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CD review FILTER "Crazy Eyes"

Veröffentlicht am 4. April 2016 von Markus W. in Filter, NIN, Industrial, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Modern Metal, CD Review, News

(8/10) Even tough I'm more into metal, I always had a certain interest in industrial rock too. Regardless if it's Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson or Ministry, I have to say that the power those bands create(d) by using samples and keyboards is massive.

Filter also belongs to these bands and the guys release their new album "Crazy Eyes" in April. It's the band's seventh longplayer and it follows the pretty much guitar-oriented "The Sun Comes Out Tonight".

"Crazy Eyes" takes a different approach, meaning Filter goes back more to the early days in the 90's. Mighty guitars are less present on the new release. This time it's more an oppressive industrial sound that gets the spotlight. A bigger contribution to this result comes from a cooperation with old friends of the band. Producer Ben Grosse as well as Michael Tuller have been part of "Crazy Eyes" and next to these two guys it was Johnny Radke and Danny Lohner that have been in on it too.

Richard Patrick created together with his renewed band, (Oumi Kapila (g), Ahsley Dzeigian (b), Chris Reeve (d) and Bobby Miller (key) an album that is very intense. It is a dark and gloomy longplayer that has it's first highlight on pole position.

"Mother E" starts with some creep whispers accompanied by some samples. This build up very fast and the whole thing ends in almost desperate screams of Patrick. In addition "Mother E" comes with a cold industrial beat that emphasises the frantic expression of this track. A really cool start of "Carzy Eyes".

Compared with the opener "Take me to Heaven" is a swinging industrial song that comes with a catchy chorus and a lot of melodies. Those two songs show already the width of musical variations you'll find on "Crazy Eyes". You want to have it even broader? No problem. 

"Welcome to the Suck (Destiny not Luck)" has a silent and acoustic beginning. The song stays on a low tempo, but intensity increases over time. In the end it's the tension between loud and quiet that creates an atmosphere that's somewhere between rage and despair.

All in all "Closed Eyes" is a cold and angry industrial rock album that fits very well into now-time.





  1. Mother E
  2. Nothing in my Hands
  3. Pride Flag
  4. City of Blinding Riots
  5. Take me to Heaven
  6. Welcome to the Suck (Destiny not Luck)
  7. Head of Fire
  8. Tremors
  9. Kid Blue from the Short Bus, Drunk Buck
  10. Your Bullets
  11. Under the Tongue
  12. (Can't She See) Head of Fire, Part 2


Label: Spinefarm

Genre: Industrial

Release Date EU: April 8th, 2016

CD review FILTER "Crazy Eyes"

CD review DEAD SOUL "The Sheltering Day"

Veröffentlicht am 31. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Dead Soul, News, CD Review, NIN, Electro, Alternative Rock, Rock, Industrial, Prog Rock

(8/10) There are some records that you listen to for the first time and you're caught by their sound. "The Sheltering Day" from Dead Soul is such a longplayer.

In case you haven't from the band earlier, it is a musical collaboration of Anders Landelius (v/g) and multiinstrumentalist Niels Nielsen; a name you might have heard already when it was about Swedish occult rockers from Ghost. It was Nielsen who was involved in the production of e.g. "Infestissumam".

"The Sheltering Sky" is the second release of this creative duo and it follows the debut from 2013. Dead Soul is thrilling in a way that you can't put their sound into common genres and styles. The music of the two guys isn't metal but it is exciting rock music that brings together many elements. 

The label info says: "Think Nick Cave meets NIN meets Johnny Cash". I guess that this describes the sound of Dead Soul pretty good. The opener "Until the Last Breath" reflects actually all of those three influences while tracks like "Abyss" puts more focus on electronic elements which gives the tune a dark and baleful expression.

But THE song on "The Sheltering Day" is called "Dirt Road". Listening to this masterpiece sends cold shivers up and down your spine. It's a song that comes with so much emotional depth that it's hard not to get caught by it. There is no tune that can compete with Johnny Cash's version of "Hurt", but Dead Soul wrote with this piano based ballad a number that comes from an intesity point-of-view quite close. And knowing that "Hurt" was composed by Trent Reznor (NIN) we can conclude that we come to full circle when it is about different styles in Dead Soul's music.

"The Sheltering Day" is an outstanding rock album that has many exciting moments. And in case you still doubting, listen to "Dirt Road".





  1. Until the Last Breath
  2. The Fool
  3. Shattering Dreams
  4. In Between
  5. Dirt Road
  6. Ladies & Gentlemen...
  7. The Abyss
  8. Home by the Sea
  9. Thy Will be Done
  10. The Final Day


Label: Century Media

Genre: Electro Rock

Release Date EU: Octoner 23rd, 2015


CD review DEAD SOUL "The Sheltering Day"

Live review NINE INCH NAILS, Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 27.05.2014

Veröffentlicht am 29. Mai 2014 von Caroline K. in Nine Inch Nails, NIN, Live Review, News, Industrial, Modern Metal

Nine Inch Nails known for their industrial heavy weight awing performances came back with a vengeance. An epileptic inducing graphic light show did not disappoint and was totally in sync with their thunderess sounds.


Surprisingly the show was not sold out. Reznor stage presence added shadows of himself to the graphic light wall. Hunched over the mic, he spitted out his unique vocals in a quality that entwined into the music to a pumped moshing sweaty crowd. The heat in HMH was off the scale whereby Trent’s own body fluids contaminated his own synth but the show continued with a “fuck it”. Thankfully in front we were sprayed with water by one of Trent’s bodyguards with an attempt to cool us a little. This was gratefully accepted especially when given water to drink. The set list was career spanning including "Head like a hole", "Disappointed", "Closer", "The Frail & the Wretched", "Copy of a", "March of the pigs" and ending with powerful rendition of "Hurt". Every song detonated the crowd into a full-scale rock assault. The musical ferocity left the audience with what they came for after so many years without.


Not to forget Cold Cave, who opened up for NIN and warmed up the crowd. 




Set list: 

Me, I'm Not 

Copy of A 


March of the Pigs 


The Frail 

The Wretched 

Gave Up 

Sanctified (with Sunspots riff) 


Find My Way 

The Warning 


Came Back Haunted 

The Great Destroyer 




The Hand That Feeds 

Head Like a Hole 



The Day the World Went Away





Location: Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Date: 27.05.2014 

(Author: Caroline Kube)
Photos: Caroline Kube
Photos: Caroline Kube
Photos: Caroline Kube
Photos: Caroline Kube
Photos: Caroline Kube
Photos: Caroline Kube
Photos: Caroline Kube

Photos: Caroline Kube


New song from NIN is online

Veröffentlicht am 16. Juni 2013 von mwie in Industrial, NIN, Nine Inch Nail

Industrial band NIN have released a new single called "Came back haunted". The song can be listen to on Soundcloud. It's the first song from the coming album "Hesitation marks" which will be released on 03.09.13. I thinks it's not a typical NIN song, but it is a really good song. What do you think?

The ones pr-ordering the album are also able to download "Came back haunted" on iTunes.

New song from NIN is online