Alfa Matrix is set to release the first chapter of the "Absolute Grrrls Manifesto" compilation box series – an anthology of female fronted bands from the alternative / underground music scene and its various subgenres (gothic metal, new wave, industrial, pop rock, electro, synth pop, EBM, techno...). This 4 CDs collection (plus a 40-song additional soundcard) presents 111 bands in a deluxe carton box with an extensive 32-page booklet designed by Oliver Haecker, with photos from all featured bands and an essay about the place of women in the music industry.
"Absolute Grrls Manifesto" reminds us how proud we can all be to have so many brilliant female composers, writers, singers, poets, and artists, who all contribute so many gifts to the music scene! Sensibility, femininity, sexiness, power, wit, passion: it's all in there!! Let these female voices shine through their diversity and rule your ears for the next 500+ minutes.
Empusa's and Miss FD's collaboration song "Dignity" is included in the 40-song additional download card of the Absolute Grrrls Manifesto.
South Florida: I'll be playing a short set next Friday, June 29th at The Green Room in Ft. Lauderdale. This is going to be a very different set from any of the shows I've played in the past, with special guest Robert Dante (who played the guitars on the Infatuated single) joining me on stage. We go on at 7:30pm, so make sure to get there early if you'd like to catch our set.
Friday, June 29, 2012
$15 - Doors at 7:00pm
Green Room Nightclub
109 SW 2nd Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
What is it with audiowarez companies being so stingy with the number of knobs and sliders they include on hardware these days? I'd like a good vocal FX processor for live shows with enough physical knobs to give me easy access to control parameters, without having to click on endless combinations of the same 3 buttons and 2 knobs, and having to go through complicated screens in order to modify each effect within a preset.
And sure, I'm aware that most vocal processors allow you to save presets that you can switch to in between songs, but that pretty much kills any chance of a more dynamic interaction with the effects during live performances.
Having survived stage 2B colorectal cancer in 2008, longtime promoter and DJ Jim Semonik created the Electronic Saviors compilations to fight back the disease with the help of the goth-industrial scene.
With the first volume of the compilations, Electronic Saviors: Industrial Music To Cure Cancer, the project raised over $20K for charity.
The second volume of Electronic Saviors will be a giant 6 disc box-set including 105 Electro-Industrial artists with a total of 141 tracks.
Electronic Saviors 2: Recurrence is to be released by Metropolis Records on May 8th, 2012.
Empusa's and Miss FD's collaboration song "You" will be included in Electronic Saviors Vol. 2.
For more information on the project, please visit www.electronicsaviors.com
Vol.2 Track Listing
Disc 1 Shock:
1 Tenek -- A World of No Relief
2 Deathline Int’l -- Inside
3 Cancerface -- Tumor Curbjob
4 Panic Lift -- Footsteps
