• CD der Woche: (((S))) - Ghost

    21. Sep. 2009, 8:40

    (((S))) ist ein geheimnisvolles Ein-Mann-Projekt aus Kopenhagen: Weder von (((S))) selbst, noch von seiner Studioband, gibt es Bilder. Die Musik der Dänen hingegen erschafft Eines nach dem Anderen. Die sinisteren Serenaden des Debüts “Ghost” sind ein Kopfkino aus samtweichen Sounds und traumhaft traurigen Tanzflächenfüllern.

    Irgendwo im musikalischen Spannungsfeld zwischen The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Cure und Tiamat reiht der skandinavische Sänger Songs, die ins Ohr gehen und solche, die unter die Haut gehen, aneinander. “Mezmerized” und “Fall with me” sind veritable Wave-Pop-Perlen, “Naked” oder “Dying” sind düstere Klanglandschaften. Das famose Beatles-Cover “Help” erweckt den Eindruck, das Original wäre von Pink Floyd.

    Über allem schwebt die geisterhafte Stimme von (((S))), wie Johan Edlund aus der Ferne und mehr “Comfortably Numb” als David Gilmour. ‘Au(((s))) Dänemark’ kommt ein neuer Act, der in der Szene viele Freunde finden wird. “Ghost” ist sowohl Soundtrack für Rotwein bei Kerzenschein, als auch Dammbruch in der Disko.

    Nachdem schon im April dieses Album als Digitaldownload veröffentlicht wurde, gibt es nun seit dem 18.09.2009 die CD mit geänderter Tracklist. Außerdem finden sich darauf dann die beiden Musikvideos der Band. Die kostenfreie 5-Track-Download-EP ist weiterhin verfügbar, damit niemand die Katze im Sack kaufen muss.



    Tracklist:
    01. In the Shadow of a Shadow
    02. Mesmerized
    03. Mamachild
    04. Deathtrip
    05. Fusty
    06. Fall with Me
    07. Hungover
    08. Ghost in the Snow
    09. Who Loves the Lover?
    10. When the Well Runs Dry
    11. Dying

    Download: (((S))) - Ghost (Free Web EP, 192kb MP3, 26.2 MB)

    Links: (((S))) @ MySpace | afmusic | Danse Macabre Records
  • Emerald Park - A Higher Loss

    19. Jun. 2008, 16:09



    "A Higher Loss" is the first single from band Emerald Park's upcoming second album, due September 2008, and the first to be released by afmusic.

    more infos here »
  • Noctiflora: 04/07

    19. Jun. 2008, 16:05



    On 06/20/2008 there'll be a Best-Of release by the italian darkwave-formation Noctiflora. Simple entitled as '04/07', there are 7 songs on it, which represent the opus of the band very well. As usual as free-download or on any recent downloadstore all over the world.

    more infos here »
  • The Forced Oscillations: On the Road EP

    19. Jun. 2008, 16:02



    The band The Forced Oscillations are from Moscow, Russia. Formed in 2005 as duo. Early material was influenced by some and oldschool bands. Subsequently the sound changed to bass-driven atmospheric and purely tracks were labeled as Tbilisi-89 side-project. There were some line-up changes since October 2007, and in March 2008 finally completed band started recording the current material. The EP will be downloadable for a small value (or even for free!) on afmusic's webpage and as payable download in any popular download-stores. The free version are under a Creative Commons by-nc-sa license; anyone can copy, sample or remix the songs for non-profit.

    All infos and downloads are here »
  • Thora: Baby No.666

    19. Jun. 2008, 15:58



    There are currently many dark, melodic rock albums that are mixing the melancholy pathos of the gothic rock with the hard drive of the metal. But a few are able to unite music class, versatility and charisma in order to lift out of the mass. The Aachen Band Thora is a stroke of luck and was often referred as the 'Gothic Metal discovery of the year' by the press with good reason.

    And even on their current album "Baby No. 666" Thora convince with powerful melodies, versatile song structures, bad-ass riffs and lots of atmosphere. Musical boredom is not their thing, and so there are - beside straight rocksongs and dark ballads - also a lot of surprising musical experiences.

