GoMa – The Dark Monarc

The Dark Monarc Album Cover Art

GoMa – The Dark Monarc
Machine Man Records
Release Date: 26/03/2021
Running Time: 41:36
Review by Beth Jones
6/10

Electronic and Industrial is something that floats my boat in a big way. Not sure if it’s because I’m a child of the 80’s, when synth was booming, and my formative years were in the 90’s, when rave culture was everywhere, and I was stuck at home, listening to classical music, and yearning for something new, whilst trying to discover myself, or if it’s because I play keys, and loved messing around with sounds in my early days. But I find that there’s a certain special interesting and intriguing ‘something’ about electronic music. It spans across genres. It adds depth and expansiveness, and no sounds are off limits. So, whenever we get anything in to EMHQ that’s electronically inclined, I do like to give it a spin.

GoMa, a one man Electronic/Industrial Rock project from South Dakota is the latest artist in this area to fall into my review pile, with his new album release, “The Dark Monarc”. It’s heavily leaning towards the Electronic element of the genre, and feels slightly more like Euro-dance, but with a darker, more sleazy edge. GoMa bills it himself as ‘Vampire Club Music’ and I think that’s pretty much spot on. It reminds me very much of my local favourite, Lullaby frontman, and friend, Justin, when he releases work as his solo project, Skinflick. However, it’s not quite as dark and deranged! GoMa’s sound would be the music playing in the main room of the club, to keep up the pretence that it was just a normal club, until you got through into the dark and dingy back room, where all the serious depravity went on.

Composition wise, it’s obviously beaty and pacey throughout – as you would expect. This is music to keep you moving, no matter how knackered or fucked up you are. It’s all produced very well, again something that is almost a given with this genre, because it’s all in the programming, and musicians that dwell in the electronic realms are good with that kind of stuff!

According to the press release “The album’s central theme revolves around a dark tale taking place in the 1980’s. And explores the story of GoMa himself being shamed and disgraced by his own family members.” You can definitely here the 80’s inspiration, but story wise, I have to say that I’m not getting it much. I’m not great at picking out lyrics, which probably doesn’t help, but there isn’t really any variation in pace or key throughout much of the album, which I think makes it harder to pick out a mood from the music alone.

The final track, ‘Toxic&Sexy’ is probably my favourite track, as it has a bit more of a sludgy bass than the rest, and has different movements and sections throughout. But, for me, this is an album to have playing in the background while you’re concentrating on something else, rather than an album you can be drawn into and make an emotional connection with. It’s technically a very accomplished album though, so kudos for that, it just didn’t grab me quite as much as I thought it might.

‘Unbreakable’ (Visualiser)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Unbreakable
02. Intoxicated
03. Fighted
04. Me Faltas Tu (Gimme The Razorblade)
05. LoveBitch
06. Pray4me
07. StarPower
08. Mia O De Nadie
09. The Ride
10. Toxic&Sexy

LINE-UP:

Juan Goma – Vocals/Programming/Keyboards/Guitars/Bass

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with MERCIC

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EMQ’s with MERCIC

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Grândola, South of Portugal based Industrial Metal/Rock project, Mercic. Huge thanks to Carlos Maldito, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hello, I’m Carlos “Maldito”, I’m the musician behind the name MERCIC. This project was created in 2015 and brings together several musical genres always immersed in an industrial environment. It focuses on releasing long-lasting albums, has no promotional video clips or commercial radio singles.

How did you come up with your band name?

MERCIC is MERCIC!

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

MERCIC comes from the south of Portugal from a paradise by the sea called Grândola. The music scene in Portugal is small; the circuit has few spaces and is often reigned by the same ones as always. Rock is not dead but is dying, metal is always underground but has the faithful support of fans. The cult bands have been the same since the 80’s / 90’s and the new bands appearing are acclaimed and disappear shortly afterwards. Life runs too fast without the necessary calm to taste the art that is made from the heart.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

The most recent release was a double album, released on the 4th of June divided into “MERCIC_7” and “MERCIC_8” in collaboration with UNP music.

‘Batalha de Egos’ (Audio) from “MERCIC_7”.

‘The Crown Belongs To Johnny’ (Audio) from “MERCIC_8”.

Who have been your greatest influences?

