Last updated 31.03.09
Marilyn Manson’s anticipated reunion with longtime friend and foil Twiggy Ramirez inches closer with the release of «We're From America», the first listen from the forthcoming «The High End of Low». Available as a free download since March 27th, exclusively on official Marilyn Manson web site, the song will be available as a digital single on April 7th and will preview Manson’s forthcoming seventh studio album landing May 26th. Produced by Manson, Vrenna and Twiggy, «The High End of Low» was recorded in his Hollywood Hills studio and also features the track, «I Want to Kill You Like They Do In The Movies.» Manson says of the new album, «I think my life definitely ended and began. The record sounds very final, but it's almost optimistic - though that feels like a strange word to use. It's a phoenix from the fire and a redemption resurrection.»
The album’s official first single «Arma… geddon» will arrive at radio April 13th. Manson’s new lineup including Ramirez (for the first time in close to a decade), plus keyboardist Chris Vrenna, and drummer Ginger Fish, will close the main stage at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, this July through August. Manson will also kick off his world tour with a headline festival run this June in Europe.
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Info submited by official Marilyn Manson web site.[ 30.03.2009 ] - Spandau Ballet are back with Reformation Tour
One the most successful and influential British bands of all time return this year. All five original members of the seminal 1980s band Spandau Ballet got together for the first time in 20 years today to announce the first dates of a world tour, taking in UK and Ireland's arenas from October.
Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp and Steve Norman made the announcement aboard the HMS Belfast, the world famous British battleship on the banks of the River Thames and the scene of a legendary and notorious Spandau gig in 1979, from which they first set off on their global adventures.
Only London’s in-crowd supposedly knew where the show was back then, but 1000s more turned up, even rowing from the Tower of London to try to board the ship.
They blew the electrics and their travelling retinue of London fashionistas and freaks brought debauchery to the historic naval vessel.
From their synth pop and dance pioneering early singles «To Cut A Long Story Short» and «Chant No. 1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On)», to the globe trotting smashes «True and Gold», Spandau will be playing the hits once again. With 25 million record sales, 6 multi platinum albums and 23 hit singles to choose from, this is one of the most eagerly awaited reformations of the decade.
Emerging from Soho’s ultra hip Blitz Club in 1979 during another economic depression, Spandau formed at school in North London before becoming the hottest unsigned band on the planet. From underground, fashion and music obsessed working class Londoners, to global superstars, the band set the pace, the styles and the sound of the 1980s.
Not only did their albums sell by the millions, but their look and style impacted on the fashion world and beyond. They created their own style, combining creativity with entrepreneurship and the ‘can do’ spirit of early 80s youth at a time of crisis and upheaval eerily reminiscent of 2009. Spandau Ballet are both commercially and culturally enormous.
Today, they set sail form HMS Belfast once again, armed with another ticket to the world.
Already confirmed dates:October
Info submited by official Spandau Ballet web site.[ 30.03.2009 ] - a-ha: new album and tour
It's been confirmed that Norwegian stars a-ha will be playing 3 dates in the UK this November as part of their 2009 European Tour in support of their forthcoming album which is planned to be released on June 19th, 2009.
Look at the UK dates:November
Info submited by official a-ha web site.[ 30.03.2009 ] - KMFDM back on the road!
Just released their new album «Blitz», our long time ultra-heavy-beat favorites KMFDM are going to hit the road again. Look for already confirmed European tour dates.
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Info submited by official KMFDM web site.[ 30.03.2009 ] - «Earthling» - new Frozen Plasma EP
Frozen Plasma will release their new «Earthling» EP on April 6th, 2009 via Infacted. The EP is limited to 1000 copies and serves as a taster for the second regular album which will out later in Autumn.Tracklisting:
Info submited by official Frozen Plasma web site.[ 30.03.2009 ] - Motor will support Depeche Mode!
We're so happy to announce that UK electro project Motor will be supporting Depeche Mode on 20 shows across Europe this Summer.
Motor will be releasing their third album, «Metal Machine», later this year, preceded by the single «Death Rave».
Info submited by official Motor web site.[ 17.03.2009 ] - «Alfa Matrix re:covered - a tribute to Depeche Mode»
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Alfa Matrix releases massive 2 CD Depeche Mode tribute compilation «Alfa Matrix re:covered - a tribute to Depeche Mode» - on May 15th, 2009. The compilation unites the electronic sounds from the Alfa Matrix label artists with some of the best songs pop history has ever heard from one single band. All electronic music genres have their very own ambassadors on this double CD compilation which includes interpretations by Sebastian Komor (Zombie Girl, Komor Kommando), Jean-Luc DeMeyer (Front 242), Claus Larsen (Leaether Strip), Jennifer Parkin (Ayria), Claus Kruse (Plastic Noise Experience) and many more, 32 tracks in total.