    In its origin form the album is online for about a year as free-download and has been downloaded nearly 13.000 times. Beside the free version there are two more songs on the official re-release: "Crying In The Rain" - a duet with the singer of 'The Flaw' - and "The Long Road". Not enough: you can get one additional song for free. Just become a fan of the band at Reverbnation (www.reverbnation.com/thora).

    More infos and the download are here »
  • The Search - Saturnine Songs

    30. Apr. 2008, 7:25

    "As you listen to Saturnine Songs it becomes apparent that The Search won't settle for that 80's nostalgia dollar." (Delicious Goldfish Records Apr 25, 2008)

    On Friday, April 25th the new album by the swedes The Search was released on afmusic. At first in digital form and some selected shops, before the CD will be available in Germany's stores on May 16th 2008 as well. The album's preview is at full length and the first 10 tracks are also available for download.

    Link: Saturnine Songs
  • Ultra Dark Radio - Compilation III. 'Mensch und Maschine' (out now)

    19. Apr. 2008, 13:24



    - english translation below -

    Die Geschichte der Beziehung von Mensch und Maschine ist eine Geschichte der symbolischen Deutung und Gestaltung dieser Beziehung. Auf der dritten Ausgabe der Ultra Dark Radio – Compilation Serie geht es allerdings weniger um omnipotente Gefühle, sondern vielmehr um den Gegensatz verschiedenster musikalischer Stilrichtungen. So toben sich auf dem ersten Teil der Zusammenstellung vorwiegend Maschinen aus, während Teil 2 handgemachte Gitarrenklänge ans Ohr der Fans bringt.

    Damit sind dann auch die Gegensätze aufgezeigt, die sich in der nunmehr schon 2 Jahre währenden Zusammenarbeit der beiden Internetradios Ultra Dark Radio und darkerradio ergaben. Und sich vor allem hervorragend ergänzten…

    Und so tummeln sich mit Taxim, Wynardtage, T.H.Industry, davoS, Decence, Warforge, DEN.C.T.BUG, Isis Signum feat. Sara Noxx, davaNtage, Dolls of Pain, Advocatus Diaboli, Arts of Erebus, Curious, Heavy-Current, Mystigma, The Pussybats und Reptyle – neben vielen weiteren verdammt coolen Bands - keine Unbekannten auf der Compilation. Bands und Künstler, welche auf beiden Radiostationen ihren festen Platz gefunden haben und größtenteils bisher unveröffentlichten Tracks oder exclusive Remixe ihrer Songs beisteuerten.

    "Mensch und Maschine" oder wie der Volksmund spricht: "Gegensätze zieh"n sich an".

    Tracklist:

    CD1 (The Dark Electro)

    01. Taxim - Psychologenfutter (Ultra Dark Radio Mix)* (4:58)
    02. Wynardtage - Praise The Fallen (Alternative Remix by A7IE) (6:26)
    03. T.H. Industry - Unerwünscht (Doch Erwünscht Remix By e:o:nity)* (5:09)
    04. Davos - Fruit Of Joy (Extended Edit)* (4:36)
    05. Decence - Someday I'll find you* (5:09)
    06. Isis Signum feat. Sara Noxx - Symmetry Part II. (Strafbomber Remix)* (6:27)
    07. Warforge - Virus (5:36)
    08. Superikone - Deutschland (3:21)
    09. davaNtage - The Club (Provocation Mix)* (6:04)
    10. Dolls of Pain - Precious Tears (Down In Hell Mix By Cold Drive)* (4:48)
    11. P24 - Haferschleim und Mueslibrei (Version 0.1)* (3:34)
    12. DEN.C.T.BUG - Isolation (Alsus-Version)* 4:08)
    13. Acylum - Anaesthetic Effect (Asseptic Room Remix)* (5:16)
    14. Eternal Nightmare - Little Copy * (5:27)
    15. Illusion of Light - Different Colors (4:31)