The biggest influences for me are several and of different styles but I will name the ones where I have their complete discography and I continue to buy all the new albums that come out; Sepultura, Gary Numan, Marilyn Manson, NIN, Orgy, Emika, Depeche Mode and Bizarra Locomotiva (the best Portuguese band for me).

What first got you into music?

Marilyn Manson with “Beautiful People”, I always liked drummer Ginger Fish and it was looking at his videos that I learned to play the drums.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Producer Ade Fenton and Trent Reznor.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

MERA LUNA in Germany because it is the one that best fits my musical taste.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

MERCIC has no fans, but friends who support my music and I feel very happy about it. The gifts I received were always beers and good wine.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

I reiterate that there are no MERCIC fans. But a message; be more basic and live life instead of hiding behind the opinions of others or shitty fashions that often have nothing to do with you and just follow them because others follow. Be true to yourself there is nothing more pure than that.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

David Bowie.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love being able to express my deepest thoughts through music and I love it when there are people who feel embraced and involved in the MERCIC songs, making them theirs too. I hate the lack of critical awareness that musicians generally have. The small pubs that ask the musician to play for free and in return say that he should still thank the opportunity to promote himself and the public that takes out entire albums for free without giving a penny to the artist and without worrying about it.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Exactly what I mentioned in the previous answer.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Fragile“ by Nine Inch Nails.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Anything that allows people to listen to music and through this experience they can feel good.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

With MERCIC we only played once because the project was only for the studio and when we started playing live the pandemic arrived, so our first show is still our best show today.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Something related to music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Trent Reznor, James Hetfield, Dave Grohl, Andreas Kisser and Eddie Vedder.

What’s next for the band?

Launch the new album and play live if possible.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.open.spotify.com/artist/4FVgsPzqO3p2gspmkhxakf
www.facebook.com/groups/1012004925676903/
www.facebook.com/MERCICmusic
www.instagram.com/mercic_official/
www.store.undergroundnproud.com/category/mercic
www.youtube.com/channel/UCx74JJAezgGY8xyEaBZWyXg

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea. I do not care.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Many thanks to Wallace for his support.

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EMQ’s with ALEKSANDER SUSI

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EMQ’s with ALEKSANDER SUSI

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Finnish based Industrial, Alternative Rock/Metal Solo Artist, Aleksander Susi. Huge thanks to Aleksander for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Aleksander Susi (a.k.a. Aleksi Susi). I sing, play guitar, bass, keys and program music. Nowadays a solo artist.

Founder of ”ALEXANRED”, ”A:S:Örchestra” and ”a.s.andtheloudorchestra”. Founder and ex-member of ”2 Wolves”. Ex-member of ”Scent of Flesh”. Also associated with various other bands and projects.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s my given name.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I live in Finland. I do not follow the local scene anymore at all, so I am the wrong person to answer that.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

“Transformations”, Album, released in March.

‘The Gates With Two Suns’ (Audio)

‘Children Of The 80’s’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Rammstein, Linkin Park, Type O Negative, Lacuna Coil.

What first got you into music?

I guess rock music and movies when I was a child. Beatles, Scorpions, Queen. I started with piano school then played classical music.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Probably with no one at this point.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Obscene Extreme looks nice and fun and that there’s nice people. Even though my solo artist music would not fit the musical style of the happening.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I don´t have fans.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

I don´t have fans.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Peter Steele.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

When my music is heard by people. Moments, when your work is vain.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

More real talent. In many cases the industry should stop feeding and normalizing the stupid product that they are forcing people to listen/watch, making people also really dumb.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Hybrid Theory” by Linkin Park

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I love CD’s the most.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Rock to the River, Imatra. Long time ago, over 15 years probably. I was playing in Scent of Flesh back then. There were many cool artists playing there at the same festival, including one of my favourite band, Helloween.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I really do not know now. Hard to say. Maybe a painter or an architect.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My family.

What’s next for the band?

Promoting. For long time.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.twitter.com/astp0001
www.open.spotify.com/artist/1OFbUmpchz7IEWCF0ihBU5
www.youtube.com/channel/UCjs7NNZcEhEx8EghN_KjuFA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit. Definitely.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Stay safe, take care of yourselves and your friends and families.