The first online orders for this compilation will get a free promo-only 7-track EPCD featuring alternative versions including a remix by Paul Oakenfold's collaborator Robert Vadney. Be hurry, order your CD at www.depeche-mode-tribute.com!CD1
Info submited by official tribute's web site.[ 17.03.2009 ] - «Das Beste von DAF – 20 Lieder der Deutsch Amerikanischen Freundschaft»
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30 years after the release of their debut album, «Ein Produkt der Deutsch-Amerikanischen Freundschaft» (reissued in 2000 on The Grey Area of Mute) Düsseldorf's notorious DAF release «Das Beste von DAF – 20 Lieder der Deutsch Amerikanischen Freundschaft», a new Best Of compilation album on March 30th, 2009 via The Grey Area of Mute. DAF's 1980 album, «Die Kleinen Und Die Bösen», Mute’s first ever album release, featured Robert Görl, Gabi Delgado-Lopez, Chrislo Haas and Wolfgang Spelmans. Following the departure of Haas and Spelmans, the core members of drummer, composer and programmer Robert Görl, and vocalist, lyricist and strategist Gabi Delgado-Lopez continued as a duo and signed to Virgin. It was at this time that DAF released their 3 most commercially successful albums within an 18 month period, «Alles Ist Gut», «Gold Und Liebe» and «Für Immer». Though operative for only a short time, the DAF sex machine was extraordinarily productive and its impact on electronic music is deep and lasting. In a whirlwind 18 months they released this trilogy of best selling albums whilst pushing the boundaries of experimental and dance music. Robert Görl and Gabi Delgado-Lopez briefly got back together in 1985 for «1st Step to Heaven» and again in 2003 for «Fünfzehn neue D.A.F-Lieder».
While British electronic pop pioneers were still mired in alienation or camp futurism, DAF presciently combined disco and electronics in a new, distinctive variant of the electro scene which was then current in groundbreaking New York clubs. Either leathered up or stripped to the waist and glistening with sweat, DAF looked as they sounded, all pumping muscle and sinew, the very physicality of their music upturning the then current cliché that equated electronics and alienation. DAF were the precursors of the Electronic Body Musics of Die Krupps and Nitzer Ebb, while their musical reductionism gave techno minimalists the courage to pare music back to beats and atmospheres.Tracklisting:
Info submited by Mute.[ 17.03.2009 ] - New studio album from Lacrimosa
The new Lacrimosa album «Sehnsucht» will be released on May 8th, 2009 via Hall Of Sermon. The album is the follow-up to «Lichtgestalt» which was released 4 years ago. In a first announcement Tilo Wolff and Anne Nurmi said: «The musical and emotional content of the new Lacrimosa album will be centered in one word, which, in the diversity of the individual perception, always stays unequivocal in its basis and therefore represents the perfect title for this album - «Sehnsucht» («Longing»)!» Just look at tracklisting: Die Sehnsucht in mir 8:03
Info submited by official Lacrimosa web site.[ 17.03.2009 ] - New EP from Combichrist
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Andy LaPlegula from Combichrist is a restless man. After releasing his newest album, «Today We Are All Demons», in January 2009, Combichrist immediately went on a highly successful tour around USA and Europe. LaPlegula found time to assemble his newest effort, «Heat EP: All Pain Is Beat». Featuring remixes by the likes of VNV Nation and Assemblage 23, EP will be available in 3 formats. The CD and Digital versions will contain 6 tracks, while the 12" will house 3 tracks on a red buzz saw shaped vinyl. The tracklisting for the CD: All Pain Is Gone (Rapid Ascent Mix by VNV Nation)
Info submited by official Combichrist web site.[ 17.03.2009 ] - «Reformation 1» details
VNV Nation's next release, «Reformation 1», will be released on April 17th in Europe, and a few weeks later in the USA. This is a release that's especially intended for VNV Nation's fans. It will come in the form of a 3-disc, high quality Boxset containing; a 12 track live CD, a 12 track CD of remixes, rare or previously unreleased material, a DVD with 8 video edits put together by different people between 2005-08, and a book of live images as well as a wealth of information about the tracks themselves. The Box Set will be limited to 18000 copies worldwide (9000 copies with a PAL format DVD for Europe and 9000 copies with an NTSC format DVD for North America).CD1
VNV Nation will release their next studio album «Of Faith, Power And Glory» in early June 2009 and will preview material from the album at this year's Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig.
Info submited by official VNV Nation web site.[ 17.03.2009 ] - New studio IAMX's album
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«Kingdom of Welcome Addiction» is the 3rd studio album by Chris Corner's project IAMX, to be released on May 19th, 2009 via Metropolis Records. The album builds upon his previous releases with his ideologies and sociological confrontationalism. He deconstructs not only society’s whims and downfalls, but his own as well.Tracklisting:
Info submited by Metropolis Records .[ 17.03.2009 ] - «The High End of Low» - new album from Marilyn Manson
«The High End of Low» is the upcoming seventh studio album by Marilyn Manson. It was recorded in the Hollywood Hills throughout 2008. Sean Beavan, who mixed «Antichrist Superstar», «Mechanical Animals», and «Eat Me, Drink Me», is co-producer of the album. As expected, album will be released on May 18th, 2009 in the UK, and May 19th, 2009 in the USA. The release date for first single «Arma-God Damn-Mother Fuckin'-Geddon» has been announced for release one week before the albums release.
Info submited by official Marilyn Manson web site.[ 17.03.2009 ] - Rammstein: studio progress
Recently German heros Rammstein started the mixing of the songs for their new album. It will take about 6 - 8 weeks. Album is currently planned to release in Autumn 2009. If everything goes according to prior plan, we'll hear the first single in Summer 2009 and be able to greet Rammstein at the beginning of their tour at the end of the year.
Info submited by official Rammstein web site.