    * = Exklusiv - Spielzeit: 75:29 Minuten
    CD1 zusammengestellt von DJ DustDevil (Ultra Dark Radio, XenoBiotic)


    CD2 (The New Wave)

    01. The Search - I Didn’t Raise No Fool (3:44)
    02. Curious - Slowly Decaying* (4:36)
    03. Mystigma - I don’t need you (4:05)
    04. Golden Apes - Ferryman (4:36)
    05. Reptyle - Just like you (Radio Edit)* (4:54)
    06. The Pussybats - Dead By Dawn (4:06)
    07. Advocatus Diaboli - Sternenmarsch (3:50)
    08. Arts of Erebus - Thousand Ways to Die (5:13)
    09. Shearer - Stay With Me* (3:33)
    10. all:my:faults - Withered In Bloom* (5:44)
    11. Stromble Fix - Sawdust (Single Version)* (2:30)
    12. REEBOSOUND - Me On The Meadow* (2:22)
    13. Vorstadtkinder und Manuel - Los!* (4:53)
    14. Heavy-Current - DBN (5:00)
    15. Pitchblack Inc. feat. Kenji Siratori - Retro Adam (4:10)
    16. State of Being - Beneath the Skin (Disco über alles Mix)* (5:30)

    * = Exklusiv - Spielzeit: 68:54 Minuten
    CD2 zusammengestellt von Falk Merten (darkerradio, afmusic)


    Neben dem kostenfreien Download, kann diese auch in diversen Onlinestores käuflich erworben werden. Wer also die Bands und Künstler unterstützen möchte, kann dies auch auf diesem Weg tun. Links zu weiteren Shops (iTunes, mp3.de etc.) finden sich auf der Webseite bei XenoBiotic.

    Links:

    Download (Free MP3 128kb) bei archive.org

    XenoBiotic

    - english part -

    The history of the relationship between man and machine is a history of symbolic interpretation and design of this relationship. But on the third volume of the Ultra Dark Radio-Compilation it has less to do with omnipotent feelings than with the contrast of various musical genres.

    So on the first part of the compilation mainly machines are running their riot during the second part brings handmade guitarsounds to the fans' ears.

    With that, all contrasts had been shown anyway which came up in the collaboration between both I-Net Radios Ultra Dark Radio and darkeRRadio, and it's going on for 2 years now. First of all complementing each other in an exceeding way.

    And so there are with Taxim, Wynardtage, T.H.Industry, davoS, Decence, Warforge, DEN.C.T.BUG, Isis Signum feat. Sara Noxx, davaNtage, Dolls of Pain, Advocatus Diaboli, Arts of Erebus, Curious, Heavy-Current, Mystigma, The Pussybats and Reptyle - and many more damn cool bands - no unknowns on the compilation. Bands and artists which both have found their solid place on the stations are contributing here with unreleased tracks or exclusive remixes of their songs.

    "Man and machine" or as the colloquial language tells: "Opposites attract."
  • Ultra Dark Radio - Compilation III. 'Mensch und Maschine'

    6. Apr. 2008, 13:48



    The history of the relationship between man and machine is a history of symbolic interpretation and design of this relationship. But on the third volume of the Ultra Dark Radio-Compilation it has less to do with omnipotent feelings than with the contrast of various musical genres. So on the first part of the compilation mainly machines are running their riot during the second part brings handmade guitarsounds to the fans' ears.

    With that, all contrasts had been shown anyway which came up in the collaboration between both I-Net Radios Ultra Dark Radio and darkerradio, and it's going on for 2 years now. First of all complementing each other in an exceeding way.

    And so there are with Taxim, Wynardtage, T.H.Industry, davoS, Decence, Warforge, DEN.C.T.BUG, Isis Signum feat. Sara Noxx, davaNtage, Dolls of Pain, Advocatus Diaboli, Arts of Erebus, Curious, Heavy-Current, Mystigma, The Pussybats and Reptyle – and many more damn cool bands – no unknowns on the compilation. Bands and artists which both have found their solid place on the stations are contributing here with unreleased tracks or exclusive remixes of their songs.

