Friday, March 20, 2015

PODCAST: March 2015 Episode

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In honor of the 30th Anniversary of 
The Sisters of Mercy's First and Last and Always album, which first saw the dark of night on March 11th, 1985, this episode begins with its closing track, the sound of which seals a collection of songs that would become a template for traditional gothic rock to this very day. If you haven't revisited the album in a while, there's no time like the present.

Following another taste of the new 
John Carpenter album, Lost Themes, we dive into a long list of new music for this month's episode, beginning with Germany's Passion Play, who turned in their final recording as a band on the latest Pagan Love Songs compilation. From there, Switzerland's Veil of Light give us a taste of their new album, Ξ. Continuing with the fresh post-punk, Australia's Rule of Thirds are next, with a song from their new self-titled release on Mass Media Records -- the first of two premieres from that label this month. 

Richmond, Virginia's Shadow Age (featuring a member of Lost Tribe) step in next, with a demo from their forthcoming Reign album, followed by a new remix from California's Hyena Motorcade -- and not just any remix, a remix by John Ashton of The Psychedelic Furs, which has to be a great honor. The mix can be found on the new compilation, "For the Bats, Volume II," the proceeds from which go to Tolga Bat Hospital, to benefit bat rescue, rehabilitation and conservation. Get it here. The set concludes with more great new post-punk from Italy's Secret Sight, from their Day.Night.Life album.

The next set begins with a remarkably catchy and infectious number from France's Varsovie, made all the more impressive by the fact that I don't understand a word of it. Their new album is entitled L'Heure Et La Trajectoire, and you can find it here. After a dip in the vaults, we catch up with Denmark's The Foreign Resort, from an overlooked 2014 release, New Frontiers. New deathrock from Finland's Virgin in Veil, featuring members of Masquerade, follows next, leading into new music from the dubiously named texas dark-punk outfit, Slimy Member. And while we're on the punkier side of things, you'll hear a taste of the forthcoming Cemetery album, Wind and Shadow, which you can pre-order here.

The third set goes in several directions, offering new music from the often-shared San Francisco electro-post-punk band, 
The Soft Moon, from their new Deeper album, followed quickly by the also much-talked about Finnish band, Cardinal Noire. Dubbed by many as the best Skinny Puppy album in years (hah!), Cardinal Noire is a conscious tribute to the classic industrial sounds that had been missing in the scene for years, while not being overly retro. All jokes aside, it's a really good album, which should help restore your faith in current industrial.

After a couple of somber moments, brought you in part by another taste of 
Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows' latest, Mitternacht, we arrive at a gem from the brand new Calabrese album, Lust for Sacrilege. Often compared to the Misfits in the past, their new album's opening track takes me back to the Danzig III-era, in the best possible way, opening a door to new possibilities for the band's horror rock sound. Those upstanding gents in Pallbearer are also back with a brand new song, to be found on a promotional flexi in the latest issue of Decibel Magazine, in honor of their upcoming tour with At the Gates and Converge. Details here.

Following a third dose of 
The House of Capricorn's Morning Star Rise album, you'll hear one side of the MMXIV Demo from New Mexico's Predatory Light, a new band featuring one of the members of Ash Borer. The show then draws to a close with subtle grace, receding with the title track from Aelter IV: Love EternalAelter is one of several side-projects to emerge from Wolvserpent, with this project focusing on a western-gothic approach, evoking notes of later Swans, Nick Cave, and Lycia.

All of that, plus: A Synthwave music bed from '80s-soundtrack-obsessed Dutch act, Fantastisizer; More Twin Peaks-inspired synth work from Telesto, courtesy of another fine tribute from Retro Promenade; Classics from the deathrock vault; and much more...

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Format: Band Name - Song Title [Album Title, Year]
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"Out ov the Coffin" w/ Ichabod
  Show recorded on: March 20th, 2015

Opening Theme:
Elliot Goldenthal - Libera Me [from "Interview with the Vampire" (soundtrack), 1994]

The Sisters of Mercy - Some Kind of Stranger  [First and Last and Always, 1985]
John Carpenter - Purgatory  [Lost Themes, 2014]
Passion Play - Running On Empty (2014)  ["Pagan Love Songs Vol. 3" (comp.) 2014]
Veil of Light - Pale Eyes  [Pale Eyes, 2014]
Rule of Thirds - Higher Forms  [Rule of Thirds, 2015]
Shadow Age - Reign  [Reign Demos, 2015]
Hyena Motorcade All Alone (John Ashton remix)  ["For the Bats, Volume II" (comp.) 2015]
Secret Sight - Long Line  [Day.Night.Life, 2014]
Fantastisizer - The Return  [Last Call, 2014]
Varsovie - L'Eclaircie  [L'Heure Et La Trajectoire, 2014]
Screaming Dead - Night Creatures  [Night Creatures, 1983]
The Foreign Resort - Dark White  [New Frontiers, 2014]
Virgin in Veil - In the Name of God  [Demo, 2015]
Slimy Member - The Corpse  [EP, 2015]
Cemetery - Worms  [Wind and Shadow, 2015]
Telesto - Owl Cave  ["The Next Peak, Vol. III" (comp.) 2015]
Catastrophe Ballet - The Garden of Decay  [Transition, 1993]
The Soft Moon - Far  [Deeper, 2015]
Cardinal Noire - Narkomat  [Cardinal Noire, 2015]
Diary of Dreams - An Empty House  [Elegies In Darkness, 2014]
Sex Gang Children - Arms of Cicero  [Medea, 1993]
Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows - It's Just That My Sadness  [Mitternacht, 2014]
Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows - Under His Light  [Mitternacht, 2014]
Calabrese - The Dark is Who I Am  [Lust for Sacrilege, 2015]
Pallbearer - Fear and Fury  [flexi-single, 2015]
The House of Capricorn - Dragon of Revelations  [Morning Star Rise, 2014]
Predatory Light - Spiritual Flesh  [MMXIV, 2014]
Harry Manfredini - The Morgue  ["Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter" (soundtrack) 1983]
Aelter - Love Eternal  [Aelter IV: Love Eternal, 2015]


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