Girls In Synthesis “Konsumrausch” EP

British trio GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS are hard to describe, evolving somewhere between noisy rock and post-punk. Embracing the DIY ethics since 2016 the band is also more a collective than a traditional group, think CRASS for instance! This new EP is out on German label Hound Gawd Records and opens with “Pulling Teeth”, a 9 minute song with a repetitive krautrock beat and aggressive distortion. The second part of the song sounds a bit like a spoken word mixed to SUICIDE and ATARI TEENAGE RIOT. “Enveloped” brings out industrial elements to the dark party with vocals reminding a bit of PIL while “Bypassing” mixes dark techno to noisy rock in a very interesting way. Then, right after the cold and post-apocalyptic “Interlude” you’ll dive into frozen post-punk with “The Engine” which is described as “A nauseous blend of high anxiety in the modern age.” Quite a good soundtrack for today’s society! /Laurent C.

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Undercover Slut “Haters Gonna HATE”

10 years after their album “Amerikka Macht Frei” and after quite a few EPs and singles, UNDERCOVER SLUT are back with a new 10 song album, a new line-up and a new approach to their music. While they were often described as a glam punk version of MARILYN MANSON flirting with WHITE ZOMBIE, they now have broadened their influences. UCS still have this NEWLYDEADS/death rock vibe but they have also incorporated modern electronic sounds in these new songs, sometimes more melodic than before (“F-Bomb”), and mix their industrial metal to American hip-hop (“Insult To Injury”, “Dance Dirt”.) While the MANSON influence can still be heard in “Chloroform Nation” or in “Black Phillip”, it is mixed to electro/techno sounds and rap vocals. It sometimes even gets a bit more experimental with “Vice”, ambient (White Gloves”) and dark hip-hop (“I Lie, U Die”) before ending with a slight DAFT PUNK and gospel note in “Supreme.”
As the apocalyptic collage of the cover (would look great on vinyl!) suggests, this is a good soundtrack for the terrifying times we live in. Lovers gonna love! /Laurent C.


The Legendary Pink Dots/kETvECTOR “The Shock Exchange”

Very limited (299) transparent vinyl record store day edition to celebrate the meeting of avant-garde/industrial rock pioneers The LEGENDARY PINK DOTS and Justin Bennett (SKINNY PUPPY drummer)’s project kETvECTOR.
The LEGENDARY PINK DOTS offer us 3 dark and quiet (sometimes almost ambient songs coloured with psychedelic and electronica arrangements.) You can actually hear the strong influence they had on SKINNY PUPPY in these songs, so sharing this record with kETvECTOR only appears as natural, although kETvECTOR‘s music is even more progressive, subtly mixing ambient atmospheres to oriental melodies and free-jazz drum beats.
The artwork includes paintings from Franke Nardiello (aka Groovie Mann) of MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT.
“The Shock Exchange” is not only an interesting meeting, it also perfectly works as a unit./Laurent C.

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Jet Black Kiss “Power Of Three”

Power_Of_ThreeL.A.’s JET BLACK KISS is actually one man: Robert S. Liam (aka “Simon”), who is back with 12 industrial rock/metal songs.”The Flame”, or “Dogs Of War” sound a bit like a mix of KILLING JOKE and WHITE ZOMBIE with a big dose of metal thrown into it (lots of double bass drum!)
The rock/pop influences can be found in a surprising cover of GARBAGE‘s “Only Happy When It Rains”, in alternative sounding songs like “Guns”, “A Beautiful Day”, or the ballad “Bullet Train.” You’ll also find punk traces in “Car Crash” and “I Just Wanted To Kill Her”, a bit of new wave in “Psycho Baby”; and songs like “We All Must Come Together”, or “She’s An Alien” remind me of WARRIOR SOUL, which isn’t a bad thing at all, right? /Laurent C.
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Undercover Slut “Amerikkka Macht Frei” (2009)

From cold Parisian catacombs to hot California sun! This new UNDERCOVER SLUT album was recorded at the Chop Shop studio in Hollywood and this is no surprise, the SLUTS finally have the sound they deserve on CD!
Despite the line-up changes throughout the years, the band still waves the industiral glam punk flag high and never sounded so good with songs like “Shadow Song”, “Anna Nicole Smith” my favourite track on this album or sleazy modern trash song “Dear Dead Prez”.
The band wasn’t afraid to experiment a bit as well on tracks like “Black CNN” and its gangsta rap influences, “Kastration Kar krashes” and its jungle drum beats or “Creature feature” and its electro loop. While the band’s spirit is not that far from The NEWLYDEADS, there’s also a bit of a Marilyn Manson feel in a song like “WHITE WHORE Conspiracy” or a bit of MINISTRY in “What Kinda Lamb Do Ya Think I Am?”.
To complete this dark and decadent party, you’ll find a few guests on this album, people such as Eric Griffin (MURDERDOLLS, SYNICAL…) on “Kastration Kar Krashes”, Teddy Heavens (from L.A’s shock rock kings REBEL REBEL) on “Dali Was A Junkie” and more surprisingly Charles Manson’s son Matthew Roberts on spoken word duet “Jesus Kills! Coroner Saves!”. Sure this was recorded in sunny California but that doesn’t mean you’ll find happy party songs on this album. Singer and lyricist ‘O’ still mixes his dark personal feelings and hate towards the system to social issues like animal liberation.
The best album I’ve heard in that style in a long while!/Laurent C.