    "Man and machine" or as the colloquial language tells: "Opposites attract."

    The Compilation is available to download on 04/18/08 in different versions. First previews are available on last.fm.

    Tracklist:

    CD1 (The Dark Electro)

    01. Taxim - Psychologenfutter (Ultra Dark Radio Mix)* (4:58)
    02. Wynardtage - Praise The Fallen (Alternative Remix by A7IE) (6:26)
    03. T.H. Industry - Unerwünscht (Doch Erwünscht Remix By e:o:nity)* (5:09)
    04. Davos - Fruit Of Joy (Extended Edit)* (4:36)
    05. Decence - Someday I'll find you* (5:09)
    06. Isis Signum feat Sara Noxx - Symmetry Part II. (Strafbomber Remix)* (6:27)
    07. Warforge - Virus (5:36)
    08. Superikone - Deutschland (3:21)
    09. davaNtage - The Club (Provocation Mix)* (6:04)
    10. Dolls of Pain - Precious Tears (Down In Hell Mix By Cold Drive)* (4:48)
    11. P24 - Haferschleim und Mueslibrei (Version 0.1)* (3:34)
    12. DEN.C.T.BUG - Isolation (Alsus-Version)* 4:08)
    13. Acylum - Anaesthetic Effect (Asseptic Room Remix)* (5:16)
    14. Eternal Nightmare - Little Copy * (5:27)
    15. Illusion of Light - Different Colors (4:31)

    * = exclusiv - Total time: 75:29 Minuten
    CD1 arranged by DJ DustDevil (Ultra Dark Radio, XenoBiotic)


    CD2 (The New Wave)

    01. The Search - I Didn’t Raise No Fool (3:44)
    02. Curious - Slowly Decaying* (4:36)
    03. Mystigma - I don’t need you (4:05)
    04. Golden Apes - Ferryman (4:36)
    05. Reptyle - Just like you (Radio Edit)* (4:54)
    06. The Pussybats - Dead By Dawn (4:06)
    07. Advocatus Diaboli - Sternenmarsch (3:50)
    08. Arts of Erebus - Thousand Ways to Die (5:13)
    09. Shearer - Stay With Me* (3:33)
    10. all:my:faults - Withered In Bloom* (5:44)
    11. Stromble Fix - Sawdust (Single Version)* (2:30)
    12. REEBOSOUND - Me On The Meadow* (2:22)
    13. Vorstadtkinder und Manuel - Los!* (4:53)
    14. Heavy-Current - DBN (5:00)
    15. Pitchblack Inc. feat. Kenji Siratori - Retro Adam (4:10)
    16. State of Being - Beneath the Skin (Disco über alles Mix)* (5:30)

    * = exclusive – Total time: 68:54 Minuten
    CD2 arranged by Falk Merten (darkerradio, afmusic)


    afmusic
  • The Search - Distant

    30. Mär. 2008, 16:30



    The Swedish band The Search wraps catchy pop melodies into a gloomy cloak, creating escaping the daily grey routines. When the press is talking about The Search, they speak of a beautiful retro-mix of wave and rock in the vein of The Cure and Joy Division. The band does not deny their roots, but take pleasure in paraphrasing them in their own slightly deranged and atmospheric way.

    In order to achieve a wider musical range on their 4th album 'Saturnine Songs' they hooked up two diferent producers. Kristofer Jönson from the band Jeniferever was hired to conjure up the melancholic, darker part of the album with songs like 'Yes-Man' and 'Swimmer' and Elof Loelv, producer and musician, was engaged to invoke the electronical parts in songs like 'Distant' and 'Other People', where he created a catchy, yet dreamy sound. The album is mastered at Studio Tonteknik by Magnus Lindberg, a well-known mastering engineer.

    The first single 'Distant' is a good preview of the upcoming CD-release on April 25, 2008 (in Germany on May 16, 2008). Two more tracks from 'Saturnine Songs', 'Other People' and 'Swimmer', are already available on Myspace.