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CHMCL STR8JCKT – DRK PRGRSSN

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CHMCL STR8JCKT – DRK PRGRSSN
Cleopatra Records
Release Date: 12/02/2021
Running Time: 67:48
Review By Beth Jones
8/10

So, here’s one for you. What do you get if you cross Kraftwerk, Rammstein, Judas Priest, and Clint Eastwood? That might sound like the start of some sort of terrible joke, but actually it’s a pretty good mental image of today’s subject band, CHMCL STR8JCKT, who sit comfortably in the niche genre of Outlaw Industrial Rock! Fusing old-school metal guitar sounds with ‘Wax Trax! era’ Industrial music, “DRK PRGRSSN” is the latest instalment of craziness from this New Jersey based quartet.

Now, according to their press release, they have ‘become known for a powerful, engaging live show with dark imagery and select theatrics to enhance the disturbing themes of their songs’. Listening to the album, I can totally imagine what their stage show would look like, and I would so be there if I got the chance!

At 17 tracks long, this album is an impressive body of work. It’s very cleverly put together too, in so much as, there are guitar driven classic heavy metal sections, and synth driven sections, with influences from Wax Trax right up to Neue Deutsche Härte, but you don’t even notice the change between the two, because they’ve been so well melded together.

As you may, or may not know, about 10 years ago I began to lose my hearing, which, as a musician, sucks massive balls! I wear hearing aids, which luckily help improve the top end of my hearing, where my main problem is, but it can still be hard to pick out individual lyrics within songs, because of all the other sounds going on. So, here’s the way that listening to this album went for me. It’s all crunching, and beaty, and hellishly groovy, and I’m having a real good old time, bopping away, getting into the groove, imagining lots of smoke machines/foam blowers/PVC/glo-sticks/lasers etc, and just funking out to the drops… and then I start reading the lyric sheet that we’ve been sent with the promo material…HOLY HELL in a hand cart they’re dark! To give you an example, the opening lines of the opening track, ‘Tendril and Blade’ are:

‘Sweet Sasha turned 14 and the gift she would receive,
would cause a lifetime of self-loathing and rage.’

It’s all in there. Abuse, guns, S&M, murder, depravity, madness, the Holocaust…but it’s all brilliantly narrative, with descriptive language that connects and comments more on the emotions, rather than the physical acts, which add an element of creating your own mental imagery and backstory to go with each song. It’s very clever.

Musically wise, synths are very definitely the king in CMCHL STR8JCKT’s sound. We get a variety of vocal styles, from clean singing, to growls, and spoken word. It’s very atmospheric, however you can’t get away from the classic guitar and percussive sounds of Heavy Metal, that hang about in the periphery. It’s hurting my brain trying to describe this properly, so let’s just go with ‘it’s great’! It’s interesting, it’s different, it pushes boundaries, and does something outside the norm, which is a huge gamble, but when it pays off, it’s sweet. And the gamble has definitely paid off for these guys. So, to sum up, and to follow the band’s lead in the concept of vowels in words being so last century, DRK PRGRSSN = FCKNG GR8. CHMCL STR8JCKT = FCKNG MNTL GRVY – LV THM!

‘Destroyer’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Tendril And Blade
02. Texas
03. 1911
04. Chosen One
05. Destroyer
06. Death Of Lucille
07. Wrecking Machine
08. Capesius
09. Syrinx Is Gone
10. Harpy
11. Sacred Rope
12. Gonna Die
13. Invisible Sun
14. Somber Town
15. Ode To Peckinpah (Bloody Sam)
16. Fantasy Biohacker Mix
17. Baphomet Missing In STARS Remix

LINE-UP: (This took some bloody hunting out I can tell you, so I hope it’s right!)
Kevin Snell – Synths/Programming/Lead and Backing Vocals
Mike Cairoli – Guitars
Ian Omega – Percussion/Backing Vocals
Scott Luckman – Synths/Backing Vocals

LINKS:

Chmcl Str8jckt Promo Pic

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Skold – Dies Irae

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Skold – Dies Irae
Cleopatra Records
Release Date: 05/03/2021
Running Time: 38:18
Review by Wallace Magri
9.5/10

Tim Skold is well known as a multi-instrumentalist, synth programmer plus a highly requested composer and music producer. His first musical journey was around 1987 with the Swedish Glam/Sleaze Metal band Shotgun Messiah, that recorded three albums and, by the way, the last Shotgun Messiah’s release, “Violent New Breed” (1993), was one of the very first Industrial Glam/Rock albums to date. After splitting Shotgun Messiah, Tim Skold launched himself into a solo career, releasing “Skold” in 1996, and right after that, he was invited to join KMFDM.