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“Amerikkka Macht Frei” , the new UNDERCOVER SLUT album has been out for a few weeks now. I guess this title could get a brand new meaning in these election times…. The darkest industrial glam punk band from Paris, France recorded this new album in Los Angeles and are now ready to conquer the world. ‘O’ (lead vocals) tells us about it, year 2008 and the future for UCS…

You have a new CD out, can you tell us a bit about it and give us details about the recording? Any anecdotes?

‘O’ : Allelujah! “Amerikkka Macht Frei” is finally out after a million issues, delays & fuckin’ drama! started pre-prod. w/Stevo Bruno, who I chosed for his work on Brides Of Destruction 1st album. Stevo was a cool cat, but way too fucked-up on blow & smack to properly finish “AMF”. Fake started recording his drum parts on Tommy Lee’s drumkit at the Chop Shop, we were supposed to come back to Next Level for the rest of the recording, then fuckin’ Stevo got evicted from LAPD for shooting guns inside Next Level, then everything went downhill. after a while we had to stop working w/Stevo & finally ended up recorded the entire “AMF” album @ the Chop Shop with Chris Baseford (Rob Zombie, Tommy Lee, Genitorturers). As far as anecdotes, Divine played a couple songs on Mick Mars’ Les Paul. Matthew Roberts, Charles Manson’s son came in for a duet with me on “Jesus Kills! Coroner Saves!” after being introduced to me by Marilyn Manson’s ex-girlfriend. It was great recording there at that huge studio. Amazing place, I have great memories of being there!

There’s been some line-up changes in the band, can you tell us about the current members?

‘O’ : The least we could say is there’s been tonsa line-up changes. So much, I don’t even remember who the fuck played in UNDERCOVER SLUT. So far, Divine is the best songwriter ever. Drag is a fuckin’ driving force. Kraze plays drums the way Swiss make Rolex watches! The vibe is all good and that artistic partnership is fuckin’ killer!

Can you talk about the evolution of the band? Some new elements have been added to UCS’ music on this new album.

‘O’ : I don’t see the point of releasing the same album twice. That would be fuckin’ pathetic. Musicwise, I enjoy a million bands, all influences are so diverse, “Amerikkka Macht Frei” is that monster we created on those Hollywood hills.

You have a few guests on the album, how did you get the idea of inviting them?

‘O’ : Teddy from Rebel Rebel is my man, no question about it! I know Eric from Murderdolls/Wednesday 13 fame since early stages of Synical. Matthew Roberts (Charles Manson’s son) was introduced to us by Marilyn Manson’s ex. Nikki Sixx was supposed to make it, but his busy “Heroin Diaries” schedule wouldn’t allow him to guest on “AMF”.

How did you get to meet Dean Karr who took the photos for your album and filmed your video for « Shadow Song »?

‘O’ : Dean Karr belongs to that Chop Shop clique where we conceived our monster known as “Amerikkka Macht Frei”. When it came to the point of finding a video director/photographer, it was a logical step to work with that tinseltown fuckin’ genius!

Your CURE cover « Killing An Arab » finally doesn’t appear on the album. Any chance to see it released on another support?

‘O’ : Patience, “Killing An Arab” should be out on a vinyl format later on in 2K9.

You have this shock rock image and attitude but you also speak out for animals for instance. What kind of reactions do you get from people?

‘O’ : Love and hate. Nothing in between really.

Since year 2008 has just finished, can you give us your own 2008 poll?:

Book of the Year :

“The Hyena & Other Men” by Pieter Hugo

Movie of the Year :

“There Will Be Blood” by Paul Thomas Anderson

DVD of the Year :

“Salo” by Pier Paolo Pasolini (Reissue!)

Show of the Year :

Semi Precious Weapons. @ House Of Blues (L.A., CA.)

Album of the Year :

“Chinese Democracy” by GNR

Song of the Year :

“Beautiful, Dirty, Rich” by Lady Gaga

Album cover of the Year :

None worth mentioning really

Most underrated band of the Year :

Way too many to mention!

Most overrated band of the Year :

same as above

Hottie of the Year :

“…That bomb Iran prepares…”

Motherfucker of the Year :


What about this book you started writing a while back?

‘O’ : “yOur gOd is my whOre” isn’t done yet, didn’t have enough time to finish it yet, will be available soon or later though! My publisher wants to release it, just need enough time to finish the whole drama! It will be worth the wait though…

‘O’ : Promote the hell out of “Amerikkka Macht Frei”, play as many decent shows as possible! A bunch of UCS propaganda toys will be released here and there… All info will be posted on a regular basis both on and