    Tracklist:

    01. Distant
    02. Swimmer

    CD- and Download-Single 'Distant' is available on 03/31/08 at afmusic.
  • [afmusic 06/2008] Netlabel-Release: Curious - The Intimate Stranger

    20. Mär. 2008, 17:35

    - english translation below -

    Hallo liebe Presseleute, Medienmacher, Radiobetreiber/-macher und Interessierte,

    heute nochmal der Hinweis auf unser nächstes Release. Wäre schön, wenn ihr das in Euren Publikationen als Thema aufnehmen würdet.

    Curious - digitales Re-Release "The Intimate Stranger"

    Ursprünglich sollte Curious nur ein kurzlebiges Coverprojekt sein. Im Sommer 1999 von Olli (vocals), Suzie (drums) und Moci (bass) in Bielefeld zum Leben erweckt, tobte sich die Band zunächst am Songmaterial der Ikonen The Cure, OMD und The Chameleons gründlich aus. Schließlich bekundete das Label "Genetic Music" Interesse an einer Zusammenarbeit, woraufhin im Winter 03/04 das Debütalbum "The Intimate Stranger" entstand und im Juli 2004 veröffentlicht wurde. 3,5 Jahre später ist die Band um einiges an Liveerfahrung reicher, aber auch um die Erstauflage des Debüts ärmer.

    Und damit dieses zeitlose Stück Musikgeschichte nicht verloren geht, werden wir am 28.03.2008 ein digitales Re-Release auf gewohnte Art und Weise - auch als kostenfreien Download - an den geneigten Fan bringen. Aber nicht nur das, auf der Neuauflage befindet sich mit "Rovers" ein bisher nur auf der ersten Demo verteiltes Stück, welches den Weg nicht auf die CD fand.

    Der Download wird ab dem 28.032008 weltweit verfügbar sein und unter einer Creative Commons Lizenz veröffentlicht.

    (Wer für Radioairplay höhere Bitraten benötigt, gibt uns bitte kurz Bescheid. Wir senden Euch dann umgehend einen Downloadlink)

    --

    Hi Everyboby,

    it’s time for our next digital release on afmusic.

    Re-Release of Curious’ "The Intimate Stranger"

    Primary Curious was intended as a short-lived cover project. Formed in summer of 1999 in Bielefeld, Olli (vocals), Suzie (drums) and Moci (bass) interpretate songs of their icons The Cure, OMD and The Chameleons. After all the label Genetic Music was concerned in a collaboration. In winter 03/04 the debut album "The Intimate Stranger" was recorded and published in July of 2004.

    3 and a half years later the band own some live experiences and the first edition of the debut now is solded out. And so that this timeless piece of music-history not get lost we will release this debut digitally in our normal way - also as a free download - to the disposed fan. But not only this - on the new edition with "Rovers" you will get a bonus song only distributed with the first demo recordings of Curious.

    The download will be available on 03/28/08 and licensed under a Creative Commons license.

    (If you need higher quality MP3 for airplay please let us know. We will send you the download link as soon as possible)

    Tracklist:

    1. Thought of Angels
    2. The silent voice
    3. Disaster
    4. Your Apology
    5. Eclipse
    6. (a chapter of) Trivial fiction
    7. Beyond the veil
    8. A Thousand Sunrises
    9. falling
    10. rovers

    http://www.af-music.de/releases/curious-theintimatestranger.html

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    afmusic Releases:

    So sad about it all (Split Seconds)
    VÖ: 22.02.2008
    http://www.af-music.de/releases/splitseconds-sosadabout.html

    Vrill (Noctiflora)
    VÖ: 29.02.2008
    http://www.af-music.de/releases/noctiflora-vrill.html

    Folge Mir - Interpretation + Remixes (Pitchblack Inc.)
    VÖ: 14.03.2008
    http://www.af-music.de/releases/pitchblackinc-folgemir.html

    The Intimate Stranger + Bonus (Curious)
    VÖ: 28.03.2008
    http://www.af-music.de/releases/curious-theintimatestranger.html

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