5 The Gothsicles -- Who Wants to Join Our Super Hero Team (Right Now, It’s Just Me & Jim)
6 Inertia -- Deworld (New Day Mix)
7 Santa Hates You -- Pack Your Bags Honey, We're Going To Hell! (Road Trip Remix)
8 The Azoic -- Corruption (Remix By Encoder)
9 Rein[Forced] -- Burnt
10 Deathproof -- Bitcrush
11 cyferdine -- Nova
12 Null Device -- Through Closing Eyes
13 Sonik Foundry -- Relapse
14 Left Spine Down -- Stolen Car (B&E Mix)
15 Detroit Diesel -- Under Fire
16 In Strict Confidence -- Bitter Truth
17 Edge Of Dawn -- Lucid Dreams (Standeg Remix)
18 Constance Rudert -- The Harbour Song
Disc 2 Denial:
1 Wreckcreation Featuring Dan Clark Of The Dark Clan -- No Regrets
2 Project Pitchfork -- Lament (Electronic Saviors Remix)
3 Solitary Experiments -- Immortal (Icon of coil Mix By Sebastian Komor)
4 Hypefactor -- Descriptive
5 Uberbyte Featuring Jimmy Semtex of Rein[Forced] -- Phantasm
6 Mindless Faith -- Tragedy
7 Soil & Eclipse -- The Will (Survival Mix)
8 Suicide Commando -- The Perils of Indifference (Stahlnebel vs. Black Selket Remix)
9 Lowe -- Mirage (Saviors Mix)
10 CYLiX -- I Don't Exist
11 I:scintilla -- Swimmers Can Drown (Diabolic Art Mix)
12 Inure -- This is the Life (Cryogen Second Mix)
13 TraKKtor -- Hollow Spirits
14 23RAINYDAYS -- Monster (V2)
15 Accessory -- Voran (Der Teufel im Spiegel Mix by Boole)
16 Twilight Laboratory -- Intention
17 TERRORFAKT -- Marching Into Valhalla
Disc 3 Anger:
1 System Syn -- Goddamn (Imperative Reaction Remix)
2 AD INFERNA -- A.I. DOMINION
3 Boole -- Walpurgisnacht
4 Ego Likeness -- Infidel
5 Binary Park -- Worlds Collide (Saviors mix)
6 Die Sektor -- The Just Will Be Silenced
7 Stiff Valentine -- Suicide Execute
8 head-less -- Punish Your Head (Mental Discipline Remix)
9 Ludovico Technique -- This Life (Lexincrypt remix)
10 Psy'Aviah -- Sweet Hard Revenge (Fallon Nieves Rendition)
11 Aesthetic Perfection -- The Devil’s Is In The Details (Sthilmann Remix)
12 Terminal Choice -- Fight the System (Rabia Sorda Mix)
13 Diverje -- Suffer this world (Centhron Remix)
14 am.psych -- My Enemy
15 The Rain Within -- The Other Side
16 UCNX -- The Innocent ($150 Remix by Idiot Stare)
17 Jon Zaremba -- Snakes, You Get Out Of Here! This Is Not Your Room, This Is My Room. Now, You Just Get Out Of Here!
Disc 4 Bargaining:
1 The Mighty Chouffe -- Always This Heart
2 Angels On Acid -- Satellite
3 Terrolokaust -- Thirsty (V2.0)
4 Ashbury Heights -- Decent Cancer
5 God Module -- The Great Commandment
6 Bella Morte -- Lost
7 Encoder -- Shadows
8 Alter Der Ruine -- Ghosts (Swank Version)
9 Militant -- Sabotage
10 Ghost & Writer -- Hurricane (Splitter Mix)
11 iVardensphere -- Chasing The Dragon (Lost Tribe Version)
12 Spetsnaz -- Satiric Strokes
13 Decree -- Come and See
14 SD6 -- These Days (Single Mix)
15 Distorted Memory -- Hand Of God (Iszoloscope Remix)
16 Cryogen Second -- Thirty Eight (Featuring Sarah Chenoweth of Synapse)
17 Trigger10d -- Puddlehopping (Alternate Mix by Todd Aeschliman)
18 Life Cried -- Another Sacrifice (Rejected)
Disc 5 Depression:
1 Mesh -- You'll Never Understand (Harder)
2 Dark Clan -- Sick As Love
3 Caustic -- 1984 (Was A Very Bad Year)
4 16 Volt -- Burn (Father Dub Mix)
