Cabaret makes an exciting release for anyone who enjoys the dark modern movements of cabaret.
Little Sap Dungeon
Empty Rooms Breathe Heavily
Little Sap Dungeon = Smashing dark electro + Mick Harris
Instead of saying you like track four or seven on Empty Rooms Breathe Heavily, it will be more like, "track three and four is one of my favorites." The reason? Each of the nine tracks span over two tracks, making the disc actually 18 tracks long. The tricky thing is that it doesn't say this anywhere. Then you put in your disc and there are double the tracks you expected, which doesn't lend itself well for DJs. Gimmicks aside, Empty Room...from Little Sap Dungeon explodes with two originals, "Behind the Mask," and "Empty Rooms Breathe Heavily," and seven remixes. The album comes as a posthumous effort following the breakup of LSD, who performed their final show in October 2005 at the Murray Theater. Local favorites mix and mash their talents laced with LSD in twitchy beats on "Doorway Dweller" from Circuit Surgeon, and trippy lines on "The Children Sleep" from Twilight Transmissions. Ultraviolence plunges into pounding rhythm noise on "Goblin Corridor" while a mix of "Phantasm" by LSD side-project, PCP, grinds synths and scrapes with scathing vocals. Mick Harris of Scorn fame makes an appearance on "A Dinner Guest" with brown-note bass-lines. The remix release is summed up with a final blowout from the polished, yet gritty synths of Boundless. Little Sap Dungeon is an act that will be missed, but be assured that this beast isn't completely dead.