For those who are not that familiar with Industrial Rock/Metal Music, KMFDM is an institution in that genre. They were one of the pioneers on turning the noisy-non-commercial Industrial’s original proposal (search for Throbbing Gristle on google) into a more electronic Heavy Oriented sound, once they realized that it would be a cool idea to sample really extreme heavy guitar riffs and repeat them to the limit, until it becomes a wall of sound that fit just fine with the Industrial noisy beats and raging vocal performances.

Tim Skold collaborated on KMFDM’s 1997 album “Symbols” and remained in the band for “Adios”, released in 1999. After leaving KMFDM he started to produce and compose with Marilyn Manson and ended up playing bass guitar on “The Golden Age Of Grotesque” (2003) and also composed all the songs, programmed the samples and produced Marilyn Manson’s 2007 underrated album “Eat Me, Drink Me”. On that album there were lots of good guitar licks and solos, performed by Tim Skold. On ‘Evidence’ I heard the best guitar solo ever, on a Manson album (I am sorry, John 5…).

Anyway, after being fired from Marilyn Manson, Tim Skold went back to his solo career for good, releasing “Anomie” (2011), “The Undoing” (2016) and “Never is Now” (2019). On those albums, Skold flirted a lot with Electro Synth Industrial and relegated the live guitar element to a second place role.

“Dies Irae”, on the other hand, is another kind of monster. “So let me start from the beginning, because that will help you understand”*. Skold’s fifth album is mostly built over ferocious live guitar riffs, as heard right in the first song, ‘Dirty Horizon’. That reminded me of Mercyful Fate’s ‘Don’t Break The Oath’ NWOBHM Satanic Music (which was my favourite bedtime nightmare music, in my messed up childhood back in the 80’s).If you enjoy those kind of guitar oriented Metal songs, but also accept some dark-electro ambience in the seasoning, just listen to ‘This Is The Way’, and tell me what you think about that kick ass guitar solo in the middle. On ‘Unspoken’ Tim Skold has, arguably, performed his best guitar solo to date (* By the way, I’ve taken the first verse of the ‘Unspoken’ lyrics to help me to introduce my impressions on the album)

After listening to “Dies Irae” a bunch of times, it felt like Tim Skold is in his best shape ever, delivering the kind of music that he helped to create along with KMFDM and mostly in the Marilyn Manson years, from whom he inherited that peculiar singing technique. So, beware, because Tim Skold’s vocals are something that the listeners need to get used to. Don’t expect something like King Diamond here because he sings in a constant growling and distorted style, for the purpose of expressing his feelings through his viscera.

On ‘Terrified’, Skold explores in its perfection that sort of “singing technique” and it really gives me Goosebumps, especially while he sings the melancholic chorus: “I am not afraid of dying/I am fucking terrified”. Follow that by listening to the post-electro-punk ‘Love Is A Disease’ and keep going with ‘As Above so Below’ and ‘Kill Yourself’.

On ‘Silicon Dreams’ he invocates his best David Bowie’s melodramatic approach in the pre-chorus, that fit just fine with Industrial Rock/Metal music. I am afraid to say that David Bowie ruled the crazy minds of all those “cyberpunks and crypto-anarchists”, such as Skold, Trent Reznor and Marilyn Manson, allowing them, in silicon dreams, be kings and queens, through their noisy machines, while worshipping Baphomet (*adapted from the ‘Silicon Dreams’ lyrics and listening to Bowie’s “Black Tie White Noise”, from 1993, right now).

The fact is that “Dies Irae” has many exciting moments and shows that Skold is delivering the goods to keep his relevance in the growing EMB/Gothic/Industrial scene. If you enjoy this kind of music, just push the play button and I am sure that you are going to enjoy the guitar work, the production, mixing and the excellent choices of programming and layers of noise that provides the songs a good taste of gloomy ambience that defines the general aesthetic of the album.

‘Dirty Horizon’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Dirty Horizon
02. Unspoken
03. The End Is Near
04. Terrified
05. Love Is A Disease
06. This Is The Way
07. Silicon Dreams
08. As Above So Bellow
09. Kill Yourself
10. Goodbye

LINE-UP:

Tim Skold – Guitars, Vocals and Programming

LINKS:

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