5 Empusa Featuring Miss FD -- You
6 Everything Goes Cold -- King of the Impossible (Signal Drums Mix By The Dark Clan)
7 Unit:187 -- Second Class Citizen (JFS Mix) by Ken “Hiwatt” Marshall)
8 Blutengel -- Where Will You Be?
9 AimOniA -- Surrender
10 Patricia Wake Feat Dan Clark, Lane Ellen, John Verbos, and Jolexx -- Your Love, My Medicine
11 EsperMachine -- Dying Life
12 boxed warning -- Paralyzed For Sleep
13 Reaxion Guerrilla -- Imperfexion Humana (Radio PerVersion)
14 Cesium 137 -- From Within (xrayhead Mix)
15 Retrogramme -- Share The Cancer
16 N.T.T -- If This Body Should Fail Me
17 Necrotek -- Beyond Death
Disc 6 Acceptance:
1 Covenant Feat Necro Facility -- Lightbringer (Speedrun II)
2 Sensuous Enemy -- Re:Mission
3 Neuroactive -- Never Felt Better (Recovery Mix)
4 Nachtmahr -- Can't you feel the beat (Nitronoise Remix)
5 Ayria Feat Jimmerz Semtex of Rein[Forced] & Jimmerz Cookas of I:Scintilla -- Blue Alice (Jims Of The Flesh Mix)
6 Syrian -- Speed of Light (T3chn0ph0b1a Remix)
7 Decoded Feedback -- Resilience
8 Obscenity Trial -- Üeber’s Wasser Gehen ([:SITD:] Remix)
9 XuberX -- Terrible Strength
10 Monody -- InBetween (Irradiated Mix)
11 Hocico -- Embraced By The Light
12 ThouShaltNot -- New Year (A Heartbeat From The End)
13 FGFC820 -- The Heart Of America (Dräcos Mix)
14 Interface -- Inner Light (Featuring Liebchen)
15 Terror Firma Sky -- Music For Medicinal Purposes
16 Agnes Wired For Sound -- Silicone Sheets
17 Society Burning -- I Am The Man
18 DYM -- Tumor
To start off 2012, I will be releasing a new single at the end of January.
Both musically and lyrically, this song is something a bit different. Consider it... an alter ego.
The upcoming digital release features Robert Dante on guitars, who did a brilliant job on this track. How he had the patience to sit there playing every guitar part to match my meeeeowing of how I wanted every guitar slide to be is beyond me, but I'm certainly grateful for it.
Josh Smith, who also did the background visuals for my 2010 October release of the Love Magick music video, has once again done a fantastic job for the cover artwork for this release, including a rather alter ego photo taken by the amazing Dangerously Dolly.
I'm very much looking forward to releasing the new single for "Infatuated" at the end of January! ;)
It's moments like these in which all of the seemingly broken pieces fit together to form something beautiful, that make me feel purposefully alive and for a moment, connected. #3 of the next chapter has become. And if I don't get to go to the studio soon to record vocals for it, it's possible this song might haunt me until it drives me insane.
Music is something that's meant to enrich our lives. It expands our happiness, brings us comfort, inspires us, evokes deeply buried emotions, helps us to appreciate different aspects of our existences during different phases of our lives, and inexplicably reaches us to our very core.
Paying for music nowadays is really a matter of principle. We all know that as soon as an artist releases a new song or album, it becomes available as a free download almost immediately.
Do I condemn free downloads? Absolutely not. If a person already has enough circumstantial life worries to deal with and cannot afford to pay for new music, the music which may bring them comfort when they need it the most, should still be accessible to them.
This being said, as someone who is putting a lot of effort to release new music on my own, I am certainly very grateful to those of you who do choose to support my efforts by contributing through purchasing the physical CDs I've had made (for you!) or by paying for downloads.
I believe in paying the individuals that I work with: photographers, graphic designers, video directors, etc. Amazing photographers, designers, video directors, and other artists shouldn't have to work day jobs that they hate, are terrible at, and which are unrelated to their true talents, just to be able to pay the bills. They should be paid to do what they are best at and enjoy the most, as this allows for the growth of their expressions through their creations. In the end, this allows them to produce better pieces for the rest of us to enjoy as well.
Those of you who pay for my music help me to pay the artists whom I collaborate with, from photographers, to designers whom I ask to design my album artwork, or directors whom I shoot videos with. Your contribution in paying for the music I release helps me to pay for studio time so that I can provide you with better quality recordings, mastering, etc.
Therefore, I just want to say thank you to all of you who are aware of this, and pay for music as a matter of principle, and not out of obligation. It is certainly appreciated.
October is once again right around the corner and as tradition would have it, I've made another kitschy song as this year's seasonal treat.
Further details will be posted soon, but I'm quite excited to announce that the cover artwork for the upcoming digital release has been designed by the lovely Chandra Free, author and artist of The God Machine [comic book].
Artistic expression is artistic expression. If you start making music thinking of where it will or it will not fit as far as genre goes, thinking that you will lose fans or industry connections if you release something different than what they are already expecting because you're part of a specific "scene", then you're already limiting the possibilities of real artistic expression. Make what you want to make and however you want to make it, release it, and let people decide on their own if they like it or not.
Northborn remix of "Fires on the Shore", live at Triton Festival with END: the DJ, Clint Carney of System Syn, and Miss FD.
The "Fires On The Shore" EP was produced and arranged by END: the DJ featuring the title track with vocals by Assemblage 23, UBERBYTE, System Syn, and Miss FD, with music by Souless Affection.
Alternative versions will be on the EP by Northborne, Shiv-r, Angels On Acid, Nolongerhuman and Erektor.
"Fires on the Shore" will be released through Nilaihah Records later this year as a benefit EP, with proceeds from the release going towards donations to help the Waterkeeper Alliance's Gulf Shore volunteers in their efforts to help save the Gulf, from helping to purchase protective gear and clean-up supplies, to emergency office space and food for disaster-response volunteers. More information about them and further donations can be made at http://www.saveourgulf.org
Triton weekend in NY was awesome. Met many wonderful people and had an amazing time overall. It's really great that the organizers/promoters of this event put in all the effort for us to have a festival like this in the US.
From the upcoming Fires on the Shore benefit EP, we did a unique live performance at Triton with Northborne, END: The DJ, and Clint of System Syn:
I got to host a few interviews for Noisescape TV with Nikki Telladictorian of Prometheus Burning:
And had the best traveling partner ever, who was responsible for breaking a lot of random things on stage during Terrorfakt NYC's set:
Seven years in the making, "The Creation Chamber" is Anguisette's debut release, an ethereal collection of songs by electric violinist Jyri Glynn, featuring the vocal talents of such noteworthy underground artists as Severina Sol (Fockewolfe/ Cylab), Emileigh Rohn (Chiasm), Jaymie Valentine (Cindergarden), Dawn Wood (Elektronika), Melody Bleak (Bleak Track/Blackpool), and Miss FD.
Miss FD vocals are featured in the song RESET, with lyrics written by Andrew Zebrowitz.
My studio sessions are turning out to be incredibly therapeutic. The new material is turning out to be a real step up from anything else I've done before. However, at this moment in time, I would like to request the following-
Although I am grateful for having this incredibly powerful form of release for myself when circumstances are dire, I would like for the progress and evolution of my musical expressions not to be dependent on absolutely monstrous events taking place in my life anymore. I would like to be able to keep on reaching higher levels of accomplishment through my art without needing to keep on going through horrible experiences in order to reach these.
I promise to keep on finding inspiration to create my pieces, but from now on I would like to be inspired by a turn of events in my life towards a happier and more peaceful state of being.
I know that some of you still appreciate being able to look through the artwork, being able to read all of the lyrics, and being able to grasp in more depth the concepts behind the album. If at this point you're totally raising your hand and yelling "That's me!", then I would definitely encourage you to get the physical copy of Monsters in the Industry. It's a pretty neat digipack, so you won't end up with broken jewel cases, the lyrics are printed right on the panels of the digipack, and the artwork for this album has a lot a meaning poured into it.
And hey, maybe some day, you'll be able to tell your grand-kids: "Back in MY day, we used to have these things called CDs..." At which point of course, you'll pull out your handy dandy copy of Monsters in the Industry for demonstration purposes =p